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What is the Scoop on Papaya Seeds? by Herbal Papaya

What’s the Scoop on Papaya Seeds? by Herbal Papaya
http://www.herbalpapaya.com

The many health benefits to be found in papaya seeds.

Papaya seeds are often overlooked when eating the juicy fruit they’re encased in, but their unique health benefits are not something that should be ignored.

In general, papaya has antioxidant nutrients such as carotenes, vitamins A, C and E, and flavonoids, which are all good for supporting immunity. Papayas are also known for how strong they are in fiber.

Papaya leaves, specifically, are popular due to their blood support capabilities and how well they promote a clean bloodstream and maintain blood platelet functions.

So, where does that leave papaya seeds? What is the scoop on those little black seeds in the middle of the papaya fruit that people think are inedible?

Well, it’s time to start eating your seeds people and here’s why.

The Benefits of Papaya Seed

Digestion

The most well-known benefit to papaya seeds is how they help in digestion. Papayas contain the enzyme papain, which supports a healthy digestive tract and aids in removing toxins. Papaya seeds especially are rich in papain, which can be seen in how they’re sometimes used to help fight against parasites and intestinal worms.

Similar to how papain breaks down undigested protein waste, it can also break down parasites and their eggs. A healthy level of enzymes like papain tend to make your intestinal tract less hospitable to worms and parasites.

In addition to papain, papaya seeds contain carpaine, an anthelmintic alkaloid that is also good at disposing of parasitic worms.

Liver Cleansing

In traditional Chinese medicine, a teaspoon of papaya seeds may aid in removing harmful toxins from the liver. Papaya seeds have been used for centuries in improving vital functions of the liver and for good reason.

Because of the cleansing benefits of papaya, it is sometimes used in people with excessive alcohol consumption.

Besides reducing the negative effects of alcohol, papaya seeds can also prevent or support cases of food poisoning. Papaya seeds are thought to have a potent antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect on the digestive system, which helps kill bacterial infections such as E coli, Salmonella and Staph.

How to Eat Them

Papaya seeds have a taste that’s reminiscent of black pepper and wasabi. Because of their flavor profile, papaya seeds are often used as a pepper substitute.

You can eat them whole and straight from the papaya but they will have a somewhat bitter taste. Other people enjoy grinding them down with a pestle and mortar to powder form and sprinkling them on their food.

If you want to eat papaya seeds whole but they’re too bitter for your tastebuds, try them with a teaspoon of honey to sweeten them in a natural way.

Things to Know

There are many benefits that come from eating papaya seeds, but as with anything, they are best to use in moderation. Many people can eat a teaspoon of papaya seeds a day, but if you double or triple that intake, you could actually increase digestive problems.

It is recommended that you start out with small portions, and work up to the suggested daily amount to allow your stomach to become accustomed to the bitter flavors and papain enzyme.

When eating papaya seeds, make sure to chew them and don’t just swallow them whole. The reason for this is because of how tough the outside shell of the seed is, it’s unlikely to be broken down during digestion.

Because of their fertility effects, it’s recommended to avoid papaya seeds if you’re trying to get pregnant and during your pregnancy.

Conclusion

As you can see, there are various health benefits from papaya seeds and many different ways to eat them. So, next time you finish a papaya instead of avoiding the seeds, try a few and see what you think. They’re just another factor to why papayas are such an important fruit for our bodies and why they’re often called Fruit of the Angels.

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Get Your Digestive Tract Back on Track After Holiday Indulgence by Herbal Papaya

Get Your Digestive Tract Back on Track After Holiday Indulgence
by Herbal Papaya

http://www.herbalpapaya.com

Don’t let overindulgence get you down this holiday season! If you can’t resist the excess, follow these tips to find a healthy balance again in your life.

We always recommend moderation as the best course of action for most aspects in life, but the holidays are a difficult time not to indulge, unless you have self-control of steel.

We’re not here to judge anyone for what they want to indulge in this holiday season. Instead, we’d like to help you out if you happen to go a little overboard at that holiday work party coming up.

We’re only human and it happens to the strictest of us, but it’s important to focus on what to do once the damage is done. Don’t make indulgence a habit, but be proactive about owning up to it and supporting your body through the worst.

Why, might you ask, is our digestive system such an important component to our health? Well besides feeling crummy after indulging in too rich or too much food, a healthy digestive system is the key to longevity and preventing degenerative issues later in life from a buildup of toxins.

If you’re just unable to resist another serving of your favorite holiday foods (for the 3rd time today), never fear! We have you covered to get you back on track and ready for the new year, feeling healthier and happier than ever.

Herbal Tea

Avoiding caffeine and hitting the herbal tea can be one of the best ways to support your immune system and flush out the bad toxins in your body.

Mint, chamomile, and lemon grass teas are especially great for a variety of health benefits, but most importantly, they all aid your digestive system in some way.

Herbal teas are also a good way to increase your hydration, but make sure to also be drinking more water on a regular basis around the holidays if you’re prone to overeating or drinking alcohol excessively.

Papaya Seeds

Sometimes what you need after a night or week of indulgence is a complete detox. Papaya seeds are a smart choice for liver detoxification after one too many mulled wines, hot toddies, or glasses of champagne.

In addition to their liver cleansing capabilities, papaya seeds are also great for digestion because they’re high in the natural enzyme, papain.

Green Smoothies/Juices

Speaking of detox, green smoothies and juices are another option to consider for cleansing out your system. They not only help with digestion and moving toxins out of your body, but replenish you with a variety of helpful and important nutrients.

Get creative and try your own version of a green smoothie, mixing and matching a few of the best ingredients for digestion, such as pineapples, ginger, parsley, avocados, lemon juice, celery, spinach, flax seeds, and cucumbers.

Natural Enzymes

Pineapples and papayas are perfect digestion aids due to their rich natural enzymes in the form of bromelain and papain, respectively. They are both important enzymes for breaking down the nutrients that our daily food intake provides us with.

Focusing on finding the best natural enzymes to help with digestion can provide relief from issues such as gas, stomachaches, and even constipation and diarrhea.

Fiber-Rich Foods

A lot of holiday type meals lack a very important piece to a heathy digestive tract – fiber! Without fiber your digestive system actually slows down and it takes longer for foods, and the toxins that may come with them, to get through your body.

Get your fill of fiber-rich foods during and after the holidays to keep your digestive tract at optimal health. Fiber-rich foods include bran, beans, berries, sweet peas, green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, squash, wholesome whole grains, and a variety of every day fruits.

Ginger

As you may have noticed from a lot of our articles, ginger is a very powerful addition to any healthy diet. Ginger is great for digestion because it speeds up the journey of food from the stomach to the small intestine. It is also known for balancing gastric juices.

Ginger is the perfect remedy if you suffer from bloating issues, intestinal gas, or a regular upset stomach from rich foods.

Fermented Foods

The big secret to why fermented foods are a great comeback for digestive health after the holidays is because of the stress that comes with the season.

Stress is horrible for digestion. It actually has the power to destroy the healthy bacteria in your large intestine. If you’re prone to stress around this time of the year, think about taking a probiotic supplement, or even better, eating a few fermented foods on a regular basis.

Plain yogurt, kombucha, and kimchi are great to add to your diet for increasing the amount of healthy bacteria in your system.

Work Out

This suggestion is perhaps one of the more obvious ones, but working out is always a great response to bad eating habits and holiday-induced stress.

Working up a sweat not only helps your metabolism, but increases your energy levels and keeps your digestive system running smoothly.

If you just had a huge meal, don’t get out and immediately do strenuous exercise for the next hour. Instead, think about walking around the block instead of giving into the tryptophan drowsiness. By doing this you can reduce your chance of heartburn and support a speedy digestion while you’re at it.

What do you do to overcome holiday indulgence? How do you prefer to detox your body throughout the end of the year?

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Everything You Need to Know About Super Immune Boosters by Herbal Papaya

Everything You Need to Know About Super Immune Boosters by Herbal Papaya
http://herbalpapaya.com

What you should be eating to boost your immunity, and the importance of a healthy digestive tract.

As the nights get shorter and the days get colder, it’s time to start thinking about boosting our immunity for the long haul of fall and winter. After all, it’s no fun being sick during the holidays!

Firstly, it’s important to understand how your immune system functions. Your immune system is your body’s natural defense mechanism from bacteria, viruses, microbes, toxins, and parasites.

Your immune system goes about protecting your body from these infections through 3 actions:

1. It creates a barrier against said infections

2. If the bacteria gets through the barrier, the immune system tries to identify what that bacteria is and attempts to block it from reproducing in your body.

3. If the bacteria successfully reproduces and therefore causes you to have physical symptoms, such as strep throat or a cold, it’s the immune system’s job to then find a way to eliminate it.

Your immune system is made up of various components inside your body that work together, some of which include your thymus, spleen, bone marrow, white blood cells, antibodies, and hormones.

By taking care of your body, getting enough rest, drinking a lot of fluids, and paying attention to what you eat, you’re able to support how well your immune system functions.

In this article, we’ll focus specifically on what to eat and how certain foods can help increase the chance of your immune system fighting off nasty viruses and bacteria.

These are our recommendations for the best super immune boosters to take this fall with your health in mind.

Garlic

Italian food enthusiasts unite! Garlic has been known for years for its healing properties and immunity boosting capabilities. Garlic contains the active ingredient allicin that helps fight bacteria and infections and thus helps to boost your immunity.

Yogurt

Natural probiotics are a type of healthy bacteria that actually help keep the gut and intestinal tract clean from tenacious germs. Two 6 ounce doses a day of yogurt is recommended for the most immune boosting benefits.

Oats/Barley

Some studies have proven that oats and barley are even more beneficial than the immunity-friendly echinacea. What makes them so great for boosting immunity is the beta-glucan they possess, which is a type of fiber that has antimicrobial and antioxidant properties.

Mushrooms

A food that has been linked to a healthy immune system for awhile now, mushrooms help to increase the production of white blood cells in your body and can even make them more aggressive against outside invaders. The kinds that have the biggest immunity boosts are shiitake, maitake, and reishi.

Cut down on the sugar

Have you ever noticed that kids tend to get sick after Halloween, Easter, and Christmas? There have been multiple studies linking the negative side effects of too much sugar, mainly it tends to decrease your natural immune responses.

Fermented/Pickled Foods

Whether you prefer miso soup, pickles, or something in between, fermented and pickled foods add good bacteria into your digestive tract and help boost your natural defenses.

Zinc

One of the more important nutrients for digestive health, zinc also helps with hormone regulation, neurological function, and of course, immune health. Beans, mushrooms, cocoa, wheat germ, spinach, pumpkin seeds, and nuts are all high in zinc.

Ginger Root

Ginger is another diet-friendly food that has been known for its health benefits for years. It helps to improve digestion, clean the GI tract, increase antioxidant levels, reduce inflammation, and boost immunity.

This is just brushing the surface of possible foods you could add to your diet to boost your immunity, but these are some of our favorite ones that we would consider the “super” immune boosters for anyone’s diet.

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A note on digestive health and the immune system

You may have noticed a common thread with many of these foods, and that’s the fact that a lot of them help with digestion. You may be surprised to learn that your digestive tract and immune system are closely tied together. Your digestive tract is actually responsible for a lot of the daily functions in your body that you’re probably not aware of.

Your digestive tract relies on the abundance of “good bacteria” to function properly, but it works vice versa as well. Your immune system also relies on your digestive tract for strength and consistency.

The reason why your digestive tract is so important to your immunity is because you intake so many pathogenic organisms each day. The digestive tract has most of the innate immune responses in your body that naturally kill bacteria from saliva and stomach acid. A clean digestive tract therefore helps the immune system focus on and protect the rest of the body through its automatic responses.

This is why it’s so important to create a well-rounded diet that includes foods that naturally help to cleanse out your digestive tract and keep it healthy – it’s connected to so much of your wellbeing!

This fall, it’s time to start thinking about the key aspects of your body that do so much for your daily health – your digestive tract and immune system!

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Gut Health – from Yuri Elkaim and Hippocrates Health Institute

Foods to repopulate good bacteria in the gut from Yuri Elkaim
http://www.totalwellnessconsulting.ca

Is your gut infested with dangerous belly bugs?
Chances are that it is, especially considering the overuse of friendly bacteria-killing agents like chlorinated water, antibiotics, and high sugar foods.

These are all triggers that kill off good bacteria and provide a breeding ground for bad bacteria… ultimately leading to a condition called “dysbiosis” (or an imbalance of good to bad bacteria in your gut).

Why is this a problem?
First of all, 80% of your immune system resides around your gut and communicates directly with the bacteria within it.
Hundreds of studies have shown that dysbiosis creates a host of immune disorders and makes you more susceptible to frequent colds and infections, and even worse.

Second, bad bacteria are known to give off a deadly toxin called lipopolysaccharides (LPS). An unhealthy gut becomes a factory for LPS, which can then seap back into your blood stream and cause major damage throughout your body.

For example, LPS have been shown to:
* disrupt thyroid hormone activity, leading to low thyroid symptoms (no wonder, it’s hard to lose weight).
* create NEW fat cells (yes, new ones!). So unless you enjoy storing more fat, this is not good at all.
* increase your risk of insulin resistance (can you say “hello diabetes”?)

And more!
Needless to say, the health of your gut is paramount to your overall health.
Thankfully, I’ve come to your rescue again by hooking you up with 3 foods that repopulate more good bacteria into your gut and fight off those nasty, toxin-producing bad bacteria.

#1 – Kefir

Kefir means “feel good” in Turkish. Kefir is a probiotic beverage made with either kefir grains or a powdered kefir starter culture. Kefir grains eat the sugar in a food, leaving behind a more nutritious probiotic-rich beverage because of the lactic acid and beneficial bacteria it adds.

#2 – Kombucha

Kombucha is an all-natural health beverage, made from fermented tea and a starter culture called a SCOBY. It’s chockfull of probiotics and other healthy amino acids. Brewing kombucha at home is a simple and rewarding process. If you can make a cup of tea, you can make kombucha.

#3 – Sauerkraut

Cultured veggies (like cabbage) are the ultimate enzyme-rich food and they’re loaded with natural probiotics as they undergo fermentation.

They are already predigested before you even eat them, which makes their digestion so much easier. The fermentation also enhances the nutrients found within by making them much more available to us. Sauerkraut goes amazingly well in salads.

The Power of Probiotics – from Hippocrates Health Institute http://hippocratesinst.org

Probiotics are beneficial bacteria and microorganisms that live in your gut. This includes things like Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactic acid bacteria, Bifidobacteria, Bifidobacterium longum, and Escherichia coli to name just a few. Probiotics aid in digestion, help you synthesize and absorb nutrients from your food, and boost your immune system. When the digestive tract is healthy, these beneficial bacteria filter out and eliminate things that can damage it, such as harmful bacteria, toxins, chemicals, and other waste products. On the flip side, it takes in the things that our body needs (nutrients from food and water) and absorbs and helps deliver them to the cells where they are needed.

Probiotics also serve many other important functions such as:

Helping lower cholesterol
Helping lower blood pressure
Helps with allergies
Reducing inflammation
Managing urogenital health
Support the development and functioning of the gut

The majority of probiotics colonize in the large intestine. These living organisms form a neural network that is sometimes called your “second brain.” This neural network in your gut takes in information from your external environment and remains in constant communication with your first brain through your central nervous system helping it make decisions. Hence the term, “gut feeling.”

Probiotics maintain a balance in your gut between beneficial bacteria and pathogenic bacteria. Drinking chlorinated water and the use of antibiotics destroys all living organisms in your gut including beneficial bacteria. Stress can also contribute to an overgrowth of harmful bacterial. During a delivery through the birth canal, a newborn picks up bacteria from his/her mother. These good bacteria are not transmitted when a Cesarean section is performed and have been shown to be the reason why some infants born by Cesarean section have allergies, less than optimal immune systems, and lower levels of gut microflora.

A lack of sufficient amounts of beneficial bacteria weakens your immune system and leaves you open and exposed to germs, bad bacteria, and virus that can make you sick. Raw sauerkraut and Kim Chee is an excellent way to repopulate you gut with probiotics. The supplemental use of LiveGive “Instinct” is another powerful way to restore a balance of your intestinal microflora.

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