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Health Benefits Of Bitter Leaf

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Also known as vernonia amygdalina, bitter leaf grows in most parts of sub-Saharan Africa, the plant is well regarded in traditional medicinal practice. Historically, the leaf has been used as a treatment for many ailments from malaria, typhoid, diabetes, diarrhea, tuberculosis, gallstones and kidney disease, to the prevention of cancer and lowering of hypertension. The leaf has also been proven to possess antibacterial and antifungal properties.

Bitter leaf is a well known traditional remedy for stomach aches. A study in the Toxicology Reports journal has also shown that the plant may provide some protection from stomach ulcers. It is thought that the antioxidants in bitter leaf contribute to these positive gastric effects.

Prostate cancer is a relatively common cancer especially amongst older men. While following the treatments prescribed by a medical professional are essential for successful treatment of prostate cancer, bitter leave has shown promise in the prevention of the disease by a study in the Nutrients journal . The same research also noted that the plant may improve survival rates as well.

It is thought that the high levels of vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals such as flavonoids contribute to the preventative qualities of bitter leaf in regards to prostate cancer.

While some people fall asleep as soon as they hit the pillow, not being able to sleep is an issue for many. Insomnia can range from an occasional inconvenience to a debilitating condition. Bitter leaf has traditionally been used to help with insomnia.

Drinking a Bitter leaf solution at night, before bed is thought to bring on a calmness and relaxation that aids sleep.

A study in the International Journal of Reproductive Biomedicine has shown that the plant may have a positive effect on sperm quality. All in all, the generally high levels of vitamins and minerals in bitter leaf are beneficial to overall health, so will be beneficial to a couple trying to conceive.

Bitter leaf contains flavonoids, which have powerful antioxidant effects, and can help with treating a variety of health issues such as a high fever. In particular, bitter leaf was historically used in traditional medicine for the treatment of the bacterial infection typhoid fever.

It is thought that a combination of factors mean that bitter leaf may help aid diabetes. Research published in the International Journal of Biological and Chemical Sciences demonstrates that the presence of phytochemicals, vitamins and other nutrients such as proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, ash and other components are thought to act together to lower blood sugar levels.

A study in the Journal of Food Biochemistry has shown that bitter leaf inhibits particular processes in the body, and as a result, may have a positive effect on high blood pressure. The antioxidants in bitter leaf are also another factor that can further aid with the treatment of the condition.

Vitamin C is a great antioxidant mineral found in bitter leaf, which plays a vital role in the body, including the maintenance of bones and teeth.

It also contains traces of vitamin K which helps the body maintain healthy bones and prevents the weakening of bone tissue, also known as osteoporosis.

Vitamin B1, also known as thiamine, plays an important role in the metabolism of lipids, amino acids and glucose in the human body. Thiamine is an important dietary supplement occurring naturally in a bitter leaf that helps to oxidize fatty acids in order to produce the synthesis of lipids, which is one of the body’s essential processes.

Another nutrient in bitter leaf is vitamin E, which serves as an antioxidant fighting against free radicals that have harmful effects on the body’s system.

For traditional medicinal purposes, bitter leaf is often consumed by chewing the tender stem to release a bitter liquid. Alternatively, you can pound the fresh leaves in a mortar and to press out the juice. Add a pinch of salt to three tablespoons of the undiluted liquid and drink.

Remember to always consult with your doctor about any medical concerns, conditions and supplements that you may be taking. Always take the advice of a medical professional on how to proceed with your treatment.

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5 Foods You Should Never Eat After Sex

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A satisfying and intense session with your partner is something that we all love.

According to research, intense sex can burn close to 150 calories every 30 minutes. So, feeling hungry is quite obvious, but it is important to understand that the functioning of the body is not normal right after sex and thus eating anything heavy might lead to other health issues.

Here’s a list of food that you should never eat right after sex:

  • Egg

As much as possible, try to avoid egg yolk, as it is high in fat and cholesterol and eating it right after sex might create uneasiness and restlessness in the body.

  • Alcohol

Alcohol is a big NO after sex because it is high on stimulants that further slow down the metabolism and might lead to irritation, weakness and dizziness.

  • Coffee/tea

Coffee and tea both have caffeine and drinking either after sex will keep you awake and disturb the sleep-inducing hormones. It is suggested to sleep or take a power nap after the session to calm the body and mind.

  • Pizza

According to experts, eating refined flour along with cheese might irritate your body after an intense session. It is suggested to avoid fast foods like pizza because right after the session, the blood circulation is very high and it becomes a tricky situation for the intestine to digest heavy foods like pizza.

  • Chips

Chips are processed, fried and have high levels of sodium that might excite you after sex but it is something that one should avoid right after an intense session.

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How Smoking Weed Affects Your Vagina, Sex

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Most women may not know that smoking weed can affect their vagina and sex adversely.

According to research, smoking weed not only drys up your mouth, it also does the same to your vagina.

This discovery was first noticed in 2009 after a survey was done on 8,650 Australian people in order to see if a link existed between marijuana usage and poor vaginal lubrication.

Dr. Julie Holland, author of “Moody Bitches: The Truth About The Drugs You’re Taking, The Sleep You’re Missing, The Sex You’re Not Having, and What’s Really Making You Crazy,” took interest and spent a significant amount of time researching marijuana’s effects on sexual health.

She found out that vaginal dryness, “exactly like dry mouth… it’s the drying of the mucus membranes” is indeed a side effect of smoking weed.

This vaginal dryness caused by smoking weed affects sex as it could cause painful sex and injuries.

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9 Items You Don’t Want To Share With Even Your Shadow

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Maybe there are a few times when it’s okay to not love your neighbour enough to share with them.

When it comes to sharing some personal items with someone else, maybe you should think about it for a minute before you say Yes, because No is what you should really say.

Other than secrets, here are nine other things you should never share with ANYONE!

No one ever thinks sharing a bar soap with someone who’s too lazy to run out and get one for themself is dangerous because soaps are supposed to clean themselves, right?

Except they really don’t.

The accumulation of fungi, bacteria and possibly yeast on bar soaps counters the myth that they self-clean and are totally safe to share with others.

Bar soaps have no problem with retaining organisms from your skin, like pathogens that could cause infections and illnesses when you share with others.

This is an obvious one, but it seems to be common practice nonetheless.

Other than for the very obvious reason that sharing towels with anyone is just achingly gross, it could get you infected with bacteria and fungus because towels are a breeding ground for germs.

Again, hard to understand why anyone wants to share a toothbrush seeing as it goes into one of your most very private parts, but it happens quite a lot.

The bristles on toothbrushes retain bacteria, and crossbreeding your own bacteria with someone else’s could lead to the births of very unfortunate, but probably well-deserved, pathogens that can result in common cold or strep.

In the case of the occasional bleeding gum, this could get very worse very fast than anyone is willing to give it credit for.

The health industry is either trying to save you from a lot of trouble, or it is trying to sell loads more of toothbrushes.

With their sharp ends, earrings are prone to the occasional pricks of the skin and can very easily transfer any sort of blood-borne disease you can imagine if two people share it indiscriminately.

Yes, you might want to occasionally flaunt with your friend’s earring that you have refused to buy for yourself, but is the slay worth it?

If you want the impromptu lice party on your head, share away.

Seriously, don’t.

The human fingers, you see, is one of the biggest warehouses for germs to thrive.

So, any time a foreign invader dips their crime scene into your jar of silky comfort, new germs contaminate the entire jar, which means the next time you use it, you might likely be carrying the wages of their sin on your body.

Bacteria like streptococcus or staphylococcus which can cause inflammation of the hair follicle and acne are some of the obtainable results from sharing your cream with someone else.

Only way to share safely is if a clean instrument is used to extract the cream from the jar, but why do you want to go to that trouble instead of just saying ?

The human lips are custodians of an extensive network of blood vessels hiding just below the surface, waiting to absorb germs and cold sores that you could quite possibly apply to it from something shared, like a lip balm.

Sharing lip balm – BAD. Okay?

It’s hard to think that there are people who don’t already know the dangers of sharing razor with other people in this day and age; but for the dangerously uninitiated, sharing razor is a bad idea!

It’s quite easy for dead skin cells and bacteria to accumulate on razors, and this can easily transmit warts and fungus when shared.

It’s worse when it makes contact with a user’s blood and becomes a carrier of blood-borne diseases like herpes and HIV.

Nail clippers don’t get the same immediate suspicion as razors but the same dangers apply with sharing them.

Hate to be the monster to break it to you, but it’s possible to be jamming to that new monster album at work and be digging boils out of your ear the next day because you shared your earphones with Jennifer from Accounting.

This is not necessarily because Jennifer is a harvest farm for ear boils, but because studies have shown that earphones generate bacteria from the ears while you’re bopping your head to Jay Z or losing your home training to Small Doctor.

Bacteria, like staph and strep, can accumulate on the earphones and jump ship anytime you share to cause infections, boils, or pustules.

The only way to safely share your earphones with Jennifer is if you properly clean it with alcohol-soaked cotton ball before passing it on; but is it the worst thing in the world to be armed with a legitimate reason to say a big fat No to the next person that asks to quickly use your earphones?

Go get your own earphones Jennifer!

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