Saturday, 23 March 2019

Scientists found Garlic more powerful than Penicillin in Urinary Tract Infection

Did you know, there is evidence that garlic is more effective than penicillin in killing the Staphilococus Aureus bacteria from Urinary Tract Infected people?
If you ever had an urinary tract infection you know it is not fun at all. You wouldn't think twice if you should go to see your doctor or not,
and chances are you will be given an antibiotic for it. Nothing wrong with that isn't it?
We all thought that till recently but apparently, the bacteria are smarter than us and they evolve and in time they build resistance to the antibiotics. The more antibiotics we use the more resistant bacteria become to them and the more Super Bugs are being discovered. 
What are the Super Bugs? Superbugs are bacteria that are resistant to the antimicrobial drugs typically used to kill them. They are estimated to cause 700,000 deaths every year in England alone. If no action is taken, these numbers are expected to cause more deaths than cancer by 2050.

No wonder, the scientists around the world got united to find alternative ways to fight bacteria and they looking into using natural compounds like those found in plants and fungi to kill the bacteria once and for all and minimise the side effects of the treatment. As Michael Gerard from DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research puts it  "natural products are poised for a renaissance to address what is a pressing health care crisis."

Recently, scientists at Universiti Putra evaluated the antimicrobial activity of aqueous extract of garlic(Allium sativum) against multidrug resistant clinical isolates of pathogenic bacteria found in human urine in cases of urinary tract infection. What they found was nothing short of amazing.
They tested various antibiotics against UTI bacterias and 97% of the bacteria tested were resistant to them and 16% were resistant to Gentamicin. So to speak the Gentamicin treatment had the best outcome.
Then they tested garlic extract on Staphilococus Aureus from urinary tract infected people and found it as effective as Gentamicin. 
With other words, Garlic extract was more effective than ampicillin, penicillin, kanamycin and cefuroxime, and as effective as gentamicin against Urinary Tract Infection. 
All this is great news but of course there is a long way to go from the Lab to the patient, from a scientific discovery to developing a new drug that is sold in your near by pharmacy, a very complicated and time consuming process to make sure it works and is safe for you.

While the scientists are getting busy to find alternative ways of fighting disease, should you try some garlic as soon as your UTI strikes? One thing is for sure, it won't hurt unless you are sensitive to garlic. Make sure you take it with food and smash it first to activate the beneficial compounds in it. Also, leave it on the kitchen bench after smashing it before you take it. You can cut it in small pieces and swallow it with a glass of water or include it in your uncooked meal.  How much to take? Not more than 3 cloves of garlic a day. For how long to take it? Use common sense. It's a food, remember?

*If you have been successfully using garlic for your ailments, please tell us in the comments bellow. Who knows, your story may help others and in the long run, slow down these super bugs crisis.

Source:
www.pertanika.upm.edu
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/
https://www.scirp.org/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/
https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-antibiotic-awareness-week/

Friday, 15 February 2019

Potato Chips Cravings? Try This Instead

Craving potato chips? Struggling to resist the temptation?
This could be your saviour with this healthier alternative to the potato chips you buy from the supermarket.



Potatoes and butter, healthier? Yes, you heard that correct. Yummy! 
Let me enlighten you if you give me permission. Yes, butter is rich in fats, but if you eat them in moderation they are beneficial to your health. They are not the enemies, they are your friend, "the healthy fat guys". Hmmm, is there such a thing? Healthy fat? I don't want to be fat. Yes, I know, me too. That is why I eat healthy fats that helped me lose weight and stay healthy. You heard that right. Sounds intriguing? Yes, it is intriguing for the most of us. 

We all know the relationship between saturated fats and cardiovascular disease has been a controversial topic for several decades but recent studies at Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Brisbane, found that participants with the highest intake (median intake 339 g/day) had reduced death due to Cardiovascular disease (CVD) compared with those with the lowest intake of full-fat dairy. Butter contains more than 400 different fatty acids, vitamin A, D, E ( a powerful antioxidant), B12, and K2 (cardiovascular protective properties).

If your butter is sourced from green grass-fed cows, it can contain high levels of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) that potentially can help provide protection against different types of Cancer and helps the body store muscle instead of fat. As you can see I can go on and on about the benefits of butter for your brain, your cardiovascular system etc.

Potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C (45% of the DV). It also contains a good amount of Potassium (crucial to heart function) and some other goodies like B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, Iron, Calcium, Copper, and Zinc. All the good stuff that your body needs.

Bottom line, potatoes can be a healthy nutritious ingredient when combined with the right foods and cooked the right way and for the right people.

If you happen to have an allergy to dairy, use olive oil or coconut oil instead. If you have a sluggish liver, add some bitter foods to your plate.Here are some bitter foods that would go well with your tornado potatose: Asparagus, broccoli, rocket salad(arugula), radicchio, endive, artichokes. Eat them with joy, that way everyone will be happy! You, because buttery potatoes are delicious; and your liver, because bitter foods stimulate your liver to produce more bile and help emulsify the fats from your meal so the vital nutrients are better absorbed and utilized by your body. Your heart and your brain will also be happy because you are giving them the nutrients they need to function optimally.

Feeling hungry? Me too. Let's go make some buttery potatoes AKA Tornado Potatoes. Enough talk. Cooking time.

Here's the recipe:

Tornado Potatoes by Merle O'Neal

My cooking tip: ALWAYS Pre-Steam potatoes 8-10 minutes!
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Science source:
*Diary consumption and patterns of mortality in Australian adults https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20372173
*Estimated intake of milk fat is negatively associated with cardiovascular risk factors https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15035691
* Consumption of dairy products inversely associated with risk of CVD
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15035691

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Handsanitizers use linked to seasonal allergies, asthma and more

 

Did you know hand sanitizers in Australia can cause your skin to absorb dramaticaly more BPA, a hormonal disruptor? 

 

Scientists from University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri found that to be the case. See link to article down bellow.

 

Considering the increased rate of conditions associated with hormone imbalance and the staggering number people that use the chemical based hand sanitizers that is alarming. Hand sanitizers sales are sky rocketing in the last few years and it is expected for the industry to almost double in the next 5 years.

 

In animal studies, Triclosan has been found to be an endocrine disruptor and is suspected to be a carcinogen too.It has been linked too seasonal allergies in children and posible asthma.  It is used in personal, cleaning products, kitchen boards and even in fabrics. Other names for Triclosan: Irgasan, Cloxifenolum, Irgasan DP300, Lexol, Cloxifenol, Ster-Zac and its cousin triclocarban.

 

Even FDA agrees that animal studies have shown that triclosan alters hormone regulation and poses high risk for developing antibiotic resistance and skin cancer.

Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA's drugs division said: "Consumers may think antibacterial washes are more effective at preventing the spread of germs, but we have no scientific evidence that they are any better than plain soap and water," She continued saying “In fact, some data suggests that antibacterial ingredients may do more harm than good over the long-term.” 

 

I don't know about you , but for me, my health is important.

 

In spite of mounting scientific evidence, Australia has not banned use of triclosan in cleaning and personal use yet. You can find it in your soaps and toothpaste and even cutting boards and kitchen wiping cloths. 

 

Here are some natural products that come with antibacterial benefits:   

Personal care: aloe vera, witch hazel, manuka oil, tea tree oil, neem oil.

Fresh and fermented produce: garlic, onions, honey, fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C, fermented foods.

 

So, while our country rulers are waiting for more information to ban triclosan to protect its people, I decided to take the matter in my own hands and make my own hand sanitizer using simple, clean, natural ingredients. 

 

I looked online and found this recipe that has science behind it and will do the job of sanitizing my hands without any harsh chemicals and nasty side effects.

Natural hand sanitizer recipe 

Credit: Anya Vien

 Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup Aloe Vera Gel
  • 10 Drops of Tea Tree Oil
  • 10 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil
  • 8 drops Cinnamon Essential Oil

Instructions:

1. Mix all ingredients together.
2. Pour into a spray bottle or a pump type bottle.
3. Shake before applying 


Have fun and never ever forget, your health is your wealth!


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Refferences
https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/triclosan#section=Synthesis-References  
https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0110509 
https://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm205999.htm
https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/hand-sanitizer-market 
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5554376/ 
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3515701/
https://anyavien.com/