Natural Remedies for Clogged Arteries

1. Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper has potent anti-inflammatory properties due to its compound capsaicin that prevent thrombosis, chest congestion, oxidation and similar heart conditions.


  • Mix a cup of hot water and a teaspoon of cayenne pepper. You can use green tea, lemon juice and honey as well.
  • Drink the mixture two times every day for a couple of weeks.

2. Dark Chocolate

A dark chocolate with high quality has more antioxidants than blueberries. Dark chocolate is high in magnesium and iron, and fiber, all of which prevent atherosclerosis.


  • Eat some dark chocolate as a dessert, however consume it in moderation since it is rich in Trans fats.
  • Use this chocolate for cooking and baking instead of the refines ones.

3. Garlic

Garlic can be considered the most powerful of all natural remedies. It reduces the risk of a heart attack, lowers the LDL cholesterol levels, strengthens the immune system and improves blood circulation.


  • Mix 3 chopped cloves and a glass of milk and then boil it.
  • Allow it to cool and consume it prior to going to bed.
  • You can also use garlic supplements, however consult your doctor first.

4. Turmeric

This is one of the most beneficial spices. It has been used as a natural treatment for many years and has been used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine. It prevents artery blockages and supports a cardiovascular system which is healthy.


  • Mix a glass of milk with a teaspoon of powdered turmeric
  • Add honey to the milk (1 tablespoon)
  • Drink this two time every day
  • You can also use turmeric supplements. However, consult a doctor first.

5. Lemons

All citrus fruits are perfect against coronary artery disease and similar heart problems. Lemons are rich in vitamin C, which prevents the common cold and maintains a healthy blood flow.


  • Add a juice from one lemon into a glass of warm water.
  • Add a pinch of powdered black pepper and one tablespoon of honey.
  • Drink this two times every day for a few weeks.
  • Another option is boiling 1 tablespoon of lemon peel and 4 cups of water for 20 minutes.
  • Strain it and add some honey. Drink one cup of this with every meal for a few weeks.

6. Ginger

Ginger is one of the healthiest foods. It has antioxidant properties which fight plaque. This herb removes toxins from the bloodstream.


  • Mix a teaspoon of grated ginger and a cup of boiling water.
  • Leave it for 5 minutes and then strain it.
  • Enhance the taste by adding some natural honey.
  • Drink this with every meal.

7. Flaxseed

These seeds are high in alpha-linolenic acid that prevents inflammation and helps the blood to properly flow through the body and at the same time it prevents artery blockages.


  • Consume flax seeds on a daily basis. (2 to 4 tablespoons)
  • Add flaxseeds to soups, salads, cereals and yogurts.
  • Sprinkle some flaxseeds on you salad or use them as a replacement for sugar in baking.

8. Red Yeast Rice

This rice contains natural monacolins which increase the HDL cholesterol levels in the blood. This rice also prevents clogged arteries and lowers the risk of other cardiovascular diseases.


  • Consume this rice as a healthy side dish.
  • Use capsule supplements, but consult a doctor prior to doing that.

9. Pomegranate

Pomegranates are high in vitamin K, E and C. they contain potent antioxidant phytochemicals as well, which prevent clogged arteries.


  • Improve your cardiovascular system by drinking one glass of pomegranate juice every day.
  • Eat 2 or 3 fresh pomegranates every day.


  • Limit red meat consumption.
  • Stay away from processed foods, fried foods and junk foods.
  • Abstain from alcohol.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Incorporate whole-grain and legume to your diet.
  • Try meditation.
  • Eat fruits with bright colors like butternut squash, watermelon, tomatoes, oranges, lemons, blueberries and mangoes.
  • Drink natural cranberry juice and protect your heart.
  • Add coconut oil to your meals and reduce plaque buildup.
  • Expose yourself to sunlight and get Vitamin D.
  • Stay away from refined sugar and use brown sugar or cinnamon as a substitute.
  • Use extra virgin oil for cooking.
  • Consume walnuts or almonds and prevent a cardiovascular disease.
  • Drink green tea with every meal.
  • Take omega-3 supplements. Consult a doctor first.
  • Take from 100 to 300 mcg of vitamin B12 every day. Consult a doctor first.

Clogged Arteries? Here is 4 Warning Signs that you must not ignore

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Here is 4 Warning Signs that you may have Clogged Arteries and How to Unclog them the Natural Way!

A lot of people experience blockages that impede the blood flow by the time they are in their twenties. It is of vital importance to have healthy arteries since they carry blood which is rich in oxygen and life-sustaining nutrients from the heart to other body parts.

However, fat, particles of cholesterol and other cells accumulate in the arteries mostly because of a person’s unhealthy diet. They create streaks and plagues which prevent blood flow.

Clogged arteries or atherosclerosis is a grave condition in which the arteries become blocked by plaques which are fatty substances. These plagues can lead to narrowing and hardening of the arteries and this can be very dangerous since lack of blood can damage and impede the function of the organs. In case a plaque ruptures it can create a blood clot which can prevent blood from getting to the brain or heart and can cause stroke or a heart attack.

4 Signs of clogged arteries you must not ignore.

1. Numbness or pain in the leg

In case you have been experiencing numbness or pain in one or both legs, you might be afflicted with peripheral arterial disease (PAD), which is a narrowing of the arteries which are responsible for supplying blood to the legs.

2. Shortness of breath

If you have clogged artery in your heart it can cause shortness of breath which can be experienced during daily activities like walking the stairs. Lack of blood to the heart can lead to grave breathing problems.

3. Erectile dysfunction

You may be experiencing trouble getting your penis up and then keeping it up if the arteries of your penis are blocked since you need blood flow to keep an erection.

4. Creased earlobes

It may sound really strange, however creased earlobe can signify clogged arteries. This crease which is believed to happen due to poor circulation is angled diagonally from the external edge of the ear canal don to the lower earlobe edge.

You can incorporate a few changes in your everyday life and significantly lower the risk of developing a cardiovascular disease like heart attack, arteriosclerosis, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and pericarditis.


Ten signs you’re drinking a little too much:


  • A ‘healthy tan’ could be a mild sign of jaundice – signalling liver disease
  • Waking up with dry eyes is another sign, as alcohol dehydrates the body
  • Darker than usual urine means the liver is not working properly
  • If your teeth are yellow and sensitive, it could be erosion from alcohol

Chances are that you consider yourself a moderate drinker. Perhaps you enjoy the odd glass of wine after work, or have a few pints on Saturdays only and abstain for the rest of the week. And if you’ve been drinking a bit more than usual recently – well, ’tis the season, after all.

But with warnings this month that moderate middle-class drinking habits have become a ‘silent killer’ – contributing to soaring numbers of deaths from liver disease – how do you know when your drinking has slipped into something more harmful? We ask the experts…


Waking up a few times in the night to go to the loo could be a sign you’re drinking more alcohol than your body can handle, according to Rizwan Hamid, a consultant urological surgeon at London Urology Associates.

We make something called anti- diuretic hormone to regulate the amount of urine in our bodies, he says.

This hormone tells the kidneys to make the urine more concentrated, so there is less volume produced.

‘At night we produce more of the hormone, which is why we don’t need to go to the loo as much. But while alcohol is in your system, the production of this hormone is decreased, causing you to produce more urine.

‘If people drink regularly, they may accept waking up to go to the loo as normal, but if you are under 65 you shouldn’t be getting up in the night at all,’ says Mr Hamid. ‘Even people over 65 shouldn’t get up more than once.’


Drinking can make your eyes feel noticeably drier, says Rob Scott, a consultant ophthalmologist at BMI Priory Hospital Birmingham.

Alcohol not only dehydrates the entire body, it can also end up in your tears, interfering with lubrication. ‘Your eyes become more sticky when you drink alcohol,’ says Professor Scott.

A 2012 study published in the journal Ophthalmology found people given a dose of pure alcohol based on their weight (around six units for a 10st person – roughly the equivalent of two pints of strong beer) had more dry patches on their eyes at 8 am the next day than those who didn’t drink.

So if you regularly wake up with dry eyes, check that your alcohol intake isn’t to blame.


If the thought of a glass of wine is what gets you through a difficult day, it could be the first sign of a more serious problem, says Claudia Bernat, consultant psychiatrist at the Priory Hospital in London.

She says people may think they don’t have a problem because they don’t have to drink there and then – ‘but if you’re spending time in the day thinking “When I get home I can have a drink” rather than “I can see my family”, it could be a warning sign’.

People use alcohol to self-medicate, particularly if they’re depressed or anxious, says Dr Bernat.

‘But alcohol is a depressant, so it can end up making things worse.

‘If you’re self-medicating, it’s too late. We need to try to recognise the point just before that happens. If you’re thinking about what you will have to drink later, that could be a clue.’


Stomach problems such as diarrhoea could be a sign you’re drinking more than you should, says David Sanders, professor of gastroenterology at Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield.

‘This may be because you don’t absorb all the excess fluid you’re drinking, and the result is watery stools,’ he says.

And stools that don’t flush away easily could be a sign your liver is struggling to cope, according to Andrew Langford, chief executive of the British Liver Trust charity.

‘If this happens on a regular basis, it could be an early warning sign that the liver is not breaking down fat properly because of the pressure of processing excess alcohol, he says.

‘Likewise, if your urine is darker than normal and you know you’re not dehydrated, it could be an early warning sign that your liver is not filtering out dead blood cells and other waste effectively.’

‘This can happen before serious liver disease sets in – but it could be a sign you’re at risk.’


While a couple of drinks before bed may help you drop off to sleep, it causes fragmented sleep cycles that leave you more tired, according to Guy Meadows, clinical director of The Sleep School in London.

‘Alcohol becomes a stimulant when your body breaks it down,’ he explains. ‘It releases sugars and other substances that mean you wake up more.

‘It also stops you getting into Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, the most active part of sleep, where we do most of our dreaming and which is really important for helping our brain process mood and for memory.

‘Not getting enough REM means you wake up feeling not only more tired but grumpy and forgetful.’


Moderate drinking may also cause your brain to ‘forget’ how to sleep efficiently, to the extent that you miss out on the most restorative parts of sleep even on nights when you haven’t had a drink.

‘We know that nearly 60 per cent of alcoholics suffer from insomnia – that’s almost twice the national average,’ says Dr Meadows. ‘They get very little slow-wave sleep – the deepest part of sleep – as well as very little REM sleep.

‘Interestingly, this disturbed sleep pattern can remain a few years after they give up drinking altogether.’

Long-term heavy drinking and withdrawal both interfere with neurotransmitters (chemicals in the brain that relay messages), including GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), which calms brain activity.

This could explain why moderate drinkers who give up alcohol for a few days find it makes no immediate difference to their sleep.

‘The brain has to learn how to sleep properly again,’ says Dr Meadows. ‘You should try giving up alcohol for a few months to really see the difference to your sleep.’


Being able to have a couple of drinks and not feel tipsy is often a sign that someone is drinking very regularly, says Sarah Jarvis, a GP and medical adviser to the Drink-Aware charity.

‘This is because they’ve built up a tolerance to the short-term effects of alcohol.’

We feel drunk because ethanol – the pure alcohol part of the drink – gets into the bloodstream rapidly and affects the central nervous system and brain, which is why our balance is impaired and we slur words.

The body has to produce enzymes that break down the alcohol and remove it. But if you drink regularly, your body will produce larger amounts of these enzymes as your body ‘learns’ to work harder, so you will deal with the alcohol quicker, explains Dr Jarvis.

‘People believe if they tolerate the short-term effects, they’re not at risk from the longer-term effects – but if anything they’re at increased risk of liver damage.’

This is because it’s not alcohol itself that damages liver cells, it’s the toxins that alcohol is broken down into.


Just because your teeth look fine when you smile in the mirror doesn’t mean alcohol isn’t leaving its mark.

‘Red wine stains tend to appear on the inside of your teeth, closest to your tongue, and on the surfaces between teeth,’ explains Dr Sameer Patel, clinical director of Elleven Dental in London.

White wine and beer drinkers tend to suffer more with tooth-enamel erosion, he says.

Key signs of enamel loss are teeth that are yellowing and becoming more sensitive.

If your son or daughter comes back from university needing fillings, it could be a sign they’ve been hitting the bar rather than the library.

‘I see a lot of young people, whose teeth have always been fine when they were living at home, who go away to university and suddenly get lots of problem with decay and erosion,’ says Dr Patel.

‘I suspect it’s because they end up drinking a lot of sugary, acidic mixers such as cola and energy drinks.’


‘If someone says: “Oh you look well, have you been on holiday?” and you haven’t, it could be that you’ve got a very mild form of jaundice – and this could be a sign of liver disease,’ says Andrew Langford. Jaundice is caused by anything that leads to a build-up of the yellow waste product bilirubin.

Over time, alcohol damages liver cells, and scar tissue forms as the liver tries to repair itself. This scar tissue means the liver stops being able to do its job of filtering toxins and waste products – including bilirubin – from the blood.

‘You should also check the whites of your eyes to see if they are yellowing,’ says Mr Langford. This is where jaundice is often most noticeable in its early stages.


‘Alcohol is like any drug – your body becomes dependent on it,’ says Dr Sarah Jarvis. ‘As your tolerance builds up, you’ll need more and more to get the same hit.’

Tell-tale signs your dependence on alcohol is creeping up include taking two bottles of wine to a party in case you run out, using bigger glasses and drinking more than the recommended maximum (3-4 units for men, 2-3 for women) most nights.

Source: Daily Mail

Fighting Traffic Fines in South Africa

Fighting Traffic Fines in South Africa

Here is 4 things you should know when contesting a traffic fine:

1. There are different types of fines

Dembovsky responds: “It is somewhat telling and extremely sad that most people regard traffic fines to be those issued for camera-speeding offences, red-light violations and little else. This has arisen from the propensity of many traffic departments around the country to embrace speed cameras and all but abandon physical law enforcement of moving violations.

“It would not however be true to say that all traffic law enforcement in South Africa is done by camera and you need to fully understand that if you have been summoned to appear in court by means of a summons in terms of Section 54 or a written notice in terms of Section 56 of the Criminal Procedure Act and fail to appear in court if you have not otherwise disposed of the matter prior to the court date, a warrant for your arrest will be issued.”

2. Know your rights

“It is your absolute Constitutional right to contest any accusation of wrongdoing, including but not limited to a traffic fine since Section 35 of the Constitution holds, amongst other things, that any accused person has the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty – not the other way around.”

3. There is no one-size-fits-all answer

“Not only because every case differs but because there are currently two distinctly different pieces of legislation used to prosecute road traffic offences:

• The Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) Act which is only applicable in the jurisdictions of the Cities of Johannesburg and Tshwane; and
• The Criminal Procedure Act which applies everywhere else.

4. There are different forms and procedures

“Although the processes are similar, you cannot use the forms and procedures prescribed under AARTO to contest a fine issued under the Criminal Procedure Act and you cannot, for example, approach the public prosecutor under the AARTO Act like you can under the Criminal Procedure Act.

“As their names suggest, the AARTO Act is an administrative process, while the Criminal Procedure Act uses the criminal justice system. The consequences thereof are markedly different. JPSA has litigation in the High Court at this very moment to address this issue.”

 Source: Wheels24