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You Asked: Which Foods Are Treated With Antibiotics? ("meds can't keep up w/ evolution of superbugs")

You Asked: Which Foods Are Treated With Antibiotics? ("meds can't keep up w/ evolution of superbugs") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Foods from fruit to farmed fish are treated with antibiotics. But poultry and livestock are the ones keeping health experts awake at night.

But at least as far back as 1945, health experts have warned that overusing antibiotics could lead to so-called “superbugs,” or sickness-causing bacteria that are resistant to antibacterial drugs. “Bacteria are wily, and they evolve very quickly,” says Lena Brook, a food safety and policy expert with the non-profit National Resources Defense Council (NRDC). “So we always knew we were operating on a limited timeframe in terms of an antibiotic’s effectiveness.” 

“We understood the limitations, but for a long time we assumed there’d always be another drug, and so this wouldn’t be a big deal,” says Dr. Lance Price, director of the Antibiotic Resistance Action Center at George Washington University. “But now we’re seeing new bacteria that have built up resistance to nearly all our drugs.”

The threat posed by these antibiotic-resistant bacteria is not theoretical, and it is not a problem for future generations. This year, at least 2 million Americans will be infected with drug-resistant bacteria and 23,000 will die, CDC data show. According to Jean Whichard, who heads the CDC’s National Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Laboratory, antibiotic resistance is one of the world’s most pressing public health problems. “Illnesses that were once easily treatable with antibiotics are becoming more difficult to cure and more expensive to treat,” Whichard says.

What does all this have to do with your food? “Antibiotics are used heavily in animal agriculture, mostly to encourage growth and to compensate for the stressful, unsanitary conditions these animals live in,” the NRDC’s Brook explains. This heavy antibiotic use accelerates the speed at which bacteria evolve and develop drug resistance.

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The threat posed by these antibiotic-resistant bacteria is not theoretical, and it is not a problem for future generations. ... “Illnesses that were once easily treatable with antibiotics are becoming more difficult to cure and more expensive to treat,” Whichard says.

"But at least as far back as 1945, health experts have warned that overusing antibiotics could lead to so-called “superbugs,” or sickness-causing bacteria that are resistant to antibacterial drugs. “Bacteria are wily, and they evolve very quickly,” ... 
“We understood the limitations, but for a long time we assumed there’d always be another drug, and so this wouldn’t be a big deal,” says Dr. Lance Price, director of the Antibiotic Resistance Action Center at George Washington University. “But now we’re seeing new bacteria that have built up resistance to nearly all our drugs.”
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What You Can Do in Your 20s to Prevent Osteoporosis ("if you missed this chance, try AgeLOC supplement")

What You Can Do in Your 20s to Prevent Osteoporosis ("if you missed this chance, try AgeLOC supplement") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

There's a lot you can do in your 20s to strengthen your bones and reduce your risk of getting osteoporosis later on.

“Bone loss is inevitable in women,” says Deena Adimoolam, MD, assistant professor of diabetes, endocrinology and bone disease at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “But there are plenty of lifestyle changes that can help slow down the process.” 

Your bones are still being rebuilt in your 20s, she explains, which means you can continue to strengthen them during this time. Here, a few smart lifestyle strategies that can help offset your risk.

Stay active

“Physical activity has been shown to have beneficial effects on bone health, especially by adding weight-bearing activities into daily workouts,” ...

Eat the right foods 

The diet choices you make in your 20s can help build strong bones for life: “Calcium and vitamin D are very important for bone health,” ...

Maintain a healthy weight

“Women who are underweight are at risk of developing osteoporosis at an earlier age,” she says. Belly fat could also up your risk: Recent research from Harvard found that premenopausal women who had more visceral fat had decreased bone mineral density.

Understand your risk factors 

Some women have greater risk of developing osteoporosis than others. If these factors apply to you, consider discussing bone health with your doctor. 

You have a family history.

You have irregular periods.

You have premature ovarian failure.

You’re a smoker. As if you needed another reason to quit: In addition to lung cancer, heart disease, and stroke, smoking cigarettes can also contribute to osteoporosis.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Please tell your young daughter to read this before it's too late. What if you are past your 30's? 
(My suggestion: take AgeLOC Y-Span supplement to reset the genes that age your bones.)

"While osteoporosis can develop in both men and women at different ages, it most frequently affects older women who have gone through menopause. (Estrogen levels drop during menopause, and experts believe the hormone helps maintain bone density.) The good news, though, is that there’s a lot you can do in your 20s to strengthen your bones and reduce your risk of getting osteoporosis later on."
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12 Reasons Why Dehydration Is Bad for Your Body ("health effects from fatigue & smelly breath")

12 Reasons Why Dehydration Is Bad for Your Body ("health effects from fatigue & smelly breath") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Being dehydrated can make you tired, grumpy, prone to weight gain, and more.

Are you low on water? 

It doesn't take much to become dehydrated. Lose just 1.5% of the water in your body (the human body is usually about 60% H2O), and you've reached the tipping point of mild dehydration. It can be brought on by many things—and it can do much more to your body than just make you feel thirsty. Dehydration also brings on health effects ranging from fatigue and smelly breath to more dangerous consequences like distracted driving.

- It gives you bad breath 

It's easy to forget to drink water during a busy workday, but at the end of the day you may find people standing unusually far from you when you open your mouth.

- It makes you crave sugar 

Dehydration can mask itself as hunger, particularly sugar cravings. 

- It wrecks your workout

- It dries your skin out 

Keeping skin healthy and glowing requires drinking enough water,

- It may affect your ability to drive safely 

Few things are more uncomfortable than being stuck in traffic or on a long drive when you need to use the restroom.

- It makes you tired 

A mid-afternoon slump may have more to do with hydration than you think.

- It sours your mood 

Cranky much? Drink a glass of water and your mood may change.

- It can give you the chills 

It may seem counterintuitive, but dehydration can bring on chills.

- It can cause muscle cramps 

A lack of water causes less blood circulation, which can make muscles cramp up,

- It makes you feel dizzy and foggy

- It can give you a headache

- It constipates you 

Your body needs water to keep things moving through your colon.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Are you low on water? 

"It doesn't take much to become dehydrated. Lose just 1.5% of the water in your body (the human body is usually about 60% H2O), and you've reached the tipping point of mild dehydration. It can be brought on by many things—and it can do much more to your body than just make you feel thirsty. Dehydration also brings on health effects ranging from fatigue and smelly breath to more dangerous consequences like distracted driving."
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The 27 Best Anti-Aging Tips of All Time ("these are all good for those who have discipline and will")

The 27 Best Anti-Aging Tips of All Time ("these are all good for those who have discipline and will") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Prevent fine lines, wrinkles, sagging, dark spots, and other visible signs of aging with these proven anti-aging strategies from dermatologists, beauty experts, nutritionists, and more.

But when it comes to preventing and fading the fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots that tack years onto your appearance, making smart lifestyle changes is what will really erase years from your face. These 27 anti-aging tips really work, according to research, dermatologists, and beauty experts.

1. Skip the straw

2. Seriously, don't smoke

3. Eat your antioxidants

4. Fill up on fermented foods

5. Pack on the protein

6. Cut back on sugar

7. Sleep on a silk pillowcase

8. Sleep on your back

9. Fill up on healthy fats

10. Make exercise a priority

11. Manage your stress

12. Exfoliate the right way

13. Get on the retinoid bandwagon

14. Scale back on salt

15. Drink plenty of H2O

16. Go easy on the booze

17. Take care of your hands

18. Take time off your chest

19. Wash your face before bed

20. Get serious about sunscreen

21. Sleep it off

22. Visit a dermatologist

23. Moisturize before skin dries

24. Load up on vitamin C

25. Brighten your smile

26. Watch the way you text

27. Let up on the heat styling

Bert Guevara's insight:
Even if you apply all these 27 anti-ageing tips, it will take a lot of discipline and will power (which is quite rare in an urban lifestyle) to maintain the regimen. Is there a simpler way?

What if there is a NATURAL, non-invasive technology that RESETS your 'ageing' GENES to bring them back to when you were younger, by a minimum of 20 years -- this means your body becomes young from the inside. Will you be interested to know more about it?
(If you are seriously interested, let me know. It's already in the market. Clue: "AgeLOC")
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10 Slimming Foods to Eat If You Sit All Day ("sitting is the new smoking; get your blood moving")

10 Slimming Foods to Eat If You Sit All Day ("sitting is the new smoking; get your blood moving") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Tweaking your diet is an easy way to diminish the health risks associated with sitting.

“Wanna take a sit break?” said no desk-bound employee, ever. Most of corporate America is already sitting for eight to 10 hours daily, so instead, we stretch our legs, step out for air, or take a walk around the block. Basically, we do anything we can to get the blood moving, because sitting all day leaves us feeling lethargic and just plain bad. Which makes a lot of sense considering being glued to a chair is slowly, but surely, eroding our health—and making us sick and fat in the process.

But tweaking your diet may also help diminish some of the health risks associated with sitting. A number of nutrients have been shown to fight inflammation by “turning off” inflammatory genes. Add these recommended foods that follow into your diet to help ease some of the damage of your 9-to-5 and you’ll be on your way to a leaner, healthier you.

1. Berries 

Regularly eating berries has been shown to significantly reduce inflammation, ...

2. Nuts

3. Pineapple 

Pineapple contains powerful anti-inflammatory called bromelain.

4. Olive Oil 

Like ibuprofen, olive oil fights inflammation by preventing the production of pro-inflammatory COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes.

5. Turmeric

6. Garlic

7. Green Tea 

There are some really blow-your-mind good reasons Vacharasanee recommends sipping green tea.

8. Avocado 

If you love extra guacamole, this is the anti-inflammatory food for you.

9. Fatty Fish

10. Flaxseeds

Bert Guevara's insight:
Do you sit down more than 8 to 10 hours a day?
Getting off your tush and moving around is a vital part of the puzzle. Whether you’re at the office or on your couch, taking a “walk break” every half hour. Head to the bathroom, grab a green tea, go wherever you want — just move. Even fidgeting and stretching your arms and legs in your seat helps improve the tissue quality of tight muscles, returning them to their natural state,Vacharasanee says.

"But tweaking your diet may also help diminish some of the health risks associated with sitting. A number of nutrients have been shown to fight inflammation by “turning off” inflammatory genes. Add these recommended foods that follow into your diet to help ease some of the damage of your 9-to-5 and you’ll be on your way to a leaner, healthier you."
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Woman Finds Relief for Hypothyroidism w/ Coconut Oil – Drops Medication ("less drugs & side effects")

Woman Finds Relief for Hypothyroidism w/ Coconut Oil – Drops Medication ("less drugs & side effects") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

I must post about my amazing experience with Virgin Coconut Oil. I am 35 years old and severely hypothyroid. I was on thyroxine at very high does for 5 years.

I have read all these questions and felt I must post about my amazing experience with Virgin Coconut Oil. 

I am 35 years old and severely hypothyroid. I was on thyroxine at very high does for 5 years before I started looking for an alternative. My doctor said my levels were alright, however I was still extremely lethargic and suffered from “brain fog”. 

I started out taking 2 tablespoons a day and instantly felt the effects. It was so energizing that I couldn’t take it before bed or I wouldn’t sleep. 

I upped my dose to around 3 tablespoons, eating it off a spoon, adding it to my coffee (yum!), with jam on toast, baking with it, rubbing it on my skin instead of a moisturizer… even using it as personal lubricant! 

After 3 months I went back to the doctor as I was getting night sweats and losing weight. I dropped my medication by 1/2 to support the work the Virgin Coconut Oil was doing. 

All the bad side effects were reversed and I’m taking less drugs. I’ve been taking it for over a year now, at times with Apple cider vinegar, and I’ve just started taking fish oils again. 

I feel I will take this oil for the rest of my life and I will tell my story to anyone who asks! See Also: Coconut Oil Benefits for Thyroid Health

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Another testimony to the wonders of virgin coconut oil!
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Working Over 25 Hours Per Week After Age 40 Could Lead to a Decline in Cognition, Study Finds

Working Over 25 Hours Per Week After Age 40 Could Lead to a Decline in Cognition, Study Finds | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

A new study from the University of Melbourne finds that working over 40 hours per week could lead to a decline in cognition for people over the age of 40.

The study notes that while work can stimulate older workers’ brains, long hours can “cause fatigue and physical and/or psychological stress, which potentially damage cognitive functioning.” For those over 40, working over 25 hours per week could impair intelligence, while working up to that produced the opposite effect.

Colin McKenzie, a professor of economics at Tokyo’s Keio University and an author of the paper, told the BBC, that 40 is a tipping point because it’s when “most people perform less well at memory tests, pattern recognition and mental agility exercises.” 

“Work can be a double-edged sword, in that it can stimulate brain activity, but at the same time, long working hours and certain types of tasks can cause fatigue and stress which potentially damage cognition,” he told the BBC. 

The decline can be attributed to stress and lack of sleep, per McKenzie. But there are other factors. McKenzie hypothesizes that being a caregiver to someone can add additional stress, and creates a job on top of a job.

Bert Guevara's insight:
After age 40, study says that workers can only be effective for 5 hours a day, or 25 hours per week.
Can we charge OT for the remaining 3 hours? Or is this a reason to replace workers over 40? Or should you change jobs and start a less demanding business after 40?

(Comment: If you are looking for a new career that involves less capital, less hours of work, less years to build a retirement fund and constantly increasing income, contact me on Messenger. I may have the correct career switch for your age.)
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11 hours a day in front of a screen. This is what it's doing to your eyes ("digital eye strain")

11 hours a day in front of a screen. This is what it's doing to your eyes ("digital eye strain") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Your mom warned you sitting too close to the TV wasn’t a good idea. It turns out she wasn’t entirely off the mark.

“Digital eye strain” is now a real condition, defined as the physical eye discomfort felt after two or more hours in front of a digital screen. As screen time increases - at home and in the office - so do symptoms like blurred vision, burning eyes, headaches and disrupted sleep. In total, nearly two thirds of American adults now experience symptoms of digital eye strain due to prolonged use of electronic devices like computers, tablets and cell phones. 

It’s not hard to see why. For many of us, the glow of a phone’s screen is the first thing we see when we wake and the last thing we see before sleep. In between, we fill the hours bathed in LED light, staring first at documents and emails, then Facebook updates and Netflix. One of the biggest eye-burn culprits, not surprisingly, is the office, where being planted in front of a screen is often a requirement of the job. Our bodies and eyes just weren’t designed for modern digital lifestyles and workplaces.

All that time in front of computers, phones and tablets is affecting people’s health. The majority of Americans now report symptoms of digital eye strain, including neck, shoulder and back pain (36%), eye strain (35%), headaches (25%), blurred vision (25%) and dry eyes (24%). Worryingly, the percentage of sufferers is greater among young people. Some 73% of adults under 30 now experience these symptoms, suggesting a generational trend. 

One growing source of potential concern is the kind of light most digital devices emit. We all know about the invisible dangers of ultraviolet or UV light, but fewer people are aware of the potential risks of high energy light that we can see: blue light. Light on the blue end of the visual light spectrum contains more energy than warm colours like oranges and reds, and is known as high energy visual light (HEV).

Bert Guevara's insight:
We only have one set of eyes and they were not created to absorb a severe barrage of artificial light -- light on the blue end of the visual light spectrum contains more energy than warm colours like oranges and reds, and is known as high energy visual light (HEV).

"Simple lifestyle adjustments - while decidedly low-tech - can make a dramatic difference. The easiest fix is to just take a break. I actively promote the 20-20-20 rule in our office at Clearly: take a 20-second break every 20 minutes to look at something 20 feet away. It’s also worth reminding yourself to blink more often (sounds silly, but actually makes a difference). Staring at screens often reduces how often people blink, making their eyes drier. You can also adjust the size of the type or the brightness of your display and sit farther from your screen."
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If You Know Anyone That’s Thinking Of Getting A Flu Shot This Year, Show Them This ("the other view")

If You Know Anyone That’s Thinking Of Getting A Flu Shot This Year, Show Them This ("the other view") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

The verdict is out on flu shots. Many medical experts now agree it is more important to protect yourself and your family from the flu vaccine than the flu itself.

1. The flu shot actually makes you sick to begin with 

Have you ever noticed how vaccinated children get sick almost immediately following a vaccination?

2. Flu vaccines contain other dangerous ingredients such as mercury 

The pharmaceutical industry, medical experts and the mainstream media are candid in telling us that flu vaccines contain strains of the flu virus.

3. The flu shot can cause Alzheimer’s disease 

Evidence now suggests that flu vaccines can cause Alzheimer’s disease.

4. The very people pushing flu vaccinations are making billions of dollars each year

5. Lack of real evidence that young children even benefit from flu shots 

51 studies involving 260,000 children age 6 to 23 months established no evidence that the flu vaccine is any more effective than a placebo.

6. Makes you more susceptible to pneumonia and other contagious diseases 

For someone with an already suppressed immune system, injecting strains of the flu virus can have devastating consequences.

7. Vascular disorders 

Medical research shows flu shots are associated with an increased risk of vascular inflammation.

8. Children under the age of 1 are at risk 

Children under 1 years of age are highly vulnerable to a neurotoxic breach of the delicate nerve center surrounding the brain and central nervous system.

9. Increased risk of narcolepsy 

There have been dozens of reported cases of children in 12 different countries who have developed narcolepsy (a chronic sleep disorder) after receiving the flu vaccine. 

10. Weakens immunological responses 

There have been literally thousands of medical journal articles published that show injecting vaccines can lead to harmful immunological responses and a host of other infections.

11. Serious neurological disorders 

Evidence now suggests that ingredients in flu vaccinations can actually cause serious neurological disorders.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Every year the pharmaceutical industry, medical experts and the mainstream media work hard to convince us to get vaccinated against the flu. 
But we’re not being told the whole story. (Open the link to see the 11 findings to the contrary.)

"What we don’t hear, are cases about the adverse reactions or about the toxic chemicals being injected into us."
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15 Ways to Keep Diabetes Under Control | Organic Facts ("lifestyle change will keep the sugar stable")

15 Ways to Keep Diabetes Under Control | Organic Facts ("lifestyle change will keep the sugar stable") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Some of the best ways to keep diabetes under control include quitting smoking, regularly seeing a dietitian, checking your feet often, and remaining active.

Despite the fact that diabetes is a modern epidemic and affects millions of people around the world, there is no cure, so once the disease develops, it is essential to manage it properly, as curing it is impossible. Diabetes represents a dramatic change in a person’s life and it requires constant diligence to maintain a high quality of life. It is entirely possible to do, but understanding what the disease can do, what you should do to keep it under control, and which lifestyle choices and dietary choices you should make is essential. 

The side effects of diabetes affect everything from vision and inflammation of the joints to kidney health and the digestive process. Therefore, implementing a comprehensive lifestyle plan is very important. In this article we outline some of the best ways to keep your diabetes under control and to prevent it from having any more of a negative impact on your life than this terrible condition already does. If you follow some or all of these suggestions, you will be able to live a happier, healthier, and higher-quality life with diabetes.

1) Quit Smoking

2) Track Your Exercise Patterns

3) Eliminate Fast Food

4) Get Your Vision Checked

5) Reduce Your Quick Stop Coffee

6) Stay Active

7) Use a Pedometer

8) Try New Fruits and Vegetables

9) Increase Your Fiber Intake

10) Chew More Gum

11) Use Smaller Plates

12) Do Your Research

13) Test Your Blood Sugar Regularly

14) Check Your Feet

15) Eat Smaller Meals More Often

Bert Guevara's insight:
Here are some practical tips for my fellow diabets:
1) Quit Smoking 
2) Track Your Exercise Patterns 
3) Eliminate Fast Food 
4) Get Your Vision Checked 
5) Reduce Your Quick Stop Coffee 
6) Stay Active 
7) Use a Pedometer 
8) Try New Fruits and Vegetables 
9) Increase Your Fiber Intake 
10) Chew More Gum 
11) Use Smaller Plates 
12) Do Your Research 
13) Test Your Blood Sugar Regularly 
14) Check Your Feet 
15) Eat Smaller Meals More Often
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Nonsmokers Often Exposed to Secondhand Smoke Without Realizing It, Study Says ("so many victimized")

Nonsmokers Often Exposed to Secondhand Smoke Without Realizing It, Study Says ("so many victimized") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Nonsmokers can be exposed without knowing it, suffer health risks, researchers say.

Nonsmokers can be exposed to secondhand cigarette smoke without realizing it, and be unaware that they are at increased risk for lung cancer and heart disease, a new study suggests. 

The discovery highlights the need for a more accurate way to assess secondhand smoke exposure than having patients fill out questionnaires. 

"A crucial finding of this study is that nonsmokers are exposed to secondhand smoke without even realizing it," said lead researcher Dr. Raja Flores. He is chair of thoracic surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. 

The researchers used blood levels of cotinine, a byproduct of nicotine, as a marker for secondhand smoke exposure in more than 20,000 nonsmokers. 

The investigators found a significant increase in years of life lost across all levels of cotinine in the blood. The lowest levels of cotinine were associated with 5.6 years of life lost and the highest levels with 7.5 years of life lost. Increased cotinine levels were associated with lung cancer, all cancers and heart disease, though the study did not prove a cause-and-effect link. 

"Questionnaires show that responders do not know they were exposed to smoke, but cotinine blood levels are more accurate in determining their exposure and subsequent risk of lung cancer and other smoking-related disease," Flores said in a school news release.

Bert Guevara's insight:
What you don't know may be killing you or making you die younger. The lesson: when somebody begins smoking, or if you smell smoke, stay away immediately!

"The researchers used blood levels of cotinine, a byproduct of nicotine, as a marker for secondhand smoke exposure in more than 20,000 nonsmokers. 
"The investigators found a significant increase in years of life lost across all levels of cotinine in the blood. The lowest levels of cotinine were associated with 5.6 years of life lost and the highest levels with 7.5 years of life lost. Increased cotinine levels were associated with lung cancer, all cancers and heart disease, though the study did not prove a cause-and-effect link. 
"Questionnaires show that responders do not know they were exposed to smoke, but cotinine blood levels are more accurate in determining their exposure and subsequent risk of lung cancer and other smoking-related disease," Flores said in a school news release."
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10 foods that can help prevent prostate cancer ("you can enjoy eating while protecting yourself")

10 foods that can help prevent prostate cancer ("you can enjoy eating while protecting yourself") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Here are 10 healthy foods that can help decrease your prostate cancer risk. 
1. Broccoli 
Experts agree eating a diet rich in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, collard greens and kale is one of the best ways to ward off prostate cancer.
2. Salmon 
“People who follow the Mediterranean diet have a lower risk of developing prostate cancer,”...
3. Brazil nuts 
“One of the most important minerals for prostate cancer protection is selenium,” Espinosa said.
4. Tomatoes 
Tomatoes contain lycopene, a carotenoid—or plant pigment—which may prevent prostate cancer.
5. Walnuts 
A diet that includes whole walnuts or walnut oil slowed prostate cancer growth in mice and reduced levels of the hormone IGF-1, which has been linked to prostate cancer, ...
6. Berries
Some of the best foods to combat oxidative stress include blueberries, raspberries and strawberries, which are high in anti-oxidants and have a low glycemic index.
7. Coffee 
A meta-analysis published in the journal Cancer Causes and Control found that drinking four to five cups of coffee a day might be associated with a reduction in prostate cancer.
8. Carrots 
Men who eat three servings of carrots a week are 18 percent less likely to develop prostate cancer, ...
9. Pomegranate juice 
Pomegranate is rich in antioxidants and research suggests that pomegranate juice may ward off cancer. 
10. Soy
Although it’s not clear that eating soy-rich foods alone can prevent cancer, laboratory studies show that treating prostate cancer cells with the isoflavones found in soy protein may interfere with the pathways in prostate cancer cells that are related to inflammation and the growth and spread of cancer, 
Bert Guevara's insight:
“We have enough data to support that eating properly can significantly reduce the risk of prostate cancer,” said Dr. Geo Espinosa,anaturopathic and functional medicine doctor in New York City.

"It’s well known that diets high in saturated fats like those found in meat and dairy are associated with a higher risk for prostate cancer.
"And although one particular diet has not been shown to prevent prostate cancer, men who follow a vegan diet had a 35 percent lower risk than those who followed a non-vegetarian, lacto-ovo-vegetarian, pesco-vegetarian, or semi-vegetarian diet, according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition."
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Is Grass-Fed Beef Really Healthier? Here’s Everything You Need to Know ("debate rages on red meat")

Is Grass-Fed Beef Really Healthier? Here’s Everything You Need to Know ("debate rages on red meat") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Five tips and tricks for selecting the best red meat.

When it comes to red meat, quality is crucial. In search of top notch beef, most health conscious consumers look for a "grass-fed" label. But to select the best burgers, steaks, and jerky, here's what you really need to know. 

First things first, grass-fed beef is better for you 

It's much leaner than its conventional counterpart. It's also higher in key nutrients, including antioxidants, vitamins, and a beneficial fat called conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) that's been tied to improved immunity and anti-inflammation benefits. Plus, grass-fed beef packs about 50% more omega-3 fatty acids than standard beef (although the amount is still far lower than the total omega-3s found in fatty fish like salmon). Grass-fed beef is also less likely to contain “superbugs”—bacteria that have become resistant to three or more classes of antibiotics—so it’s considered superior from a food safety perspective as well.  

But "grass-fed" doesn’t have an official definition 

There's no USDA marketing standard for grass-fed meat, and independent certifications have varying criteria. To true proponents of grass-fed meat, the label indicates that the cattle have only been fed their mother's milk and grass and other greens throughout their lives; and they've had access to pastures during the growing season. But because there's no standard, meat labeled as "grass-fed" could potentially be from cattle that only spent a relatively short time eating grass. When possible, look for a label that says “100% grass-fed.”

And grass-fed isn't the same as organic


Bert Guevara's insight:
What should you know about "grass-fed" beef.

- First things first, grass-fed beef is better for you.
- But "grass-fed" doesn’t have an official definition.
- And grass-fed isn't the same as organic.
- It's worth finding out how specific farms operate.
- There are healthier ways to eat red meat.
"Finally, be sure to pair your red meat with nutrient-rich whole foods. So instead of piling cheese and bacon on your burger in a white flour bun, wrap the meat in romaine leaves, and top with tomato, red onion, and avocado. Then serve it with even more veggies (vinegar-based slaw, for example, or broccoli sautéed in EVOO) and a healthy starch, like a side of black beans or a baked sweet potato. These kinds of combos are the best way to enjoy grass-fed beef as part of an overall healthy eating pattern, which is key to disease prevention and wellness."
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Why dietary supplements are suspect - Harvard Health ("be selective; study your choices; go systemic")

Why dietary supplements are suspect - Harvard Health ("be selective; study your choices; go systemic") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Herbal remedies and other dietary supplements aren’t held to the same standards as FDA-approved drugs. Evidence indicates that few are effective, and many are useless, and others may be harmful.

Dietary supplements—including herbs, vitamins, minerals, and other products—are a $37-billion industry in the United States, and 60% of women are taking them regularly. At the same time, mounting research is suggesting that supplements—even mainstays like calcium—may be harmful at high doses.

The traditional practice of herbal medicine involves combining different herbs and using them in a variety of preparations. Herbal remedies marketed today are usually powders or extracts derived from plant leaves, stems, or roots. Several studies, largely NIH-funded, have put some remedies often recommended for women to the test. The results are summarized below.

What's up with supplements? 

Vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other compounds that are essential for good health have been marketed as supplements for decades. However, relatively few have been tested in clinical trials. Those that have been or are being subjected to scientific scrutiny include the following:

Calcium. 

Research has indicated that high doses of calcium from supplements don't have much of an effect on bone density and increase the risk of heart disease and kidney stones. If you aren't getting at least 500 to 700 milligrams (mg) of calcium in your daily diet, you may need a supplement, but it's a good idea to limit your supplement intake to 600 mg a day. 

Glucosamine and chondroitin. ... Clinical trials have shown that they have little effect. 

Melatonin. ... is used for jet lag, sleep disturbances, and insomnia. Research has determined that it can be effective at doses as low as 0.5 mg.

Vitamin D. Because most people who live in northern latitudes don't make enough vitamin D from sun exposure, a supplement may be necessary to fill the daily requirement of 800 international units (IUs). 

Omega-3 fatty acids. ... it's questionable whether omega-3 supplements—available primarily in fish oil capsules—have the same effect.

Supplements for other purposes. ... These, too, are unproven, and some may contain stimulants that are harmful when used for extended periods.

Bert Guevara's insight:
The bottom line.  
The value of most herbs and supplements has been discounted or remains unproven. Few are worth the money spent on them. Moreover, there is no guarantee that the pills, capsules, or tablets contain all—or even any—of the ingredients listed on the packaging. 

"Most important, taking supplements can be risky. A study published in October 2015 in The New England Journal of Medicine found that the adverse effects of supplements were responsible for an average of 23,000 emergency department visits per year. 
"If you are concerned that your diet isn't providing all the nutrients you need, don't shop for supplements before talking to your doctor. If you truly need a vitamin or other dietary supplement, your clinician can suggest an appropriate product and dose. If you're currently talking a vitamin or other supplement, let your health care team know."
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The secondhand smoke you don't even know you're exposed to is killing you ("smoke sniper attack!")

The secondhand smoke you don't even know you're exposed to is killing you ("smoke sniper attack!") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Individuals who are unaware that they’re being exposed to secondhand smoke may face a higher risk of death from cancer and other smoking-related disease, according to a study from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Individuals who are unaware that they’re being exposed to secondhand smoke may face a higher risk of death from cancer and other smoking-related disease, according to a study from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

“Of over 20,000 non-smokers, we found that in those who had high levels of cotinine, somehow they’re getting exposed to smoke without realizing it— many of these [individuals] are going to be in public housing, low-income communities and minority communities,” study author Dr. Raja M. Flores, chairman of the department of thoracic surgery and professor at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, told FoxNews.com.

Cotinine only remains in the blood for a few days, indicating that these findings suggest subjects were exposed very recently. 

According to their study, which was published online on Sept.7 in Carcinogenesis, non-smoking individuals with the highest levels of cotinine lost 13.8 years of life. 

What’s most alarming, Flores said, is that non-smoking individuals are unaware of their risk, answering “no” when asked if they are exposed to secondhand smoke. 

“Little do they know that underneath the door, through the cracks, crevices, there’s stuff seeping in living quarters, work areas or spaces in some other way,” Flores said. 

Doctors need to work on better identifying these unknown at-risk patients, Flores said, including finding out if they live in high-risk areas and potentially screening for diseases like lung cancer.

Bert Guevara's insight:
The unseen killer (2nd hand smoke) may be in the other room or outside the door or window. Whether you are aware of it or not (most people are not), the danger of cancer from second-hand smoke is there.
Protect your health by proactive avoidance.

"What’s most alarming, Flores said, is that non-smoking individuals are unaware of their risk, answering “no” when asked if they are exposed to secondhand smoke. 
“Little do they know that underneath the door, through the cracks, crevices, there’s stuff seeping in living quarters, work areas or spaces in some other way,” Flores said.
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Why You Should Stop Eating Egg Whites ("eat whole egg; rich in the carotenoids lutein & zeaxanthin")

Why You Should Stop Eating Egg Whites ("eat whole egg; rich in the carotenoids lutein & zeaxanthin") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Eat your yolks, folks. They have fat, cholesterol and a ton of good nutrients that you just don't get from egg whites.

But there’s good reason not to fear the yolks. Scientific research has vindicated dietary cholesterol, finding that eating cholesterol has no real impact on cholesterol metabolism. That is, eating foods high in cholesterol does not mean you’ll develop high cholesterol. Some evidence suggests that eggs might even be beneficial for cholesterol by raising levels of HDL cholesterol, the “good” cholesterol that’s linked to a lower risk of heart disease.

Egg yolks contain a vibrant mix of saturated and unsaturated fat—another nutrient that, when it comes from a healthy whole food source, is unfairly slandered. Yolks have a good helping of vitamin E, one of the nutrients Americans eat too little of. But the real case for egg yolks can be made by their abundance of carotenoids, nutrients in plants and animal fats that give things like egg yolks (and even autumn leaves) their yellow color. Egg yolks are rich in the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, which help eye health and protect against inflammation.

Sure, you can find carotenoids in more virtuous places, like fruits and vegetables. But egg yolks have an edge. Carotenoids need to be eaten with fat in order for the body to more fully absorb them, and a whole egg is the total package. Eat them, and you’ll get more of these nutrients—not just from the eggs, but from the stuff you eat it with, too. Two large eggs provide 143 calories, 13 grams of protein and almost 10 grams of fat.

Bert Guevara's insight:
No need to separate the (yellow) yolk from the white. Eat the whole egg and discard the old myth about dietary cholesterol.

"Yolks have a good helping of vitamin E, one of the nutrients Americans eat too little of. But the real case for egg yolks can be made by their abundance of carotenoids, nutrients in plants and animal fats that give things like egg yolks (and even autumn leaves) their yellow color. Egg yolks are rich in the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, which help eye health and protect against inflammation.
"Sure, you can find carotenoids in more virtuous places, like fruits and vegetables. But egg yolks have an edge. Carotenoids need to be eaten with fat in order for the body to more fully absorb them, and a whole egg is the total package."
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12 Worst Habits For Your Mental Health ("daily small choices may affect your mood more than u think")

12 Worst Habits For Your Mental Health ("daily small choices may affect your mood more than u think") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

You can't help depression, but there are tricks to help improve your mood. You can change your social media habits, exercise routine, and the way you walk. Read on for how you're sabotaging your good moods, and what you can do to turn it around.

1. You slouch when you walk

Get happy now: Lift your chin up and roll your shoulders back to keep your outlook on the positive side.

2. You take pictures of EVERYTHING

Get happy now: Focus on your subjects when taking pictures—or, better yet, just sit back and enjoy yourself.

3. You're letting a bully get the best of you

4. You don't exercise

Get happy now: Just get out and move.

5. You procrastinate 

Think about a task you've been putting off. If the reason is because it's boring or you just don't feel like doing it, well, we can't help you there.

Get happy now: Before you finally tackle your problem head-on, do something that helps you ease stress:...

6. You're in a toxic relationship

Get happy now: You may need some help with this one.

7. You take life too seriously

Get happy now: Seek out humor every day.

8. You don't sleep

Sleep is our bodies way of regenerating and without it the system malfunctions.

Get happy now: Try to figure out why you aren't sleeping and then take the steps to create a restful environment.

9. You're never alone

10. You don't actually talk to anyone

If you primarily use texting, Facebook, and other social media to stay in touch with friends, you're not having meaningful contact...

Get happy now. Make sure to schedule a date with a friend, family member, or partner at least once week.

11. You can't live without your mobile phone

Get happy now: Create an electronic Sabbath, where you abstain from all devices once a week, even if just for half a day.

12. You multitask

Get happy now: It's simple, really: put down the phone, turn off the television, and pay attention to what you are doing and what is going on around you.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Diagnose yourself with these 12 bad habits that affect your mental health. Read the article and find out how to overcome these.

"But the small choices you make every day may also affect your mood more than you may realize. Your social media habits, exercise routine, and even the way you walk may be sucking the happiness out of your day, and you may not even know it. Luckily, these behaviors can be changed."
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Blend Turmeric + Ginger With Coconut Milk. Drink Before Bed To Flush Liver Toxins While You Sleep

Blend Turmeric + Ginger With Coconut Milk. Drink Before Bed To Flush Liver Toxins While You Sleep | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Golden Milk Recipe-as it is popularly called, is a mixture of turmeric spice, coconut milk, ginger and black pepper. Raw honey can be added to it to it for more sweetness and additional health benefits.

We would like to share a bedtime beverage recipe that has an even stronger calming and soothing effect on your body and it is simultaneously packed with a myriad of healthy substances.

“Golden milk” as it is popularly called, is a mixture of turmeric spice, coconut milk, ginger and black pepper. Raw honey can be added to it to it for more sweetness and additional health benefits.

This amazingly delicious, aromatic and warming potion will wipe out any traces of anxiety and stress accumulated during the day with its calming effect, enabling you to fall soundly asleep. 

But that is not all: while you are resting, the magical substances from the drink will continue to detoxify, restore and replenish each system of your body. If you incorporate it into your daily routine, you will definitely reap the amazing benefits over time.

If there is one spice that should be the staple product in every person’s kitchen, it is definitely turmeric. 

This golden plant seems to be more valuable than gold when it comes to the number of medicinal activities it offers. It is also probably one of the most studied plants in the world. 

More than 8 000 evidence-based studies have only confirmed what the ancient civilizations discovered centuries ago: turmeric has valuable properties that cover almost all health issues that a person might have.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Detox your liver while you sleep and wake up unstressed. Try this concoction.

“Golden milk” as it is popularly called, is a mixture of turmeric spice, coconut milk, ginger and black pepper. Raw honey can be added to it to it for more sweetness and additional health benefits.
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You Asked: What High-Fat Foods Should I Be Eating? ("nuts, seeds, fish, and vegetable oils for sure")

You Asked: What High-Fat Foods Should I Be Eating? ("nuts, seeds, fish, and vegetable oils for sure") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

They're fatty foods, but nuts, seeds, fish, and vegetable oils should all be part of your diet. Cheese and butter? That’s trickier.

By now you’ve probably gotten the message: dietary fat is not the enemy. When you reach for low-fat salad dressing or fat-free snack foods, you’re not doing your health or waistline any favors. “We’ve focused on fat reduction for 40 years, and it’s sent us in exactly the wrong direction in terms of obesity and diabetes,” says Dr. David Ludwig, a professor of nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health. 

So which high-fat foods should be packing your plate? Start with nuts and vegetable oils, says Dr. Lydia Bazzano, a professor of nutrition at Tulane University. 

Bazzano has coauthored several studies that found ditching carbs—rather than fat—is a healthier way to control appetite, lose weight and improve risk factors for heart disease. She says there’s still not a ton of good research looking at the health impacts of specific fat-rich foods.

But thanks to the PREDIMED study, which examined the impact of a Mediterranean diet on heart disease risks, nuts like walnuts and almonds and vegetable oils like extra virgin olive oil and sunflower oil are now well-established health champs. The monounsaturated fats in these foods appear to lower levels of bad cholesterol, which may explain their health benefits, Bazzano says. 

Add fish and seeds to your shopping list, says Fumiaki Imamura, a nutritional epidemiologist at the University of Cambridge in the UK. Imamura’s research suggests the polyunsaturated fatty acids in these two food groups are protective against oxidative stress and unhealthy blood sugar adaptations, and therefore may lower your risk for diabetes—among other diseases.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Another reminder of what high-fat foods we should be eating.

"Ludwig agrees, saying there’s no “nutritional requirement” for dairy. But if you decide to eat dairy, “the existing epidemiological evidence suggests full-fat dairy is associated with healthier outcomes than low-fat dairy,” he says.
"If you’re looking for the simplest rule of thumb, follow Mozaffarian’s golden rule: “Eat foods that give rise to life.” Nuts, nut butters, seeds, seed oils, olives, olive oil and avocados all fit the bill. 
“It’s also crucial to point out that the benefits come from replacing carbs with healthy fats,” he adds. Think fewer crackers and bagels, and more olive oil-drenched salads sprinkled with seeds and nuts."
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Benefits of Aromatherapy | Organic Facts ('just make sure no chemicals added; results proven!")

Benefits of Aromatherapy | Organic Facts ('just make sure no chemicals added; results proven!") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Some of the health benefits of aromatherapy include its ability to reduce anxiety, ease depression, boost energy levels, speed up the healing process, eliminate headaches, boost cognitive performance, induce sleep, strengthen the immune system, reduce pain, improve digestion, and increase circulation.

Aromatherapy is a fascinating alternative medicine that involves the use of volatile plant materials, also known as essential oils, that can be aromatically inhaled by patients of a wide variety of health conditions. It is often used to improve mood, change cognitive states, and can also be utilized as a supplemental medicine.

Aromatherapy has been around in some form for thousands of years, but it wasn’t until the 11th century when steam distillation first made it possible to properly remove the essential oils from plant materials. Since then, cultures around the world have utilized aromatherapy for a wide range of functions. Perhaps the most common countries to find aromatherapy being practiced would be in India, France, England, and the United States, although it can be found in dozens of other countries as well. There is more to it than simply using essential oils; aromatherapy can be quite complex, involving carrier oils, absolutes, herbal distillates, vaporizer oils, and phytoncides. These scientific elements would need an article in themselves to describe, so if you are getting involved in aromatherapy treatment, simply ask the administrator of the treatment for literature on the various components and applications.

An important element of aromatherapy is synergy, which is the combination of numerous essential oils that can actually create a more powerful effect than the oils would have on their own. This is why blending essential oils is such an important area of study for alternative healers, since the range of possibilities is almost endless.


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Here is a partial list of 100 effective uses. They are amazingly true, if you have the right stuff. (I can get you the best natural stuff. PM me.)

Health Benefits of Aromatherapy:
- Stress relief
- Antidepressant capacity
- Memory
- Boost energy levels
- Healing and Recovery
- Headaches
- Sleep aid
- Immune system
- Pain relief
- Digestion
Also, be sure to only acquire essential oils from approved sources and don’t attempt to mix and use oils unless you have been trained as a professional aromatherapist. Happy Inhaling!
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9 vegetarian food options that even meat-lovers can enjoy ("eating veggies doesn't have to be sad")

9 vegetarian food options that even meat-lovers can enjoy ("eating veggies doesn't have to be sad") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

The first ever VegFest Pilipinas is happening in November!

In a country where a celebration is synonymous to lechon, a festival with no meat almost sounds sacrilegious. But there’s a vegetarian festival happening in town, and believe it or not, it may even entice those who are in love with bacon. 

Wanting to spread the word about the importance of a plant-based diet, Manila Vegans and Vegans of Manila joined forces to organize the first ever VegFest Pilipinas happening on the weekends of Nov 12 & 13 at the Eastwood Mall, and Nov 19 & 20 at Lucky Chinatown.

What to expect? Veggie-loaded fun showcasing local independent vegan businesses. Plus activities like a fun run, a cooking competition, and musical performances. 

VegFest Pilipinas founder and head organizer Jaq Abergas emphasized that veganism is for everyone. “This is for the foodies who want to explore meat-free and dairy-free offerings. This is for everyone who wants to make a difference,” she said. 

At the media launch of the event last week Coconuts Manila got a taste of vegan goodies, which we think you might want to try too! 

Check them out:

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"Wanting to spread the word about the importance of a plant-based diet, Manila Vegans and Vegans of Manila joined forces to organize the first ever VegFest Pilipinas happening on the weekends of Nov 12 & 13 at the Eastwood Mall, and Nov 19 & 20 at Lucky Chinatown."
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How to decipher a coconut oil label ("learn what the terms mean; buy the best coco product you need")

How to decipher a coconut oil label ("learn what the terms mean; buy the best coco product you need") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

The labels on coconut oil can be confusing. Learn what all the terms mean so you can buy the best product.

Coconut oil can do almost anything, from cooking to cleaning to beautifying. It tastes delicious, is made of medium-chain fatty acids that are easily digestible, and has antibacterial qualities. Supposedly it can boost your immune system and reduce hypertension. Clean your teeth with it, remove stains, condition hair, scrub the shower, and season pots. It’s no wonder that coconut oil has become the new darling of everyone’s home. 

But how do you pick the best coconut oil? There are many varieties now available and the options can be overwhelming. Here is your essential guide to decoding coconut oil labels.

Should I buy organic or non-organic? 

This term reveals whether or not the coconuts used to make the oil were grown with pesticides.

What’s the difference between refined and unrefined? 

'Refined’ may sound nice, but stay away from it! Unrefined is always a better option.

What does raw mean? 

This signifies that the coconut oil has been made from fresh, raw coconut meat, and no heat has been used to ‘cook’ it in any way prior to processing.

Should I choose virgin or extra-virgin? 

The general consensus appears to be that there’s no difference between virgin and extra-virgin coconut oils, nor do these terms mean anything at all; there is no industry standard for determining what falls into these categories.

Is the coconut oil fair trade? 

“It’s not just what you grow, it’s how you grow it,” says personal care products giant Dr. Bronner’s.

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Coconut oil can do almost anything, from cooking to cleaning to beautifying. It tastes delicious, is made of medium-chain fatty acids that are easily digestible, and has antibacterial qualities. Supposedly it can boost your immune system and reduce hypertension. Clean your teeth with it, remove stains, condition hair, scrub the shower, and season pots. It’s no wonder that coconut oil has become the new darling of everyone’s home. 

"But how do you pick the best coconut oil? There are many varieties now available and the options can be overwhelming. Here is your essential guide to decoding coconut oil labels."
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Psoriasis Treatment with Honey | Organic Facts ("not a cure but can be used as natural relief agent")

Psoriasis Treatment with Honey | Organic Facts ("not a cure but can be used as natural relief agent") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

It has been experimentally proven that with the application of honey, Psoriasis can be improved and the inflammation can be reduced to some extent.

It has been experimentally proven that with the application of honey, the condition of a person suffering from psoriasis can be improved and the inflammation can be reduced to a significant extent. Honey, in combination with a few other ingredients, has shown positive, beneficial results when applied on patients suffering from psoriasis.

From the results of a few experiments involving different numbers of patients, it has been concluded that with the use of honey, psoriasis patients can be given some relief from the inflammation and the peeling away of the skin in the affected areas. It also helps to protect the affected areas from other types of infections. Before we delve into the properties of honey that make it useful in treating psoriasis, we should fully understand what psoriasis exactly is. Here are some of the facts.

Psoriasis or Psoriasis Vulgaris is a common, chronic, and ugly-looking skin disease, characterized by red, peeling skin with silvery patches and inflammation. It is a very common myth that psoriasis is caused due to some infection and can be contagious. But this is not true. Psoriasis is caused due to abnormal activity of a special type of white blood cells (leucocytes) called T- Cells that make the skin cells to grow abnormally fast and peel off, thereby producing inflammation and irritation.

With the external application of honey, psoriasis can be treated or improved, but not cured. In fact, it cannot be cured with any external medications. However, the symptoms and painful side effects can be relieved to some extent.

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Honey can be a natural remedy for psoriasis. Check this out.

"With the external application of honey, psoriasis can be treated or improved, but not cured. In fact, it cannot be cured with any external medications. However, the symptoms and painful side effects can be relieved to some extent."
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6 Prebiotic Foods You Should Add to Your Diet ("digestive health, immunity, anti-inflammatory, etc.")

6 Prebiotic Foods You Should Add to Your Diet ("digestive health, immunity, anti-inflammatory, etc.") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

These nondigestible carbohydrates feed the good bacteria in your gut, which have been linked to digestive health and improved immunity.

I bet you’ve heard a lot about the benefits of probiotics—but what about prebiotics? These nondigestible carbohydrates feed the good bacteria in your gut, which have been linked to digestive health, improved immunity, anti-inflammatory effects, and more. 

Because prebiotics help probiotics flourish, eating more of them is a smart wellness strategy. Indeed, a 2012 study found a link between a diet high in prebiotics and a reduced risk of developing colorectal cancer. Other research has suggested that prebiotics increase calcium absorption and may improve bone density. And one small study tied prebiotics to increased satiety after meals. 

You’re probably already eating some prebiotic foods simply because you like them. But I advise my clients to be strategic about getting prebiotics on a regular basis. And there may be a few prebiotic foods you haven’t tried yet. Here, six of the top prebiotic sources, plus easy, tasty ways to add them to your diet.

Asparagus 

Raw asparagus, specifically. (When it comes to prebiotic produce, raw is usually the way to go because cooking can break down some of the beneficial matter in certain foods.)

Bananas 

For an extra prebiotic boost, look for bananas that are not quite fully ripe.

Garlic 

The best form of garlic for prebiotics is—you guessed it—raw.

Onions 

Raw and cooked onions are both great sources of prebiotics, and of course, there are countless ways to enjoy them.

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I bet you’ve heard a lot about the benefits of probiotics—but what about prebiotics? 

"These nondigestible carbohydrates feed the good bacteria in your gut, which have been linked to digestive health, improved immunity, anti-inflammatory effects, and more.
"Indeed, a 2012 study found a link between a diet high in prebiotics and a reduced risk of developing colorectal cancer. Other research has suggested that prebiotics increase calcium absorption and may improve bone density. And one small study tied prebiotics to increased satiety after meals."
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26 Weight-Loss Myths You Shouldn't Believe ("desperation to thin out can lead to many misconceptions")

26 Weight-Loss Myths You Shouldn't Believe ("desperation to thin out can lead to many misconceptions") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Get the truth behind 26 weight loss myths so you can lose weight quickly and keep the pounds off for good.

When it comes to losing weight, there are a lot of misconceptions and just plain half-baked advice out there. Not only can believing them derail your diet efforts, it can also mess with your health. We consulted with experts to pinpoint the most notorious (and plan-sabotaging) weight-loss myths, and get the truth about how you can shed pounds safely and smartly. Oh, and if someone tries to offer you any of these "tips"? Just cue up your favorite workout mix, put your earbuds in, and tune them out.

Myth: A detox is a good way to make a clean start

Myth: Cut 3,500 calories, lose a pound

Myth: Carbs are the enemy

Myth: If you want results, you have to hit the gym hard

Myth: Fat makes you fat

Myth: Late-night meals lead to weight gain, period

Myth: Certain treats just have to go

Myth: A little competition will keep you motivated

Myth: Low-fat foods will help you lose weight

Myth: It takes a lot of time and effort to lose weight

Myth: It's bad to cheat on your diet

Myth: If you're exercising a lot, you don't really have to watch what you eat

Myth: All sugar is the enemy

Myth: Healthy food doesn't taste good

Myth: Meal-replacement shakes should be avoided at all costs

Myth: Skipping meals will help you cut calories

Myth: To lose weight, you have to get used to feeling hungry

Myth: You can eat as much healthy fat as you want

Myth: Alcohol is out

Myth: Labels don't lie

Myth: You can't fight "fat genes"

Myth: You don't need to track your food intake

Myth: A calorie is a calorie

Myth: Green is always good

Myth: Nixing gluten results in weight loss

Myth: Once you find an eating-and-exercise plan that works, you're home free


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Let's be honest. Many of us believed in many of these myths. It is time to be smarter.
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