Coconut oil has been a dietary and beauty staple for millennia. It’s a powerful destroyer of all kinds of microbes, from viruses to bacteria to protozoa, many of which can be harmful, and provides your body with high-quality fat that is critical for optimal health.
Around 50 percent of the fat in coconut oil is lauric acid, which is rarely found in nature. In fact, coconut oil contains the most lauric acid of any substance on Earth.
Your body converts lauric acid into monolaurin, a monoglyceride that can actually destroy lipid-coated viruses such as HIV and herpes, influenza, measles, gram-negative bacteria, and protozoa such as giardia lamblia.
This is undoubtedly part of what makes it so medicinally useful—both when taken internally and applied externally.

Coconut oil is comprised of medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) that are easily digested and readily cross cell membranes. MCFAs are immediately converted by your liver into energy rather than being stored as fat. This is in part why I recommend coconut oil as an ideal replacement for non-vegetable carbohydrates.

 

Coconut oil is easy on your digestive system and does not produce an insulin spike in your bloodstream, so for a quick energy boost, you could simply eat a spoonful of coconut oil, or add it to your food. In the video above, I also share my recipe for a scrumptious yet healthful chocolate treat, courtesy of the healthy fat from coconut oil.

 

To get more coconut oil into your diet, you can add it to your tea or coffee, in lieu of a sweetener. It will also help improve absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, so taking a spoonful of coconut oil along with your daily vitamins may help boost their effectiveness.

 

Coconut oil is ideal for all sorts of cooking and baking, as it can withstand higher temperatures without being damaged like many other oils (olive oil, for example, should not be used for cooking for this reason).

 

Furthermore, coconut oil does not go rancid, which is a huge boon when you’re making homemade concoctions. Coconut oil that has been kept at room temperature for a year has been tested for rancidity, and showed no evidence of it. Since you would expect the small percentage of unsaturated oils naturally contained in coconut oil to become rancid, it seems that the other (saturated) oils have a powerful antioxidant effect.

 

General Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

In all, coconut oil offers a truly impressive array of health benefits when included in your daily diet. In addition to its antimicrobial properties, coconut oil is beneficial for:

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While coconut oil is an ideal food for fostering health and beauty from the inside out, it also has a staggering number of other uses, from topical beauty applications to first aid treatments, to general household cleaning. Once you’re done reading through this article, you’ll probably be inspired to stock up for all eventualities!

 

Coconut Oil Can Replace Dozens of Beauty and Personal Care Products

One of the best personal care products you’ll ever find may be sitting in your kitchen cupboard right now. The video above, featuring HolisticHabits blogger and coconut oil aficionado Sarah, recounts many of its beauty uses. The second video includes a recipe making your own coconut oil-based deodorant. A previous article by Delicious Obsessions also lists no less than 122 creative uses for this household staple, including 21 DIY coconut oil skin care recipes. For example, coconut oil can be used to replace the following personal care and beauty products.

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Hair’s Best Friend

Coconut oil is also known for its hair benefits. Most women seem to prefer using it as a pre-shampoo conditioner. Simply massage the coconut oil onto dry hair and leave on for about an hour or longer. You could even leave it on overnight. Just wear a shower cap to protect your pillow. Then, wash and style as usual.

 

When applied in this manner, the coconut oil inhibits the penetration of water into the hair strands, which would otherwise cause the cuticle, or surface of the hair shaft, to rise, making it prone to damage and breakage. Furthermore, when applied as a pre-wash treatment, a small amount of the coconut oil is able to penetrate deeper into the hair shaft during the wash, when the hair fiber swells slightly.

 

This can also explain why so many rave about the oil’s ability to prevent “the frizzies” in humid weather—this is another feature of its hydrophobic activity. More porous types of hair may find coconut oil particularly beneficial, such as African and chemically treated hair, as well as those suffering with any type of scalp problems, including dandruff.

 

Coconut oil mixed with baking soda makes for very simple and inexpensive, yet effective, toothpaste. It’s also a great alternative if you want a fluoride-free toothpaste but don’t want to spend the extra money, since they tend to cost more than most regular, fluoridated toothpaste brands.

 

Another oral health technique where I believe coconut oil can be quite beneficial is oil pulling. This technique has significantly reduced my plaque buildup, allowing me to go longer between visits to the dental hygienist. (Adding fermented vegetables to my diet has been another game-changer in my oral health.)

 

Oil pulling is a practice dating back thousands of years, having originated with Ayurvedic medicine. When oil pulling is combined with the antimicrobial power of coconut oil, I believe it can be a very powerful health tool. Sesame oil is traditionally recommended, but it has relatively high concentration of omega-6 oils. Therefore, I believe coconut oil is far superior, and, in my mind, it tastes better. But from a mechanical and biophysical perspective, it is likely that both work.

 

Oil pulling involves rinsing your mouth with the oil, much like you would with a mouthwash. The oil is “worked” around your mouth by pushing, pulling, and drawing it through your teeth for a period of 15 minutes. If you are obsessive like me and want even better results, you can go for 30-45 minutes. This process allows the oil to “pull out” bacteria, viruses, fungi and other debris. The best time is in the morning before eating breakfast, but it can be done at any time. I try to do it twice a day if my schedule allows. When done, spit out the oil and rinse your mouth with water. Avoid swallowing the oil as it will be loaded with bacteria and whatever potential toxins and debris it has pulled out.

 

When done correctly, oil pulling has a significant cleansing, detoxifying and healing affect, not only for your mouth and sinuses but for the rest of your body as well. Candida and Streptococcus are common residents in your mouth, and these germs and their toxic waste products can contribute to plaque accumulation and tooth decay, in addition to secondary infections and chronic inflammation throughout your body. Oil pulling may help lessen the overall toxic burden on your immune system by preventing the spread of these organisms from your mouth to the rest of your body, by way of your bloodstream.

 

Coconut Oil to the Rescue

Besides its usefulness in the kitchen and bathroom, coconut oil deserves a place in your medicine cabinet as well—again courtesy of its antimicrobial and anti-viral activity. For example, coconut oil may be helpful in the treatment of:

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Coconut Oil—More Effective Than Permethrin for Head Lice

According to research published in the European Journal of Pediatrics, a combination of coconut oil and anise was found to be nearly twice as effective as the commonly prescribed permethrin lotion for the treatment of head lice. According to the authors:

 

“We designed a randomized, controlled, parallel group trial involving 100 participants with active head louse infestation to investigate the activity of a coconut and anise spray and to see whether permethrin lotion is still effective, using two applications of product 9 days apart. The spray was significantly more successful (41/50, 82.0%) cures compared with permethrin (21/50, 42.0%…). Per-protocol success was 83.3% and 44.7%, respectively. Thirty-three people reported irritant reactions following alcohol contact with excoriated skin. We concluded that, although permethrin lotion is still effective for some people, the coconut and anise spray can be a significantly more effective alternative treatment.” [Emphasis mine]

 

Isn’t it wonderful to see how nature provides us with so many effective solutions to so many of our ills? And does so in a way that is oftentimes more effective than our chemical drug concoctions! Another anecdotal Hawaiian head lice treatment is to first soak your hair in vinegar and leave it in to dry (don’t rinse). Next, coat your hair with coconut oil over night. I’d recommend sleeping with a shower cap to protect your bedding. The following day, the nits reportedly comb out easily.

 

14 Surprising Uses for Coconut Oil Around the House

Last but not least, coconut oil can be used for a number of household tasks otherwise relegated to more costly, and potentially toxic, alternatives. Following are 14 creative yet practical uses for this fantastic oil:

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Originally posted 2016-04-13 11:52:15.

expat community in brittany

expat community in brittanyCommunities are very important and always have been as they enable individuals to interact with each other, share life interests and experiences, create important relationships and work towards common goals. Without communities people would have to live very isolated lives with minimal or no contact outside of their inner circle. Meeting and developing relationships with new people is incredibly important as it enriches an individuals life.

Most importantly communities give people a sense of belonging and they help shape a healthy and progressive society. People are not alone, they can share their issues with their neighbours as community members will often offer to help. Communities also have a positive and significant effect on the development of children’s brains.

A community members skills and resources are also directly related to their participation in the community, this includes education, recreation and employment. Communities will tend to hone an individuals skills and experiences to assist them in achieving their goals.

People often feel united and connected and to some degree are interdependent on each other. In many cases the community as a whole is lessened if an individual is not happy and the collective is happier when all it’s members are so too.

Members of a community also feel motivated in achieving a desired outcome. They feel a sense of worth in performing certain activities with other members. They share resources and interests. A community allows peace and order to exist by enforcing formal and/or informal rules, laws, ethics and customs.

In today’s modern world communities are needed more than ever. People are naturally attracted and drawn to each other so they can feel united and achieve more together!

Their is many a UK expat community in Brittany who have shown this. Expat communities in Brittany, Normandy and France have demonstrated that they seek other UK expats to ultimately become united in Brittany, united in Normandy and united in France!

UK Expat communities in Brittany have existed since UK expats migrated to France. This trend will continue as people thrive and need each other.

So to conclude life is suppose to be shared and by sharing with each other the community as a whole is better, stronger, happier and can thrive!

Originally posted 2017-05-05 15:26:33.

It is no secret that the lower someone’s wages are, the harder it will be for them to secure a stable channel of healthy and organic food.

It is also not a secret that these healthy food options are highly unlikely to be available in the neighborhoods where these lower income residents live. The simple fact is that this systemic disequilibrium causes a feedback mechanism which disinhibits lower wage earners from achieving higher wages.

 

For example, a lower salary family consumes unhealthy food because it is the most immediate and affordable option available to them, members of that family develop health issues they otherwise would not have had they eaten healthy foods, already scarce money has to be put into remedying the ailing health of family members and time has to be taken out from work to look after them (this can both endanger job security and take away promotion opportunities), with less money the family can only get more immediate and affordable foods which perpetuate this vicious cycle.

Until there is a systemic remedy, there needs to be immediate relief. By following these general guidelines, anyone who finds themselves in a food desert or who earns a lower wage, can use these tips to ensure that they are picking the best among their available alternatives.

There are naturally things that are desirable to good health and things to avoid to maintain our health. Because the issue in lower wage households is often a selection of the lesser of two evils, it is important to  first deal with what to avoid.

Pesticides have been shown, time and again, to cause unspeakable harm to living organisms. It is a political sleight of hand that these objects can be described as inhibiting cell growth in flies and other pests (including mammals) and not humans.

Yet at the same time, scientists use these very creatures to trial the effect of drugs on humans. In one case a model organism’s biology is used to assist an understanding of the human physiology and in another the impacts of a substance seemingly are just relegated to the model organism. One of the biggest things we can do is avoid all pesticides because the research is inconsistent and law enforcement on this issue is spotty, but there have been sufficient incidents where these substances have caused great bodily harm in humans and those responsible have continued to be allowed to act with impunity.

Secondly, we must avoid neurotoxins. These are substances that have been found to cause damage to the nervous system which includes our brain, spinal cord, and all our nerves. The effects of damage to this precious system have far reaching effects from mobility to learning development.

These are often some of the most crippling health disasters to befall a lower wage household because it is chronic and therefore a continuous extra “taxation” of the family’s limited resources. Known neurotoxins include aspertame and MSG or monosodium glutamate. Always check your ingredients list to ensure that you are not buying something that contains these ingredients.

Because many of these neurotoxins continue to make it into our food supply, it is important to educate ourselves on the topic. I personally learned by giving ten minutes to a new neurotoxin each day for two weeks after I came home from work. It is so important that you also keep up to date on news of new neurotoxins because every year, new and untested chemicals are being made.

Avoid non-organic meat and dairy. Both of these product categories suffer from an unaccountability in the kinds of chemicals that are contained in the food themselves that do not legally have to make it on the ingredients list because they were consumed by the animal when it was alive.

Animals are known to  be over-vaccinate and the effects of these vaccines are not well known or studied. For similar reasons, the big grains like soy and corn should be avoided because they likely came from organisms that were genetically modified. Just like with all the vaccines pumped into livestock, the effects of genetically modified organisms are extremely shaky.

By following this guideline of things to aovid, you will find a world of cheap, but healthy foods slowly opening. It will also give you the awareness to demand a better selection of the things you know will not cause your family harm.

Originally posted 2016-04-09 11:49:46.

In our modern day world, when something goes awry with our health, we often seek the advice of a medical professional to help understand what is going on and how we can treat it. While becoming aware of our ailments is important, the way in which we treat them is just as much so. Health begins with prevention. Remaining aware of what is known to deplete our wellbeing is pertinent. And if you are faced with an unfortunate diagnosis, it’s necessary to understand it to the best of your ability, and acknowledge the factors that could have caused it, otherwise you may find yourself in the same situation again later on down the road. You must also know your healing options. There are many medicinal paths out there, and sometimes the one you are presented with is not necessarily the right one.

Here, rheumatoid arthritis is discussed, and you might be surprised at the healing options available to you.

What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis is defined as a chronic autoimmune disease characterized by inflammation of the joints, frequently accompanied by marked deformities, and ordinarily associated with manifestations of a general, or systemic, affliction.[1]

This disorder, which often affects the small joints in the hands and feet, is the result of the immune system accidentally attacking the body’s own tissues, damaging the lining of the joints, and causing swelling that can become so severe that it can lead to bone erosion and deformed joints. Other parts of the body that can be affected are the skin, eyes, lungs, and blood vessels.

The Signs and Symptoms

RA can be difficult to diagnose, but knowing the factors involved is crucial. Some of the early signs include: fatigue, dry mouth, loss of appetite, irritated eyes that can even experience discharge, chest pain upon breathing, and hardened tissue in the form of small bumps under the skin on your arms.

You may then experience inflammation, stiffness, and pain in the fingers, wrists, knees, feet, ankles, or shoulders. Numbness, tingling, and burning are also common as a result of carpal tunnel syndrome, often associated with RA. You might also experience a fever accompanied by other RA symptoms.

The disorder, which can be terminal, can have pain so crippling that half of people who develop it will no longer be able to work within 10 years. Furthermore, within five years, 50 to 70 percent of RA’s victims will experience some form of disability. With such a small number (less than one percent) of people experiencing spontaneous remission, it can feel very defeating to live with.

Traditional Treatments

Many of the doctor-prescribed medications do little to reverse RA, but rather alleviate the symptoms associated with the disorder. To do so, anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen and highly toxic drugs are often utilized. Steroids like prednisone can have many side effects, including an increased risk of infection, weight gain, worsening diabetes, cataracts in the eyes, and the thinning of bones.

Furthermore, there is also the concern of  people with RA experiencing relapses while on these toxic medications. “That can happen within months or even many years after a patient has been started on a drug,” explains Dr. Hardin, a professor of medicine in the division of rheumatology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in the Bronx, New York. Dr. Hardin notes that this phenomenon is the result of people simply becoming resistant to medications.

“When I was diagnosed with RA, my rheumatologist started me on immuno-suppressants, steroids and methotrexate (a drug commonly used in chemotherapy),” says Rachna Chhachhi, a certified nutritional therapist. “After a while of feeling good, I noticed that my hair had started falling. I tried everything possible to get back my lost hair, but to no avail. Nothing worked. When I asked my immunologist, he told me it was a side effect of the drugs I was taking. I had to choose between balding and being able to walk.” Chhachhi chose alternative methods, changing her lifestyle choices first and foremost.

Lifestyle Changes and Natural Pain Relievers

As with any health concern, it’s much easier to assume this is the unfortunate hand you are dealt with and give in to medications as a means for getting through the day. But a crucial step many people miss when it comes to diagnoses is understanding what might have caused them in the first place.

RA is an immune system disorder, so it makes sense that the buildup of nutritional deficiencies could weaken the body. Chhachhi chose to strengthen her immune system through nutrition and physical practices like yoga and pranayama. Here is a look at similar lifestyle changes that can be made:

Diet

Avoiding or limiting inflammatory foods can be extremely beneficial for reversing RA. These foods include whole-milk products, fatty cuts of meat, empty starches, added sugars, refined flours, and processed foods complete with hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils. Anti-inflammatory foods include wild salmon, avocado, nuts, olive oil, whole grains, vegetables, and antioxidant-rich fruits. Essentially, you are eating for your joints.

A 2011 study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition discovered that, over a 15-year- period, men and women who ate a healthful dose of nuts had more than a 50 percent lower risk of dying from inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis as opposed to those who ate little to no nuts.

Olive oil, which is loaded with oleocanthal, hinders inflammation in the body as well as reduces pain, much like the synthetic medications on the market. “This compound inhibits activity of COX enzymes, with a pharmacological action similar to ibuprofen,” explains José M. Ordovás, PhD, who is the Director of Nutrition and Genomics at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston.

Another natural pain reliever is the curcumin found in turmeric, which is touted for its incredible anti-inflammatory properties. In fact, a study published in 2006 in the Journal of Natural Products discovered that pure curcuminoid extracts are effective in preventing and treating experimental rheumatoid arthritis.

Weight

Excess weight isn’t good for people with rheumatoid arthritis because it adds extra stress and strain on weight-bearing joints like the knees and hips. Low-impact aerobic exercises are the way to go. “While, yoga keeps their joints supple and flexible, pranayama helps in the efficient release of toxins from the body, thereby reducing pain,” explains Chhachhi of her chosen and recommended method.

study conducted by researchers at the Mayo Clinic discovered that obese individuals were 25 percent more at risk for being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis than people with normal body weights. The study’s lead researcher, Eric Matteson, says it’s more than just stress on the joints, however. “The link, we think, has to do with the activity of the fat cells themselves,” says Matteson.

Vitamin D Deficiency

Vitamin D plays an important role in the strengthening of bones, joints and cartilage, so not getting enough can work to do the opposite — weakening your body and aiding in muscle and skeletal pain. A 2012 study published in the journal Therapeutic Advances in Endocrinology and Metabolism concluded that a deficiency of this vitamin may be linked to the onset of serious diseases for people with RA. The sun is the best source of natural vitamin D. You can also get it through your diet by eating foods like salmon, egg yolks, and fortified milk and yogurts. And to make sure you are absorbing it properly, it’s important to have healthy gut flora. Consuming fermented foods daily is a great place to start.

 

 

 

Originally posted 2016-04-06 11:45:20.

We’ve known for quite some time that there’s a huge difference between organic food and conventional products. Organic bashers like Jon Entine might tell you there’s nothing to worry about, yet research says otherwise. A recent study performed by England’s Newcastle University on ecological agriculture cuts straight to the chase, proving that organic products have healthier fats, more nutrients and fewer toxic chemicals than conventional food.

In the 1950s, the world population was estimated to be just under 3 billion. By the year 2000, that number easily doubled, reaching well over 6 billion individuals. Today, feeding the world is a problem on its own, but when you’re faced with corporate magnates that mass produce everything from seeds to vegetables, plants and even animals, are you sure you know what it is that you are eating?

The beef with non-organic meat and milk

In order to raise revenue and profit margins, food manufacturers have sought to optimize their production lines as much as possible – from developing their very own farms to cultivating the food that livestock need until they are slaughtered. But animals normally take years to raise. They can also get sick or develop medical conditions. Instead of allowing nature to take its course, the food industry thought that it could further improve the process. Consequently, animals’ genomes are now being modified to develop prematurely, as well as grow more meat and less fat, while their food is overfilled with antibiotics to keep them alive in squalid conditions.

The food that they eat is also genetically engineered to be resistant to herbicides. Why? Manually protecting immense fields of crops from weeds and pests is time- and cost-intensive. Herbicide resistance allows the use of chemicals that kill weeds without endangering crop yield when harvest is due. However, when you modify a living structure to develop such a trait, you can effect an irreversible chain reaction in the environment. Living organisms are not Lego pieces that can be constantly built and re-built; they are part of a sequence that is completely interconnected.

What’s worse, these transgenic mutations are very likely to be passed on to the animals who eat them. Including human beings. You are basically eating pesticides when you choose non-organic. You are also eating herbicides like Roundup, which has been declared “probable carcinogen” by the UN’s cancer research agency. Combine these with the modifications that the animals are subjected to, put it on a shelf and you have a conventional food item – rich in chemicals and very dangerous for your health.

Why organic is better

The extensive research led by Carlo Leifert, a professor of ecological agriculture at England’s Newcastle University, demonstrated that organic meats have significantly higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids. It’s not just beef or chicken, but also pork, lamb and goat. How much better is organic meat? Data indicates that it contains 47% more omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids than conventional meat does. Judge for yourself.

Organic milk is also head and shoulders above non-organic, with 46% more omega-3s. It also boasts 13% more vitamin E and 20% more iron than conventional does. Obviously, the animals that are actually allowed to graze and eat natural plants yield superior food and milk. You might be able to produce more and faster in a CAFO, but at a significantly lower quality.

Overfeeding also goes hand-in-hand with growing animals as fast as possible. In turn, this affects the environment, because more resources are diverted towards the food industry and various ecosystems are contaminated by antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Particularly when we’re as clueless as we are today in regard to genetic mutations, it’s best that we keep eating what’s natural and organic. By doing so, we protect our immunity and health, while minimizing the risk of developing GMO-related illnesses.

Originally posted 2016-04-02 11:43:44.

INGREDIENTS:
1 tbsp Coconut Oil
1 knuckle Ginger
1 knuckle Turmeric
4 cups sodium free veggie broth
2 stalks of scallions

 DIRECTIONS:

Prepare all the ingredients.

Preheat the pan to medium heat.

Add some powdered ginger and turmeric together with the coconut oil.

Add the veggie broth letting it boil.

Reduce the heat, and add turmeric root into it.

Add the sliced scallions.

Transfer to a clean container.

Originally posted 2016-03-29 11:41:51.

 

There are so many ways you can use apple cider vinegar in your daily routine, it works great for pretty much anything, from treating an upset stomach, dealing with skin problems to cleaning your house. And believe me, once you start to use it, you won’t turn back.

The health benefits of apple cider vinegar are endless, here re some creative and simple ways to add the benefits of apple cider vinegar to your life:

1. For cleaning purpose, make this “all-purpose cleaner”with apple cider vinegar

You have to prepare 1 part water, 1 part apple cider vinegar and a few drops of essential oil. Mix them in a spray bottle and use anytime when you want.

2. It can be added to your smoothie, but keep in mind of that just add a little as it has strong taste.

3. You can rub your teeth with apple cider vinegar and then rinse with water, it will remove stains and keep your teeth whiter.

4. Feeling tired after a whole day work? Then add a cup apple cider vinegar to your bath water to have a relaxing bath. You can also add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. A hot bath with apple cider vinegar also helps flush out toxins through the skin, so this is also a great detoxification process.

5. Apple cider vinegar helps you detox the whole body. It’s recommended to take it before your meal by mixing 2-3 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of tomato juice.

6. Apple cider vinegar is a good ingredient for dressing. For making your food taste great, try these easy-to-make dressing recipes with apple cider vinegar:

Apple cider vinegar with olive oil dressing

  • 3 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • A few salt and pepper to taste

Apple cider vinegar, yogurt and honey dressing

  • 3 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 crushed garlic clove
  • 3 tablespoon yogurt
  • 1/4 teaspoon raw honey
  • Salt to taste

Mix the ingredients well and you get a great dressing for salads, vegetables and meats.

7. Apple cider vinegar works effectively to increase your metabolism, this is due to its rich content of vitamins and minerals, especially the high amount of potassium it contains.

8. It’s a simple remedy for relieving a sore throat. Simply mix 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar with 1/4 cup of warm water and gargle with the mixture every hour or as needed.

9. It can help you get rid of dandruff. Add 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar to 4 cups of water and pour over your hair after shampooing. Rinse with water after 1-2 minutes.

10. Want to get rid of acne? Try to mix 1 part apple cider vinegar to 4 parts water. Apply it to the affected area with a cotton pad, leave it for some minutes and rinse with cold water. Do 2-3 times a day.

11. Candida may results in several symptoms, such as lack of energy, bad memory, sugar cravings as well as yeast infections. Apple cider vinegar helps you get rid of candida due to its natural enzymes. Add 2 cups of apple cider vinegar to a bathtub and soak for half an hour.

12. Take 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar followed by a cup of water will help you deal with heartburn. It works by orrecting low acid, thus reducing heartburn symptoms.

13. The mixture of 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup water is a great solution for cleaning your kitchen and toilet. This mixture also acts as a natural room fresher.

14. It’s highly recommended to add a teaspoon or two of apple cider vinegar when you’re cooking your bone broth. As it will help draw more minerals out of the bones.

15. If you’re suffering from painful sunburn, use apple cider vinegar. Mix a cup of apple cider vinegar in a lukewarm bath to soothe the uncomfort feeling.

16. It clears a stuffy nose. Add a teaspoon apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drinking, it will give you a relief quickly.

17. It helps relieve migraines by mixing 2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, 2 tablespoon raw honey in a cup water. Drink it twice a day.

18. Add 2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar to 16 oz of water and sip this solution throughout the day, it will promote weight loss.

19. It’s also a fantastic ingredient for flea redution. Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar and 1 part water and spray it on your pets’ skin to repell the fleas on your pets.

20. It works well to help you get rid of hiccups.

The benefits of apple cider vinegar to health are still not stopping here, it also:

  1. Prevents flu
  2. Reduces inflammation from arthritis
  3. Aids digestion
  4. Improves sleep
  5. Strengthens bones
  6. Eases constipation
  7. Treats ear infections
  8. Helps treat eczema
  9. Lowers blood pressure
  10. Relieves Gout
  11. Balances the body’s pH level
  12. Lowers cholesterol
  13. Reduces blood glucose level in diabetics
  14. Removes nail fungus
  15. Soothes bug bites

Now you know, apple cider vinegar is really a miracle product that can be used in so many different ways. Do you have more creative ways to use it in your daily life? Share with us.

Originally posted 2016-03-23 11:38:59.

It’s time to turn this whole health thing about face! If you try to detoxify your body from harmful chemicals, synthetic foods, heavy metal toxins, and so on, but you just ate gluten with the last 5 meals, you may be waiting quite a while for some results, especially the ones you can feel.

That’s really what it’s all about, how we feel. If you want to get anything done, and done right, you want to feel well during the effort, and when you’re done too, so you can enjoy and appreciate the results. That could mean a good pay check, great health, good times traveling or shopping, or simply peace of mind and relaxation.

If you want to quit smoking cigarettes, the best plan is to quit sugar, gluten, and hydrogenated oils first, for a week, and then think about the best plan for detoxifying your system. You gotta start with some greens, some spring water, and some fresh, raw organic vegetables, and then get to the big task in a week or so. Then again, how big of a task will it really be to QUIT SMOKING FOR GOOD when you are already feeling better? You may not want cigarettes any more, in fact, you’re going to DESPISE THEM when we’re done with you. It’s time to cut the habit by killing the urge. Here we go.

Replace and Replenish! Replace and Replenish!

We’ll say it over and over until it’s grinded into your brain like carving words into rock. You pull all your staple foods, drinks and personal care products that have toxins in them, one by one, from your shelves and counters and cabinets and the freezer and the fridge and your purse and the car, and you toss them out or give them away. Smile while you do it. It’s instant satisfaction like you’ve never felt before. It’s physical and mental. Snap to it! Do that first, then go to a couple stores, and you don’t have to break your wallet or empty your purse for these trips. Just buy for 3 days or so, then you’ll go back out with new ideas and creative REPLACEMENTS for your toxins that do NOT contain toxins. One by one by one, you replace and replenish with healthy items. It’s that simple.

You replace sugar with stevia sweet leaf (powder or tincture). You replace hydrogenated oils with organic coconut oil. You replace gluten with salads. You replace your toxic deodorant and antiperspirant (corporate made crap) with natural, organic products. If you can’t eat the ingredients as food, don’t put the stuff on your skin, hair, nails, face, anywhere!

Go on line, find some recipes for meals you love and REPLACE AND REPLENISH with healthy choices that are local or organic ingredients, and make a few new dishes. You can do it. Here are some recipe ideas right here:

http://www.naturalnews.com/025071_food_raw_recipes.html

Next, after two cycles of your 3 day stints with no chemicals in your body, especially no gluten, your system will have flushed the majority of chemicals that you consumed. Now on to the biggest and BEST PART of detoxification–quitting cigarettes.

Sure, your liver, kidneys, pancreas, bladder, colon and lungs are screaming for help. We got your back! There are a lot of detox programs and products and SCAMS out there, so you gotta watch out here. This is important. All you have to do is quit smoking. Your body is a machine and will repair itself with the right foods, and we’ve already got that covered. Ideal health is ALL ABOUT getting ideal vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and herbs, so now your mainly raw, organic, whole food regimen takes care of business for you. The KEY to quitting smoking, without medication, without gimmicks, without having to psyche yourself out of the hook, without patches, pills, or nicotine at all, is to REPLACE AND REPLENISH your natural dopamine levels in your body.

Yeah, we know, you’re asking out loud right now, “How do you do THAT?”

 

ONE WORD: MUCUNA

Mucuna, also known as Velvet Bean, is capturing the interest of thousands of smokers who have the desire and the will to quit cigarettes, but can’t handle the first couple of weeks of rollercoaster-like mood swings and basic withdrawal symptoms. The L-Dopa content of the unprocessed Mucuna bean powder is so powerful that doctors are also using it help Parkinson’s patients restore mental clarity, and as a mood elevator. (http://www.secrets-of-longevity-in-humans.com/mucuna-pruriens.html) A new study reveals Mucuna just might be that “missing rung” in the ladder that leads to great health for thousands more soon-to-be ex-smokers. The Mucuna extract contains a significant amount of naturally occurring L-dopa, an amino acid which converts into dopamine. Most commonly sold in powder form, this “herbal” remedy can be found all over the internet, and the 60 percent concentration can be found in vegetarian capsules that are high quality. (http://herbal-powers.com/mupr120ca10o1.html) This wondrous Ayervetic Indian herb is known by many names, including sea beans, buffalo beans, Dopabean, Pruriens, Cowitch, Kapikachu and Atmagupta. The main medicinal benefits come from the seeds, but the pod and the roots can also be used. The velvety beans are actually drift seeds, meaning they can float away on ocean currents and re-plant themselves all over the world.

Research shows L-Dopa provides a wide variety of health benefits. All non-smokers should peruse these benefits as well: • Regeneration of organs (heart, kidneys, liver, lungs) • Dramatically strengthen immune system • Improved sleep • Reduced body fat and cellulite • Improved skin appearance • Increased mood and sense of well being • Increased bone density (very necessary after toxin overload from cigarettes)

The Smoking Scam Defeated

Marlboro is “Marlboro,” the number one selling premium brand cigarette in the world, because of the highest potency rating of their “custom made” nicotine delivery device. Make no mistake about it. The other KINGS of the industry are all in on the evil trick also, including Winston, Lucky Strike, Kool, Parliament, Pall Mall, Camel, Newport, and of course, the Menthols. (http://www.the-top-tens.com/lists/top-ten-cigarette-brands.asp) The scam to hook smokers by using ammonia to strengthen the nicotine addiction WORKS, and the 4,000 plus chemicals in commercial cigarettes are no joke, leading the smoker right off the cliff, where they feel like their only way out of feeling awful is to light up. The U.S., Japan, and China alone make up over 75% of the world’s smokers. (http://articles.chicagotribune.com) Now, along comes Mucuna, the most essential element of the escape. This inexpensive natural herb is easily assimilated by the body and the effects show up within days. Mucuna’s L-Dopa can improve circulation, energy, youthful skin, and general enthusiasm for life. What more could a smoker ask for, after just bombarding their body with pesticide, ammonia and bleach?

The most essential element of the escape

One all natural method to quitting cigarettes incorporates Mucuna into the nutritional “phase” of cessation, which, according to the program 14AndOut, is the third and final phase. (http://premium.naturalnews.tv/14AndOut__TV.htm) New research shows that smokers are using Mucuna to “replace and replenish” dopamine levels during the first few weeks of cessation which kills the urge to smoke, and in turns ends the habit in 14 days or fewer.

The research shows that Mucuna works for quitting cold turkey and for weaning, but that best results come from weaning the smoker off nicotine over a 14 day period. This completely natural, legal, and results-proving substitute for nicotine is ending the cravings of ex-smokers so they never go “back to the well” to satisfy the old chemically-induced “nic fit.” Mucuna is the kryptonite of Big Tobacco’s “super” scam. Once smokers understand the specific chemicals in commercial cigarettes which drive them down and essentially create the need for dopamine, they have completed phase I of 14AndOut.

In phase II, the smoker learns how to substitute good behaviors for the previous health-damaging ones, such as breathing patterns and “hand to mouth” habits. Lastly, the program educates smokers about nutrition and how diseases cannot survive in an “alkalized system.” This is when the smoker shifts his/her diet, reducing the acid heavy system, which is all part of the hook of smoking. http://www.naturalnews.com/037232_Mucuna_cigarette_cravings_kick_the_habit.html#ixzz42VnS5HcB

Originally posted 2016-03-20 11:36:40.

immune-supportAntibiotics should really be a last resort when you are feeling unwell, and the misuse of them is leading to more and more bugs becoming resistant to antibiotics. These “superbugs”, such as MRSA, are very difficult to treat, and according to Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO, “the rise of antibiotic resistance is a global health crisis. It is reaching dangerously high levels in all parts of the world.”

In a recent survey by the UN, 64% of people wrongly thought that they should be taking penicillin-based drugs and other antibiotics to treat cold and flu symptoms – when in fact these medicines have no impact at all on viruses, as reported by CBC News. Meanwhile, one-third of people also wrongly believed that they should cease taking antibiotics as soon as their symptoms subsided, rather than finishing the full course as prescribed by their doctors.

The danger of taking antibiotics to treat viral infections or not completing a full course of antibiotics is that bacteria can mutate and adapt to become resistant to the antibiotics normally used to treat the infections that they cause – meaning that those antibiotics will not work next time.

Superbugs are already responsible for the death of at least 23,000 people in the U.S. every year, according to Scientific American, with approximately 2 million U.S. citizens developing antibiotic-resistant infections each year. It is therefore crucial that antibiotics are not taken for viral infections and that we avoid taking them unless absolutely necessary. With this in mind, what are the alternatives to taking antibiotics?

Natural remedies for bacterial infections

Horseradish

A recent article by Mother Earth News states that scientific research has shown various herbs, fruits and vegetables can be used as natural antibiotics and contain health-enhancing compounds. Raw horseradish has long been used for its medicinal properties, with its healing components being thought to ease colds, coughs, kidney stones and even urinary tract infections (UTIs), according to Dr. John Christopher’s Herbal Legacy.

Horseradish contains a volatile oil called sinigrin, which is broken down in the body to produce allyl isothiocyanate – a powerful natural antibiotic. There are various other extremely active healing compounds contained within this spice that help clear congestion, thin down mucus, reduce inflammation and fight infections.

Its effectiveness at treating various conditions has led to it being a commonly used natural medicine in Germany as part of a formulation called Angocin Anti-Infekt N. Several studies have shown that this medication is very effective at treating both UTIs and respiratory infections.

Oregano

It seems that horseradish isn’t the only herb that contains volatile oils that act as natural antibiotics. Oregano contains thymol and carvacrol oils, which have been shown to inhibit the growth of various bacteria that can lead to UTIs, respiratory infections, systemic infections and bone infections.

Honey

This fantastic natural sweetener should actually be used as your first method of treatment, as it fights infection in several ways, making it harder for bacteria to develop resistance. Researchers are now advising doctors to prescribe it before turning to antibiotics, and it is also antiviral, which means that those viral infections which cannot be treated with antibiotics could be alleviated by honey.

The right way to take antibiotics

As with any medication, it is important to take antibiotics properly as per the instruction leaflet and your doctor’s recommendations. Be aware that they won’t work when you are trying to treat viral infections such as common colds, bronchitis or the flu, and once you start taking a course make sure that you finish it. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the overuse of antibiotics causes side effects and in the long-term reduces their effectiveness – always try natural alternatives first before turning to antibiotics as a last resort.

Originally posted 2016-03-16 11:34:32.

If you’re seeking an uncomplicated way to cultivate health, look to the lymphatic system. Working in tandem with the cardiovascular system, lymph fluids help remove toxins from the blood, while also transporting immune system cells. Since the lymphatic system doesn’t have an organ like the heart to circulate fluid, it needs to be stimulated. Have a look below for several suggestions on how to do this easily each day.

Keep the body humming

Drink plenty of water – Since hydration plays a key role in both circulatory systems, it’s crucial to consume adequate fluids throughout the day. When we don’t pay attention to this one basic practice, stress is placed on the lymph system, leading to inefficiency and toxic build-up. An additional benefit of proper hydration: the kidneys are able to do their job of flushing out water soluble waste.

Dry skin brushing – Another simple habit that keeps the lymphatic system in top form is brushing the skin. Amazingly, there are hundreds of miles of lymphatic tubules in the body that collect waste products. When we brush the skin, the system is stimulated in a process called lymphatic drainage.

To include this method in your daily routine, first you will need a high quality skin brush with natural bristles — aim for one with a long handle so that you can reach the back and other inconvenient spots. Before your morning shower and after work are two good times to dry brush. Use short strokes toward the heart with firm pressure, but do not “scrub.” Steer clear of delicate areas such as the face. Brush as long as you would like, although average sessions usually last between two and 20 minutes.

Hydrotherapy – For a quick circulatory boost, try alternating hot and cold water during your shower. When the skin is exposed to cold water, the whole body contracts, which squeezes lymphatic fluid up. And when hot water is applied, fluid moves downward as the constriction relaxes. A good standard is to alternate water temperature every thirty seconds for the entire length of your shower. Just make sure you have a reliable shower filter to avoid absorbing more toxins than you’re eliminating.

Rebounding – One of the best ways to improve lymphatic movement and drainage is to bounce on a small trampoline called a rebounder. Utilizing gravity and non-impact motion, bouncing assists the flow of lymph fluid. One method is the “health bounce.” Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Keeping your feet on the mat, bounce with a gentle up and down motion. That’s all there is to it. With just a few minutes a day, the lymphatic system is kept healthy and flowing.

Lymphatic drainage therapy – Using a specialized technique that applies pressure to lymph nodes and tubules, a trained therapist can strengthen lymphatic efficiency. The method entails holding the hands flat and moving them in a wavelike motion on the body to release blockages and enhance circulation. The benefits include detoxification, relaxation, regeneration of tissue and a reduction of inflammation.

Originally posted 2016-03-13 11:34:02.

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