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Secret Ancient Ingredients With Healing Properties to Include in Your Meals

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Secret Ancient Ingredients With Healing Properties to Include in Your Meals

 

Planning a meal can seem like a hassle during a busy schedule, which is likely why many people just opt for quick options and why fast food industries have managed to skyrocket in profit despite all of us knowing they’re not the best option. But we can’t ignore that convenience comes with a huge price, and that price has become our health and the health of our food industry. The more convenient foods become available at a cheap cost, the sicker we become and the more unhealthy options that continue to appear.

But what if we could look at food differently?

What if we could see food as not just a way to satisfy our stomachs in a quick jiffy, but instead, the magic bullet towards being healthy for life?

Real foods are the perfect medicine for the body and many are actually healing ingredients that have been used for years due to their health benefits. These are easy enough for anyone to add to a meal and don’t require a lot of time or gourmet preparation. With as little as five minutes, all of these can be used and implemented into meals to provide the body with multitudes of benefits that a double cheeseburger just won’t do.

Let’s take a look at some of the best ancient healing ingredients to include in your meals … life is about to get really good!

1. Turmeric

An ancient spice used for inflammation, digestion, and cardiovascular health, turmeric is a root just like ginger that provides many different forms of relief in the body. It’s the star ingredient in mustard aside from mustard seeds that gives the condiment its yellow hue and why mustard is a classic remedy for joint pain. Turmeric root is also the star orange spice in curry powder that makes it so easy and excellent to use. So, how do you use it to make a quick meal?

Grab a skillet, some coconut oil and grease your pan. Then add in some veggies of your choosing, sprinkle on some turmeric and cook up a huge batch of these to add to your choice of protein for dinner. This takes all of five minutes to make and will satisfy you, make your body feel amazing, and can be made in large batches for lunch the next day.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

This fermented beverage has been used for years as a cleaning agent, a body tonic, and a quick food seasoning agent that takes meals to the next level. Consider all the condiments you use. What do you think they all have in common that makes them “sing” in flavor? Vinegar, friends, that’s the magic ingredient that gives them that special touch. But instead of distilled vinegar that is actually inflammatory to the body and has no real benefits, try using apple cider vinegar to flavor your foods. It has prebiotics and probiotics to nourish good bacteria, no sugar or calories, and is a fantastic source of vitamin C, potassium, and B vitamins plus enzymes. This nourishes the cells, gut lining, and relieves inflammation and digestive upset. Apple cider vinegar has also been linked to better blood sugar control either taken before, during, or after a meal. You can season your foods with it by drizzling it onto salads, onto cooked veggies, and even using it as a marinade instead of sugary sauces. Or, take it as a morning tonic before you down that java as an extra precaution!

3. Mushrooms

Mushrooms have been around as long as time; a fungus that grows from the ground and sounds a little scary, mushrooms are actually a fantastic source of vitamin D, fiber, are low in calories but very high in nutrition. They take any meal from good to great and can even be used in place of meat during your meals. Try using mushrooms either cooked or raw in your next meal (We have lots of recipes to choose from!). Just be sure that you don’t eat just any mushrooms out of your backyard, which may be toxic. Stick to the store-bought option just to be safe!

4. Pomegranates

Seen as a treasured fruit throughout time, pomegranates hold a wealth of nutrition within their hard shells. The little gems known as pomegranate seeds that are found inside may be a doozy to get out, but once you do, their amazing benefits are available in a variety of ways. Sprinkled pomegranate seeds over salads, porridge, bake with them, add them to veggies for a sweet touch, use them in smoothies or just snack on them — the possibilities are endless! These seeds contain high amounts of antioxidants that have been shown to relieve inflammation, heart disease, and they benefit the brain and support overall neurological health.

5. Walnuts

Walnuts have been used throughout history, even dating as far back as biblical times for their incredible anti-inflammatory benefits. Walnuts are the
only nut to have measurable amounts of the beneficial omega-3 fatty acids and have been shown to reduce inflammation, aid in relieving depression, and can help satisfy your cravings to lower blood sugar quickly. Use walnuts in place of processed dressings high in refined and manmade fats (like soybean oil) and use walnut butter or walnuts instead of sugary peanut butters on your next sandwich or in porridge. Or, simply snack on walnuts instead of chips and fries as a snack; add some berries to take things up a notch even more.

Real food can change your body, your brain, and your life. And some of the best options we have available to us are remedies that have been used for longer than we can imagine. Which one of these ancient foods will you add to your next meal?

 

Original article from onegreenplanet.com

 

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5 Natural Home Remedies That May Replace Prescription Drugs

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5 Natural Home Remedies That May Replace Prescription Drugs

 

If you still run to the pharmacy for every ailment, maybe it’s time to turn to your refrigerator for healthy ways to treat illnesses. These natural home remedies can help the body to heal itself.

Think of the body as you would a delicate garden. When the soil is well tended and nourished the plants grow and thrive. If, however, the soil is neglected and out of balance, those plants will become sickly, weak, and eventually die. Just like the soil, our bodies exhibit a sensitive biochemical environment; if we fail to cultivate the ideal balance within that environment, we become susceptible to disease.

I think it is safe to say that at one point or another, each and every one of us has been or will be prescribed a medication to treat either an illness or an ailment in our lifetime. However, in most cases, this prescription drug being offered will work to counteract the symptoms brought on by our condition, rather than tackling the problem at its core. Case and point: we take a pain reliever for our headaches, not an actual headache medication. This is the equivalent of placing a framed picture to cover a crack in the wall—but in reality, the crack is still there, and it may get bigger. As time passes, the crack grows, and we must hang more and more pictures to cover it. However, with every picture we hang, we must also nail a hole in the wall and thus, we create a secondary problem. It is the same way with modern Western medicine. We are often so busy chasing our symptoms that we neglect to look deeper to find what caused that proverbial crack to begin with.

Take Sandra, she would lie awake all night with chronic joint pain. She began taking over-the-counter pain pills as a remedy. Years passed, and her pain persisted. In fact, it worsened. Her doctors prescribed her a more potent dosage, and for a while this seemed to help. That is, until she suffered incredible stomach problems as a result of these harsh medications. See, her root problem was not pain; it was the culprit causing the joint pain: inflammation. No longer able to take her prescribed pain medication, Sandra decided to turn to foods as her treatment. She began an anti-inflammatory diet rich in superfoods, and very quickly found healing for both her stomach and her joint pain.

More and more studies are showing how greatly the foods we eat and the lifestyles we choose impact our health. People are curing cancerous tumors with specialized diets, they are staving off diabetes and sleep apnea with exercise, and they are banishing inflammatory illnesses with meditation and green food concentrates. When we deliberately use nature’s nutrients in combination with light exercise and stress management, we are finding that quite often we may forgo prescription medications…and all the side effects that come with them.

At its root, most illnesses can be chalked up to inflammation, oxidation, poor eliminative function, or toxic exposures. The good new is, there are many natural ways we can address these issues and oftentimes, replace or reduce the prescribed drugs we use. Here are five of my favorite remedies:

1. Darkly pigmented fruits and veggies for inflammation. Whether discussing Crohn’s disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, various cancers, or even those stubborn allergies, they are all linked to inflammation. The likely agitator: a diet containing sugar, refined carbohydrates, and non grass-fed dairy and meat. Mother nature’s prescription: anti-inflammatory foods like blueberries, pomegranate, fresh herbs, and green tea seed oil.

2. Chlorella for oxidation. By now, we’ve all heard of “free radicals,” but many of us are not aware of the diseases to which they contribute: cancer, heart disease, as well as Alzheimer’s disease. Instead of relying solely on harsh medications and treatments, why not turn to antioxidants? Why not, indeed, but it must be the right antioxidants. Raw, deeply green foods like chlorella, which greatly reduce oxidation, are a great place to start.

3. Deep breathing for fatigue, aches, and poor digestion. All of these ailments have been associated with low alkalinity. Alkalinity is all about maintaining proper balance. The practice of deep breathing helps rid the body of excess carbon dioxide, which negatively affects our pH levels. How easy is that?

4. Cruciferous veggies for detoxification. We are constantly exposed to pollutants and carcinogens that lead to cancers, intestinal problems, and heart disease. Crucifers, such as broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower, are not only anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich, but they are also powerful detoxifiers due to their immense nutrient content.

5. Kimchi and Sauerkraut for poor eliminative function. Colon cancer and irritable bowel syndrome are just two of the illnesses associated with a sluggish eliminative function. Many doctors will prescribe harsh laxatives or even an anti-spasmodic as treatment, when in reality, a diet change is often all that is required. Fermented foods, which are naturally rich in probiotics, will help to restore balance within the intestinal tract and improve “regularity.”

These are just some of the ways individuals are embracing pure foods and a healthy lifestyle in lieu of or in combination with prescription drugs. If you are battling a disease or sickness or even a minor ailment, I urge you to ask your physician about alternatives or compliments to prescription medications. If you are unsure which questions to ask, consider finding an educated patient advocate to come with you. They can act as a bridge between you and your doctor to make certain you don’t swallow another pill, when you could just as easily be chowing down on a superfood salad.

 

Original article by David Sandoval for organicauthority.com

 

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5 Common Health Mistakes You Might Not Realize You’re Making Throughout The Day

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 5 Common Health Mistakes You Might Not Realize You’re Making Throughout The Day – And How to Avoid Them

 

1. Not Drinking Enough Water

I’m sure you’ve heard it before: you should be drinking eight 8 ounce glasses of water every day. But have you also heard that there is absolutely no scientific evidence to back up this claim? When you think about it, it’s a pretty absurd blanket statement; we are all different people with different body shapes, sizes, and needs. We partake in different levels of physical activity and sweat our own unique amounts. Regional differences are important to consider as well – certainly someone living in Arizona is going to perspire more throughout the day than someone living in Canada!

To ensure that you are getting enough water be sure to have a glass by your side throughout the day and fill it up when you can. Drink water when you are thirsty and also when you feel hungry, since this is often a sign of mild dehydration. Try having some water before anything else. If you drink coffee throughout the day this is extra important for you, as coffee is a diuretic, which means that it makes you urinate more frequently and therefore leads to dehydration. Try to drink an extra large glass of water for every coffee you drink, and if you can, cut back on coffee altogether, limiting yourself to one or two cups.

2. Not Eating Enough Fresh Fruits And Veggies

This is a simple thing that every one could probably use some help with. Whether it’s adding a banana to your usual breakfast or choosing a salad at lunch, we could all use a little more fresh fruits and vegetables in our diets.

If you are looking for a snack, why not grab an apple or some celery sticks with peanut butter? Once you start cutting out sugary, salty foods, your body will start to crave them less.

If you consume meat on a regular basis, instead of looking at the meat as the focal point of the meal, try to make sure the portion of veggies is even bigger. Eating too much meat can make our bodies acidic, while supplementing with fresh fruits and vegetables can help counteract that.

3. Slouching/Sitting Too Much

If you have an office job then you know that this one’s for you. Changing this behaviour can be tough, as it’s a hard habit to break, and we are not always aware of the physical toll that sitting takes on our bodies. It is, however, an important thing to realize. There have been an increasing number of studies that have proven sitting and slouching too much can lead to back and spine problems, gastrointestinal pains, headaches, bad circulation, and a whole host of other issues.

If you can, set a timer to get up every 30 minutes and do 10 jumping jacks, or go for a short walk. You can also look into getting a standing desk, which could be very beneficial as well, and many of which convert from a sitting to a standing position in seconds.

4. Forgetting To Breathe Or Breathing Incorrectly

We take an average of 20,000 breaths each day, but did it ever occur to you that you could be doing this incorrectly? The proper way to breathe is to take deep slow breaths into your abdomen, hold for a few seconds and then slowly release. If you watch babies and children breathe you will see that this is how they do it and how we did it at that age as well.

As we get older we become more stressed and being stressed actually changes the way we breathe. When we are stressed our bodies essentially go into ‘fight or flight’ mode, which means we take short and sharp breaths to help prepare us for the ‘fight’ we are about to face. Just think about how often during the day you are stressed out, it could be every moment of every day.

In the long run this can deprive our bodies of the essential CO2 and oxygen, which can lead to insomnia, panic attacks, dizziness, extreme fatigue and even increase your heart rate.

Try to make an effort to take some deep breaths as often you can remember, but especially when you are stressed out or nervous about something.

5. Forgetting To Smile

Have you ever heard the saying, “fake it ‘till you make it?” Sometimes I know you don’t want to smile, and you don’t feel like you are even capable of smiling, but I assure you that cracking a smile can make you feel a bit better, almost instantly. And hey, there’s even some science to back this up.

When we smile our brain actually releases endorphins that counteract stress and make us feel more relaxed.

Not to mention the fact that smiles are contagious! Smiling is a great way to spread some cheer and build trust with friends, coworkers, and even strangers. Who couldn’t use a nice big smile in their direction once in a while?

 

Original article from collective-evolution.com

 

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3 Not-So-Ordinary Ways to Lose Weight Fast

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3 Not-So-Ordinary Ways to Lose Weight Fast

 

The summer is creeping up on us and if you are like most people, you don’t feel like your body is quite ready to put on full display. That’s okay – there are ways to lose weight fast without compromising your health (or your sanity).

You can lose weight fast, but in an all-natural, healthy way with these tips, but like any weight-loss regimen, be sure to complement these suggestions with a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts/seeds, legumes and lean meats as well as exercise. And always consult with your primary care physician before embarking on any weight loss plan.

1. Drink Fruit-Infused Water

Water may just be your best tool in losing weight. It is free of calories and helps to alleviate water retention, which otherwise leads to bloating and puffiness. Studies show that water consumption increases weight loss and reduces how much calories you consume in meals. However, as much of a savior as water is, it can get kind of boring. To remedy this, simply infuse your water beverages with fruit! The water absorbs the essence of the fruit and gives you a more delicious (and calorie-free) experience. Pour a pitcher of water and add in chopped strawberries, blueberries and mint. Let the water sit at room temperature as such for about an hour before consuming. Fill a water bottle with the fruit-infused water and carry it around with you all day long to make sure you’re drinking plenty.

2. Sit out in the Sun

Scientists discovered that early morning light helps to lower body fat and jump start the body’s metabolism. What does this mean for you? Wake up early and sit outside in the sun for 20-30 minutes between 8 and 10 a.m. Researchers have found that morning light triggers the body’s internal clock that regulates circadian rhythms, which also control energy balance. Getting light in the morning helps to synchronize your body clock and put your metabolism on the right track for the day.

3. Take Cold Showers

A long, hot and steamy shower is quite the amazing ritual, but as the days get longer and hotter, you may soon be begging for a wash down in cold water. And it turns out you may lose weight while you are at it too! White fat in the body is a result of eating more calories than your body needs to function – this fat isn’t burned for energy. Brown fat, however, is the good fat, which is burned for energy and essentially used to keep our bodies warm. Brown fat is activated when we experience extreme cold. Cold showers promote brown fat activity. In a 2009 study, it was observed that exposure to extreme cold temperatures stimulated brown fat and implicated that one could lose up to nine pounds per year if they continued to take cold showers.

 

Original article from organicauthority.com

 

Sunfood’s “Natural Solutions” does not promote or suggest natural cures, natural healing or natural remedies for any disease, disorder or ailment thereof. This information should be treated as educational material gathered and discovered from various studies, clinical trials and customer reviews. It is designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, and independent conclusions in regards to natural products and alternative health choices. It is best to consult with your healthcare practitioner before attempting any form of natural cure, natural healing or natural remedy to any health issues.

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DIY: Best Nontoxic Sunscreen Ever

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DIY: Best Nontoxic Sunscreen Ever

 

I probably don’t need to tell you that regular sunscreen is potentially full of toxins which can do more harm than good. Of course, certain organic brands are exceptions, but when it comes to skin care and beauty products, my motto is: nothing beats DIY!

(which is why we love our Superfood Skin Care, it’s a homemade recipe of pure food-based ingredients!)

Homemade recipes and vitamin cures are fun to make, often a lot less expensive than store-bought alternatives, and with a little know-how they work incredibly well.

This is the sunscreen that’s been protecting me and my blond and redheaded toddlers for the last two years:

Ingredients
• 1/4 cup beeswax
• 1/2 cup coconut oil
• 2 fluid ounce raspberry seed oil
• 1 fluid ounce soybean oil
• 1 fluid ounce wheat germ oil
• 2 Tbsp. carrot seed oil
• 2 Tbsp. aloe vera gel
• 4 vitamin E capsules
• 15 drops lavender oil (or your favorite essential oil)

Instructions

Melt the beeswax in an old pot placed into a large pot with boiling water. Add the coconut oil and wait until it’s almost completely liquid.

Pour the beeswax and coconut oil into a food processor (I use one specifically for all my DIY recipes).

Add the other ingredients and blend well.

Pour your sunscreen into a clean Mason jar, store in a dry, dark and cool place and use like regular sunscreen.

In case you’re wondering about the SPF of this sunscreen I have to admit that I’m not entirely sure. The SPF value of coconut and lavender oil is around 8 and herbs such as aloe vera and wheat germ have been shown to effectively absorb solar radiation and protect the skin from harmful sunrays.

Both vitamin E and the ingredients in carrot seed oil are powerful antioxidants, and soybean oil has a natural SPF of about 10.

Thanks to the beeswax, this sunscreen is even somewhat water-repellent!

Of course, even the best sun lotion cannot offer 100% protection and “a pinch of common sense” is probably the most important ingredient for a high SPF. Ever since I’ve introduced this DIY balm, however, none of us has ever burned their skin.

Also, putting on the lotion is completely hassle free (unlike with most store-bought organic products, which are hard to spread and so white they’ll make you look like a ghost). Because you’re free to add whatever essential oil you like best, you’ll always smell incredibly good!

 

Original article by Nathalie Chantal de Ahna from mindbodygreen

 

Sunfood’s “Natural Solutions” does not promote or suggest natural cures, natural healing or natural remedies for any disease, disorder or ailment thereof. This information should be treated as educational material gathered and discovered from various studies, clinical trials and customer reviews. It is designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, and independent conclusions in regards to natural products and alternative health choices. It is best to consult with your healthcare practitioner before attempting any form of natural cure, natural healing or natural remedy to any health issues.

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The Ultimate Anti-Inflammatory Detox

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The Ultimate Anti-Inflammatory Detox

 

Want a hormone-balancing, brain fog-clearing, tummy-soothing detox with a side effect of weight loss?

Yes, me too!

I devised this detox because I see patients for food allergies every day. Although food allergies are still rare (affecting about 5% of the population), food intolerances are quite common. And for many allergic and food intolerance issues, I ask patients to go on a food restriction diet ranging from one week to one month. After following this plan, many of them experience weight loss, fewer menopausal or PMS symptoms, a decrease in acid reflux, better energy, better sleep, a clearer complexion, and more.

Surprised? I was too.

After seeing so many of my patients experiencing these positive side effects, I decided to try it myself. One month later, I concluded that I was going to take out most of these foods for good because I was feeling so fantastic.

Try this detox for at least 10 to 14 days and I have a feeling you’ll want to continue some portion of it permanently.

Why do this before the holidays?

You don’t have to buy any crazy products.
It’s natural.
It’s healthy (and some detoxes are not!).
It does not require every expensive food intolerance testing.

Why does this work?

Turns out that food allergy researchers may be on to something in the diet world. In non-allergic patients, these foods may be irritating the gut, thus causing inflammation, which triggers our body to release inflammation “soothing” hormones. These hormones also store away calories. The overall inflammation in the body is also likely the source of the bloating, acne, brain fog etc.

So why not try eliminating potential these food triggers? If it helps at the end of two weeks, just add one food back each week to see which foods you may consider eliminating permanently from your diet.

The downside: You may see no results at all or may want to extend it for a week. If nothing else, you’ll probably eat more vegetables and fruit than you ever have in your life!

Now, let’s get down to the details:

Foods to Avoid:

Soy
Wheat
Dairy
Nuts
Egg
Corn
Shellfish/fish
Limit sugar and artificial sweeteners
Lucky for you, the FDA has mandated labeling of the top 8 food allergens on any packaged food—this includes milk, eggs, wheat, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish. So that even if it doesn’t specifically say soy in the ingredients, it must be labeled somewhere on the package as having soy.

What can you eat?

Try eating predominantly vegetables, with a rice or sweet potato side.

Fruit or seeds can be snacks.

Vegans will find it hard to avoid nuts and soy, but hemp seeds, chia seeds and oils are a good substitute.

While you should limit the sugar intake, it’s not absolutely banned.

Lastly, you should not be hungry on this detox!

A typical day may look like this:

When you wake up: 1 glass green juice
Breakfast: Chocolate Cherry (Green) Smoothie: spinach, raw cacao, frozen organic cherries, chia seeds, coconut milk
Snack: Herbal tea
Lunch: Large salad with avocado, olive oil, balsamic dressing, and tomato soup
Dinner: 3 to 5 Black bean burgers (no bun) with guacamole, and salsa. (Optional: sweet potatoes, veggies, and kale chips)
Dessert: 1 serving of dark chocolate (my favorite is Green and Black’s 85% dark)
I have many more recipe and snack ideas (since I am prescribing this all day long!) but this is just a sample. So, I’m excited for you to try it and please share in the comments how it’s working for you so we can all learn from your experience!

 

Original article from Dr. Amy Shah for mindbodygreen.com

 

Sunfood’s “Natural Solutions” does not promote or suggest natural cures, natural healing or natural remedies for any disease, disorder or ailment thereof. This information should be treated as educational material gathered and discovered from various studies, clinical trials and customer reviews. It is designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, and independent conclusions in regards to natural products and alternative health choices. It is best to consult with your healthcare practitioner before attempting any form of natural cure, natural healing or natural remedy to any health issues.

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5 Foods to Include for Total Cardiovascular Protection

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5 Foods to Include for Total Cardiovascular Protection

 

Looking after your heart is incredibly important, especially if you have a family history of cardiovascular problems. But it can be tricky to avoid the wrong foods and choose the right foods. Here are 3 foods you can utilize to improve cardiovascular health over summer, as well as 2 supplements you could include to avoid extra guilt.

1. Dark Chocolate

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Recent evidence suggests that the cacao plant can provide notable benefits for your heart and cardiovascular system. Dark chocolate especially, which is the least processed and most full of beneficial compounds, is the first place to start looking. Studies have shown that eating dark chocolate can help boost your circulation while lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Plus, because it’s very bitter, it’s good for snacking on as you’re unlikely to devour a whole bar as you might with milk chocolate. One important note here is for sufferers of migraines – dark chocolate can be a migraine trigger for some, so it may well be worth avoiding if you’re sensitive to that sort of thing.

Click here to learn how to make your own delicious, raw, dark chocolate at home!

2. Blueberries

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Any kind of berry would work here, but blueberries are the best of the best. Chock-full of antioxidants, blueberries provide seemingly countless benefits. Antioxidants help prevent the build-up of free radicals – which have been shown to help full issues such as aging, cancer, and Alzheimer’s. What’s more, these tiny berries are low in fat while being rich in vitamins K, A, C, and the mineral phosphorous. But where do they come in with heart health?

The aforementioned antioxidants in blueberries can help prevent cholesterol build-up. If blueberries aren’t your thing, the main antioxidant responsible for this (Anthocyanin) can also be found in red grapes, blackberries, and blackcurrants. Add these in as a summer treat and you’ll be super healthy.

3. Red Wine

Surprisingly, red wine counts as a healthful thing on this list! Red wine contains certain antioxidants that increase high-density lipoprotein – in other words, the ‘good’ kind of cholesterol. This can help prevent damage to your arteries. To add this, a particular substance called resveratrol is found in red wine. Early animal-based studies suggest that this can prevent blood clots and protect the lining of blood vessels in the heart.

Of course, red wine also has negative effects – it is alcohol after all – so this doesn’t mean you should be swapping it out for every meal. In moderation, however, red wine can be enjoyed to boost cardiovascular health.

4. Red Clover Tablets

If you’re looking for something to add to your daily routine that can boost heart health so you can enjoy your favorite foods over summer, then red clover tablets are one potential option. Red clover tablets are still in the earlier stages of research, but there is limited evidence to suggest that they can help reduce blood pressure, as well as helping with post-menopausal symptoms in women.

If you are considering taking red clover tablets, make sure you check your medication first as it can interact with estrogen-based medication such as birth control, medication related to blood clots or liver problems, and some cancer medications. If you’re worried, chat with a doctor first.

5. Green Tea Extract

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Another potential tablet you can add in is green tea extract (or just green tea as a drink if you prefer). Green tea has been shown in numerous research pieces to provide benefit for cardiovascular health. One key study found that those who drank more than five cups of green tea a day had a 26% lower risk of death from heart attack.

However, it’s worth noting that drinking this much could give you kidney stones. Aim for around three cups a day rather than five. Green tea helps lower cholesterol levels and – especially in concentrate form with a focus on the key element of catechins – seems to lower risk of coronary heart disease. Whether you choose to drink it or take it as an extract, green tea is well worth adding to your summer plan – especially when you take a look at all the other health benefits of green tea.

 

Original article from naturalsociety.com

 

Sunfood’s “Natural Solutions” does not promote or suggest natural cures, natural healing or natural remedies for any disease, disorder or ailment thereof. This information should be treated as educational material gathered and discovered from various studies, clinical trials and customer reviews. It is designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, and independent conclusions in regards to natural products and alternative health choices. It is best to consult with your healthcare practitioner before attempting any form of natural cure, natural healing or natural remedy to any health issues.

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70 Reasons To Eat More Flaxseed

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70 Reasons To Eat More Flaxseed

 

The science has never been clearer: flaxseed deserves to be top of the list of the world’s most powerful medicinal foods. For just pennies a day it may protect against dozens of life-threatening health conditions.

Many of us have been enculturated to think about the nutritional dimension of our food intake in terms of the government’s recommended daily allowances (RDAs), focusing on getting the “right” amounts of carbohydrate, proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals. However, I believe this focus on the quantifiable dimensions of food versus the qualitative elements has profoundly lead us astray. We bear witness to this in the fact that Americans are some of the most overfed yet simultaneously malnourished people on the planet. It is no wonder that we we are dying by the droves, with heart disease and cancer representing the most common (and also most preventable) causes of premature death.

What if there was a nutrient-packed super-food which costs pennies a day that can greatly reduce the risk of dying not only these, but dozens of other life-threatening conditions? Would you take it? The good news is there already is: welcome to the amazing nutritional/medicinal potential of flaxseed!

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70 Reasons To Consume Flaxseed Daily

Admittedly, the title of this article is a bit over the top. Wouldn’t five good reasons, or even just one good reason be enough to consume it more regularly? After all, think of the millions of people around the world who take aspirin daily only because it promises to reduce the risk for one condition: namely, prevention of heart attack. A practice, incidentally, that is dubious at best, and for which natural and likely far safer and effective alternatives may exist. If we can establish the preventive value of flaxseed in only one serious condition, perhaps this alone would be compelling enough to convince our readers to start incorporating it into their daily dietary regimen. However, for those nutrition geeks out there who like to read the first-hand research, here’s our flaxseed database page, wherein you will find all the abstracts we have gathered on the topic of this seed’s immense potential in preventing and/or treating up to 70 different health conditions.

7 Flaxseed Healing Highlights

Below you will find our top 7 reports on flaxseed’s immense health benefits, including their role in preventing and/or reversing the #1 and #2 killers, namely, cardiovascular disease and cancer.

1. They Can Heal Your Arteries
2. They Can Contain Beneficial Plant Estrogens
3. They Can Reduce Your Breast Cancer Mortality by 70%
4. They Can Protect Against Ovarian Cancer
5. They Protect Against Radiation Toxicity
6. They Can Dilate Your Arteries
7. They Can Treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
For those who are interested in how best to take advantage of flaxseed’s many health benefits, but are unsure what is the best way to consume it, we address some of the most common questions below.

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Should I Eat The Seeds Ground or Whole?

First, keep in mind that flaxseeds are Nature’s ingenious design for preserving the precious cargo inside: highly therapeutic, though fragile polyunsaturated fatty acids, amino acids, and other fat soluble vitamins. This also means that you don’t have to worry about refrigerating it. Once the seed is ground up and exposed to air, light, ambient fluctuations in temperature, and time, it begins to “go bad,” i.e. oxidize and degrade. This is why many make a daily practice of grinding up their own seeds in a coffee grinder to ensure maximum freshness. While I think this is a great idea, not everyone will have the time or desire to adhere to this daily routine. This is why some purchase pre-ground flaxseed. I am not against the practice. My only stipulation is that the buyer make sure the manufacturer has nitrogen-flushed the container so that oxygen didn’t get into the package at the time of manufacture.

The same rule applies to flaxseed oil. The company manufacturing the oil should maintain optimal freshness via nitrogen flushing the container, which will preferably be in non-chemical leaching glass. Also, opt for a high lignan form of the oil when available because you lose this valuable component of the seed material when you produce oil concentrate. Flaxseed has one of the highest levels of naturally occurring lignans known, and this is why if you are consuming the oil you may also wish to supplement with whole or ground flaxseed so that you benefit from these highly therapeutic compounds.

As far as whole flaxseed, make sure that you chew it well, if you primary objective is to obtain the beneficial nutrients, lignans, and fiber from them. Also, consider that flaxseed produces a very soothing mucilaginous gel when exposed and/or soaked in water. You can pre-soak a tablespoon in a glass of water overnight to produce a very good concoction for constipation by drinking it in the morning. Because flaxseed will naturally soak up water, remember not to consume too much dry, whole flaxseed without adequate hydration, as it could be a bit binding – the exact opposite effect that it will naturally have when consumed in the correct manner.

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Which is Better? Flaxseed Oil or The Seed?

Hands down, this is the most common question I have fielded. The truth is that one is not better than the other for general preventive health purposes. For optimal protection I would suggest using both. However, there are some important things to consider when incorporating either of these forms into your diet:

Never heat flaxseed oil: All oils rich in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids are prone to enhanced oxidation (rancidity) when heated. This means that you would not cook with flaxseed oil, opting for naturally saturated (and therefore more heat stabile) fats like palm, coconut oil or ghee (clarified butter) instead.
Get creative with flaxseed meal: Flaxseed meal is an excellent addition to smoothies or for sprinkling on foods that have a higher glycemic index, e.g. pasta, cereal. The flaxseed meal will slow the breakdown of the starchy carbohydrates and therefore blunt blood sugar spikes and concomitant elevations in insulin. Also, the fiber is excellent for helping to contribute to regularity (it is useful both for going too much and not enough). The key, of course, is to always stay hydrated when using flaxseed, as it can cause significant binding in a dehydrated individual.
Flaxseed is full of good fats: Keep in mind that flaxseed is a potent source of omega-3 fatty acids, containing a 4:1 ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 fatty acids. This is a great way to balance out the predominant ratios in the Standard American Diet, which is so heavy in corn, canola, soy, and peanut oils, all of which have several orders of magnitude more omega 6 than omega 3.

How Much Should I Take?

Generally, a tablespoon or two of meal a day is a good dose for ensuring you are getting a physiologically significant amount. The same goes for the oil. I have personally consumed five tablespoons of meal a day without any harm, and have used a good amount of the flaxseed oil in place of olive oil as salad dressing (I happen to like the taste of flaxseed better). Everyone will be different, so go with your intuition if you are just experimenting. If you are sick, consult your health practitioner or dietary coach to obtain specific recommendations. Also, listen to your body. If you aren’t finding flaxseed agrees with you, then back off on the amount or stop it until you find another dietary intervention that does work for you. Another alternative that has many of the same health benefits is chia seed.

 

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The Powerful Healing Benefits of Beets

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The Powerful Healing Benefits of Beets

 

Beets are one of nature’s most powerful healers. Unfortunately, they’re not at the top of most people’s favorite foods list due to their earthy flavor and seemingly limited usage. However, beets are more diverse than meets the eye and can be consumed in both sweet and savory dishes as well as in many different forms and textures. They are potent healers and can accelerate your health goals with each bite.

Beets have traditionally been used around the world for their healing properties as well as to highlight regional cuisine. In the Ukraine, beets are used in a popular soup called borscht; in Indian cuisine, beets are chopped, cooked and spiced to make a popular side dish; in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand, beets are often pickled; the Pennsylvania Dutch refrigerate hard-boiled eggs in the liquid left over from pickling beets until the eggs acquire a deep red color; in Poland, beets are combined with horseradish to accompany meat and potatoes.

Beets contain a cancer-fighting pigment betacynin, which is also responsible for providing the root vegetable with its reddish-violet color. Beets are packed with potassium, magnesium, fiber, phosphorus, iron, vitamins A, B and C, beta-carotene, beta-cyanine, and folic acid. These attributes make beets helpful in preventing cancer–particularly in reducing the risk of developing colon cancer. They’re aslo useful in averting heart and liver disease, staving off lung and skin cancer, and diminishing the incidence of tumors among animals by 30 percent. The folic acid in beets is necessary for the production and maintenance of new cells, which benefit pregnant women and those undergoing physical healing. Because of their liver-cleansing properties, beets detoxify the blood, strengthen the gall bladder, and can be used to treat acne.

My favorite way to enjoy beets is when they are roasted, during which their natural sugars develop and caramelize. The result is a dish that requires nothing but a smidgen of butter and a dash of salt for ultimate comfort. Other ways to incorporate beets into your diet include as a salad, aperitif, soup, hummus, burger, or cake. Enjoy!

 

Original article from organicathority.com

 

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How to Prevent Wrinkles by Nixing 8 Everyday Habits that Age Your Skin

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How to Prevent Wrinkles by Nixing 8 Everyday Habits that Age Your Skin

One minute you’re casually wondering how to prevent wrinkles, and the next, BAM – you look in the mirror and suddenly find yourself staring at a California raisin. Okay, I’m exaggerating, but only a little. That’s the thing about our daily habits: They’re sneaky and subtle, and much of the time we don’t realize what they’re doing to our skin until it’s already done. This means war.

Here are 8 everyday habits you should tweak on your quest to prevent wrinkles:

1. Leaving it vulnerable to pollution

When mastering how to prevent wrinkles, there are some things you can’t control – like pollution, which decreases oxygen and collagen in your skin and leaves it looking… well, blah. Not only does it mess with your skin tone, but it can leave it looking blotchy and cause breakouts. (Ugh.) Guard your skin with an SPF, wash your face every night before bed, exfoliate twice a week, and moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.

2. Over-washing and under-moisturizing

Washing your face excessively can dry out your skin cells, leaving your complexion dull and highlighting any damaged areas. Don’t wash your face in the morning, as you’ll strip away all the work your body put into restoring your skin while you were asleep – just splash with water and mosey on with your day. When you do wash your face, never skip moisturizing afterward.

3. Stretching your skin to apply makeup

This is a tough habit to break, but it’s one of the most important ones to ditch when learning how to prevent wrinkles. It’s no different than a repetitive stress injury messing with your joints: The more you contort your skin to get your makeup just right, the more wrinkles you’ll end up with – like, tomorrow.

4. Not getting enough sleep

They call it beauty sleep for a reason! While you’re snoozing away (and hopefully dreaming about Channing Tatum), your skin goes through its renewal process. The less sleep you get, the less time your skin and the beauty products you’re using have to do their thing. In fact, a study by UH Case Medical Center found women who only slept five hours each night for a month had twice as many wrinkles and spots than those who slept for seven hours. Do everything you can to get your zzzzs.

5. Not drinking enough water

As we age, our skin gets thinner and drier, making it more necessary than ever to drink enough water to keep it hydrated. Try your best to drink an average of six to eight glasses of water daily.

6. Drinking from a water bottle/straw

Similar to how squinting causes fine lines around your eyes, drinking straight from a water bottle or through a straw has the same impact on your mouth. Your facial muscles become overworked and form wrinkles called “puppet lines.” Either pour your drinks into a glass, or find a water bottle that has a glass-sized opening.

7. Snoozing with your makeup on

Okay, we’re all guilty of this from time to time, but when you sleep with your makeup on you’re basically saying to wrinkles, “Bring it on.” The makeup, combined with the environmental pollutants that are partying on your skin, seep into your pores and break down your skin’s elasticity. Always wash and moisturize your face before bed. Always.

8. Neglecting your neck and hands

Many of us obsess over how to prevent wrinkles on our face and forget about our neck and hands. Since you’re already in the habit of beautifying your face daily, simply add your neck and hands to the roster until your cleaning and moisturizing process for both is second nature. I mean, who wants to look like the crypt keeper?

What are your fave tips on how to prevent wrinkles?

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Original article from organicauthority.com

 

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Why You’re Tired All The Time + How To Feel Better

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Why You’re Tired All The Time + How To Feel Better

 

Are you chronically tired for no reason? Do you feel rundown and overwhelmed? It could be adrenal fatigue.

Adrenal fatigue occurs when your adrenal glands cannot adequately meet the demands of stress. From the demands of work, to family obligations, to the hurried pace of the city and our technology-driven society, many of us feel like we’re under a constant siege of stress.

While the “fight or flight” stress response mobilized by the adrenal glands is a key to our survival as a species, prolonged stress, whether it’s physical, emotional, or psychological, exhausts the adrenal glands, leads to sleeplessness, irritability, and fatigue. When our adrenal glands are constantly required to pump out cortisol, they eventually become impaired. Your body does its best to compensate for under-functioning adrenal glands, but it comes at the price of your metabolism, heart and cardiovascular system, sex drive, and even your sleep.

Research has found that sleep disturbances are directly related to increased sensitivity to the arousal-producing stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol is excitatory, which means it arouses us, wakes us up, and leaves us primed for action long after the stressor is gone. Unfortunately, when we’re under prolonged periods of stress, our cortisol levels remain elevated and our adrenal glands, small pyramid-shaped glands that sit atop each kidney, never get a chance to recharge.

When we consistently don’t get a good night’s sleep, our circadian rhythm becomes disrupted. This negatively affects our serotonin and melatonin, hormones which govern appetite and mood. In other words, not only does stress keep us in an agitated state by agitating our cortisol levels, but it can lead to cravings, obesity, and blood sugar imbalances which have been shown to negatively impact mood.

While it may feel like you’re caught in a vicious cycle of stress, sleep deprivation, poor nutrition and mood swings, it’s possible to break free by incorporating these six tips in your daily routine:

1. Eat breakfast.

Make a point of eating a high-fiber, high-protein breakfast every morning to stabilize blood sugar and improve mental alertness.

2. Eat regularly.

It’s important to keep up the momentum after a nutritious breakfast. Skipping meals leads to irritability and mood swings because our mood rises and falls alongside the dips in our blood sugar. Try eating four or five small, well-balanced meals per day.

3. Ditch the junk.

Remove refined, highly-processed food from your diet. This includes sugary snacks, deep-fried food, processed lunch meats, and pre-packaged items with additives, preservatives, dyes, and flavouring agents. These food-like items rob your body of the nutrients it needs to support healthy adrenal function. Our adrenal glands thrive on zinc, manganese, vitamin C, and the B vitamins found in dark leafy greens.

4. Skip the stimulants.

Say goodbye to caffeine that leaves you feeling wired, yet tired! Propping yourself up with coffee, tea, soda, and energy drinks will inevitably lead to a crash. These unsustainable forms of energy over-stimulate your adrenal glands and they’re also unnecessary sources of sugar and calories.

5. Supplement with herbs.

Adaptogenic herbs like maca, ashwaganda, and rhodiola can help the body cope with stress and fatigue. For specific doses of these super supplements, consult your health care practitioner.

6. Wind down.

If you have a habit of watching the news before bed or mindlessly browsing the internet, consider a new routine. Unplug and opt for a relaxing bath or a series of yoga stretches to help your mind and body relax.

 

Original article from mindbodygreen.com

 

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Lime Juice and 8 Other Natural Ways To Quit Smoking

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Lime Juice and 8 Other Natural Ways To Quit Smoking

 

Compelling reasons to stop smoking far outnumber effective ways to do so. Even with recent revelations that tobacco is contaminated with the highly carcinogenic radioisotope polonium-210, the addictive hold it maintains on millions of smokers worldwide who already know it causes premature death and cancer is far more powerful than the desire for self-preservation, it would seem.

This is why effective, natural interventions for smoking cessation are so needed today and why we are excited to report on a new study involving a solution that can be found not at your local pharmacy, but at your local grocer’s fruit stand.

In a new study published in the Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand titled, “Efficacy of fresh lime for smoking cessation,”[i] researchers from the Department of Medicine, Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand tested the effectiveness of fresh lime as a smoking cessation aid compared with nicotine gum.

100 regular smokers aged 18 or older who were willing to quit were entered into a six-month long randomized, controlled trial, receiving either fresh lime (47) or nicotine gum (53) over the course of the study. Smoking reduction was confirmed through measuring exhaled carbon monoxide (CO), with measurements at weeks 9-12 being the primary outcome. Severity of craving was also measured using a visual analogue scale.

The results of the trial showed that there was no significant difference in abstinence rates between the groups during weeks 9-12, although they did observe that “7-day point prevalence abstinence at week 4 of the fresh lime users was statistically significant lower than those using nicotine gum (38.3% vs. 58.5%; p = 0.04). They also found fresh lime users tended to report more intense cravings than the nicotine gum group, but the number of cravings were found not to differ significantly between the groups.

The report concluded, “Fresh lime can be used effectively as a smoking cessation aid, although not as good as nicotine gum in reducing cravings.”‘

Lime, of course, is an easily accessible and non-toxic alternative to nicotine gum, and physiologically has a number of ‘side benefits,’ including alkalinizing the tissues, which are normally more acidic in tobacco users to begin with. It is also an anti-infective agent, having been demonstrated to have significant antimicrobial activity against multiple strains of drug resistant E. coli,[ii] and inhibiting the survival of Vibrio cholera, the pathogen that contributes to cholera, in foods;[iii] another nice ‘side benefit’ considering smokers often have compromised immunity.

Additional evidence-based natural aids for smoking cessation include:

1. Acupunture: Acupuncture treatment ameliorated the smoking withdrawal symptoms as well as the selective attention to smoking-related visual cues in smokers. [iv]

2. Exercise: Five minutes of moderate intensity exercise is associated with a short-term reduction in desire to smoke and tobacco withdrawal symptoms.[v] [vi]

3. Hypnosis: Hypnosis combined with nicotine patches compares favorably to standard behavioral counseling for smoking cessation.[vii] In a meta-analysis of 59 studies hypnosis was judged to be partially efficacious in the treatment of smoking cessation.[viii]

4. Black Pepper: Inhalation of vapor from black pepper reduces smoking withdrawal symptoms.[ix]

5. Mindfulness: Mindfulness-based interventions reduce the urge to smoke in college student smokers.[x]

6. Self-Massage: Smoking cravings are reduced by self-massage.[xi]

7. Rhodiola rosea: Rhodiola rosea has a therapeutic effect in the treatment of smoking cessation.[xii]

8. St. John’s Wort: There is preclinical evidence that St. John’s wort is therapeutic in nicotine addiction.[xiii] [xiv] [Note: St. John’s wort can interact with a wide range of medications, and should be used under the guidance of a licensed health professional]

 

Original article from greenmedinfo.com

 

 

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Brand new: One tablet, two superfoods! Amazing green nutrition

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It’s about time we combined these two!

NEW! 50/50 Green Superfood Blend Tablets

Spirulina and Chlorella are amazing individually, but together they provide an impressive array of nutrients to help nourish, detoxify and alkalize your body.

These convenient tablets make it so much easier to add both to your diet: One tablet, two superfoods! 

> Learn more about how Spirulina and Chlorella help with detoxification: Article 1 & Article 2


 

Vital Daily Nutrition in One Little Tablet

Our Spirulina & Chlorella Tablets are a 50/50 raw blend of two potent, chlorophyll and protein-rich algae. Combined, they provide a full array of micro and macro nutrients including all the essential amino acids, vitamins B1, B2, B6, and B12, magnesium, iron, zinc, healthy fats and vitamin A (beta-carotene).

The two algae complement each other perfectly, containing antioxidants (carotenoids) and anti-inflammatory compounds to boost immunity, while simultaneously working to detoxify and alkalize the body.

This powerful green superfoods aid the body in maintaining optimal health on the molecular level. Consuming Spirulina and Chlorella daily is a highly recommended practice for strengthening and elevating your body’s nutritional profile.

Spirulina & Chlorella Tablets contain:

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  • EAAs (Essential Amino Acids)
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B1
  • Vitamin B2
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin B12
  • Magnesium
  • Iron
  • Zinc

They can be eaten by themselves (they go great with Botija Olives and Cashews!), or blended into your smoothie. Easy and convenient, combining these two potent algae superfoods allows them to work in tandem for maximum daily nutrition!

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Why You Should Make This Energizing Smoothie

 

 

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Why You Should Make This Energizing Liver And Blood Building Smoothie

 

The best part of experimenting with smoothie recipes is discovering the perfect combination that allows you to have more energy, focus and stamina for hours, without necessarily consuming a whole meal.

This is the first smoothie I ever made that I could use to replace a meal. Normally, a smoothie just isn’t heavy enough – this one’s got nutritious grit.

Below are the ingredients I used with an explanation of the benefits.

I use a NutriBullet to blast the ingredients but you could use a quality high speed blender if it can pulverize carrots and beets. If using a juicer,simply use more of the vegetables but blend other ingredients afterward in a blender.

Easy blood and liver building smoothie – serves one

Ingredients
1/8 of a beet, small part of beet top stem cut in pieces
1/3 to 1/2 carrot
1/2 tsp ginger powder
1/4 tsp turmeric
1 tsp chia seeds
1-2 small scoops of protein
1 rounded teaspoon of coconut oil
Palm-sized chunk of frozen raspberries
A fruit juice to fill to the NutriBullet cup max line or preferred consistency. I used a tropical one for the pineapple. Berry juices work great. The liver loves grapefruit too.

Chop beet and carrot into smaller pieces. Add all ingredients to NutriBullet or blender. I shake the cup first to better mix the powders and coconut oil. Blend for 20-30 seconds. Enjoy.

What if you only have a New York minute to make a smoothie? Then just use the carrot, beet, berries whey, juice and chia if possible. Still a hearty, healing drink. My original recipe included papaya which I like to include for the helpful enzymes. That might have put it over the max line, though – it depends on how much the beet fills out the drink. Any chance of adding dark, leafy greens makes it even more powerful and fulfilling.

Why these ingredients?

Beets – major liver and blood building food. Contains betaine for helping with stomach acid that dissolves pathogens. Rejuvenating the liver helps energize and relieve sluggishness. Red whole foods tend to support blood and cardiovascular health. Beet tops have naturally occurringhydrochloric acid which help to break down protein.

Carrots – helps with phase II liver detox. Builds blood. Helps with bile secretion. Bile is a badly needed detoxifier! Carrots help the liver with the hormone cycle which further lightens the load for the endrocrine and reproductive system. Eat them every day! The roughage from the beets and carrots make you “go” regularly and that helps with energy too.

Frozen raspberries – Blood builder. Sweetness. Red foods can be grounding – is it any wonder why the color associated with the “root chakra” is red? Berries are high in antioxidants without too much sugar, and raspberries are among the best, although strawberries and cherries would make a good substitute too.

Protein – why protein? Healthy proteins are ideal for building lean muscle, burning fat, and boosting athletic performance. Our brown rice protein is derived from all layers of the rice grain and sprouted for easy digestion. It has a silky smooth texture that blends easily, and is lightly textured so it won’t feel heavy in your stomach. Our protein powder is hypoallergenic, perfect for people sensitive to dairy, gluten, or soy.

Ginger & Turmeric – It’s no wonder that ginger and turmeric show up in liver function smoothies – they both contain compounds that are shown to ward off cancer and aid in detox. Ginger helps with digestion and bile (which explains why it is so helpful with nausea), and turmeric has been heavily studied for reversing liver disease.

Coconut oil – The healthy saturated fats clean out the dirty “oil filter” and restore the crucial bile process so that toxins can be carried out and nutrients can be rightly processed.

Chia seeds – are loaded with components the liver needs to detox, as well as protein and more Omega-3 fatty acids than salmon. They are proven to help with glucose and make you feel full. The Nutribullet (or a Ninja) blasts them into an easily digested liquid.

Know what the best part is? I found out that all of the above ingredients have different methods of fighting inflammation – the precursor to disease. You don’t need rigorous and harsh liver cleanses that cause deprivation of nutrients. Don’t skip out on feeding the liver; feeding the blood.

 

Original article by Heather Callaghan for truththeory.com

 

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Simple Trick Removes Pesticides from Your Vegetables & Fruits

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Simple Trick Removes Pesticides from Your Vegetables & Fruits

 

Howard Garrett, also known as The Dirt Doctor, has compiled a number of uses for vinegar, including recipes for both internal use and use in your organic garden, which I will share with you here.

“Vinegar is a wonderful organic tool that was discovered by accident 10,000 years ago when wine was accidentally allowed to ferment too long and turned sour,” he writes.

“It can be made from many products, including beer, apples, berries, beets, corn, fruits, grains, honey, malt, maple syrup, melons, molasses, potatoes, rice, sorghum, and other foods containing sugar.

Natural sugars from these food products are fermented into alcohol, which is then fermented into vinegar.”

… The product label will identify the starting ingredients, such as ‘apple cider vinegar’ or ‘wine vinegar.’ Malt vinegar is made from the fermentation of barley malt or other cereal grains. Sugar vinegar is made from sugar, syrup, or molasses.

White, spirit, or distilled vinegar is made by fermenting distilled alcohol. Distilled white vinegar is made from 190 proof alcohol that is fermented by adding sugar and living bacteria.

… Vinegar that is made from the petroleum derivative, 99 percent acetic acid, is not acceptable in an organic program.”

The name “vinegar” comes from the French words for “sour wine.” But it’s important to realize that not all vinegars are created equally. Some can benefit your health when taken internally, while others should only be used for tasks such as cleaning, or horticultural purposes, while others are best avoided altogether.

White Vinegar—A Great Non-Toxic Cleaner and Herbicide Ingredient

Distilled white vinegar is the type of vinegar you’ll want to use for cleaning and laundry. Toward the end of this article, I’ll also share Garrett’s recipe for a non-toxic weed killer formula, which calls for white vinegar. Vinegar and water makes an excellent window cleaner, for example, and vinegar combined with hydrogen peroxide works exceptionally well as both a disinfectant and sanitizer. According to Garrett:

“Sprinkling white vinegar atop a dusting of baking soda is terrific for cleaning sinks, tubs, tile floors and other surfaces. For cleaning, it can be diluted with water as much as 50-50. For the herbicide, it should be used full strength. In all cases, the products to buy in this category are true vinegars made by distilling grain alcohol. For the purists, there is organic white vinegar made from corn.”

Avoid 20% Vinegar

Garrett warns against using 20 percent vinegar, which is made from 99 percent glacial ascetic acid, stating it’s far stronger than you’d ever really need, in addition to being overly expensive. Perhaps more importantly, this type of vinegar is actually a petroleum derivative, which is dangerous to breathe and can be damaging to your eyes and skin.

“One final warning is that some of the 10 percent vinegars being sold to naïve organic gardeners are the fake 20 percent product that has been cut with water. Proper vinegars should have on the label that they are made from distilled grain alcohol or other similar language indicating natural products from distilling,” Garrett warns.

Apple Cider Vinegar—Good for Your Health

The cider vinegars, made from fermenting fruits such as apples, have little value as cleaners or herbicides. Instead, these are the types of vinegar associated with a number of different health benefits when taken internally. There are two basic categories of cider vinegars:

•Regular apple cider vinegar

•Organic apple cider vinegar with the “mother” included

When purchasing an apple cider vinegar, you’ll want to avoid the perfectly clear, “sparkling clean” varieties you commonly see on grocery store shelves. Instead, you want organic, unfiltered, unprocessed apple cider vinegar, which is murky and brown. When you try to look through it, you will notice a cobweb-like substance floating in it. This is known as “mother,” and it indicates your vinegar is of good quality. While it may look suspicious at first, in this case, it’s the murky looking stuff you want. As with everything else, the more processed a food is, the less nutritious it is, and this holds true for apple cider vinegar.

Surprisingly enough, while apple cider vinegar has historically been prized for its health benefits, little research has been done to evaluate its therapeutic actions. However, lack of scientific studies is a common problem for many natural and alternative therapies.

Perhaps the most researched and the most promising of apple cider vinegar’s benefits are in the area of type 2 diabetes. Several studies have found that vinegar may help lower blood glucose levels. In 2004, a study cited in the American Diabetes Foundation’s publication Diabetes Care1 found that taking vinegar before meals significantly increased insulin sensitivity and dramatically reduced the insulin and glucose spikes that occur after meals. The study involved 29 people, divided into three groups:
1.One third had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
2.One third had prediabetic signs.
3.One third were healthy.

The results were quite significant:
•All three groups had better blood glucose readings with the vinegar than with the placebo.
•People with prediabetic symptoms benefitted the most from the vinegar, cutting their blood glucose concentrations by nearly half.
•People with diabetes improved their blood glucose levels by 25 percent with vinegar.
•People with prediabetic symptoms had lower blood glucose than the healthy participants after both drank vinegar.

A follow-up study geared at testing vinegar’s long-term effects yielded an unexpected but pleasant side effect: moderate weight loss. In this study, participants taking two tablespoons of vinegar prior to two meals per day lost an average of two pounds over the four-week period, and some lost up to four pounds. In 2007, another study cited by WebMD2 involving 11 people with type 2 diabetes found taking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bed lowered glucose levels in the morning by 4 to 6 percent. Although the research to date looks favorable, more studies are needed to confirm the extent of vinegar’s insulin stabilization benefits.

Other Apple Cider Vinegar “Cures”

Although this article and many others advocate the benefits of using vinegar therapeutically, I really think that this is an inferior approach. From my perspective, it would be far better to use large quantities of fermented foods to get these types of acids because you will then also help to recolonize your gut with beneficial bacteria. However, vinegar is easier and certainly safe to use, so you can put your toe in the water by trying it first. Garrett, however, has been a long-time proponent of vinegar, recommending it for a number of uses.

“Apple cider vinegar might cure more ailments than any other folk remedy,” he writes. Vinegar apparently provides at least some cures for allergies (including pet, food and environmental), sinus infections, acne, high cholesterol, flu, chronic fatigue, Candida, acid reflux, sore throats, contact dermatitis, arthritis, gout and the list goes on… It also brings a healthy, rosy glow to the complexion and can cure rough scaly skin. Apple cider vinegar is also wonderful for animals, including dogs, cats and horses. It helps with arthritic conditions, controls fleas, repels flies, and gives a beautiful shine to their coats.”

As an example, Garrett has shared the following recipe with me, which can help soothe a sore throat:

“Use 3 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar, 3 tbsp. lemon juice, 2 tbsp. of honey and 16 oz. water, and warm to sipping temperature and sip. Adding juice from chopped ginger can be used for more power.”

What Can Account for Apple Cider Vinegar’s Health Benefits?

Many who tout apple cider vinegar’s wide-ranging benefits claim its healing power comes from the abundance of nutrients that remain after the apples are fermented. However, standard nutritional analyses of apple cider vinegar have found it to be a surprisingly poor source of most nutrients. For example, the one milligram of calcium found in a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar does not come close to the 1,000 milligrams a typical adult needs each day.

It has also been claimed that soluble fiber in the vinegar, in the form of pectin, binds to cholesterol and helps carry it out of your body, thereby improving your lipid profile. However, apple cider vinegar contains no measurable pectin or any other fiber, for that matter.

Its magic can also not be traced to vitamin content. According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), apple cider vinegar has no measurable vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, beta-carotene, or folate — and it’s equally lacking in amino acids, lycopene, or any other nutritional elements.

Still, despite the fact that it’s devoid of many of the traditionally valued nutrients, evidence of apple cider vinegar’s health benefits has been witnessed for hundreds — maybe thousands — of years. So, what can explain this mysteriously beneficial elixir?

It may be partially related to the fact that vinegar is a diluted acid, specifically acetic acid, which help to normalize your body’s pH. This likely improves nutrition, by optimizing your gut flora and helping eradicate pathogenic or disease-causing bacteria, and by serving as growth accelerators for beneficial bacteria that typically thrive in more acid environments. This is also one of the reasons why eating fermented foods is so important.

Apple Cider Vinegar for Dogs

Pet care is another area where vinegar can be a useful, non-toxic, all-natural tool. According to Garrett:

“Vinegar is a remedy with multiple uses for dogs including alleviating allergies and arthritis, and helping to provide the correct pH balance. You can give apple cider vinegar to any animal by simply adding it to the water.

If your dog has itchy skin, the beginnings of a hot spot, incessantly washes its feet, has smelly ears, or is picky about his food, an application of apple cider vinegar can help. For poor appetite, use it in the food at 1 tablespoon, two times a day for a 50 lb. dog. For itchy skin or the beginning hot spots, put apple cider vinegar into a spray bottle, part the hair and spray on. Any skin eruption will dry up in as soon as 24 hours and shaving the dog won’t be necessary – which is good because I never recommend that. If the skin is already broken, dilute apple cider vinegar with an equal amount of water and spray on.

Taken internally, apple cider vinegar is credited with maintaining the acid/alkaline balance of the digestive tract. I take a large spoonful straight or in my “witches brew” in the morning that I drink at least once a day.

Another tip is if you have a dog that has clear, watery discharge from the eyes, a runny nose, or coughs with a liquid sound, use apple cider vinegar in his or her food. One teaspoon twice a day for a 50 lb. dog will do the job.

After grooming sessions, use a few drops in dogs’ ears after cleaning them to avoid ear infections. Fleas, flies, ticks and bacteria, external parasites, ring worm, fungus, staphylococcus, streptococcus, pneumococcus, mange, etc. are unlikely to inhabit a dog whose system is acidic inside and out.

Should you ever experience any of these with your dog, bathe with a nice gentle herbal shampoo – one that you would use on your own hair – rinse thoroughly with vinegar, and then sponge on apple cider vinegar diluted with equal amounts of warm water. Allow your dog to drip dry. It is not necessary to use harsh chemicals for minor flea infestations. All fleas drown in soapy water and the apple cider vinegar rinse makes the skin too acidic for a re-infestation. If you are worried about picking up fleas when you take your dog away from home, keep some apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle, and spray your dog before you leave home and when you get back. For raw spots caused by excessive licking, use a few drops in water, and sponge the affected areas with apple cider vinegar.”

Horticultural Uses for Vinegar

Vinegar can also be used to control weeds in your garden. According to Garrett:

“To keep the weeds out of a decorative or utility gravel area, the best approach is to design them out from the beginning or use organic products later to kill the weeds. Salt, toxic herbicides and bleach should never be used because they contaminate the soil long term. They also leach into the water stream. To head off the problem, install the gravel in a thick layer – 6 to 8 inches after scraping away all grasses and weeds.

Any weeds that grow through the gravel can be sprayed and killed with a mix of 10 percent pickling vinegar mixed with 2 ounces orange oil and 1 teaspoon liquid soap or you can use commercial organic herbicides. Vinegar sprays can also be used to kill weeds in the cracks in sidewalks and driveways. The best choice for herbicide use is 10 percent white vinegar made from grain alcohol. It should be used full strength. Avoid products that are made from 99 percent glacial acetic acid. This material is a petroleum derivative. Natural vinegars such as those made from fermenting apples have little herbicidal value.

Herbicide Formula:

1 gallon of 10 percent (100 grain) vinegar

Add 1 ounce orange oil or d-limonene

Add 1 tablespoon molasses (optional – some say it doesn’t help)

1 teaspoon liquid soap or other surfactant (I use Bio Wash)

Do not add water

Shake well before each spraying and spot spray weeds. Keep the spray off desirable plants. This spray will injure any plant it touches. This natural spray works best on warm to hot days. Vinegar sprayed on the bases of trees and other woody plants will not hurt the plant at all. This technique was first learned about by spraying the suckers and weeds growing around the bases of grapevines.

If your water is alkaline, add 1 tablespoon of 50-grain (5 percent) natural apple cider vinegar to each gallon of water to improve the quality of the water for potted plants and bedding. This doesn’t have to be done with every watering, though it wouldn’t hurt. This technique is especially helpful when trying to grow acid-loving plants such as gardenias, azaleas, and dogwoods. A tablespoon of vinegar per gallon added to the sprayer when foliar feeding lawns, shrubs, flowers, and trees is also highly beneficial, especially where soil or water is alkaline. The other horticultural use for vinegar is in the watering can.”

Other Uses for Vinegar

Last but not least, vinegar can be used to remove certain pesticides and bacteria from your fresh produce. Of course, you don’t need apple cider vinegar for this—any basic white vinegar will do. Gayle Povis Alleman, MS, RD recommends a solution of 10 percent vinegar to 90 percent water as a bath to briefly soak produce.3 Just place your veggeis or fruit in the solution, swish it around, and rinse thoroughly. Just don’t use this process on fragile fruits (like berries), since they could be damaged in the process or soak up too much vinegar through their porous skins.

Apple cider vinegar has also long been used as a natural hair care product. Its acidity is close to that of human hair; it’s a good conditioner and cleaning agent, as well as an effective germ killer. You can visit www.apple-cider-vinegar-benefits.com for information on how to make a vinegar hair rinse.

While we need a great deal more research to investigate vinegar’s full healing potential, it can certainly be useful in a variety of ways, for a variety of conditions. It’s definitely a great multi-purpose tool to have in your pantry.

Original article by Dr. Mercola

 

Sunfood’s “Natural Solutions” does not promote or suggest natural cures, natural healing or natural remedies for any disease, disorder or ailment thereof. This information should be treated as educational material gathered and discovered from various studies, clinical trials and customer reviews. It is designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, and independent conclusions in regards to natural products and alternative health choices. It is best to consult with your healthcare practitioner before attempting any form of natural cure, natural healing or natural remedy to any health issues.

 

 

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How to Sprout Quinoa the Right Way

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 How to Sprout Quinoa the Right Way

 

If you haven’t already entered the world of sprouting: welcome! As part of a traditional practice with nutritional benefits to boot, it’s an exciting place to be. Before we go on, let’s give a hand to the celebrities of the sprouting world: grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds. The spotlight tonight is on a new celeb: quinoa. Being a “pseudocereal,” quinoa fits in nicely between grains and legumes.

Why Quinoa?

Quinoa basically gives you superpowers, that’s why. Well, okay, maybe you still won’t be able to fly, but quinoa does have super health benefits to make your body feel like it could fly! For instance, it’s high in manganese, phosphorus, copper, magnesium, fiber, folate, and zinc. Quinoa also boasts more vitamin E than any other grain. Packed in between all these nutrients are a plethora of flavonoids that offer concentrated antioxidant strength. And you can’t forget about all the fuss over quinoa’s protein content. Qunioa is a featured source of plant-based protein because it contains two prized amino acids, lysine and isoluence. These two amino acids are commonly too low or not included at all in other plant proteins but not quinoa! Quinoa also has heart-healthy fats so overall it’s a pretty awesome staple for meals. To learn more about quinoa, check out these health benefits, tips, and recipes!

Sprouting

Sprouting is an simple “set and go” process that leaves you with even more nutritional benefits than when an ingredient is intact in its initial state. Quinoa will germinate, which, in turn, allows for easier digestion and absorption of nutrients. Sprouting and soaking also decreases the level of phytic acid, an enzyme inhibitor, that can block absorption of vitamins and minerals, and can cause poor digestion and disruption of healthy gut bacteria. Sprouting is easy although you have to be patient for those little sprouts to grow.

Here are the steps to make about 2 cups of sprouted quinoa:

1. Rinse 1 – 1.5 cups of quinoa thoroughly with cold water. Place the quinoa into a 1 quart mason jar. Fill this jar to the top with more cold water. Let it soak for about six hours

2. Pour out the water and put a sprouting lid on the jar. This lid can also be used as a strainer. Or, you can use a fine mesh strainer. After you pour the water out, set the jar with the sprouting lid on upside down in a bowl/container to catch excess dripping water.

3. About every 6 or so hours (or whenever you have time to/remember), rinse the quinoa with water, pour out, and put the jar upside down over the bowl again.

4. It will take a day or two for sprouts to form. Once you see little-thread-like spouts coming from the quinoa , place the quinoa on a tray or plate and cover with a cloth or parchment paper to keep away dust. Move this tray away from direct sunlight and keep at room temperature. Allow time for the quinoa to fully dry out.

5. Store in a sealed plastic bag or sealed glass container in the refrigerator to keep cool and ensure freshness. It’s best to use these sprouts within two weeks!

Now What?

Now that you have all these little quinoa sprouts full of crisp nutty flavor, it’s time to have fun in the kitchen! Sprouted quinoa is great in salads and sandwiches, just like alfalfa sprouts, and is also a delicious addition to stir fries. Get creative and you can’t go wrong.

 

Original article from mindbodygreen.com

 

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The Amazing Health Benefits of Virgin Coconut Oil

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The Amazing Benefits of Virgin Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is often described as the “healthiest oil on earth.

This wasn’t always so. For years it had a reputation of being unhealthy because of its high saturated fat content.

We now know coconut oil is different from most fats and is actually good for us. We have listed twelve of the most important health benefits of this newly declared PowerFood.

How Did Coconut Oil Get a Bad Reputation?

Coconut oil is saturated oil. Saturated oils were understood to raise blood cholesterol and cause heart disease.
A specific study conducted 40 years ago seemed to verify this concern. Yes, it did increase heart disease.

But, what no one at the time seemed to take into account was that this study was done on hydrogenated coconut. The problems with hydrogenated oils are well documented by numerous studies. Even the general theory of saturated fats is now suspect. Read more about this here: Is Saturated Fat Bad For You?

Coconut oil has been used throughout Asia and the Pacific for thousands of years as both a food and a medicine.

In tropical climates like Polynesia, Sri Lanka, and the Yucatan where they have a diet high in coconut oil, the people are healthier, have less heart disease, cancer, and colon problems than unsaturated fat eaters. It is now accepted that there is good cholesterol and there are good saturated fats.

To quote Dr. Mary Enig: “The research over four decades concerning coconut oil in diet and heart disease is quite clear: coconut oil has been shown to be beneficial.”

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Health Benefits of Virgin Coconut Oil (cold pressed):

1. Thyroid-stimulating: Research shows that coconut oil contains a medium-chain fatty acids accelerate that stimulates metabolism, gives you more energy.

2. Get candida in check: Coconut oil has a good quantity of caprylic acid in it which is well known to kill off excess candida by targeting harmful bacteria.

3. Lowers cholesterol: It is rich in lauric acid which protects your heart by reducing total cholesterol and increasing good cholesterol.

4. Helps with weight loss: Here is an interesting fact about coconut oil; even though it is a fat, it actually helps with weight loss! The healthy medium chain fatty acids do not circulate in the bloodstream like other fats; they are sent directly to the liver and are converted into energy. Thus the body does not store the fat in coconut oil as fat; it uses it to produce energy instead.

5. Helps keep diabetes in check: It does not produce an insulin spike in your bloodstream. Instead it helps control blood sugar by improving the secretion of insulin. Note: This is not a free pass to eat a lot of sugar and other dumb carbs.

6. Reduces heart disease: studies on people in the Pacific Islands found that their total caloric intake included thirty to sixty percent from fully saturated coconut oil. These Pacific Islanders have nearly non-existent rates of cardiovascular disease.

7. Gastrointestinal malabsorption diseases: Combining Vitamin E supplements with coconut oil through the skin proved to be a good alternative for those with gastrointestinal malabsorption diseases. Study in Canada 1999 University of Western Ontario

8. Supports the immune system: It is rich in lauric acid, a nutrient that supports the body’s immune system.

9. Good for the skin: When applied externally it forms a protective antibacterial layer protecting the infected body part. Also, coconut oil speeds up the healing process of bruises by helping to repair damaged tissue. http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/coconut-oil-super-powers-pt-2

10. Nourishing for the brain: Studies show that it improves cognitive function, and stalls, or even reverses, neurodegenerative diseases in their early stages.

11. Ancient medicine: Coconut oil has been part of Ayurvedic medicine for 5,000 years in India.

12. Speeds Recovery: People in Panama drink a glass of coconut oil to protect themselves from illness as it is also believed to speed recovery from sickness.

Read about the numerous research studies done on coconut oil: Coconut Oil Research

“Approximately 50% of the fatty acids in coconut fat are lauric acid. Lauric acid is a medium chain fatty acid, which has the additional beneficial function of being formed into monolaurin in the human or animal body. Monolaurin is the anti-viral, antibacterial, and antiprotozoal monoglyceride used by the human or animal to destroy lipid coated viruses such as HIV, herpes, cytomegalovirus, influenza, various pathogenic bacteria!” according to research by Dr. Mary Enig.

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How To Get Some Sunshine (But Still Protect Your Skin)

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How To Get Some Sunshine (But Still Protect Your Skin)

 

We’ve been told for decades that we need to slather ourselves with sunscreen all day long — whether it’s sunny or cloudy, winter or summer — in order to protect ourselves from the damages and health risks imposed by the sun.

The problem is that this sunscreen obsession isn’t helping. Not only are we scrubbing toxic chemicals into one of our largest and most sensitive organs (our skin), but wearing sunscreen hasn’t reduced skin cancer cases. In fact, melanoma rates have tripled since the 1970s.

We need sunshine to survive, but somehow we’ve made it the villain and declared ourselves helpless victims.

The sun is our primary source of vitamin D, an important vitamin that strengthens our bone health, helps balance our hormones, boosts our immune system and nourishes brain function. But when we apply sunscreen, we block the sun’s rays and subsequently, the production of vitamin D in our bodies. Sad, no?

So what’s a sun-loving, vitamin D-craving gal or guy to do? I’m a sun baby myself and I certainly won’t be holed up inside this summer, nor will I be dancing in the rays wearing oxybenzone-laden sunscreens (a chemical commonly used in sunscreens that actually becomes carcinogenic when heated. Yes. Heated, like by the sun!).

With these simple tips, you can protect yourself from toxic sunscreen chemicals and reap the sun’s benefits at the same time!

1. Get your sunshine during off-peak hours.

The sun can cause the most damage when it’s high in the sky: anywhere from 10am to 4pm., but that may differ slightly depending on where you live.

Stick to the sunshine early in the morning or later in the day, with one little caveat: spend 10-15 minutes in the sun during peak hours to get your daily dose of vitamin D. This is all the time you need to grab your essential amount of vitamin D.

2. Don’t wash off the vitamin D.

Vitamin D is formed on the surface of your skin when it’s exposed to UVB rays from the sun, but that vitamin D doesn’t sink in right away — it can take up to 48 hours to absorb the majority of it. But at the end of a sunny day, most of us are in the shower scrubbing off the sunscreen, sweat and sand … and sending all that lovely vitamin D down the drain.

I’m not telling you to stop showering, but try to rinse your body in the shower with just water if you can. Limit your soap usage to just your pits and your bits.

3. Eat your sunscreen.

UV radiation increases free radicals in our bodies. And what counteracts free radicals? Antioxidants! Boost your consumption of antioxidant-rich foods like berries, leafy greens, walnuts, hemp seeds, black beans, bell peppers, carrots, green tea, raw cacao, garlic and salmon.

There’s a reason nature offers us such a beautiful bounty of foods like berries in the summertime. Sure, they’re delicious, but they’ll also help us boost our consumption of important free radical-fighters.

4. Avoid sunburns and cover up.

Wearing sunscreen lulls us into a false sense of protection. We believe we can frolic through the surf for hours in tiny bikinis and we’ll be 100% shielded from the sun. This is how sunburns happen, people!

No one wants to end up looking like a leather handbag. Don’t spend too much time in the sun all at once, and wear lightweight clothing that’ll allow you to cover your skin and still beat the heat.

5. Make your own natural sunscreen.

If you feel naked or uncomfortable going without sunscreen, try making a homemade version instead. Add some zinc oxide to batch of DIY sunscreen to help deflect the sun from your skin.

Remember to include nourishing fats like almond oil and shea butter will keep your skin supple and smooth, and toss in some lovely essential oils to smell sweet.

By using these sun protection strategies, you can get the essential sun nutrients that will ultimately benefit your health and well-being.

 

Original article from mindbodygreen

 

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5 Foods More Beneficial for Your Skin Than Chemical Treatments

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 5 (or 6) Foods More Beneficial for Your Skin Than Chemical Treatments

How many of us have ever had a skin issue, rushed off to the drugstore and hoped to find a miracle in a bottle that didn’t cost an arm and a leg (hypothetically speaking, but sometimes they can cost quite the hard-earned dollar!)? I bet we’ve all been there and at some point, we’ve all had skin issues that we know have made us desperate to find a solution. If you’ve ever had acne, struggled with discoloration, wrinkles, dry skin, or other skin conditions you know they can be quite disheartening to deal with.

While it might sound superficial to some, our skin health is actually quite important and much more than about appearance. Our skin reflects what is going on internally in our bodies, whether that’s how healthy our diet is, our stress levels, possible toxicity, hormonal imbalances, or more serious health problems. Food allergies often start out as skin abrasions, breakouts, rashes, and even eczema. And while we’re quite comfortable with aging, premature wrinkles and fine lines can actually set in early due to a high sugar and diet high in processed foods. Acne is often a correlation between what we eat and our hormone health—as you can see, our skin health tells a story. What do we want ours to say about our health?

Food is the best medicine you can use to take care of your body—which includes your skin, the largest organ you have. It’s not to be ignored or brushed off. Many foods you can eat daily contribute to great skin; whole foods are a fantastic place to start and don’t have to be expensive.

If you need to pull out the “big guns” though, try using these five foods below. They’re quite the (delicious) weapon at creating a more beautiful, healthy you from the inside out!

1. Pumpkin

Pumpkin is one of the most incredible foods for your skin at such a low cost and is so easy to use! Don’t just use this food in the fall and winter; that would be a shame! Pumpkin can be added to a smoothie in place of bananas for a super low sugar, low-carb, nutrient-dense and belly friendly creaminess. Lower sugar foods enhance the skin because blood sugar spikes mean insulin spikes, which triggers acne and breakouts, not to mention nasty sweets addictions. Plus, pumpkin contains 4 grams of fiber per serving to keep you full and is very easy to digest. Using pumpkin each day is a great way to get in your vitamin A in a small serving. Vitamin A is nature’s best acne medication—eat it daily and you’ll see results in no time.

The chemical treatment Accutane is actually a synthetic form of vitamin A but it can come with some scary side effects. All orange vegetables and greens are much better sources of the nutrient naturally in the form of beta-carotene that the body easily converts into vitamin A. Pumpkin’s high iron content also ensures that your red blood cells work at optimal levels to give you that glow you’re looking for. When pumpkin isn’t in season, buy the kind in containers on the shelf that come in BPA-free packages if you want to avoid canned options, or choose an organic brand that’s BPA-free (there are plenty!). Try using 1/2 cup in a delicious Pumpkin Smoothie, or just add it into your favorite smoothie!

2. Camu Camu

This superfood is one of the best natural acne and wrinkle fighters you can use. Containing over 240 percent of the vitamin C you need each day in just 1 teaspoon, Camu Camu is one of the highest sources on Earth! It’s also free of sugar and is a very potent tart berry sold as a powder here in the United States. Though it originates from Brazil, it’s sold through many organic and non-GMO, sustainable companies here so that you can buy it and keep in your kitchen. Vitamin C fights wrinkles, acne, and internal inflammation; it’s also one of the best to reduce anxiety, pain in the muscles and joints after a workout, and will also help keep your immune system thriving.

You’ll notice your skin is clearer all within a few days of using camu camu powder. Since it’s very tart and has no sugar, use it as a sprinkling on top of your smoothies, oatmeal, or other recipes since stirring it in may cause an off flavor. Always choose fair-trade, raw, organic, and/or non-GMO to be sure you’re obtaining the best kind; it’s typically sold cheaper online, though you can find it in some health food stores (but it costs more). Remember, you only need a teaspoon a day!

3. Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are another wonderful source of beta-carotene that converts to vitamin A in the body. They’re also lower on the glycemic index than white potatoes, so they’re friendly to your blood sugar and won’t cause insulin ups and downs. They also contain trytophan, a calming amino acid that reduces stress which your skin benefits from as a result. Trytophan helps produce serotonin in the body which makes you feel good, also raising good hormones that benefit your skin. Stress equals acne, dry skin, wrinkles, and more. The more “good mood” foods you eat, the happier your skin will be too!

Sweet potatoes are also a surprising source of vitamin C and potassium. Potassium lowers your blood pressure which also reduces stress, and as you know, vitamin C is a potent anti-stress nutrient too. Search some healthy ways to stuff your sweet potatoes and skip the butter and dairy cream that breaks you out.

4. Spinach

Spinach is truly a phenomenal green leaf, and not just because you can sneak it in a smoothie without tasting it (though that makes it pretty awesome, not gonna lie!). It’s a food that promotes lean muscle mass, keeps you full, powers your muscles, gives you energy, and yes, it makes your skin glow too! A top source of chlorophyll, spinach is a fantastic option if you’re tired of, or don’t really like kale.

Spinach is also higher in vitamin E than any other green, which is a powerful antioxidant that softens the skin, fights inflammation, and promotes a healthy level of moistness in the skin. Dry skin can actually lead to acne, wrinkles, and clogged pores that create blackheads. Including vitamin E rich foods in your routine promotes clear skin without much work, and is a much better option than vitamin E supplements often derived from oil or GMO soybeans.

5. Almonds (or Avocados)

Almonds and avocados are two powerful sources of healthy fats, B vitamins, and vitamin E for the skin. They lubricate the cells which reduces inflammation and aids in collagen production in the body; they also produce healthy hair and nails as a bonus. Almonds contain the added benefits of zinc, biotin, and a higher dose of amino acids which also improves the look of your skin—much more than anti-acne medications and anti-wrinkle creams will.

Zinc fights acne by balancing how the body uses carbohydrates which reduces blood sugar spikes that lead to acne and declination of the cells which promotes wrinkles. Biotin strengthens the overall skin texture and appearance, and amino acids help keep the skin strong and supple. Avocados also contain the benefits of chlorophyll, another potent natural acne weapon found in all green foods. Choose these fats in place of dairy fats.

Skip the store-bought stuff and try eating your way to beauty. It’s not only less expensive, but an easy way to stay full, healthy, and have clear skin in one easy step. See more foods for great skin and let us know what your favorites are too!

 

Original article from One Green Planet

 

Sunfood’s “Natural Solutions” does not promote or suggest natural cures, natural healing or natural remedies for any disease, disorder or ailment thereof. This information should be treated as educational material gathered and discovered from various studies, clinical trials and customer reviews. It is designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, and independent conclusions in regards to natural products and alternative health choices. It is best to consult with your healthcare practitioner before attempting any form of natural cure, natural healing or natural remedy to any health issues.

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Fight All Types of Pain with This Homemade Drink

Fight All Types of Pain with This Homemade Drink

Ever heard of this magical tea that has got amazing effects against body pain?

If you have or not, either way you deserve to know the algorithm used to formulate this affordable yet very amazing drink! First, it is worth knowing that this homemade drink is made up of ingredients that combine to optimal effect in being analgesic or, in simple terms, a strong painkiller. Now it’s time to hold your excitement a bit and dive into making the tea!

What you need:

•1 teaspoon of cinnamon
•2 teaspoon of black tea
•2 glasses of water
•2 teaspoons of ground cardamom
•2 teaspoons of powdered turmeric
•5 cm long piece of ginger, ground
•Half a cup of almond milk
•1 teaspoon of honey

Honey is known to be very effective in fighting bacteria and inflammations – a property that is also characteristic of cinnamon. Cinnamon is also known to reduce chances of heart attack. Almond milk, on the other hand, exhibits properties similar to aspirin in the sense that it has a compound known as salicin that makes it an excellent pain reliever. Black tea will ensure that you do not damage muscle fiber during exercise or even after.

Ginger will serve the purpose of reducing bloating and muscle cramps. Likewise, cardamom solves lots of digestive problems whilst facilitating waste production, elimination and cancer prevention.

Some other ailments you are bound to counter and treat with this tea include:

•Headaches
•Caries
•Stress
•Stomach diseases, diarrhea and vomiting
•Parkinson’s disease
•Tumor cells’ development
•Blood vessels’ conditions
•Arthritis and back pain
•Diabetes type 2.
•Cardiac problems and Obesity
•Menstrual Cramps
•Skin Aging

Preparation:

The first thing you need to do is mix cinnamon, cardamom, powdered turmeric and ginger in water and let the mixture boil for around ten minutes. The next step is to add black tea to the mixture and let it cook for two more minutes. You will then be required to strain the cooked mixture into a cup of almond milk. The resulting mixture may not be very friendly to taste, thus you may have to sweeten it with honey.

Consumption:

When it’s ready, you have the liberty to drink it throughout the day in spans that depend on your pain aches.

Original article from Life Advancer by Egline J.

 

Sunfood’s “Natural Solutions” does not promote or suggest natural cures, natural healing or natural remedies for any disease, disorder or ailment thereof. This information should be treated as educational material gathered and discovered from various studies, clinical trials and customer reviews. It is designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, and independent conclusions in regards to natural products and alternative health choices. It is best to consult with your healthcare practitioner before attempting any form of natural cure, natural healing or natural remedy to any health issues.

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