Chlorella, a freshwater unicellular green algae, is one of the most researched algae in the world. They often refer to it as the almost perfect food, since research that has been done over the years has identified that it has a great number of amazing health benefits. However, it is well known for its ability to detoxify your body, binding toxins and expelling them from your system.
Impressive Range of Benefits for the Health of Chlorella
As you will see, chlorella seems to fill the description of a “nutrient wonder” because it plays much more than a single function. Here are some examples of the health benefits associated with this green algae:
It repairs the nervous tissues
Increase the energy level
Strengthens the immune system
Normalizes blood sugar
Improve your digestion
Normalizes blood pressure
Promotes pH levels in the intestine, which in turn helps the “good” bacteria grow
Remove potentially toxic metals from the body
Improves the ability to focus and attention
Eliminates bad breath
Chlorella can also be beneficial for vegetarians and vegans seeking protein and vitamin B from a source other than animal. About 60 percent of the algae is protein and because it contains all the essential amino acids your body needs, it is considered a “complete protein.”
Chlorella is rich in:
GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid)
7 Diseases That Chlorella Could Help Prevent or Treat
As I mentioned earlier, chlorella is and has been investigated for a series of benefits to treat diseases. Here is a list of six problems and diseases in which chorella could be particularly beneficial.
Insulin resistance – Earlier this year, researchers discovered that chlorella has the ability to improve insulin sensitivity
As I have said on numerous occasions, excessive consumption of fructose is the number one cause of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. In this study in animals, the rats, after being fed with food rich in fructose for four weeks, they were given chlorella three times a day for five days, as a result their elevated glucose-insulin values dropped and normalized.
The authors concluded that: “The oral administration of chlorella has the ability to improve insulin sensitivity, and this can be used as an adjuvant therapy for patients with insulin resistance.”
Detoxification It is particularly useful when used together with an infrared sauna and is taken 2 hours before entering the sauna. This way the chlorella will be in your gut ready to join the toxins that are released when you are in the sauna. It will bind irreversibly to the toxins and eliminate them safely when you have your bowel movement.
Diabetes – Additional evidence supporting the theory that chlorella can improve insulin sensitivity can be found in the previous study. Here, it was discovered that algae improves insulin sensitivity and glucose uptake in the liver of rats with type 1 diabetes. The authors suggest that chlorella hypoglycemic effects could be due to the absorption of glucose in the liver and in the soleus muscles.
Another mechanism could be related to the decrease in levels of non-esterified fatty acids (NEFA), since insulin sensitivity is often inhibited by high non-esterified fatty acids in type 1 diabetes.
Hypertension – The results of a double-blind placebo-controlled study published two years ago suggest that chlorella could significantly lower high blood pressure as well as borderline hypertension. The authors proposed that this could be a beneficial food supplement to prevent hypertension, without apparent adverse side effects.
Anemia, proteinuria and edema in pregnant women – Hypertension and anemia are common during pregnancy and are also potentially dangerous. One of the main causes of these diseases is the nutritional status of women. A study published last year found that chlorella could help improve both diseases in pregnant women, this is probably because chlorella has high levels of folate, vitamin B12 and iron.
The participants took six grams of chlorella a day, starting around week 12 or 18 of pregnancy, until the day of delivery. The group that used chlorella had significantly lower rates of anemia compared to the control group. There were also fewer cases of proteinuria and edema; two symptoms related to hypertension induced by pregnancy.
Also in this case, the authors concluded that: “The chlorella supplement could serve as a natural source of folate, vitamin B12 and iron for pregnant women.”
Fibromyalgia – Although the individual results were varied, it might be worth considering the use of chlorella if you suffer from fibromyalgia. A study published in 2002, tested the effectiveness of two commercial products available based on chlorella in patients who were diagnosed with fibromyalgia and the overall results showed a decrease of 22 percent in the intensity of pain.
However, while seven of the patients reported an improvement in the symptoms of fibromyalgia, six others did not report an effect at all and five more claimed that their symptoms had worsened during the test … So keep this in mind if you decide try it While it may help some, for others it may not work at all.
Liver Cancer – A study published in 2009 found that chlorella triggers cell death (apoptosis) in cancer cells in the liver of rats, suggesting that it could be useful in preventing liver cancer. The authors concluded that: “Our study shows that chlorella definitely has chemopreventive effects by inducing apoptosis by decreasing Bcl-2 expression and increasing caspase-8 in rats with induced hepatocarcinogenesis.”
For more information about the results of the studies, visit the page of Green Med Info that talks about Chlorella and in which they list more than 40 diseases that could obtain some type of benefit from this algae.
Chlorella – A Powerful Detoxification Agent
The toxicity of heavy metals, like chemical toxicity, have become one of the most worrisome health damages of our days and this is where chlorella can be extremely useful. Its ability to bind to heavy metal toxins, allowing them to be safely eliminated from the body, has been well established. It is particularly important for the elimination of systemic mercury, since most of the mercury is eliminated through faeces.
Once the load of mercury falls from the intestines, the mercury from other tissues of the body can move to the intestine more easily, then the chlorella will take care of removing it from there.
You can also add coriander, since it works as a synergistic detoxification aid along with chlorella. This combination is particularly useful when you consume seafood, since most of them are contaminated with heavy metals and chemicals. Ideally, you should take it with food so that chlorella can bind directly to the toxins while they are in the intestine, before your body absorbs them.
In order to optimize the detoxification of heavy metals, you will want to take at least four grams of chlorella a day, last a whole year.
Keep in mind that side effects may occur. As your body begins to detoxify, you may begin to experience mild nausea and / or mild diarrhea. If these symptoms become very annoying, what you should do is reduce the initial dose and increase it little by little. As soon as your body cleanses of toxins, these side effects should disappear.
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To lead a healthy life it is necessary that the pH of our body is regulated, without becoming too acidic, rather it must be inclined towards the alkaline side.
The key to the pH or alkaline diet is to increase the amount of food or alkaline products and reduce the consumption of acidic foods or products. Thus, it consists of reducing processed foods, animal proteins, sugar and caffeine to the maximum, in order to eliminate acidic toxins and increase the consumption of natural foods rich in alkaline minerals such as sodium, potassium, magnesium and The calcium.
Blood fulfills two important functions: it carries nutrients and oxygen and removes the toxic residues of metabolism, which are acidic in nature and must be evacuated through the liver, kidneys, lungs or skin. To perform these functions, the blood pH must lean a little towards the alkaline side of the spectrum.
Therefore, blood is, under normal circumstances, slightly alkaline, with a pH that varies between 7.35 and 7.45. In this sense, the balance of the pH in the body is the first line of defense and the best resistance against diseases. This is because the causative elements of various diseases can not survive in an alkaline state, but are strengthened in acidic environments.
The characteristic foods of the alkaline diet
Hydrating well is one of the keys. The pancreas uses water to alkalize the food that leaves the stomach and enters the intestines. On the other hand, the brain needs water to carry out the chemical reactions that direct the body. Thus, drinking water in correct amounts is the most important part of the pH diet.
Alkaline foods are found mainly in fruits, vegetables – green vegetables, especially – whole grains, spices, probiotic crops – such as yogurt – and honey, while acid products are meats, cheeses, cereals and alcohol.
In a more extended list of alkalizing foods, we can find:
Fruits not too ripe
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On the other hand, this is a list of some commonly consumed acidifying foods:
Meats and organ meats
Yogurt or curd
The Alkaline diet is indicated for those who want to fight obesity, but also for those who want to improve their health, prevent inflammatory problems and eliminate toxins from the body.
The perfect complement to the alkaline diet
Food is not everything in the pH diet. The most advisable thing is to practice exercise and that each person looks for the one that adapts to his physical constitution, his age or his state. Of course, aerobic exercise, being able to increase the use and flow of oxygen in the body, is the perfect complement for this type of diet.
The problems of an excess of acidic foods
Excessive consumption of acidic foods generates, in the short term, decay and inflammation of the gums due to inhibition of the salivary glands, but in the medium term decreases the secretion of hydrochloric acid by the stomach.
In the long term, there is a rebound effect of stimulation of the glands, which secrete more acid, causing chronic acidity and increasing the risk of gastritis or ulcer.
It is very important that you do not abuse the antacids to fight stomach acidity because they further destabilize the acid-base balance. Although strong acids cause the symptoms described, small stimuli or weak organic acids balance your pH, so one of the pillars of a consistent diet is to drink a glass of water with a few drops of lemon at breakfast.
In short, a diet that allows us to obtain some control over the pH of our body, tilting the balance towards the alkaline side, can provide us with several benefits and avoid the problems derived from an excessive consumption of acidic products.
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Epsom salts are used by many people every day for dozens of diseases and problems. In this post, I will explore ten huge benefits of using Epsom salts.
Epsom salts have been used for hundreds of years, come from Epsom in the southeast of England. Epsom salts are composed of magnesium and sulfates that can have some amazing benefits if used correctly.
It may be a little known fact that the magnesium sulfate found in Epsom salt is absorbed through your skin!
Time to relax
When we feel stressed, magnesium levels in the body are depleted. Epsom salts help replenish magnesium by taking a hot bath by immersing ourselves in them. Magnesium in salts helps the body produce high levels of serotonin, which is the chemical in antidepressants. The above properties of Epsom salts help the body to function properly, and can also help with concentration levels.
We have already seen that Epsom salts can help us to relax and rest, therefore, you may be surprised to discover that salts also help produce adenosine triphosphate, which is a natural chemical in the body that increases energy.
Alleviate the pain
Epsom salts have some of the same medical properties as anti-inflammatory, which can help with cramping problems and relieves the body’s natural pain.
There is also a natural neutralizer in Epsom salts that helps them (when mixed with water) to prevent foot odor.
Remove Dead Skin
When mixed with either olive oil or bath oils, Epsom salts can help remove areas of accumulated dead skin. Never leave the salts on the skin for a long time, once you have left the bathroom make sure to rinse the salts.
Good with Shampoo
If you have oily hair, adding the right amount of salts can help with the treatment. It can also help to add thickness to fine hair with Epsom salts.
Stops potential blood clots
Due to its relaxation properties, it is believed that Epsom salts can help in the prevention of blood clots because blood pressure drops naturally.
The salts contribute to increase the water in the intestines that can help with problems of constipation, however, since you have to take the salts for this to be effective, you should make sure that you consult with a specialist before using the salts.
Not only Epsom salts help the human body, but it can also help with the growth and maturity of plants. The natural properties of magnesium salts help with the development of chlorophyll, and the sulfur properties of the salts help the plant absorb healthier elements of the food.
As you can see in the previous points, Epsom salts can help many of the daily problems. At this current time in the western world, tablets are usually a quick solution, when the reality is that the solution may be in a product that has existed for hundreds of years. With Epsom salts on the side or as a substitute for medication, you can make sure that your problems can be eradicated quickly and effectively.
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If you have chronic pain, stiffness, acidity, insomnia, nervous disorders or digestive problems, you should read this article.
We live in the times when the use of coffee has become a habit in more than 80% of the world of people.
Coffee is one of the most commercialized drinks in the world and most people take it without knowing its consequences for health and especially for people with Fibromyalgia.
Next, I want to explain how coffee affects your health in an undesirable way.
Lately the coffee that is used in most countries, is transgenic.
A transgenic product (genetically modified) is a tremendously toxic product for your cellulars, because it changes your genetics and this is related to all the chronic imbalances.
A part coffee is a product that produces an excess of acidity in your body (not only speak of the stomach). With coffee your PH becomes acid and your defenses use the minerals of your bones to balance this acidity (minerals are alkaline).
Because of this theft of minerals from your bones, there is a deficiency of minerals in both bones and joints and this, of course, you feel pain and stiffness.
Besides, the acidity generated by coffee generates inflammation and where there is pain, there is inflammation and where there is inflammation, there is pain.
Coffee blocks some digestive enzymes and makes digestion more difficult.
When digestion becomes incomplete, putrefaction and fermentation occurs in your intestine and as a result your intestine becomes more prone to infections by fungi, parasites and bacteria.
Coffee for caffeine excites your nervous system, but without giving you any valuable nutrients in return. That is as if when you have instead of eating something, you take a pill that takes away your appetite.
Coffe depletes your reserves of vital nutrients and your organism and the nervous system are altered chronically.
Coffee for caffeine and the deficiency of nutrients that causes, creates nervous imbalance that affects your sleep.
The body is renewed and repaired while we sleep. According to the scientists, an insufficient sleep causes the body not to repair itself, does not detoxify and thus accelerates cellular aging and the defenses go down.
Now surely you think you could have decaffeinated coffee. Well let me tell you that decaffeinated coffee is a product that undergoes a chemical alteration process that in the long run can be worse than normal coffee.
The decaffeinated coffee is a substance even more altered and foreign to the body and its harmful effects we will know in a few years.
If you have symptoms of Fibromyalgia, you should already opt for a much healthier way of life and stay away from all the substances not compatible with your body.
The gift of health is something we have to take care of and pamper, when you stop doing it, you approach the disease.
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If you’ve been considering making a change for your health with food options that give you more nutrients without sacrificing delicious flavors but aren’t too keen on becoming a strict vegan, consider a plant-based diet.
Plant-based eating promotes the consumption of vegetables and fruits while excluding or minimizing the addition of meat products. This ‘whole-hearted’ approach to eating is more than just a fad, it’s a lifestyle, and we’re here to break down what it takes to change the way you think about your food, fruits and veg.
So What’s The Fuss About?
Without being completely restrictive, the aim of going plant-based is to eat cleaner, eat more consciously, and live more sustainably – a triple-pronged approach that we could all get behind.
With the turn of the 21st century, manufacturers were forced to lift the lid on their ingredients list, compounding a pre-existing wariness about food and drink because of product recalls, scandals, and suspicion about large companies. This has placed further pressure on producers to offer thorough and honest disclosures about how, where, when and by whom food and drink is grown, harvested, made and sold. As a result, many consumers are making more of a conscious choice about what they are really putting in their mouths and going more for organic and naturally-made products.
This approach has seen more and more people opting for natural and nutritional ingredients such as fruits, vegetables, grains, herbs, spices and other plant-based ingredients that are now playing a center stage role. With plant-based offerings expanding rapidly, we are now seeing more and more quality plant-based milks and meat alternatives on our supermarket shelves.
What Are The Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet?
Plant-based diets have long been the topic of debate with vegans and carnivores alike, with many meat lovers debating that leafy greens don’t offer the protein-packed complete proteins that animal-based diets do. As we’ve discovered in our article Going plant-based, there are many nutrient-rich ways to incorporate plant-based products into your daily diet, and we’re excited to share the increased health and environmental benefits of going green.
It’s not surprise that agricultural farming is fast becoming unsustainable with increasing reports estimating around 13% of Australia’s original vegetation has been removed since European settlement. Furthermore, recent studies have concluded that our protein-rich diets are causing adverse health effects, with excessive amounts of omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids fast-tracking the pathogenesis of many diseases including cardiovascular disease, cancer and inflammatory autoimmune diseases.
What’s more is our health can also be affected by pathogens and harmful substances transmitted by livestock, such as highly pathogenic avian influenza spreading its way through the globalized marketplace.
On the other side of the spectrum, plant-based diets are fast becoming a flattering alternative on both our waistlines and inner wellbeing. A recent study from the Journal of Geriatric Cardiology found that plant-based diets have a direct correlation in ameliorating insulin resistance, including promotion of a healthy body weight, increases in fiber and phytonutrients, food-microbiome interactions and decreases in saturated fat. This balance of nutrients can help stabilize our blood sugar, prevent diabetes, support healthy cholesterol levels and feed the good bacteria in our gut. And if that wasn’t already enough, a plant-based diet can also prevent cataract and macular degeneration in addition to protecting your skin from sun damage and stimulating the production of collagen.
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