PREGNANT women who drink artificially sweetened beverages may be more likely to have overweight infants than women who do not, a study suggests.
Researchers found that daily consumption of artificially sweetened beverages was linked to a twofold higher risk of having an infant who was overweight at age one, compared to women who drank no artificially sweetened beverages at all.
“To our knowledge, we provide the first human evidence that maternal consumption of artificial sweeteners during pregnancy may influence infant BMI,” said the study led by Meghan Azad of the University of Manitoba.
The report, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics, was based on self-reported survey data.
Therefore, it stops short of proving any cause and effect, but should encourage more research into the matter, scientists said.
More than 3000 mothers logged their dietary habits, which were later analysed by researchers.
Their infants’ body-mass index was measured at one year of age. Nearly 30 per cent of women reported drinking artificially sweetened beverages while pregnant, but the study did not identify which kinds of sweeteners women were consuming.
Researchers said they controlled for potential confounding factors that could play a role in the baby’s weight, such as the infant’s sex, whether or not the mother was overweight, and whether or not the infant was breastfed — and for how long.
The report also found no link between the child’s BMI and the pregnant mother’s self-reported consumption of sugary drinks.

Previous studies on the matter have been carried out with lab animals. Some research has found that artificial sweeteners may trigger the appetite and lead to weight gain, or may interfere with important gut bacteria and raise the risk of heart problems.
The study suggests that daily consumption of artificially sweetened beverages was linked to a higher risk of having an infant who was overweight at age one.
The study suggests that daily consumption of artificially sweetened beverages was linked to a higher risk of having an infant who was overweight at age one.
However, data from observational studies is often conflicting, said an accompanying editorial in JAMA Pediatrics by researchers Mark Pereira, of the University of Minnesota and Matthew W. Gillman of Harvard Medical School.
They described the current findings as “intriguing” but also “preliminary” because they relied on questionnaires, which can contain errors.
Also, the study did not explore the biological mechanisms at play. “Despite these caveats, the findings by Azad et al warrant attention and further research,” they wrote.
“Randomised clinical trials substituting artificially-sweetened beverages for sugar-sweetened beverages or, equally valuable, water for artificially-sweetened beverages would be particularly helpful,” it said.

Health Benefits Of Tomato Juice

It is known that tomatoes have strong qualities and are considered very healthy, that is why they belong to the group of super-foods.

Experts from Taiwan decided to do an experiment using tomato juice. They have gathered women of different ages, weights and different origins and gave them a glass of tomato juice (250 ml) each day for a period of two months.

The first thing they have noticed is the significant weight loss, which occurred due to the removal of the deposit of fat from the body. Women who participated in this study have not changed their nutrition habits or training, but the results were evident only after some days.

Moreover, these women’s blood was taken before and after the experiment and the results have been staggering. They showed significantly reduced levels of cholesterol.

Tomatoes have a lot of benefits for our health. A single glass of tomato juice a day strengthens immunity, helps against heart disease and reduces the risk of developing cancer. Moreover, tomato juice prevents diseases of the bladder, pancreas, lung and liver, helps with digestion, prevents water retention and improves overall health.

Tomato juice reduces cough, prevents anemia, relieves rheumatic symptoms and strengthens the blood; contains potassium, calcium, vegetable protein, carbohydrates and essential vitamin C.

Health Benefits Of Tomato Juice

Home recipe of tomato juice-ingredients:

– 6 Kg of tomatoes
– 2 tablespoons salt
– 4 tablespoons sugar

Method of preparation:

Remove the tails of tomato and clean with cold water, then fragment and ponder over. Add salt and sugar and let boil, and stir frequently to prevent burning. Once they boil, fry them for 10 minutes and mix all the time. Fried warm juice of tomatoes should be placed in sterilized glass bottles and closed. When cooled, store the bottles in a cool fresh place.

This house tomato juice would undoubtedly change the way you feel and look, but if you want to buy it, make sure to take an organic juice because the effects and benefits will not be complete.

Source: Livestrong

disc herniation

The spinal column is one of the most important parts of our body. It provides support and allows us to stand upright, bend and twist.33 individual bones interlock with each other to form the spinal column. All the vertebrae are numbered and divided into regions.

Cervical Vertebrae

C1-C7, called as cervical vertebrae form the neck. They provide support for our head and allows us to -knod- and shake our head.

Thoracic Vertebrae

T1-T12, form a group of 12 vertebrae that are joined by ribs to form the “rib cage”.

Lumbar Vertebrea

L1-L5, these vertebrae carry the most of our body weight and provide a stable center of gravity when we move.Five vertebrae of the Sacrum and four of Coccyx are fused and make the back wall of our pelvis.

Between each of the mobile vertebra are located the intervertebral discs. Intervertebral discs consist of thick outer layer with crisscrossing fibrous structure that surround the soft gel-like center called The Nucleus. Each disc has the function to serve as shock-absorbing springs.

The Annulus pulls the vertebrae bodies together against the elastic resistance of jel-filled nucleus.

When you bend, The Nucleus allows the vertebral bodies to roll over the incompressible gel.

Facet Joins

The biomechanical function of each pair of facet joins is to guide and limit movement of the spinal motion segment.

The surfaces of the joints are wrapped with cartilage that help each joint move smoothely.

Directly behind the discs, the ring like vertebral bodies form the Spinal Canal.

The spinal cord and spinal nerves pass through the canal, which protects them from damage and injury.

The spinal cord, which is the major column of nerve tissue and it is connected to the brain. That makes the spinal cord serve as an information super-highway between the brain and the body.

The nerves in spinal cord branch off to form pairs of nerve roots that travel through intervertebral foramens.

As a disc degenerates and breaks down, the inner core can leak out through the outer portion of the disc.

The condition is known as a Disc Herniation, which puts direct pressure on the nerve.



disc herniation

Low back pain, leg pain, leg numbness are caused by Disc Herniation. Photo Credit:

These are the symptoms of lumbar herniated discs:

– low back pain
– legs and buttock pain
– leg numbness and tingling


Endoscopic Lumbar Discectomy is the minimaly invasive procedure to treat lumbar herniated disc.

The process works as described:
First a thin guide wire is placed, under X-Ray control, down to the involved level of the spine.
A tapered dilator is inserted over the guid wire. Then, a small tube is inserted over the dilator and creates a portal to the herniated disc. The endoscope is placed through the tube and the discectomy is performed.

Using special microsurgical tools the surgeon can microsurgicaly remove the herniation by relieving the nerve root compression.

And finally watch the video to learn the advantages of Endoscopic Lumbar Discectomy:


Text and video credit: AnatomYoga


If you are tired and often feel that you don’t have enough energy, make this effective elixir that purifies the body and restores energy.

The main ingredients are garlic, olive oil, honey, green tea, pepper, resin and apple cider vinegar.

Garlic has amazing antibacterial qualities , antiviral, antifungal, antiparasitic and antioxidant.

Olive oil and plants, with its content, act as antioxidant protecting cells by delaying aging, has anti – inflammatory effect, and reduces the risk of cancer.

These are the Russian elixir ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 5 tablespoons of natural honey
  • 1/4 cup of boiling green tea
  • ½ teaspoon of red pepper tea
  • ½ teaspoon of natural resin – it is better if it is of soft type of wood such as pine, fir or similar
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar

Russian elixir: You will be surprised be the unexpectedly large influx of energy and improved health.

Note: To have the best effect you must follow the certain above given dose of ingredients.


Fry garlic in olive oil for a minute. Add all other ingredients and cook on low heat for about five minutes. Remove from heat and leave it to refresh, then place it in a jar of glass, close the lid and leave in the refrigerator.


Take 1 teaspoon daily, always at the same time during the day.

It doesn’t matter if you are taking the elixir before or after eating.

You will be surprised be the unexpectedly large influx of energy and improved health.

This is a recipe is taken from the book of Russian academic – Ludmila Grigorijevne Pucko.

Note: According to Ayurveda, honey must not be heated because in that way it can become toxic and most probably it is better to be added in the end./


Echinacea plant today is mostly popular for it’s antibiotic and antiviral effect, and it is used for strengthening the immune system as one of the most effective immunostimulant.

Echinacea was used by North American Indians in combination with various roots for healing various diseases, and especially wounds, injuries, infections and inflammatory conditions of the organism.

Contains essential oils and acids. In this plant present are the esters of sugar and the acid of coffee – but also contains vitamin C, copper, iron, iodine, sulfur, potassium …

It has an effective role in the growth of lymphocytes (white blood cells) and macrophages (cells which arise from monocytes, and have cytotoxic effect or phagocyte), which leads directly to the strengthening of the immune system (increasing the activity and the effect of protective cells), so it can be used for treatment of weak immunity.


Echinacea plant today is mostly popular for it’s antibiotic and antiviral effect, and it is used for strengthening the immune system as one of the most effective immunostimulant.

Laboratory research conducted on mice show the strong Echinacea healing power in the curing of abnormal growth of cells, tumors, leukemia (prevents cell carcinoma), etc.

Please note that Echinacea is not recommended to be used to cure the autoimmune disease, multiple sclerosis or AIDS.

In traditional medicine it is used for organ healing and respiratory diseases of the urinary system, skin diseases, ear, immune system, flu, infections, cancer, flu, wounds, weak immunity, tumors, insect bites, spider bite, fatigue, tooth pain, and to regenerate blood cells./




There are two factors that bring hanging arms fat:

  • the first is age – while you age, the skin hangs and loses elasticity.
  • the second reason is overweight and weight loss is the key to the reduction of fat in the arms.

To prevent hanging and fatty arms, here are some exercises that you can do them at home.

1. Triceps Immersion

Take a stable chair, put your hands behind in the chair while your butt is in front of the seat. Your feet should be bent on the floor at hip width, while your back seat should be close to the chair.

Straighten arms to make sure that your elbows are slightly bent, slowly bend your elbows and lower down the floor until your arms make a 90-degree angle. Press with your arms and get up to the starting position.

Repeat this exercise 10-15 times.

2. Pumps


Rely on your hands with your face towards the floor, legs straight and relied on the fingers. Keep elbows sideways and then release the body down. Come back to the starting position, if you find it difficult start with the legs supported on the knees.

Repeat this routine 10-15 times.

3. One Hand Pumps


Lie as in exercise 2, this time open your legs to create three points of support: two feet and one hand. Place the left hand on the back, right palm on the floor, try to lower the body and stand up again in the starting position.

Repeat 10 times, then switch arm.

4. Triceps Revulsion


Hold weights in your hands, and body leaning slightly so that your knees are in a straight line with your toes. Keep upper body thrown forward from the hips and bend your elbows to make a 90-degree angle.

After a while repel arms by having palms facing each other. Feel triceps muscle strain and return to the starting position.

Perform three sets of 8-10 repetitions of this exercise. It requires to have weights of 1 to 2 pounds.

5. Triceps Extension


You can make this position by lying or standing upright, also you need weights of 1-2 kg.

Routine walk, stand with knees bent slightly. Straighten arms up so that the elbows are close to the ears. Bend your elbows to 90 degrees and tighten triceps to straighten your arm again.

Repeat this 15 times.


Lying on the floor: Lie on your back and raise your arms above chest. Keep elbows bent slightly, then continue with flexion 90 degrees until the weights reach the floor. The elbows should be on both sides of the head. Raise up to the starting position, repeat this routine 15 times.

These specific exercises will melt fat and make your arms strong and good, however, you’ll have to limit the intake of calories without risking too excessive loss of muscle mass.

Make sure to eat healthy and calorie balanced food. Make at least eight hours of sleep to recover the body, drink lots of water to feel saturated and vigilant. Dehydration can bring you the hanging skin and also presents an injury risk during exercise.

Be steadfast in these exercises./


Try a home remedy made of saffron that comes from India, which fully recovers the body and improves back pain …

We must note that we called it a “Russian remedy”, even though the main ingredient comes from India, because this type of remedy is very popular in Russian medicine.

To prepare a paste of saffron you need the following ingredients:

  • 40 gr. saffron powder
  • 100-150 ml of water

Put the saffron powder into the water, stir thoroughly about 8 minutes, until the content becomes strengthened. Stir continuously  (if it is too thick, add a little water), until it looks like a thick cream or yoghurt.

During the time of cooking it, prepare the milk:

  • 250 ml milk, 2 tablespoons (40 mL) almond-free refined oil and honey (according to taste).

Boil milk and add almond oil (optional). Remove from heat and pour into a container. Add a teaspoon of saffron pastry. Again, sweeten it with honey according to your taste.

Saffron pasta can be prepared in large quantities and can stay for a long period in the frozen state and doesn’t lose its properties for 40 days.

You must keep it in a refrigerator. Add the prepared measure or pasta to the hot milk, along with honey and herbal oil.

Important: Those people who have problems with the gallbladder (bile), better not risk consuming it, because saffron has a diuretic effect.


Turmeric or Indian saffron is very popular ingedient in making the powerful Russian remedy that improves back pain!

What does Indian saffron cure?

Modern science and traditional medicine appreciates this healing plant. Yellow alkaloid saffron plant is the main active ingredient. This is explained by the fact that spicy taste of this plant makes microbes and parasites disappear, destroys mucus deposited fats, toxins, improves blood circulation and metabolism of the whole body.

The bitter taste of it, is the best medicine against poisoning, fever, inflammatory, blood diseases as well as skin.

Also, this kind of plant removes the accumulation of adhesive toxins, fat, sweat, pus, itch, purifies breast milk, uterus and liver.

Indian saffron can be bought in any store that sells food products, but it can also be found in the composition of spice curry./




Perhaps it may sound strange, but this combination helps solve a major problem …

Honey and lemon, honey and cinnamon, honey and hot water … honey is excellent in various combinations and we are all familiar with this.

But, have you ever wondered what might happen if you eat honey mixture with salt?

Have you noticed that in everybody’s surrounding there are many people who constantly complain of being tired all the time, or maybe that happened to you too?

Optimal sleep should last eight hours, but fact is that people generally sleep 6-7 hours. This is only an hour or two less, but even the smallest lack of sleep can affect our health!

The human body needs eight hours of sleep because this is the time needed for the body to fully rest and recover.

Most people believe that caffeine can help you when you do not sleep enough, but that believing is so wrong!

Caffeine gives short burst, or temporary power, a situation which is temporary and after which you will not feel good at all!

Fortunately, there is a natural solution that can help you in case of lack of sleep.

The best part about this is that most of us possess this product in our kitchen.

What is the secret of this natural remedy?


Himalayan salt and honey – a combination to fight the lack of energy and improve sleep!

The secret lies in the Himalayan salt. This type of salt is good for migraines, it helps the adrenal glands to fight against various diseases, and regulates body weight.

Using Himalayan salt you can fight depression because it can affect the level of serotonins and finally, stabilize the levels of melatonin, the hormone that is important for good sleep.

Just perform a mix 5 teaspoon of organic honey and a teaspoon of Himalayan sea salt and put the mixture in a glass container.

Before bedtime, place a small amount of the mixture under the tongue.

Leave it to melt down while you enjoy sleeping.

The next day, you will be amazed by the difference!




These disturbing ultrasound pictures show the reaction of an unborn baby in the body of a smoking mother.

A research by the University of Durham and Lancaster pulled 4D ultrasound pictures, which show us the fetal reactions, mouth and other baby body movements during the time their mothers are smoking a cigarette. Results are published in Acta Paediatric magazine.

During the study, researchers took 80 ultrasounds of 20 babies between week 24 and week 36 of pregnancy.

Of the 20 mothers, 16 of them did not consume tobacco, while 4 other mothers did. Mothers who smoke, had consumed an average of 14 cigarettes per day.


Ultrasound picture of baby reactions. In the front row are the babies of mothers who smoke!

Results showed that infants of mothers who consumed cigarettes, covered their faces with their hands and they had mouth movements, much more than babies in the womb of mothers who were non smokers.

Doctors have confirmed that today’s technology enables us to see what had previously been impossible, revealing just how big influence smoking has on the fetus. They revealed us a truth in a way that we will not be able to understand without the help of technology.

20 infants, under the evaluation of the clinic, were born healthy, but research doctors Dr. Reissland and Dr. Francis admit that it should be done more research and do analysis on what happens in the cases when the father are smokers too./

Check the quick video below to see the pictures of what smoking does to an unborn baby:

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If a person from Latin countries notices that you have a cold or a sore throat, he will tell you that there is no better cure but the tea prepared by garlic, lemon and honey. This is a very quick working combination.


  • 5 ml (1 tsp soup) fresh lemon juice
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1 tsp honey
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ginger powder


Mix all of the above ingredinets and add a cup of hot water.


Prepare this tea to quickly get rid of colds and sore throat!

Garlic has antibiotic and is effective against every type of infection.

Honey gently improves breathing. It is antimicrobial, and it helps the immune system to fight infection.

Lime juice changes the pH of the body, potentially making it less “hospitable” to viruses and bacteria.

While cinnamon and ginger are warming.