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Red Rasberry Leaf
Benefits of Red Raspberry Leaf Tea:
Raspberry is a woman's best friend. The tea soothes menstrual cramps, tones the uterus and eases childbirth. Even the berries stock the body with vitamins that relax the impact of both PMS and menopause.
* Just a cup or two of delicious raspberry leaf tea eases menstrual flow and the accompanying cramping.
* Raspberry, as a uterine tonic, serves to regulate uterine muscles by either relaxing or increasing uterine tone as the situation requires.
* Raspberry is an ideal herb for pregnancy support. Other than toning the uterus and providing nutrition, raspberry also eases morning sickness.
* Diarrhea and bed wetting is a big childhood problem. Raspberry leaf has tannins that slow the flow of liquid in to the intestines, which allows the body to form a solid stool. It also tones the pelvic region, which allows the bladder to regain control even as the child sleeps
World of Smoothies
In a blender, combine the ingredients and puree until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.
Banana Peanut Butter
2 ripe bananas, peeled and cut into thirds
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 1/2 cups nonfat milk
2 Tbs. honey
2 Tbs. protein smoothie mixer
1 1/2 cups ice
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup frozen raspberries
1 cup frozen mango chunks
2 cups fresh orange juice
1 Tbs. honey
1 1/2 cups frozen mango chunks
1 1/2 cups frozen pineapple chunks
2 1/2 cups fresh orange juice
1 Tbs. antioxidant smoothie mixer
Rise and Shine
1 ripe mango
3/4 to 1 cup fresh orange juice
1/2 cup vanilla nonfat yogurt
1/2 tsp. grated fresh ginger
1 Tbs. honey
1 Tbs. fresh lime juice
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup frozen raspberries
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup Greek yogurt
2 1/2 cups almond milk
2 Tbs. honey
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup water
2 1/2 cups green grapes
1 orange, peeled, halved and seeded
1/2 lemon, peeled and seeded
1/2 cucumber, peeled if not organic (not to exceed 4 oz.) and
cut into large chunks
1/2 green apple, about 3 1/2 oz., seeded
1 cup kale, ribs removed
1 cup romaine lettuce
1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
1 cup frozen pineapple or mango chunks
2 cups ice cubes
2 Tbs. antioxidant smoothie mixer
1 cup plain nonfat yogurt
1 cup nonfat milk
3 cups frozen blueberries
2 bananas, peeled
2 Tbs. agave nectar
2 Tbs. protein smoothie mixer
exert from: Williams Sonoma Online
CANDIDA OVERGROWTH | NATURAL SOLUTIONS | PAU D'ARCO TEA, GARLIC CLOVES (organic - uncooked, 1-2 at a time), PURE WHEATGRASS JUICE (juiced from the blades, not the pasteurized kind on store shelves), TONS OF PURE SPRING WATER FLOWING THROUGH YOU CONSTANTLY (particularly first thing in the morning and before sleep), PROBIOTICS / LIVING FOODS (kombucha, kimchi, sauerkraut, sprouts, etc.), OREGANO OIL or THE ACTUAL FRESH HERB / LEAVES, APPLE CIDER VINEGAR (Bragg brand - 2 tbsp w/ tea cup of spring water 2x-3x a day), NEEM (capsules), CILANTRO (fist-full's worth - juiced, blended, or straight), CINNAMON (1-2 tbsp a day), VIRGIN COCONUT OIL (Nutiva brand - 2 tbsp, 2x a day), GREEN JUICES DAILY (organic, juiced using a juicer), SUNSHINE / FRESH CLEAN AIR, NEEM OR 100% NATURAL TEA TREE SOAP / SHAMPOO | DAILY DEDICATION | Nix tap water completely + fluoride (kills beneficial bacteria needed for balanced intestinal flora), meat, dairy (cheese, milk), processed foods of all kinds, alcohol, sugar, coffee, bread, and any / everything w/ high fructose corn syrup in it (60% of HFCS samples tested around the world contained mercury - candida feeds off mercury and creates an even more harmful by-product, methyl-mercury as the waste - both of these forms of mercury are neuro-toxins, or 'toxic to the mind'). If you have amalgam fillings, you may want to consider having them removed safely.
The body functions properly when it enjoys ph-balancing organic Earth foods, which are delicious and many, and also pure spring water.
WHAT IS CANDIDA OVERGROWTH? | Candida overgrowth is a condition where a particular yeast (fungi) is multiplying more than it should, which causes many dis-eases. This is caused by processed foods, tap water, antibiotics, drugs, and synthetic cleaning / hygiene ingredients (the ones you can't pronounce), which kills the other beneficial / needed bacteria to keep the immune system on. Minimizing candida overgrowth and encouraging growth of the other beneficial flora is paramount to the re-harmonization of this crucial immunity system. The above Earth foods, when used daily, work to effectively restore this balance to regain thriving health.
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Wondering if you may have candida overgrowth (itchy scalp, mood swings, frustration, depression, lack of energy, etc.)? Google "candida symptoms," which are too many to post here, to see if you may benefit from the natural solutions outlined above.
HAVE ANEMIA ?
ANEMIA | NATURAL SOLUTIONS | ORGANIC BLACKSTRAP MOLASSES (health food store - 1tbsp unsulphured in glass of pure spring water, or preferred beverage), LIQUID CHLOROPHYLL, MACA, COCONUT WATER, and / or BEET ROOT JUICE (using a juicer). Daily use of any of these blood-building / nourishing foods, while monitoring levels along the way, can get your levels at a happy and healthy place quite rapidly.
food that can be causing hormone imbalance
Hormone imbalance can affect women of any age, but is most common in women in their late twenties and into their forties, according to the Study Health website. Symptoms of hormonal imbalance include severe mood swings, bouts of anger, acne, fatigue, lack of libido, weight gain and anemia. And of course, imbalanced hormones can lead to infertility and pregnancy complications. Many of these health issues are common among black women; the standard blood count for adults should be between 12 and 15, but many black women have a very low blood count of between three and six. The Anemia.org site even reports that one in four black women are anemic due to iron deficiency and overall poor diet. Eating hormone-laden foods may also the reason many of us are completely burned out at the end of the work week, or can’t seem to shed the pounds, no matter how much we work out. These foods could be part of a woman’s hormonal imbalance, and should be avoided or at least eaten in moderation.
If you already have too much estrogen in your body (characterized by allergies, swollen breasts, and weight in the midsection and thighs that is hard to lose), ease up on your intake of soy in all its forms. This includes soy milk, soy butter, and any vegetarian “meat” that contains soy protein. Soy is a phytoestrogen, so when you eat it, the body’s hormone levels get even more out of whack, worsening the symptoms you’re already experiencing. Too much estrogen can also lead to fibroid tumors, which, unfortunately, are all too common in the black community. However, if your body doesn’t have enough estrogen (which is possible if you’re entering menopause, have stubborn facial hair, or can’t seem to gain weight), soy that has not been genetically modified is healthy for you. Organic tofu, tempeh and soy milk can help to regulate your body’s natural hormone production process. Advertisement
According to an Ehow.com article, and Healthguidance.org, the chemicals in processed foods can damage the human body over time. The preservatives and additives placed in food to keep it fresh for a long time can interfere with natural hormone production, which explains why many women gain weight from eating these foods and are unable to get the pounds off, even with regular exercise. Many of these foods contain xenoestrogens, a synthetic form of the hormone that is found in plant and animal foods. Xenoestrogens can cause infertility, insulin dependence, and worse. Whole grains, all-natural meats, and fresh produce are a must for keeping hormones in working order.
Since insulin is a hormone, putting too much sugar into the body can affect insulin’s ability to process the sugar and turn it into glucose for energy. Sodas that contain high fructose corn syrup, sugary cereals, juices that are not from concentrate, and foods that contain fillers like dextrose and galactose can zap the body of energy and inhibit a woman’s ability to think clearly. It may also be a good idea for black women to decrease the dairy in heir diets to maintain hormone balance. Dairy products contain the sugar lactose, and according to a NewsMax article, about 75 percent of the African American population is lactose intolerant.
Meats that are high in fat, like beef and pork, should be avoided when a woman is experiencing a hormonal imbalance. Fat interferes with the function of the hormones, and makes it harder for insulin to be converted to glucose, which leads to low energy levels—which results in more weight gain. A number of supermarket meats are also processed and contain hormones from the animal that act as a xenoestrogen in a woman’s body. Grass-fed beef is suitable, after a woman has regained energy and concentration through a balanced diet. Lean meats that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, like tuna and salmon, as well as B vitamins, like chicken and turkey, can help to alleviate mood swings and improve mental function while removing excess estrogen from the body
11 tips for eating healthy on a budject
I completely resonate with the message to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables and to buy organic whenever possible. When I buy meat for my family and myself I now choose grass fed, ethically treated meat and organic, free range poultry.
But what is often missing from this message are ways to make those purchases work within a budget.
There are great reasons to bring organic and fresh foods into your diet:
Most of us need to watch food costs as we manage our budgets while still prioritizing healthy, organic and fresh foods for our family.
Here are some ways to buy healthy while staying responsible to your budget.
1. Eat less meat. There is no way around it — purchasing grass-fed, organic, pastured, free-range, or hormone-free animal products cost more. The good news is that most Americans eat more meat than they need to. Buying higher cost, quality meats but eating less of them is an excellent way to balance the costs.
2. Emphasize grains and legumes. Grains and legumes are inexpensive and pack a nutritional power punch. Plus, they add a heaviness to a meal that most people rely on meat for. If you are new to using grains and beans in your cooking, here are a few beginner tips to get you started:
Photo by Sue Richards
4. Make smart choices in organic produce: dirty dozen. Remember these twelve fruits and veggies and prioritize purchasing them organically. The Environmental Working Group has tested fruits and veggies, and found these contain the highest levels and amount of pesticides:
When I purchase conventional fruits and vegetables, I clean them well. A quick homemade soak is equal parts water and white vinegar, or you can use a veggie wash like Environne, which removes chemicals from the surface.
Because pesticides are created to be water-resistant (they have to stay on even when it rains), just water is often not enough to get the chemicals off.
6. Buy locally. Be sure to hit your local farmer’s market as soon as it begins in the spring. Ask the farmers how they grow their foods — sometimes foods are only minimally sprayed (or not sprayed at all), but the cost of organic certification is too high.
If there is produce you want to buy in bulk (so you can preserve it), be sure to see if local farmers will give you a discount for bulk purchases.
7. Invest in a Community Supported Agriculture program. Check whether there is a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program in your area.
These programs allow you to regularly enjoy a share of a local farm’s harvest by receiving weekly boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables.
“You can’t get it any fresher. You’re getting it straight from the farm, sometimes picked that morning,” says Ruth Katz, executive director of Just Food in New York City. “It’s usually organic and it’s much more delicious because it’s so fresh. And you’re supporting local farms.”
Photo by McKay Savage
8. Eat seasonally. Seasonal foods not only taste better, they are more nutritious and they don’t need to be shipped in from half a world away!
Seasonal foods will often cost less as well. Think ahead and stock up on fruits and vegetables in their natural season in order to can or freeze them for the off season.
9. Grow your own. If you really want garden-fresh organic produce, why not plant your own? Organic and heirloom seeds are available from companies such as Seeds of Change.
Start small — carrots, radishes and beets are easy to grow. Starting a family garden is a fantastic way to engage the whole family in prioritizing healthy foods. This is an excellent post on getting started with a garden from Simple Organic.
10. Preserve it when it’s cheap. Depending on your storage capacity, canning, drying, and freezing fresh fruits and vegetables is an excellent way to cash in on seasonal foods that are lower in cost but higher in taste and nutrition.
In the summer when produce is plentiful, freeze fruits like fresh picked berries, nectarines, and peaches, or can tomatoes. It’s best to freeze vegetables like green beans, corn, snap peas or spinach after they’ve been quickly blanched.
11. Forgo processed foods. While it may seem like some processed foods are cheaper, the real steal is on the nourishment they provide.
Empty calories still leave us hungry for real food. When we spend money on real, whole, organic and fresh foods, it is essential that we shift our old ways of food shopping.
Many processed foods can be duplicated in the kitchen for much cheaper. Tsh shared cooking from scratch hacks in this post. Things like frozen waffles, t.v. dinners, baked goods, or prepackaged kids lunches can be easily assembled in your kitchen for less. Other processed foods are simply fillers that can be weaned away, like candy, chips, and soda.
Each person and family must make financial choices that are right for them. Small shifts in the way we feed our families can help us find that sweet spot between staying responsible with our budgets, and feeding ourselves and our families healthy, organic and vital foods.
Health Benefits of " Spinach "
1 )Anti-Cancerous Property : Spinach made up of various important constituents has been found to be promising in various kinds of cancer. These include Bladder, Prostate, Liver and Lung Cancer. Different constituents in spinach like folate, tocopherol, chlorophyllin act via different mechanisms to treat and protect patients suffering from cancer. İt can repair the damaged genes to some extent thereby preventing Skin Cancer in long run.
2 ) Atherosclerosis and Heart Attack: Atherosclerosis is caused due to hardening of arteries. A pigment named lutein found in spinach has been shown to reduce the occurrence atherosclerosis, heart attack as well as stroke. This is due to the fact that spinach proteins tend to reduce the cholesterol and other fat deposits in the blood vessels.
3 ) Immunity : spinach contains Antioxidants ( vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, manganese, zinc and selenium) vitamin A that not only protects and strengthens "entry points" into the human body, such as mucous membranes, respiratory, urinary and intestinal tracts, but is also a key component of lymphocytes (or white blood cells) that Fight İnfection.
4 ) Blood Pressure: Spinach has high content of potassium and low content of sodium. This composition of minerals is very beneficial for high blood pressure patients as potassium lowers and sodium raises the blood pressure. Folate present in spinach contributes in reducing hypertension and relaxes blood vessels, maintaining proper blood flow.
5 ) Anti-Ulcerative: It has been found that spinach and some other vegetables have the ability to protect the mucous membrane of stomach thereby decreasing the occurrence of gastric ulcers.
6 ) Neurological Benefits: Several components of spinach like potassium, folate, and various antioxidants are known to provide neurological benefits. According to Neurology, folate which reduces due to occurrence of Alzheimer's Disease can be revived by spinach.
7 ) Bone Mineralization: Spinach is a good source of Viatmin K, which functions in retaining calcium in the bone matrix thereby leading to bone mineralization. Apart from this, other minerals like manganese, copper, magnesium, zinc and phosphorus also help in building up of strong bones. This in turn can prevent an individual from osteoporosis of bones.
8 ) Pregnant Women :
a ) Foetus Development: Folate found in spinach is needed by the growing foetus for proper development of new nervous system. Defects like cleft palate or spina bifida may occur due to deficiency of folate. Vitamin A offered by spinach is advised to be consumed in more quantities by the mother. Vitamin A is required in lung development of foetus as well as during Breast Feeding.
b ) Protein Rich for Infant’s Proper Growth: ‘Popeye’, the sailor man is known for his obsession for spinach. The cartoon was deliberately shown to eat spinach and get strong. Infants are advised to be fed with spinach which is a rich in protein, vitamins minerals and phytonutrients. These will result in proportionate development in there growing stages.
9 ) Eye Health :
a ) Cataract: Lutein and zeaxanthin present in spinach act as strong antioxidants thus preventing the eyes from harsh effects of UV rays that lead to cataract.
b ) Good Eyesight: Spinach is a rich source of beta carotene, lutein and xanthene, all of which are beneficial for eyesight. Beta carotene is supplied to the eyes by cooked spinach. It can prevent one from vitamin A deficiency disease, itching eyes, eye ulcers and dry eyes.
Re grow your herbs
"The next time you have green onions, don't throw away the white ends. Simply submerge them in a glass of water and place them in a sunny window. Your onions will begin to grow almost immediately and can be harvested almost indefinitely. We just use kitchen scissors to cut what we need for meals and periodically empty out the water, rinse the roots off and give them fresh water."
top 6 plant based protiens
By: Willow Tohi, Natural News
Like most people who have a higher health conscious, most vegans and vegetarians have a story about how they came to the decision to live their particular lifestyle. No matter your reasons, one of the challenges for non-meat eaters is making sure they get enough protein every day. But it’s not as big a deal as many think. Like most of the nutrients from quality food, a little goes a long way. Back in the hunter/gatherer days, primitive man ate a lot less meat - usually around 20% of his total diet - a far cry from how much the average American consumes daily in the 21st century.
Protein is an essential nutrient that plays a key role in how our bodies function. But too much protein is associated with several diseases. It is more important to eat a varied diet than to isolate and focus on any one nutrient. Including more plant sources of protein will also offer more health benefits including more fibre and nutrients. There are lots of nutrient dense foods with a high protein content, here are some of the top plant based proteins:
1. Vegetables - the proper foundation for all diets.
• 1 avocado - 10 grams
• 1 cup broccoli - 5 grams
• 1 cup spinach - 5 grams
• 2 cups cooked kale - 5 grams
• 1 cup boiled peas - 9 grams
• 1 cup cooked sweet potato - 5 grams
2. Legumes, also vegetables, get their own mention. Specifically lentils and beans, the foundation of many diets for centuries.
• 1 cup soybeans - 28 grams (1 cup tempeh - 30 grams)
• 1 cup lentils - 18 grams
• 1 cup refried beans - 15.5 grams
• 1 cup garbanzo beans (and hummus) - 14.5 grams
• 1 cup pinto, kidney, black beans - 13-15 grams
• 1 oz peanuts - 6.5 grams
3. Nuts and seeds - a staple in most vegetarian and vegan diets.
• 1 oz. cashews - 4.4 grams
• 1 oz. sesame seeds 6.5 grams, 3 tablespoons of tahini - 8 grams
• 1/4 cup (2 oz.) walnuts - 5 grams
• 1 oz. pistachios - 5.8 grams
• 2 tbsp almonds - 4 grams
• Nut butters - peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter - 2 tablespoons has about 8 grams of protein
4. Non-dairy milk
*Soy, almond, ancient grain. 1 cup gets you 7-9 grams of protein.
5. Grains - Ancient grains, sprouted grains, multi-grains - a major part of the diet.
• Quinoa is versatile and delicious. 1 cup - 9 grams.
• Amaranth, bulgur, brown rice, wheat germ, oat bran are other grains with a high protein content.
• Oatmeal - 1 cup = 6 grams.
• Sprouted grain bread products - buns, tortillas, bread. Pack a sandwich or a wrap and you'll get 7-10 grams from the bread alone.
*spirulina and chlorella are used often by vegetarians and vegans for their rich nutrient content, and protein content.
*Hemp - 30 grams of hemp powder in your smoothie gives you 11 grams of protein.
Apricot kernels & Bitter Almonds display promise
In September of 1983 my father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He was dead in 6 weeks. I remember the anguish and the frustration as the medical doctors offered no hope. I had been in practice for only 3 years and the Internet was nonexistent back then. But I recall going to the library to do research about healing cancer without toxic drugs or radiation. I also called "cancer clinics" all over North America and Mexico, trying to find a solution to my father's illness.
Thus began my quest to understand how to heal and prevent cancer One treatment that stood out at the time was Amygdalin, the product that is produced from crushed apricot pits. Amygdalin is not to be confused with Laetrile, also known as B17, which is a semi-synthetic patented version of Amygdalin.
Laetrile and Amygdalin have been used successfully around the world for the reversal of many types of cancer. The Hunza tribes in the Himalayans are virtually cancer free, which some have attributed to their daily consumption of apricot pits and millet, both of which contain amygdalin.
The apricot pits contain a compound called glycosides which are a combination of sugar and cyanide. What takes place here is what we call selective toxicity. A specific enzyme that is produced in large quantities by cancer cells, triggers the sugar break down that releases the cyanide. The cyanide is what kills the cancer cells.
But why are healthy cells not affected by the cyanide? Healthy cells have a specific enzyme called rhodanese, which renders the cyanide harmless. How's that for another amazing healing miracle?
Another way that amygdalin affects cancer cells is that it inhibits angiogenesis. Angiogenesis is the formation of new blood flow as the cancer cells are growing and forming a tumor. If the blood flow to the tumor is blocked, the cancer cells die.
Amygdalin also suppresses inflammatory responses which lead to multiple diseases, including cancer.
Specific studies have shown how amygdalin induces apoptosis or cell death in prostate cancer cells, human colon cancer cells and in leukemia cells.
Amygdalin even inhibits the growth of the Epstein-Barr virus, which often induces tumor growth. The anti-tumor promoting activity of amygdalin and other compounds was studied in both in vitro and in vivo assays.
While administered specifically for cancer treatment, a wonderful side effect is that amygdalin actually helps relieve the pain that is often associated with aggressive cancers.
Laetrile can be administered orally in pill form or it can be injected into a vein. Typically the administration of Laetrile is spread out over a period of time. Unfortunately, because of manipulation of laboratory studies conducted in the 70's, Amygdalin and Laetrile are not readily available in the United States. After all, healing cancer patients with a low cost nutrient would spell disaster for the multi-billion dollar cancer industry.
There are literally hundreds of known plant based cancer cures that have saved countless of lives. Unfortunately the masses are not informed of the many non-toxic ways to heal the body. However, as web sites like GreenMedInfo.com continue to inform and educate, hopefully the tide will slowly turn in order to make these modalities part of a harmless cancer protocol.
Dr. Veronique Desaulniers, better known as “Dr. V”, has maintained successful practices in the Wellness Industry since 1979.
Specializing in Bio-Energetics, Meridian Stress Analysis, Homeopathy, Digital Thermography and Chiropractic, Dr. V brings a unique approach to Health and Wellness.
After personally overcoming Breast Cancer without the use of chemo, radiation or surgery, her passion is to empower women about healing and preventing Breast Cancer….naturally.
DR. V offers personal Cancer Coaching through her website.
can wheat grass reverse cataracts?
There are clinical signs of reverse aging, especially in eye diseases like cataracts, is a promising prospect. It is also a popular topic based on the success of our previous post on aloe gel visibly reversing signs of skin aging. Who, after all, would not like to age slower and/or reverse the process when unnecessarily accelerated? And especially when loss of vision and/or potential blindness are at stake.
Watchful waiting, some vague nutritional recommendations, increased use of sunglasses, and, of course, surgical intervention, are still the standard of care from the conventional medical viewpoint. With half of all Americans in their mid-80’s suffering from them, cataracts are generally considered a natural -- and inevitable -- part of the aging process. Well, there is a reason why not everyone in their 80’s (i.e. the other 50%) gets them, and it likely has far more to do with nutritional factors, than genetics. How do we know that? Well, the following research may bring the point home poignantly...
There are a broad range of natural substances which have been researched for their ability to prevent cataract associated lens opacity, but wheat grass steals the show when it comes to demonstrably improving the condition, at least in the animal model.
According to a study published in the journal Biogerontology in 2005, on aging reversal titled "Aging reversibility: from thymus graft to vegetable extract treatment -- application to cure an age-associated pathology," wheat grass may actually REVERSE LENS OPACITY ASSOCIATED WITH CATARACTS:
"Old dogs were orally treated for a month and the lens opacity analysed before and after the treatment. Results showed a reduction from 25 to 40% of lens opacity. The efficacy of wheat sprouts in the recovery of age-related alterations and in treating age-associated pathologies could be due to the contemporary presence of small regulatory acid peptides, a remarkable level of highly energetic phosphoric radicals and antioxidant molecules, peculiarities that may be, to some extent, related to the aging process regulation." [emphasis added]
Wheat grass, of course, is likely not the only sprouted cereal seed capable of providing these uniquely beneficial properties. And green foods, such as green leafy vegetables from non-cereal plants, are also of great value. It is also important to point out that not everyone will do well with the wheat lectin (aka wheat germ agglutinin (WGA)) that is found in wheat sprouts, as it may contribute to osteoarthritis, for example. But the key point here is that a simple nutritional change -- adding something living and green to the diet-- may make a world of difference in age-associated degenerative eye conditions, and is at least worth trying before more invasive, expensive and dangerous approaches are utilized.
Sayer Ji is the founder and chair of GreenMedInfo.com. His writings have been published in the Wellbeing Journal, the Journal of Gluten Sensitivity, and have been featured on numerous websites, including Mercola.com, NaturalNews.com, Infowars.com, Care2.com. His critically acclaimed essay series The Dark Side of Wheat opens up a new perspective on the universal, human-species specifictoxicity of wheat, and is now available for PDF download.
6 Air Purifying house plants
1. Bamboo Palm: According to NASA, it removes formaldehyde and is also said to act as a natural humidifier.
2. Snake Plant: Found by NASA to absorb nitrogen oxides and formaldehyde.
3. Areca Palm: One of the best air purifying plants for general air cleanliness.
4. Spider Plant: Great indoor plant for removing carbon monoxide and other toxins or impurities. Spider plants are one of three plants NASA deems best at removing formaldehyde from the air.
5. Peace Lily: Peace lilies could be called the “clean-all.” They’re often placed in bathrooms or laundry rooms because they’re known for removing mold spores. Also know to remove formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.
6. Gerbera Daisy: Not only do these gorgeous flowers remove benzene from the air, they’re known to improve sleep by absorbing carbon dioxide and giving off more oxygen over night.
THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF EATING FRESH TURMERIC
A member of the ginger family, turmeric, known scientifically as Curcuma longa, is a perennial plant that originated in the tropical regions of southern Asia. Turmeric's bulbous underground stem, or rhizome, is the most prized part of the plant. Although best known in the West for the spice it yields in ground-up form, the turmeric rhizome offers a variety of health benefits when eaten fresh, as is widely done in South Asia.
Downhill running causes a unique set of injuries to those who engage in it routinely. A team of exercise science researchers at the University of South Carolina's Arnold School of Public Health conducted an animal study to test the efficacy of turmeric's curcumin in reversing damage caused by downhill running. Researchers put two groups of laboratory mice through downhill treadmill runs of 150 minutes in duration. At the conclusion of each run, one group of animals received curcumin; the other got placebo. The animals fed curcumin rebounded significantly from the negative physical effects of their downhill runs, compared with those who received placebo. Researchers reported that curcumin-fed mice showed a sharp reduction in inflammatory cytokines. In an article published in the June 2007 issue of the "American Journal of Physiology, Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology," this study confirms the theory that curcumin can reduce the inflammation and performance deficits associated with downhill running.
Helps Prevent Atherosclerosis
Preliminary animal and laboratory studies show that the active compounds in turmeric can reduce the risk of atherosclerosis, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. One study found that animals fed a turmeric extract lowered overall cholesterol levels and, most importantly, reduced low-density lipoproteins -- the "bad" cholesterol. Another study showed that turmeric helps prevent the formation of blood clots, which can cause heart attack and stroke.
Inhibits Prostate Cancer Growth
Urology researchers at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons conducted in-vitro and live animal studies to determine the inhibitory effect of curcumin on prostate cancer cells. In reporting their findings in the June 2001 issue of "Prostate," researchers said that curcumin significantly decreased the rate of cancer cell proliferation and has the potential to be a "therapeutic anti-cancer agent."
TAKE CARE OF YOUR EYES WHILE USING PC
in During a recent visit to an optician, one of my friends was told of an exercise for the eyes by a specialist doctor that he termed as 20-20-20. It is apt for all of us, who spend long hours at our desks, looking at the computer screen.
I Thought I'd share it with you.
Step I :-
After every 20 minutes of looking into the computer screen, turn your head and try to look at any object placed at least 20 feet away. This changes the focal length of your eyes, a must-do for the tired eyes.
Step II :-
Try and blink your eyes for 20 times in succession, to moisten them.
Step III :-
Time permitting of course, one should walk 20 paces after every 20 minutes of sitting in one particular posture. Helps blood circulation for the entire body.
Circulate among your friends if you care for them and their eyes. They say that your eyes r mirror of your soul, so do take care of them, they are priceless......
DANDELIONS There may be good reason why dandelions are diligently popping up in the yards of Americans, despite the many feeble attempts to poison and kill them (while also poisoning the water table, bees, pets, and children who then play in the yard). They are arguably the most powerful kidney purifier on the planet and seem to know what all Americans need right now - detoxification of the kidneys. Dandelions hold many, many healing powers... so many, in fact, that many entire books have been written about their host of beneficial properties on those who consume them regularly. The kidneys need to be flushed and purified of the toxins this generation is increasingly being exposed to (processed foods, dyes, drugs, additives, preservatives, plastics, chemicals in shower water, among endless others). Otherwise, nutrition will not properly be absorbed from everything healthy you eat and the toxins will just keep building up, which will eventually manifest as ill-ness and dis-ease (which can be seen everywhere). Listen to the call of these persistent allies and enjoy fresh, organic dandelions every chance you get. It is recommended to get an organic herbal tincture online or from your local health food store.
A brain building blueprint
“Have you seen my keys?” “Now, why did I come in here?” “Her name is on the tip of my tongue.” If you catch yourself uttering such phrases, listen up:
"Memory generally starts to decline in our 30s, as the brain shrinks with age. One of the first and most prominent signs is that ‘tip of the tongue’ phenomenon,” advises neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt, Ph.D., co-author of Welcome to Your Brain.
Studies show that the adult brain can shrink as much as one-half to 1 percent annually in midlife, as neurons in the prefrontal cortex and hippocampus wither and the branches between them thin. Add hormonal changes, which can starve gray matter of nourishing estrogen and progesterone; less-than-stellar cardiovascular health, which tends to limit blood flow to the brain; and a gummy protein called amyloid plaque, which can hamper neuronal function; and cognitive decline may be exacerbated.
Already, one in five people older than 65 suffer from “mild cognitive impairment” (persistent memory problems severe enough to be noticeable by others). According to the Alzheimer’s Association, if we live to age 90, as many as half of us could ultimately be diagnosed with that disease.
The good news: Such fates are far from inevitable. “People seem to expect that as soon as we start to need reading glasses, we should also expect some of these cognitive issues to arise, but it does not need to be that way,” says Naples, Florida-based Neurology Doctor David Perlmutter, co-author of Power up Your Brain. “You can absolutely do things early on in life and throughout your lifetime that work to maintain the bulk and function of the brain.”
Here’s how: Stay lean. It may seem counterintuitive, but mounting evidence suggests that in order to grow a bigger brain, many of us should be eating less. “The key to the brain maintaining and even regenerating itself is the activation of a set of genes that code for a protein called brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF),” explains Perlmutter. “BDNF is significantly enhanced in people that simply cut down their calorie consumption.”
Several animal and human studies support this conclusion. One 2009 study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, divided 50 men and women age 50
and older into three groups that slashed calorie intake by 20 percent, 30 percent and not at all. After three months, the groups that restricted their calories saw their verbal memory scores jump by more than 20 percent.
Perlmutter notes that just being overweight in the prime of life can promote excess inflammation and free radical production—two enemies of a healthy brain. A 2005 study of 10,000 men and women conducted by researchers at Kaiser Permanente found that people that were obese in their early 40s had a 74 percent increased risk of developing dementia later in life. “Just a 25 percent reduction in calories over one month’s time can have a profound effect on boosting memory,” Perlmutter notes.
Eat a brain-building diet. Aside from cutting calories, experts say it’s critical to load up on foods that boost neurogenesis (the development of new brain cells) and stall brain atrophy. Eating more fish (or omega-3 supplements), adding fruits and vegetables and cutting back on refined carbohydrates do just that, advises Dr. Christiane Northrup, obstetrician, gynecologist and author of Women’s Bodies Women’s Wisdom. “The brain is mostly made up of omega-3 fats, and many women, in particular, are lacking them in their diet,” she observes.
Perlmutter notes that supplementing one’s intake of omega-3 fatty acid DHA, present in fatty fish and marine algae, has been shown to switch on the genes that jumpstart BDNF production. DHA is also anti-inflammatory and promotes healthy blood flow to the brain. But people shouldn’t wait too long to load up on it.
One 2010 trial of 485 healthy adults with mild memory complaints found that those who took 900 milligrams per day of algae-based DHA supplements for six months made significantly fewer errors on memory tests than they had at the study’s onset. Another study by the National Institute on Aging, however, found that DHA supplementation had little impact on patients once severe dementia had set in. So, sooner is better.
Healthy fats aside, dark-colored fruits such as blackberries, blueberries and plums are all rich with antioxidants, substances known to scavenge cell-damaging free radicals in the brain. Also, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and broccoli sprouts contain a powerful compound called sulforaphane, believed to boost the body’s own production of antioxidants.
One famous 2005 study followed 13,388 women over several decades, and found that those that ate the most cruciferous vegetables and leafy greens stayed mentally sharp for far longer than those that ate the least. New research from Rush University, in Chicago, further suggests that a deficiency of B12, found in fish, liver, milk and eggs, may hasten brain shrinkage as previously functioning cells die off.
Overloading on refined carbohydrates like white flour, pasta and potatoes carries a similar result. “Elevated blood sugar can destroy the brain,” advises Perlmutter, pointing to a 2005 study in the journal Neurology, which linked accelerated brain shrinkage with elevated blood sugar.
Prevent hormonal havoc. Ebbing hormones can also have a measurable impact on our ability to recall words and follow through on tasks, says Hawaii naturopathic physician Laurie Steelsmith, author of Natural Choices for Women’s Health.
One 2009 University of California study of 2,362 women between the ages of 42 and 52 found that 60 percent suffered memory and mental-processing problems. “I hear about it almost every day from women in my practice,” comments Steelsmith. “They’re trying to find the word for, say, ‘garlic’ or ‘pen,’ and it just won’t come to them. It can be very frustrating.”
Steelsmith notes that estrogen plays a critical role in influencing verbal and spatial memory and fine motor skills and bolstering the blood-brain barrier to keep toxins out. Meanwhile, progesterone acts on the same brain receptors that Valium does, promoting calm and aiding sleep. In the days immediately prior to menstruation, when estrogen and progesterone levels are low, or once women begin to approach menopause and they stay low, the brain feels it.
In an ideal world, the adrenal glands kick in to pick up where the ovaries leave off—producing sex hormones. “But women that are stressed out or not nourishing themselves tend to experience adrenal fatigue, so their adrenals are not able to act as a secondary source of hormones,” says Steelsmith.
For ovulating women, she recommends taking 100 to 175 milligrams (mg) daily of the herb Rhodiola rosea during the second half of the menstrual cycle to support fatigued adrenal glands and ward off hormone-related brain fog.
If the condition occurs only for a few days before a menstrual period, and is accompanied by tender breasts, lack of sleep and heavy monthly bleeding, the problem may be low progesterone. For that, try the herb chaste tree berry during the second half of the menstrual cycle, or consider a low dose, over-the-counter progesterone cream, says Northrup.
For post-menopausal women, she recommends taking up to 50 mg per day of pregnenolone, an adrenal hormone that the body naturally converts into estrogen and progesterone. (While pregnenolone is available over the counter, Steelsmith suggests that women have a naturopath first test their hormone levels in order to determine an appropriate dose.)
Or, older men and women experiencing age-related memory loss can try a soy-based nutritional supplement called phosphatidylserine (PS), which is believed to bolster cell-to-cell communication and levels of the memory-boosting neurotransmitter acetylcholine.
Exercise mind and body. Aamodt notes that a common cause of cognitive decline is the accumulation of clogged blood vessels in the brain that choke off blood and oxygen. Thus, “Regular exercise is the single most useful thing you can do to maintain your cognitive abilities later in life,” she says.
Recent studies by researchers at the University of Illinois and elsewhere have shown that as little as 45 minutes of aerobic exercise, three times per week, may not only stall age-related brain atrophy in the elderly, but even help regenerate parts of the brain that have withered. “There is no medication on the planet that can do that,” says Perlmutter.
Brain exercise is helpful, as well. Exposure to new experiences prompts the brain to literally lay down new neuronal networks, becoming stronger. A 2009 Mayo Clinic study found that of
1,300 people ages 70 to 89, those that had regularly engaged in mentally challenging activities in their 50s and 60s (such as playing games, quilting, building model airplanes, or learning a new language or instrument) were 40 percent less likely to suffer memory problems.
The key, advise the experts, is not to stick with the same crossword puzzle for years. Instead, try something new. As Steelsmith puts it: “Use it or lose it.”
HEALTH Benefits of " Kiwi "
1 ) Anti Cancer: Kiwi contains a variety of flavonoids and carotenoids, which have demonstrated antioxidant activity. These phytonutrients are responsible for protecting your DNA from oxygen-related damage. By preventing DNA from being damaged, cancer growth is inhibited and prevented. ( Especially Colon Cancer )
2 ) Fights Cardiovascular Diseases: Eating kiwi fruit every morning has the same effect as aspirin for heart health (reduced blood clotting), but without the side effects such as inflammation and bleeding in the intestinal tract.This prevents a build up of deposits and plaques in the arterial walls, consequently, guarding against cardiovascular diseases.
3 ) Prevents Asthma and other Respiratory Diseases: This is because of the high vitamin C content of the fruit.
4 ) Boosts İmmunity: Due to its extremely high vitamin C content and its complement of Antioxidant compounds, kiwi has proven to be an immune booster.
5 ) Manage Blood Pressure: It is a very rich source of healthy electrolyte potassium. Potassium plays a major role in body cells by keeping the body fluids and electrolyte in balance, which help control heart rate and blood pressure by countering effects of sodium.
6 ) Digestive health: Kiwis are a very good source of dietary fiber. Fiber helps keep your digestive health in check and is good for binding and removing toxins from the colon, which is helpful for preventing Colon Cancer. Fiber also acts to prevent constipation and other gastro-intestinal issues.
7 ) Supports Healthy Birth: It has four peaches' worth of folate, which is essential for women before and during pregnancy. Folate helps to develop the blood cells for the baby in the womb.
8 ) Protects Your Eyes: Kiwi is a good source of lutein and zeaxanthin, natural chemicals found in the human eye. Lutein helps to filter out damaging blue light, which helps prevent age-related macular degeneration and the development of glaucoma and cataracts.
9 ) Good for Skin: Kiwi is a good source of vitamin E, an antioxidant that can help against potential skin degeneration and work wonders for the health of the skin.
Cantaloupe Has Many Benefits! ♥
1. Folate - healthy growth and maintenance of cells within the body and for the prevention of anemia
2. Carotenoids - decrease risk for the development of cardiovascular diseases and certain types of cancer. Important for maintaining good vision.
3. Vitamin C - plays an important role in the growth and repair of tissues within the body. It also helps in forming collagen, an important protein needed for making skin tissues, tendons, ligaments and blood vessels. Vitamin C is also an anti-oxidant, a type of nutrient that blocks the action of free radicals which lead to early aging.
4. Potassium - Potassium is an electrolyte, a mineral that conducts electricity within the body together with sodium, calcium and magnesium. Potassium plays a very important role in muscle and heart contraction. It is also essential for the normal function of the gastrointestinal tract.
Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/414791-what-are-the-health-benefits-of-cantaloupe/#ixzz2285IsD00
HEALTH Benefits of " Lentil "
1 ) Cancer Prevention :
Lentils and Peas are able to reduce the risk of Breast Cancer. One of the reasons is that both these foods are rich in flavones, a class of antioxidants that has Antioxidant Properties. While the results of these studies are not entirely certain, they represent the premise of future research.
2 ) Regularization of Blood Sugar Levels & Cholesterol :
Due to their High Fiber content, lentils help in regulating blood sugar by providing steady, slow-burning energy and balancing blood sugar levels.The same soluble fiber that helps reduce cholesterol also traps carbohydrates.
3 ) Heart Health :
high fiber legumes like lentils have a much Reduced Risk of Heart Disease. As fiber reduces blood cholesterol levels, there is less plaque forming on the walls of the arteries, and the risk of stroke or other cardiovascular diseases drops dramatically. The high levels of Folate ,The Folic Acid , Magnesium in lentils also go a long way in protecting the heart.
* Folic Acid reduces the level of homocysteine, which a compound equally dangerous for the heart and the artery walls.
** Magnesium, on the other hand, promotes better blood flow, fact that allows more Oxygen and Nutrients to be carried to the organs.
4 ) Colon Health : It is a known fact that foods rich in fiber influence the digestion. This is also true with lentils, which are able to increase the amount of feces. Constipation can be easily treated if lentils are consumed regularly. Besides that, the fiber found in lentils also helps in the prevention and treatment of diverticulosis, a health problem characterized by the presence of multiple tiny pouches in the colon wall.
5 ) Protein Packed :
Protein makes up 26% of the calories in lentils and they have the third highest level of protein than any other plant food. It's no wonder that they're a staple in many parts of the world.
6 ) B Vitamins :
Lentils are a great source of B Vitamins, most notably folate and Niacin (B3). B vitamins are important for the Healthy Functioning of the Nervous, Digestive and İmmune Systems.
7 ) High in Iron :
Lentils are loaded with iron and are a great way to replenish the body's iron stores, especially for people who don't eat red meat like vegans and Vegetarians.
6 ) Weight Loss :
Lentils also include insoluble fiber in their composition, which leads to a sensation of satiety in much shorter time than other foods. As a consequence, people eat less and manage this way to get rid of the extra pounds.
6 healthy resaons to eat more cinnamon
If you live in North America or Europe that jar of "cinnamon" in your cupboard is probably not truly cinnamon at all, but a very similar spice known as cassia or "bastard cinnamon."
True cinnamon is usually labeled "Ceylon cinnamon" and comes principally from Sri Lanka, India, Madagascar, Brazil and the Caribbean. Cassia, on the other hand, is often designated as "Chinese cinnamon" or "Saigon cinnamon" and comes principally from Indonesia, China, Vietnam, Japan and Korea.
Cinnamon is one of the oldest spices and most popular spices, and has been used for millennia both for its flavoring and medicinal qualities. In ancient Egypt, it was used to fill body cavities of corpses as an embalming agent. In ancient Rome it was considered so valuable that the Emperor Nero burned a year's supply on his wife's funeral pyre as proof of his devotion to her.
Ceylon cinnamon is more expensive and more difficult to find in North American where most spices labeled cinnamon are actually the cheaper cassia. Sweeter, lighter and more refined than cassia, true cinnamon is most suitable to flavoring desserts rather than more robust, savory dishes which can handle the heavier cassia.
Besides flavor, the most important distinction between the two spices, however, is in their levels of coumarin, natural compound that acts as a blood thinner when ingested.
Cassia has much higher levels of coumarin than true cinnamon. Patients on blood thinners such as warfarin (trade name Coumadin) are often advised to limit their intake of cinnamon, but this generally applies to cassia more so than to real cinnamon.
Both types of cinnamon are excellent sources of the trace mineral manganese which is an important activator of enzymes essential to building healthy bones as well as other physiological processes, including carbohydrate and fat metabolism.
They are also both very good sources of dietary fiber, iron and calcium. The combination of calcium and fiber is thought to be helpful in reducing the risk of colon cancer and lowering cholesterol levels, and relieving constipation or diarrhea.
Here are six reasons to make sure you're getting your cinnamon every day:
1. Lowers blood sugar levels Cinnamon has been shown to normalize blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics by improving the ability to respond to insulin. It does so in part by slowing the rate at which the stomach empties after eating as evidenced by a study in which people ate about a cup of rice pudding with and without about a teaspoon of cinnamon. Adding the cinnamon slowed the rate the stomach emptied from 37% to 34.5% and significantly slowed the rise in blood sugar levels. Even less than a half of a teaspoon a day reduces blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics.
2. Lowers cholesterol Diabetics can also reduce their risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease by consuming even one daily gram (about 1/3 teaspoon) of cinnamon. One 2003 USDA study found that after 40 days of eating between just 1 and 6 grams of cinnamon (about 2 teaspoons), type 2 diabetics were not only able to reduce their blood sugar levels by 18-29%, but also lowered their triglycerides by 23-30%, their LDL (bad) cholesterol by 7 to 27% and total cholesterol by 12-26%.
3. Supports healthy blood clotting Much research has been devoted to cinnamon's effect on blood platelets which contribute to clotting. It helps thin the blood and prevent unwanted clumping of platelets. It is so effective as an anti-coagulant that patients taking prescription blood thinners are warned not to take cinnamon in concentrated form such as supplements or extracts.
4. Fights bacteria and fungus Ayurvedic medicine has long used cinnamon for it anti-microbial qualities to support the immune system and prevent colds and flu. It has been proven to help stop the growth of bacteria, fungus and the common yeast Candida. One study showed that it is an effective alternative to chemical food preservatives and just a few drops of essential oil of cinnamon added to refrigerated carrot broth prevented the growth of food-borne pathogens for up to 60 days.
5. Boosts memory and protects the brain. Chewing cinnamon flavored gum or just smelling the sweet spice has been found to improve brain activity. Research led by Dr. P. Zoladz and presented at the 2004 meeting of the Association for Chemoreception Sciences, in Sarasota, Florida concluded that cinnamon enhances cognitive processing and was found to improve test subjects scores related to attention, memory and visual-motor speed when working at a computer.
A 2011 study suggested that it may have a role in reducing the kind of chronic inflammation that leads to various neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, brain tumor, and meningitis.
6. Improves digestion In traditional Chinese medicine, cinnamon has been used for flatulence, nausea and diarrhea. It is also believed to improve the body's ability to digest fruit, milk and other dairy products.
Both cassia and real cinnamon are often labeled the same in North America. The true Ceylon version will be more expensive, and it will be a lighter shade of brown, a finer powder and have a sweeter scent. When buying the sticks, known as "quills," keep in mind that, generally, cassia will be thicker and the two ends will be rolled toward each other rather than being rolled in one direction only.
Margie King is a holistic health coach and graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition®. A Wharton M.B.A. and practicing corporate attorney for 20 years, Margie left the world of business to pursue her passion for all things nutritious. She now works with midlife women and busy professionals to improve their health, energy and happiness through individual and group coaching, as well as webinars, workshops and cooking classes. She is also a professional copywriter and prolific health and nutrition writer whose work appears as the National Nutrition Examiner. To contact Margie, visit www.NourishingMenopause.com.
160 uses for coconut oil
Hybrid Rasta Mama
Coconut Oil – An Overview
Offering a myriad of health benefits, coconut oil is affordable, readily available and completely natural. I use it for EVERYTHING. Literally. I buy it in 5 gallon increments and keep it all over my house. I even have some in the car. So here is a little information to inspire you to check out this amazing oil!
Coconut Oil Is:
Here is a chart outlining the recommended daily dosage of virgin coconut oil for persons over the age of 12. Coconut oil may be consumed by children under 12 but it is advisable to check with a healthcare practitioner on the proper dosage. Any good naturopath will have the information at the ready. (Starting at 12 months of age, I gave my daughter one teaspoon per day and she weighed about 16 pounds at that time.)
Weight in pounds/kilogramsNumber of tablespoons of coconut oil daily175+/79+4150+ /68+3 1/2125+ / 57+3100+/ 45+2 1/275+ / 34+250+ / 23+1 1/225+ / 11+1Type of Coconut Oil to Use:
1. Age Spots (also known as liver spots) – applying coconut oil directly to the age spot will help it fade.
2. After Shave – coconut oil will help heal your skin after shaving without clogging pores. Great for razor burn!
3. Baldness – apply three times a day to affected area of hair loss. Coconut oil supports cell regeneration.
4. Birth Marks – can be used after a laser removal treatment to aid in healing. Can also be applied after an apple cider vinegar treatment to help support and aid the fading process.
5. Body Scrub – mix coconut oil and sugar together and rub all over! Rinse off and your skin will be super soft! You can add in essential oils if you would like a specific smell.
6. Bruises – applied directly to the bruise, coconut oil enhances the healing process by reducing swelling and redness.
7. Bug Bites – when applied directly to a bug bite, coconut oil can stop the itching and burning sensation as well as hasten the healing process.
8. Burns – apply to burn site immediately and continue applying until healed. Will reduce the chances of permanent scarring and promotes healing.
9. Chapstick – just rub a little into lips and it not only acts as a softening agent but it also has an SPF of about 4 so you get a little protection!
10. Cradle Cap – having issues with dry skin on your baby’s scalp? Coconut oil will not only nourish your baby’s skin, it also helps eliminate cradle cap. Just rub a teaspoon onto scalp daily.
11. Dandruff – coconut oil soaks into the scalp moisturizing dry skin and relieves symptoms of dandruff. It also helps to control oil secretion from the scalp, another leading cause of dandruff.
12. Deodorant – coconut oil alone can be used as a deodorant, but even more effective in combination with cornstarch/arrowroot powder and baking soda!
13. Diaper Salve – very comforting on a rashy bum with no harsh chemicals. Also safe for cloth diapers.
14. Exfoliator – coconut oil mixed with sugar or sea salt is a very nourishing and effective exfoliator and safe to use all over the body.
15. Eye cream – apply under the eyes to reduce puffiness, bags and wrinkles. Use on the lids in the evening.
16. Face Wash/ Soap – mix equal parts coconut oil with olive oil, almond oil, avocado oil and castor oil and use in place of soap when washing your face. Wet face, rub oil in and leave on for two minutes, rinse and pat dry. One teaspoon should be adequate.
17. Hair conditioner/ Deep Treatment – use as a leave-in hair conditioner by applying a teaspoon of coconut oil to your ends and then running your fingers through your hair to distribute the rest! For a deeper treatment, rub in a tablespoon of coconut oil onto your dry scalp and gently work through to the ends. Put a shower cap on to prevent transfer onto bed linens and leave on overnight.
18. Hair Gel/ Defrizzer – rub a little between your palms and either scrunch into hair (for curly hair) or finger comb in through from scalp to ends (for wavy/straight hair).
19. Healing - when applied on scrapes and cuts, coconut oil forms a thin, chemical layer which protects the wound from outside dust, bacteria and virus. Coconut oil speeds up the healing process of bruises by repairing damaged tissues. Plus, it smells a heck-of-a-lot better than anything from the pharmacy.
20. Lubricant – it is an all-natural, perfectly safe personal lubricant. Not compatible with latex!
21. Makeup Remover – use a cotton swab and a dab of coconut oil and you would be amazed at how well it works!
22. Massage Oil – pretty simple; grab some and rub!
23. Moisturizer – simply scoop some out of the jar and apply all over your body, including neck and face.
24. Mole Remover – when applied after an apple cider vinegar compress for several weeks, moles have been known to “slide off” or just disappear.
25. Nipple Cream – works great to nourish cracked, sore or dry nipples. Apply to a cotton ball and leave on your nipples between feedings.
26. Oily Skin Fix – prone to oily skin or an oily T-zone? Use a pea sized amount underneath makeup or alone to reduce the appearance of oil.
27. Pre Shampoo Treatment for Hair – rub a little into scalp and hair before shampooing. This is especially useful for those with course or frizzy hair.
28. Pre-Shave – coconut oil will prep skin for the pending damage caused by shaving.
29. Skin Problems – coconut oil relieves skin problems such as psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema.
30. Stretch Mark Cream – coconut oil is great at nourishing damaged skin. It may not be the magic stretch mark cure but it will help.
31. Sun Burn Relief – rub liberal amounts of coconut oil into the affected area.
32. Sunscreen – see my post on natural sunscreen for more detailed information.
33. Swimmers Ear – mix garlic oil and coconut oil and put a few drops in affected ear for about 10 minutes. Do this 2-3 times a day and it usually works within one or two days.
34. Tattoo Healing and Moisturizer – continued use of coconut oil on tattoos will help keep the pigment from fading. Used on new tattoos, coconut will hasten the healing process and decrease the chance of infection.
35. Toothpaste – there are numerous recipes out there but I just mix coconut oil and baking soda and dab a little of the mix on my toothbrush.
36. Wrinkle Prevention and Wrinkle Reducer – rubbing coconut oil on winkles and sagging skin helps strengthen the connective tissues to bring back that youthful look!
Coconut Oil for General Health and Wellness
37. Breastfeeding – for breastfeeding moms, consuming 3 ½ tablespoons of coconut oil daily will enrich the milk supply.
38. Bones and Teeth – coconut oil aids in the absorption of calcium and magnesium leading to better development of bones and teeth.
39. Digestion - the saturated fats in coconut oil help control parasites and fungi that cause indigestion and other digestion related problems such as irritable bowel syndrome. The fat in coconut oil also aids in the absorption of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, making you healthier all around.
40. Energy Boost – coconut oil boosts energy and endurance making it a great supplement for athletes as well as those needed a quick pick me up.
41. Fitness - coconut oil has been proven to stimulate your metabolism, improve thyroid function, and escalate energy levels, all of which help decrease your unwanted fat while increasing muscle.
42. Improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose making it great for both diabetics and non-diabetic.
43. Lung Function – increases the fluidity of cell surfaces.
44. Nausea – rub some coconut oil on the inside for the wrist and forearm to calm an upset stomach.
45. Nose bleeds – coconut oil can prevent nose bleeding that is caused by sensitivity to weather such as extreme heat and extreme cold. This condition happens when the nasal passages become dry because of cold or dry air resulting to burns and cracks in the mucus membranes so bleeding happens. To prevent this just put coconut oil in you nostrils. Coat your finger with coconut oil and then lie down and coat your finger inside your nose. Doing this will strengthen and protect the capillaries in the nasal passages. A Vitamin C supplement will also help prevent nose bleeding.
46. Oil pulling with coconut oil offers a two for one health benefit!
47. Stress Relief – relieve mental fatigue by applying coconut oil to the head in a circular, massaging motion. The natural aroma of coconuts is extremely soothing thus helping to lower your stress level.
48. Vitamin and nutrient absorption
49. Weight loss - the saturated fats contribute to weight loss and controlling cravings. Also increases metabolic rate.
Coconut Oil for Health Problems (when taken internally it is known for aiding, preventing, relieving or even curing these health issues)
50. Acid reflux/indigestion aid if taken after a meal
51. Adrenal fatigue
52. Allergies (seasonal hay fever)
54. Asthma, even in children
56. Bowel function
57. Bronchial Infections
58. Cancer (has been shown to prevent colon and breast cancer in laboratory tests)
59. Candida Albicans
60. Cholesterol – improves HDL (‘good’ cholesterol) to LDL (‘bad’ cholesterol) ratio in people with high cholesterol
61. Chronic Fatigue
62. Crohns Disease and resulting inflammation
63. Circulation/feeling cold all the time
64. Colds and Flus
66. Cystic Fibrosis
68. Diabetes – helps keep blood sugar levels stable and/or helps with cravings
70. Eczema – in addition to taking it internally, many have success applying it externally, but some don’t
72. Energy boost
73. Epilepsy (known to reduce epileptic seizures)
74. Fever Support
75. Flaky, Dry Skin
76. Gallbladder disease and pain
78. H. pylori
79. Head Lice
80. Heart Disease (protects arteries from injury that causes atherosclerosis)
81. Hemorrhoids (can applied externally or internally twice a day)
83. Hot Flashes
85. Immune System Builder
86. Irritable Bowel Syndrome
88. Kidney Disease
89. Kidney Stones (aids in dissolving them)
90. Liver Disease
91. Lung Disease
93. Mental Clarity
94. Menstruation Relief regarding pain/cramps and heavy blood flow
95. Migraines (with regular use)
100. Periodontal Disease and tooth decay
101. Prostate Enlargement (benign prostatic hyperplasia)
103. Skin problems
105. Stomach Ulcers
106. Toenail fungus
108. Thyroid Function (regulates an overactive or underactive thyroid)
109. Ulcerative Colitis
110. Underactive thyroid gland – results have shown subsequent thyroid blood tests becoming normal after ingesting coconut oil daily
111. Urinary Tract Infections (Bladder Infections)
Coconut Oil and Health Problems (when applied topically it is known for aiding, relieving, or even curing these health issues)
113. Allergies/Hay Fever – rub a little inside the nostrils for quick relief. The pollen will cling to the oil.
114. Athletes foot
115. Back pain/sore muscles
116. Boils and cysts
117. Canker sores
119. Circumcision healing
120. Decongestant – rub coconut oil on the chest and under the nose when congested from a cold or allergies
121. Ear infection – place a few drops inside the ear twice daily for relief from pain. Also fights the infection itself.
122. Genital Warts (through topical application over 6 weeks, and coconut oil enemas twice a day depending on the location of the warts)
123. Gum Disease and Gingivitis (use as a toothpaste or rub directly on gums)
124.Herpes (applied topically and taken internally)
125.Hives (reduces the itch and swelling
126. Pink eye (applied around and in the eye)
Coconut Oil and Cooking
130. Butter Substitute – use 1 cup to 1 cup ratio when replacing butter in recipes with coconut oil.
131. Nutritional Supplement – melt and add to smoothies.
132. Replacement for butter/lard/Crisco/PAM in its solid form for greasing pans, pie crusts, etc.
133. Replacement for various oils in liquid form – baking, cooking, sautéing, etc.
Coconut Oil and Pets/Animals
Check with your veterinarian but the recommended dosage for animals is 1/4 teaspoon for every 10 pounds of body weight twice daily.
134. Aids healing of digestive disorders like inflammatory bowel syndrome and colitis
135. Aids in arthritis or ligament problems
136. Aids in elimination of hairballs and coughing
137. Applied topically, promotes the healing of cuts, wounds, hot spots, dry skin and hair, bites and stings
138. Clears up skin conditions such as eczema, flea allergies, contact dermatitis, and itchy skin
139. Disinfects cuts and promotes wound healing
140. Great for dogs and cats for general wellness. Just add a teaspoon to their water bowl daily.
141. Helps prevent or control diabetes
142. Helps sedentary dogs feel energetic
143. Helps reduce weight, increases energy
144. Improves digestion and nutrient absorption
145. Makes coats become sleek and glossy, and deodorizes doggy odor
146. Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) have been shown to improve brain energy metabolism and decrease the amyloid protein buildup that results in brain lesions in older dogs.
147. Prevents and treats yeast and fungal infections, including candida
148. Reduces allergic reactions and improves skin health
149. Reduces or eliminates bad breath in dogs
150. Regulates and balance insulin and promotes normal thyroid function
Other Uses for Coconut Oil
151. Chewing Gum in Hair Remover – just rub some coconut oil over the stuck chewing gum, leave in for about 30 minutes, then roll the gum between your fingertip. Voila! It’s out!
152. Goo Gone – just mix equal parts coconut oil and baking soda into a paste. Apply to the “sticky” area and let it set for a minute. Then scrub off with an old toothbrush or the scrubby side of a sponge.
153. Insect repellent – mix coconut oil with peppermint oil extract and rub it all over exposed skin. Keeps insects off better than anything with DEET! Tons safer too.
154. Moisturizing and cleaning leather products
155. Oiling wood cutting boards and wood bowls
156. Polishing Bronze – all you have to do is rub a little oil into a cotton towel and then wipe down the statue. It cleans and helps deepen the color of your bronze.
157. Polish Furniture – coconut oil with a little bit of lemon juice to polish wood furniture. However, I recommend you test it first on a very small, unobtrusive part of your furniture to make sure it works the way you’d like.
158. Seasoning animal hide drums
159. Seasoning cookware
160. Soap making – coconut oil can be used as one of the fats in soap.
Did I miss any? Do you use coconut oil for something not on my list? Please add it in the comments. I am always excited to find new ways to implement coconut oil!
I have also written several other posts about coconut oil that you may be interested in reading. A few are listed here but please check my Coconut Health page regularly as I update that with my twice monthly posts related to coconut oil:
PineApple fighting arthritis
Contains a proteolytic enzyme Bromelain that digests food by breaking down protein. Bromelain also has anti-inflammatory, anti-clotting and anti-cancer properties. Studies have shown that consumption of pineapple regularly helps fight against arthritis, indigestion and worm infestation.
Many benefits of black seed oil
Black cumin oil contains 100 healing components which work together in a synergistic effect. That means they all complement each other in the process of aiding our body’s ability to look after itself.
Research has found that there is not another herb known to work with such a wide range of healing capabilities. Nigella Sativa are known by many names for example, Black Seed or Black Cumin.
Black seed can be used for:
Over reactive Immune System (allergies, rheumatism, M.S., leukemia, hay fever and asthma)
Hormone System (P.M.S.)
Allergic Skin Diseases (inflammations, edemas, nettle rash, acne & eczema)
Cough, Colds & Flu
Intestinal Parasites (worms; amoeba)
Liver and Gall bladder complaints
Kidney and Bladder problems
Rheumatic and Arthritic pain
Bruises and injuries
Weak concentration, mental exhaustion, lethargy, confusion
High Blood Pressure
Colic in babies
has confirmed the traditional uses of black seed for the following:
Analgesic: Relieves or dampens sensation of pain.
Anthelmintic: (Also know as vermicide or vermifuge.) Destroys and expels intestinal worms.
Anti-bacterial: Destroys or inhibits the growth of destructive bacteria.
Anti-Inflammatory: Reduces inflammation.
Anti-Microbial: Destroys or inhibits the growth of destructive microorganisms.
Antioxidant: Prevents or delays the damaging oxidisation of the body's cells - particularly useful against free radicals.
Anti-Pyretic: (Also known as ferbrifuge.) Exhibits a 'cooling action', useful in fever reduction.
Anti-spasmodic: Prevents or eases muscle spasms and cramps.
Anti-tumour: Counteracts or prevents the formation of malignant tumours.
Carminative: Stimulates digestion and induces the expulsion of gas from the stomach and the intestines.
Diaphoretic: Induces perspiration during fever to cool and stimulate the release of toxins.
Diuretic: Stimulates urination to relieve bloating and rid the body of any excess water.
Digestive: Stimulates bile and aids in the digestive process.
Emmenagogue: Stimulates menstrual flow and activity.
Galactogogue: Stimulates the action of milk in new mothers.
Hypotensive: Reduces excess blood pressure.
mmunomodulator: Suppresses or strengthens immune system activity as needed for optimum balance.
Laxative: Causes looseness or relaxation of the bowels.
The Natural Way
There is a holistic approach to health that if applied will lead to a balanced state of being. All to often we are feed unbalanced ideas of healthy living. Healthy eating alone or drinking excessive amounts of water alone or even sleeping in all day can not single highhandedly lead us down the road of health. A compilation of all these thing and more are the essential ingridents of health. And while we are eating healthy,drinking water, sleeping well and working out let us not forget to center our selves through mediation, feeding our mind with the word of the Creator and connecting outdoors to tune into the Creators Natural vibration.
tooth brush change?
Q - How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?
For the best results from brushing, you should replace your toothbrush:
· At least every three months
· When bristles begins to show wear
· After an illness such as a cold or flu
Reasons why you should replace your toothbrush frequently:
· Toothbrushes just simply wear out
· Toothbrushes are often worn enough to be replaced before they look worn
· Bristles breakdown and lose their effectiveness
· Worn and fractured bristles are a breeding ground for germs, fungus and bacteria
· Worn toothbrushes can damage gum tissue
Require special attention and monitoring because:
· Bristle wear occurs quickly because children often brush with uneven strokes
· Children sometimes chew or bite on their toothbrush bristles
A new toothbrush is 40% more effective at removing plaque.
get a date "fruit"
" Health Benefits of Consuming Dates "
1) Dates are free from cholesterol and contain very low fat. Dates are rich in vitamins and minerals.
2) They are rich source of protein, dietary fiber and rich in vitamin B1, B2, B3 and B5 along with vitamin A1 and C.
3)It helps improve the digestive system as it contains soluble and insoluble fibers and different kinds of amino acids.
4) Dates are great energy boosters as they contain natural sugars like glucose, sucrose and fructose. To get more advantage add dates to milk and make it a very nutritious snack.
5)Dates are very low in calories and are extremely suitable for health conscious people.
6) Dates are rich in potassium and reduced in sodium. This helps regulate a healthy nervous system. Researches have revealed the fact that potassium intake up to a certain extent can reduce risk of stroke.
7) Dates also help in lowering of the LDL cholesterol.
8) Dates have high iron content and are very useful in treating anemia. The patients can eat many dates for better advantages.
9) Dates also have fluorine that slows down the process of tooth decay.
10) It helps people suffering from constipation. Soak dates overnight and take it along with water to have added advantage.
11) Dates help in weight gain and are beneficial for those who suffer from over slimming problem.
12) Dates are excellent for alcoholic intoxication.Cures abdominal cancer.
13) It also helps in improving eye sight and helps in curing night blindness as well.
"The best thing is that it does not have any side effect on the body and is completely natural as well as it works better than medicine."
benefits of pumpkin seeds
PROTEIN | PUMPKIN SEEDS VS. BEEF | Pumpkin Seeds have 24.54 grams of protein | Beef has 26.55 grams of protein | Those who have stopped (or never had been) eating beef can get, gram for gram, practically the same amount of protein with pumpkin seeds as this notoriously known protein-rich meat, less all of the gmo feed, drugs, & hormones injected into these creatures that are raised for years & slaughtered simply for one simple meal that is easily forgotten. 1/2 a cup of pumpkin seeds provides you with 92% of your RDA of magnesium (America's #1 mineral deficiency, which is responsible for over 300 known bodily processes). Pumpkin seeds: are high in zinc (which battles osteoporosis); lower depression (due to l-tryptophan within, which is the precursor to serotonin); and are immensely rich in an array of vitamins & minerals. The next time your doctor recommends that you eat artery-clogging meat for protein, know that you have a true alternative that spares you of much upcoming pain & bodily conflict. Pumpkin seeds actually lower cholesterol, instead of raising it. It's quite unfortunate that the American Medical Association doesn't teach these poor doctors this information. It really could change a lot of people's lives for the better and also spare them thousands and thousands of dollars in medical expenses in the long run when they recommend eating meat for protein, which has been proven time and time again to cause heart disease. These protein comparisons come from a 100g serving of both items. | Organic, unprocessed pumpkin seeds found at your local health store (or online) can be added / blended to smoothies, casseroles, sprinkled on salads, topped in yogurt, added to oatmeal, eaten by themselves, and any other way your appetite can imagine. | SHARE, SHARE, SHARE THIS INFO!!!! | Pumpkin seeds are a far healthier & equal source of protein compared to beef. Pick up a nice supply at your local health store and enjoy the MANY benefits they offer us!
how a brain grows
Parents that believe playing Beethoven for their infant, investing in educational videos for their toddler or forcing schoolage youngsters to sit still and study for hours will help them to build a better brain have another “think” coming.
"People are anxious to do everything they can to improve their child’s intelligence, yet many are focusing their energy in places where they are not getting the best payoff for it,” says neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt, Ph.D., co-author of Welcome to Your Child’s Brain: How the Mind Grows from Conception to College.
In their new book, Aamodt and Princeton University Neuroscience Professor Sam Wang try to dispel what they believe are many myths that have led parents to worry too much about the influence they can have on a child’s cognitive development and in some cases, have led to doing more harm than good.
Aamodt says that genetics and thousands of years of human evolution have already exerted a heavy influence on a child’s developmental future before he or she is born. In the absence of abuse and neglect, and with good nutrition and a stimulating environment, a child’s brain “raises itself” in many ways, the authors maintain. Meanwhile, they argue that there is little scientific evidence showing that factors like birth order and exposure to classical music and educational videos have an impact on cognitive development.
“Children come ‘out of the box’ with individual temperaments that strongly influence the possible paths they can take through life,” Aamodt observes. “Most parents believe that they can have a bigger influence on their child’s personalities than they actually do. They should relax and enjoy their kids more.”
The authors offer these scientifically backed tips for parents and caregivers to influence a child’s developing brain:
Don’t stress during pregnancy. “The hormones produced in the mother’s body during stressful times can cross over into the placenta, exposing the child. If it’s a chronic condition, it can lead to problems with brain development,” counsels Aamodt.
One 2008 review paper from Harvard Medical School led researchers to conclude that babies born to stressed mothers are more likely to suffer from autism spectrum disorders. Others, from researchers in Canada and the UK, found that women that endure natural disasters while pregnant are more likely to have babies that suffer from schizophrenia, decreased IQ and depression. Animal research has repeatedly demonstrated that babies of stressed mothers often grow up with touchy stressresponse systems.
Switch off the baby videos. University of Washington researchers have found that baby educational videos, like Baby Einstein and Brainy Baby fail to boost language skills and may actually slow acquisition of vocabulary. “For every hour per day spent watching baby DVDs and videos, infants understood an average of six to eight fewer words than infants that did not watch them,” the report said.
Other research by the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that exposure to action-packed videos may increase the risk of development of attention disorders. “Babies are wired to learn from other people, and every period of time they are not interacting with people because they are watching TV interferes with that face-to-face interaction,” says Aamodt.
Teach a second language. Bilingual children consistently outperform single-language speakers in tests of executive brain function (a measure of organizational and planning skills) and tend to be better at making choices and understanding other people’s perspectives, Aamodt says. “The very first act of speech for a bilingual person is picking which language to use, and you do that based on your understanding of the other person’s perspective.” Aamodt recommends exposing youngsters to a second language in infancy—if possible, just by speaking to them in a different language—and exploring more formal instruction before the age of 8.
Foster self-control. “Ultimately, parents can make the biggest difference in their child’s adult quality of life by promoting self-control,” Aamodt says. Recent research published in the journal Science and elsewhere suggests that children with greater self-control (meaning they can resist temptation, stay on task and control their own behavior) achieve greater success in school, the workplace and their personal lives. “Preschool children’s ability to resist temptation is a much better predictor of academic success than their IQ scores,” Aamodt notes.
She recommends engaging and progressively more challenging tasks. “You want to stretch the child just a little; get them to do something a little bit hard, but that they can succeed at if they concentrate.”
Encourage study breaks. “Some very old science tells us that to learn effectively, you need to take breaks and allow your brain to consolidate what you have already learned before you go back and try to learn some more,” says Aamodt. “If you study a total of an hour, you will learn twice as much if you break it up into two 30-minute spans.”
Hooray for recess.
Health Benefits of " Watermelon "
Melons are Number One " Nutrition " in world
1 ) Anti Cancer : Watermelon is a valuable source of " Lycopene"
* ( The lycopene which gives fruits the attractive red color )
** ( It is a surprising fact that watermelon is the only fruit that contains higher concentrations of lycopene than any other fresh fruit or vegetable. )
one of the Carotenoids that have actually been studied in humans. Research indicates that lycopene is helpful in reducing the risk of Prostate, Breast, and Endometrial Cancers, as well as Lung and Colon Cancer.
2 ) The health benefits of watermelon are really great. No matter how it is sliced, it is packed with some of " The Most İmportant Antioxidants Found in Nature " These antioxidants travel throughout the body neutralizing free radicals. Free radicals are substances in the body that can cause much damage to us
3 ) Heart Health & Cholesterol :The Antioxidants help reducing Heart Disease and They are able to oxidize Cholesterol, making it stick to Blood Vessel Walls and thicken them which can lead to Hearty Attack or Stroke.
4 ) The antioxidants İn Watermelon help reducing the severity of Asthma.
5 ) Vitamin C : The watermelon has a high level of vitamin C. Vitamin C is essential in boosting the İmmune System. Diseases like the Flu will no longer disturb you. The watermelon will also slow down the aging process by giving you great, healthy skin. Vitamin C will also help to avert cell damage and heal wounds. This vitamin will help prevent cataracts and also facilitate healthy gums and teeth.
6 ) Vitamin A : The watermelon is rich in vitamin A. This helps to prevent İnfections and night blindness.
* Kidney and Liver Diseases can be prevented as this fruit has citrulline. Citrulline is an amino-acid that can be converted to an essential amino acid, arginine. Arginine helps to get rid of excess ammonia from the body.
** Reduce the risk of developing Kidney Stones and possibly age-related bone loss.
7 ) Watermelon is a good source of Thiamin, Potassium and Magnesium which protect our body from so many diseases.The watermelon boosts the well being of the Nervous System and reduces risks of Hypertension as it is rich in potassium.
8 ) Energy : The watermelon rejuvenates energy and energy production. It protects against macular degeneration. You will feel stronger and more alert after eating this fruit. This is because this fruit is rich in vitamin B, especially vitamin B1 and B6. It is also a rich source of magnesium. Vitamin B6 is essential in helping people to deal with panic and anxiety in a better way. It promotes chemicals in the brain that facilitate proper state of the mind.
9 ) Weight Loss : People have gone to great lengths just to maintain their weight or lose it. They have even gone on diet just to avoid gaining an extra pound. The water melon is the perfect solution when you want to eat something so delicious and tasty yet run no risk of gaining weight. This fruit will enable you lose weight automatically. This is mainly because it is fat free.
Heavy Metal Detox Pesto Recipe -
Add More Parsley and Cilantro (Coriander) To Your Diet:
Parsley and cilantro (coriander) are very powerful natural green plant foods for detoxing heavy metals out of your body. Add these amazing herbs to juices, salads, soups and meals.
Heavy Metal Detox Pesto Recipe:
3 cloves garlic
1/3 cup Brazil nuts (selenium source) or macadamia nuts
1/3 cup sunflower seeds (cysteine source)
1/3 cup pumpkin seeds (zinc, magnesium sources)
1 cup fresh cilantro (coriander)
1 cup parsley
2/3 cup cold pressed olive oil
4 tablespoons lemon juice (Vitamin C source)
Big pinch of sea salt and or dulse flakes to flavor.
Soak the seeds and nuts overnight to release the enzyme exhibitors. Process the parsley, cilantro (coriander) and olive oil in a blender until chopped. Add the garlic, nuts, and seeds, salt/dulse and lemon juice and mix until the mixture is finely blended into a paste. Store in dark glass jar. It freezes well also if need be. Enjoy!
The health benefits of Bok Choy
The Chinese cabbage called bok choy is a commonly used in stir fries, soup, and stew & salad. You can cook it but it's better eaten raw. It belongs to the family of cruciferous vegetables that includes Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and cauliflower.
Cruciferous vegetables like bok choy are powerful cancer fighters. The more cruciferous vegetables in a person's diet, the less likely he or she is to get cancer. This is in part due to the glucosinolates these vegetables contain as well as a a phytoalexin called brassinin.
Bok choy also rich in beta-carotene, an antioxidant which has been found in studies to be effective in reducing a person's risk of cancer. Some people have even suggested that beta-carotene may actually reverse the damage that has already occurred as a result of cancer cells in the body.
Bok choy is a great source of fiber, which is essential for healthy digestion. When a person is eating enough fiber, the body can use that fiber to remove waste through the intestines. It is the bulk that is needed to keep everything moving through the digestive tract.
The beta-carotene in bok choy is beneficial for eye health, helping in the prevention of cataracts and macular degeneration.
Bok choy is a great source of potassium and calcium, both of which help to lower blood pressure levels. Additionally, bok choy is low in sodium, and lower levels of sodium have been linked to lower blood pressure levels.
Weight Loss Bok choy is very high in many vitamins and minerals and low in calories, which is the perfect combination for weight loss. Also, the fiber in bok choy helps to fill your stomach without adding extra calories, which may help to reduce the total amount of calories that are eaten in a day.
Pregnant women need a higher amount of folic acid in their diets because the folic acid prevents certain birth defects. Bok choy is a great source of folic acid and eating it during and after pregnancy can be beneficial. Breastfeeding mothers who consume bok choy have increased milk production.
Bok choy is a great source of vitamin C, which is effective in strengthening the immune system and preventing disease and infection.
If you haven't eaten Bok Choy, you're missing out on a delicious cabbage that has plenty health benefits. Try some today. Enjoy!
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health benefits of moringa
*Increases and sustains energy naturally
*Gives a feeling of general wellness
*Nourishes that body’s immune system
*Promotes healthy circulatory system
*Increases the natural defenses of the body
*Heightens mental clarity
*Provides nourishment to the eyes & brain
*Promotes metabolism with bio-available ingredients
*Promotes natural serum cholesterol
*Known to enhance weight loss
*Promotes healthy digestion
*Acts as an antioxidant
*High alkalinity helps balance pH levels
*Has natural anti-aging benefits
*Supports the normal sugar levels of the body
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DANGEROUS FOOD ADDITIVES
The Dangers of Food Additives and Preservatives Originally Posted Here on December 7, 2010
You’ve probably heard that food additives and preservatives are bad for you, but if you’re like most people, you only have a vague notion of what these substances are, what they are used for, and what foods contain them. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the dangers of food additives and preservatives, and which ones in particular are especially dangerous for your health.
What is a Food Additive? A food additive is almost exactly what it sounds like: it is a substance that is added to food in order to preserve its flavour, enhance its taste, or improve its appearance. Simple, natural food additives include salt and vinegar, such as salting meats to preserve them or pickling peppers with vinegar.
However, starting in the second half of the 20th century, food additives became more complicated. Instead of natural additives that had been used for centuries, laboratories began creating synthetic additives – some an off-shoot of natural products, some completely artificial. These new additives include food dyes and artificial sweeteners, along with a host of other additives and preservatives.
What is a Preservative? A preservative is anything added to food to keep it from spoiling, getting moldy, or losing flavour. Other food additives are not technically preservatives, but nonetheless prevent foods from drying out, getting stale, or otherwise aging. These preservative-like additives include:
Which Food Additives are the Most Dangerous? The following list details the additives, other than preservatives, that you and your family should definitely avoid:
FULL LIST OF NASTY FOOD ADDITIVES AND PRESERVATIVES