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Potent natural remedies for a healthier you

Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012
Philippine Daily Inquirer/Asia News Network
By Cory Quirino

When it comes to addressing those daily aches and pains, seek something natural first before considering a drug. Surely your own family doctor would agree to exhausting all natural solutions first.

Cholesterol buster

Time and again, there is a constant need to try out various regimens for a natural solution. There are several you might want to consider.

Know that there is good and bad cholesterol, but when it's bad, that's not good news at all.

An immediate measure is to completely remove all saturated fat from your diet. This means no animals' meat at all. Try it for 30 days. If you do not have the will to resist beef, pork, chicken and duck, then there is always fish.

Mornings are great for starting your detoxification regimen. Have a generous bowl of fresh fruits (not canned because you don't want the added sugars).

Here's a tip: Try to get used to eating fresh greens in the morning. An assortment of leafy green vegetables, sprouts (Brussels, bean, radish, alfalfa, barley) will immediately give you a big health boost.

If you do not find this appetizing, how about drinking this powerful vegetable-fruit concoction?

Health Tonic

■½ ampalaya (bitter gourd), sliced and seeded

■1 green apple, peeled and seeded

■2 cloves garlic

■¼ tsp apple cider vinegar

■½ tsp flaxseed or ¼ tsp flaxseed oil

■1 tsp raw wild honey

Place in a blender. Drink and be cleansed.

Barley and rice bran have anti-cholesterol properties. One cup before or after every meal is recommended.

Evening primrose oil contains gamma linolenic acid, which has cholesterol-lowering properties.

Note: Vitamin E supplements may reduce its potency, so don't combine them.

Fiber-at least 25-30 grams daily before meals will do.

Fish oils-EPA and DHA (omega 3-fatty acids). Take up to six 1,000-mg capsules daily if your cholesterol level is very high.

Caution. Do not combine with blood thinning medication.

Morin-oil from the seeds of moringa or malunggay capsule

Garlic oil capsules-one capsule three times daily

Ginger-as a fresh tea after meals (no sugar please)

Pectin in apples and grapefruit is extremely helpful. Eat these fruits daily.

Beans like kidney, navy, pinto and lima are natural foods that can help you.

Onions, red peppers and carrots are high in beta-carotene, a known health aid.

Stop or cut down caffeine intake. This includes coffee, green and black teas, chocolate.

Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower are strong cholesterol neutralizers.

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