Natural Remedy for Treating and Preventing Acne (Foods That Helps)

Natural Remedy for Treating and Preventing Acne (Foods That Helps)

Acne is a skin problem that is characterized by the presence of comedones or black heads, pimples and scars. It is usually found in the areas around the face, neck, chest and shoulders. It has its origin generally from wrong eating habits, such as eating at irregular hours and excessive consumption of starchy foods, sugar, fried and fatty foods.

acne treatment

Lots of products are available in the market for treating and preventing acne. While these sophisticated products are expensive and often leave the skin with side effects and reactions, the best methods of treating acne still remains the conventional, traditional and home methods that usually involves herbs and things from nature.

In this article, I will showcase some home / traditional methods for treating and preventing acne for good.

Acne Prevention and Treatment

1.      Use of onion juice

First, clean the area thoroughly with water and then apply fresh onion juice. Leave the juice for about 15 minutes. Rinse off after 15 minutes but repeat the process daily until the acne disappears.

2.      Use of orange peels

Orange peels have been found to be quite effective in the local treatment of acne. Pound the orange peel or blend, adding a little water. Apply the pounded peel on the affected area and you should notice significant improvement.

3.      Use of lemon juice

Using lemon juice for acne treatment has also proved to be very effective and beneficial. It not only reduces the effect of acne but produces relief as well.

4.      Use of garlic

Garlic is a great system purifier and highly effective in the treatment of acne and pimples. It’s so effective that it heals the acne without leaving even a scar. All you need do is apply it to the affected areas several times a day. To secure an even longer term effect, you may eat about 3 pods a day so as to purify your blood stream and clear up your skin.

5.      Use of cucumber

The application of grated cucumber to the affected areas for about 15 – 20 minutes a day has been found to be highly effective in both the treatment and prevention of acne. It has a tonic effect especially to the skin on the face and regular use prevents pimples and blackheads.

6.      The use of tomatoes

The use of ripe tomatoes has been found to be also effective in the treatment of acne and pimples. All you need do is cut the tomatoes and then place the inside wet portion on the affected areas. Leave it there for about an hour then wash off. You should notice significant and positive effects in days.

In Conclusion

It is true that persons affected by acne and pimples spend a lot trying to find a lasting solution not knowing that some local, and natural items found in the kitchen and around the house could be even more effective.

However, the advice I would give is that you should keep away from meats, sugar, ice cream, carbonated drinks and processed foods during the period of treatment.

Storing and Preservation of Your Beer Ingredients

Storing and Preservation of Your Beer Ingredients

When it comes to brewing great beer, fresh ingredients are important, so buying in bulk can help you save a load of cash.

Fresh ingredients make the best beer, so for the brewer, the greatest challenge may well be how to preserve the ingredients until when they are to be used. The four enemies of beer ingredients, like the four horse men of the apocalypse, are; heat, light, moisture and oxygen. Eliminating or minimizing exposure to these four evils is paramount to brewing a great beer.

Bearing these in mind, in this article we are going to be taking a look at how you can best preserve your hops, grains, yeast and malt extract for brewing great beer.

Preservation of Malt Extracts

beer ingredientsThe right place to store malt extracts is in a cool, dark area; ideally in an oxygen barrier bag. Many dry malt extract comes in oxygen permeable plastic bags, so if you are planning storage for a long period you should move it to a foil barrier bag or oxygen proof container. Heat and light are bad news for malt extract as they will both darken and break down the extract, so store it in a cool dark location. Refrigeration is also not a bad idea if the malt is properly sealed as it will preserve it for a longer period.

Storing of Brewing Grains

Uncrushed grains are offer relative stability and can be stored for more than a year if kept in a cool dry place, away from light and free of bugs. Grain bags, plastic bags or bins are okay for storing the grains with a temperature range of 50-70F. You should note that some persons do refrigerate their grains to help them last a bit longer, but not really needed with uncrushed grains.

Storing Hops

Hops are more susceptible to heat, oxygen, light and moisture compared to grains. These are best stored in a freezer in an oxygen barrier bag such as a foil bag or glass jar. When hops age, they lose their bittering power in addition to aromatic oils, while eventually imparting a distinctive stale flavour. The rate of aging in hops depends a whole lot on the type of hops, their hop stability index, and their storage conditions. Some types of hops will only last a few months while others can be kept for nearly a year when stored properly.

Preserving and Storing Yeast

Dry yeast offers easy storage and comes with a long shelf life. If kept sealed in its pouch at room temperature, it can stay up to between 12 – 24 months. It can also be refrigerated, but avoid freezing, to further extend its life even.

Contrarily, liquid yeast comes with a relatively short shelf life. Liquid vials and pouches lose about 20 percent of their viability monthly, meaning that their effective shelf life is only about half a year in most cases. Additionally, they must be stored refrigerated (albeit not frozen), or they will decay even faster.

I hope this article has been of help in showcasing tips needed in preserving and storing your beer ingredients. In conclusion, I will repeat that in general heat, light, moisture, and oxygen are not good for storing beer ingredients.

10 Easy Healthy African Drink Recipes For Any Occasion

10 Easy Healthy African Drink Recipes For Any Occasion

A great way to maintain optimum health and vitality is to pay close attention to the foods and drinks we take. Researchers are beginning to show scientific link between the foods we take and certain ailments

Do you know that poor food choices, too much alcohol, and certain lifestyle choices have been identified as one of the leading causes of terminal illnesses?

Therefore, take the bold step to living healthier and replace the junk with healthy whole meals, fruits and lots of greens and watch your body and your health transform itself.

And today we take a look at 10 healthy drinks which has its roots in Africa, which are packed with nutrients and vitamins needed for optimal body performance.

Let’s get started.

Zobo Drink

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(Zoborodo) is a drink popular in Sub-Saharan African and is derived from properly dried Roselle plant flowers.

This healthy drink is also consumed in the Caribbean but by a different name as Roselle drink, Karkade in Sudan and Argus Fercas in Mexico.

Zobo drink is highly laced with huge deposits of vitamin C and is said to be great on hypertensive patients due to the anti-hypertensive properties it contains and is also high in anti-oxidants.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium sized bowl of dried zobo leaves
  • 20 grams of ginger (peeled and grated)
  • 1 whole pineapple (peeled and blended)
  • 3 liters of water
  • Garlic paste (according to preference)
  • Any other fruits of your choice

Directions

  • Wash the leaves with warm water thoroughly and pour into a pot
  • Add your water
  • Add your pineapples, ginger and garlic paste( and any other fruits of your choice)
  • Cook and high heat for 15 minutes
  • Then sieve the liquid content in a clean bowl
  • Allow to cool

And serve with some ice cubes and your delicious drink is ready to be enjoyed with friends.

It should be refrigerated and consumed with moderation.

Soya Milk

soya milk drink

This is an excellent replacement for processed diary and loaded with proteins and low in saturated fats.

They are an efficient way of controlling cholesterols, great for your heart and are completely Lactose-free.

Soya milk is loaded with phytoestrogen, which is found in plants and which functions as testosterone stabilizer, which aids in the prevention of prostate cancer in older men.

Research has shown that men who eat foods rich in Soya have a lesser predisposition to prostate hypertrophy or prostate cancer.

Ingredients

  • 1 teas cup of raw soya beans about 300g ( washed and soaked for minimum of 9 hours
  • 3 liters of warm water
  • ½ cup of sugar, sweetener or stevia
  • I table spoon of vanilla or chocolate flavors

Directions

  • Wash Soya and Soak in water preferably overnight.
  •  Drain the water and rub in between your palms to peel off the skin
  • Add your water to the soaked beans with 2 quarts fresh water pour into a high-powered blender and blend until smooth.
  • Pour the beans into a pot using a fine sieve to remove the chaff
  • Add ginger paste
  • Place under medium heat and boil the liquid for 15-20 minutes.
  • Stir at close intervals to ensure it doesn’t lump together
  • Add your flavor and sweetener to taste
  • Place in room temperature to cool and refrigerate

Add some ice to it and is ready to drink.

Tiger Nuts Milk

tiger nuts drink recipe

Tiger nuts are creamy nuts which serves as a snack, grown in the northern part of Nigeria and have a creamy taste, and are loaded with lots of nutrients.

Imagine all that creaminess with no risk of cholesterol, trans fat or saturated fats.

They are a delicious way to indulge your taste buds while keeping you healthy and nourished.

Ingredients

  • 400 grams of dried tiger nuts (soaked in warm water for minimum 8 hours)
  • Coconuts (shredded)
  • Dates (soaked for 5 hours)
  • 10 grams of ginger (shredded)
  • 2 liters of water

Directions

  • Pour softened tiger nuts in a blender
  • Add coconuts and softened dates
  • Add water and ginger
  • And blend until smooth
  • Sieve the mixture, using a cheese cloth ( preferably twice)

And voila your milk is ready. Keep refrigerated to preserve.

Ginger Drink

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This drink is natural to Ghana and an excellent way of ridding yourself of toxins using the anti bacterial properties loaded in gingers.

Gingers are great for your heart and your cholesterol level and are an excellent weight loss aid.

Incorporating Gingers into your meals are a wonderful way of keeping your blood cholesterol controlled while getting rid of bad toxins.

Ingredients

  • 3 medium ginger ( peeled and grated) and
  • 1 medium Lemon(juiced)
  • 1 teaspoon of cloves
  • 1 cup of natural orange juice
    Sugar
  • 4 cups of hot water

Directions

  • Pour the ginger into a pot and add cloves, and add hot water
  • Boil for 40 to 50 minutes
  • Add the 3 glasses of water, sugar and orange juice and allow to simmer
  • Allow to cool and sieve the mixture using a fine sieve to remove the chaff and add some lemon juice

Store preferably in a glass jug and keep refrigerated.

Best served with some cubes of ice.

Sugar Cane Drink

sugar cane drink

This drink is ideal for those who crave something natural and sweet without the health implications associated with soda.

Sugar canes are concentrated with large amounts of calcium, iron, potassium, etc.  and are highly alkaline in nature.

Research has shown that sugar canes are effective in the prevention of cancer, especially prostates and breast cancers, due to its high alkaline deposits, as cancer cells cannot survive in an alkaline environment.

Ingredients

  • 3 long stalks of sugar cane
  • 10g of ginger

Directions

  • Wash the sugar cane and peel the outer layer
  • Chop in tiny pieces
  • Pour into a power blender, add your ginger and water
  • Sieve using a fine clothe to get out the liquid.

And viola your juice is ready to drink.

 

Coconut Water Drink

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This is original to tropical environments like Africa and the Caribbean’s. Coconuts water is loaded with electrolytes necessary nutrients.

Ingredients

  • ½ glass of coconut water
  • ¼ cup of pineapple juice
  • ¼ cup of Lemon juice

Directions

  • Pour the coconut water into a blender
  • Add the pineapple and lemon juice
  • Mix thoroughly

Pour into a glass, add some ice and your health-boosting drink is ready to drink.

To be consumed immediately.

Soursop Drinks

soursop drink

This creamy wonder has been identified by research to contain cancer destroying nutrients. This fruit is native to Nigeria.

Ingredients

  • 1 large ripe sour sop fruit (seeded)
  • 2 glasses of water
  • 10 grams of ginger
  • 1 ball of grape
  • ½ cup of mint leaf without the stem (washed)

Directions

  • Wash the sour sop and peel the skin
  • Put in a blender
  • Add ginger and mint leaf
  • And juiced grape
  • Add 1 cup of water and blend until smooth

Pour mixture into a glass and squeeze some lemon juice and your drink is ready. Serve with some ice.

Pineapple Drink

pineapple-juice

Pineapple drink is native to Liberia and different from the conventional pineapple juice as this is mainly a product of the usually discarded parts.

Ingredients

  • 2 large ball of ripe queen pineapple peels ( without the fruits)
  • 20 gram of ginger
  • Water (according to preference)
  • Sugar (optional)

Directions

  • Put the pineapple peel, the head and the crown, into a pot
  • Also add the hard part of the pineapple
  • Add grated ginger to it
  • Add water
  • Let it cook 30 to 40 minutes
  • Allow to cool and Sieve with a fine clothe
  • Add sugar (optional)

And your juice is ready to drink

Apple Start Juice

apple-juice

This is also called Agbalumo in Nigeria. These orange colored beauties are a rich source of vitamin C and E and they fall under the cherry groups with varying tastes; some taste sweet while others sour.

Ingredients

  • 4 big cheeries
  • ½ glass of water
  • 5 grams of ginger
  • 1 table spoon of honey

Directions

  • Wash the fruits and peel of the skin and the remove the seed
  • Place the inner part in a blender
  • Add your ginger paste
  • Add a small amount of water
  • Add the honey

Pour in a cup, add some cubes of ice and it is ready to drink

For this drink, it’s best to use the sweet variety or depending on your tastes buds.

Groundnut Milk

peanut-milk

These are high in protein and vitamins, and are also highly nutritional with no lactose; serving as an excellent alternative to cow milk.

Ingredients

  • 400 grams of raw peanut (peeled and soaked minimum 3 hours)
  • 10 grams of ginger
  • Water
  • Vanilla or chocolate extracts
  • Sugar

Directions

  • Pour softened peanuts in a blender
  • Add ginger and water, and blend until smooth
  • Sieve using a fine linen
  • Pour the liquid into a pot and cook with low heat
  • Stir constantly to ensure it doesn’t solidify
  • Add sugar and extracts and allow to cool at room temperature

Serve cold.

Ensure it doesn’t stay beyond 48 hours.

The next time you crave unhealthy and carbonated drinks, always remember that there are always healthy alternatives that will quench your craving while leaving you nourished at the same time.

Natural Remedies For Treating Sexual Impotence In Men (Foods that Help)

Natural Remedies For Treating Sexual Impotence In Men (Foods that Help)

The occurrence of sexual impotence is becoming more common among men.

Just like hunger, sex is a basic natural instinct; and it demands complete concentration and relaxation. It cannot be performed satisfactorily in haste and tension. Persons who are usually tense and in haste suffer from sexual impotence.

Sexual impotence, also known as erectile dysfunction, is the failure to maintain an erection during or before sexual intercourse for whatever reason. When this occurs often and on, then such a person can be said to be sexually impotent.

Sexual impotence comes in three forms: primary, secondary and advancing impotence. Sexual impotence could also be psychological in nature from such illness as depression, which lowers sexual drive and erectile function or from alcohol abuse, diabetes or tiredness.

Traditional Treatment and Prevention of Sexual Impotence In Men

Below, I have detailed some traditional and local ways of treating sexual impotence in men. Though the list is not exhaustive, it will go a long way to helping those with problems of impotence. 

  • Treatment with garlic

It is a well-known fact that garlic is used as a cure or prevention against a lot of ailments and sexual impotence just happens to be one of them. Chewing of 2 to 3 cloves of garlic a day would aid sexual prowess and defeat impotence.

  • Treatment with onions and honey

Onion juice, preferably white onions, mixed in honey is an effective cure for sexual impotence in men.  Cut 3 big onions, boil and then squeeze out the juice. Make sure that the juice is filtered then mix it with an equivalent quantity of natural honey. Pour in a bottle and take a big spoon full after every meal.

  • Treatment with carrot

You will get a better result if you take a half-boiled egg with about 150gm finely chopped carrots dipped in a table spoon of pure natural honey, once daily and for a month or two. This also increases sexual stamina.

  • Treatment with ginger

Ginger extract is an effective treatment for sexual impotence in men. You will achieve best results if you take a half tea spoon of the ginger extract with half boiled egg and honey. It should be taken once daily and preferably at night. This relieves impotence, premature ejaculation and spermatorrhea.

In Conclusion

Physical fitness could also give a boost to your sexual performance and increase sexual vitality, build endurance, strength and flexibility. Remember that the human body strives on movement, and physical activities helps to keep your body balanced and your energy flowing. The more physically fit you are, the more sexual energy you will exude.

10 Healthy Smoothie Recipes For Effective Weight Loss

10 Healthy Smoothie Recipes For Effective Weight Loss

Overweight and obesity have been identified as the triggers of other potentially fatal health conditions and is resultant effect of eating and drinking more foods than the body actually needs.

Basically, the body needs a certain amount of calories derived from food necessary for optimum performance and tends to store the excess calories as fat which results in obesity over a long time.

Sedentary lifestyle is also a contributing factor to obesity.

Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2009 – 2010 shows that:

  • More than 2 in 3 adults are considered to be overweight or obese.
  • More than 1 in 3 adults are considered to be obese.
  • More than 1 in 20 adults are considered to have extreme obesity.
  • About one-third of children and adolescents ages 6 to 19 are considered to be overweight or obese.
  • More than 1 in 6 children and adolescents ages 6 to 19 are considered to be obese.

The way out of obesity is to exercise and reduce calorie intake; fruits and vegetables being an excellent way of ensuring nutritional requirements are met whilst ensuring significant reduction in caloric intakes.

We will be educating you on smoothies under 400 calories with high nutritional values, that ensures you are fuller, resulting in lower caloric consumptions, which when sustained will lead to weight loss.

But you also have to give up on sugar and all the junks for maximal effect.

Banana Oatmeal Breakfast

banana oatmeal smoothies

This smoothie keeps you feeling fuller with lesser calories.

Ingredients

  • 1 peeled banana
  • 1 cup of Almond milk
  • ¼ cup oatmeal
  • ¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 table spoon of flaxseeds.
  • 1 tablespoon of natural honey.
  • 1 cup ice.

Directions

  • Pour your Almond milk into your blender
  • Add your peeled bananas and flaxseeds
  • Add your oatmeal and honey to the mix
  • Add your vanilla extract
  • Blend until smooth

Pour in a glass and add some ice and your smoothie is ready to drink.

Coconut Apple Smoothie

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This is a power breakfast, delicious and complete with nutrients needed to make start up your day, while also filling and satisfied all morning.

The fiber in the coconut leaves you feeling full all day, resulting in lesser calorie consumption during the day.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of natural coconut milk
  • ½ cup of diced apples
  • 10 grams of ginger
  • ½ cup shredded coconut flesh
  • 1 cup of ice

Directions

  • Pour your shredded coconut flakes in the blender
  • Add your diced apples
  • Add your skin peeled ginger
  • And your coconut milk
  • Blend until smooth

Serve in a glass and add some pieces of ice cubes. Voila your smoothie is ready to drink!

Orange Lemon Smoothie

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This smoothie is packed with vitamin C which boosts metabolism, leaving you fuller and your skin glowing.

Ingredients

  • 1 large orange peeled and seeded
  • 1 medium lemon juiced
  • ½ cup of unsweetened yoghurt
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extracts
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds soaked for over 8 hours
  • 1 spoon of natural honey

Directions

  • Pour your unsweetened yoghurt into a blender
  • Add your peeled and seeded oranges
  • Add your lemon juice
  • Add your chia seeds and vanilla extracts
  • Add the honey
  • Blend until smooth

Serve with some cubes of ice and your delicious smoothie is ready to drink.

Creamy Chia Smoothie

creamy chia smoothie

Chia seeds are highly nutritious and highly filling. This smoothie is delicious, ensuring you are kept fuller for longer, resulting in the consumption of lesser calories.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds soaked for over 8 hours
  • ½ cup of frozen pineapple
  • ½ cup of shredded coconuts
  • 1 cup of coconut milk
  • 1 large apple diced

Directions

  • Pour your coconut milk in a blender
  • Add your frozen pineapple and shredded coconuts
  • Add your diced apples and chia seeds
  • Blend until smooth

Serve in a glass and add some cubes of ice and your smoothie is ready to drink.

Chocolate Banana Smoothie

Chocolate Banana Smoothie

Contrary to popular belief chocolates are a healthy option for weight loss, and the bananas will ensure you are fuller for longer.

Ingredients

  • 1 large banana peeled
  • 1 table spoon of cocoa powder
  • 1 cup of Almond milk
  • 10 grams of ginger.

Directions

  • Pour the cup of almond into the blender
  • Add your banana
  • Add your cocoa powder and your grated ginger
  • Blend until smooth

Serve chilled by add some pieces of ice and its ready to drink

 

Spinach Banana Smoothie

Spinach Banana Smoothie

Spinach are great for your metabolism and a great addition to your smoothies. They are packed with potassium and calcium and the banana gives it a rich creamy taste.

Ingredient

  • 1 cup of spinach
  • 2 large bananas peeled
  • 1 cup of frozen pineapples
  • 1 cup of Almond milk
  • A cup of ice

Directions

  • Pour the almond milk into your blender
  • Add the bananas to the mix
  • Add the frozen pineapples and spinach
  • Blend until smooth

Serve chilled with ice added and it’s ready to be enjoyed.

Beets Apples Smoothies

Beets Apples Smoothies

This bright red super food are rich in vitamins and essential acids which improves overall body function

Ingredients

  • ¼ beetroot boiled and cooled
  • 2 large apples
  • 1 cup of unsweetened yoghurt
  • 1/3 cup of strawberries
  • Half glass of water

Directions

  • Pour the yoghurt into the blender
  • Add your diced apples and beetroots
  • Add your strawberries and honey
  • Add water
  • Blend until smooth

Serve chilled and your smoothie is ready.

Berry Blast Smoothies

Berry Blast Smoothies

Adding berries to your breakfast smoothies is a perfect ways of kick starting your metabolism for weight loss optimization.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup of strawberry
  • ½ cup of raspberries
  • ½ cup of blueberries
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1 cup of ice
  • 1 tea spoon of honey

Directions

  • Pour your almond milk into your blender
  • Add your berries and honey
  • Blend until smooth

Serve with some cubes of ice and your power smoothie is ready to be enjoyed with family and friends.

Cucumber Apple Smoothie

Cucumber Apple Smoothie

Cucumbers and apples are the perfect low calorie combination that keeps you feeling fuller while consuming lesser calories.

Ingredients

  • 1 large cucumber peeled and seeded
  • 2 large green Apples(diced)
  • 10 grams of ginger
  • 1 cup of frozen pineapples
  • 1 cup of almond milk.

Directions

  • Pour your almond milk into a blender
  • Add your frozen pineapples
  • Add your apples
  • Add your cucumbers and gingers
  • Blend until smooth

Serve with some cubes of ice and your smoothie is ready to be enjoyed with friends.

Water Melon Pineapple Smoothies

Water Melon Pineapple Smoothies

This delicious smoothie is packed with vitamin and contains 80% of fluids which helps to keep you hydrated and feeling fuller for longer periods.

Ingredients

  • ¼ bright red water melons (with the seeds)
  • ½ cup of frozen pineapples
  • 10 grams of ginger.
  • 1 cup of unsweetened yoghurts

Directions

  • Pour your yoghurt in a blender
  • Add your diced watermelons
  • Add your pineapples and ginger
  • Blend until smooth

Add some ice cubes when serving it and it is ready to be enjoyed with friends and loved ones.

So, before you embark on those fad diets that cost you a fortune, remember the studies have shown that smoothies are an excellent way to shed those extra weight and keep them off for a longer time, while being nice to your pockets.

Good fortune on your weight loss journey.