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HowStuffWorks "10 ‘Healthy’ Things That Aren't" ("don't get carried away by advertising")

HowStuffWorks "10 ‘Healthy’ Things That Aren't" ("don't get carried away by advertising") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Healthy choices aren't always as healthy as we think. Read about 10 faux-healthy culprits.

If your go-to snack is a handful of pretzels and a bottled tea, which you selected as an improvement over chips and a soda, listen up: Your food isn't as healthy as you think, and you can do better. Yes, those pretzels are lower in calories than a bag of chips, but in addition to being low in fat and calories, pretzels are also low in vitamins and nutrients -- they have little nutritional value. And that tea? If it's sweetened, it may be just as bad for you when it comes to sugar as soda. For some of us, the idea we're leading an unhealthy lifestyle may come as a surprise.

Eighty percent of Americans think their fellow Americans lead an unhealthy lifestyle, although 85 percent say they live healthy [source: American Public Health Association]. Only three percent of Americans follow the steps that define a healthy lifestyle, according to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Those include: not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, getting regular exercise and eating a healthy diet [source: Oswald].

Here we've compiled 10 things you probably think are healthy; but as it turns out, they're not. Let's start with what's in the bread basket.

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The 7-Minute Total Workout, No Equipment Required! ("this is for me!!! no more excuses!")

The 7-Minute Total Workout, No Equipment Required! ("this is for me!!! no more excuses!") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
A seven-minute total workout without gym equipment...Is that even possible?! According to scientists, it most certainly is!

The May-June issue of the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health & Fitness Journal published an article about the new and wonderful 7-minute workout. The best bit? It requires no gym equipment whatsoever! All you need is a chair, a wall, and your own body weight; do each exercise for 30 seconds with a 10 second rest in between.
Scientists have discovered that the best kind of workout is one that concentrates on the following 12 exercises. Even only a few minutes of high intensity exercise creates molecular changes in your muscles that are similar to those created after running or riding a bicycle for hours! The following 12 exercises that make up the miraculous seven-minute workout do require brief intervals of rest in between each however, in order for the workout to be effective. Ten seconds of rest between each high-intensity exercise is the optimal length of time.

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Ginger: A Prostate Cancer Treatment from the Kitchen Spice Rack

Ginger: A Prostate Cancer Treatment from the Kitchen Spice Rack | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Research shows that a food as simple as ginger could be the answer to preventing and even treating prostate cancer without any toxic side-effects.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, and luckily it’s a slow growing cancer. By the age of 50 most men have some non-life threatening, cancerous prostate cells, although they are asymptomatic and may never know it unless they are screened. The serious trouble begins when the naively unsuspecting succumb to toxic life threatening Big Pharma interventions. But as you’ll learn soon, a food as simple as ginger could be the answer to preventing and even treating prostate cancer.

Unfortunately, early aggressive allopathic prostate cancer treatment can and does cause permanent damage including impotence, heart attacks, incontinence, and even death from a disease that is statistically unlikely to kill them.

An American study published in the British Journal of Nutrition reported: “Here, we show that whole ginger extract (GE) exerts significant growth-inhibitory and death-inductory effects in a spectrum of prostate cancer cells.”

The animal study conducted in 2011 at the Department of Biology, Georgia State University wanted to explore ginger’s use for prostate cancer based on the established anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-tumor properties of ginger.

The results were impressive, cutting tumors in half after eight weeks. They concluded that humans taking 100 grams (about 3.5 ounces) of fresh ginger daily may see the same benefits.

They discovered ginger extract interrupts cancer cell progression, impairs reproduction, and induces cancer cell apoptosis (self destruction). They also discovered that ginger is non-toxic to other non-cancerous cells, even rapidly dividing cells such as gut and bone marrow tissues.

Big Pharma’s epic fail: They have nothing in its arsenal nearly as effective or safe as ginger.

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Health Recipes Fitne's curator insight, July 8, 2013 12:38 AM

There are so many benefits for taking herbs in your diet and also for an alternative healing method.
Not many people know that taking some ginger extract interrupts cancer cell progression and can stop it, but please read the whole article as it is fantastic

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United States an Overfed Yet Malnourished Nation ("the malnutrition of the affluent")

United States an Overfed Yet Malnourished Nation ("the malnutrition of the affluent") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Almost 40 percent of the U.S. is fat, yet is also nutritionally-starving to death. The truth is that the U.S.is over-fed and under-nourished.

So, how exactly is it possible to be starving to death when the average American eats more than 3700 calories a day? An adequate daily caloric count for rural Chinese farmers is around 2600. For professional athletes, they might healthfully consume 3000 calories in a day, but that is with a disproportionate amount of physical activity compared to the general public. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) admits that obesity causes a plethora of disease: heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and some types of cancers, among them.

One problem is that even with all of this calorie consumption, people aren’t obtaining the basic nutrients their bodies crave in order to carry out its basic functions. This, in turn, leads to more eating, as the body feels ‘hunger’ as a neurological response to depleted nutritional stores.

Second, many of our agriculture practices have completely ruined the soil we grow food in, so we no longer enjoy the proper nutrients that were once provided for abundantly by just having highly fertile turf on which to plant our crops. We eat too many processed foods, and when we do eat a vegetable or fruit, it often has been grown in a mineral-depleted soil that has been improperly used since at least the 1950′s.

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lissacoffey's curator insight, August 2, 2013 1:22 AM

One problem is that even with all of this calorie consumption, people aren’t obtaining the basic nutrients their bodies crave in order to carry out its basic functions. This, in turn, leads to more eating, as the body feels ‘hunger’ as a neurological response to depleted nutritional stores.

Second, many of our agriculture practices have completely ruined the soil we grow food in, so we no longer enjoy the proper nutrients that were once provided for abundantly by just having highly fertile turf on which to plant our crops. We eat too many processed foods, and when we do eat a vegetable or fruit, it often has been grown in a mineral-depleted soil that has been improperly used since at least the 1950′s.

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193 Billion-Plus Reasons to Quit Smoking - Stop Smoking Center - Everyday Health

193 Billion-Plus Reasons to Quit Smoking - Stop Smoking Center - Everyday Health | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Despite the health risks, more than 46 million American still light up. Everyday Health gives you the cold, hard facts on smoking by the numbers.

The CDC links smoking to a laundry list of health conditions and premature deaths in United States each year. Most people know that lighting up can lead to heart disease — the leading cause of death in the country — as well as stroke, lung cancer, and respiratory conditions such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema. But smoking also plays a significant role in many other less-obvious conditions, from cataracts to skin cancer and tooth and gum decay.

Secondhand smoke and thirdhand smoke, or the buildup of smoke residue on everything from furniture and walls to hair and clothes, also contribute to the problem, especially in children. A ban on smoking in cars recently proposed by the British Medical Association (BMA) reinforces the severity of smoking’s health risks on non-smokers. Passengers in the car of a smoker are likely to take in 23 times more toxins than they would at a smoky bar.

Once you’ve given up cigarettes, the positive effects on your physical andemotional health begin almost immediately — and continue for years. Your heart disease risk is halved just one year after quitting. After five years, your risk of stroke has almost disappeared. After 10 years, you’re less vulnerable to ulcers and cancer of the lungs, mouth, and throat, among others types of cancer.

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6 Natural Pain Reducing Remedies

6 Natural Pain Reducing Remedies | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Instead of popping an aspirin, try targeting pain with natural remedies. Here are 6 side-effect-free, natural pain-reducing remedies.

Instead of popping an aspirin, or taking one of the many pain medications on the market today, you can target pain with natural remedies that cause absolutely no side effects and induce no negative impact on the body. Frequent use of aspirin can cause everything from intestinal bleeding to kidney failure while Ibuprofin can cause gastrointestinal discomfort and heart problems.
So take advantage of these 6 natural pain-reducing remedies.

1. Find Some Good Company

2. Laugh It Off 

3. Eat Some Chile Peppers or Jalapenos 

4. Meditate 

5. Juice Some Ginger 

6. Spice it up with Turmeric 

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Mint Scent Boosts the Brain, Improves Problem Solving and Memory

Mint Scent Boosts the Brain, Improves Problem Solving and Memory | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it

Researchers found that the scent of peppermint can improve cognitive functions including reasoning, problem solving, attention span, and even memory.

For their research, the participants of this particular study chewed peppermint, cinnamon or cherry flavored gums. Flavorless gum and no gum was offered to control groups. All three flavored gums, including peppermint, increased working memory and visual-motor response.

In another aspect of the research, odors were looked at. Both peppermint and cinnamon scents were shown to improve memory test scores.
These studies are interesting in that they don’t require you to ingest anything at all. Even if you don’t like the taste of mint, you can enjoy the benefits simply with the scent. Whether you purchase peppermint essential oils or grow the mint plant itself, try inhaling some of it before an important report is due or when you need a particularly great amount of focus.

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Preventing Macular Degeneration, Vision Loss with Spinach ("Popeye had 20/20 vision in old age")

Preventing Macular Degeneration, Vision Loss with Spinach ("Popeye had 20/20 vision in old age") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Scientists are suggesting that eating spinach could protect your eyes from the changes that cause macular degeneration, thereby preventing the disease.

The disorder is caused by a “progressive deterioration of a region that nourishes the retina, known as the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE).” This deterioration causes the retina itself to deteriorate and leads to difficulty focuses and, in the worst cases, blindness. Keeping the RPE healthy, therefore, can reduce the risk of macular degeneration. This is where spinach comes in.

Spinach contains lutein – a compound that combines with zeaxanthin within the body to create a  macular pigment—an oily, yellow substance that coats the retina. This pigment nourishes the retina and prevents deterioration common in macular degeneration.

Lutein also protects the eyes from free radical damage by helping filter out damaging blue light and ultraviolet light.

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Woman Rejects Chemo, Overcomes Ovarian Cancer With Nutrition ("Believe it or not?" - I do!)

Woman Rejects Chemo, Overcomes Ovarian Cancer With Nutrition ("Believe it or not?" - I do!) | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Evita Ramparte was diagnosed with a serious case of ovarian cancer, but she rejected chemo and radiation and cured her cancer through nutrition instead.

Instead, Evita opted to use an approach centered around nutrition and lifestyle — one that she says ultimately ended up curing her cancer that doctors said could not truly be cured. She visited an alternative health professional, and began a regiment of Gerson-styled juicing. Radically altering her diet from her usual processed food intake of pizza and doughnuts into freshly made juice from her own home, she also began to realize what it’s like to actually feel healthy and happy.

Evita even remembers how the juicing allowed her to remove around 16 or so stones from her gallbladder, stones that are made up of toxic materials that sit within your body and in many cases lead to gallbladder removal surgeries once the mainstream medical establishment becomes involved. Eventually, Evita’s new lifestyle led to a whole new take on life, one that she says revealed her ‘true beauty’ that she had never known. Looking physically healthier all around from healthy fat loss and rejuvenated skin health, Evita also is experiencing the mental benefits of a healthier lifestyle.

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Steve Kingsley's curator insight, June 5, 2013 7:43 PM

There have been numerous nutritional and holistic approaches to prevent and cure cancer for decades!

Alauna Thornton's curator insight, June 6, 2013 9:43 AM

Great true story about eating foods to get healthy. She did this by focusing on the solution and not the problem.

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The power of honey and cinnamon, when taken together ("super!!!")

The power of honey and cinnamon, when taken together ("super!!!") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it

Great information!! Cinnamon and Honey...! Drug companies won't like this one getting around. Facts on Honey and Cinnamon:


It is found that a mix of honey and cinnamon cures most diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Scientists of today also note honey as very effective medicine for all kinds of diseases. Honey can be used without side effects which is also a plus.Today's science says that even though honey is sweet, when it is taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it does not harm even diabetic patients. Researched by western scientists:

HEART DISEASES: Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, put it on toast instead of jelly and jam and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol and could potentially save one from heart attack. Also, even if you have already had an attack studies show you could be kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of cinnamon honey strengthens the heart beat. In America and Canada, various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as one ages the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and the veins.

ARTHRITIS: Arthritis patients can benefit by taking one cup of hot water with two tablespoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. When taken daily even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week (out of the 200 people so treated) practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain -- and within a month, most all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis now started walking without pain.

BLADDER INFECTIONS: Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder....who knew?

CHOLESTEROL: Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water given to a cholesterol patient was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, when taken three times a day, any chronic cholesterol-could be cured. According to information received in the said Journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.

COLDS: Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and, clear the sinuses, and it's delicious too!

UPSET STOMACH: Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also is said to clear stomach ulcers from its root.

GAS: According to the studies done in India and Japan, it is revealed that when Honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.

IMMUNE SYSTEM: Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacterial and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of Honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles (where DNA is contained) to fight bacterial and viral diseases.

INDIGESTION: Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food is eaten relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals

INFLUENZA: A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural 'Ingredient' which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.

LONGEVITY: Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Use four teaspoons of honey, one teaspoon of cinnamon powder, and three cups of boiling water to make a tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life spans increase and even a 100 year old will start performing the chores of a 20-year-old.

RASPY OR SORE THROAT: When throat has a tickle or is raspy, take one tablespoon of honey and sip until gone. Repeat every three hours until throat is without symptoms.

PIMPLES: Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it off the next morning with warm water. When done daily for two weeks, it removes all pimples from the root.

SKIN INFECTIONS:Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin Infections.

WEIGHT LOSS:Daily in the morning one half hour before breakfast and on an empty stomach, and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. When taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.

CANCER: Recent research in Japan and Australia has revealed that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder three times a day for one month.

FATIGUE: Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts are more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton, who has done research, says that a half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, even when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, when taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3:00 P.M., the vitality of the body increases within a week.

BAD BREATH: People of South America, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water first thing in the morning so their breath stays fresh throughout the day.

HEARING LOSS: Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts restores hearing.
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Arun Shrivastava's comment, June 4, 2013 5:20 AM
Michelle: this is a proven treatment for all the things you list and preventive. It's cheap and healthy. Natural. No toxic effect. Keep it up. And thank you for this vital social service you are doing. Kind regards.
Arun Shrivastava's curator insight, June 4, 2013 5:22 AM

How much to take? 1/2 teaspoonful of ground cinnamon with two tablespoonfuls of honey. Just lick it. First thing in the morning.

Arun Shrivastava's comment, July 5, 2013 7:51 AM
The safest way to obtain pure honey in India is to buy from the guys who remove honey from beehives. We often call them if a large hive develops around our home and they normally share 50% of the yield.
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Statins a Joke, Less than Beneficial According to Swedish Study ("$7.5B a year is not funny")

Statins a Joke, Less than Beneficial According to Swedish Study ("$7.5B a year is not funny") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
A recent population-based study in Sweden evidenced that the massive utilization of statins has provided no benefit to Swedish people.

In fact, three times as many statins were being taken by Swedes in the year 2000 than in 1998, yet the number of people dying from heart attacks were unchanged by the increase!

Statins have been used in the U.S. since 1987, when they were approved by the FDA as a pharmaceutical means to lower cholesterol through inhibiting an enzyme in the liver and other organs. Statins are one of the most widely prescribed medicines in the industrialized world, and are extremely profitable.

Statins account for billions in dollars a year in profits to companies like Merck and Pfizer. In recent years, Lipitor was one of the top-selling pharmaceutical drugs in the country, bringing in a whopping $7.5 billion to Pfizer, even as they crowded out generic drugs also classified as statins. Pfizer’s patent has run out on Lipitor, but millions of people are still taking statins despite their ineffectiveness. And worse, statins have been shown to cause Diabetes Type II, and memory loss along with other cognitive disorders.

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Broccoli and Tomatoes Combination Found to Fight Prostate Cancer ("Prevention cheaper than cure")

Broccoli and Tomatoes Combination Found to Fight Prostate Cancer ("Prevention cheaper than cure") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
One study published in the Journal of Cancer Research has found that when used together, broccoli and tomatoes become a virtual anti-cancer superpower.
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Gallery of Coconut Recipes and Coconut Oil Uses

Gallery of Coconut Recipes and Coconut Oil Uses | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Each coconut recipe here has been tested and created in the kitchen.

Unlike many people who write about  coconut oil by simply reading about it, Marianita Shilhavy actually grew up on a coconut plantation in the Philippines and in a culture that consumed significant amounts of coconut fat in their diet. She later went on to earn her degree in nutrition and worked as a nutritionist in the Philippines. Brian Shilhavy also lived in the Philippines for several years with Marianita and their 3 children observing firsthand the differences between the diet and health of the younger generation and those of Marianita’s parents’ generation still consuming a traditional diet. This led to years of studying Philippine nutrition and dietary patterns first hand while living in a rural farming community in the Philippines. They are authors of the best-selling book: Virgin Coconut Oil: How it has changed people’s lives and how it can change yours!

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Avocado: The Prolific Green Fruit, Vegetable, and Nut Combined ("good even for diabets")

Avocado: The Prolific Green Fruit, Vegetable, and Nut Combined ("good even for diabets") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Studies have even found avocado-eaters to be especially healthy. Here is why the health benefits of avocados are some you will not want to miss:
Avocados have enough protein in them to (almost) replace meat or cheese. This is why they are a staple food of many vegans and vegetarians.Avocados are full of 13 essential minerals that our bodies need to carry out a plethora of vital functions, from repairing red blood cells to balancing our endocrine system to preventing anemia. They contain potassium, iron, copper, magnesium, and more.The fruit is a great source of linoleic acid and oleic acid, important forms of monounsaturated fats that the body needs to keep us at a healthy body weight and improve cardiovascular health.Avocados can lower your cholesterol levels significantly and may help to regulate cravings for other, less healthy, man-made fats that convenience foods are packed with.A spoonful of avocado oil daily can help to prevent pre-mature aging. Full of both vitamins A and E, avocados help to restore smooth skin and repair aging skin.Avocados provide great energy with their high B vitamins content, containing three important B vitamins: pyridoxine (B6), pantothenic (B5) and folate.Avocados help with sluggish digestion due to their high fiber content. A long standing remedy for constipation is to mix two avocados with just one teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar or lemon juice, then eat one spoonful at a time.  Avocados also help with colitis, ulcers, and bowel disorders.
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The Truth About Zero-Calorie Food - Weight Center - EverydayHealth.com

The Truth About Zero-Calorie Food - Weight Center - EverydayHealth.com | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
You cant magically lose weight by only eating food with so-called zero calories. Learn the role these foods play in your diet for weight loss or maintenance.

Apart from foods that have been engineered to be calorie-free, like sugar substitutes, virtually all foods contain calories. Some foods contain very few calories, and we do burn a few calories when we chew and digest the foods we eat. But the notion that eating certain foods can put us into a negative calorie balance just isn't true.

Although these food choices with supposed "zero calories" aren't going to put you into a negative calorie balance, there are other great benefits to eating them. "They are all fruits and vegetables, so they are great foods to incorporate into your diet," says Lummus.

These foods are also high in fiber and pack a hefty nutrition punch. Fruits and vegetables tend to be "nutrient-dense," meaning that they contain relatively few calories in comparison to their high level of nutrients.

What's more, they can help you lose weight. Fruits and vegetables can be just as filling as higher-calorie foods, but with far fewer calories and often a lot more bulk.


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Ditch the Toxic Sunscreen; Use Coconut Oil Instead ("you can even ingest it for better health")

Ditch the Toxic Sunscreen; Use Coconut Oil Instead ("you can even ingest it for better health") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Coconut oil is an awesome natural alternative to toxic sunscreens - it has an SPF of 10, is completely natural, and doesn't contain any harmful ingredients.

That’s right, the same extra virgin coconut oil found in your kitchen pantry will do the trick to protect your skin – minus the toxicity from health-compromising ingredients. Coconut oil has been used as an effective sunscreen for thousands of years by indigenous, pacific islanders. Why slather toxic chemicals on your body when you can use non toxic coconut oil instead?
Sunlight is by far the optimal way to produce your vitamin D. Blocking UVB rays may inadvertently be increasing your cancer risk by blocking vitamin D absorption. Plus, sunscreen causes cancer through carcinogenic ingredients.
Coconut oil has an SPF of 10 which means 90% of beneficial vitamin D creating UBV rays are blocked.

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Childhood Obesity Determined Not by Genes or Laziness, but Environment

Childhood Obesity Determined Not by Genes or Laziness, but Environment | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Three new studies appearing in the journal Pediatrics confirm that environment has more impact on childhood obesity levels than genetics and laziness.
It isn’t just one factor contributing to the obesity rates of the nation, there are multiple reasons – all environmental, by nature. Everything from plate size for portion control (taking away the term ‘super-sizing’ along with the portions that go with it) to observing adults eating too much are proven to contribute to obesity rates in the most recent studies. We are a product of our environment – children especially. Our kids are learning from our own poor choices when it comes to nutrition and proper weight, but the good news is that as we prove to be better living examples of health and stewards of the land and food supply, our children will follow.
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Video: Fast Food Burgers Oozing With Parasites and Ammonia ("Meat was found at 2.1% to 14.8% only")

Video: Fast Food Burgers Oozing With Parasites and Ammonia ("Meat was found at 2.1% to 14.8% only") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
A recent analysis into several different fast food hamburgers found relatively little meat, and a whole host of other “stuff”.

The burgers, from 8 different fast food establishments, were analyzed by weight and then microscopically for tissue types.

Their analysis found that water constituted about half of the weight of the burgers, with water content ranging from 37.7% to 62.4%, with an average of 49%. Meat, what you’d expect to make up the majority of the burgers, was found to be as low as 2.1% in some cases, to the maximum of 14.8% in others.

If you think that those providing the least meat did so to cut costs and deliver savings to you, you’d be wrong. The researchers found that the cost per gram of hamburger ranged from $0.02 to $0.16 and was not related to the meat content of the burger. In other words, the cost was likely related to what was on the burger, the packaging, the fast-food company’s greed, or the name on the greasy bag.

In addition to a whole lot of water and a little meat (muscle tissue), the burgers contained connective tissue, blood vessels, peripheral nerves, adipose tissue, plant materials, bone, and cartilage. In other words, the burgers were a slew of animal parts with only brain tissue missing.

In two of the studied hamburgers, intracellular (Sarcocystis) parasites were found. Also present, ammonia—used in sterilizing the meat and creating what is known as “pink slime.”


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The 10 Biggest Fast-Food Calorie Bombs ("home-cooked meals still the best") - ABC News

The 10 Biggest Fast-Food Calorie Bombs ("home-cooked meals still the best") - ABC News | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
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Fast-food calories may seem extreme to some, but a recent University of Toronto study found the average casual dining restaurant chain meal contains 1,128 calories.
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Apples: Yet Another “Perfect” Food?

Apples: Yet Another “Perfect” Food? | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Apples contain numerous beneficial compounds that protect against illness and disease. The fruit is one of many must-have superfoods.

Fiber found within apples is known as pectin. This fiber is able to lower cholesterol levels, stabilize blood sugar, and help ward off diabetes and insulin resistance. Like most high-fiber foods, the pectin in apples also helps fill you up, making you feel full for a longer period and discouraging overeating.

Another powerful compound in apples is the flavonoid quercetin. This antioxidant is found particularly concentrated in apple peels, where it gives the apple its rich color. It’s a natural anti-inflammatory and a natural antihistamine that has been found to combat issues like cancer, high blood pressure, stroke, and much more.

Water-soluble polyphenols are often found in apples as well. These are another form of powerful antioxidants with numerous benefits. As reported by Natural News, “Diets high in polyphenols are associated with lower cancer rates, better heart health and enhanced immune function.”

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Carrots Reduce Risk of Cardiovascular Disease in 10-Year Study ("why let rabbits have all the fun?")

Carrots Reduce Risk of Cardiovascular Disease in 10-Year Study ("why let rabbits have all the fun?") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
A study from the Netherlands illustrated just how beneficial carrots can be in boosting heart health and preventing cardiovascular disease.

Could a carrot a day keep the cardiologist away? It’s quite possible. Because heart disease is the number one killer in the United States, we obviously need to look at every potentially beneficial solution—but particularly the natural and preventative ones. While a healthy diet and regular exercise can keep your cardiovascular system fit, specific foods may have a greater preventative impact than others. Carrots are one of these foods.

A study from the Netherlands illustrated just how beneficial carrots can be in the prevention of cardiovascular disease. Published in the British Journal of Nutrition, the study analyzed different fruits and vegetables based on their color, which ultimately indicates the presence of certain nutrient compounds.

Participants in the study were tracked for 10 years, during which time their diet was analyzed for consumption of these foods and their risk reduction. Those who ate the fewest amount of carrots saw the least risk-reduction, though they still experienced a reduced risk of heart disease. Those who ate the most carrots saw a reduction by about 32%!

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Skeletal Fluorosis: What Could Fluoride Be Doing to Us? ("found not only in toothpaste")

Skeletal Fluorosis: What Could Fluoride Be Doing to Us? ("found not only in toothpaste") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Skeletal fluorosis is at endemic levels in at least 25 countries around the world, an unfortunate result of consuming too much fluoride - a toxic chemical.

Skeletal fluorosis occurs when too much fluoride builds up in the body. In China and India, for example, the high levels of skeletal fluorosis are believed to come from drinking water as well as inhaling coal being used as an indoor fuel source.
Scientific surveys indicate that any water supply containing more than 1 ppm of fluoride to be a risk for skeletal fluorosis. In the United States, 1 ppm is the average amount of fluoride being purposefully added to drinking water. But in addition to consuming fluoride through drinking water, it is also heavily absorbed in hot showers, and can be found in food at 180x the amount in drinking water.

Finally, in addition to your water and food, you are getting fluoride each day in your toothpaste. Dental fluorosis is the cell damage that occurs on the teeth – it is classified as a “mineral disorder of the teeth.”

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Can Broccoli Prevent or Even Treat Asthma? - ("even rhinitis! Study says it can.")

Can Broccoli Prevent or Even Treat Asthma? - ("even rhinitis! Study says it can.") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Evidence suggests that preventing and treating asthma could be as simple as eating more broccoli. Broccoli negates the effects of harmful pollutants.
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Deep, Slow Breathing can Slow Aging, Prevent Disease ("make sure it's clean air you inhale")

Deep, Slow Breathing can Slow Aging, Prevent Disease ("make sure it's clean air you inhale") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Did you know that certain breathing techniques can profoundly and positively impact your life? Breathing is essential for achieving optimal health.


Did you know that bellows breath (a type of rapid belly breathing) can help to lower your resting heart rate and thus increase your life span with just a few minutes of practice a day for as little as a month? That’s the same type of benefit you would receive from doing regular exercise every day. This is just one type of breathing that has scientifically been proven to support the human nervous system and also to enhance anti-aging, mood-boosting, and disease-fighting properties. Truthfully, breathing is extremely important for achieving optimal health.
When we breathe slower, it affects our moods positively, increases the immune functioning of the body, and turns off the sometimes toxic chemical stew that can be created by a stress-response left over from a fight-or-flight mechanism (induced by the autonomic nervous system) that we developed early on. Some smart doctors even tell their patients to practice deep breathing five to ten times a day.

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Processed Meats: Dangerous for Human Consumption ("time to switch to fresh home-cooked food")

Processed Meats: Dangerous for Human Consumption ("time to switch to fresh home-cooked food") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
The World Cancer Research Fund recently completed a detailed review of 7,000 clinical studies covering links between diet and cancer. Upon conclusion it is evident that processed meats can be dange...

What are processed meats?
Processed meats include bacon, sausage, hot dogs, sandwich meat, packaged ham, pepperoni, salami and nearly all meat found in prepared frozen meals. Processed meats are usually manufactured with a carcinogenic (linked to promote and cause cancer) ingredient known as sodium nitrate. Sodium nitrate is primarily used as a colour fixer by meat companies to make the packaged meats look bright red and fresh. Monosodium glutamate is also added on a regular basis to enhance the savoury flavour.

Food items to check carefully:

Beef jerkyBaconSausagePepperoniHot dogsSandwich meatDeli slicesHamFrozen pizzas with meatCanned soups containing meatFrozen meals with meatRavioli and meat pasta foods


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