A Carrot A Day, The Real Benefits of Carrots

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When you mother told you to eat your carrots, because they are good for you did you?

Do you eat carrots now? Other than a stray one, that might be hanging out at the bottom of the salad?

You really should incorporate more carrots into your diet. Your mother probably told you they give you good eyesight, and she wasn’t exactly lying.

Carrots are a vitamin-rich root vegetable. You can find carrots in a variety of colors besides traditional orange, including yellow, red and purple. Carrots can be enjoyed raw or cooked or in juices and smoothies. This nutritious vegetable provides many health benefits.

Vitamin A

Just one medium carrot has an astonishing 204% of your daily recommended amount of vitamin A, which is a vitamin that is found in both plant- based foods and some animals. When we are talking about plant-based Vitamin A, it is important to note that the vitamin is actually produced by your body using beta-carotene. The particular vitamins is also called retinol, and just like your mother told you, this vitamin, is key to healthy eyes. It provides necessary moisture, and helps your eyes maintain the ability to adjust in different lighting situations.

Vitamins C and K

Carrots are also an incredible source of vitamins C and K. Vitamin K Helps to maintain blood’s ability to clot. It is also helpful in maintaining kidney health and strengthens bones. Just one medium size carrot has almost 8 mg of vitamin K and 6% of your daily requirement of vitamin C, which is important to a healthy immune system as well as strong teeth and gums.

Oh, and vitamin C, is also essential in fighting off free radicals and absorbing iron.

Fiber

Fiber is one of the three kinds of nutritional carbohydrates, they are your body’s main energy source. But, fiber is probably best for its ability to promote regular bowel movements. However is also keep in maintaining healthy blood sugar levels and is shown to be crucial in maintaining a healthy weight. One medium sized carrot has about 2 grams of fiber, which is about 7% of the recommended daily allowance. Need help with what foods have the most fiber?

Here is a handy chart that tells you the fiber counts for a lot of different foods.

Potassium

If you need to raise your potassium levels, you need carrots. There are many reasons why you may need to up your potassium intake, and they can range from lowered potassium levels due to certain medications to women needing to up their level to help alleviate cramps due to menstrual period. Just one medium sized carrot has 400 mg of potassium. The Institute of Medicine recommends that 4,700 mg of potassium should be consumed by adults daily. Potassium regulates your electrolyte absorption and may help reduce your risk of stroke, high blood pressure and anxiety.

As you can see, there are many reasons why you should eat a carrot every day.

Besides, they are pretty tasty. 

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Lemon Juice and Baking Soda Home Remedies

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Everyone knows that most household products contain chemicals that can be harmful, not to mention pricey. But, what many people don’t know is that they can actually make many of the every day products they use. Two of the easiest ingredients to work with are Baking soda and lemon juice, both of which are staples in most households.

By themselves, they each can tackle a great number of tasks, but when you combine them you have a super duo that can tackle some of your trickiest problems.

 Whiten Your Teeth at Home

Many commercial teeth whiteners can actually strip the enamel right off of your teeth, which can lead to significant damage. A safer alternative would be to just make your own whitening tooth paste at home.

Take a couple of tablespoons of baking soda and then add lemon juice until the mixture starts to foam and bubble up. Then using cotton swabs, paint the mixture on your teeth, let it set for about one minute, then brush your teeth like you normally would. Make sure you don’t leave this mix on your teeth for more than a minute, because it can eat away at the enamel if left on too long. Use no more than once a week until the desired whiteness is achieved then once every couple of months to maintain the whiteness.

 DIY Deodorant

Most commercial deodorants contain aluminum, which has been linked to Alzheimer’s. Even though more research is needed before it can be called an actual cause, it never hurts to be cautious. So, why not just make your own deodorant.

Just take Baking soda and pat it onto your armpit. Corn starch works too, but not as well). Baking soda naturally absorbs sour-smell-producing acids. After you have dabbed on the baking soda spritz a little lemon juice over the baking soda to help balance your pH levels. You will be fresh smelling and clean all day.

 Tummy Troubles

According to the Mayo Clinic, many people feel that their digestive tract is in need of some additional help.

Drinking the juice of one lemon or more every day provides digestive aid, according to Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman who is the author of “The Fat Flush Diet.”

Another recommendation is to mix 1 teaspoon of baking power and 8 ounces of water and drink every 2 hours to “alkalize your system,” according to Rebecca Wood, author of the award-winning book, “The Splendid Grain.”

But, you should check with your health practitioner to make sure that baking soda, which is also called sodium bicarbonate, is safe for you.

 Sparkling Cleaning Ideas

Separately, lemons and baking soda both are amazing and useful household cleaning products. Many people will leave a box of Baking Soda open in their refrigerator to eliminate odors. A lemon cut in half and dipped into salt is the best way to polish copper. But, when you combine these two products, that bubbly paste you create is a powerhouse of cleaning that will make quick work of everything from greasy appliances to polishing and removing stains from time ravaged baking sheets.
Wipe on, let set a few minutes then wipe off.

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References

Alzheimer’s Society: Aluminum and Alzheimer’s Disease

R. Wood: Detox Diet

Mrs. Clean: Removing Deodorant Stains

“The Fat Flush Foods”; Ann Louise Gettleman, MS, CNS,; 2004

Doctor Oz: Naturally White Teeth, Part Two

 

The Flu Shot

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Getting a flu shot often protects you from coming down with the flu. And although the flu shot doesn’t always provide total protection, it’s worth getting.

This year’s annual flu shot will offer protection against H1N1 flu (swine flu) virus, in addition to two other influenza viruses that are expected to be in circulation this flu season. A new vaccine that protects against four strains of the virus will also be available, as will a high-dose flu vaccine for adults age 65 and older.

Influenza is a respiratory infection that can cause serious complications, particularly to young children and to older adults. Flu shots are the most effective way to prevent influenza and its complications.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age or older be vaccinated annually against influenza.

Here are the answers to common questions about flu shots.

 All about the Flu Shot

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Women’s Health- Dealing with Painful Intercourse

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Women’s Health- Dealing with Painful Intercourse

 

This is really not something women want to talk about, but it is something can happen to any woman, at anytime. Most women stay silent about it and don’t talk to their doctor because they are embrarassed. You don’t need to be. This is a treatable condition, and more common that you think. Most women will suffer from this at least once.

Painful intercourse can be caused by a number of reasons, ranging from physical to psychological. The actual medical term for painful intercourse is dyspareunia (dis-puh-ROO-ne-uh). It is defined as ‘persistent or recurrent genital pain that occurs just before, during or after intercourse’.

Talk to your doctor if you’re experiencing painful intercourse. There is no reason for you to suffer and not enjoy sex! Many times, the underlying cause can be treated and you can go back to enjoying your life!

Some symptoms may include:

  • Pain only at sexual penetration (entry)
  • Pain with every penetration, even while putting in a tampon
  • Pain with certain partners or just under certain circumstances
  • New pain after previously pain-free intercourse
  • Deep pain during thrusting, which is often described as “something being bumped”
  • Burning pain or aching pain

When to see your doctor
If you are experiencing painful intercourse, you need to talk to your doctor. Treating the problem can help not only your sex life, but your emotional intimacy and your self-image as well.

Physical causes of painful intercourse tend to differ, depending on whether the pain occurs at entry or with deep thrusting. Emotional factors can be associated with many types of painful intercourse.

If you have recurrent pain during sex, talking to your doctor is the first step in resolving it. Primary care doctors and gynecologists often ask about sex and intimacy as part of a routine medical visit, and you can take this opportunity to discuss your concerns. Your regular doctor may diagnose and treat the problem or refer you to a specialist who can.

You and your partner may be able to minimize pain with a few simple changes to your routine:

  • Change positions. If you experience sharp pain during thrusting, the penis may be striking your cervix or stressing the pelvic floor muscles, causing aching or cramping pain. Changing positions may help. You can try being on top of your partner during sex. Women usually have more control in this position, so you may be able to regulate penetration to a depth that feels good to you.
  • Communicate. You will actually need to Talk out loud- about what feels good and what doesn’t. If you need your partner to go slow, say so.
  • Go Slow. Longer foreplay can help stimulate your natural lubrication. And you may reduce pain by delaying penetration until you feel fully aroused.
  • Use lubricants. Lubricant can make sex more comfortable. But, you do need to read labels carefully or ask your doctor to recommend a product to try; for some women, personal lubricants that contain glycerin can promote yeast infections.

    Talk to your Doctor, talk to your partner. Don’t be silent about something that can be fixed!

You can find out more at: Mayo Clinic

Recipe: Pork tenderloin with apples and balsamic vinegar

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Pork tenderloin is topped with an apple-balsamic vinegar sauce that really complements the mild and just slightly sweet taste of the meat.

Try serving it with steamed red potatoes, fresh asparagus, whole-wheat dinner rolls, and cubed melon.

 Pork tenderloin with apples and balsamic vinegar

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