When it comes to fat, what difference does color make? A lot, it seems, especially if you’re interested in losing it.
Exercise is a well-known tool for maintaining a healthy weight. One of the obvious ways exercise aids in the battle of the bulge is by burning extra calories. But what about all those other hours of the day that we are not exercising? Does exercise help fight fat even during periods of rest? The answer is, “Yes!” Exercise turns “bad” white fat into “good” brown fat.
Through thorough scientific research, many health benefits have been identified for exposing your body to regular bursts of coldness. This is best achieved by taking a cold shower each morning orevening at a temperature that you can just about put up with.
When you smile, your teeth are the first things that are noticed. Everyone wishes to have perfect white teeth. A beautiful smile gives a hike to your confidence. Cosmetic dentistry is quite advanced and teeth whitening is very much in demand. Teeth whitening can make brown, stained teeth, whiter and beautiful. Teeth whitening is carried out in many ways. Do-it-yourself kits or over-the-counter equipment to do it at home are easily available. The use of teeth whitening products, including over the counter kits and dentist applied ones, has tripled since the year 2000, and oral cancer statistics have increased at an alarming rate for young people, including those who do not use tobacco products.
Common Medicinal Plants
Throughout the ages herbs and plants have contributed many ingredients to help fight disease and illness and many are still used around the world today. There are a variety of plants used for a multitude of different health problems. Here are some of my favourites.
Stomach problems, unexplained weight loss or gain, irritability, depression, the list of side effects from conventional medications is endless! Every day, millions of people expose themselves to these potential dangers. Fortunately, Mother Nature comes to our rescue by providing an amazing nutritious superfood that has many health benefits and amazing medicinal properties. – I am a huge fan of using coconut products and have come across this great article which will show you, why you should incorporate this incredible food into your daily life.
See more at:
25 Coconut Home Remedies ~ RiseEarth.
Did you know that our blood pH must stay within a very narrow range or serious illness and death can result? This is so essential to being human that our bodies have a wonderful maintenance mechanism to keep our blood in balance. This mechanism protects our blood at all costs, sometimes at the expense of our tissues. When our tissues become acidic, that in turn can result in impaired function of some major systems, including organ, digestion, skin integrity, and repair from injury.
We have all heard that fiber is good for us, but why? And how is it going to help you to lose fat, look, good and feel great in the process? First of all let’s find out a little more about the party in question, where it comes from and the different types of fiber.
Fiber is a compound that can only be found in plants, such as vegetables, fruits, grains, oats, etc. The fiber we consume from plant foods is called dietary fiber. It is never in animal foods (i.e. meats). Dietary fiber can be broken down into two forms, soluble and insoluble fiber.
Don’t you just love coming across great websites? I’m pretty new in the blogger world so I love coming across these great websites that can offer such valuable imformation. I Will be putting up some of my favourite websites over the coming months. Here are my top 5 to date.
Childhood obesity has to be the most important issues facing todays generation. It has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years. But why? what has changed so much in the last thirty years?
I have only recently changed to the Paleo Diet and I have to admit the change in my energy levels have been huge. I no longer feel tired and thrown down after the day and my skin is glowing. what is so good about this diet you ask ? Well here are a few bits of information that will hopefully convince you to give the Paleo Diet a go, or even better make it a lifestyle change.
Does this scenario sound familiar? You’re running late for work so on your way, you pick up a latte and a slice of raisin toast. Around about eleven you’re feeling peckish so you have a coffee – white with 2 sugars and a few bikkies. For lunch it’s a ham and cheese sandwich made with white bread and a can of soft drink. Around about three you’re feeling tired so it’s a large coffee to keep you going.
It’s tempting to dismiss it as luck: Some people might catch a slight cold or suffer an occasional ache or pain or constantly fall victim to a number of illnesses or even worse cancer , but then some never seem to suffer from flu’s, fevers and illnesses. Despite centuries of scientific advances, doctors still can’t tell us definitively how to stay well. Instead of using prescriptive medication regularly, how about giving more natural remedies a go?
Sugar is very like a bad relationship, we all know its bad for us but for the brief time we spend together it can feel amazing. Who can say they don’t enjoy a big slice of chocolate cake or can of our favourite soft drink? but then you start to feel guilty soon after, wondering ” why can I not just have the self power to stay away”?? We know nothing good comes out of this relationship but can’t help going back time and time again, and how do bad relationships usually end? Well in my experience it has to get so bad you just can’t go back.
Hydrogen peroxide’s chemical representation is H2O2. It has uses in industry in it’s purest form but the product available to most of us over-the-counter is usually only 3% hydrogen peroxide and 97% water. It breaks down quickly when exposed to light so it generally comes in brown bottles that filter out the sun’s rays. It is known for its antibacterial qualities. The pure stuff is dangerous if not used correctly. There are also 30%-35% high strength solutions on the commercial market, typically found in health food stores but also sold as a disinfectant (The strength you’ll use at home is the 3% grade.) Here are some great uses for Hydrogen Peroxide:
Beyond the kitchen shelf and bathroom medicine cabinet, your home herbal pharmacy can extend out on to the window sill,balcony, or garden. Given adequate light,water, and food many medicinal plants will thrive in small areas. Make sure to label plants so you know precisely what material you are gathering.herbs can make a huge difference to your health if used correctly.Herbs that are used incorrectly can cause severe side effects so always look into what you use.
We all know someone who suffers from some form of Arthritis whether its a friend, a parent or just someone we have met in passing. These people have to take a large amount of medication just to get through everyday and often suffer side effects from this medication. The Two most common types of Arthritis are Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is a complex condition and its cause is still largely unknown.This inflammatory condition affects the joints and is thought to be related to a malfunctioning immune system .It can strike at any age. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition of the joints which occurs most commonly with age, and also tends to affect those who are over weight. There is no special diet for this disease but several recent studies suggest that anti antioxidants, fish oils and Turmeric may help.
It is that time of year again. Great weather, lots of sun, long days spent outdoors. This is also the time of year where everyone worries about damage to their skin from exposure to the sun’s harmful rays. Sunscreen flies off the shelves at every store. Moms slather it on their children in thick layers. And this summer, like every summer, harmful chemicals will be absorbed into millions of bodies.
But don’t we need sunscreen and don’t the risks of using it outweigh the damage from unprotected skin exposed to the sun?
How Our Happiness Levels Have Changed Over The Years
If anyone asked me, whether I consider myself to be a happy person, I would have no hesitation in saying yes straight away, as would anyone who knows me. But I found that after leaving home in early 2012 to go traveling, my diet was drastically changed to a very high amount of processed foods and I overlooked my health in many ways. This ended up changing my mood and happiness levels quite dramatically.
What could be wrong with lighting a scented candle?
What could be more harmless than nice-smelling scented candles, right? No problem and no harm. Light one, let it flicker away, and allow the aroma to set the mood, right? There are dangers and risks associated with scented candles that may have you scrambling for greener alternatives to these apparently neutral everyday products.
DO YOU KNOW.. The difference between Margarine and Butter?
Margarine was originally manufactured to fatten turkeys. When it killed the turkeys, the people who had put all the money into the research wanted a payback so they put their heads together to figure out what to do with this product to get their money back.
It was a white substance with no food appeal so they added the yellow colouring and sold it to people to use in place of butter. How do you like it? They have come out with some clever new flavourings….
Aquaponics is a combination of Aquaculture & Hydroponics. This means that fish and plants are grown in an integrated system, creating a symbiotic relationship between the two.
An Aquaponic system uses the water from the fish tank to circulate through a grow bed where the plants are grown.
In our endeavor for better nutrition, we often miss out on the most basic of elements, without which our nutrition is incomplete. While we do make sure we ingest enough vitamins, we sometimes tend to ignore some minerals in favor of others. So while everyone harps on how important calcium is for the body, they tend to forget that magnesium is just as important, if not more.
10 Foods That Detox The Body
18th December 2012
By Dr. Edward F. Group
Guest Writer for Wake Up World
There are many techniques you can follow and supplements you can take to detox your body. One in particular is to eat detoxifying foods.
Here is a list of detox foods that are a great addition to everybody’s diet.
Fruits are high in liquid-content, helping the body wash out toxins. They are also very easy to digest and are high in antioxidants, nutrients, fiber and important vitamins.
2. Green Foods
Fill your refrigerator with blue green algae, barley, wheatgrass, kale, spinach, spirulina, alfalfa, chard, arugula or other organic leafy greens. These plants will help give a chlorophyll-boost to your digestive tract.
Chlorophyll rids the body of harmful environmental toxins from smog, heavy metals, herbicides, cleaning products and pesticides. They also aid the liver in detoxification.
3. Lemons, Oranges and Limes
Citrus fruit aids the body in flushing out toxins and jump starts the digestive tract with enzymatic processes. Lemon juice aids the liver in its cleansing processes. To increase detoxification, start each morning with a warm glass of lemon water.
Remember, vitamin C is one of the best detox vitamins around, as it transforms toxins into digestible material. Eat vitamin c foods often to help get more of these benefits.
This pungent little bulb is one of the best detoxing foods out there. It helps stimulate the liver into producing detoxification enzymes that help filter toxic residues from the digestive system. I recommend adding sliced or cooked garlic to a suitable dish, as this will help aid any detox diet.
5. Broccoli Sprouts
Extremely high in antioxidants, the ability for broccoli sprouts to stimulate the detoxification enzymes in the digestive tract is unparalleled. The sprouts are actually more effective than the fully-grown vegetable.
6. Green Tea
Packed full of antioxidants, green tea washes toxins from the system via its liquid content, but also contains a special type of antioxidant called catechins, which are known to increase liver function.
7. Mung Beans
The mighty mung bean has been used by Ayurvedic doctors for thousands of years. It is incredibly easy to digest, and absorbs toxic residue on the sides of the intestinal walls.
8. Raw Vegetables
Best for juicing or eaten raw: Onions, carrots, artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, kale, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, garlic, beet, turmeric, and oregano. The combination of these foods will help your liver purge toxins during the cleansing process. These are high in naturally occurring sulphur and glutathione. Sulphur helps the liver detoxify harmful chemicals.
9. Seeds and Nuts
Incorporate more of the easily digestible seeds and nuts into your diet. Flax seed, pumpkin seeds, almonds, walnuts, hemp seeds, sesame seeds, chia seeds, Siberian cedar nuts and sunflower seeds are all excellent options. While detoxing, avoid nut butters.
10. Omega-3 Oils
Use hemp, avocado, olive oils or flax seed oil while detoxing. This will help lubricate the intestinal walls, allowing the toxins to be absorbed by the oil, and eliminated by the body.
Performing a periodic body cleanse may also be beneficial. Do you have any suggestions for foods that detox the body? If so, please drop them in the comment section below. We’d love to hear your thoughts.
Fats have acquired a bad reputation over the years for all the wrong reasons and most of us have been indoctrinated to avoid all forms of fat in our diet. In most cases, however, reduced-fat items are far worse for us than the real thing.Food advertised as “low fat” is generally high in carbohydrates (sugar), artiﬁcial sugars, artiﬁcial fats and chemicals. Most health experts now recommend that we should just eat the “real thing”—good quality fats—in modest quantities.
We talk a lot about this in Lunchbox Solutions
Fats constitute the structural framework of our body and are extremely important for a number of reasons: they help to repair the cells of the body, they transport vitamins, help manufacture hormones and they give us energy. Good fats, because they are “real” foods, tell us when we are full, thereby helping us to eat less. The more good quality fat found in a particular food, the longer it takes to digest and the longer we will feel full in between meals. Fats also slow down the release of sugar into the blood stream via the digestive tract, improving the glycemic index of each meal. Good fats therefore help us to curb cravings for sugar, junk foods and “the wrong” sorts of fats. In fact, a little good quality fat goes a long way!
Different Types of Fats
Saturated Animal Fats
We have been lead to believe that all saturated animal fats, such as red meat and butter, are bad for our health. Indeed, the Chief of Surgery at the Banner Heart Hospital in Mesa, Arizona, Dr Dwight Lundell, discusses in his article “Heart Surgeon Admits Huge Mistake!” how he became disillusioned by the myths relating to cardiovascular health.
“The cholesterol theory has led to the no-fat, low-fat recommendations that in turn have created the very foods are now being known to cause an epidemic of inﬂammation. In advising people to avoid saturated fats in favour of foods high in
Omega-6 fats, evidence tells us we have an epidemic of arterial inﬂammation leading to heart disease and other silent killers.”
To read the whole article, follow this link:
Saturated fats actually have a valuable role to play in the optimum functioning of the body. All animal fats are saturated fats and are stable when exposed to light, heat and oxygen. They all contain cholesterol. They are essential for the properuptake of the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. They boost immune function, allow the proper usage of Omega-3 essential fatty acids, hold our organs inplace and protect them. They give integrity to cell walls and aid the absorption of calcium.
Saturated fats are also a good source of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). Current research shows CLA has potent anti-cancer properties and a powerful ability to reduce heart disease.
Animal fats (and all other animal products) from grass-fed animals will be more potent than fats from their grain-fed counterparts and are well worth sourcing and paying for. We consider it almost essential that any animal fat should be organic.
Saturated Non-Animal Fats
Like animal fats, these fats are stable when exposed to light, heat and oxygen; however, unlike animal fats, they do not contain cholesterol. Coconut oil is a saturated non-animal fat that we highly recommend. Other saturated vegetable oils include palm oil and palm kernel oils. For more information, please see Everyday Oils We Recommend.
Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are oils which are liquid at room temperature. Some fats, like olive and macadamia oil, can also become solid when chilled.
Other unsaturated oils include peanut oil, canola oil, avocado safﬂower, corn, sunﬂower, soy and cottonseed oils. The more unsaturated fats are, the more unstable they are when exposed to heat, light and oxygen. Damaged (rancid) fat is highly dangerous to the body, yet most commercially available oils are reﬁned by a process using chemical solvents and high heat.
The resulting oils are damaged and will therefore damage your body. For this reason, it is best to buy only high-quality oils and store them carefully, away from heat and light, preferably in dark-glassed bottles in the refrigerator. Unsaturated fats we recommend include almond oil, olive oil (extra virgin, cold pressed), unreﬁned organic sesame oil, walnut oil and chia oil. Note: we do not recommend linseed or ﬂax- seed oil—please see our blog for more information on this… http://welladjustedbabies.com/a-quick-look-at-everyday-oils
Hydrogenated Fat: When Fat Turns Ugly
Margarine and shortening (used in baking) is made from damaged oils mixed with nickel oxide, then hydrogenated. Hydrogenation is a chemical process in which unsaturatedfats are transformed into saturated fats by injecting them with hydrogen. This process increases the shelf life of the product; according to the food industry, itmakes these foods palatable months, perhaps years, from the date of their creation.
The problem is that the unsaturated fatty acid is mutated in the process of hydrogenation,becoming a trans fatty acid (TFA, or sometimes called a trans fat). According to the US Food and Drug Administration, TFAs are so damaging that there is no safe level or daily allowance suggested.
It is suggested that TFAs are a contributing factor in ADD and childhood behaviour problems, as well as adult mood problems such as poor concentration, anxiety, depression and aggression. The damaged fats are also known to impede insulin and its capacity to bind with cells. When unbound insulin circulates longer in the blood stream, the result is a quick return to hunger.
Unfortunately, these hydrogenated fats (margarines and shortening, for example) are used in almost all commercial cakes, biscuits, pastries, crisps, croissants and baked goods. They are cheap to produce and they also provide a low-cost preservation method for baked goods. We strongly recommend that you don’t consume any products which contain trans fats. Opt for those that have monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats instead.
Sources of Good and Bad Fats
• Cold water ﬁsh
• Quality meats and chicken
• Nuts, nutbutters and nut oils
• Free-range organic eggs
• Organic butter
• High-Quality cheese and yoghurt
• Oil supplements (such as ﬁsh oil) [ed: link to below]
• Organic coconut and olive oil (for cooking)
• Olive oil, macadamia, avocado, and sesame oils (for dressings)
• Vegetable oils (such as safﬂower, sunﬂower, canola and corn oils)
• Lower quality red meats and pork (such bacon and sausages)
• Lower quality processed dairy products (such as processed cheeses)
Everyday Oils We Recommend
Health happens by choice, not by chance or accident. There are ways and means of protecting our bodies, and one way is to consume healthy oils. Because most oils go rancid at high heats, oils that can be used for cooking are limited. However, the choice widens when we use oils in salad dressings, dips and smoothies, for example.
Healthy ways we use oils
• Smoothies—use chia oil, ﬁsh oil
• Dressings—use macadamia, olive and sesame oils.
• Baking—use butter and coconut oil
• Frying—use coconut oil, olive oil, avocado
We have listed some of our favourite oils here.
• Coconut Oil
• Olive Oil
• Fish Oil
• Chia Oil
Enjoy the good fats lovely people and don’t be afraid of them.
Here’s an extract from one of Cyndi O’Meara’s blog posts on the KORA Organics website. Every time I read this it shocks me:
The history of margarine is that it began it’s life as candle wax. Procter and Gamble have the patten on the hydrogenation of vegetable oil – they created this oil as it didn’t go off like tallow and was cheap. It’s next life was when it became Crisco Shortening. After that they figured out that they could make a soft shortening by only partially hydrogenated the oil and dyed it yellow and pink (some states of the US didn’t want anyone to think that it was butter) and was sold as the cheap version of butter – and they called it margarine. 2012 there are now plant sterols in margarine – they claim that it lowers cholesterol, but if you read my last nights post this is fallacy – not by my research but the research of the European Heart Journal.
Why are the ants only eating the butter and not the margarine?
Take a look at Cyndi O’Meara’s blog post at: http://www.koraorganics.com/blog/live-in-my-skin/all-things-organic/organic-certification/the-picture-that-started-a-fierce-debate-on-facebook/
In 2007 the authorities realised that trans fats produced by partially hydrogenating a vegetable oil (margarine) were actually quite dangerous to the brain (contributing to dementia) and body (contributing to arteriosclerosis, diabetes and even cancer) so margarine had to change yet again. So for those who eat margarine do you know whether the oil in your margarine is hydrogenated, interesterefied or fractionated and if you do know that, do you know what those processes produce and how they effect the cell membranes of the body. Do you also know what the other ingredients in margarine are and do, and if you buy the pro activ margarine ($8.00 for 375gm) do you really understand why they can make such claims as lowers cholesterol absorption. And do you really understand what the benefits of lowering cholesterol absorption is – opposed to lowered cholesterol (big difference).
The humble, yet incredible coconut.
Despite the fact that the majority of health officials have claimed all saturated fats are bad for you and cause heart disease, recent evaluation of the basis for this recommendation has found it to be seriously flawed, as unprocessed saturated fats are an important part of a healthy diet should be regularly consumed not assiduously avoided.
An important and beneficial saturated fat is coconut oil, which has scientifically demonstrated health benefits, including healthy support for your heart and brain, skin, immune system, and thyroid.
Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid, which your body converts to monolaurin, and this special agent has antiviral, antibacterial, and antiprotozoalproperties; coconut oil is also rich in capric acid, which shares some of the same antimicrobial benefits that help protect you from infections.
Coconut oil is also rich is medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs), which stimulate your body’s metabolism and help you trim off excess body fat.
It is the only oil, I personally cook with. It has a high heat tolerance and remains stable when heated unlike most other oils.
As for what oils I use in my other recipes…. I love Chia Oil and Macadamia Oil in my salads and I use these oils also in my healthy shakes! Yum!
7 Superfoods to Help You Live Longer
The ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, the ‘Father of Medicine,’ once said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” He was the first recorded physician to teach that disease wasn’t caused by superstition or the gods, but rather by diet, lifestyle, and environmental factors.
Spirulina, literally the most nutritious food known, is an edible blue-green algae used all over the world for its nutritional and medicinal qualities. It is very common for people consuming Spirulina to experience a jump in energy and vitality. The reason is simple: Spirulina is a powerhouse of nutrition. This conclusion is supported by well over 400 studies conducted in various scientific institutions around the world.
Spirulina is about 60% complete protein, quite a large amount when compared to beef or chicken (approximately 25% protein each). ‘Complete’ protein means that it contains all eight of the essential amino acids that our bodies require to thrive. It has 10 other non-essential amino acids that play important supporting roles in good health.
We all know that fish is a good source of the important nutrients called omega fatty acids (omega 3, 6 & 9). What we don’t often consider is where the fish get the majority of their omega fatty acids: from algae such as Spirulina. This superfood is rich in the omega fatty acids, and especially omega 3, which play key roles in preventing heart disease, lowering bad cholesterol, reducing the severity of arthritis, osteoporosis, depression and diabetes and much more.
Spirulina is by far the highest known source of vitamin B12 with approximately 3 mcg for every gram. Vitamin B12 is essential for the metabolism of every cell of the body, the production of red blood cells and the development of healthy nerve tissue.
It is also the highest known source of beta-carotene, an extremely important nutrient. Beta-carotene is part of the carotenoid family, a group of pigments that give plants their various colours. Beta- carotene is a powerful antioxidant and is sometimes referred to as pro-vitamin A because our bodies convert it to vitamin A. Vitamin A is important for healthy teeth, skeletal and soft tissue, mucous membranes, skin and eyes. Although high doses of vitamin A are toxic, there is no known toxicity associated with beta-carotene. It has been shown to help prevent certain cancers (lung, cervical, skin, oral) and to improve immune system function.
Spirulina provides a variety of other essential nutrients such as vitamins E, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, K1 and K2 and such as minerals calcium, iron, phosphorus, iodine, magnesium, zinc, selenium, copper, chromium, and potassium. It is enriched with important phytonutrients such as gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), chlorophyll, c-phycocyanin and other carotenoids including the powerful antioxidant zeaxanthin.
This amazing algae is a microscopic form of life that does not have the usual tough cell walls that are normally found in plant life. This means that it is extremely easy to digest making all of the mentioned nutritional compounds highly absorbable into your body. All of this amounts to simply an unbelievable amount of concentrated nutrition in every gram.
Spirulina has been shown to be effective against certain cancers & viruses, reduce inflammation, increase immune function, detoxify the liver & kidneys, help with diabetes & liver disease, and offer protection for the brain.
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/031635_superfood_spirulina.html#ixzz2H3wVwbzc
Vitamin E has many therapeutic properties. It can be used topically and ingested. It is available in a capsule for easier ingestion or in an oil. Vitamin E oil can be swallowed or applied to the skin. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that is essential for several basic bodily functions.
It can be found in many foods such as cooking oils, like safflower, sunflower, and wheat germ oils. It can also be found in almonds, hazelnuts, and certain leafy green vegetables. Vitamin E is believed to help delay or prevent heart disease and some types of cancer.
Vitamin E as an antioxidant helps protect the body against stroke, cataracts, cancer, heart disease, and even the signs of aging. Vitamin E actually protects the walls of the arteries. It prevents bad cholesterol (LDL) from being oxidized, preventing clogged arteries. Vitamin E can also prevent platelets from clumping together and forming blood clots. This can help prevent a stroke or heart attack.
Vitamin E can also help prevent or fight cancer. It protects the cell’s DNA from damage that can cause the cells to turn cancerous. It can actually reduce the rate of growth for tumors, at the same time enhancing the immune system to fight cancer. Vitamin E capsules can even help enhance the action of insulin. This improves blood glucose function in diabetes.
It is also pivotal in the proper function of the brain. It protects the myelin sheaths that surround neurons in the brain. This can help prevent degeneration during the normal aging process. It may also help prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
Used topically, vitamin E is used to heal and protect the skin. It protects the skin cells from damage including sun damage. It also boosts collagen in the skin. Collagen is what gives the skin its elasticity. Boosting collagen helps reduce wrinkles and gives the skin a more youthful appearance.
Vitamin E can also be used to reduce or clear scars on the skin, including acne scars. It is more effective when used soon after the scar is formed, but it can be used on older scars as well. Older scars may not see as much improvement, but it can provide some relief.
Vitamin E for scars can be found in special scar fading creams and gels or just vitamin E oil. It should be applied to clean skin at night, so it has time to soak into the skin to work.
Vitamin E can also help make the hair healthier and increase growth. It can be taken orally in a capsule to help hair health from the inside out. It can also be used in conditioners to improve the look of damaged hair.
Vitamin E has numerous health benefits. Getting enough vitamin E can help reduce diseases, reduce the signs of aging, and improve the hair and skin.
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/032323_vitamin_E_antioxidants.html#ixzz2H3sLdFN0
One would not normally think that magnesium deficiency can increase the risk of cancer yet we will find that just as severe dehydration or asphyxiation can cause death, magnesium deficiency can lead directly to cancer. It is known that carcinogenesis induces magnesium distribution disturbances, causing magnesium mobilization through blood cells and magnesium depletion in non-neoplastic tissues. Magnesium deficiency is carcinogenic, and in the case of solid tumors, a high level of supplemented magnesium inhibits carcinogenesis.
Researchers from Japan’s National Cancer Center in Tokyo have found that an increased intake of magnesium reduces a man’s risk of colon cancer by over 50 percent. Several studies have shown an increased cancer rate in regions with low magnesium levels in soil and drinking water. In Egypt the cancer rate was only about 10 percent of that in Europe and America. In the rural fellah it was practically non-existent. The main difference was an extremely high magnesium intake of 2.5-3g in these cancer-free populations, ten times more than in most western countries.
For all of these reasons and a hundred more, magnesium oil remains the number one item in my cancer protocol and thus number one for radiation exposure. Magnesium is our first line of defense against both.
It is in a list of medicinals that prevent and treat
cancer that we find helpful substances that treat
and strengthen us against radiation contamination.
“In the years leading up to Chernobyl, some dairy farmers in Austria were using remineralization as a part of their operations. They added rock dust to liquid manure as well as combining it with compost, thereby removing odors and greatly increasing soil biota. As a result, cows had twice the normal lifespan and produced much more milk. Amazingly enough, after Chernobyl, the cheeses that were remineralized (as well as biodynamic cheeses) measured no radioactivity whatsoever. Austrians would stand in long lines in order to buy these safe, remineralized products,” writes Joanna Campe.
Iodine is obviously not the only substance that we should run to in the face of increasing radiation threats. Magnesium is a vital mineral whose lack leaves us open to not only radioactive damages but also those from heavy metals and thousands of chemicals, which we are commonly exposed to. Mercury and now a long list of radioactive particles are floating in the environment like invisible clouds that have spread out everywhere. They are raining down on us, damaging and damning our future. We can no longer be passive about building our defenses against the toxic onslaught.
Without sufficient magnesium, the body accumulates toxins and acid residues, degenerates rapidly, and ages prematurely.
Just about everyone who is writing protocols for radiation toxicity is forgetting about the importance of magnesium salts. Worse still are governments and the entire institution of medicine that are purposely ignorant about magnesium, so they cannot possibly be trusted for valuable health and medical information that will help us in our time of dire need. The need was dire before Fukushima but they did not want to admit that; they let the public get obsessed with CO2 emissions and said nothing about the mercury. Now with radioactive nuclides steadily building up in the background, we are in trouble than any of us care to admit. Today the situation has gone nuclear and there has never before been a need so great for detoxification and chelation.
Magnesium is a crucial factor in the natural self-cleansing and detoxification responses of the body. Magnesium is also necessary for effective chelation. It stimulates the sodium potassium pump on the cell wall and this initiates the cleansing process in part because the sodium-potassium-ATPase pump regulates intracellular and extracellular potassium levels. The healthy cell wall favors intake of nutrients and elimination of waste products.
The involvement of free radicals in tissue injury induced by magnesium deficiency causes an accumulation of oxidative products in heart, liver, kidney, skeletal muscle tissues and in red blood cells, leaving them more vulnerable to oxidative stress caused by radiation exposure. Both radiation exposure and heavy metals produce oxidative stress through the creation of increased levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS — oxygen free radicals, peroxides, and singlet oxygen). It is known that these increased levels of intracellular ROS are sufficient to trigger apoptosis (cell death).
Glutathione is Magnesium-Dependent
Glutathione protects the cells from oxidative-stress-induced apoptosis and glutathione levels are magnesium dependent! “Glutathione is a very important detoxifying agent, enabling the body to get rid of undesirable toxins and pollutants. It forms a soluble compound with the toxin that can then be excreted through the urine or the gut. The liver and kidneys contain high levels of glutathione as they have the greatest exposure to toxins. The lungs are also rich in glutathione partly for the same reason. Many cancer-producing chemicals, heavy metals, drug metabolites etc. are disposed of in this way,” says Dr. Patricia Kongshavn, former professor, department of medicine at McGill University.
Glutathione is a polypeptide,
C10H17N3O6S, of glycine, cysteine, and glutamic acid.
Glutathione synthetase requires γ-glutamyl cysteine, glycine, ATP, and magnesium ions to form glutathione. In magnesium deficiency, the ss y-glutamyltranspeptidase is lowered. There is a direct relationship between cellular magnesium, GSH/GSSG ratios, and tissue glucose metabolism. Magnesium deficiency causes glutathione loss and this is unwelcome as the clouds of radiation are touching down across the northern hemisphere. Magnesium deficiency causes glutathione loss, which is not at all healthy because glutathione helps to defend the body against damage from cigarette smoking, exposure to radiation, cancer chemotherapy, and toxins such as alcohol and just about everything else.
According to Dr. Russell Blaylock, low magnesium is associated with dramatic increases in free radical generation as well as glutathione depletion and this is vital since glutathione is one of the few antioxidant molecules known to neutralize mercury. “For every molecule of pesticide that your body detoxifies, you throw away or use up forever a molecule of glutathione, magnesium and more,” says Dr. Sherry Rogers who goes on to say that, “Your body uses nutrients to make this glutathione and it uses up energy as well. Every time we detoxify a chemical, we use up, lose, throw away forever, a certain amount of nutrients.”
Deficiencies in basic minerals like magnesium and selenium can make all the difference between health and disease, between being able to withstand chemical, heavy metal and radiation exposure. Dr. Rogers has indicated that there is as much as a 500-fold difference in the ability of individuals to detoxify the same chemicals and much of that will be true for radiation as well. A key marker of this difference is each individual’s magnesium level. Deficiencies in magnesium will wreak havoc with our body’s ability to detoxify and chelate heavy radioactive particles and explains much of the difference between one person withstanding radiation exposures and another person falling to radiation sickness.
Dr. Leslie Fisher has treated in excess of 35,000 patients where mineral therapy was prescribed as the sole form of medication. He has conducted research within his own clinics and the Department of Psychiatry, Austin Hospital, Melbourne. Mineral therapy is the foundation upon which chelation treatments and protocols are built. Magnesium does protect cells from aluminum, mercury, lead, cadmium, beryllium and nickel, which explains why re-mineralization is so essential for heavy metal detoxification and chelation as well as radiation protection. Magnesium is essential for the survival of our cells but takes on further importance now where our bodies are being bombarded on a daily basis with heavy metals and radiation.
Radiation and Diabetes
No one is going to convince the public that the increasing radiation will have a general effect on our health that can be easily traced back to the source. Even before we get cancer from radiation we have a general down-spiraling of body functions because of all the oxidative stress. In my book, New Paradigms in Diabetes, I write extensively about the direct relationship between magnesium deficiency and the onset of diabetes.
Pancreatic beta cells are sensitive to reactive oxygen species (ROS) attack when they are exposed to oxidative stress, because of the relatively low expression of antioxidant enzymes such as catalase and glutathione peroxidase. Diabetes is typically accompanied by increased production of free radicals and/or impaired antioxidant defense capabilities, indicating a central contribution of reactive oxygen species. It is also a fact that ROS is one of the major factors that induce oxidative modification of DNA and gene mutation.
The Chernobyl incident was a major disaster of humanity, which has resulted in a plethora of health problems that are still far from being fully recognized. Most studies analyzing the medical consequences of this catastrophe have so far focused on diseases such as thyroid cancer, leukemia, immune and autoimmune pathology, even though an increase in the incidence of type 1 diabetes mellitus, a disorder involving the immune system, was observed within the residential population of Hiroshima among survivors of the atom bomb detonation. Studies have also shown that thymectomy and a sub-lethal dose of gamma radiation induces type 1 diabetes in rats.
Researchers at the Pediatric Hospital A. Meyer, Florence, Italy studied this question by assessing the incidence of the disease in children in Gomel, Belarus in the years subsequent to the Chernobyl disaster. The results of the study seem to confirm the hypothesis that environmental pollution such as that subsequent to the Chernobyl accident can cause diabetes.
Mass screening for diabetes mellitus has been conducted on 64,000-113,000 atomic bomb survivors residing in Hiroshima City since 1961. From 1971 to 1992 a 2.7-fold increase in the prevalence of diabetes mellitus was observed in males and a 3.2-fold increase in females.
We have a significant and documented increase in the incidence of type 1 diabetes in children and adolescents after Chernobyl in the radioactively contaminated area of Gomel compared to Minsk.
- Heinrich Heine University
When beginning to build a protocol against the radiation and heavy metal onslaught, we need to stick with the basics and they are magnesium, iodine, sodium bicarbonate, vitamin C, selenium, clay, THC (cannabis),? as well as a natural chelator and superfoods. Properly filtered water also is essential. There is always more we can do but even affording these basics is a challenge to many.
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Strawberries are shown to be a potent source of antioxidants in a body of research published in the journal Food Chemistry. In vivo studies confirm that regular consumption of the flavorful fruit raises antioxidant blood saturation levels. This can help to lower the risk of chronic diseases ranging from heart disease and cancer to metabolic disorders including diabetes. The study, conducted by Italian and Spanish researchers, demonstrated that eating two cups of strawberries daily for two weeks boosted the antioxidant status of red blood cells and improved the body`s immune response reaction to oxidative stress – lowering disease risk.
European researchers have demonstrated the antioxidant capacity of strawberries on human health using volunteers at the Marche Polytechnic University in Italy. Twelve healthy adults were fed the equivalent of two cups of strawberries over the course of a day for a period of two weeks.
Blood samples were taken after four, eight, twelve and sixteen days and then again after a month. Live blood analysis showed that regular consumption of this super fruit significantly increases the antioxidant capacity of blood plasma as well as the resistance of red blood cells to oxidative haemolysis in a process known as fragmentation.
Lead author and researcher, Dr. Maurizio Battino commented on the initial results: “We have shown that some varieties of strawberries make erythrocytes more resistant to oxidative stress. This could be of great significance if you take into account that this phenomenon can lead to serious diseases.”
Researchers are continuing to test a variety of strawberry strains and different consumption levels to determine optimal antioxidant levels. They note that strawberries should form part of a healthy, balanced diet and should be included as a daily serving of fruits and vegetables necessary to lower disease risk.
Strawberries contain a large concentration of phenolic compounds, such as flavonoids known to exert potent antioxidant properties. Flavonoid consumption triggers an extensive arsenal of antioxidant mechanisms that function at the cellular level to fight free radical production and to lower the risk from heart disease, cancer, diabetes and dementia. Antioxidants promote normal cellular function and are either manufactured by the body or consumed through diet in the form of natural foods such as strawberries.
When the blood antioxidant capacity is lowered by stress, physical exertion or normal metabolic function, oxidative stress occurs and the risk of chronic disease increases exponentially. Many forward-thinking scientists posit that oxidative stress is a key factor determining how quickly we age, and foods such as strawberries hold the answer to slow this process and to prevent a host of deadly illnesses.
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Zinc found critical within the brain to improve memory and cognition
Zinc is an essential mineral known to improve skin tone, aid wound healing, fight cancer and shorten the length of the common cold. Researchers publishing in the journal Neuron now identify the crucial role this super-nutrient plays in support of memory formation and cognitive stability. Additionally, they have found that zinc may also play a part in controlling the devastating occurrence of epileptic seizures. For the first time, scientists have been able to watch zinc in action as the nutrient regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus to improve memory and learning capabilities. Ensuring proper intake of zinc is an important step toward optimal brain function and may prevent cognitive decline as we age.
Researchers at Duke University Medical Center and chemists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology collaborated to study the effects of zinc on brain function. Scientists experimenting with mice used a chemical that binds with zinc to eliminate it from the brain of the test animals. They found that in the absence of the mineral, communications between neurons was significantly diminished and that zinc is vital for controlling the efficiency between nerve cells in the hippocampus.
For more than a half century, scientists have understood that high concentrations of zinc are deposited within nerve cells; called vesicles, they package the transmitters which enable the nerve cells to communicate. The highest concentrations of brain zinc are found among the neurons of the hippocampus that control the high functions of learning and memory.
Researchers Find Zinc Levels in the Brain Control Memory and Learning Functions
By artificially regulating the level of zinc in the brain of the test animals, researchers were able to confirm that eliminating zinc from the neural vesicles also prevented enhanced communication. By increasing levels of the mineral, they were able to significantly restore enhanced communications in the hippocampal region to improve learning and memorycapabilities.
The results of this study conducted on mice can be extrapolated to humans because zinc is known to play a similar role in the brain of both species. Zinc deficiency in the typical western diet is rapidly becoming a serious problem that threatens human health. Due to poor farming practices and the abundance of nutrient-deprived processed foods, many children and adults suffer from a chronic insufficiency of the mineral.
Over time, lack of zinc from dietary sources can result in immune system depression, decline in sexual health and increased risk of dementia and cognitive decline. Dietary sources of zinc include organic liver, beef and lamb. Vegetarians can include nuts, seeds and peas to obtain the micronutrient. Alternatively, zinc supplements are available (30 to 50 mg per day) to help maintain healthy systemic levels that improve memory, learning and cognition.
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Parabens are chemical preservatives that have been identified as estrogenic and disruptive of normal hormone function. Estrogenic chemicals mimic the function of the naturally occurring hormone estrogen, and exposure to external estrogens has been shown to increase the risk of breast cancer.
Want to know if your products contains parabens? Here are some steps to take:
- Look on the label for the following ingredients: methylparaben, propylparaben, isoparaben, or butylparaben.
- Find out which company makes the product you use. See if it has an ingredient list available on the product itself or on its web site. If a company is not forthcoming with the information you seek, you may want to purchase your products from another company.
- Try e-mailing or calling the company and asking if your product contains parabens.
Here are a few tips I use :
This Shampoo and Conditioner can Be found at Woolworth’s for only $3.95 I use them on my hair all the time and highly recommend this product
I also use Sukin products these are a little bit more expensive but you will find there range at most Chemists or Health food Stores roughly around $15-$20.
You also have the option of making your own products which you can use reused jars and keep them in the fridge.
Some Examples :
Bicarbonate Deodorant: If you want to avoid the parabens and aluminum found in many deodorants and antiperspirants, try a pinch of baking soda mixed with water instead. This simple paste makes an effective and simple natural deodorant.
Plaque-busting tooth and toothpaste: For an incredibly effective tooth and gum paste, use a mixture of six parts of baking soda to one part of sea salt. Place them in a blender and mix for 30 seconds, then place in a container to use. Wet the tip of your index finger and place a small amount of the salt and soda mixture on your gums. Starting with the upper outside gums and then the inside of the upper, followed by the lower outside of the gums then the lower inside, rub the mixture onto your teeth and gums. Spit out the excess. After 15 minutes rinse your mouth. This mixture is incredibly effective at killing bacteria.
Teeth whitener: For a natural way to whiten your teeth, crush one ripe strawberry and mix it with 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. Spread the mixture onto your teeth and leave on for five minutes. Then brush your teeth and rinse. This method should be used no more than once a week, as excessive use could potentially damage your tooth enamel.
Health Glowing Skin
- Mix equal quantities of cucumber juice, rose water and lime juice. Wash the face and apply it overnight. Rinse off in the morning. This clears the complexion and keeps it healthy.
- Take 50 ml. of raw (not boiled) milk and mix a pinch of salt and two teaspoonful of lime juice in it. Use it as a cleansing lotion. It helps to clean the deep pores of skin.
- Mix equal quantities of lime juice, glycerin and rose water. This lotion if applied to the face regularly at bed time is very useful in removing pimples, blackheads and other stains of the skin. It makes the skin soft, and can also be applied to other parts of the body (hands, feet etc.)
- Take 50 ml. of tomato juice and mix with one teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply this mixture to the face. It helps to make the skin soft and glowing.
- Take equal quantities of turmeric powder and wheat flour and make a paste with sesame oil. Apply it to the face to remove unwanted hair.
- Apply orange juice to the face for smooth and soft skin.
- Take 30 ml. of cabbage juice and mix one teaspoon of honey in it. This mixture, if applied regularly to the face, helps to keep the wrinkles away.
- Make a paste of raw carrots and apply it to the face. Wash it after one hour. The skin will become glowing.
- Regular application of mint juice to the face helps to remove stains.
- Try out some of these simple natural remedies for smooth, clear and radiant complexion.
- Grind five almonds and mix with 1 teaspoon of fresh milk cream and a few drops of lemon juice. Apply this paste to the face and neck. Leave on for about fifteen minutes.
- Apply papaya juice, or mashed papaya, to the affected areas.
- Grind equal amounts of sesame seeds and turmeric in a small quantity of water and apply to the face or discolored skin.
- Make a paste from holy basil (Tulasi) leaves and water to use on the affected skin
Premature Aging Remedies
- Massage the face with ghee, almond oil or coconut oil before going to bed.
- Use grated cucumber in a face pack.
- Apply fresh aloe Vera gel to the skin.
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Many people believe that eating healthy is expensive and time consuming, but that’s not necessarily the case. The reality is that healthy eating can be cheap and even quick too! Processed or convenience food can sometimes seem easier on the wallet, but you have to remind yourself why. They’re often using cheaper ingredients that provide less nutrition, less sustained energy, and therefore you often end up eating larger quantities and more often to feel fulfilled!
Some easy tips to avoid tipping the bank balance when shopping for healthy food on a budget:
• Buy fresh fruit and vegetables that are in season – be mindful of this when planning meals and looking through cook books as often you don’t realize you’ve chosen ‘off season’ vegetables until you’re gulping at the price in the checkout line!
• Don’t buy groceries when you’re hungry or rushed – you’re more likely to throw the ‘baddies’ in the trolley…
• Write out a list, and stick to it!
• Shop the perimeter of the store first – it’s where all of the healthier choices usually are; you’ll avoid all the more processed, costly items on the inner shelves.
• Shop at markets – your local produce stand or farmer’s market can be a great source for healthy bargains. For the best deals, shop often and look for reduced produce or end-of-the-day specials.
• Grow your own herbs and vegetables – start a plot in your backyard or a container garden on your patio. Grow your favorite herbs in small pots by the kitchen window, and take a snip whenever you need it.
• Look low for inexpensive items – I mean this literally. Most grocery stores purposely put the more expensive items at eye-level. So, look a little lower for the cheaper or generic brands and save a little money. Some stores also post the cost per unit on the shelf, so look closely at this to see what the best deals are.
• Buy in bulk – bulk dry goods such as beans, whole grains and oats are inexpensive while being super nutrient-dense. Opting for these unprocessed, bulk foods will save you a lot of money when compared to processed oatmeal packets or rice mixes. Buy meat in bulk too and freeze in smaller portion sizes to use as required.
• Don’t buy juices or flavored drinks – drinks, especially those loaded with sugar and artificial sweeteners, are not only unhealthy calories, but are also a drain on your wallet. Even that expensive fruit juice should be omitted from your cart in favor of healthier and less expensive fresh, whole fruit.
• Flavor and prepare food yourself – avoid buying organic pre-seasoned or marinated meat or fish, because that means paying for someone to do that for you. Season and marinate the cuts yourself for an economical and healthier way to add flavor to your food (you also control the amount of salt, fat and sugar you’re adding). Pre‐cut fruits and vegetables, instant rice and hot cereal are convenient, but usually cost more than those that require a bit more prep time.
• My top 10 healthy food choices that won’t break the bank – spelt pasta, eggs, chickpeas and lentils, bananas, Kale, sweet potatoes, canned salmon, lean beef mince, spinach and beet-root.
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There are three main reasons why you will want to consider incorporating vegetable juicing into your optimal health program:
- Juicing helps you absorb all the nutrients from the vegetables. This is important because most of us have impaired digestion as a result of making less-than-optimal food choices over many years. This limits your body’s ability to absorb all the nutrients from the vegetables. Juicing will help to “pre-digest” them for you, so you will receive most of the nutrition, rather than having it go down the toilet.
- Juicing allows you to consume an optimal amount of vegetables in an efficient manner. If you are a carb type, you should eat one pound of raw vegetables per 50 pounds of body weight per day. Some people may find eating that many vegetables difficult, but it can be easily accomplished with a quick glass of vegetable juice.
- You can add a wider variety of vegetables in your diet. Many people eat the same vegetable salads every day. This violates the principle of regular food rotation and increases your chance of developing an allergy to a certain food. But with juicing, you can juice a wide variety of vegetables that you may not normally enjoy eating whole.
The best ingredients I find are ;
1 Large Beet-Root ,2 Apples, 2 Carrots, Small piece of fresh ginger about the size of your nail, Celery 1 piece, Spinach & Kale as much as you want,Some Parsley not too much fresh if you can. This is perfect for a daily juice I add blueberries and radishes, Aloe Vera Juice and don’t forget the ice as well when I can its very delicious :0) I’ve put down what you get out of each veg as well and just a chart of what Vitamin D and Tumeric can do for you XX
Beet-root (makes everything taste great What does it do for you ?;Beetroot has had a great PR job over recent years, being hailed as a ‘super food’ by numerous experts.
Health benefits of beet-root
Find out about the top 5 health benefits of beetroot and how you can make sure you’re getting your daily dose – without resorting to pickled beetroot from a jar!
Beetroot Is Your Liver’s Friend
The beta cyanin in beetroot can help detox your liver, having a knock-on effect for your bloodstream, by helping the body to eliminate toxins and potentially preventing the build-up of fatty deposits.
So if you have found yourself ‘over-indulging’, adding some raw beetroot or beetroot juice to your diet can help you recover.
Then again, why save it just for the ‘morning after’?!
Beetroot Juice Can Prevent Strokes & Heart Attacks
Beetroot juice has been shown to reduce high blood pressure. It affects an estimated 25% of the world’s adult population and is a significant factor in coronary heart disease and strokes.
Researchers at Barts’ Hospital (London) and the London School Of Medicine found that drinking 500ml of beetroot juice a day can significantly reduce high blood pressure, for over 24 hours after drinking.
Whilst most of us wouldn’t fancy a pint of red stuff every morning, the research gives us a very big hint that including at least some beetroot in our diet on a daily basis will be good for us.
Beetroot Is Packed With Nutrients
Beetroot leaves can be eaten raw when young
Beetroot is a super-storehouse of both vitamin C and iron, which is great news for your body. Both are essential elements for health, but many of us struggle to absorb enough iron. Luckily, good old Mother Nature included extra vitamin C in her beetroots and this vitamin helps increase iron absorbtion!
Vitamin C is water soluble, which means it leaches out of veggies when you cook them in water. So the easiest way to get your combo-fix is to eat raw beetroot.
Incidentally, young beetroot leaves are a better source of iron than spinach!
The roots are a good source of many other vitamins and minerals, including folic acid, phosphorous, magnesium and B6.
Here are some super-scrummy beetroot recipes to tempt your taste buds.
Beetroot Can Cheer You Up
Beetroot has been shown to contain the compound betaine, which enhances the production of the body’s natural mood-lifter seratonin. So it would seem that munching fresh beetroot can literally make you smile.
Betaine is also really useful for cardiovascular health.
Immune System Booster
Beetroot’s amazing range of vitamins and nutrients have been shown to boost your immune system, helping you better fight off infection. These nutrients help stimulate the reoxygenation of cells and the production of new blood cells. Pretty important stuff!
The Next Apple & Carrot
Carrot for ;
The two obvious nutrients most are aware of are vitamin A and beta carotenes. Vitamin A toxicity is possible with vitamin supplements and fish oils, but you cannot overdose on vitamin A with carrots while enjoying their extra large amounts of this vitamin.
Beta-carotene is also a major antioxidant. The vitamin A and beta-carotene help maintain vision along with the carrots’ fair share of lutein. Beta-carotene also maintains epithelial tissue, the tissue surrounding internal organs. Epithelial tissues are susceptible to cancerous growths.
Carrots are also rich in poly-acetylene anti-oxidant falcarinol. Research at the University of Newcastle has shown carrot falcarinol destroys pre-cancerous cells in tumors. Carrots do help keep cancer away.
Carrots are deep soil root vegetables, and this enables them to absorb an abundant array of minerals. They are also rich in other vitamins, including the B vitamins and folates. Folate is the natural and safe provider of folic acid.
The list of nutrients doesn’t really measure up to carrots’ actual regenerative capacity, especially when juiced. Obviously, the unique synergy of its enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and flavonoids provides herbal healers with a magical remedy when juiced.
Drinking carrot juice
Drinking carrot juice cleanses and restores the liver. The liver is our body’s master cleanser – without which we would die from internal toxic buildups while detoxing all those external toxic sources we’ve taken in. Carrot juice has been called the golden juice of healing.
Dr. John Christopher, the father of modern American herbalism, has expressed amazement of carrot juice’s healing qualities. The Gerson Therapy, carried on today by Dr. Max Gerson’s daughter and grandson, relies heavily on fresh carrot combined with apple juices. The Gerson Therapy successfully treats cancer patients who have been given up on.
Delicious and crunchy apple fruit is notable for its impressive list of phtyto-nutrients, and anti-oxidants. Studies suggest that its components are essential for normal growth, development and overall well-being.
Apples are low in calories; 100 g of fresh fruit slices provide only 50 calories. They, however, contain no saturated fats or cholesterol. Nonetheless, the fruit is rich in dietary fiber, which helps prevent absorption of dietary-LDL or bad cholesterol in the gut. The fiber also saves the colon mucous membrane from exposure to toxic substances by binding to cancer-causing chemicals inside the colon.
Apples are rich in antioxidant phyto-nutrients flavonoids and polyphenolics. The total measured anti-oxidant strength (ORAC value) of 100 g apple fruit is 5900 TE. Some of the important flavonoids in apples are quercetin, epicatechin, and procyanidin B2. Additionally, they are also good in tartaric acid that gives tart flavor to them. Altogether, these compounds help the body protect from deleterious effects of free radicals.
Apple fruit contains good quantities of vitamin-C and beta-carotene. Vitamin C is a powerful natural antioxidant. Consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the body.
Further, apple fruit is a good source of B-complex vitamins such as riboflavin, thiamin, and pyridoxine (vitamin B-6). Together these vitamins help as co-factors for enzymes in metabolism as well as in various synthetic functions inside the body.
Apple also contains a small amount of minerals like potassium, phosphorus, and calcium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure; thus, counters the bad influences of sodium.
Parsley (Buy it to grow it its very easy yo grow!)
What you will get from it
Studies show that myristicin, an organic compound found in the essential oil of parsley, not only inhibits tumor formation (especially in the lungs), but also activates the enzyme glutathione-S-transferase, which helps the molecule glutathione attach to, and ﬁght against, oxidized molecules. Myristicin can also neutralize carcinogens like benzopyrene in cigarette smoke that can pass through the body, consequently ﬁghting against colon and prostate cancer.
Parsley is rich with an antioxidant arsenal that includes luteolin, a ﬂavonoid that searches out and eradicates free radicals in the body that cause oxidative stress in cells. Luteolin also promotes carbohydrate metabolism and serves the body as an anti-inﬂammatory agent. Furthermore, two tablespoons of parsley contain 16% of the RDA of vitamin C and over 12% of the RDA of vitamin A – two powerful antioxidants.
Along with luteolin, the vitamin C found in parsley serves as an effective anti-inﬂammatory agent within the body. When consumed regularly, they combat the onset of inflammatory disorders, such as osteoarthritis (the degeneration of joint cartilage and the underlying bone) and rheumatoid arthritis (a disease causing inﬂammation in the joints).
Healthy Immune System
The vitamin C and vitamin A found in parsley serve to strengthen the body’s immune
system, though in different ways. Vitamin C is necessary for collagen, the main
structural protein found in connective tissue. This essential nutrient will not only accelerate
the body’s ability to repair wounds, but also maintain healthy bones and teeth.
Vitamin A, on the other hand, fortiﬁes the entry points into the human body, such as mucous
membranes, the lining of the eyes, and respiratory, urinary and intestinal tracts. Moreover, lymphocytes, or white blood cells, rely on vitamin A to ﬁght infection in the body.
A Healthy Heart Homocysteine, an amino acid that occurs in the body, threatens the body’s blood vessels when its levels become too high. Luckily, the folate (or vitamin B9) found in parsley helps convert homocysteine into harmless molecules. A regular garnish of parsley can help ward off cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attack, stroke, and atherosclerosis.
Two tablespoons of parsley have a whopping 153% of the RDA of vitamin K, which is necessary for the synthesis of osteocalcin, a protein that strengthens the composition of our bones. Vitamin K also prevents calcium build-up in our tissue that can lead to atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease and stroke.
10 Terrific Benefits of Ginger
1. Haven’t been feeling hungry? Eat fresh ginger just before lunch to stoke a dull appetite and fire up the digestive juices.
2. Ginger improves the absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients in the body.
3. Ginger clears the ‘microcirculatory channels’ of the body, including the pesky sinuses that tend to flare up from time to time.
4. Feeling airsick or nauseous? Chew on ginger, preferably tossed in a little honey.
5. Can’t stop the toot-a-thon? Gas—oops—guess what?! Ginger helps reduce flatulence!
6. Tummy moaning and groaning under cramps? Munch on ginger.
7. Reeling under joint pain? Ginger, with its anti-inflammatory properties—can bring relief. Float some ginger essential oil into your bath to help aching muscles and joints.
8. Got a surgery done? Chewing ginger post-operation can help overcome nausea.
9. Stir up some ginger tea to get rid of throat and nose congestion. And when there’s a nip in the air, the warming benefits of this tasty tea are even greater!
10. Bedroom blues? Try adding a gingery punch to a bowl of soup. (Pss…the Ayurvedic texts credit ginger with aphrodisiac properties)
Celery contains pthalides, which have been shown to lower blood pressure by relaxing the muscles around the arteries and allowing vessels to dilate. The calcium, magnesium, and potassium in celery also helps regulate blood pressure.
The pthalides in celery may also lower cholesterol by increasing bile acid secretion.
Celery contains coumarins which have been shown to be effective in the prevention of cancer.
Diuretic Celery has been used as a diuretic for centuries. Its diuretic effect comes from its balance of potassium and sodium which helps to flush out excess fluid from the body.
Celery is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties, which may help with ailments attributed to inflammation such as arthritis.
Celery will not directly cause you to lose weight, but it is a great aid in weight loss because it is very low in calories and has a lot of filling fiber.
I only came across Kale this year for the first time and amazed at how much nutrients are in one plant;
Vitamins B2,B3,B6,C,E,K,Beta Carotene,Folate,Calcium,Iron,Magnesium,Zinc,Flavonoids,Gluosinolates and Fibre.
Could kale, a less domesticated, disheveled form of cabbage, really be one of the most potent healing foods in existence today?
Few foods commonly available at the produce stand are as beneficial to your health as kale. And yet, sadly, it is more commonly found dressing up something not as healthy in a display case as a decoration than on someone’s plate where it belongs.
Kale is actually a form of cabbage that evaded domestication, sharing many of the same traits as wilder plant relatives unafraid of holding on to their bitter principle, and relatively unruly appearance.
Kale is perfectly content letting its luscious green leafy hair down, being the ‘hippie’ member of a family that includes the more tightly wound broccoli, cauliflower and the Brussel sprout, whose greater respectability as far as most restaurant menus go means kale is more likely to be found forgotten, shriveling up somewhere on the bottom shelf of someone’s refrigerator, no doubt possessed by someone with every intention (but not the time and appetite enough) to eat it.
But please do not underestimate this formidable plant, which grows as high as six to seven feet in the right conditions, casting a shadow as long as the impressive list of beneficial nutritional components it contains. Its nutritional density, in fact, is virtually unparalleled among green leafy vegetables. Consider too that during World War II, with rationing in full effect, the U.K. encouraged the backyard cultivation of this hearty, easy to grow plant for the Dig for Victory campaign that likely saved many from sickness and starvation. Over a half century later, kale’s status as a former cultural nutritional hero has faded into near oblivion … until now, we hope!
Kale’s Immunity-boasting Properties
Kale contains high levels of glucosinolates, natural plan chemicals which block cancer causing substances,stimulates detoxifying and repair enzymes in the body and suppress cancer cell division. The nutrients in Kale are particularly beneficial to the skin and encourage wound healing maintenance of healthy cell membranes meaning high in anti -aging antioxidants.
This is a very nutrient-dense food. It’s low in calories yet very high in vitamins, minerals and other phytonutrients. When you consume this healthy food, you don’t need to worry about your weight-loss diet as you take in abundant, good-for-you nutrients.
This leafy green is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, magnesium, folate, manganese, iron, calcium, vitamin C, vitamin B2, potassium, and vitamin B6. It’s a very good source of protein, phosphorus, vitamin E, zinc, dietary fiber, and copper. Plus, it’s a good source of selenium, niacin, and omega-3 fatty acids.
One of the benefits of spinach is that this green is readily available, nearly all over the world. Even though, with its abundant nutrient profile, it sounds like an amazing super food, it’s still easy to find in the market or easy to grow. In addition, it’s affordable.
This is a versatile food. It can be eaten raw in a salad (and is much more nutritious than iceberg lettuce) or a green smoothie. Or it can be cooked (lightly, please) and eaten as a dish on its own or added to soups and other dishes. If boiling, use the least amount of water possible for the shortest time.
Spinach is loaded with flavonoids which act as antioxidants, protecting the body from free radicals. Researchers have discovered at least 13 different flavonoid compounds that act as anti-cancer substances. The various nutrients offer much in the way of disease protection.
Remember Popeye? He squeezed those cans of spinach into his mouth and instantly developed muscles and super strength. Well, he also may have been protecting himself against various illnesses and conditions.
Aloe Vera Juice Benifits
One of the main benefits of aloe is that it enhances the absorption of vital nutrients to the body, meaning you can get more nutrients out of your food, just by drinking Aloe Vera juice prior to every meal, as well as prior to taking vitamins. You don’t need to drink a lot, about 80 grams 3 times a day.
Another great benefit of Aloe is that it regulates blood sugar levels and had detoxification properties to the liver. When our liver works properly, our metabolism works fast as well.
Since Aloe is full of anti-oxidants, it will boost and enhance your immune system therefore regulating all of the processes in your body.
If you are working out on a regular basis, aloe vera juice will help your body and your joints to recover at a much higher speed, because it reduces inflammation.
Because aloe vera contains collagen, not only that feeds the cells in your skin and hair, but it is also much harder to digest, and the body uses more energy to digest it, this process causes weight loss.
Drinking aloe vera juice is like drinking a vitamin and mineral cocktail, it contains Vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, E, Folic Acid and Niacin. Minerals in aloe vera include Calcium, Sodium, Iron, Potassium, Copper, Zinc, Manganese, Magnesium and Chromium.
Another benefit of Aloe is that it contains 19 amino acids, and 7 of them are essential amino acids ( not produced by the body ).
So there you have it, if you want to start feeling good quick there’s nothing better then a fresh organic juice there is no medication out there in my opinion that have a better effect.
Two recently published studies have added to the evidence that bisphenol A (BPA) is a highly toxic chemical that poses a serious risk to human health.BPA is an industrial chemical used in everything from food and beverage cans to CDs, thermal paper (like that used to make receipts), paper money, dental fillings and flame retardants. It can be found in household dust and accumulates in the human body. Studies have implicated it as an endocrine disruptor and linked it to higher risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, reproductive dysfunction, and even neurological, brain and behavioral problems. Some researchers believe that BPA may also affect metabolism and increase the risk of diabetes and obesity. The European Union and Canada have banned its use in certain children’s products.”This substance has been shown to affect the hormonal system and may have negative effects on the function of enzymes and carrier proteins,” said Dieter Swandulla of the University of Bonn
. “It seems that fetuses and newborns are particularly sensitive to BPA.”
In a study published in the journal Molecular Pharmacology, Swandulla and other researchers found that BPA blocks the channels that cells use to transport calcium. Normally, calcium ions flow through pore-like “channel proteins” in order to regulate processes such as enzyme activity, muscle contraction (including heart muscle) and communication between nerve cells. In experiments on both mouse and human cell lines, the researchers found that BPA caused disruption to calcium channels similar to those seen in both toxins and pharmacuetical drugs.
“Drugs such as those used to treat high blood pressure and cardiac arrhythmia on the one hand, and neurotoxins, such as heavy metals, on the other hand act on exactly the same calcium channels,” Swandulla said. “This indicates that BPA can indeed have adverse effects on human health.”
Swandulla noted that the interference appears to be reversible, which provides hope that time or treatment could undo the damage given no further exposure to BPA.
BPA found everywhere, even prenatally
A second study, conducted by researchers from the University of Michigan and published in theJournal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology, found evidence that BPA begins to accumulate in the body even before birth. The researchers examined the livers of 50 fetuses in the first or second trimesters. Many of the fetuses showed high levels of BPA. Strikingly, the levels of BPA were three times higher than the levels of partially metabolized forms, suggesting that fetuses are less effective at flushing the chemical from their systems than adults are. “Our research shows that the argument that (BPA is) so rapidly metabolized is not true in fetuses,” lead author Dana Dolinoy said.
Numerous studies have shown that most humans suffer from chronic BPA exposure and carry the chemical in their bodies.
“This is why it would be desirable to completely stop the production of BPA,” Swandulla said. “Due to the high-volume production and its widespread occurrence, it would; however, take a very long time to remove this chemical from the environment and the human organism.”
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There’s nothing like eating your own home- grown vegies, and there are heaps of different foods that will re- grow from the scrap pieces that you’d normally throw out or put into your compost bin.
It’s fun. And very simple … if you know how to do it.
Just remember … the quality of the “parent” vegetable scrap will help to determine the quality of the re-growth. So, wherever possible, I recommend buying local organic produce, so you know your re-grown plants are fresh, healthy and free of chemical and genetic meddling.
Leeks, Scallions, Spring Onions and Fennel
You can either use the white root end of a vegetable that you have already cut, or buy a handful of new vegetables to use specifically for growing.
Simply place the white root end in a glass jar with a little water, and leave it in a sunny position. I keep mine in the kitchen window. The green leafy part of the plant will continue to shoot. When it’s time to cook, just snip off what you need from the green growth and leave the white root end in water to keep growing. Freshen up the water each week or so, and you’ll never have to buy them again.
Lemongrass grows just like any other grass. To propagate it, place the root end (after you’ve cut the rest off) in a glass jar with a little water, and leave it in a sunny position.
Within a week or so, new growth will start to appear. Transplant your lemongrass into a pot and leave it in a sunny outdoor position. You can harvest your lemongrass when the stalks reach around a foot tall – just cut off what you need and leave the plant to keep growing.
Celery, Bok Choi, Romaine Lettuce & Cabbage
Similar to leeks, these vegetables will re-grow from the white root end. Cut the stalks off as you normally would, and place the root end in a shallow bowl of water – enough to cover the roots but not the top of your cutting. Place it in a sunny window position, occasionally spraying your cutting with water to keep the top moist.
After a few days, you should start to see roots and new leaves appear. After a week or so, transplant it into soil with just the leaves showing above the level of the soil. The plant will continue to grow, and within a few weeks it will sprout a whole new head.
Alternatively you can plant your cutting directly into soil (without starting the process in water) but you will need to keep the soil very moist for the first week until the new shoots start to appear.
Ginger is very easy to re-grow. Simply plant a spare piece of ginger rhizome (the thick knobbly bit you cook with) in potting soil with the newest (ie. smallest) buds facing upward. Ginger enjoys filtered, not direct, sunlight in a warm moist environment.
Before long it will start to grow new shoots and roots. Once the plant is established and you’re ready to harvest, pull up the whole plant, roots and all. Remove a piece of the rhizome, and re-plant it to repeat the process.
Ginger also makes a very attractive house-plant, so if you don’t use a lot of ginger in your cooking you can still enjoy the lovely plant between harvests.
Re-growing potatoes is a great way to avoid waste, as you can re-grow potatoes from any old potato that has ‘eyes’ growing on it. Pick a potato that has robust eyes, and cut it into pieces around 2 inches square, ensuring each piece has at least one or two eyes. Leave the cut pieces to sit at room temperature for a day or two, which allows the cut areas to dry and callous over. This prevents the potato piece from rotting after you plant it, ensuring that the new shoots get the maximum nutrition from each potato piece.
Potato plants enjoy a high-nutrient environment, so it is best to turn compost through your soil before you plant them. Plant your potato pieces around 8 inches deep with the eye facing upward, and cover it with around 4 inches of soil, leaving the other 4 inches empty. As your plant begins to grow and more roots appear, add more soil. If your plant really takes off, mound more soil around the base of the plant to help support its growth.
You can re-grow a plant from just a single clove – just plant it, root-end down, in a warm position with plenty of direct sunlight. The garlic will root itself and produce new shoots. Once established, cut back the shoots and the plant will put all its energy into producing a tasty big garlic bulb. And like ginger, you can repeat the process with your new bulb.
Onions are one of the easiest vegetables to propagate. Just cut off the root end of your onion, leaving a ½ inch of onion on the roots. Place it in a sunny position in your garden and cover the top with soil. Ensure the soil is kept moist. Onions prefer a warm sunny environment, so if you live in a colder climate, keep them in pots and move them indoors during frostier months.
As you use your home-grown onions, keep re-planting the root ends you cut off, and you’ll never need to buy onions again.
When planted, sweet potato will produce eye-shoots much like a potato. Bury all or part of a sweet potato under a thin layer of soil in a moist sunny location. New shoots will start to appear through the soil in a week or so. Once the shoots reach around four inches in height, remove them and re-plant them, allowing about 12 inches space between each plant. It will take around 4 months for your sweet potatoes to be ready. In the meantime, keep an eye out for slugs… they love sweet potatoes.
To propagate sweet potatoes, it is essential to use an organic source since most commercial growers spray their sweet potatoes to prevent them from shooting.
Mushrooms can be propagated from cuttings, but they’re one of the more difficult vegies to re-grow. They enjoy warm humidity and nutrient-rich soil, but have to compete with other fungus for survival in that environment. Although it is not their preferred climate, cooler environments give mushrooms a better chance of winning the race against other fungi.
Prepare a mix of soil and compost in a pot (not in the ground) so your re-growth is portable and you can control the temperature of your mushroom. I have found most success with a warm filtered light during the day and a cool temperature at night. Just remove the head of the mushroom and plant the stalk in the soil, leaving just the top exposed. In the right conditions, the base will grow a whole new head. (In my experience, you’ll know fairly quickly if your mushroom has taken to the soil as it will either start to grow or start to rot in the first few days).
To re-grow pineapples, you need to remove the green leafy piece at the top and ensure that no fruit remains attached. Either hold the crown firmly by the leaves and twist the stalk out, or you can cut the top off the pineapple and remove the remaining fruit flesh with a knife (otherwise it will rot after planting and may kill your plant). Carefully slice small, horizontal sections from the bottom of the crown until you see root buds (the small circles on the flat base of the stalk). Remove the bottom few layers of leaves leaving about an inch base at the bottom of the stalk.
Plant your pineapple crown in a warm and well drained environment. Water your plant regularly at first, reducing to weekly watering once the plant is established. You will see growth in the first few months but it will take around 2-3 years before you are eating your own home-grown pineapples.
And one for the kids….. ‘Pet’ Carrot Tops!!
I call this a ‘pet’ because the plant that re-grows from planting a carrot top will NOT produce edible carrots, only a new carrot plant. The vegetable itself is a taproot which can’t re-grow once it has been removed from the plant. But it makes an attractive flowering plant for the kitchen, and they’re easy and lots of fun to grow…. for kids of all ages!
Cut the top off your carrot, leaving about an inch of vegetable at the root. Stick toothpicks into the sides of the carrot stump and balance it in a glass or jar. Fill the glass with water so that the level reaches the bottom of the cutting. Leave the glass in filtered, not direct, sunlight and ensure water is topped up to keep the bottom of your cutting wet. You’ll see roots sprout in a few days, and you can transplant your ‘pet’ carrot into soil after a week or so.
Your success re-growing lovely fresh vegies from scrap may vary, depending on your climate, the season, soil quality and sunlight available in your home or garden. And some vegies just propagate easier than others do. In my experience, a bit of trial and error is required, so don’t be afraid to do some experimenting. Get your hands dirty. It’s lots of fun! And there’s nothing like eating your own home-grown vegies.
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About 10,000 years ago, ancient people discovered a product that would change lives forever. Wine had been around for a while, but after some was allowed to oxidize, vinegar was born. It became an immediate hit. The Babylonians used vinegar as a preservative, as did Ancient Greeks and Romans. Some peoples, including the Chinese, believed that vinegar was a tonic that would give them strength and vitality, as well as bestow healing properties. Legend has it that Hannibal only succeeded in crossing the Alps because his armies heated mountain boulders and doused them with vinegar, causing the rocks to crumble and clear the path.
Vinegar’s magic ingredient is acetic acid, which comprises about 5 percent of the finished product. Vinegar has been produced commercially for about 2,500 years, making it one of the oldest products in use by humans. There are many different types of vinegar out there, all produced by the oxidization of alcohol into acetic acid, but white vinegar is the most useful and the most versatile by far.
White vinegar has dozens of household applications, and the best part is that it’s green. It’s enjoying a newfound popularity as many people try to avoid toxic or harsh cleaning chemicals around their pets and children, as well as save money by making their own cleansers. Not to mention that vinegar is cheap, it’s versatile, and it doesn’t irritate allergies like some fragranced cleansers. Chances are, whenever you run into a household funk, vinegar is your answer.
Besides adding zest to salad dressings, white vinegar is handy for many cooking tasks.
1. Adding a few tablespoons of white vinegar to the water when poaching eggs helps the whites stay formed. Add a few tablespoons to the water when boiling eggs, and if any shells crack, the whites won’t leak out.
2. If your leafy veggies are wilted, soaking them in cold water with a little vinegar can perk them right up.
3. After chopping an onion, you can eliminate the odor from your hands by rubbing them with a bit of white vinegar.
4. When cooking any vegetables from the cabbage family (like broccoli or cauliflower), adding a little vinegar to the water will perk up the taste and reduce the gassiness they can induce. This also works when cooking beans, making Mexican food a far more attractive option.
Vinegar can help with a variety of cleaning tasks, since the acid acts as a disinfectant and an odor neutralizer.
5. Clean and deodorize the garbage disposal by mixing equal parts vinegar and baking soda and putting it down the drain. After letting this fizzing mixture sit for a few minutes, flush out the drain with warm water for a clean and stink-free sink.
6. The steam from a boiling a bowl of vinegar and water can loosen caked-on food.
7. One of my favorite vinegar remedies and my personal weapon against fruit flies is to set out a small dish of white vinegar and some smashed fruit, covered with plastic wrap with some holes in it–the flies crawl into the trap, but can’t get out.
8. If your stemware is cloudy from the dishwasher, wrap the glasses in paper towels soaked in vinegar, let them sit, and the cloudy deposits will rinse right off.
9. There’s no need to use bleach on tile grouting when you can let vinegar soak on it and then scrub with a toothbrush.
10. Bring lightly scuffed or dirty DVDs back to life by wiping them down with some vinegar on a soft cloth.
11. If you have water condensation marks on your wood, just rub the piece of furniture with equal parts vinegar and vegetable oil to remove them. Make sure to rub with the grain, and then invest in a set of coasters.
Vinegar works magic on upholstery and fabric, too.
12. If a child has an “accident” on a mattress, clean it with a solution of vinegar and water. Afterwards, pour some baking soda onto the mattress, and brush or vacuum the residue once it’s dry.
13. Spraying vinegar onto deodorant-stained shirts before the wash can remove the discoloration. It’s also great for fighting mustard, tomato sauce, or ketchup stains.
14. Adding a cupful of vinegar to the rinse cycle of your washing machine can freshen up bright colors and give you cleaner laundry. Acetic acid won’t harm fabrics, but it dissolves the soap residue that can dull dark clothing. It also acts as a fabric softener, a static reducer, and a mildew-inhibitor.
15. Vinegar will also loosen chewing gum stuck to car upholstery, rugs, and carpeting.
Tough enough even for the outdoors, vinegar can function as a car cleaner and an organic pest remover.
16. If your car still sports a bumper sticker from two elections ago, remove it by spraying the decal with white vinegar to saturate the area, and the sticker will peel off in a few hours. (You might need to spray it a few times.)
17. Wiping down your car windows and windshield with a three-to-one vinegar-water mixture can keep them frost-free in the wintertime.
18. Kill weeds and crabgrass growing in sidewalks and driveways by pouring vinegar onto them. A half-and-half solution of vinegar and water can even kill garden slugs if it’s sprayed directly onto them.
19. To extend the life of cut flowers, add a few tablespoons of vinegar to the water in their vase, along with a teaspoon of sugar.
There’s no need to use chemicals near pets when vinegar can handle most cleaning and bathing tasks.
20. Wipe out itchy ears with undiluted vinegar to keep dogs and cats from scratching at them.
21. Cats avoid vinegar, so to keep them from scratching furniture or sitting on certain areas, spray a vinegar solution onto the spot.
22. For outdoor areas, soak a sponge in vinegar and place it in the forbidden area to keep cats away. If kitty likes to mark his territory, spraying the area with vinegar can help eliminate the smell and deter recurrences.
23. Vinegar also gets rid of skunk odor. Soak the animal with a half-and-half vinegar and water solution, and then rinse with fresh water.
Vinegar can disinfect, deodorize, and de-gunkify just about everything. From shower curtains to sofa cushions, there’s not much that it can’t do. As an alternative to expensive and harsh cleaning chemicals, vinegar is something you can feel good about keeping in your cupboards. White vinegar and baking soda can even remove product buildup from hair and leave it soft and manageable. A product that can clean you, the dog, your car, and your house is what I’d call a good, green buy.
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Onions are not only a savory cooking staple to use as an inexpensive seasoning and flavoring agent in your favorite recipes. They also happen to be literally packed with beneficial compounds. So packed in fact, that they are actually healthier ounce for ounce than most “superfruits” like pomegranates, goji berries and blueberries.
Onions contain high amounts of quercetin
Quercetin is a polyphenol compound in the flavonoid family of antioxidants. Yellow or red onions are the best source of this nutrient while white onions are lacking. The general rule of thumb is the more pungent an onion tastes and smells the higher the overall antioxidant value. This means mild and sweet onions generally are not as beneficial.
The quercetin compound is also found in red wine, apples, citrust fruits, olive oil and blueberries to name a few. The compound is linked with lower rates of all types of cancer due to its anti-inflammatory properties. It is also an excellent remedy for arthritis and other diseases caused by inflammation.
Quercetin is also thought to improve prostate health in men and therefore may be an effective weapon against prostate cancer. It has also displayed natural antihistamine properties thereby reducing allergic reactions and general allergies. Studies are being done on the potential benefits quercetin may have to help preserve healthy cholesterol levels (HDL) while suppressing unhealthy cholesterol (LDL).
Onions are rich in sulfur compounds
Sulfur compounds offer an array of health benefits not to be ignored. These odorous compounds are responsible for the pungent taste and smell of an onion as well as the release of eye-irritating gases when the flesh is cut. They are also responsible for the potent antimicrobial and antibacterial properties of the onion. In fact, onion can be used as a preserving agent for meat that needs to keep for a longer period of time.
Sulfur compounds have long been regarded as a cancer fighting nutrient. Like quercetin, they possess anti-inflammatory properties, which is why the onion is such a great combination of nutrients. There is also evidence that the sulfur compounds found in onions may improve the symptoms of asthma and other breathing problems related to inflammation.
Sulfur compounds also help to prevent blood clotting and therefore act as a superior natural blood thinner. This can prevent cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke and arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).
Onions are rich in other important vitamins and minerals
Onions contain high levels of vitamin C, copper, calcium, vitamin A, and vitamin E. Vitamins A, E and C are all excellent antioxidants. Copper is a mineral that is important in the maintenance of bone and joint health and integrity and may help women especially to prevent osteoporosis. Additionally copper is excellent for maintaining firm skin.
As if all of this weren’t enough, onions also may help to ward off bowel and stomach disorders. High onion consumption has been linked to lower risk of bowel cancer. It has also been linked to a lower risk of colorectal cancers. Organisms in the onion are thought to encourage healthy bacteria growth in the gut while inhibiting the growth of destructive bacteria.
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Have you heard that the natural properties of green tea actually affect the generation of new brain cells linked to improved memory and spatial learning? This adds to the growing list of documented green tea health benefits
NaturalNews) If you think drinking green tea seems to make your thinking more clear, you probably aren’t imagining it. Research just published in the journal Molecular Nutrition & Food Research reveals natural properties of green tea actually affect the generation of new brain cells linked to improved memory and spatial learning. This adds to the growing list of documented green tea benefits which include building stronger bones and potentially fighting prostate cancer.
“Green tea is a popular beverage across the world,” scientist Yun Bai from the Third Military Medical University in Chongqing, China, said in a media statement. “There has been plenty of scientific attention on its use in helping prevent cardiovascular diseases, but now there is emerging evidence that its chemical properties may impact cellular mechanisms in the brain”
Professor Bai’s research team zeroed in on the organic chemical EGCG, (epigallocatechin-3 gallate), a key property of green tea. Researchers have long known that EGCG is a potent anti-oxidant and the Chinese scientists wanted to see if the natural compound has a specific, beneficial effect against age-related degenerative diseases, especially those that cause problems with brain function.
“We proposed that EGCG can improve cognitive function by impacting the generation of neuron cells, a process known as neurogenesis,” Dr. Bai explained. “We focused our research on the hippocampus, the part of the brain which processes information from short-term to long-term memory.”
The research showed that, in fact, EGCG boosts the production of neural progenitor cells. Like stem cells, these brain cells can turn into various types of cells. In order to see if this increased brain cell production could boost memory or spatial learning, the scientists ran tests on two groups of lab mice. One group was given EGCG from green tea in a drink and the other group didn’t receive the EGCG. Then the mice were trained for three days to find a visible platform in their maze and also trained for seven days to find a hidden platform.
The scientists discovered that the mice who had had imbibed EGCG from green tea needed far less time to find the hidden platform. Bottom line: EGCG enhances learning and memory by improving object recognition as well as spatial memory.
“We have shown that the organic chemical EGCG acts directly to increase the production of neural progenitor cells, both in glass tests and in mice,” Dr. Bai concluded. “This helps us to understand the potential for EGCG, and green tea which contains it, to help combat degenerative diseases and memory loss.”
While the new study involved mice, it raises the distinct possibility that green tea could hold the key to treat memory problems in humans — something Big Pharma’s chemical drug concoctions have failed to do successfully.
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There are an estimated 80,000 chemicals in existence with 40-plus million pounds added annually that are used in food or material products or emitted into our air and water from industrial and transportation sources. The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was created in 1979 as an apparent solution for keeping toxic chemicals out of consumers’ lives.
But there was a loophole that exempted chemicals already in use prior to the act in 1979. There are over 60,000 of them, and thousands are toxic. The EPA can prohibit any of those if it can prove definite danger to public health and minimal economic damage to the chemical industry.
Guess who rules? The chemical industry overwhelms the EPA’s influence in Congress and the White House with millions toward campaign contributions and millions for paying its army of lobbyists. Virtually nothing has been done to protect the public from those 60,000-plus chemicals in use before 1979.
You cannot depend on government agencies to protect you from toxic chemicals. You have to do it yourself. Petitioning to a corrupt system will not eliminate environmental toxins that corrupt your health. Control what you can to have less of a toxic load in your body.
Four ways to maintain constant detox
First: Eat organic whole foods. Avoid crops permeated with pesticide and herbicide residue, processed foods with chemical additives, and factory farm livestock fed GMO grains and injected with hormones while being subjected to filthy, miserable existences.
Drink purified or spring water. Quit using toxic regular detergents, soaps, air fresheners, and get only natural, safe household products. Ditto for cosmetics and deodorants.
Avoid synthetic fiber clothing and natural fiber clothing using toxic dies, usually originating from Asian regions without strictly enforced chemical guidelines.
If you can find and afford a holistic biological dentist to remove your amalgam fillings, do it. You’re breathing mercury vapors as you chew with amalgams fillings.
Second: Add cilantro to your juicing procedures or into as many foods and soups as possible. It has a good flavor, and it removes mercury and other heavy metals from the body.
You can also combine cilantro with 2,000 to 5,000 milligrams of chlorella daily. The tabs of 200 to 300 milligrams are tiny. Take half your daily dose twice a day. Cilantro and chlorella together provide a lot of detoxification.
Third: Your liver is like your car’s oil filter. It collects the sludge from toxins and metabolic waste products in your blood. You can’t change your blood or your liver, but you can help clean and strengthen it on a daily basis.
The most common Western herbs for the liver are dandelion and milk thistle. Each one has a slightly different liver agenda, cleansing and strengthening respectively.
There are products that contain both herbs, and there are Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine herbs that perform both functions for the liver as well. They can all be taken daily for extended periods.
Fourth: Zeolite is a mineral sold in suspension that is able to chelate heavy metals. Chelating bonds toxins electrically to neutralize them and usher them out of your system.
There are several products available, and each small bottle will last a month or so. Some prepare zeolite in a solution of fulvic acid (not to be confused with folic acid), which makes it more efficacious.
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What is Apple Cider Vinegar?
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is an effective natural bacteria-fighting agent that contains many vital minerals and trace elements such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, chlorine, sodium, sulfur, copper, iron, silicon and fluorine that are vital for a healthy body.
Natural Apple Cider Vinegar is made by crushing fresh, organically grown apples and allowing them to mature in wooden barrels. This boosts the natural fermentation qualities of the crushed apples, which differs from the refined and distilled vinegars found in supermarkets. When the vinegar is mature, it contains a dark, cloudy, web-like bacterial foam called mother, which becomes visible when the rich brownish liquid is held to the light. The mother can be used to add to other vinegar to hasten maturity for making more Apple Cider Vinegar. Natural vinegars that contain the mother have enzymes and minerals that other vinegars in grocery stores may not have due to over-processing, over-heating, and filtration. For this reason, it is recommended that you purchase only unpasteurized Apple Cider Vinegar, with an ideal acidity (pH) level of 5 to 7, this health drink is a natural probiotic.
What are the Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar?
Natural Apple Cider Vinegar is a wonderful natural cure for a number of ailments which usually require antibiotics and other medications that have a number of side effects. In particular, Apple Cider Vinegar has been known to:
- Reduce sinus infections and sore throats
- Balance high cholesterol
- Cure skin conditions such as acne
- Protect against food poisoning
- Fight allergies in both humans and animals
- Prevent muscle fatigue after exercise
- Strengthen the immune system
- Increase stamina
- Increase metabolism which promotes weight loss
- Improve digestion and cure constipation
- Alleviate symptoms of arthritis and gout
- Prevents bladder stones and urinary tract infections
Uses of Apple Cider Vinegar:
General Health Problems:
The use of apple cider vinegar as a home remedy for weight loss is centuries old. D.C. Jarvis, M.D maintained that an overweight person could lose weight gradually by taking 2 teaspoons of ACV in a glass of water before meals.
Due to its anticeptic properties, Apple Cider Vinegar makes a wonderful remedy for bad breath or halitosis. Simply add 2 teaspoons of ACV into a cup of water and gargle the mixture in your mouth for 10 seconds at a time and spit the solution out. Repeat until the cup is empty.
Apple Cider Vinegar is an effective body odor remedy, since it can help adjust the skin’s pH level which helps to eliminate odor-causing bacteria. For armpit odor, simply wipe them once each morning with undiluted apple cider vinegar (using a cotton ball). For foot odor, fill a pan with warm water and add 1/3 cup of ACV, then let your feet soak in this mixture for 15 minutes once per week.
Skin Problems and Infections:
Apple Cider Vinegar is a natural cure for acne. Apply a solution of apple cider vinegar and water (2 tablespoons to 1 eight ounce glass of water) with a cotton ball several times a day. This will help reduce infection and dry out inflammation.
Apple Cider Vinegar contains sulfur that fights the effects of aging, which makes it suitable for treating age spots. Apply daily, to these darkened areas of the skin, a solution containing 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon of onion juice. According to this home remedy, the spots should begin to fade within 2 weeks.
Many women have found that Apple Cider Vinegar can help reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Apple Cider Vinegar has been found to be an effective treatment for yeast infections.
This usually occurs after eating, sometimes up to two hours later. This very unpleasant feeling can be alleviated by taking 2 TBS Apple Cider Vinegar in 8 OZ of water, taken three times a day before meals.
Apple Cider Vinegar is frequently used as a natural cure for constipation.
There are various causes for diarrhea, and although it should not be left untreated, it is often a natural way for the body to rid itself of harmful compounds and ingested materials. Apple Cider Vinegar is a fantastic natural remedy for diarrhea since the high pectin concentration acts as a protective coating which soothes the irritated lining of the colon. A suggestion is to add 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar to a large glass of water, and drink this 3 times daily while the symptoms persist.
Apple Cider Vinegar may help to control high blood sugar levels, which is why it is often used as a natural treatment for Diabetes.
How to take it?
For daily maintenance, weight loss and pH balancing:
- 2 teaspoons in 8 oz of water 3x a day (taken before your meals)
For treating an acute condition like acid reflux, cough, bronchitis, or sore throat:
- 2 Tablespoons in 8 OZ of water 3x a day (taken before your meals) .
To help with the taste you can always add a tablespoon of raw honey.
Ayurveda gives ginger the status of a virtual medicine chest. That’s because this wonder spice has time-tested digestion-friendly properties, in addition to its numerous other health benefits. In India, ginger is liberally used in daily life. Ginger-infused chai is a household favorite, and it’s grandma’s antidote of choice for battling cold and flu.
On millions of dining tables in India, you’ll see matchsticks of fresh ginger that have turned a soft pink from being soaked in lemon juice and salt: a zingy accompaniment to any cooked meal.
Let’s give this knobbly root a closer look.
10 Terrific Benefits of Ginger
1. Haven’t been feeling hungry? Eat fresh ginger just before lunch to stoke a dull appetite and fire up the digestive juices.
2. Ginger improves the absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients in the body.
3. Ginger clears the ‘microcirculatory channels’ of the body, including the pesky sinuses that tend to flare up from time to time.
4. Feeling airsick or nauseous? Chew on ginger, preferably tossed in a little honey.
5. Can’t stop the toot-a-thon? Gas—oops—guess what?! Ginger helps reduce flatulence!
6. Tummy moaning and groaning under cramps? Munch on ginger.
7. Reeling under joint pain? Ginger, with its anti-inflammatory properties—can bring relief. Float some ginger essential oil into your bath to help aching muscles and joints.
8. Got a surgery done? Chewing ginger post-operation can help overcome nausea.
9. Stir up some ginger tea to get rid of throat and nose congestion. And when there’s a nip in the air, the warming benefits of this tasty tea are even greater!
10. Bedroom blues? Try adding a gingery punch to a bowl of soup. (Pss…the Ayurvedic texts credit ginger with aphrodisiac properties)
3 Ways to Use Ginger
1. Ginger & Herb Rice
Cook basmati rice. When you take the lid off the pan, quickly stir in finely chopped garlic, ginger, green chillies and fresh cilantro leaves—the burst of flavor and fragrance will drive your senses crazy with desire!
2. Ginger In Your Juice
‘Grate’ idea: grate some ginger root and put it in your juicer, along with carrots and apples and a little lemon juice. Totally yummy, and of course, so good for you!
3. Gingery Dessert
Even a smidgen of grated ginger on your vanilla pana cotta or strawberry sorbet can wake up the flavor!
What is raw honey?
Raw honey is honey which has not been pasteurized or filtered so it has all the beneficial nutrients still in tact. Most commercial honeys unfortunately have been heated at time of processing to facilitate storage in large commercial tanks. Raw honey is a treasure chest of vitamins and minerals and has been used for centuries in medicinal remedies, both internally and externally.
The list of honey’s beneficial functions is a long one. Honey increases calcium absorption; can increase hemoglobin count and treat or prevent anemia caused by nutritional factors; can help arthritic joints, when combined with apple cider vinegar; fights colds and respiratory infections of all kinds; can help to boost gastrointestinal ulcer healing; works as a natural and gentle laxative; aids constipation, allergies and obesity; provides an array of vitamins and minerals; and supplies instant energy without the insulin surge caused by white sugar.
Many have found raw honey helpful for its positive effects against allergies and hay fever, and one or two teaspoons last thing at night can help with insomnia. As an antiseptic, honey is also a drawing agent for poisons from bites or stings or infected wounds, and has outperformed antibiotics in treatments for stomach ulcerations, gangrene, surgical wound infections, surgical incisions and the protection of skin grafts, corneas, blood vessels and bones during storage and shipment.
“Raw honey is exceptionally effective internally against bacteria and parasites. Plus, raw honey contains natural antibiotics, which help kill microbes directly. Raw honey, when applied topically, speeds the healing of tissues damaged by infection and/or trauma. It contains vitamins, minerals and enzymes, as well as sugars, all of which aid in the healing of wounds.”
So writes Dr. Cass Igram, D.O. in The Survivor’s Nutritional Pharmacy. In a fascinating modern development, scientists and doctors are beginning to rediscover the effectiveness of honey as a wound treatment. In recent years, honey has been used effectively in clinical settings for the treatment of fist-sized ulcers extending to the bone, as well as for first, second and third degree burns. Complete healing has been reported without the need for skin grafts and with no infection or muscle loss. It can be applied full strength to such conditions, covered with a sterile bandage, and changed daily. When the wounds are clean, honey acts as a healer. This also is the same procedure for infected wounds, ulcerations and impetigo. Garlic honey can also be applied directly to infected wounds, which will help clean up the area of infection.
Dr. Peter Molan, professor of biochemistry at Waikato University, New Zealand, has been at the forefront of honey research for 20 years. He heads the university’s Honey Research Unit, which is internationally recognized for its expertise in the antimicrobial properties of honey. Clinical observations and experimental studies have established that honey has effective antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Astonishingly, it painlessly removes pus, scabs and dead tissue from wounds and stimulates new tissue growth. “Randomized trials have shown that honey is more effective in controlling infection in burn wounds than silver sulfadiazine, the antibacterial ointment most widely used on burns in hospitals,” explains Dr. Molan.
Dr. Molan believes that if honey were used from the start in cases of septicemia, there would be far less tissue damage resulting. “The remarkable ability of honey to reduce inflammation and mop up free radicals should halt the progress of the skin damage like it does in burns, as well as protecting from infection setting in”, says Dr. Molan. “At present, people are turning to honey when nothing else works. But there are very good grounds for using honey as a therapeutic agent of first choice.”
Researchers believe that the therapeutic potential of honey is grossly underutilized. With increasing interest in the use of alternative therapies and as the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria spreads, honey may finally receive its due recognition as a wound healer.
Indeed, it works: Raw honey makes a sterile, painless and effective wound dressing. Apply it directly to open cuts, abrasions and burns, and cover it with a piece of gauze. The results will occur quicker than with conventional alternatives, such as salves and creams.
Honey is also exceptionally effective for respiratory ailments. One Bulgarian study of almost 18,000 patients found that it improved chronic bronchitis, asthmatic bronchitis, chronic and allergic rhinitis and sinusitis. It’s an effective treatment for colds, flu, respiratory infections and a generally depressed immune system. Whereas sugar shuts down the immune system, a good quality honey will stimulate it into action.
Here are some more ways to utilize the healing power of honey:
BURNS – Apply freely over burns. It cools, removes pain and aids fast healing without scarring. Apart from being a salve and an antibiotic, bacteria simply cannot survive in honey.
BED WETTING – A teaspoon of honey before bed aids water retention and calms fears in children.
INSOMNIA – A dessertspoon of honey in a mug of warm milk aids sleep and works wonders.
HYPERACTIVITY – Replace all use of white sugar with honey. White sugar is highly stimulating with no food qualities. Honey provides the energy without the “spike.”
NASAL CONGESTION – Place a dessertspoon of honey in a basin of water and inhale fumes after covering your head with a towel over the basin. Very effective!
FATIGUE – Dissolve a dessertspoon of honey in warm water or quarter honey balance of water in a jug and keep in the fridge. Honey is primarily fructose and glucose, so it’s quickly absorbed by the digestive system. Honey is a unique natural stabilizer: Ancient Greek athletes took honey for stamina before competing and as a reviver after competition.
FACIAL DEEP CLEANSER – Mix honey with an equal quantity of oatmeal, and apply as a face pack. Leave on for half an hour, then wash it off. Great as a deep cleanser for acne and other unwanted blemishes.
POOR DIGESTION – Mix honey with an equal quantity of apple cider vinegar and dilute to taste with water. This is also wonderful for the joints – and promotes weight loss.
HAIR CONDITIONER – Mix honey with an equal quantity of olive oil, cover head with a warm tower for half an hour then shampoo off. Feeds hair and scalp. Your hair will never look or feel better!
SORE THROATS – Let a teaspoon of honey melt in the back of the mouth and trickle down the throat. Eases inflamed raw tissues.
FOR STRESS – Honey in water is a stabilizer, calming highs and raising lows. Use approximately 25 percent honey to water.
ANEMIA – Honey is the best blood enricher by raising corpuscle content. The darker the honey, the more minerals it contains.
FOOD PRESERVATIVE – If you replace the sugar in cake and cookie recipes with honey, they’ll stay fresher longer due to honey’s natural antibacterial properties. Reduce liquids in the mixture by about one-fifth to allow for the moisture present in the in honey.
BABY’S BOTTLE – Four teaspoons of honey to a baby’s bottle of water is an excellent pacifier and multivitamin additive. If the baby’s motions are too liquid, then reduce the honey by half a teaspoon; if too solid increase by half a teaspoon. (Caution: Don’t give raw honey to babies under 1 year old; it’s just too rich.) For teething, honey rubbed on a baby’s gums is also a mild sedative and anesthetic.
OSTEOPOROSIS – Research has shown that a teaspoon of honey per day aids calcium utilization and prevents osteoporosis– probably not a bad idea for anyone over 50.
LONGEVITY – The most long-lived people in the world are all regular users of honey. An interesting fact, yet to be explained, is that beekeepers suffer less from cancer and arthritis than any other occupational group worldwide.
MIGRAINE – Use a dessertspoon of honey dissolved in half a glass of warm water. Sip at the start of a migraine attack, and, if necessary, repeat after another 20 minutes.
CONJUNCTIVITIS – Dissolve honey in an equal quantity of warm water. When cooled, apply as a lotion or eye bath.
COUGH MIXTURE – Combine 6 ounces (170 grams) liquid honey, 2 ounces (55 grams) glycerin and the juice of two lemons. Mix well. Bottle and cork firmly, and use as required.
Raw honey may become granulated, as some does after a week and another maybe only after several years. If the granulations bother you, simply place the honey into a pan of hot water (not boiling) and let it stand until becoming liquid again.
Honey Vs Sugar. What are their differences?
Both sweeteners contain glucose and fructose. However, for sugar, in the manufacturing process, the organic acids, protein, nitrogen elements, enzymes and vitamins in the sugar cane are destroyed. Raw honey, on the other hand is still in its whole form and with all of its nutrients still in tact. The body knows how to digest this food and thus does not cause the high spikes in blood sugar levels and insulin associated with the intake of table sugar.
Facemasks are a good way to thoroughly cleanse and nourish the skin on a deep level. There are many skin care facemasks on the market, but what if you could easily make your own at home… and you will probably find that it is even more nutrient dense and chemical free than what you can buy in the shops. Follow this powerful facemask recipe to nurture and pamper your skin, making it smooth and vibrant. It is packed full of antioxidants and beautifying properties to ensure radiance.
Natural Skin Care Ingredient number 1…Cacoa
Cacoa, the raw material for chocolate has recently been rediscovered to be one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. Raw cacao in its purest form has the highest amount of cancer fighting, disease busting, premature age destroying antioxidants on the planet.
While chocolate used to be known to cause acne, it has since been recognized that the milk in chocolate (or a whole list of other ingredients that make up your average chocolate bar) is the cause of acne. In fact, it has recently been discovered that putting milk in powerful foods such as tea and chocolate keeps the antioxidants from being absorbed.
The Mayans and the Aztecs called chocolate the food of the Gods. In addition to its high levels of antioxidants, it contains ingredients that regulate mood, increase libido, and leave us feeling peaceful, relaxed, and full of love. If you can get raw cacoa powder, it is best. If you can’t get it, simply use pure, unsweetened cocoa powder.
Natural Skin Care Ingredient Number 2…Avocado
Many anti-aging skin care products use avocado oil for its anti-aging properties that create youthful, glowing skin. It defends against carcinogens and other elements that can cause disharmony in our skin.
It is also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which is anti-inflammatory (inflammation is one of the biggest causes of aging) and is a potent moisturizer. Avocados increase the elasticity of the skin.
Natural Skin Care Ingredient Number 3… Green Tea
Green tea is consistently being hailed as a powerful antioxidant, and is one of the people of Okinawa Japan’s secrets for longevity and vibrant health. Putting it on directly on the skin is equally potent.
Natural Skin Care Ingredient Number 4…Honey
Honey is a great anti-bacterial agent, will open up the pores, and will deeply cleanse and detoxify the skin leaving the skin baby smooth. Raw honey in its purest form is incredibly antiseptic, antibiotic and antifungal. In many cultures it is used to treat ulcers and burns. It is an astounding natural preservative.
Unprocessed honey found in ancient tombs was determined to be used to preserve bodies. It keeps foods fresh and moist longer and prevents spoilage.
It is great for the consistency of the mask will make it sticky and smooth
Natural Skin Care Ingredient Number 5…Oatmeal
Oatmeal naturally exfoliates the skin to remove dead skin cells, leaving it soft and smooth. Oats are a good source of many nutrients including vitamin E, zinc, selenium, copper, iron, manganese and magnesium. Oats are also a good source of protein. Oatmeal is also well known for its healing properties. In many cultures it is used topically to treat psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema.
Mix them all up
Mix one mashed avocado, 3 tablespoons of raw cocoa powder or cocoa powder, 2 dessert spoons of raw honey or honey, and 2 tablespoons of oatmeal flakes. Infuse green tea in a small cup of hot water and let it cool. Add a splash to the mixture, or enough to make it into a paste.
Treat Your Skin
Apply on the face, gently massaging it so that oatmeal can start exfoliating the dead skin cell layer. Leave it on for about 20 minutes and rinse off with luke warm water.
Source – www.naturalnews.com
Water: it makes up almost 75% of your body and is absolutely necessary for life. Water is the elixir of life- without it we cannot exist.
You probably know you should drink 8 to 10 glasses of this life-giving liquid per day, but have you given serious thought to the quality of your water?
The water you drink every day could be harming your health!
In the United States, we have many different options for our drinking water, but they are not all healthy.
Tap water is municipal water that comes out of the faucets and has been treated, processed and disinfected. It is purified with chlorine and generally has added flouride. But one of the byproducts from using chlorine in our drinking water is linked to cancer.
Distilled water can be any kind of water that has been vaporized and collected, leaving behind any solid residues, including minerals. Distilled water has no minerals in it at all.
Reverse osmosis water
Reverse osmosis water has been forced through membranes that remove larger particles, pollutants and minerals. Reverse osmosis water is usually acidic.
Deionized water has had ionized impurities and minerals removed from it but not bacteria or pathogens.
All of the above waters lack essential minerals that are necessary for good health. Mineral deficiency can lead to insulin resistance, migraines, high blood pressure, constipation and even heart beat irregularities!
The Dangers of Bottled Water
Bottled waters deserve some special attention because they are not always as pure as you might expect them to be.
Here are some reasons not to choose bottled water:
- Dangerous toxins from some plastic water bottles can leach into your water.
- Bottled water is often just purified municipal water and lacks essential minerals. (Brands like Dasani and Aquafina are cleaned-up city water.)
- Purifying, bottling and shipping water requires vast resources and uses more water than when you get your water from a pure source in the first place.
If you do you use bottled water, make sure you use reusable glass or plastic containers, and try not to consume ultra purified municipal waters in favor of naturally clean sources.
Mineral Rich H2O
The best water to drink is naturally clean, pure and full of naturally occurring minerals:
- Well water comes from a hole drilled in the ground that taps into a water source. A pump brings it to the surface. If you do not have access to city water, then you would need a well.
- Natural spring water flows up from a natural spring and is bottled at the source.
- Artesian or spring waters come from a natural source but are bottled off-site and are processed and purified.
- Mineral water could be natural spring water or artesian water, comes from an underground source, and contains at least 250 parts per million (ppm) of dissolved solids, including minerals and trace elements.
All of the types of water mentioned above have essential minerals and nutrients like magnesium, potassium, and sodium. Minerals are important for nearly every function in your body, especially your adrenals.
Mineral-rich water can be one source of these nutrients, but if you can’t get these waters because of cost or your location, then home filters are an option.
Look for these types of filtration when you purchase filters or bottled water:
- Absolute 1 micron filtration removes any particles that are larger than 1 micron in size. This filtration leaves minerals in water.
- Ozonation is used by bottled water companies instead of chlorine to eliminate baceria. Ozonation does not change the mineral content of your water.
Remember that any filter is better than no filter, so even standard pour through filters like those from Brita help clean up your water, can remove chlorine and improve the taste, but they also remove minerals.
Water: The Fountain of Youth
Water is one of the most important parts of a healthy lifestyle, so make sure that you are choosing the best possible water, avoiding dangerous plastics, and getting enough vital minerals.
With 8 to 10 glasses a day of pure water, you’ll have energy and vitality like never before.
Source Link: http://bodyecology.com/articles/best_water_to_drink.php#.UIY3eEIuK_U
1. Befriend Plant Oil
You can replace all manner of beauty products – moisturiser, body cream, hair conditioner, shaving cream, deep cleanser – with just one or two plant oils. Choose from coconut oil (my personal favourite), macadamia oil, olive oil, sweet almond, jojoba or argan oil. A lot of argan oils on the market actually contain only a very small amount of argan oil, and aren’t produced sustainably.
Just make sure whichever oil you use is organic and cold-pressed. Extraction processes using heat destroy all nutrients, essential fatty acids and vitamins and turn oils rancid, causing them to form free-radicals which damage and age your skin.
2. Make Your Face A Cuppa
Make a strong tea using pretty much any herb in your backyard and apply it as a skin toner. Lemongrass and lemon balm calm acne and even out skin tone, chamomile soothes sensitive skin and reduces redness, rosemary protects against the sun’s UV-rays and the damaging effects of pollution and lavender is uplifting, cooling and slightly antiseptic. Oily skin is tamed with a tea made with marigold petals (easily grown in the garden). I make up a tea and store it in a glass spray bottle in the fridge for up to a week. You can also use dried herbs, such as dried culinary lavender, but they need to be brewed for longer.
3. Highlight Your Hair Naturally
Lighten hair using a strong chamomile tea in the final rinse after shampooing.
To enhance dark hair, use rosemary (boiled as a strong tea). Using these natural ingredients will add shine, softness and volume as well as enhance your colour.
4. Fight Blemishes With Essential Oils
I’m one of the unfortunate few women who still get a pimple or two even in their 30s. It’s hormonal, or something. I simply dab a tiny amount of pure lavender essential oil directly onto the offending spot. The oil, which is naturally antibacterial, dries spots out a treat and also reduces redness.
5. Don’t Wear Perfume
Oh how the perfume industry gives me conniptions. A loophole in legislation allows perfume manufacturers to list only a few of the many chemicals they may be using, the true formula officially protected as a ‘trade secret’.
What we do know is that fragrances contain phthalates, which can mimic some of the body’s hormones and cause reproductive and neurological damage. I mix a small amount of essential oil with a base oil such as sweet almond, and rub this onto my wrists.
6. Go Au Naturale
Don’t wear makeup (at least not on a daily basis). A little extreme it may sound, but I remember sitting around with my 78-year old grandma and her friends one day whilst they divulged the secret to their luminous skin – ‘makeup hath not toucheth their face’. Not in their teens, not in their 20s, not in their 30s. Why not? Firstly there was no social norm to wear makeup, secondly they didn’t think it made sense to cover their skin in chemicals! They believed wearing makeup blocks pores and prematurely ages skin. Which makes sense. Granted, the social pressure to wear makeup in their tiny Greek village is pretty low, but that’s not the point. I rarely wear makeup these days, only on very special occasions. It doubles as my little salute to feminism.
7. Get Yourself Some Liquid Castile Soap
Castile soap is traditionally made of saponified olive oil, but these days most contain a few different types of plant oils. Still, mine contains only five ingredients.
It’s ultra handy in the home as it replaces a number of products – I use it as a shampoo as well as a dishwashing liquid.
Diluted, it can also be used as a spray n’ wipe. I personally use one that doesn’t contain any palm oil.
8. Once A Week, De-gunk With Bicarb Soda
Any shampoo, including Castile soap, can leave soap residue on your hair, so once a week wash your hair with a thick paste of bicarb (baking) soda, and rinse with apple cider vinegar for extra shine.
9. Eat Your Skin Conditioner
Healthy, youthful and conditioned skin requires healthy fats, so forget about low-fat foods. I eat plenty of olive oil, coconut oil, grass-fed butter, avocados and nuts (activated, of course) everyday.
Also know that fruit like pomegranates and blueberries are rich in antioxidants and promote skin elasticity and vitality.
10. Choose A Natural Toothpaste
My favorite is Phytoshield: all natural plant extracts, not overboard on the number of ingredients, no unnecessary foaming agents (consequently doesn’t foam up very much), and it tastes delicious.
It’s worth hunting around for products made in your local area – farmers’ markets generally have at least one or two producers selling their hand-made soaps and creams. That way you can ask them directly about the ingredients they use etc.
You can view the EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database here: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/
Have you tried any of these tips yourselves? Do you have any of your own natural beauty tips?
Source Link: http://www.sarahwilson.com.au/2012/07/13-lush-eco-beauty-tric