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Coconut juice as natural Viagra - by Paul Simms - Helium

Coconut juice as natural Viagra - by Paul Simms - Helium | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Like many natural foods, there is certainly some evidence that suggests that coconut juice could act as a natural sex enhancer in both men and wom..., Paul Simms (Health topic: Does coconut juice act as a natural viagra

Like many natural foods, there is certainly some evidence that suggests that coconut juice could act as a natural sex enhancer in both men and women. Most of this evidence, however, is not particular to coconut juice, but rather to any healthy fluid. For instance, many of the reasons that coconut juice could enhance sexual performance and libido are also true of your average sports drink. There is one thing that is distinct to coconut juice that could be the reason in most places where coconuts grow, it is 'common knowledge' that the juice will increase sexual performance, and that one thing is the hormone kinetin.

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5 Compounds that Make Oregano a Nutritional Powerhouse ("this is the true spice of life")

5 Compounds that Make Oregano a Nutritional Powerhouse ("this is the true spice of life") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Although often used as a culinary spice for its distinct flavor and aroma, oregano is also an amazing healing plant due to the following constituents.

Firstly, oregano contains Carvacrol, which is known to be a powerful antimicrobial agent. Carvacarol is so robust that it can preserve food and keep our bodies from developing candida albicans fungus, keeps the aspergillus mold, giardia, staphylococcus, listeria, and salmonella poisoning at bay, and even prevents e.coli from spreading.

Oregano also contains a compound called Thymol, a natural fungicide and immune booster.Further, class of hydrocarbons known as Terpenes is also present in oregano, as well as the cannabis plant and pine trees. Terpenes is sought after by pharmaceutical companies due to its medicinal effects and antibacterial qualities.Oregano additionally contains Rosmarinic acid, which is stronger than Vitamin E at preventing free radical damage, can boost cognitive functioning, and can event help prevent allergic asthma.A flavanoid which gives grapefruit its bitter-sweet taste while also preventing cancerous cell growth, Naringin is also present in oregano.In addition to the above, oil of oregano contains important trace minerals like calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, copper, boron, manganese, and potassium, and vitamins E, A, C, and niacin.

 

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Oregano - another wonder, health spice! Read and find out why it is amazing.

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Low Fat Foods Contain 20% more Sugar than Full-Fat Products ("beware of the hidden calories")

Low Fat Foods Contain 20% more Sugar than Full-Fat Products ("beware of the hidden calories") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Are you attracted to low-fat or fat-free foods? It turns out that these foods often contain as much as 25 percent more sugar than the full-fat conterparts.
A new study from Channel 4 in the U.K. shows just how reaching for low-fat options could be harmful to your health by putting your sugar consumption levels well over a healthful limit. The low-fat craze started a few decades ago, but it is still running rampant today. Despite many people recognizing the craze as misguided and uninformed, some are still falling for the line of reasoning that fat causes fat, and that by eliminating dietary fat you can eliminate love handles, tummies, or obesity in general. Beyond obesity, sugar consumption is similarly tied to cancer. In fact, if you or someone you know is suffering from cancer, one of the best things they can do is take away the disease’s favorite food – sugar. The WHO recently announced new recommendations regarding sugar consumption, suggesting less than 5 percent of our daily calories should come from the sweet stuff, down from their previously recommended 10 percent. In removing fat from otherwise fatty foods, the industry has to add things to make their products taste worthwhile. And one of the ingredients they know is sure to please taste buds is sugar.
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Which is worse, the fat or the sugar?
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Sleep & Heart Disease -- Go Red For Women ("6-8 hrs is what we need")

Sleep & Heart Disease -- Go Red For Women ("6-8 hrs is what we need") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Exercise and eating nutritious foods aren’t the only things that can help increase heart health; sleep is also a factor. Learn how much sleep you need.
“Our study shows for the first time that poor quality sleep puts individuals at significantly increased risk of developing high blood pressure,” said Susan Redline, M.D., the study’s co-author, in a statement. So how much sleep is the right amount? Lundberg is hesitant to put an exact number on it. She says it varies from person to person, but that most people need seven hours per night. When we are young, we need more than that. As we grow older, we may need less, she says. According to the American Heart Association, studies have found that most people need six to eight hours of sleep each day and that too little or too much can increase the risk of cardiovascular problems. The heart is significantly impacted when the body doesn’t get enough sleep. As Dr. Gina Lundberg, clinical director of Emory Women’s Heart Center, says, “People who are sleep deprived have slower metabolism and more difficulty losing weight. They also have the effect of not wanting to exercise or participate in other healthy habits.”
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10 Myths and Facts About Water - Diet and Nutrition Center - Everyday Health ("manage your H2O intake")

10 Myths and Facts About Water - Diet and Nutrition Center - Everyday Health ("manage your H2O intake") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Theres a lot of information and misinformation about drinking water. Discover the truth about water benefits and whether you really need eight glasses of water a day.

1. Everyone needs to drink eight glasses of water a day.

Myth. Though water is the easiest and most economical fluid to keep you hydrated, the latest Institute of Medicine recommendation is that women should strive for about two liters or eight glasses a day and men should aim for three liters or 12 glasses a day of any fluid, not just water. “No one can figure out where this ‘eight glasses of water’ came from, but I believe it came from the old RDA [recommended daily allowance] for water that matched water requirements to calorie requirements,” notes Georgia Chavent, MS, RD, director of the Nutrition and Dietetics Program at the University of New Haven in West Haven, Conn. “The new requirement from the Institute of Medicine is much more generous and includes recommendations for total beverage consumption, not just water.”

2. Drinking water flushes toxins from your body.

Fact. Though water doesn’t necessarily neutralize toxins, the kidneys do use water to get rid of certain waste products. If you don’t drink enough water, your kidneys don’t have the amount of fluid they need to do their job properly. “If the body does not have sufficient water, then metabolic wastes will not be removed as efficiently as they should,” explains Amy Hess-Fischl, RD, CDE, of the University of Chicago Kovler Diabetes Center. “In essence, the body would be holding in toxins instead of expelling them, as is required for proper health.”

 

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With hotter days ahead, how do we manage our liquid intake? Let's check out some myths and facts about water.


"Water is essential to survival — use these facts to figure out if you need to increase your intake or feel reassured that you’re drinking enough."

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90 Year Old Woman Healed Her Broken Pelvis with Carrot Juice ("another amazing juicing testimony")

90 Year Old Woman Healed Her Broken Pelvis with Carrot Juice ("another amazing juicing testimony") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
You may have read the article of how two people overcame their cancers with five pounds of carrots juiced daily, and wondered if carrot juice did the trick or if it was just magic.

Now, what usually happens to an older person who fractures his or her pelvis? It’s usually a death sentence. You may have heard that when old folks break their pelvises or hips, they soon die.

Charlotte, tripped over an electrical fan cord and fell hard onto a concrete floor, breaking her pelvis in two places. After seeing her shattered pelvis X-ray, Charlotte was momentarily convinced this was fatal considering her age of 90 and the fact that, although hip replacements are common, mending a broken pelvis is not handled by surgical procedures.

But her son Howard exclaimed it would not be a death sentence for her. Howard reminded his mother of a case under her father, Dr. Max Gerson, where a woman’s cancer, which had metastasized into her hip/pelvic area, was not only healed, but the damage to her bones in that area had healed also. All from drinking lots of freshly made organic fruit and veggie juices daily, mostly carrot, and detoxing with coffee enemas.

Charlotte simply maintained her normal organic vegetarian diet, enjoyed good music, red good books, enjoyed good company with family and friends, and slept a lot. Most importantly, she drank eight to ten glasses of carrots juiced freshly with an apple daily.

In five weeks, she was able to walk without crutches or a walker, and x-rays showed her pelvis was completely, properly healed. Of course, being healthy initially  made it easier. But the fact that a broken pelvis at 90 completely healed in five weeks with rest and lots of carrot juice is amazing.

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How did this senior citizen do it in 5 weeks?

"Charlotte simply maintained her normal organic vegetarian diet, enjoyed good music, read good books, enjoyed good company with family and friends, and slept a lot. Most importantly, she drank eight to ten glasses of carrots juiced freshly with an apple daily."

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Tweet from @DailyHealthTips

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With these benefits, this vegetable is worth every peso, especially if its organic.

When mixed with tomatoes, they produce a powerful combination!

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Photo Gallery: 10 Tasty Soda Alternatives ("10 thirst quenchers for hot summer days other than soda")

Photo Gallery: 10 Tasty Soda Alternatives ("10 thirst quenchers for hot summer days other than soda") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Do you always reach for a soda when thirst hits?

Americans continue to guzzle extra calories through sugary drinks likesoda. And teens may be among the biggest offenders: Roughly one-third of high school students in the U.S. drink two or more sodas, sports drinks, or other sugary beverages per day, according to the results of a national survey released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The health dangers of soda are not new. Soda consumption has been linked to an increased risk for heart disease and diabetes, as well as to rising rates of obesity. Recent research from the University of Bangor and Bristol suggests that drinking soda can actually trigger sweet cravings by dulling your sensitivity to sweet tastes, sparking a vicious cycle of eating sweet foods and drinks. “As taste satisfaction levels drop; the more sweet foods are consumed,” Dr. Hans-Peter Kubis from Bangor University’s School of Sport, Health & Exercise Sciences, who led the study, said in a statement.

Isn’t it about time you and your family kicked the soda habit? Get started with one of these healthier low-calorie thirst-quenchers, sure to still satisfy your taste buds.

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Top 16 Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Ants - Blog ("don't rely on insecticides")

Top 16 Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Ants - Blog ("don't rely on insecticides") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it

Please Share This Page: If you are a first-time visitor, please be sure to like us on Facebook and receive our exciting and innovative tutorials on herbs and natural health topics! Photo – Wikipedia, lic. under CC 2.0 Ants are one of the most successful lifeforms on planet Earth. They have colonized almost every part [...]

A: Prevention

1. Empty out the trash frequently.

2. Keep your place clean – especially pay attention to food debris (in particular anything sweet).

3. Don’t leave unwrapped food, partially consumed food, leftovers and bagged food (they can get in!) laying around. Keep food supplies in jars – my favorites are the “Fido” brand big food jars with the seal and the metal clip on the lid. No plastic!

4. Wipe down countertops regularly, using a natural cleaner such as a white vinegar solution. Clear up spills of anything sweet – honey, syrup, sugars etc thoroughly – and be sure to clean out food cupboards – a favorite place for ants to raid.

5. Fix broken screens, seal cracks and other places where the ants get in. Note this may not be totally effective – many doors simply don’t seal properly and will allow place for them to squeeze through.

6. If you see ants, see if you can figure out what they are eating. While you’re at it – follow the trail in both directions and find out where they are getting in. Removing the food source will force them to look somewhere else. They’re pretty good at finding stuff – but if you truly have nothing for them, they will move on.

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One of the most popular methods of getting rid of ants involves using poisons – however in addition to the cruelty of this kind of chemical warfare, it may mean bringing highly toxic substances into your home. One of the common ingredients in ant poison is arsenic. If you use such products, you will be introducing small amounts of arsenic into your home and garden.

If you’re committed to the natural way, you will of course want some alternatives. 

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A Morning Warm-Up with Turmeric Tea, Fighting Cancer & Building Our Brains at the Same Time ("super!")

A Morning Warm-Up with Turmeric Tea, Fighting Cancer & Building Our Brains at the Same Time ("super!") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Blog post at Fresh Bites Daily : On my recent trip to Kauai, I was spoiled by the wide availability of fresh turmeric, so much so that I created a daily ritual of turmeric t[..]
Fresh turmeric has a stronger flavor than you would expect give the dehydrated turmeric powder. The powder can be added to just about anything, particular in curry-type dishes, and you may notice only the vibrant color change. Fresh turmeric has a slightly bitter bite. The flavor is good but it is unique — it is worthy of experiencing it yourself before you dedicate a protected area of your garden to it, as I am about to do. To make a tea, you simply make an herbal infusion as you would any other herb or root. In this case, I simply added a couple of inches of turmeric, sliced, to a few cups of water. I brought it to a boil, let it simmer for a half hour or so, and then put the lid on and let it sit over night. Warm your infusion up in the morning, dilute it to taste, and add a bit of honey.
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I have posted so many benefits of turmeric, but I take it only in powder form. It's good to know that it can be in tea form too! Super! You can do it yourself the natural way.
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Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory that has been shown to have anti-cancer benefits. 

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Naringin Reduces Cervical & Breast Cancer Tumors by up to 75% ("grapefruit in diet fights cancer")

Naringin Reduces Cervical & Breast Cancer Tumors by up to 75% ("grapefruit in diet fights cancer") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it

Studies have found that naringin, an anti-carcinogenic compound in grapefruit, is able to reduce the growth of and destroy cancer cells without toxicity.

Studies show how people suffering from cancerous tumors due to malnutrition and cachexia (high levels of inflammatory cytokines in their cells which causes weakening or severe illness) responded exceptionally well to treatment with naringin, a compound found in grapefruit. While laboratory animals have been tested most prominently for their response to naringin, there are hundreds of other studies carried out on people, as well. In many of these studies ‘complete tumor regression’ ensued.

In one instance, women suffering from cervical cancer who used naringin experienced a ‘marked ability to inhibit preclinical models of epithelial cancer cell growth and tumor formation.” In other studies, naringin caused apoptosis (suicide) of cancerous cells. Naringin is both a chemopreventative substance and anti-carcinogenic. Specifically, SiHa cancer cells were affected by this citrus compound:

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There are natural dietary ways of preventing or fighting cancer. Try taking grapefruit, in whatever form, and gain from the anti-cancer benefits of naringin.

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Top 8 Reasons to have Eggs Everyday ("many old egg myths have been overtaken by science")

Top 8 Reasons to have Eggs Everyday ("many old egg myths have been overtaken by science") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it

If you ask a nutritionist to name one food that is super healthy, tasty, easy to cook, easily available and not too expensive, the answer, invariably, has to be eggs. Here’s why you should enjoy eggs:

1. They do not cause high blood cholesterol.

2. They are full of high quality proteins.

3. They contain more good fats than bad.

4. Great for weight watchers. 

5. Great for your eyes. 

6. Great for your brain. 

7. Loaded with vitamins and minerals. 

8. The practical aspects. They are easily available, easy to store and can be prepared in a variety of ways. ...

 

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It will be a lengthy debate if we discuss health issues pertaining to eggs. This is why people have their own ways of eating eggs, always fearful of certain myths which accompany them.

Here are 8 positive reasons why you can take it everyday.

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Foods You Should Always Eat Together ("power foods using natural combinations")

Certain foods, when eaten together, don't just tickle the tastebuds, they pack a healthy one-two punch!

Pairing certain foods together enhances the nutritional impact of each, a concept known as food synergy. Here are a few pairings from Amy Jamieson-Petonic, a registered dietician at the Cleveland Clinic, that can help take your healthy eating to the next level.

1. Spinach and lemon.  

2. Tomatoes and olive oil.

3. Fish and curry powder. 

4. Mixed berries. 

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6 Big Reasons Not to Drink Bottled Water - Ways2GoGreen Blog ("bring your own water container")

6 Big Reasons Not to Drink Bottled Water - Ways2GoGreen Blog ("bring your own water container") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Try and encourage businesses and schools to offer filtered water instead of bottles of water. Here are 6 big reasons not to drink bottled water.

There has been debate as to whether bottled water is actually cleaner and safer than drinking tap water. There is a difference of opinion on this topic depending on whom you speak to. My suggestion would be to educate yourself as much as you can, test your local water if you are able to, so you know what you are dealing with, and if the safety of your tap water worries you then look into some type of filtration system. It will save you a lot of money in the long run.

There are a few things you can do to help conquer the bottled water problem and protect the environment. If possible bring your own drinking bottle with you wherever you go so you can fill it with water as needed. If you have a filtration system at home you can fill up from there before you go out. Try and encourage businesses and schools to offer filtered water instead of bottles of water. If you must buy a bottle of water then please do your part to recycle it!

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Yale Scientist Compares All Diets and Finds REAL Food Best ("back to basics still the best")

Yale Scientist Compares All Diets and Finds REAL Food Best ("back to basics still the best") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it

")}Which diet is best? According to a study by a highly credentialed medical expert, Dr. David Katz, the best food – is REAL food.

Forget about infomercials, questionable advice from your trainer at the gym, or the latest diet craze. All you need to do is put away the processed, non-food, junk you’ve been eating and you can expect to lose weight, feel better, and actually be – here’s a novel idea – healthier.

Credible nutritionists have been saying it forever, and even foodies know that nothing can take the place of real food – not GMO, not chemical laden biotech food, or things filled with artificial preservatives, colors flavorings, and more non-food stuff that our bodies don’t want or need. It can get confusing because one expert will tout the benefits of lowering carbs, and another or minimizing calories, then another will convincingly argue that you just need to combine certain foods for the best overall effect. It turns out that all of this, and your conscience probably already knows this –that real food is the answer.

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What constitutes the best diet?

"Katz ... Stephanie Meller in a paper titled, “Can We Say What Diet Is Best for Health?” They compared all the trend diets of the day: Low carb, low fat, low glycemic, Mediterranean, mixed/balanced (DASH), Paleolithic, vegan, and elements of other diets.


“A diet of minimally processed foods close to nature, predominantly plants, is decisively associated with health promotion and disease prevention.”

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There’s reason to be optimistic this Earth Day ("climate issues reach mainstream concern")

There’s reason to be optimistic this Earth Day ("climate issues reach mainstream concern") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Guest post by Mark Tercek, The Nature Conservancy's President and CEO.
Earth Day is tomorrow. Yes, people and nature around the world face grim threats due to rising temperatures, increasingly frequent and intense natural disasters and increased demand for food, water, land and energy. But before you get too depressed, let me explain why this Earth Day, I’m optimistic. Poll after poll shows immensely broad and diverse support for conservation. We have seen a surge in protected areas around the world. More and more communities are incorporating nature into their planning to reduce risks from natural disasters. Outside the U.S., climate change is at the forefront of many national agendas and has transcended political divisions. And thanks to advances in science and technology, we know more about the environmental challenges we face than ever before—and how to address them. So what can we do to build on this momentum to keep April 22 as a day to celebrate? The complex challenges we face require a broad array of solutions. And I say the more solutions the better—it's encouraging to know that a diverse community of environmental NGOs is addressing these challenges from a variety of angles. While our approaches may differ, we are all working toward the same ultimate goal: a verdant, healthy planet where both people and nature thrive.
Bert Guevara's insight:
So what can you do this Earth Day to help protect, transform and inspire? First, support the environmental organization of your choice. Second, get engaged. Third, get young kids outdoors.
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The Oldest Nutrition Advice May Be The Wisest ("eat a little of all fruits & veggies and live longer")

The Oldest Nutrition Advice May Be The Wisest ("eat a little of all fruits & veggies and live longer") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
There's more nutrition information available to all of us than ever before, but consumers seem more confused about what to eat....

A new study, published online in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, should give you more reason to pile your plate with fresh produce picks. The study used data from more than 65,000 free-living English adults (at least 35 years old) and monitored their dietary habits and health status for an average of 7.7 years. During the course of the study, some 4,399 subjects died. Using the available dietary intake and mortality data, the researchers found an association between fruit and vegetable consumption and reduced risk for death from all causes, as well as risk of dying from cardiovascular disease or cancer.

Results? Subjects who reported eating seven or more servings of produce daily were 42 percent less likely to die from any cause during the study. In addition, those eating seven or more servings per day reduced risk of dying from cancer by 25 percent and from heart disease by 31 percent, compared to those who reported eating less than a serving per day. Vegetables were found to provide more disease-preventing benefits than fruit. For example, those eating 3+ servings of fruit reduced risk of death by 16 percent but eating 3+ servings of vegetables reduced risk of death by 32 percent.

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Bottom line: Eat more fruits and veggies. While it's unclear how many servings per day is optimal for overall health, this study shows that three or more servings of vegetables and three or more servings of fruit provided significant health payoffs. Produce may be the only food group that we can safely say, "More is better!"

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Water Myths Debunked, From Weight Loss to Hydration ("many fluid types are good; but not for slimming")

Water Myths Debunked, From Weight Loss to Hydration ("many fluid types are good; but not for slimming") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Increasing intake won't help you shed pounds, expert says.

"There is very little evidence that drinking water promotes weight loss. It is one of those self-perpetuating myths," Beth Kitchin, an assistant professor of nutrition sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said in a university news release.

"I'm not saying drinking water isn't good," she said, adding that she's aware of only one study that showed people who drank more water burned a few extra calories. "And it was only a couple of extra calories a day," she said.

Another popular misconception is that the temperature of drinking water affects weight loss.

Many people also believe they need to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. Although people do need to get fluids, it doesn't have to be water, Kitchin said. Instead, it can be things such as diet soda, green tea, mineral water mixed with juice, or even coffee and other caffeinated beverages, she said.

"People think coffee doesn't count, but actually it does," Kitchin said. "When you drink coffee, your body is retaining much of that fluid -- especially for people who are habituated to drinking caffeine, as the body adapts."

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Drink water and fluids for the right reasons.

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Splenda Found to Reduce Friendly Gut Bacteria Significantly ("what else is there for the diabet?")

Splenda Found to Reduce Friendly Gut Bacteria Significantly ("what else is there for the diabet?") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
PHOTO: medicaldaily.com.
Still using an artificial sweetener like Splenda? You may want to rethink that choice. Like sugar, but not really, Splenda is a chlorinated, toxic sweetener.

It has been approved for use since 1998, but this seemingly harmless substance causes leukemia, weight gain, and even obesity. As evidenced in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, the sweetener also destroys healthy gut flora – an absolute must for a healthy immune system.

Due to the ill effects of this chemical in a packet, the consumer watchdog group, Center for Science in the Public Interest, has downgraded it from ‘safe’ to ‘use with caution’. Some studies are even showing that consumption of artificial sweeteners like Splenda have been linked to ‘higher incidence of leukemia in mice‘. It can also cause gastro-intestinal issues like IBS, migraines, dizziness, depression, and spikes in blood glucose levels.

Finally, as mentioned, Splenda has been shown to alter the gut microflora, leading to a host of diseases and a compromised immune system. A study found that it ‘significantly depressed’ the gut balance in laboratory animals.

The truth is, you should probably give up all artificial sweeteners, including Splenda, aspartame, acesulfame potassium, xylitol, and maltitol, though they are heavily marketed as safe. Why on earth would you use this artificial sweetener at all, when other natural sweeteners are available – some of them with greatly added health benefits – like honey?

Bert Guevara's insight:

It seems diabetics (like myself) are running out of sweeteners as all commercial artificial sweeteners are found to have negative effects to health. 

Thank God, there is still coco-sugar and some honey.

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Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Cases Grow by 12000% in Just 7 Years ("dirty environment vs medicine")

Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Cases Grow by 12000% in Just 7 Years ("dirty environment vs medicine") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it

(Cases of a strain of gut bacteria resistant to pharmaceuticals has risen from 5 cases to more than 600 -12000 percent increase - in just 7 years.

Thanks to the widespread overuse of antibiotics in both humans and animal feed, our gut flora has successfully been depleted and ruined. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has even admitted that the age of antibiotics should be coming to an end as super bacteria take over. Meanwhile, hospitals in England are reporting that patients are carrying record numbers of antibiotic-resistant diseases. Laboratory-confirmed cases of a strain of gut bacteria resistant to pharmaceuticals has risen from five cases to more than 600 in just 7 years.

The health department of England (PHE) has launched a ‘toolkit’ to prevent the spread of antibiotic-resistant gut bacteria to keep this epidemic from getting worse. Officials say there is an ‘urgent need’ for hospitals to halt the spread of an issue caused by the pharmaceutical industry, but one which can also be rectified by natural solutions.

The bacteria-causing infection currently being reported on is called carbapenemase which produces Enterobacteriaceae (CPE). This bacteria is resistant to carbapenem antibiotics, considered the ‘last resort’ drug only used when no other antibiotics have worked to kill an infection. There has been a marked increase in CPE cases in the last decade.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Going natural is the way of the future!

"It is clear that we need to develop a new strategy for combating health-destructive bacteria – one that will not have such potentially bleak repercussions for future humankind. Instead of making yourself weaker and depleting your body’s natural ability to treat itself from any number of ailments, try utilizing natural foods and herbs to ditch the Big Pharma medications for good."

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A recipe for homemade deodorant that REALLY works! ("tired of commercials; go natural & homemade")

A recipe for homemade deodorant that REALLY works! ("tired of commercials; go natural & homemade") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
The perfect combination of oils and dry-enhancing powders make this deodorant surprisingly effective all day long.

Recipe for Homemade Deodorant

3 tbsp virgin coconut oil
2 tbsp shea butter
3 tbsp baking soda
2 tbsp cornstarch
5 drops essential oil (lavender, orange, etc.)

Make a double boiler by placing a half-pint glass jar in the middle of a small pot of water. Bring water to a simmer. Add coconut oil and shea butter to the jar and let melt. Turn off the heat, add baking soda and cornstarch, and stir until completely smooth. Mix in the essential oil of your choice. Let cool.

At room temperature (which is about 67 degrees Fahrenheit in my house) the deodorant is hard. I scrape out ~1 tsp, roll it into a ball with my fingertips, and apply it directly under my armpits, where it melts and soaks in. In the summer, I’ll keep the jar of deodorant in the fridge, since coconut oil liquefies at 76 F. Some people transfer the deodorant to an old anti-perspirant tube to make application easier.


 

Bert Guevara's insight:

Homemade recipes may work better than commercial brands. Try natural deodorants! Better than plain "tawas".

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10 Reasons to Ignore “Conventional Wisdom” on Salt ("try unrefined sea salt, our body needs it")

10 Reasons to Ignore “Conventional Wisdom” on Salt ("try unrefined sea salt, our body needs it") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Do you still think salt consumption causes high blood pressure and heart attacks? The taboo on salt has been challenged - here is the truth about salt.

The result was 90% sodium without hardly any of the minerals that come with unprocessed sea salt. Actually, those with high blood pressure (and everyone, really) should just consume more foods rich in potassium, no matter the level of salt consumption. Meta-analysis’ show how low potassium intake has the same impact on blood pressure as high salt consumption – the real problem is an imbalance between sodium and potassium. Then add bleaching agent residue and aluminum to the processed salt toxic package and you have even more of a health hazard.

Evidently the causal link of salt consumption for high blood pressure to heart attacks is weak. But the right type of salt should be used for optimum health. Though we all need sodium to live and function efficiently, our bodies have a hard time recognizing it from refined salt. Digestion and metabolism become imbalanced, perpetuating toxicity internally.

Ten Health Benefits of Unrefined Sea Salt

1) Salt helps stabilize and regulate heartbeats, thanks to its magnesium and sodium content.

2) Sodium is essential for proper muscular function.

3) Salt helps minimize the effects of stress by maintaining proper melatonin, serotonin, and tryptamine levels in the brain.

4) Salt helps the body hold water sufficiently for proper cell hydration.

5) Salt helps remove cellular acidity, especially in the brain and kidneys. Thus it is an alkalizer.

6) Sea salt boosts your immune system.

7) Since salt is taken into bone matter as part of strengthening bones, it could help prevent osteoporosis.

8) Sea salt provides a buffer for blood sugar levels to help prevent diabetes or to help those who are diabetic use less insulin.

9) Sea salt provides iodine in a natural setting, making it easier for your thyroid to absorb it and to regulate the endocrine system.

10) It tastes better. Drink plenty of water when consuming salt.

Bert Guevara's insight:

The health culprit is really "refined" salt (like "refined" sugar) already has bleaching elements. Our body will benefit greatly from "unrefined" sea salt. The myths regarding salt (high blood pressure and heart attacks) are being challenged today.

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Chamomile: A Natural Cancer Fighter and Sleep Promoter ("a bedtime cure and companion vs insomnia")

Chamomile: A Natural Cancer Fighter and Sleep Promoter ("a bedtime cure and companion vs insomnia") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
It’s true that the chamomile plant is great for promoting relaxation and deep sleep, but it’s also useful in fighting anxiety, depression, and even cancer.

Research shows chamomile is able to trigger cancer cell death, a phenomena known as apoptosis. It’s active component, apigenin, can shorten the lifespan and the prolioferation of breast cancer cells. As Ohio State University reports, apigenin can actually help “fix flaws in molecules carrying generic information.” Such flaws are responsible for many cancers.

Researchers with Ohio State University found that apigenin is able to join forces with 160 proteins in the body, whereas conventional cancer treatments only work on a molecule-by-molecule basis. They surmise that cancer-affected proteins are lured into the apigenin where it can go to work to eliminate the disease.

Other researched benefits of chamomile include:

Bloating

Insomnia

Menstrual cramps

Migraines

Burns and scrapes

Rashes

Mouth sores and

gum disease.

 

Bert Guevara's insight:

Drinking tea before sleeping cannot be more beneficial than chamomile tea. It not only puts you to sleep by addressing anxiety and depression issues, it also fights cancer.

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5 Heart-Health Myths to Stop Believing—Today! ("update yourself and enjoy life longer and happier!")

5 Heart-Health Myths to Stop Believing—Today! ("update yourself and enjoy life longer and happier!") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Heart disease kills more Americans than cancer or obesity does—so it's time to separate fact from fiction

Myth#1: The main symptom of a heart attack is chest pain.

Myth #2: A low-fat diet without red meat and cheese is best at keeping your heart healthy.

Myth #3: Multi-vitamins and fish oil can prevent heart disease.

Myth #4: You don't need to worry about your salt intake.

Myth #5: There is a heart disease gene. 


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Have you updated yourself on the recent findings about heart disease? Here are 5 myths. Know the truth. Read!

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Woman Heals Developmentally Delayed Grandson with Coconut Oil ("another testimony")

Woman Heals Developmentally Delayed Grandson with Coconut Oil ("another testimony") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
I don’t even want to imagine what this child’s life would be like without coconut oil.

"... The irratic behavior made me think autism, but I guess I was afraid of putting a label on it. I don’t have much faith in doctors and really didn’t want to start out this little guy’s life popping pills into him. I read every thing that I could get my hands on about treating it naturally and coconut oil was part of the remedy."

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Sleep's Best-Kept Secret: A Treatment for Insomnia That's Not a Pill ("use a smartphone app!")

Sleep's Best-Kept Secret: A Treatment for Insomnia That's Not a Pill ("use a smartphone app!") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Why behavior therapy isn't used more, and what your smartphone can do about that

SleepRate is an app that helps people who can’t or won’t go to a sleep clinic to generate, in DIY fashion, the same kind of information that all the monitors do to help sleep experts design the right behavioral therapy for patients. Anda Baharav, SleepRate’s founder and a former researcher at the Medical Physics Department at Tel Aviv University says this product can detect sleep disturbances by mathematically defining the connection between sleep, heart rate and respiration. They have combined their diagnostic method with a smartphone adaptation of a Stanford University proprietary CBTI treatment to bring CBTI to more people with sleep disorders. Anyone with an iPhone or certain other smartphones can download the app kit for $99, which comes with the sleep plan and a heart-rate monitor worn across the chest.

Here’s how it works. You sleep in your own bed for five nights with the chest belt and app on, and you also record how you feel subjectively about your sleep and alertness before you start the program, and then again every evening and morning for the five days of the assessment. The app keeps track of all the information in a sleep diary, and provides the results from the previous night’s sleep in an easy-to-read graphic. which the user can see and learn how long it takes to reach stable sleep, how many times you wake during the night, the sequence of your sleep stages throughout the night and how much quality sleep you get. Your phone’s microphone will also record noises around you and identify which ones wake you up.  “If you’re used to living in New York City, for example,” Baharav says, “the traffic and sirens may not wake you, but your fridge banging on at 4 a.m. might.” So your sleep plan might include a service call from your appliance company—or a new fridge.

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