The season of cold has arrived. Dealing with sore throats, coughing and sneezing can be as simple as using remedies found in your fridge and pantry.
I’ve tried these remedies to relieve the discomfort when I am downed with a common cold. I would rather avoid sucking lozenges or guzzling awful syrup.
- Honey has been used in ages to soothe sore throat. You can add honey into a glass of warm water or tea.
- Salt water is also good for easing inflammation in your throat. Just add a tablespoon of salt into a warm glass of water. Then gargle for 15-30 seconds.
- When you’re feeling under the weather, you should drink more water. It is important to have enough fluid in your body to eliminate toxins and improve the absorption of nutrients from your diet.
Winter squash is rich with antioxidants especially carotenoids. It can provide sufficient alpha-carotene and beta-carotene for your daily needs.
A study reveals that winter squash is ranked top 3 for its rich sources of lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta-cryptoxanthin.
You can eat winter squash seeds just like pumpkin seeds. They can supply up to 75% of linoleic acid and oleic acid.
The starch properties in winter squash are beneficial. Most of the carbs found in this vegetable are derived from polysaccharides. Among them are homogalacturonan, special chains of D-galacturonic acid. These starch-related components can help those with inflammation and diabetes.
According to previous studies, estrogen have protective effects against colon, stomach and pancreas cancer by preventing the growth of tumors. In other words, men are more vulnerable to these cancers than women.
The researchers of the University of Missouri think otherwise. They discover that colon cancer is due to testosterone.
Just to highlight that the observation is based on male rats. James Amos-Landgraf, an assistant professor of veterinary pathobiology in the MU College of Veterinary Medicine removed testosterone from those rats. He found that the colon cancer rates decreased greatly. When he reintroduced testosterone to the rats, the colon cancer rates were restored as the earlier ones.
This observation implies that testosterone may show its influence tumor growth in the colon. Men are more vulnerable to colon cancer than women is not because of the protective effects of the female hormones.
In addition, Amos-Landgraf points out that post-menopausal women tend to have higher risk of colon cancer because they’ve more testosterone.
If you’re taking testosterone supplements or shots, you should reconsider.