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10 ways to maintain and even improve your bone health

10 ways to maintain and even improve your bone health | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Achieving optimum bone health (while avoiding osteoporosis later on) is often about what you eat, the supplements you take and regular exercise. (10 ways to maintain and even improve your bone health!

1. Avoid processed foods

2. Avoid those sodas and soft drinks

3. Avoid alcohol or limit to just one drink a day.

4. Avoid too much caffeine and of course smoking is a definite “no no”.

5. We have all been told that we need calcium for our bones. However, calcium is only one of many minerals required and it needs to be in balance with other minerals.

6. Vitamin D is very important for bone health

7. A daily helping of bone broth is one of the best ways to build bones

8. Other good foods to build bone health are prunes (dried plums), onions and sage.

9. Instead of pasturized dairy, change to raw milk, cream, butter and cheese if you can.

10. Researchers have found an important reason to exercise as working out triggers influential stem cells to become bone instead of fat, improving overall health by boosting the body’s capacity to make blood.

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Natural News Blog: Inhaling secondhand vapor from electronic cigarettes - it's TOXIC!

Natural News Blog: Inhaling secondhand vapor from electronic cigarettes - it's TOXIC! | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Secondhand e-cig vapor still contains nicotine!  - - the latest study

"People sharing a room with an e-cigarette user are exposed to "vaporized" contaminants, including nicotine, particulates and hydrocarbons. Variation in product contents, designs and emissions suggests that some produce little toxicant exposure, whereas others may pose greater risks. E-cigarette use produces a visible vapor that is usually able to be smelled, depending on the flavors and other contents of the fluid. The vapor is discharged into the air only when the user exhales (i.e. there is no sidestream vapor), in contrast to tobacco cigarettes that discharge smoke continuously while kept alight, and when the user exhales. The study  measured levels of potential e-cigarette pollutants in a ventilated room while volunteers consumed e-cigarettes with and without nicotine for two hours and found a change in air quality. The concentration of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) in the indoor air increased by 20%, while particulate numbers also increased. The authors concluded that exposure to e-cigarette pollutants might be a health concern, as fine and ultrafine particles might be deposited in the lung. Research assessed indoor air concentrations of common tobacco smoke by-products (VOCs, carbonyls, PAHs, nicotine, TSNAs, and glycols) emitted by generic e-cigarettes using four different high nicotine e-cigarette liquids (‘e-liquids’), and compared the results with those from analysis of tobacco cigarette smoke tests; they then undertook risk analyses based on dilution into a 40 m3 room and standard toxicological data."
Bert Guevara's insight:

Second-hand smoke from e-cigarettes can also be harmful. Here's why.


"The main concern with electronic cigarettes lies in the fact that the people who use nicotine are exhaling the same amount of nicotine, and maybe even trumped-up MORE, thanks to artificial additives and other chemicals. ...

"When speaking of electronic cigarettes, those nicotine doses can vary greatly, but still from about ten to twenty milligrams on average, and on down to zero for the people who just "vape" for the fun of it and don't want or need the nicotine, like much of the younger generation."

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Second-hand smoke from e-cigarettes can also be harmful. Here's why.

 

"The main concern with electronic cigarettes lies in the fact that the people who use nicotine are exhaling the same amount of nicotine, and maybe even trumped-up MORE, thanks to artificial additives and other chemicals. ...

"When speaking of electronic cigarettes, those nicotine doses can vary greatly, but still from about ten to twenty milligrams on average, and on down to zero for the people who just "vape" for the fun of it and don't want or need the nicotine, like much of the younger generation."

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7 Ways To Make Small Spaces Feel Way Bigger ("i like these practical tips in handling interiors")

7 Ways To Make Small Spaces Feel Way Bigger ("i like these practical tips in handling interiors") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

For those of us who live in tiny spaces that we begrudgingly call home, it can be hard to keep knick-knacks and necessities alike nice and organized. That means a messy abode and a look that's less than decorated. 

To combat congested disaster, insurance company FBD compiled seven rules that'll keep tiny rooms looking good. Although routine cleaning is a must on this list (yes, just do it), the infographic gives renters and owners important tips for utilizing spaces and surfaces to their full capacity. 

Before you consider just getting rid of every single thing in your little home, take a look at the rules below and be truly inspired. 

 

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7 Golden rules for keeping a small space organized:

Rule 1. Use your walls.

Rule 2. Invest in double-duty furniture.

Rule 3. Streamline technology.

Rule 4. Go mono.

Rule 5. Make use of dead space.

Rule 6. De-clutter relentlessly.

Rule 7. Clean it regularly.

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Simple cooking methods flush arsenic out of rice ("more hot water washing can flush out arsenic")

Simple cooking methods flush arsenic out of rice ("more hot water washing can flush out arsenic") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Preparing rice in a coffee machine can halve levels of the naturally occurring substance.

Cooking rice by repeatedly flushing it through with fresh hot water can remove much of the grain’s stored arsenic, researchers have found — a tip that could lessen levels of the toxic substance in one of the world’s most popular foods.

Billions of people eat rice daily, but it contributes more arsenic to the human diet than any other food. Conventionally grown in flooded paddies, rice takes up more arsenic (which occurs naturally in water and soil as part of an inorganic compound) than do other grains. High levels of arsenic in food have been linked to different types of cancer, and other health problems.

Andrew Meharg, a plant and soil scientist at Queen’s University Belfast, UK, wondered whether cooking the grain in a different way might help to lessen the health risk. The standard method for making rice — boiling it in a pot until it soaks up all the liquid — binds into place any arsenic contained in the rice and the cooking water.

Meharg and colleagues found that using this method with increasing proportions of water removed progressively more arsenic — up to a 57% reduction with a ratio of 12 parts water to one part rice. That result confirmed that the arsenic is 'mobile' in liquid water, and thus can be removed.

 

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You are probably eating commercial rice with certain levels of arsenic. Here is how to flush out the arsenic in a simple kitchen procedure. Read and learn.


"Cooking rice by repeatedly flushing it through with fresh hot water can remove much of the grain’s stored arsenic, researchers have found — a tip that could lessen levels of the toxic substance in one of the world’s most popular foods."

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Arsenic in rice flushed.

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MRI Shows Cancer Cells Thrive On Processed Sugar - Complete Health and Happiness

MRI Shows Cancer Cells Thrive On Processed Sugar - Complete Health and Happiness | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
by Amanda Froelich Want to improve your health? Change your diet! This message is slowly permeating mainstream society, but has yet to convince fast-food lovers and sugary-treat fanatics. Largely unaware of food consequences, many still dive into high-fat, high-sugar food options without a second thought; but a recent study affirming that Cancer cells grow and …

Want to improve your health? Change your diet! This message is slowly permeating mainstream society, but has yet to convince fast-food lovers and sugary-treat fanatics. Largely unaware of food consequences, many still dive into high-fat, high-sugar food options without a second thought; but a recent study affirming that Cancer cells grow and thrive on processed sugar may change that.

Nature Medicine recently confirmed that processed sugar is one of the primary driving forces behind the growth and spread of cancer tumors. The results were so conclusive, in fact, that future cancer screening may rely on scanning the body for accumulated sugar for signs of the disease.

These sources conclude and relay the importance of choosing wholesome, unprocessed, and predominantly plant-based foods to keep the body healthy, and the mind nourished. Start by adding more greens, vegetables and plant-based proteins, while decreasing the amount of processed foods you consume. The body truly is capable of healing itself, and the necessity to make such changes for it to happen is becoming increasingly evident.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Find out what feeds cancer cells. This means, these are what we should avoid or at least, minimize.

 

"The main culprits of deadening sugar include: white sugar and flour, sweetened and processed foods, and fast food. The way these break down in the body (compared to natural sources of fructose from fruit), is that they cause an increase of hormones to be released (specifically insulin), and in effect, signal for cancercells to feed and continue to grow in size."

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Processed sugar can be a cancer cause.

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Here's How to Battle Your Smartphone Addiction ("are you one of 81% who can't be away from phones?")

Here's How to Battle Your Smartphone Addiction ("are you one of 81% who can't be away from phones?") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
There is bad news, but there is also good news

In a series of polls related to smartphone use released last week, Gallup found that about half of smartphone users check their phones several times an hour or more frequently; 81% of people said they keep their phones near them “almost all the time during waking hours” and 63% do so even when they’re sleeping. The condition is especially severe among the young, one-in-five of whom cop to “checking their phone every few minutes.”

While that might elicit a “tsk, tsk” from grandparents appalled by such behavior, all this checking doesn’t just come at the cost of neglecting the world around us. Researchers have been building a body of disheartening-but-fascinating research about the mess of mutual dependence that is our relationship with our smartphones. They’ve connected it to anxiety and stress and our increasing state of distraction.

“They reported feeling a loss of identity,” he says. “When objects become possessions, when we use them a lot, they’re potentially capable of becoming an extension of ourselves.” When digital natives born today grow up to be toddlers who are crying because a parent takes their iPad away, Clayton says that could leave us with interesting questions: “Are they upset because they can’t play their game? Or are upset because they don’t have the iPad, the object, the possession?”

The good news is that Rosen does have a plan: weaning off devices bit by bit and making a public statement that you’re going to do so. This second part is key. Only if you’ve warned your parents and friends that they shouldn’t take it personally when you don’t text them back or like their picture right away, he says, will you be able to actually relax, no longer in fear of offending anyone who expects you to be on all the time. Meanwhile, you must wage an internal battle against your own FOMO.

Bert Guevara's insight:

You have to admit the addiction first, before you begin your rehabilitation. I hope the "withdrawal" is not that drastic.

Read this article and find out if you belong to the 81%.


“You announce to the world that you’re only going to check your phone once a half hour,” he says, “and then you allow yourself a minute or two every half hour to check in, return a call, text back, and then turn it off and put it away.” Then perhaps get bold and go up to an hour. Then perhaps two hours, in an attempt to eventually make the phone less like the limb it has become and more like the really cool toaster it could be.

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7 Green Superfoods You Should be Eating ("avocado; apples; kale; spinach; nopales; sprouts ...")

7 Green Superfoods You Should be Eating ("avocado; apples; kale; spinach; nopales; sprouts ...") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Go green in your diet

There was probably a time in life when most green foods—Brussels sprouts, broccoli, spinach, to name a few—repulsed you. You definitely weren’t alone. Many children are hesitant to pile green vegetables onto their plates. Onepossible explanation could be that green foods, such as Brussels sprouts, tend to be bitter, a sensation that your survival instinct tells you to avoid. Plus, children have a lot of sensitive taste buds. But as you grew up, you held on to fewer taste buds, slightly dulling the sense. Another possibility: You knew that naturally green foods (not to be confused with green Kool-Aid) were associated with the aim of eating healthier, and research suggests that children may be less likely to enjoy foods linked with goals.

No matter the reason for that early aversion, we now know that green foods should be an important component of our diets. Yet only 33 percent of us meet the recommendation for fruit consumption, and fewer than 30 percent of adults eat the recommended servings of vegetables. Although the amount of fruit and veggies you need varies, depending on age, gender, and how physically active you are, a general rule of thumb to aim for is abouttwo cups of fruit and 2.5 cups of vegetables each day. One good place to start: with these seven delicious and nutrient-packed green foods.

Bert Guevara's insight:

The Magnificent 7:


1. Avocados: As if you needed one more reason to love avocados. This tasty fruit packs 690 mg of potassium, making it the perfect after-workout snack to helpfight muscle cramps.

2. Apples: The crisp fruit may help fight obesity,lower cholesterol, reduce your risk of stroke, and stave off certain types of cancer. 

3. Kale:  

4. Spinach: 

5. Nopales: 

6. Brussels sprouts: 

7. Pistachios: 

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Shouldn't we already know that green foods are good for us.

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Here’s what Mark Zuckerberg thinks about the future of news ("reading news on gadgets can save paper")

Here’s what Mark Zuckerberg thinks about the future of news ("reading news on gadgets can save paper") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
In a public Q&A session, the Facebook co-founder and CEO says he just wants to help news publishers.

Facebook has always had a somewhat fraught relationship with the news: Many users seem to think of the social network as just a place where they can see a friend’s baby or dog photos, but research shows a growing number of people also get their news there. And CEO Mark Zuckerberg has made it clear that he wants news to play a much larger role in Facebook, with features like Instant Articles—the mobile-news partnership where outlets like the New York Times publish entire articles directly to the platform.

s I’ve explained before, the risk with an offer like Facebook’s is that it gives media outlets something they desperately need: A chance to reach a massive audience with their content, and a share of the ad revenue. But it also comes at a potentially huge cost. A growing number of users think of Facebook as the place where they get their news, as opposed to the actual news outlets that produce that content. What happens if this process accelerates? Facebook ultimately wins.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Although Facebook may have its corporate interests in why it wants people to read news from its app; the environment can benefit when people get their news without the paper. Although it may consume power, it may have a net benefit to the environment and the climate.

 

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Seeds of Death: Unveiling The Lies of GMO's - Full Movie ("understanding the science behind GMOs")

The world's leading Scientists, Physicians, Attorneys, Politicians and Environmental Activists expose the corruption and dangers surrounding the widespread use of Genetically Modified Organisms in the new feature length documentary, "Seeds of Death: Unveiling the Lies of GMOs".

Bert Guevara's insight:

What are GMOs? Let's hear it from the scientists.

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Eric Larson's curator insight, July 28, 8:05 PM

Many poisons in our environment.

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5 Foods That Actually Offer Skin Protection - Care2.com ("pinoys need protection vs sun")

5 Foods That Actually Offer Skin Protection - Care2.com ("pinoys need protection vs sun") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Did you realize that the foods you eat can affect how resilient your skin is to the sun? Here are foods that have been shown to improve skin health.

But, did you realize that some foods can affect how resilient your skin is to the harsh UV rays of the sun? Here are 5 food groups that have been shown to help improve skin health (keep in mind these aren’t a substitute for safe sunscreen and proper skin protection!).

Salmon & chia. Or any omega-3-rich food for that matter. 
Tomatoes & carrots. Beta-carotene and lycopene have been shown to improve the skin’s ability to protect itself from UV rays. 

Dark chocolate. The flavonoids in this superfood have actually been shown to improve the skin’s ability to protect itself against sun damage.

Cruciferous veggies & leafy greens. Yes, yes, we all know that broccoli, cauliflower, and that ubiquitous superfood kale are full of antioxidants. And antioxidants prevent free radical damage, like the damage caused by UV rays. But cruciferous veggies also possibly play a role in preventing not only skin cancer, but many forms of cancer, although the research is far from conclusive. 

Green tea. Those polyphenols have done it again. Studies have shown that daily tea drinking, in association with the Mediterranean diet, can offer protection against melanoma. 

Bert Guevara's insight:

Staying in shaded areas, avoiding direct sunlight and eating health foods will keep our skins resilient, but we still need sunscreen lotions when exposed to a lot of sunlight.


"Keep in mind eating a bar of dark chocolate and sprinkling some chia seeds on your oatmeal isn’t enough of an excuse to ditch the sunscreen. Again, be sure to stay in shady areas, avoid tanning beds and use safe sunscreen."

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Skin protection from foods?

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Global Diabetes Rates Are Rising as Obesity Spreads ("astounding 45% rise in type 2 diabetes")

Global Diabetes Rates Are Rising as Obesity Spreads ("astounding 45% rise in type 2 diabetes") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
The prevalence of diabetes has been rising in rich countries for several decades, largely driven by increases in the rate of obesity. More recently, poorer countries have begun to follow the trend.

The global diabetes rate has risen by nearly half over the past two decades, according to a new study, as obesity and the health problems it spawns have taken hold across the developing world.

The prevalence of diabetes has been rising in rich countries for several decades, largely driven by increases in the rate of obesity. More recently, poorer countries have begun to follow the trend, with major increases in countries like China, Mexico and India.

The study, published Monday in the British medical journal The Lancet, reported a 45 percent rise in the prevalence of diabetes worldwide from 1990 to 2013. Nearly all the rise was in Type 2, which is usually related to obesity and is the most common form of the disease.

A major shift is underway in the developing world, in which deaths from communicable diseases like malaria and tuberculosis have declined sharply, and chronic diseases like cancer and diabetes are on the rise. The pattern is linked to economic improvement and more people living longer, but it has left governments in developing countries scrambling to deal with new and often more expensive ways to treat illnesses.

The study, led by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, a research group, was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It is the largest analysis of global disability data to date, drawing on more than 35,000 data sources in 188 countries.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Type 2 diabetes is affecting more people but they are living longer in part because medical systems have gotten better at preventing people from dying from its complications.


"A major shift is underway in the developing world, in which deaths from communicable diseases like malaria and tuberculosis have declined sharply, and chronic diseases like cancer and diabetes are on the rise. The pattern is linked to economic improvement and more people living longer, but it has left governments in developing countries scrambling to deal with new and often more expensive ways to treat illnesses."

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15 Health Benefits of Cucumbers: Grow Your Own Cooling Food

15 Health Benefits of Cucumbers: Grow Your Own Cooling Food | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Cucumbers can benefit your health in more ways than you know. Here are 15 health benefits of cucumbers, and why growing your own can be so beneficial.

1.  Being 96% water, cucumbers are great for keeping you hydrated.

2. Cucumbers relieve heartburn and hot skin after sunburns or just spending the day in the sun. They are also full of skin-lavishing minerals like magnesium, potassium and silicon, and are used in spa treatments all the time for this reason.

3. They flush out toxins effectively, and may even help dissolve kidney stones.

4. Cucumbers are full of antioxidants – especially vitamins A, B, and C that boost immunity and give you more energy when you are feeling lethargic.

5. Cucumbers can help you lose weight by offering great nutrition and high-water content.

6. Slices of cucumbers on the eyes can reduce puffiness and redness.

7. Several studies show that compounds in cucumbers help to fight cancer.

8. They stabilize blood pressure.

9. They refresh the mouth and gums, while even healing diseased gums.

10. Cucumbers aid in digestion due to their fiber and water content.

11. Silica is great for the hair, nails and skin – so cucumbers are a beautifying food.

12. Cucumbers can soothe joint pain due to their high levels of antioxidants.

13. This great food lowers uric acid levels, making it a potential solution for those with gout. (Check out other home remedies for gout here).

14. Cucumbers support the pancreas for insulin production, so they are great for diabetics.

15. They reduce bad cholesterol due to the presence of plant sterols.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Get to know more about cucumbers. I didn't realize how good they were, especially for diabets like me.

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Cool as cucumbers, they help to easy my eye bags too...

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The Organic Effect - YouTube ("this family took a urine test & discovered the toxins they ate daily")

Want to know what happens in your body when you switch from eating conventional food to organic? Watch this! The study was conducted by the Swedish Environme...

We use all of the below listed chemicals together, too, and we don’t really know what their synergistic results are:

Insecticides, the most widely used of all types of pesticides invented to kill insects, but are likely killing beneficial creatures likes bees and butterflies.Herbicides meant to destroy weeds or unwanted vegetation.Fungicides meant to protect seeds against fungi living in soils.Bactericides that were supposed to control harmful bacteria but have given rise to super-bugs and antibiotic resistant bugs that don’t respond to medicine.Virucides to suppress viruses which have also contributed to very strong mutant viral strains.Nematicides meant to control nematodes (roundworms).Miticides to kill mites and ticks.Rodenticides meant to control rodents.

All these chemicals are pervasive in our environment.

The brief, 90-second video above explains what happens to a Nordic family of five when everyone – children included – test their urine before starting an all organic diet, and after. What they find is absolutely incredible. You’ll never want to eat conventional foods again.

This family could be yours. It could be in the United States, South America, Japan, China , Africa – anywhere.

Watch the 90-second video; it could be the trigger that helps change your life for the better.

Bert Guevara's insight:

This video tells it all! I suggest you watch it and discover the effect of buying commercial cheap food.

In the Philippines, it is now common to hear young people afflicted with cancer and other life-threatening anomalies.

 

"As said by Dr. Jesse Henley, pesticides kill pests by damaging their cellular structure. Though pesticides, fungicides, growth regulators, and herbicides were meant to control how a plant grows, there is no doubt that they affect us too – and we are using more pesticides and herbicides than ever.

"Strangely, these chemicals aren’t destroying pests – they are likely destroying us."

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Don't we all eat about the same things.

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Forget Crest and Colgate - Use Coconut Oil Toothpaste! ("here's a DIY coco-toothpaste that's natural")

Forget Crest and Colgate - Use Coconut Oil Toothpaste! ("here's a DIY coco-toothpaste that's natural") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Did you know that mainstream toothpastes expose your body to several unwanted toxins? Here is why you need to use coconut oil toothpaste instead.

Mainstream toothpastes contains sodium fluoride, an added ingredient that is also used as rat poison. Replacing your toothpaste that contains this toxic industrial byproduct that detrimentally affects your brain with a natural bacteria-killing, Alzheimer’s-reversing substance is much more appealing, isn’t it? Coconut oil cleans the mouth and also acts as an antibacterial to help keep plaque build up from forming on your precious pearly whites. This is why some choose coconut oil when performing the healthy practice of oil pulling.Why use a substance to clean your teeth that has been linked to tumor-formation in rats? FD&C Blue Dye #1 and 2 are used in toothpaste and other food products and even given the FDA’s stamp of approval, but they are no good for your health and certainly shouldn’t be used on a daily basis. Coconut oil is a holistic remedy for bleeding gums, a sore jaw, and dryness of the lips, tongue and mouth. Does your toothpaste do that for you?If you use name-brand toothpastes – they likely contain triclosan, a known endocrine disruptor. When the endocrine system isn’t working right, your hormones are basically going to be in a free-fall. Ditch the triclosan and use coconut oil since it can actually help remove sensitivity from teeth and make them stronger.Instead of using toothpastes that contain foaming agents in the form of sodium laurel sulfate (SLS) that have been linked to the formation of cancer sores, try using a coconut oil massage or coconut oil pulling. This practice can significantly reduce decay-causing Streptococcus mutan, a bacteria which causes plaque and you guessed it – strep throat.

Bert Guevara's insight:

How to Make Coconut Oil Toothpaste

As coconut oil has been hailed as a ‘miracle dental breakthrough,’ it’s time to start creating your own coconut oil toothpaste. The recipe for creating this toothpaste varies from household to household, however the list of following ingredients as well as the instructions are generally agreed upon. Of course you could always do more research into what people use and make your own alterations.

Ingredients for Coconut Oil Toothpaste

- 6 tbsp coconut oil

- 6 tbsp baking soda

- 25 drops essential oil (whatever you prefer, peppermint, eucalyptus, grapefruit, cinnamon, etc. Optional.)

- 1 tsp stevia (also optional)

 

Directions for Coconut Oil Toothpaste

1. Mix baking soda and coconut oil in a bowel or small container until it forms a paste or creamy-like consistency. You can start by heating the coconut oil so it’s easier to work with.

2. Add the essential oil and/or stevia and mix.

3. Pour into a mason jar and seal it up until ready to use.

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Coconut oil over fluoride?

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FDA Breathes New Life into Inhaled Insulin ("diabets may look like coke addicts inhaling their fix")

FDA Breathes New Life into Inhaled Insulin ("diabets may look like coke addicts inhaling their fix") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
The FDA has approved MannKind’s Afrezza® at the third time of asking, making it the first inhaled insulin available for people with diabetes since Exubera® in 2006. As Crown Bioscience reviewed last month, the path to FDA approval has not been an easy one, with concerns over efficacy, safety, and inhaler design. While this approval... Read more »

After 5 years, 3 submissions, and $1.5 billion dollars in operating costs, MannKind’s Afrezza has finally received FDA approval as a fast-acting insulin to be used at meal times for people with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. The agent is the first inhaled insulin to be approved since Pfizer’s Exubera (which was removed after 1 year on the market due to low sales), and it will be the first ever ultra-rapid insulin to reach the market. It’s aimed at post-meal blood sugar spikes, meaning that it should be used with existing insulin regimes and not as a stand-alone insulin treatment. MannKind are now thought to be looking to find a pharma partner to manufacture and distribute Afrezza, with the product likely to be available in January, or the end of first quarter, 2015.

While the approval is positive for MannKind and people living with diabetes, it has come with some caveats. The drug is only to be used by adults and cannot be used by children, one patient group that may have preferred an alternative to injections. The FDA has requested a post-marketing study of Afrezza in pediatric patients, which MannKind are keen to start as soon as possible (likely to be mid-2015). The FDA still also has some safety concerns around the product. Afrezza must not be used by patients with chronic lung disease, such as asthma or COPD, and will come with a Boxed Warning that acute bronchospasm has been observed in these patients. The FDA has also put a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy in place around this, which consists of a communication plan to inform health care professionals about the serious risk of acute bronchospasm associated with Afrezza.

Bert Guevara's insight:

This is very encouraging for diabets who have to take insulin for life.

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4 ways to improve your brain health ("caring for the brain is simple and practical")

4 ways to improve your brain health ("caring for the brain is simple and practical") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Anthony Hannon outlines the current evidence supporting beneficial lifestyle factors into four pillars of brain health.

First: stay physically active

This is a somewhat obvious lifestyle recommendation, as everyone now knows that physical activity is good for the body. But not everyone yet realises the extent to which physical activity boosts brain health.

Second: stay mentally active

Two of the cardinal rules of brain plasticity (changes in the brain) appear to be “use it or lose it” and “neurons that fire together wire together”. There’s also some evidence that people who maintain higher levels of cognitive (mental) activity may be protected from Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

Third: eat a healthy diet

Yes, you no doubt know this is good for your body, but did you realise a balanced nutritious diet (such as the one recommended here) is also good for your brain?

Most of the nutrients from food circulate through your brain via the bloodstream. So a healthy diet can directly improve the health of brain cells and may even slow down brain ageing.

Fourth: don’t stress too much!

The human body, including of course the brain, has evolved over many thousands of years. When we were cave-dwellers and hunter-gatherers, the stress response (“fight or flight”) served a very useful purpose in evading predators, obtaining food and other aspects of survival.

Bert Guevara's insight:

4 practical prescriptions:

First: stay physically active

Second: stay mentally active

Third: eat a healthy diet

Fourth: don’t stress too much!

 

"To conclude, I think it was Woody Allen who famously said: “The brain is my second favourite organ!” Considering how fundamental it is to everything we think, feel and do, perhaps we should all be more mindful to look after this most fantastic and plastic of organs, the human brain."

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Why Stevia is Better for Children than Sugar ("a natural alternative to sugar to combat child obesity")

Why Stevia is Better for Children than Sugar ("a natural alternative to sugar to combat child obesity") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
In the last thirty years doctors have seen childhood obesity quadruple.

Pediatricians are currently dealing with conditions that twenty years ago they would have told you were virtually impossible. From breast cancer in young girls to cardiovascular disease, never before have our children faced such dire health consequences attributable to one main cause: Sugar!

Sugar is not the only devil in this childhood obesity equation, but it is by far the leading cause for the epidemic we face as parents. In the early 1800’s we were consuming less than ten pounds of sugar per year per person. By the turn of the century in 2000, this amount had skyrocketed to over 100 pounds per person per year. This tenfold increase in less than two centuries has clearly marred the health of those we see around us today.

Stevia has been on the menu of the Guarani peoples of South America for over 1500 years. Leaves of the Stevia plant were used to add a touch of sweetness to teas, medicines, and as a sweet treat.

The leaves of Stevia rebaudiana contain active ingredients called steviol glycosides, and it is these ingredients that offer a natural alternative to refined sugar. The ingredients contained in Stevia are estimated to be approximately 150 times sweeter than sugar, which means you need very little extract to equal the amount of refined sugar.

Stevia not only reduces calorie intake but may in fact help to reduce the blood sugar spikes that result in cravings and fatigue. In a study published in Metabolism, researchers showed that the consumption of Stevia actually reduced postprandial blood glucose levels.


Bert Guevara's insight:

With all the negative findings of sugar, here is an alternative coming from natural sources. Read the article and find out why.


"Sugar is not the only devil in this childhood obesity equation, but it is by far the leading cause for the epidemic we face as parents. In the early 1800’s we were consuming less than ten pounds of sugar per year per person. By the turn of the century in 2000, this amount had skyrocketed to over 100 pounds per person per year. This tenfold increase in less than two centuries has clearly marred the health of those we see around us today."

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Stevia is what we use in our all natural energy drinks: https://www.mylifevantage.com/lletellier#axio

Eric Larson's curator insight, July 28, 7:50 PM

Stevia combating obesity.

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10 Myths About Vegetarian Diets, Busted ("you can always find the equivalent nutrients in veggies")

10 Myths About Vegetarian Diets, Busted ("you can always find the equivalent nutrients in veggies") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Before you write off a meatless diet, learn the truth about these common vegetarian myths

Myth: You can't get enough protein from plants

Meat doesn't have a monopoly on protein. In fact, almost all foods (except alcohol and sugar) contain some. A half-cup of beans even has about the same amount of protein as one ounce of meat.

 

Myth: Your workouts will suffer

If vegetarian athletes Venus Williams and Carmelo Anthony can cut out meat and stay on top of their game, you can certainly fuel your workout on plants,

 

Myth: It guarantees weight loss

 

Myth: Meatless diets aren't safe for pregnant women

 

Myth: Vegetarian eating is expensive

Sure, produce comes with a price tag, but at three-plus bucks per pound, meat is one of the priciest groceries money can buy, making vegetarian eating by and large less expensive, 

 

Myth: It has to be all or nothing

Trimming your meat habit (even just a little) could cut your risk of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. 

 

Bert Guevara's insight:

All food is good when consumed in a balanced manner. However, there are just too many myths about a pro-vegetable diets. It is fair to tackle them, if only to know the truth.

After reading the myths against vegetable diets, it will be up to you to make a switch for your own health considerations.

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The 7 Best Food Combinations for Weight Loss ("complementary combos for better metabolism")

The 7 Best Food Combinations for Weight Loss ("complementary combos for better metabolism") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Try corn and beans

7. Tuna + Ginger

Want to look better on the beach? Look no further than the ocean—or at least the oceanside sushi joint. Pairing a tuna roll, or a few pieces of tuna sashimi, with ginger may help your waistline.

6. Spinach + Avocado Oil

If you’re tiring of your usual go-to spinach-and-olive-oil salad, mix things up with avocado oil. Made from pressed avocados, it’s rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats that may help improve cholesterol and ward off hunger. 

5. Corn + Beans

While eating “a musical fruit” may not sound like the best way to lose weight or reduce bloat, hear us out. A calorie-restricted diet that includes four weekly servings of protein- and fiber-rich legumes has been proven to aid weight loss more effectively than a diet that doesn’t include beans, according to Spanish researchers. 

4. Honeydew + Red Grapes

Fight fat and banish bloating with a fruit salad comprised of honeydew and red grapes. 

3. Cayenne + Chicken

You feel like chicken tonight? Good for you: Protein-rich foods like poultry not only boost satiety, but also help people eat less at subsequent meals, according to research. And adding cayenne pepper fires up your fat burn.

2. Potatoes + Pepper

1. Coffee + Cinnamon

Bert Guevara's insight:

"More and more research confirms what great chefs and home cooks have always known: Foods weren’t meant to be eaten alone. They’re meant to work in partnership, each bringing its own set of unique flavors (and nutrients) to create the perfect weight-loss meal."

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Halamang Gamot: Okra ("know your vegetables; cheap but various uses of okra")

Halamang Gamot: Okra ("know your vegetables; cheap but various uses of okra") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Ang okra ay isang kilalang gulay na ipinangsasangkap sa ilang mga lutuin. Ang bunga nito na siyang ginagamit na panggulay ay pahaba, patulis at puno ng bilog-bilog na mga buto at may malapot at madulas na katas. Ang halamang ito ay may katamtamang taas, may bulaklak na madilaw at karaniwang itninatanim sa mga taniman para sa bunga na ginugulay.

ANO ANG MGA SUSTANSYA AT KEMIKAL NA MAAARING MAKUHA SA OKRA?

Ang iba’t ibang bahagi ng halamang okra ay maaaring makuhanan ng maraming uri ng kemikal at sustansya na maaaring may benepisyo sa kalusugan:

Ang bunga ng okra ay mayroong pectin, mucilage, fat, tubig, at ash. Mayroon pa protina, lipid, carbohydrate, dietary fiber, sugars, sucrose, glucose, fructose at starch. May mineral din ito na calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium.Ang bunga ay may taglay din na bitamina gaya ng vitamin C, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, folate, choline, ß-carotene, vitamin A, vitamin E, at vitamin K.Ang mga buto ay makukuhanan naman ng palmitic acid, stearic acid, arachidic acid, oleic acid, at linolic acid. May taglay din ito na vitamin C.ANO ANG MGA SAKIT AT KONDISYON NA MAAARING MAGAMOT NG OKRA?

1. Sore throat. 

2. Syphilis. 

3. Sugat. 

4. Lagnat. 

5. Varicose vein. 

6. Pulmonya. 

7. Pagsusugat sa balat. 

8. Pagtatae. 

9. Hirap sa pag-ihi. 

10. Rayuma. 

Bert Guevara's insight:

Hindi ko akalain na napakadaming gamit ang okra sa kalusugan.


"Ang iba’t ibang bahagi ng halamang okra ay maaaring makuhanan ng maraming uri ng kemikal at sustansya na maaaring may benepisyo sa kalusugan:..."

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Places Where People Live the Longest and Their Secrets to a Longer Life ("back to basic living")

Places Where People Live the Longest and Their Secrets to a Longer Life ("back to basic living") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
These are the world's Blue Zones, and through extensive research, Buettner and his team have found their examples can teach us a lot about living a truly healthy life. Here are a few valuable lessons in longevity from each region.

According to a 2012 NY Times article by Buettner, the “traditional folk” of Ikaria live relaxing yet active lives. They wake naturally, spend time working in their gardens, eat late lunches followed by naps and after sunset, spend quality time socializing with their neighbors. Traditional exercise (think running, cycling, CrossFit) isn’t a large part of the Ikarian lifestyle. Buetnner said it “played a small role at best.” Instead, he suspects it’s a combination of their healthful diet and daily socializing that contributes most to their unprecedented longevity. 

Buettner reported that the Ikarian diet consisted mainly of vegetables harvested from their gardens, legumes, leafy greens and “plenty” ofolive oil. “Their diet was also typical: a breakfast of goat’s milk, wine, sage tea or coffee, honey and bread,” Buettner wrote. “Lunch was almost always beans (lentils, garbanzos), potatoes, greens (fennel, dandelion or a spinachlike green called horta) and whatever seasonal vegetables their garden produced; dinner was bread and goat’s milk.” Additionally, according to Buettner, Ikarians are known for drinking many antioxidant-rich herbal teas made with ingredients like wild mint or rosemary.

Bert Guevara's insight:

It is interesting to know how people live longer. Read and learn.


"Buettner accredited this population’s longevity to the culture’s notion of “ikigai,” or “the reason for which you wake up in the morning.” “[It] suffuses people’s entire adult lives,” he wrote. “It gets centenarians out of bed and out of the easy chair to teach karate, or to guide the village spiritually, or to pass down traditions to children.”

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Great ideas from this article. Maybe I need to include some of these in my diet.

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How Texting Actually Affects Your Body ("be more conscious of how gadgets affect the health")

How Texting Actually Affects Your Body ("be more conscious of how gadgets affect the health") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
How much time do you spend texting? Have you ever stopped to consider how all this texting is affecting your body?

Your neck. Your head is heavy — 10 to 12 pounds. Imagine it were replaced by a bowling ball. Think about how heavy that would feel when you lean forward. Hunching over to a 60 degree angle substantially increases the stress load on your spine up to 60 pounds instead of 10. It’s a real pain in the neck. In fact, it can lead to headaches and long-term overuse injuries, like arthritis, pinched nerves, and premature disc degeneration — or developed spinal deformities that can afflict over-texting teens known as ‘text neck‘. 

Your lungs. Leaning forward and rounding the shoulders regularly can lead to breathing impairment and restricted blood flow. Also, when we are focusing intently on something like a screen, we have the tendency to breathe very shallowly. Keep your lungs open and take deep gulps of air, and keep a mindful posture when sending and receiving text messages to keep your blood flowing and your vital organs healthy. 

Your fingers. Constantly gripping a phone can lead to a claw-like tension in your hands. Regularly holding tension in your hands and fingers can stiffen the tendons, decrease range of motion, and weaken grip strength. Instead of texting so intensely, be mindful of the way you grip your phone, along with other parts of your body as well.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Habang abala ka sa pag-text, huwag kalimutan ang kalusugan ng katawan. Basahin ang ilang epekto ng pag-text.


"If you text a lot, try throwing in some opening yoga poses halfway through the day. When you do text, text more mindfully, taking deep breaths, sitting up straight, and loosening your death grip on your precious smartphone. Encourage your kids to do it too. You’ll both be more self-aware and your body will be far healthier in the long run."

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Eat Grains, Veggies And Fish - In Photos: Health Secrets Of The World's Oldest People

Eat Grains, Veggies And Fish  - In Photos: Health Secrets Of The World's Oldest People | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
The largest concentration of healthy 100-year-olds is in
Okinawa, Japan. The people there eat a diet high in grains, vegetables and
fish, and low in eggs, meat and dairy. In the U.S., Daisy McFadden, who will
turn 101 in November, follows suit. She regularly eats oatmeal and fruit for
breakfast, a salad with chicken or fish for lunch, and steamed vegetables and
lean meat for dinner.
Bert Guevara's insight:

"Doctors say that healthy habits will help get you to age 85, but how to live beyond that remains a medical mystery. We interviewed people in their 100s to find out how they did it."

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19 Second Breathing Technique Induces Sleep 'Almost Instantly' ("this method is free; try it")

19 Second Breathing Technique Induces Sleep 'Almost Instantly' ("this method is free; try it") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Having trouble sleeping? It may be time to try something called the 4-7-8 breathing technique - which could help you fall asleep in as little as 60 seconds.
Bert Guevara's insight:

Are you worried that you are a sleeping pill junkie? or that you have the better sense to realize that sleeping should be a natural thing for you? Try this free method, in case you have trouble sleeping.

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Good looking: 6 surprising ways to improve your eyesight- New Scientist ("check out these suggestions")

Good looking: 6 surprising ways to improve your eyesight- New Scientist ("check out these suggestions") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
From clever screens to super foods and computer games: the vision-boosting tricks your optician won't tell you about
Phone screens that do the focusing for you

Put away those reading glasses. A new type of screen will make any page look just right for your eyes

The veggies that really do boost night vision

No, carrots can't help you see in the dark. But some other veggies might

Super lens implants are going mainstream

Novel kinds of artificial eye lenses are allowing both the short-sighted and long-sighted to see fine without glasses, even for reading

Keep moving if you want to keep seeing

One of the many benefits of exercising is that it helps to protect against various forms of blindness as we get older

Video games that can help you see better

Playing shoot 'em ups has a surprising benefit – it can train your brain to sharpen your vision

How time outdoors could protect kids' eyesight

The increase in short-sightedness in kids across the world is often blamed on time in front of a screen, but a lack of time outdoors may be the real problem






Bert Guevara's insight:

"Not many of us have perfect eyesight, and we will develop problems as we get older. Until recently, glasses or contact lenses were just about the only options.
"But as we've learned more about the eye, we've come up with surprising ways to preserve or enhance vision, from changing what you eat to software that lets you read your smartphone without reading glasses."

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Study: Driving While Dehydrated 'Just as Dangerous as Driving Intoxicated' ("bring water in the car")

Study: Driving While Dehydrated 'Just as Dangerous as Driving Intoxicated' ("bring water in the car") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
According to a recent study published in the journal Physiology and Behavior, driving while dehydrated is just as dangerous as driving drunk.

In addition to drivers not bringing adequate beverages on long road trips, many do not stop intermittently to drink fluids when thirsty. In a haste to reach their destination, some drivers avoid all food and drink throughout their road journey. Doing so, however, may prove to be a neglectful habit that can endanger themselves, other occupants, as well as other drivers on the road.

The environmental conditions within an automobile or truck can also be quite conducive toward causing dehydration. Particularly during the hot and sunny summer months, the ambient air in a vehicle will naturally be drying. Turning up the air conditioner to compensate for the radiant heat emitted from the hot, black roadways only further contributes to the dehydration phenomenon. Windy days will even further exacerbate the situation.

All taken together, the task of driving long distances, on roads that are often in disrepair is not as easy as it once was. The stresses, both physical and psychological, can take a toll in such a way that low level dehydration can easily result. For these and other safety reasons, it is highly advisable that water or other beverages be brought on any short or long distance trip so that they can be sipped on when needed.

Both caffeinated drinks and alcohol are highly discouraged for obvious reasons. Coffee is a diuretic as is black tea. Green tea would be the best choice in a glass-lined thermos. All forms of alcohol are not only diuretics, they also grossly impair judgment and slow down reaction time.

Of course, when significantly dehydrated behind the wheel, drinking practically any fluid (except alcohol) is preferable to not drinking at all.

Bert Guevara's insight:

If you drive in warm weather, make sure you have water in the car and remember to take a sip once in a while.

 

"Lemon water, orange juice, and grapefruit juice are some of the more healthful alternatives that can keep you hydrated at the wheel. So are various herbal teas which do not contain any diuretics. Diluted fruit juices can also serve to quench one’s thirst and somewhat satisfy the appetite when food stops are not taken.

"One of the quickest and best way to rehydrate is to drink coconut water while on the road. The fresher the coconut water, the better – as it will also help balance electrolytes as well as replace trace minerals. It will also stave off hunger attacks while driving."

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