10 Black Walnut Benefits for Better Health


Antifungal black walnutsBlack walnuts are a surprising superfood with many health benefits. They have been used traditionally by Native Americans, Chinese, Indian and Russian cultures for centuries for a wide variety of ailments.

Modern science and research is only just starting to uncover some of the unique nutritional elements in these potent nuts that make them so effective for so many different conditions.

Here are 10 different ways that eating black walnuts or using black walnut hulls may help treat different diseases and benefit your health in general.

10 Health Benefits of Black Walnuts

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Super Skin Bok Choy Smoothie Recipe


Bok Choy green SmoothieHere’s a quick recipe for better skin using bok choy and other healthy foods in a smoothie that taste great and contains some exceptional nutrition for your skin.

If you could make up this bok choy smoothie once or twice a week I’d be very surprised if you didn’t see a significant improvement in your skin’s appearance in a few weeks.

Here’s the recipe.

Bok Choy Green Smoothie Ingredients 

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Bok Choy Juice for Healthier Skin


Juiced bok choyHere’s a recipe for juicing bok choy that is loaded with vegetables and fruits that are particularly good for improving your skin tone and supporting internal cleansing and liver health.

Bok choy is rich in skin nutrients like antioxidant carotenoids, vitamin C, vitamin K , folic acid, potassium and selenium. Combined with the other skin superfoods listed ahead, this juice mixture is a powerful way to improve your appearance.

It tastes great too so why not give it a try and start giving your skin more of the nutrition it needs to look its best.

A Quick Note on Organic

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How to Use Bok Choy in Your Meals


Cooking with bok choyHere are two simple and healthy ways to use bok choy in your meals. If you’ve never cooked with it before you’ll find it a great base for many recipes. Best of all, bok choy is extremely good for you and when made up like this, very tasty as well.

Lightly Stir Fried Bok Choy with Garlic, Chili and Sesame

I’m a big believer in cooking nutrient rich vegetables like bok choy lightly and on a low heat to retain as many beneficial compounds as possible. Vitamin C in particular is lost when veggies are boiled or cooked at high temperatures.

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The Top 3 Bok Choy Health Benefits


Nutritional Properties of Bok ChoyBok choy is one of, if not the most popular vegetable to cook with in China, yet still not widely used in America. Very low in calories but high in nutrients with many health benefits, bok choy is a green superfood well worth using more of in your daily cooking.

What Is Bok Choy?

Originally from China where it has been cultivated for centuries, bok choy is now grown for the US market, predominantly in California and Alberta in Canada.

While it is a member of the cabbage family, it doesn’t really look like one. The shape is closer to a celery, with thick white stalks and dark green rounded leaves.

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A Different Kind of Weight Loss with Triphala


Cleansing with TriphalaMost weight-loss programs focus on calories and dietary fat, eating less food and doing more exercise. What if there was a different way to lose weight with triphala?

Modern processed foods are often difficult to digest properly and can sometimes become stuck within the digestive system as compacted waste matter, trapped in the folds of the lower intestine. This compacted waste is also a prime breeding ground for parasites (which is a whole other health issue) and can be the pathway for toxins entering your bloodstream.

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How to Make a Triphala Eye Wash


Triphala EyebathIt’s often reported that regularly taking triphala churna internally can have benefits for your eyes and help improve your vision. On this page though, I wanted to share something different – a triphala eye wash treatment that has really helped my eyes from the outside.

I tend to be working in front of screens for many hours each morning and, while I try to remember to take breaks, it doesn’t always happen when the writing is flowing. In the past I’d find some mornings my eyes were starting to get strained and even a little red.

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How to Take Triphala Churna for Digestive Health


triphala churna dosageHere’s how to use the benefits of triphala churna to enhance your digestion, reduce intestinal problems and improve your health in general. Also ahead is how to make triphala and dosage information for best results.

Triphala churna is an Ayurvedic preparation that is a combination of the powdered fruit of three different trees – haritaki, bibhitaki and amalaki (commonly known as amla).

It is prized in Ayurveda for its ability to balance the doshas (the elements of body and mind) and enhance the process of digestion and elimination. Triphala is known to be beneficial for removing toxins from the digestive tract, cleansing the liver, gallbladder and kidneys and purifying the blood.

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Triphala Side Effects and Precautions


Triphala pregnant womenWhile triphala has many health benefits, what are some of the potential side effects and concerns to be aware of when using it and what should you do if you have a negative reaction?

First a quick summary of the important points.

Triphala Side Effects

  • Unsafe for women during pregnancy and not recommended while breastfeeding. Triphala should never be taken by pregnant women as it could increase miscarriage risk. It it is also best avoided during breastfeeding.
  • Avoid triphala if you have diarrhea or other digestive issues. Triphala churna can improve digestion but may initially increase intestinal upsets if the dose is too high.
  • Triphala detoxification can lead to a healing crisis. Potential symptoms include headaches, nausea, an upset stomach and a feeling of being tired and rundown.
  • Possible allergic reaction to triphala churna. If you experience swelling in the mouth or throat, shortness of breath or sudden skin redness and itchiness discontinue triphala use.
  • Potential drug interactions with blood thinning medications. Triphala should be taken away from important medications and may interfere with blood thinning medications like warfarin.

Let’s look at each of these potential side effects of triphala churna and how to avoid them so you can experience the the many benefits of triphala without problems or issues.

Triphala During Pregnancy

The major precaution to be aware of when using triphala is that it shouldn’t be taken by pregnant women.

While this is often a blanket statement used with pretty much every type of supplement or herb, Ayurvedic practitioners and texts advise specifically against taking it during pregnancy so it’s very important.

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The Benefits of Triphala for Hair, Skin and Cleansing


triphala for hairWhat is Triphala?

Triphala is one of the most highly prized formulas in traditional Indian Ayurvedic medicine and it can have some remarkable benefits for your health and appearance.

The name triphala means ‘three fruits’ and it is made by combining preparations of dried and powdered bibhitaki, haritaki and amalaki (commonly known as amla).

Each of these powerful fruits have their own health giving properties but, according to Ayurveda, when they are combined in triphala powder the benefits are amplified.

Triphala is especially revered for its ability to aid in balancing the three doshas – vata, pitta and kapha. In Ayurvedic understanding, imbalances in the doshas can affect you not just physically, but emotionally and spiritually as well.
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4 Amla Face Mask Recipes for Better Skin


Amalaki Facial MasqueFollowing on from the last page on using powdered amla scrubs for glowing skin, here are four face mask recipes for a deeper treatment to improve your skin tone and complexion.

First some quick precautions. Along with its strong antioxidant and antibacterial properties, amla fruit powder can have an astringent effect.

This is generally a good thing for minimizing pores and firming up your skin tone, but it may not be suitable for very dry skin.

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An Amla Facial Scrub for Smaller Pores


Amla FacialTaking amla as a supplement can benefit your skin from the inside with its incredible range of antioxidants and other beneficial nutrients.

Amla facial scrubs have also been reported as effective for reducing acne and controlling oily skin. This page will focus on using the powdered amla as a topical treatment to improve your skin and tighten up your pores.

Amla is sometimes called amalaki or Indian gooseberry. The whole fruit powder, with its chopped up seeds, is a brilliant skin exfoliator with antibacterial and astringent properties.

Used as a skin scrub, amla powder can help break down the top layer of old, tired skin cells to reveal your natural glowing complexion underneath.

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