The Hottest Health Food May Be the Best

Chili peppers go with Cinco de Mayo like tequila goes with lime. They tingle your taste buds in everything from salsa to tamales, even in jellies. And, like the people who eat them, some are mild, others spicy. Some are so hot they’ll burn your tongue. But are they good for you? Actually, there are not many foods healthier, or more versatile.

Red peppers-from hot to bell-contain more vitamin C than oranges, more vitamin A than carrots, and they’re chock full of antioxidants. Greens don’t have as much as reds, but they’re still nutritious. Preliminary research indicates peppers may help kill cancer cells, lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol, boost immunity, decrease inflammation, and curb your appetite. They can even relieve indigestion. And that’s just when you eat them. There are sprays and creams also.

Capsaicin is the chemical that makes the pepper hot. It’s concentrated in that white stuff that surrounds the seeds. It’s the active ingredient in cops’ pepper spray, but it’s also used in over-the-counter creams and sprays for an array of ailments. The difference is the dose and where you use it. Hint: No matter the concentration, keep it away from your eyes.

Before trying the following, have a workup to make sure of your diagnosis, and get your health-care provider’s okay that it’s safe for you.

The capsaicin in spray form can help:

• Migraine Headaches. The dose is one sniff up your nostril on the same side as your headache. Warning: it burns. But it

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Healthy Living: Staying Motivated and Working Hard

Time to Get Going

Spring is here, yet some people are deadly afraid of the warmer weather–it means more of their body will be shown. Both guys and girls deal with different insecurities about their bodies; too fat, not enough muscles, too much flab, etc. So, many people are hitting the gym and trying to get the perfect beach body. Unfortunately, many of those same people lose motivation and don’t stick to their healthy lifestyle. Here are some tips to keep you going!

1) Be diligent to go to the gym (or wherever you exercise)

Wherever you work out, make sure that your being diligent. If you go to the gym, set the days and times that you plan on going ahead of time to ensure you will go. Moreover, you will want to get into the habit of going to gym by, well, going! Even if you do not work out, drive to the gym anyway! Doing this will put you into the habit of going; and, more often than not, you will not want to waste the gas, so you’ll end up going in to work out anyway.

2) Always have healthy snacks with you

Nothing diminishes progress more than hunger. When you get hungry, you are prone to eat whatever is around–even if you try to fight it, you’ll probably succumb to the quickest foods around (fast food, chips, etc.). If you carry around some healthy snacks, like fruit or veggies, than you will start to train

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Healthy Snacks for Walkers

Long distance walkers should always have healthy snacks on hand before beginning their walk. This prevents walkers from countering their exercise with the temptation of candy and fatty foods when they get home. There are many nutritious and tasty snacks available for walkers.


Dried fruits are a great option for walkers. Try to find dried fruit with little or no sugar. Small fruits are an option as well. Apples can be cut into slices and stored in a sandwich bag. Berries are small enough to carry around as well, just be sure not to squish them along the way. On the up side, at least you’ll have freshly squeezed fruit juice.


Crackers are light and nutritious. They are also a great snack to make you feel fuller quicker. There are numerous varieties of crackers on the market. Some are made with dried vegetables, which are excellent for you. Try not to buy any that are too salty. Wheat, peanut butter, graham, and basic Ritz crackers are all wonderful, nutritious options for walkers.


Take a bag of healthy, dry cereal to munch on as you walk. Cereal is easy to store in a small bag or container and is good for you. Take some Cheerios, Shredded Wheat, or Grape Nuts with you to keep you full as you walk.

There are also cereal bars available. These are easy to carry and combine milk and cereal together. They are healthy for walkers and provide a good solution for cereal

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Amazing Health Discoveries

By Personal Experience

There is good news for those with diabetes and pressure behind the eyes that could lead to glaucoma. For those without insurance, using a thin of layer medicated chest rub under and around the eyes can help relieve the pressure by helping your eyes tear up. If you find you have the sniffles as your eyes tear up you have an important health discovery. What you have found is an effect from sinus trouble that could be the reason for the pressure behind your eyes.
This medicated chest rub can also help relieve regular pain, and take down swellings as it did for me.

I had a pain on the right side of my jaw , back pain, and a swelling on my leg that went down. For people who have suffered with Achilles tendinitis, the best solution is to hold ice to it ,stretch it and stay off it for a few days. Another discovery I have had with it is that once the swelling went down It went to my head. Meaning, the bile or mucous from the swelling of my foot transfered to my head giving me sinusitis that made me feel nauseous. I used goldenseal, Echinacea, or pure lemon juice with water all through the day. Once you use one of these methods to clear out your sinus problem you will experience frequent urination until the problem is solved. I believe that any mucous and flem problem can be lessened by the use

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A Healthy Alternative to Candied Yams

Sweet potato mash

You will need sweet potatoes (my rule of thumb is 1/2 a sweet potato per person, pumpkin pie spice, margarine and a 0 calorie sweetener

Cut the sweet potatoes into chunks but leave the skin on (it helps to maintain firmness) and boil them.
Once tender remove the skin and mash. Liberally sprinkle the pumpkin pie spice and sweetener to taste, then add some margarine and give it a good stir.

I don’t measure spices just add them according to your own taste.


Martina McCullough

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Incorporating Healthy, Healing Foods into Junk Food Lives

There is no love sincerer than the love of food– George Bernard Shaw

We are a junk food nation. In some way shape or form, everyone in this country has had a love affair with unhealthy food at some point in time. This is much more obvious now with childhood obesity rising at an alarming rate. There is no healthy balance — no healthy in-between.

Food can be debilitating or it can be used to your advantage. There are foods called healing foods. Easily transplanted into your diet, you may notice that you’re preferring these foods to your guilty pleasure, whatever that may be. You can still have that guilty pleasure, just not in excess.

A way to bring a healing food into your diet is to use olive oil when cooking. Heart disease, diabetes, asthma and colon cancer risks are considerably lower when using olive oil. It also has the ability to lower cholesterol and may reduce arthritis symptoms.

Garlic and ginger are two other healing foods that can be added to your diet for the better. Garlic has a history of healing, including lowering hypertension and cholesterol and preventing stroke and heart disease. If eaten raw, it can be used as an antibiotic.

Ginger has been used for hundreds of years in traditional Chinese medicine, especially in the matters of digestive illnesses. It is an efficient motion sickness or morning sickness cure and with regular consumption may help alleviate painful symptoms of arthritis.

Another pain reliever is the

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