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Five of the Hottest Products from Around the World

Any discussion of the top five foods is going to be hotly debated. When you talk spice, well hot food fanatics will always claim their favorite dish makes everyone else collapse in pain.

As it turns out, there are only a few substances that occur naturally in food that give off a sensation of heat, the grand-daddy of course being Caspaicin, the power behind hot peppers.

In most cases, these chemicals cause a reaction by acting on a receptor in the mouth called TRPV1, short for transient receptor potential vanilloid 1. That’s a mouthful in itself. The heat-bearing compounds in spicy food, like capsaicin, stimulate the TRPV1 receptors and send those waves of burn crashing through your nervous system.

One of the reason that spicy foods have such devout fans is that the reactions that happen after the TRPV1 receptors wake up, is that the body responds as if you’re pain because, well you are in pain. A natural pain-relief response is a release of endorphins. These proteins produce a number of effects, but chiefly, they relieve pain and give an overall feeling of well-being. For those acclimated to spicy food, it’s a feel-good post-meal added value.

So what foods will light up your TRPV1s and bring on that endorphin high. Here are five of them.

  1. Blair’s 16 Million Reserve – this is a 1 milliliter pharmaceutical vial that contains pure capsaicin crystals. It tops the Scoville scale, a measure of capsaicin-based hotness, at 16 million Scoville units, essentially 3,200 times hotter than a jalapano pepper. Chances are you will never get your hands on any, as only 999 of the vials were made. However, Blair’s Sauces and snacks has many high-octane capsaicin-based sauces and products containing extremely high Scoville ratings.
  2. CaJohns Get Bitten Black Mamba 6 Hot Sauce – drop about 10 million points on the Scoville scale and you get this hot sauce made from Chocolate habaneros and fortified with capsaicin extract. It’s only 1,200 times hotter that the reference jalapeno. To give you another frame of reference, pepper spray, used by law enforcement and for personal safety, is between 2 and 5 million Scoville units.
  3. Trinidad Scorpion chile – getting out of the man-made monsters of hot, it clocks 1,463,700 Scoville units and was recognized by the Guinness Book of Records. Rumor has it that a sister strain is going to dethrone this natural wonder, but for the moment, it is the spiciest plant recognized.
  4. Peppercorns – another substance that excites the TRPV1 receptors is Piperine. It’s the potency found in black pepper, which is not related to chile peppers at all. Unlike capsaicin, piperine is slightly water-soluble, so in theory, a big glass of water might quench the peppercorn fire, while it only spreads the hot pepper flame. This is the chemical that gives fire ants their burn, too.
  5. Wasabi, horseradish and mustard – each of these foods is powered by allyl isothiocyanate and like peppercorns each has a bit of water solubility that capsaicin lacks. There’s no way to compare piperine and allyl isothiocyanate hotness using the Scoville scale, since it is a measure of capsaicin concentration.

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Posted by Browse-read - March 31, 2016 at 2:46 pm

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Are you searching for a herb which can be used in treating cancer?

While the direct effects of herbs and spices against cancer are yet to be determined, their indirect effects are more visible. One of the many side-effects of fighting cancer is suffering from loss of taste of any food that’s consumed. This is why adding certain herbs to foods triggers taste buds and offers new taste sensations that help alleviate some of the trouble when consuming food. Fighting cancer is hard and frustrating, but the least we can do is ease the struggle by making the everyday meal tastier and feel better for it.

So, what herbs and spices can we use to help heighten the taste senses if someone is fighting cancer? Believe it or not, yes. Studies are still being performed, and some of them appear to be quite promising. Check out these herbs and their effects might actually take you by surprise.

Garlic

Garlic

A very popular addition to food, albeit one has to be aware that the odor it produces can be uncomfortable to some people even though it does reduce blood pressure and strengthens our immune system. Garlic’s odor and taste is produced by a high level of sulfur and allicin, a compound that’s released whenever the bulb is chopped or crushed. In regular use it reduces risk of stomach and breast cancer and it does that through specific mechanisms that promote detoxification and DNA repair of dead cells.

 

Peppermint

Best of the both worlds when it comes to water-mint and spearmint, peppermint is an old and accepted form of preventing and remedying illnesses including indigestion, cramps and yes, even cancer. Cancer means treatments and medicine, and this can upset the stomach since someone can only take that much therapies and pills until they have digestive problems. Boiling peppermint leaves in abundance in hot water until they are properly combined can do wonders for someone experiencing cancer-induced stomach issues.

Peppermint

Chili pepper

Peppers will help out those who had to go through cancer surgery; it’s an amazing pain relief in the form of capsaicin cream or pills and it should only be prescribed by a doctor in charge of the patient. Raw chilipepper may, like, peppermint, help with indigestion but should be used carefully; it’s hot, so only a small amount should be consumed to remedy the treatment and/or surgery.

Chamomile

Chamomile will help out during chemo therapy as it can cause unpleasant mouth sores which can be painful. Simply letting the tea cool off and rinsing a couple times a day will go a long way in making sure radiation therapy is at least more bearable. It has the same digestive benefits like peppers and peppermint; it helps indigestion and softens the muscle contractions of intestines.

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Green Tea

Helpful in both prevention and slowing of the decease, green tea is rich in antioxidants and drinking it on a daily basis if there’s even a suspicion of cancer will go a long way in slowing it down or even stopping it in its tracks, just make sure not to overdo it because it can cause nausea if consumed too much.

As you can see, there are herbs and spices that we can procure in every-day life that can have beneficial effects for our loved ones suffering from one form of cancer to another. As with all deceases, it’s important to stay positive and think about the bright side, there’s always one thing or the other that makes the whole thing easier, and by using one or more of the herbs listed above, you might just turn the tide of your close ones to their favor.

Red Clover

Red clover is a source of nutrients such as magnesium, niacin, chromium, potassium and vitamin C and others that strengthen the immune system. When it comes to preventing endometrial and prostate cancer, red clover is known to have positive effects of estrogen chemicals it contains. We say “prevention” and we mean it; Red Clover tablets are effective in prevention of many forms of cancer, but not once cancer is in place, since it has adverse effects and may cause harm due to conflicting with regenerating cells and should not be taken as a remedy.

Posted by Fredrick Cameron - March 28, 2016 at 12:21 pm

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The Underlying Connection Between Childhood Trauma and Addiction

Childhood is generally a time of discovery, innocence and happiness. Despite these typical experiences, a growing individual’s life can be instantly shattered by a traumatic event and fall victim to lasting psychological damage. In some cases, survivors of trauma may turn to drug or alcohol use in order to cope with the pain.

The toll of trauma

Experiencing trauma at any age can cause complex consequences to a person’s thoughts, emotions and behaviors, but childhood is an especially sensitive period. When a child witnesses or is victimized by a traumatic event, the incident can have extensive and lifelong impacts on the developing brain. Potential effects can be emotional, relational or physical, including:

  • Increased anxiety
  • Feelings of helplessness, powerlessness and hopelessness
  • Sadness and grief
  • Feelings of self blame, guilt and shame
  • An inability to trust others
  • Lower self-esteem
  • An increased risk of chronic health conditions including fibromyalgia, diabetes, headaches, cardiovascular disease, irritable bowel syndrome and chronic fatigue syndrome
  • A higher likelihood of co-occurring mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety and self-harming behaviors

How trauma leads to addiction

Recent studies have shown that a neurological connection may exist between childhood trauma and substance abuse. The amygdala, the hippocampus and the prefrontal cortex are all involved in the body’s response to trauma. These three areas of the brain control threat perception (amygdala), processing memories (hippocampus) and executive control (prefrontal cortex).

When these areas of the brain are overactive, such as following a traumatic experience, an individual can become extremely overwhelmed with everyday life and societal challenges. Furthermore, a person may desire to escape these negative feelings and begin self-medicating through drugs and alcohol as they grow older. 

Tips for handling trauma triggers

A trauma survivor may develop a number of triggers that can lead to abusive and addictive behaviors. In order to prevent this from happening, experts recommend the following strategies: 

  • Surround yourself with support when overwhelming memories begin entering your thoughts
  • Engage in exercise, volunteering and positive activities that release soothing endorphins and other mood lifting chemicals within the body
  • Work with a therapist to accept what elements of life you cannot control or predict
  • Learn how to systematically dial down the intensity of your emotions through breathing and other meditative exercises
  • Begin picking apart your negative feelings and actions. Trace these responses to the thoughts that cause them and address their irrationalities

In the case of dealing with trauma, both treatment and recovery are possible. When treating an addicted individual who is also a survivor of childhood trauma, it is very important to follow a holistic approach where the addiction and anxiety are confronted equally. While detoxification programs address more immediate concerns, these services are not be equipped to handle the lasting mental health needs that result from serious trauma.

On the other hand, specialized residential treatment centers can handle these psychological needs as well as the side effects of drug or alcohol withdrawal. Survivors and their support systems must look for behavioral health care providers that offer detox and continuing care services for managing trauma-related illnesses.

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Posted by JamesJones - March 23, 2016 at 12:36 pm

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Therapy Culture and Practice with Older Adults

The increasing number of people living longer lives is a cause of worldwide debate over how to enable those senior citizens aging with dignity. Instead of seeing them as looming social and economic burden, it is important to provide them care and understanding. How we care for our elderly citizens is a reflection of who we are as a society.

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In a not so distant past, people took it upon themselves to take care of their aging parents, and this custom continues in some of the traditional societies. Today, not only that people do not have enough time to do so, but they are also aware that senior citizens require much more knowledge and a professional approach and treatment.

 

General Knowledge about Aging

To be able to provide appropriate care to elderly citizens, it is important to be aware of how aging influences them, both physically and mentally. It is inevitable that aging brings with it the need to accommodate to numerous physical changes and functional limitations. Furthermore, different development of social and psychological changes, have a significant impact on how will the person accept the aging process.

Some of the normal biological changes accompanying aging are the ones impacting sensory acuity, body composition, performance capacity, immunological responses, etc.

 

Clinical Issues Accompanying Older People

Practitioners and therapists must realize that most of the older adults do not face any clinical issues and generally have good mental health. Still, certain percentage (20-22%) meets criteria for mental disorder. Whether they already have a history of mental illness or they develop certain condition as they are growing old, it is crucial to give an appropriate therapeutic response to all of the symptoms.

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 Some psychological issues tend to present with an emphasis on somatic rather than emotional symptoms (late-life depression, anxiety, etc.), so it is essential to keep a close eye for those clues. Senior citizens living with dementia may experience coexisting psychological symptoms (anxiety, depression, paranoia, etc.). The best way to respond to them is being familiar with symptoms presentations and prevailing mental disorders in late life.

 

Communicating with Older Adults

Sometimes, we have a tendency of stereotyping older people, and we rely on those stereotypes to reduce any uncertainties regarding communication with them. However, if that is the only thing we rely on then we are risking of being misunderstood or even thoughtless. What to do then?

First, you must recognize your own stereotypes, and then acknowledge that they do not have to be accurate. Ask thoughtful questions, but avoid patronizing with your speech. This kind of speech is viewed negatively by most of the elderly people, because it is disrespectful and reminds of “baby talk”. Pay attention to your nonverbal communication signals too.

 

Caring for Older People

Taking care of the elderly people requires a lot of patience and respect, but it is also something that should be thought. Medical practitioners are a valuable asset for training and educating new professionals, volunteers, and other team members and persons who are nursing seniors. They can also convey their knowledge to family members who have taken upon themselves to care for their senior family member.

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There is also a possibility of attending aged care course designed to achieve the same goals. As for the professional caregivers, they are encouraged to pursue continuous education and improvement in order to enhance their competence and keep up with the ongoing changes in medicine and psychology. It is up to us, as a society, to produce more and more professionals to do so and provide them with all the necessary knowledge to be the best they can be in their jobs.

Posted by Sophia Smith - March 18, 2016 at 12:35 pm

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Tips on Purchasing Orthotics Insoles for Overall Foot Benefit

Many people have problems while walking or running because of some ailment or are just out of balance. These can cause heal pain, knee and lower back pain and also discomfort while walking. The posture or body alignment also becomes bad when they stand or walk. Orthotic insoles are the devices which can help correct the posture and provide comfort to the feet. Also known as shoe inserts or orthoses, these are placed inside the footwear to remove abnormal walking pattern. Orthotics insoles are available in various shoes stores and drug stores. It is also possible to purchase custom fitted orthotics insoles that can be molded according to unique foot of the customer. You can also buy orthotics insoles online from various shopping sites and other websites.
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Why Do You Need to Use the Orthotics Insoles?

There are many benefits of using the orthotics insoles which provides many reasons for using them. Some of them are given below:

  • Reduce the impact of shocks

Foot absorbs the shocks caused from walking and also needs to prevent the friction between bones and muscles. The orthotics insoles act a cushion to absorb the shocks and keep the feet free from constant pressure. The body weight is evenly distributed over the feet and legs and curve of the foot is aligned properly. This reduces the impact of shocks while walking or running.

  • Remove foot pain

Problems of congenital foot defects or degenerative conditions like flat feet, high foot arches, heel spurs etc. can cause severe foot pain while standing or walking. Chronic foot problems or foot pains can be remarkably reduced by using orthotics insoles. Purchasing orthotics insoles online or from market can also help to bring relief from temporary problems of foot problem or mild injury.

  • They reduce fatigue

Fatigue is caused when you constantly walk or run or stand for some reasons. Using the insoles can help better circulation thereby providing oxygen to muscles at faster rate. This helps to recover quicker and reduce the fatigue, thereby enhancing the overall physical stamina.
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Tips to Buy Orthotics Insoles

While choosing the orthotics it is very important to consider few things. They are:

  • Orthotic insoles are designed to bring relive to pain and symptoms of foot problems. Aligning the body posture and reducing the pain caused from improper biodynamics is the work of these insoles. Hence while choosing the insoles it is important to understand the type of foot condition.
  • Another thing to consider before buying the orthotics is to understand which insoles are suitable for the types of shoes you wear often. Insoles are designed to be placed in particular shoes, hence checking it in advance is good idea.
  • If there is no specific problem, you can use any standard insoles. But for specific problem it is advisable to consult a podiatrist or sport therapist. They perform various pressure tests on your foot to find the imbalances in the bones and muscles, and then find a quality orthotics insole accordingly.
  • Comfort is very important thing to consider while purchasing orthotics. Buying high quality orthotics products from good brand and right value can be a good option.

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About Customized Orthotics

Customized orthotics insoles are molded specifically for unique foot to align and correct the posture, bringing back the natural function of the foot. These devices are made out of dense rubbery foam kind of material and can be placed in most shoes. These insoles are shaped after taking the molds or scanning the feet of the individual. The computer creates a mirror image of the foot with the custom orthotic.  It absorbs the impact of walking or running and removes the pain and fatigue.

The custom orthotics insoles are expensive as compared to standard ones but are better in absorbing high impacts.

Posted by harrycaesar - March 10, 2016 at 11:58 am

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Do Really Vitamin or Supplement can be used to treat PMS

Even before you get to that time of the month, it is likely that you will experience some of the feelings which go hand in hand with Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). Some women experience extreme discomfort; cramps in the stomach, tender breasts, bloating, tiredness, and even have trouble sleeping. There can also be an emotional effect of the time just before and during your period; anxiety and irritability are particularly common.

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Finding the root cause

Every month your hormones sweep through a wide curve, from being fully able to support new life to clearing out your body ready to start again. For all these processes to work there are large changes in the quantities of two hormones in particular; estrogen and progesterone. In order to keep the harmony and balance in your body the swing in hormones is balanced by your other hormones. However, the body cannot always react quickly enough, particularly when the hormone cortisol is released in reaction to a stressful situation. Any adjustment to your hormone situation can cause mood swings and irritability.

The treatment

It is possible to get prescription medicine which will deal with the symptoms of PMS, although not necessarily the underlying issue. Cognitive therapy and lifestyle changes have been shown to help combat PMS. However, the latest research suggests that supplements, in particular vitamins and minerals, can assist with controlling the body’s cycle. This results in a reduction of the symptoms:

  • Calcium

Calcium has always been known as an essential nutrient for bone health. The latest research suggests that, by taking approximately 1000mg of calcium per day, the effects of PMS are drastically diminished. A reduction in fatigue, appetite changes and cases of depression were observed.

Nexium

  • Chasteberry

This herb comes from the fruit of a tree and has been linked with a reduction in breast tenderness, headaches and even irritability.

  • Vitamin B6

This vitamin helps your immune system, metabolism and nervous system. It is thought that by boosting the operation of these processes the effects of PMS will be greatly diminished. However, high levels of B6 in your body can have serious consequences for your health; you should always consult a medical professional before taking it.

  • Magnesium

A deficiency in Magnesium will leave you feeling tired and more vulnerable to disease. This will increase the effects and ability to cope with PMS.

  • Vitamin E

There is an increasing amount of evidence which shows that vitamin E can be beneficial to those with PMS. A daily dose has been shown to reduce the tenderness in your breasts; although research is continuing regarding the exact reasons for this.

  • Dong Quai

This is often called Chinese Angelic and has been used for centuries to relieve fatigue and help you feel more energetic and ready for life.

  • Maca

This herb has been used to treat a variety of conditions over the years. These conditions include depression, erectile dysfunction, low immune system and even weak bones. It helps to balance your hormones and reduces the pain associated with PMS.

  • Black Cohosh

This herb is known to help reduce irritability and tiredness; both common PMS issues.

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  • Lemon Balm

The calming effect of this natural substance has always been associated with soothing and calming the mind. Research suggests that this calming affect can help women with PMS by reducing anxiety and encouraging better sleep patterns.

  • Wild Yams

This is a traditional treatment for those with menstrual pains. It has been shown to be particularly effective if you have high estrogen levels.

  • Burdock

Burdock is a plant supplement which introduces plant based steroids into your body.  These work alongside your liver to help metabolize hormones quickly and keep your hormones in balance; reducing the effects of PMS.

  • Ginkgo

Although known for its memory restoring properties, Ginkgo is actually a very helpful supplement for those suffering with PMS. It has been shown to reduce both fluid retention and breast tenderness.

  • Starflower oil

Due to high concentrations of GLA (gamma linoleic acid), starflower oil helps calm and even prevent premenstrual syndrome. Made of borage seeds, starflower oil for PMS may get you back on your feet before you know it.

 

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Posted by Fredrick Cameron - March 3, 2016 at 12:12 pm

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