Gut Health Formula | Repair the Leaky Gut

Ever heard of gut health, leaky gut, or increased intestinal permeability and wondered what it all means? Wonder no more! This article will clarify that and a lot more about gut health.

Gut health is a commonly used term within the field of medicine and by the food manufacturers. It covers organs of the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) and their intrinsic functions. The most prominent of these organs are the stomach, the small intestines and the large intestines. We can talk of optimum gut health where there is good processing and retention of food, lack of ailments, stable intestinal microbiota, active immunity status, and a condition of wellness.image showing gut health 123

All of the above contribute to the functional status of the gut in the digestion and absorption of food and protection against diseases. To a larger extent, gut health relies on the diversity, the amount, and the balance of the microbial community of the host. This is known as the human microbiota and it includes bacteria, viruses and the fungi.

There is a very high number of microorganisms that reside in the human gastrointestinal tract, most being bacteria. Some are highly beneficial to health in more ways than one. Others, unfortunately, are to blame for various health conditions like infections, gastrointestinal discomfort, and some mental conditions.

This page is mainly about the relationship between the gut and probiotics (also known as gut flora) and a condition called leaky gut.



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Gut Health, Leaky Gut, and Probiotics

A leaky gut, also known as increased intestinal permeability, is a condition where the selective membrane of the small intestines can no longer block toxins from the colon to pass into the blood stream. When the toxins enter the blood they lead to a whole range of conditions like allergies, irritable bowel syndrome, and colitis.

The main two causes of a leaky gut are an imbalance in the gut flora and constipation. A good, balanced ratio between the good and the bad bacteria in the gut should always be around 8:2. When the bad bacteria are more than the good bacteria problems such as an increase in intestinal permeability arise.

Signs and Symptoms of a Leaky Gut

Digestive Issues

When you think about the potential outcomes of undesirable gut microorganisms, digestive issues would be the primary thing that rings in mind. Doctors will recommend medical acid neutralizers to help individuals battling with these issues. We should note that those medications just address surface-level symptoms, not the actual problem. They don’t get to the underlying cause of the issue, which is an imbalance in the gut microbiota.

If you are managing any of the symptoms below, you may have a leaky gut:

  • Abdominal gas
  • Swelling
  • Indigestion/heartburn
  • Looseness of the bowels
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Irritable bowel syndrome

Mental Issues

Did you know that the condition of your gut could influence the well-being of your mind?

It’s valid! Medical researchers have discovered a link between the brain and gut, called gut-brain-axis. They believe that a disturbance in the normal functioning of the gut sends out signals that will have an effect on how the brain functions. The study concluded that individuals with specific psychological challenges tend to have poor gut health. Like I have mentioned earlier, the primary cause of poor gut health is an imbalance in the gut flora.

If you have any of these psychological issues, your gut microorganisms may be faulty:

  • Discouragement and tension
  • Cerebrum haze, also known as brain fog
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • A mental imbalance

Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies

A healthy gut is very important when it comes to the absorption of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. If your gut microscopic organisms are off balance, your body will have a hard time getting enough of all the essential vitamins and minerals. This may result in mineral and vitamin deficiencies that will manifest in specific ailments.

Below are some of the most common mineral and vitamin deficiency symptoms that you should look out for:

Vitamin K: is important for bone formation, heart health, and blood clotting. If you have a bleeding or bruising tendency you may need to consult your doctor for gut health assessment and other possible causes.

Vitamin B12: recurrent abdominal discomfort and anemia may be an indication of a deficiency in Vitamin B12.

Vitamin A: good for immune function and skin health. Deficiency symptoms include dry skin and hair.

Vitamin C: an antioxidant nutrient. Manifests in poor wound healing, bleeding tendencies, poor immunity, and dry skin.

Magnesium: one of the most important minerals. Symptoms of deficiency include fatigue, body weakness, and and loss of appetite.

Potassium: important for muscle functioning. Shortage of potassium in the body will result in muscle cramps and muscle weakness.

In case you experience any of these symptoms you may have a leaky gut. You will need to visit your physician to have a proper diagnosis. Note that other factors than poor gut health may cause these symptoms.

Uncontrolled, Long-term Stress

Stress can put you on edge and wear you down. Furthermore, it inflicts ruin on your gut to cause even more problems. Pressure from stress is inescapable, regardless of how hard we try to evade it. Most of the time it should not be an issue – until the point when you let it continue for a long time.

Uncontrollable stress raises blood cortisol levels; something that can prevent the gut from working well. If you’ve been worried for as far back as a couple of months without resolving the cause you are surely putting a strain to your gut.

Skin Conditions

There’s been a lot of confusion about skin conditions throughout the years. A lot of it originates from the common thought that the symptoms of a disease should show up in the location of the disease. For some skin conditions, the issue may not be with the skin itself. The cause may be a diseased gut, for example.

If you have any of these skin conditions, it could be because of an imbalance in the gut microorganisms:

  • Skin breaks out
  • Rosacea
  • Psoriasis
  • Skin inflammation

Immune System Diseases

Immune system illnesses can be hard to control because the body’s immune system is mistakenly attacking the body cells. Be that as it may, researches have discovered a connection between the auto-immune system and a leaky gut.

Below are some of the most common auto-immune diseases. If you suffer from any of them you should consider taking a closer look at the health status of your gut. Follow the recommendations later in this article. You never know, they may help.

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Psoriasis
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Hashimoto’s Disease

How to Correct a Leaky Gut

I challenge anyone to make a move to improve the strength of their gut today!. It will go a long way stopping a variety of diseases from emerging in your life. It will also help you deal better with the health conditions you are already battling with right now.

We all have a few ailments that we deal with now and then. We come to accept some of them as a part of us that will never go away. What if that may not be true? What if all you need is a few lifestyle and diet changes?

I personally believe in the possibility of the impossible! I have a few personal stories to tell of the realization of the possibility of the seemingly impossible. But this here is not that. This is not a motivational rhetoric. Gut health, leaky gut, brain-gut-axis and probiotics are all a real part of a our lives that we can influence.

Prepared to begin today? Here is how you should start:

Keep away from toxins!

Fact: if you really want to develop a balanced gut microbiota you should stop eating poisonous food! Sadly, that is precisely what many people with the undesirable leaky gut do on regular basis. They proceed to eat and live in a way that kills their good gut flora, favors bad microbes, and destroys the potency of their gut lining. The vast majority of them don’t understand they’re doing it.

The following foods are not good for your gut and gut flora:

  • Acidic and spicy foods: They create unfavorable environment for good gut bacteria.
  • Sugar: Sugar is a good source of food for the bad bacteria.
  • Fried foods: Like sugar, fried foods nourish the bad bacteria
  • Processed Foods: The number one bad food capable of causing a lot of harm to your health. Good gut flora lives mostly on fiber, which passes through the gut undigested. Processed foods have little amount of fiber, if any.

The above relates closely to a Paleolithic diet, also called the caveman’s diet. The diet encourages eating organic, whole, and unprocessed foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, grass-fed meat, and fish. The emphasis is on avoiding pesticide-contaminated foods and refined foods.image showing gut health 125

  • Anti-infection agents: Efficiently utilized, anti-infection agents are one of the best advancements of present-day medicine. However, using them in a wrong manner can result in gut issues. True, antimicrobial medications do help us in killing infecting microorganisms.Yet they also kill a large number of the essential probiotics that are basic for our well being. Researches have shown that good gut flora wiped out by anti-infection agents cannot re-cultivate themselves. This is where taking prebiotics and probiotics as supplements becomes important.

Eat Fermented Foods

Keeping your distance from dangerous foods, environmental poisons like pesticides, and antibiotics is a good start. Yet, it is not nearly enough for ideal well being. Try to go further urging good gut microorganisms to flourish by eating fermented foods. Fermented foods have a high content of live gut microbes. Examples of fermented foods high in good live microbes include:

  • Yogurt: a fermented dairy product, has a high content of probiotics. Take note, though, that in some of the yogurt brands the microorganisms get killed during processing. Pay attention to the label.
  • Kefir: also a fermented drink, is made from adding kafir grains to milk.
  • Sauerkraft: Sauerkraft is a mixture of finely chopped cabbage that has fermented with lactic acid bacteria.
  • Tempeh: a fermented soy bean product eaten as a meat substitute.
  • Kimchi: a fermented spicy food made from vegetables, usually cabbage. It is rich in Lactobacillus, a lactic acid bacteria.
  • Kombucha: Kombucha is a fermented tea drink rich in good bacteria and yeast.


This article would not be complete if I did not share with you a recipe of at least one of the fermented probiotic foods. I have chosen pickles as they are relatively easier to prepare.

Here is how to prepare prebiotics rich pickles:

You will need the following:

  • 2 empty 1litre jars
  • 1 liter of water, filtered
  • About 10 cucumbers, shorter than the height of your jars
  • About 1 1/2 tablespoon of kitchen salt
  • 5 cloves
  • 5 cloves of sliced garlic
  • 1 Short cinnamon stick

Add other healthy natural spices as you please


  • Pour the water into one of the jars.
  • Add the salt.
  • Close tight and shake well to ensure all the salt dissolves.
  • Pour all the spices in the other jar.
  • Use a table fork to prick several holes into the cucumbers, all sides.
  • Now pack them into the jar with spices as tight as possible.
  • Pour in the salt/water mixture, ensuring that the cucumbers are well submerged.
  • Close the jar tightly and store in warm spot away from direct sunlight for 3 to 4 days.
  • Then move them to a cool place.
  • After at least 6 weeks your pickles should be well fermented and ready.
  • Make sure you store in a fridge after opening.

Be careful not to eat too much fermented foods in a short period of time, especially if you are not used to them. Start small, like a teaspoon or two daily and work your way up to allow your gut time to modify.

Take Probiotics Supplements

Besides taking fermented foods for re-introducing good bacteria into your gut, you can also achieve the same results by taking probiotics as supplements. Probiotic supplements contain live strains of gut-friendly bacteria. This is a comprehensive way of recolonizing your gut.

There is extensive variety of probiotic supplements available. Much the same as with gut microorganisms, some are superior to others. Here are some general rules to follow when looking to buy probiotic supplements:

  • If possible avoid the cheaper brands. You get what you pay.
  • Two good brands are Jarrow and Klaire Labs.
  • Ensure they’re concentrated. Dr. Gerstmar, a respected nutrition expert, suggests no less than 8 billion colony forming units per dosage.
  • Search for supplements that contain strains of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium.
  • The best prescribed probiotic: Biotrust Pro-X10

Deal with Your Stress

One other stand-out task to do to enhance your gut health is to make stress management a need. Among all the strategies I have mentioned there is not a single one guaranteed to deliver good results for everyone. The key is to try each of them until you find the one that works for you and stick to it. Setting aside a few minutes every day to deal with your stress will decrease irritation, bring down cortisol levels, and enhance your gut health.

More science is developing linking issues of the gut to other problems of the body and soul. Isn’t that exciting? That should be uplifting news to all of us! With good, relevant information and decisive follow-up action, you can improve your life throughout.

The formula for a stable gut is basic: stay away from harmful foods and substances, include fermented foods and probiotic supplements in your diet, and resolve personal challenges. It won’t occur without any forethought. However, it will happen. Changing your gut could conceivably be the initial step to improving your life.

Benefits of Prebiotics to Gut Health

Lastly, I will briefly mention just a few of the benefits of prebiotics to gut health. For a full discussion on prebiotic foods and gut health visit this page on our website. A prebiotic is a plant fiber that good gut flora lives on. Prebiotics support the growth and proliferation of the good bacteria.

Prebiotics Encourage Building Up of Good Gut Bacteria

Prebiotic foods have a kind of non-digestible dietary fiber that supports the development of essential intestinal flora. They provide nutrition for these life forms. Note that prebiotics are not alive as are probiotics.

They bring about a prebiotic impact leading to an expansion in the good bacterial community and a balanced gut microbiota. They reinforce the gut condition and give protection from attacking pathogens.

Note also that prebiotics are not easily affected by heat. This means that they do not get negatively affected during the cooking or heating process. This reassures us that they pass through the GIT unaffected and thus well preserved for the benefit of the gut flora.

I have listed ten main food sources of prebiotics below. Keep in mind that cooking, as mentioned above, does not reduce the prebiotic impact of these foods. Scientists even report that cooking onions expand their prebiotic estimation.

Chicory root

Chicory root is by far the most important among the prebiotic foods because of the high amount of fiber it has. Besides being a good source of fiber, chicory root is known for its toxicity to intestinal parasites such as worms. It contains inulin, a dietary fiber that can relieve constipation, raise bowel function, and support general gut health.

Chicory and chicory root products are widely available. Notable marketers of this prebiotic food include Vitacost and Amazon. It is packaged either as supplement or in ground form. Chicory leaves can be taken in their fresh raw form. Follow this guide to prepare chicory leaves.


This is one of the best natural home remedies around. It has been used over many centuries for its antimicrobial effects.

Garlic is a source of many nutrients, including a variety of vitamins and minerals. Over 17% of raw garlic is non-digestible fiber that probiotics live on.

Jerusalem artichoke

Jerusalem artichoke is rich in inulin as well. It has a high content of minerals like potassium, copper, phosphorus, and thiamine.

If you have a sizable garden space, you should consider growing Jerusalem artichoke. It is fairly easy to grow and needs less of your time and attention growing up. Though, you may need to keep it restricted as it may overgrow and choke the other plants in your garden.

Jerusalem artichoke produces tubers that store their carbohydrate energy as inulin, unlike other plants that store energy as starch. You can use the tubers like you would use potatoes. Note though, that they taste a bit sweeter than potatoes.

Dandelion greens

Like the Jerusalem artichoke and the chicory root above, dandelion greens is also rich in inulin. Amazon is the main marketer of dandelion greens supplements.


Onion is another common prebiotic food (beside garlic) with a good amount of fiber. It also contains other nutrients that sets it apart from the other foods on this list.

It has organic sulfur compounds, chromium and flavonoids. However, some of these compounds get destroyed when onions are cooked.

Other important prebiotics include leek, asparagus, and bananas

Prebiotics Sustain Blood Sugar and Weight Control

I have mentioned on this page a type of carbohydrate called inulin. The human GIT can neither digest nor absorb this form carbohydrate. Inulin is present in most of the prebiotics discussed here. Concentration levels vary, though.

Inulin acts against unsaturated fats, improves digestion and also help to balance blood glucose levels by improving insulin production and efficiency.

Being a non-digestible fiber, it diminishes hunger by broadening satiation, and empowering weight reduction that is simpler to keep up.

Prebiotics work in association with the Probiotics for better health

The importance of probiotics to gut health is a relatively new thing. On the other hand, people have known the good of prebiotics and their benefits to health for centuries. Prebiotics, together with the best probiotics, open the entryway for a high level of gut health and general well being.

As prebiotic foods move through the stomach without being separated by either gastric acids or digestive catalysts, they bring about far-reaching effects to one’s health.

Prebiotics cooperate with probiotics to enable particular changes to occur in the arrangement and movement of the gastrointestinal framework. They assume a crucial part of protecting and maintaining gut health.

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10 Astonishing Oil of Oregano Benefits You Should Know Today

image showing oil-of-oregano-1Oil of oregano is one of the greatest gifts of nature to us. It is rich in essential health benefits. The oil is made from oregano herb and is very rich in free radical antioxidants. The oregano is one of the best natural home remedies, both in its oil form and as a herb.

Oregano oil is obtained from the steam distillation of oregano leaves. Anyone who wants good health should do more research on the properties of the product and buy it. Natural remedies have always proven to be better than synthesized products.

Natural antibiotics like the oil of oregano remain outstanding compared to synthetic anti-microbial medications. This is because they can eliminate bad bacteria and other harmful pathogens without harming the good bacteria. In this way, there is less risk of causing an imbalance in the microbial community of the gut. Furthermore, microorganisms do not develop any resistance to natural antimicrobials like the oregano oil.

According to the World Health Organization, antimicrobial resistance is fast becoming a serious threat to human health world-wide. In simple terms this means antibiotics, anti-fungal and anti-viral medications are becoming less and less effective when used to kill bad microbes. The oil of oregano and other natural remedies offer a safer alternative as, like I have mentioned above, microorganisms cannot develop resistance them.

Health Benefits of Oil of Oregano

This product would help improve your health. As the saying goes, it is better to prevent than to cure. The product has great palliative properties and, for this reason, should be used regularly as it can prevent some diseases. Let’s take a look at some of the most important health benefits of the oil of oregano:

Oregano Oil is a Rich Source of Nutrients

Oregano is an excellent source of nutrients such as zinc, vitamin C, and magnesium. It is a rich source of copper, manganese, potassium, calcium, and niacin. As a herb it contains good amounts of folate and fiber. It also adds a warm, aromatic flavor to dishes.

The oil helps fill the void created by nutritional deficiencies in a person’s body.

Useful in the Fight Against Infections

When fighting microorganisms that cause infections, oregano is a great tool. The oil fights against viruses, fungi, and protozoa responsible for deadly diseases. Some of the infections that we can treat with this oil are listed below:

Respiratory tract infections

Did you know …?

Most herbal remedies for respiratory conditions have oregano oil or herb as a major ingredient! Oregano oil can be used to treat both bronchitis and asthma. It treats the upper and the lower respiratory conditions with success when used either orally or topically.

The oregano oil helps to loosen up phlegm and mucus in the respiratory tract when we inhale it in the form of steam. To enable this, you need to add half an ounce of the oil of to four ounces of boiling water and inhale the steam. It soothes the mucous lining of the respiratory tract and the lungs. This way it also stimulates coughing and expectoration of phlegm.

Skin infections

The oil of oregano helps to fight external infections of the skin. Apply the oil directly on the skin to treat common fungal infections like athlete’s foot, acne and the irritating cold sores. Mix two to three drops of the oil to a glass of cold or warm water and apply on the affected area.

For athlete’s foot, you can also soak your socks in a mixture of oregano oil as explained above and allow to dry before putting on. To add on that, spray the oil in your shoes and allow to dry before wearing them. This will kill the fungi harboring in them. Anyone who has had athlete’s foot infection will tell you how difficult it is to eliminate it for good. This is because there will always be left-overs in the shoes to re-infect them. With oil of oregano you can eliminate it forever.

Oil of Oregano is Rich in Antioxidant

Antioxidants are synonymous with good health. Herbs like the oregano have higher levels of antioxidants than both fruits and vegetables. Furthermore, oregano has even higher antioxidants than most other herbs.

This is one of the greatest properties of the oregano oil. It means that the oil of oregano can protect your body against the damage of free radicals. It is beneficial as it neutralizes free radicals and repairs existing damage. Free radicals are natural by-products of metabolism. They cause chemical damage to our bodies.

Oregano antioxidants also help to slow down the aging process. They protect the body against cancer, muscle degeneration, wrinkles, nervous disorders and even the loss of vision and hearing. In general, the oil of oregano is a dominant form of antioxidant. It runs through the body and eliminates various free radicals that can cause disease.

Helps Relieve Menstruation Discomfort

Uncomfortable and irregular periods are typical for many women. The oregano oil can be used treat painful menstrual periods. It has the ability to stimulate the flow of blood to the pelvic area and thereby, helping in a good menstrual flow.

Also,this product is beneficial to mitigate the harmful effects of menopause. The adverse effects of menopause are a big problem for women around the world. The oil of oregano is an excellent remedy to regularize the rules and offer protection against the harmful effects of menopause.

It helps digestion

Oil of oregano acts as an excellent aid for digestion. The oil efficiently cleanses the digestive tract of a person’s body. It helps the flow of bile in the digestive organs, assisting in the digestive process. We certainly cannot overstate the ability of this natural remedy to expel gut parasites like worms and fungi, and relieve diarrhea and constipation.

Oil of oregano has high concentrations of natural chemicals. When taking it orally consult your doctor for safe doses, frequencies and duration. The general dose is one drop up to four times a day for not more than two weeks. Exceeding this general directive can lead to problems in the absorption of iron in the gut. This is even more important for people with iron deficiency and pregnant women.

Prolongs Aging

One of the best benefits for women that the oil of oregano communicates is that it helps the skin look young. Oregano helps elegant aging with its oxidation and its radical antioxidants. This essential oil is an excellent defense against skin aging accelerators.

Oil of Oregano can also Help With Weight Loss

According to the Natural Society website, oil of oregano is a natural immune stimulant that has anti-inflammatory benefits. To some extent inflammation is one the body processes that cause weight gain and obesity. Oregano’s anti-inflammatory properties eliminate a buildup of unwanted body fat. Oil of oregano also helps reduce irritation in adipose tissue. It is also beneficial in reducing the levels of triglycerides and cholesterol in the blood.

Cures Cold and Alleviates Allergies

Oil of oregano strengthens the immune system, which makes it beneficial to combat the cold and flu. It is helpful in relieving allergies and environmental sensitivities. Oregano has a calming and sedative effect on hypersensitivity. It is an exceptional natural alternative to adverse ecological impact.

Helps Relieve Body Pains and Discomfort

The stiffness and pain in the body can be devastating. This gift of nature, oil of oregano helps relieves pain by penetrating deep into the skin. When applied externally, it also reduces muscle pain and discomfort. The oil is very beneficial for relieving discomfort in sports injuries.


Medical research indicates that this product can help in the treatment of gastrointestinal tract infections, respiratory tract infections and the primary stage of tuberculosis. By taking this oil orally, people with bacterial symptoms can eliminate bacterial and viral infections from their system since the antibiotic properties of the products are well proven and known. In laboratory tests, it has been a useful antidote against food poisoning.

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Cinnamon Benefits For Optimum Health

Cinnamon Benefits For Optimum Health

Cinnamon: the Popular Aromatic Spice

Cinnamon is one of the most popular aromatic spices. Since many years ago, people have used this incredible spice in several tasty dishes and cuisines. However, there is more than just making flavorful home-baked dishes. There is a lot of astonishing facts behind this natural spice. Well, what about I give you some educational information about cinnamon and the cinnamon benefits for optimum health.

What Exactly Is Cinnamon?

Cinnamon is a flavoring spice that comes from the inner bark of cinnamon tree. There are several cinnamon tree species but they all share one common genus – Cinnamomum. When the inner bark of this tree is shaved off and sun-dried, it curls into beautiful brown rolls.

When I mention rolls, I am pretty sure most of you got a vague understanding of what cinnamon sticks look like. Except the people of Sri Lanka, that is. According to history, cinnamon has its original roots lying in Sweden. However, Sri Lanka remains the major producer of cinnamon. China, Egypt, and Indonesia are the other producers of cinnamon.

It is the Romans who contributed to the spread of cinnamon to these parts of the world. They used this aromatic spice to accent wine and incense.

Main Types of Cinnamon

Despite the existence of various cinnamon tree species, we have two major types of cinnamon sticks: Ceylon and Cassia.

Cassia Cinnamon

Cassia cinnamon is budget-friendly and readily available on the market. Some consumers refer to cassia cinnamon as “China Cinnamon”. This is simply because China is the main producer of this type of cinnamon. It is of less quality compared to Ceylon and you will most likely find it in most kitchens. If you find cinnamon being sold out there without any clear indication whether it is cassia or Ceylon, you are most probably buying cassia. Cassia cinnamon is thick and dark in color. It is also strong in scent and will inflame your mouth when chewed.

Kindly note that cassia cinnamon is toxic when consumed in large doses. It contains coumarin; a harmful substance known to cause kidney and liver failure. If you happen to be consuming this spice for the first time, you better seek proper guidance or else, you risk spending your last day on earth.


This is the rare high-quality type of cinnamon that is produced in Sri Lanka. It is referred to as the pure or original cinnamon. It is lighter in color and a little brittle. Ceylon layers look thinner when you compare them to cassia layers. It is sweet with a milder scent. Doctors recommend Ceylon rather than cassia. However, note that Ceylon goes at a much higher price compared to cassia.

Cinnamon Benefits for Optimum Health

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Cinnamon Helps With Brain Health

Scientific studies have shown that the use of cinnamon inhibits various damaging activities in the brain. Cinnamon contains cinnamophilin; a substance that reduces damage to brain neurons. Some other studies have shown that smelling cinnamon alone helps boost cognitive abilities.

Additionally, there is a link between cinnamon intake and prevention of brain diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Cinnamon benefits also in preventing the accumulation of Tau; a substance that is very harmful to brain cells. Generally, this aromatic spice boosts neurological functions thus improving brain performance.

Cinnamon Benefits for Heart Health (Cholesterol Levels)

Another incredible health boost to a regular cinnamon consumer is exellent heart health. Cinnamon is a potent antioxidant that reduces the numbers of killer radicals. Its anti-inflammatory properties help prevent heart diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and obesity. Studies have shown that consumption of cinnamon keeps body cholesterol levels under control.

For instance, in one of the studies, patients took 1-6 grams of cinnamon daily while an equal number were took placebo. After 40 days, those who had taken cinnamon registered a lower level of bad triglyceride LDL cholesterol. Generally, cholesterol levels reduced significantly among cinnamon consumers compared to those who took placebo. There was no significant effect on good triglyceride HDL cholesterol.

Cinnamon Regulates Blood Sugar Level

If you happen to have Type 2 Diabetes, consuming cinnamon is all good news. Actually, you should consider taking cinnamon even if your chances of suffering from diabetes are lower. Studies have shown that cinnamon boosts insulin performance while reducing carbohydrate digestion. This greatly helps in controlling the blood sugar level.

In one experiment, 7 participants were given 6 grams of cinnamon while an equal number was given placebo. Afterwards, an Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT) was administered. Those who took cinnamon had their blood sugar levels reduced by 13% compared to those who took placebo.

According to Lori Kenyon Farley; an expert working on the “Project Juice”, cinnamon lowers fasting blood sugar. In fact, some health experts actually recommend cinnamon more than prescriptions in managing Type 2 diabetes. Moreover, another pilot study has also shown that cinnamon benefits women suffering from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) in a big way.

Cinnamon Possesses Anti-fungal, Antibacterial and Antiviral Properties

image showing cinnamon benefits rolls and powderIn the Middle Ages, people used cinnamon not only to flavor foods but also to prevent spoilage. Well, today, scientists are discovering more and more astonishing cinnamon benefits. Apart from possessing therapeutic properties, cinnamon helps combat disease-causing microorganisms. Several experimental studies have proven that cinnamon possesses antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.

For instance, in one study scientists compared over 25 cinnamon tree species with other antioxidants and cinnamon proved to be the best. Even though most of these studies involve animals, there is a promising hope that cinnamon could help solve several health challenges. In one study carried out in India, cinnamon proved to be the only anti-oxidant capable of preventing HIV.

Cinnamon Shows Evidence of Anti-carcinogenic Properties

Research studies have shown that cinnamon inhibits the growth of cancerous cells. However, do not get carried away as this research is only limited to animals. Though, the fact that cinnamon is a potent antioxidant provides hope for the cancer victims. Some medical experts suggest that cinnamon has the ability to induce death of cancerous cells. This is great news regardless of the progress of their work.


Most chronic conditions such as diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer’s dementia come about as a result of inflammation on cellular level. Studies have discovered that cinnamon or cinnamon extracts have the ability to lower or inhibit the process of inflammation. These studies associate the process of inflammation with the production of chemicals known as cytokines. These are chemical messengers that stimulate inflammatory process in the gut. Taking cinnamon treatment or as a flavoring additive works against inflammation by inhibiting the production of cytokines.

Cinnamon Alleviates Digestive Issues

People sometimes refer to cinnamon as the stomach smoother because of its ability to deal with gastrointestinal problems. For years, many individuals have taken cinnamon as part of hot tea to deal with stomach discomfort. In this case, it is preferable to use ground cinnamon rather than the sticks.

Open this link to see the tabled results of the several studies made to test cinnamon benefits for health in general.

Cinnamon Natural Essential Oils Have Several Healthy Benefits

Several international companies have taken advantages of the incredible cinnamon benefits packed in cinnamon stick rolls. Today, the markets sell a broad variety of cinnamon essential oils. These oils are greatly effective in combating health problems such as relief from arthritis, relief from a toothache, pain relief, help in proper functioning of kidneys, and much more. Cinnamon oils are also great for massage.

Final Words: Cinnamon Benefits for Health

Cinnamon is an incredible natural spice. Apart from giving our dishes that savoring tasty we all love, it is full of immense health benefits. However, do not get carried away with the health benefits of cinnamon. Remember both cassia and Ceylon cinnamon have the same color and flavor but their health benefits differ.

Consuming large amounts of cassia cinnamon could put your life at risk. If you love lots of this natural spice then prefer taking Ceylon which is pure and free of toxins. On the other hand, do not incorporate too much of cinnamon in your diet if you are breastfeeding, pregnant or have a medical condition. It is highly advisable to talk to your medical practitioner first for proper guidance.

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Benefits of Drinking Water Regularly

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We have all heard it before: you need to drink more water. Most of us know water is important to our overall health. In fact, people in hot climates carry bottled water everywhere they go. But, have you stopped to ask yourself what are the benefits of drinking water? How much helpful it is to drink eight glasses of water every 24 hours? In this article I will be answering some of those questions and even more.

There are so many benefits of drinking water regularly, at least eight glasses a day. First of all, the eight glasses a day is just a directive. The correct amount of water to drink a day should be directed by other several factors like the following: prevailing climate conditions, your physical activities, and maybe your body weight. Some health conditions such as kidney dysfunction may cause you to limit the amount of water you have to take a day. Having said that, drinking more water is generally more essential for the correct functioning of the body systems.

The water we drink gets lost as is used in the normal body functions. Some get lost through direct water loss as in active perspiration and excretion as urine and stools, some get lost as we exhale, cough, sneeze, and so forth. We need to replace all that water as often as possible and in adequate quantities. This is where the eight glasses distributed as needed through the day comes in.

The Benefits of Drinking Water

Below are some of the benefits of drinking water and other healthy fluids on regular basis. We all know most of these facts but tend to take them for granted. After all water is one nutrient that is readily and freely available.

Water as a Solvent

When we eat, the food goes into the stomach and then the intestines for digestion and absorption. For digestion to take place smoothly and effectively there should be enough water in the stomach. Peristalsis, the movement of the food through the gastrointestinal tract takes place easily and smoothly when there is enough water.

Take soft porridge or morning oats, for instance. They are taken with fluids (milk) and that facilitates their digestion and absorption, giving us instant energy to face the day. On the other hand, after eating bread with less fluids you will feel thirsty just thereafter as the body begs for more water to deal with the dry diet.

The benefits of drinking water become more evident when you visit your physician. More often than not they will encourage you to drink more water. The most effective and natural way to deal with some of the common ailments is to drink more water. Constipation is one of them. Eating foods with high water content like most fresh vegetables and fruits can also give you the same effect.

The Medium of Transport

As I have said above, enough water in the intestines aids in easy absorption of nutrients into the blood stream. Water constitute over 60% of the blood. Therefore, if the water content of the blood is at good levels it becomes easier for the blood to carry the nutrients and minerals to different parts of the body.

The reverse process is also true. Waste materials from the body cells are also carried effectively if the blood-water level is good. The waste materials from the rest of the body is disposed of in the liver and the kidneys. The process of filtering of the waste materials depends largely on water. If the blood is too thick itself some of the waste materials may not be sieved out for excretion but remain in circulation.

Water as Diluent

Water can also help as a temporary solution for raised blood sugar levels. In fact, people living with diabetes should ensure that they drink more water every day to dilute blood sugar and maintain good blood viscosity.

High levels of sugar or glucose in the blood increases the density of the blood, making the movement of blood in the blood vessels a bit difficult. This can cause damage to the blood vessels and leave sugar deposits in the small, peripheral blood vessels to cause even more complications.

Water for Weight Loss

Weight loss experts believe that when you drink more water you help your body work on excess body fats easier. If taken before and during meals water can make you feel full sooner and therefore avoid overeating. Besides, water is important for any metabolic process in the body including the breaking down of body fats.

For Beautiful Skin

One of the most effective and natural ways to combat dry skin and enhance skin beauty is to drink more water.

Benefits of Drinking water

These are only a few of the numerous benefits of drinking water. I know that you already think of some of those that I have not mentioned here. Feel at home to expand them in the comments section below.

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Benefits of Good Gut Flora

image showing benefits of good gut floraThe human body needs a lot of different elements for optimal health. If you’re trying to get your health on track and you are n’t sure how to push forward, you may need to look into improvements through supplementation. One option that you are going to want to consider is that of gut flora. The benefits of good gut flora to overall health are huge. If you do not have this element in your body, which is healthy bacteria elements, you’ll find that you could get very sick in time.

Many people are suffering from stomach issues and are dealing with a variety of problems associated with digestion and more. If you or someone you know is managing to deal with these things, it’s time to look into how gut flora can help with many different benefits. The following are just some of the most common benefits of good gut flora that come with this option. You may want to take a look at them moving forward.

Benefits of Good Gut Flora

Fight Diabetes

The first thing that you may find out is that it could help combat the formation of Type 2 Diabetes. This is an adult onset issue that can cause a major spiral for people. You can combat this with the healthy bacteria that comes with the gut flora option. This will help fight against diabetes, boost metabolic rate, and even help with insulin production. Either way, it’s a good option to pursue if you want to fight against sugar spikes and other problems associated with diabetes risk.

Dropping Weight

Researchers have found that good gut bacteria could help with reducing overall fat cells in the stomach. This is something that can help with removing fat cells, and allowing lean muscle to take the place. According to the National Academy of Science, this is something that delivers a powerful distribution of nutrients, and can help elevate the right overall pH balance in the body. With the right pH levels in the stomach, digestion is made easier, bowel movements are easier, and obesity will start to diminish. This is due to the metabolic rate spiking to turn fat into energy, and continue to reduce overall weight.

Gut Flora can Help Regulate Hunger

Studies out of Japan showed that people that took gut flora and exercised with options like jumping rope saw a huge drop in hunger. That’s right, they were able to reduce their cravings, and would choose to eat better overall. The reason for this is that there’s a disturbance in the pH balance, and the body regulates certain elements to skip cravings altogether.

This is a phenomena that continues to be studied. But for now, it appears that this simple supplement can help with regulating hunger and allows many people to lose weight with relative ease. This is my favorite among the benefits of good gut flora.

Help With Child Development

Another study has shown that infants can grow better with certain bacterial elements in their body. That’s right, gut flora could very well help babies form and develop better after birth. The researchers out of Norway studied more than 200 babies and focused on their pH balances, the gut, and overall growth development. They saw an increase in development and computational elements when they were given a small amount of the bacterial element. This is a positive push forward for young children that are in need of nutrition, and developmental assistance.

Help Extreme Weight Loss Surgery

For those that are going to be headed towards weight loss surgery, you may find that there is a dual positive when you take this bacterial element. You see, options like gastric bypass surgery will already force individuals to lose weight fast. But add this bacteria to the body, and there’s an elevated drop in weight, to an extreme in some cases. Studies using mice showed that obese mice were dropping far more weight due to the bacteria than those that did n’t receive a supplementation element. This will help the body adjust to the surgery after the fact, that’s for sure.

Benefits of Good Gut Flora

At the end of the day, the body is all about balance. You may find that there’s a variety of things that you can do to help the stomach function well, and adding gut flora is one way to ensure that you see results. Whether you want to lose weight, ease the burden of certain digestive health disorders, or you just want to live healthier, this is a great solution to pursue.

You’ll find that the benefits that are mentioned above are just some of the things that you can expect with this supplement overall. It’s something that could very well give you an edge when trying to lose weight and live a healthier life.

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Probiotics For Leaky Gut

image showing probiotics for leaky gut

Probiotics for leaky gut? Well, probiotics are the good micro-organisms that live in the gut. They are highly beneficial for gut health, helping to fight bad bacteria and bowel diseases.

A leaky gut is a condition where the small intestines allow undigested proteins and toxins to escape into the blood stream. When the particles enter the blood stream the body sees them as foreign matter. This may trigger an immune response.

Some of the most common health conditions come about in this way. Common examples are irritable bowel syndrome, food allergies, and autoimmune diseases.

Probiotics for Leaky Gut

A variety of factors can cause small intestines to become leaky. These include processed foods, medications, alcohol and bacteria. The first thing to do to correct a leaky gut is to change your diet AND your lifestyle. These are the major causes of a leaky gut! After lifestyle and diet modification, you are ready for probiotics.

But first, let’s discuss some common foods that motivate the growth of good stomach bacteria. These foods are known as prebiotics. We will look at some of the supplementary probiotics here after.

Common Food Prebiotics

The best way to grow good bacteria in the gut is to eat natural food sources of fiber and fermented dairy products. They support the growth of probiotics for leaky gut. These are the foods that the good micro flora live on.


Regarded as nature’s prescription for an upset stomach, bananas maintain a good environment for different strains of bacteria in the gut. Good levels of potassium and magnesium in bananas help to reduce inflammation.


Broccoli helps to release substances that lower inflammation and thereby, reducing the risk of ailments like stomach cancer.

Chicory root

The chicory root contains inulin. It has has properties that can improve bowel function and weight loss, and help the gastrointestinal tract against constipation.

It also improves absorption of minerals.

Cultured Dairy Products

Cultured dairy products naturally come up with essential gut flora like Bifidobacteria and Lactobacili, that generally improve gastrointestinal health. Examples of cultured dairy products include buttermilk, cheese, and yogurt.

Other Prebiotics Good Gut Flora

Probiotics for leaky gut can also be maintained by eating onions, garlic, legumes, mushrooms, fermented beverages like kefirs, and other rich prebiotics.

Probiotics for leaky gut

It is important to note that diet alone may not be enough to correct an abnormal intestinal permeability. There are numerous supplements that can help you correct a leaky gut problem. Most of the supplements can be purchased from your nearest health supplements supplier.

There are a few factors, though, that you should pay attention to before choosing a specific probiotic supplement. You should know the different probiotic strains that are available and the specific benefits related to each strain. Your specific symptoms of a leaky gut will guide you on which strains will serve you better.

For example; if you experience frequent irritable bowel syndrome, frequent constipation, frequent inflammatory bowel disease and abdominal pain you may need to take Bifidobacterium on regular basis. This stain is effective in correcting most gut ailments. It is more of a broad-spectrum probiotic!

It is even more beneficial to choose probiotics that have more than one bacterial strain. Below are a few examples of good probiotics for lealy gut.

Bifidobacterium Lactis

Bifidobacterium is one of the most important probiotics for the human body. It boosts the immune system, improves digestion, and help to maintain healthy cholesterol levels.

It also helps in the digestion of most sugars and fibers. When all is said and done, we cannot overstate the role of Bifidobacterium in general bowel health. Foods like fermented dairy products and fermented vegetables contain a fair amount of this bacterium.

Bifidobacterium Longum

The Bifidobacterium Longum produces lactic acid that kills harmful micro-organisms in the gut. It can also improve bowel movements in constipation.

Bifidobacterium Bifidum

This bacterial strain can be used to reduce chances of acute diarrhea and fight infections by harmful bacteria like Escherichia coli.It also helps fight inflammatory bowel diseases.

Bifidobacterium Breve

Bifidobacterium Breve is beneficial for increasing bowel frequency and relieving abdominal pain. This explains why the strain is effective in the treatment of ulcerative colitis, a gastrointestinal condition that leads to inflammation and ulcers of the colon and rectum.

Probiotics for Leaky Gut

I have only mentioned a few of the known good micro flora supplements for the gut. More can be obtained from the experts on probiotic supplements.

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Prebiotic Foods for Gut Health

Prebiotic Foods for Gut Health

Many people today are chasing weight loss and healthy living. Some are doing better than others. Here’s a few tricks of the trade that can help everyone get a little better at healthy lifestyle choices. You see, you don’t need to go extreme, you need balance. One of the great ways to help your body achieve the right balance is to look after microorganisms that help with creating healthy elements in the body. These microorganisms need prebiotic foods to flourish!

One of the best ways to do that is through eating best, natural prebiotics. You may already know about probiotics, but this is something that is different. A prebiotic it’s a type of fiber that good bacteria in the gut lives on. Being fiber, prebiotic foods can also efficiently take care of digestion in your body so that you ease stress, and much more inside your stomach.

There are some natural ways that you can get this into your body. The following are some of the best prebiotic foods that will help you build probiotics in your gut.

Prebiotic Foods for Gut Health

Dandelion Greens

One of the best options that you can work with is that of dandelion greens. This is a solution that comes with a great deal of fiber, and can actually relieve a great deal of stomach ailments. You can ease the stress of constipation, and help with a healthy diuretic element as well. This can help your heart health, your gut, and can even help you gain the upper hand in overall digestive health.

If you’re allergic to dandelions, this is not going to be a good choice, but if you’re not allergic, this is a great option to pursue overall.

Artichoke (Jerusalem)

You already know that you should be eating your vegetables, but here’s an option that most people don’t really know about. This is an option that is going to help you get moving forward with the right elements of health. Artichole has a great deal of fiber in it.

As far as prebiotics foods are concerned, this could very well help you gain the upper hand. This artichoke option that can help you not only increase the digestive track health you need, it can also boost your immune system. It will simply push your immune system higher and help with digestion. It will make you feel better and even boost your metabolic rate all the same.


Another vegetable to add to your daily routine is this one. Leeks have a great way of delivering the prebiotic element that you need most. Not only that, you’ll find that it is full of vitamin K, and can deliver a great benefit of fiber, and more.
While you may not enjoy the flavor at first, there’s a lot of things that you can do to make the flavor a little milder, and increase the overall health benefits that come with this solution. Leeks are in the same family as other vegetables, mainly garlic.


Here’s something that everyone can enjoy on a daily basis and get the prebiotic benefits that come with fiber enriched diets. When you eat prebiotic foods, you’re going to be delivering a good option to the body. Bananas do just that. There’s a small amount of inulin in them. But overall, you’ll find that there’s a resistant element to it, and that’s where you’ll get the prebiotic goodness.

Here’s the thing, you have to eat them a little under ripe, which means that they should be a little green. This can help with a healthy gut and assisting in reducing heart burn, and even upset stomach.


An easy way to introduce supplement elements to the body is through the use of oats. Oats, mainly whole oats, can deliver a powerful punch into the body. It can help lower cholesterol, help the stomach digest, ease bowel movements, and bring about a great deal of anti-inflammatory elements to help with reducing cancer risk and more. You’ll find that whole oats could also provide a more filling meal when you are trying to diet and exercise.


Did you know that cocoa can be so powerful? Now, you can’t just go buy a chocolate bar and get this. You’re going to need to find options that are not processed greatly, or broken down by tons of sugar. Dark chocolate, for instance can have a little bit of this. You want to look for the right flavanols to ensure that you’re getting the prebiotic effect.

Prebiotic Foods

At the end of the day, the above are just some of the prebiotic foods out there. Test them out and see how your body can get healthier overall. If you know other good prebiotic foods you are most welcome to add them in the comments.

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