How Healthy is Kombucha?

Kombucha is a fermented tea that has been consumed worldwide for thousands of years. This fermented tea is packed with probiotics.

Kombucha is one of the fastest and the most efficient ways to remove harmful bacteria which may be prevalent in your body, and increases your antibodies.

Here are a few health benefits of Kombucha:

Source of probiotics

Kombucha tea is an excellent source of probiotics. These are created by the SCOBY or the living bacteria on the surface of the tea. Kombucha is also known as ‘mushroom tea’ for this reason. Probiotics enhance your gut flora, improving your digestion, reducing inflammation, and in some cases, even promoting weight loss.

Just as healthy as Green Tea

Kombucha which is made from green tea provides all the benefits of both the drink as well as the fermentation process. Drinking Kombucha made from green tea has the ability to double the number of calories that you burn, burn your belly fat, improve your levels of cholesterol, and control your blood sugar levels. All in all, you are truly getting the best of both worlds with Green Tea Kombucha.

Increases antioxidants

Antioxidants are substances which help your body to fight reactive and radical molecules, all the while making way for a healthier and fitter you. Studies show that drinking Kombucha regularly has amazing antibiotic effects on your liver, decreasing liver toxicity up to a staggering 70%. While no official research has been conducted, this is interesting topic for people suffering from liver disease to explore.

The taste of Kombucha may take some getting used to for some. However, in the long run, the drink provides for nothing but wholesome benefits for you and your family.

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The Benefits of Red Cabbage

Surprisingly enough, cabbage has been overlooked a lot for its weight loss and other health properties. Only used in salads, cabbage has become a leafy green which is not seriously taken into account, or taken notice of.

Here are some of the benefits of red cabbage. This vegetable is packed in nutrients such as vitamins and minerals used to propel many of the processes of the body. Listed below are the advantages of red cabbage:

Rich in antioxidants

Cabbage contains one of the largest reserves of antioxidants in the plant kingdom. This reserve of antioxidant is so high, it can protect you against vision loss and potential heart diseases.

Reduces inflammation levels

Inflammation can be a good thing, as your body needs it to fight off infections, fungi and diseases. However, too much of anything is a bad thing, and so too with inflammation. It can lead to a host of diseases including heart and cardiovascular disorders, arthritic issues, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Red cabbage does not remove all the inflammatory properties of your body, but it can aid your body to remove the excess.

improves digestion

A poor digestion is an issue for many people nowadays, especially with the advent of fast food. Eating red cabbage will help you improve your digestion, subsequently leading to weight loss.

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Olive Leaf Extract Improves Your Health

Olive tree leaf has been known for centuries to be an excellent propagator of good health. Used in the Mediterranean since eons, the full benefits of the tree are just coming to light for the Western world. Olive oil has been shown to be  beneficial to increase longevity but it’s the Oleuropein in olive tree leaves we will discuss here. Oleuropein is an extremely therapeutic and beneficial substance rich with antioxidants and containing a multitude of anti-inflammatory properties.

The benefits of Olive Tree Extracts are given below:

Reducing inflammation

Oleuropein reduces inflammation, which is extremely beneficial in reducing numerous mental and physical health problems that people endure on a daily basis. Reducing inflammation all-round is beneficial for the body as chronic inflammation can create health complications in the long run.

Preventing Cancer

Even though this may seem like a stretch, consuming Oleuropein has been proven to be useful in reducing the growth and spread of cancer cells in animals. However, far more research needs to be conducted in order to determine whether these benefits transfer for humans also.

Lowering the risk for high blood pressure

In a 2017 survey conducted on a group of men it was determined that consuming extracts of olive leaves was extremely beneficial in reducing the rate of high blood pressure, at times eliminating it completely. Even though this was a small study, it was important. With lowered blood pressure, the risk for cardiovascular diseases reduces, with heart disease and cardiovascular issues lowering significantly.

Research on the benefits of Olive Leaf Extracts is still relatively new. However, these results of these studies may prove to be groundbreaking, and immensely beneficial for mankind.

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Kilimanjaro Expedition – Part 2

Kilimanjaro part 2

Part two of a Bloody long walk.

The entry gate to the Kilimanjaro National Park is 1800m above sea level. Like all park entrances, we had to sign in. As we waited, a line of local people were read the riot act by a stony-faced man in army greens holding a rifle. These locals try to rent equipment to visitors to make money. Our group had already met our expedition leader and had all of our supplies and the porters who would be carrying our major backpacks. Apparently, the locals are strongly advised not to offer their wares on the inside of the National Park. Within about 60m into the fence line I heard a commotion up front. I was told that the expedition leader was swinging his walking stick above the head of a local and abusing him for not respecting the rules.  Well, the local was back into the bush like a scrub turkey chasing a grasshopper!

The walking path up the mountain is not concrete or compacted gravel. It is created by hand by the locals. The path is very easy to follow, however, it has rocks and stones of varying sizes throughout making the walk treacherous if you don’t keep your wits about you. Lifting your feet and placing it in the right spot can be a challenge. You need to be fit, have flexibility in your ankles and have enough energy.

Occasionally you’ll find gutters crossing the path created to allow the rainwater to flow through and not to wash away the main path. These gutters are also manmade and are varying widths and depths everything from six inches to a foot and a half. Keep in mind, if you’re sighted you can judge how far to step. Blind, well, I felt with my white cane first then stepped across. This I very quickly got used to as stopping to feel out each gap would waste time. I also had to hold onto my guide, communicating about the terrain ahead. The trail is heavily forested near the entrance of the park with large trees and undergrowth.

The beginning of the track was smoother but became rougher the further we continued. Every day was certainly an experience on this walk! Walking the trail we could hear birds twittering, excited monkeys in the trees watching the trekkers go by while jumping from branch to branch and the porters talking to each other in their own language sometimes singing or chatting with other porters walking in the opposite direction with their team of travellers on their way out.

Our goal for the first day was to make it to the 2700m, or 9000 feet above sea level camp, the Mandara Huts. As we reached the huts in the afternoon we understood how important it was to get fit prior to undertaking this trek. If I were to do it again, however, I would prepare better for the stress on your ankles. Our legs ached and we found it beneficial to walk with slightly bended knees to help with cushioning and stability. Sighted you can make a quick judgement where to place your foot and adjust. Blind, we find out when we put our foot down. Judgements are made instantly whether to tense or relax and have as much of the boot surface on the ground as possible. Making a bad decision, breaking a bone or spraining an ankle, could mean turning around and leaving! That would be a disaster!

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Coffee – Number 1 source of Antioxidants

Coffee is a rich source of disease-fighting antioxidants and beneficial nutrients.
Studies have shown that it may reduce cavities, boost athletic performance, improve mood and stop headaches.

Coffee’s antioxidant compound includes 

1. Caffeic acid
2. Caffeine
3. Eugenol
4. Gamma- tocopherol
5. Isoeugenol
6. P-coumaric acid
7. Tannic acid
In fact, coffee is the primary and essential source of beneficial, protective antioxidants in the American diet.
Roasted coffee contain more antioxidants than non-roasted coffee.

Major Health Benefits of Coffee:

Helps you burn fat – Caffeine is found in almost every fat burning supplements. It’s among one of the few natural substances proven to aid fat burning.

Drastically improves physical performance – Caffeine stimulates the nervous system by signalling fat cells to break down body fat. But it also increases epinephrine levels in your blood. Epinephrine is a fight or flight hormone which prepares your body for intense physical exertion. Therefore it makes sense to have a strong cup of coffee before you head to the gym.

Contains important and essential nutrients – A single cup of coffee contains-

1. Riboflavin- 11%of reference daily intake (RDI)
2. Pantothenic acid(Vitamin B5)- 6% of the RDI
3. Manganese and potassium: 3% of the RDI
4. Magnesium and Niacin( Vitamin D3): 2% of the RDI

 

Lowers the risk of Type 2 diabetes: Type 2 diabetes is a major health problem currently affecting millions of people. It is characterized by elevated blood sugar level caused by insulin resistance. For some reason coffee drinkers have a reduced risk of Type 2 diabetes.

May lower your risk of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Dementia: Alzheimer’s is the most common neurodegenerative disorder and the leading cause of dementia. Several studies reveal that coffee drinkers have up to a 65% lower risk of Alzheimer’s. Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease and coffee consumption reduces the risk of this disorder.

Can fight depression and make you happier: Depression is a serious mental disorder which causes a significantly reduced quality of life. It is very common as about 42% people in US currently meet the criteria for clinical depression.

Another study found that people who drank 4 or more cups of coffee per day were 53% less likely to die by suicide.
For people who eat a standard western diet, coffee may be one of the healthiest aspects of the diet. This is because coffee is quite high in antioxidants.
In excess, coffee and more particularly caffeine can cause problems but taking about 2 or 3 cups of coffee per day is suggestive of health benefits from it.

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