and start chopping onions. The same sulfur compounds that make you cry helps plague
from sticking to your artery walls by raising the good cholesterol and, at the same
time, lowering those dangerous blood fats called triglycerides, thus making the blood
thinner and helping to keep your blood pressure in check. These sulfur compounds
also inhibit allergic, inflammatory response and may give people with asthma or other
respiratory ailments clearer airways. You can test its anti-inflammatory effect by
rubbing a cut of raw onion on an insect bite or other minor inflammation on your
skin. In addition, onions are rich in quercetin which prevent (a) bad cholesterol
from oxidizing and sticking to your artery walls and (b) platelets in blood from
forming harmful clots.
In the past, before we became a drug popping society, onions have been used for colds
and catarrh and to drive impurities out of the system. The liquid from a finely chopped
raw onion covered with honey and left standing for four or five hours makes for a
good cough syrup. It is good for soothing an inflamed throat. Onion packs on the
chest have also been used for bronchial inflammations.
You don’t need a lot of onions to reap its benefits. A raw or cooked medium onion
a day is enough to produce a significant effect.
There is much confusion between salt and sodium. The fact is, the two are not exactly
the same thing. Refined salt is a combination of sodium and chloride in equal proportions.
It is inorganic, stripped of all its minerals, chemically bleached and treated with
anticaking agents hence preventing salt to mix with water. It behaves the same way
in the body: it does not combine and dissolve with the body’s fluids, thus building
up and leaving deposits in the tissues, consequently causing health issues Sodium,
on the other hand, is naturally occurring, readily used or excreted by the body and
found in fruits and vegetables such as spinach, celery, lettuce, strawberries and
carrots. It is organic. Like fat, sodium is widely misunderstood. Both nutrients
are needed for health, but not all forms are healthy.
Sodium neutralizes acids in the body and a lack of it causes disease. For example,
too much calcium and not enough sodium causes joints to crack or creak and you are
likely to suffer from rheumatism and stiffness. Morning sickness is an indication
of lack of sodium. Pregnant women suffering from morning sickness can cure it by
eating turkey or chicken gizzards which contain abundant sodium. Difficulty in menstruation
may also be associated with sodium and iron salt deficiency. Eating foods rich in
sodium is also one way to prevent fatty deposits from accumulating in the artery
Controlling salt intake is not so simple in a society where manufacturers routinely
add salt to foods, where “hidden” salt lurks even in cornflakes and desserts but
awareness is half the battle won. Next time perhaps you'll pass up the salt.
A Fighting Chance
Posted by Evie M. at 6:00 pm, October 24th 2010
Germs are everywhere but we can help the body fight them. Certain foods like onion,
apples, kale and tea contain flavonoids which prevent germs from taking hold by damaging
the virus’ genetic material thus preventing them from multiplying.
For infections, reach out for garlic, which has been shown to have an antifungal,
antiviral and antibacterial power. In studies, garlic wiped out the fungus that can
cause yeast infection. Researchers found that water extracted from garlic was able
to block a fungus that can cause a type of meningitis. A bulb of garlic a day would
probably give the maximum healing benefits. And for those who cannot relish eating
raw garlic, baking until the cloves are soft will take the sting but not the benefits
In addition, foods rich in Vitamin A such as carrots, spinach and kale, and Vitamin
C will help strengthen the body’s defenses. Vitamin A’s role is defensive while Vitamin
C is offensive. The body uses Vitamin A to manufacture enzymes that seek out and
destroy bacteria while Vitamin C strengthens the body’s germ-killing cells.
And then there is zinc, an important mineral for keeping immunity strong by producing
infection fighting white blood cells. Studies have shown that children who get enough
zinc are less likely to get respiratory problems, less likely to have fevers and
coughs and mucus buildup. Zinc is easy to get in the diet. Alaska king crab leg,
lentils or lean sirloin are all good sources of zinc.
The body does the best it can with what we eat. Help your body win the fight.