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antioxidantsHealth researchers have long recognized the biological importance of antioxidants. Due to their ability to inhibit oxidation and peroxidation, these important substances — which are found in most whole foods — provide us with numerous health benefits. They guard us from cellular damage and degenerative diseases, minimize wrinkles and preserve skin texture, reduce the incidence of sunburn and much more.(1)

While most people are familiar with the most common antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E, there is one antioxidant that remains relatively unknown outside of the scientific community: glutathione. Despite its obscurity, however, glutathione is possibly the most important antioxidant of all.

Why is glutathione important?

Like other antioxidants, glutathione’s main role is to protect our cells from oxidative and peroxidative damage, which includes scavenging free radicals (unstable atoms, ions or molecules which, if left unchecked, can cause tremendous harm to our DNA and cellular membranes). When seriously deficient in glutathione, we begin to suffer from cardiovascular and inflammatory issues, cancer, muscle fatigue, cancer, liver dysfunction and age-related diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.(2)

Unlike other antioxidants, however, glutathione is intracellular. This means that it exists “inside the cells,” lending it the unique ability to maximize the activity of all other antioxidants. In other words, glutathione not only provides us with health benefits of its own, but also optimizes and amplifies the health benefits of other antioxidants as well. This greatly decreases our bodies’ susceptibility to unrestrained cell disintegration from infections, cancer, oxidative stress and free radicals. For this reason, glutathione is often nicknamed the “master antioxidant.”(3)

Boosting glutathione production

Glutathione is manufactured naturally in our bodies and is found in all our cells. Unfortunately, poor diets, toxins, pollution, stress, medications, aging and countless other internal and external factors help deplete our glutathione levels. Moreover, when our toxic load becomes too great, our bodies’ ability to recycle existing glutathione is compromised, often leading to a deficiency.

To help remedy this issue, many of us turn to glutathione supplements to boost our production of this essential antioxidant. However, most glutathione supplements are shown to possess poor bioavailability and, in the most extreme cases, can even affect our bodies’ production of natural glutathione. Therefore, if you’re looking to increase your glutathione levels, it’s a good idea to stick to whole foods that are proven to boost glutathione production, such as turmeric, garlic, broccoli, asparagus, avocados, walnuts, red meat, eggs and raw milk.(4)

memory lossEating a single gram of turmeric each day could cause short-term memory improvements in people predisposed to memory loss, according to a study conducted by researchers from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and several Taiwanese research institutes, and published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

“Our findings with turmeric are consistent with these observations, insofar as they appear to influence cognitive function where there is disordered energy metabolism and insulin resistance,” researcher Mark Wahlqvist said.

Turmeric root has been used as a spice and medicine for thousands of years and is still an important component in traditional Asian cooking and medicinal systems. It is a critical component of curry powders, giving them their yellow color.

That yellow color itself comes from a trio of chemicals known as “curcuminoids,” the most commonly known being curcumin. In recent years, much research has focused on the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and other health-promoting benefits of curcumin.

Six-hour memory boost

The new study involved testing the working memories of adults over the age of 60 who had recently been diagnosed with pre-diabetes — which is known to be associated with memory loss — but who were not receiving treatment. Participants were fed a breakfast of white bread, supplemented with either 1 gram of turmeric or a placebo. Their memories were tested both before the meal and after it.

“We found that this modest addition to breakfast improved working memory over six hours in older people with pre-diabetes,” Wahlqvist said.

As the world’s population ages, health experts believe that the prevalence of conditions linked to memory loss will rise, including diabetes and dementia. The researchers suggested that early intervention, including with turmeric, might lessen the prevalence of those conditions and blunt their effects in those who develop them.

“Working memory is widely thought to be one of the most important mental faculties, critical for cognitive abilities such as planning, problem solving and reasoning,” Wahlqvist said. “Assessment of working memory is simple and convenient, but it is also very useful in the appraisal of cognition and in predicting future impairment and dementia.”

The power of curcumin

Research has also linked turmeric and curcumin more directly to reduced dementia risk. For example, a 2009 study conducted by researchers from Duke University found that curcumin caused changes in the brain counteracting some of the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. The chemical specifically targeted the amyloid plaques believed to be one of the main causes of brain damage (and therefore symptoms).

“There is very solid evidence that curcumin binds to plaques, and basic research on animals engineered to produce human amyloid plaques has shown benefits,” researcher Murali Doraiswamy said. “You can modify a mouse so that at about 12 months its brain is riddled with plaques. If you feed this rat a curcumin-rich diet, it dissolves these plaques. The same diet prevented younger mice from forming new plaques.”

“If you have a good diet and take plenty of exercise, eating curry regularly could help prevent dementia,” Doraiswamy said.

Diet and exercise are still the two best ways to prevent the disease, Doraiswamy emphasized.

Research has shown a wide variety of other benefits from turmeric and curcumin, including preventing cancer and improving cancer prognosis, arthritis relief, improved heart health and even reductions in body fat.

A series of 2013 studies conducted by researchers from the University of Tsukuba in Japan found that curcumin improved two measures of cardiovascular health as much as aerobic exercise did, while the two together provided the greatest benefit.

Studies have shown that curcumin is best absorbed from the turmeric root (or powder) itself, rather than from supplements.

Article Source: turmeric & memory loss

sinus infectionsThere’s nothing quite like a sinus infection. You get to experience non-stop pressure and pain. Your face hurts. Your head hurts. Possibly, your teeth hurt as well. Left untreated, the infection can involve the bones of the face and in rare cases, can actually spread to the brain.

Our sinuses are open spaces or pockets above and beside the nose that are lined with mucous membranes. Each time we breathe in through the nose, mucus acts as the first defense against pathogens and foreign substances we inhale. Small particles are trapped by mucus, which is continuously swept towards the throat by cilia, tiny hair like structures. Mucus is swallowed and stomach acid neutralizes most of the pathogens that reach it.

Sinuses become infected when they cannot drain properly. When sinus tissues swell, mucus becomes trapped and the sinus fills, causing pressure and pain and creating a perfect environment for an infection to breed.

Sinus infections can be viral, bacterial, fungal or a combination; they can be acute or chronic.

How to avoid sinus infections

If you suffer from recurrent sinus infections or chronic sinus infections, Candida is likely to be a part of the problem. At the very least, you immune system needs help. A truly healthy diet will help heal the infection and rebuild your immune system.

Diet

Eat real food, not processed food. Your diet should consist of 80% raw, fresh, organic produce, more vegetables than fruit. Be sure to include healthy fats. Omega 3 essential fatty acids are an important addition to your diet, and they reduce inflammation. (Reduction of inflammation, and swelling that accompanies it, allows the sinuses to drain. Avoid all artificial flavorings, colorings, and preservatives as well as MSG, trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, and GMOs. And here’s what may be the hardest part: stop eating sugar. Sugar feeds Candida as well as viruses and bacteria. In addition, each time you eat sugar, it takes your immune system a good three days to recover.

Avoid all allergens. Many people who aren’t aware that they are allergic to dairy, find that eliminating it from their diet stops a cycle of chronic sinus, respiratory, and ear infections.

Detox

To heal your immune system, you need to cleanse your body. A good cleanse will help kill off Candida, parasites, and pathogens. You need to rebuild the balance of your gut so the healthy bacteria keeps Candida and bad bacteria and the toxins they exude in check. If your sinuses are the only thing your immune system has to deal with, it will do a much better job of healing any current or future infection. (To learn more about how to detox, see the link below.)

Treat sinus infections with irrigation

Flushing the sinuses with saline solution can aid in reduction of swelling and remove excess mucous along with debris and pathogens. A neti pot can aid you in sinus irrigation. To make a saline solution, use 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda to 16 ounces (2 cups) of warm water.

Be sure that you use the following:

  • Distilled water or boiled water.
  • Real salt, but not sea salt. It can have algae in it. Make sure it is fine and has no additives (no iodine or flavorings).
  • Baking soda without aluminum.

Treating chronic sinus infections

Chronic sinus infections take time to heal, and come back easily if the sinus cavities haven’t fully healed. Anyone who suffers from chronic sinus infections needs to look at radically changing their diet.

eating blueberriesThe health benefits of blueberries are seemingly endless, and among these are improved eyesight, particularly at night. Multiple studies out of Europe and Israel confirm that eating blueberries regularly may help improve night vision, while another study out of Japan says blueberries can help reduce eyestrain and improve weak eyesight.

In a 1998 issue of The Blueberry Bulletin, released by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension in New Jersey, a study on Israeli fighter pilots suggested that soldiers might gain tactical benefits by regularly consuming blueberries. Unique compounds in blueberries appear to enhance capillary elasticity and eye permeability, resulting in improved vision in the dark.

Blueberries inhibit cataract formation, protect against glaucoma

European studies looking at the bilberry, a close relative of the blueberry, have made similar assessments. The Life Extension Foundation (LEF) cites research showing that blueberries help improve overall eye health, as well as inhibit the formation of cataracts and protect against glaucoma. This, in addition to improving eye function at night.

“Royal Air Force (RAF) bomber pilots in World War II were reported to consume blueberries to help night vision,” says the Norwegian Blueberry Council. “…a recent study in Japan has scientifically documented the benefits of blueberries to help reduce eyestrain.”

“All over Japan, consumers buy small vials of blueberry juice to obtain the benefits … The Japan study showed that blueberry consumption reduced eyestrain and improved weak eyesight. Most believe that the substance, anthocyanin, in the blue pigment of the blueberry is responsible for the eyesight improvement.”

Blueberry anthocyanin benefits extend to the heart, brain, and digestive systems

The same blueberry antioxidants that are believed to benefit the eyes also benefit the other systems of the body. According to the late Dr. James Joseph, Ph.D., former lead scientist at the Laboratory of Neuroscience at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Human Nutrition Research Center, blueberries are a superior brain food.

A study he conducted before his recent passing in 2010 found that daily consumption of blueberries helps slow memory decline and protect motor function, exerting a powerful anti-aging effect. Other epidemiological studies have found that blueberries can help protect against degenerative brain conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, as well as improve short-term memory.

“When it comes to brain protection, there is nothing quite like blueberries,” he told LEF back in 2006. “Call the blueberry the brain berry.”

Blueberries can also help protect against the formation of heart disease. Blueberry anthocyanins have been observed to improve the elasticity of blood vessels, increasing blood flow and protecting against clotting. Blueberries also help inhibit the buildup of “bad” cholesterol, prevent the buildup of arterial plaque, and decrease the “stickiness” of blood platelets.

Some of the biggest breakthroughs in blueberry science involve the fruit’s anti-aging properties, which are believed to be mostly due to their rich antioxidant content. Not only do blueberries help protect the brain against age-related decline, but they also help protect the central nervous system, increasing cell membrane fluidity while reducing levels of inflammatory compounds.

“Blueberry extracts have the advantage of delivering the fruit’s phytochemicals in a simple, standardized dose, while consuming blueberries as food offers the benefit of flavor,” adds LEF. “Regardless of how they are consumed, blueberries should be considered a mainstay of every healthy diet.”

electromagnetic pollutionSince the 1930s, scientists have been concerned about the health risks associated with electromagnetic fields (EMFs). These electromagnetic frequencies can cause dizziness, headaches, blood sugar imbalances, anxiety and, even, cancer. In fact, is was Samuel Milham, MD, MPH — author of Dirty Electricity — who first alerted the world to the frightening links between occupational exposure to electromagnetic fields, electromagnetic pollution and human disease.

Are you suffering with chronic disease? Obviously, a healthy diet and lifestyle are essential to reversing disease symptoms and completely healing the body. But, often overlooked in our immediate environment, the fact remains — wireless technology poses one of the biggest threats to human health. If you’re looking to resolve “unexplainable” health issues, don’t miss the next Natural News Talk Hour with Mike Adams and Jonathan Landsman.

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Microwave (cell phone) radiation has been used as a secret weapon against humanity
This is not a joke. Dr. Barrie Trower, a former Royal Navy microwave weapons expert, reveals that there are 8,300 military papers proving that microwave frequencies — which can be found emanating from wireless mobile devices — cause severe neurological and physiological damage. In fact, from 1953 to 1975, a once-secret experiment bathed U.S. embassy employees (and their children) in Moscow with beams of low-level microwave radiation — which caused an unusually high number of breast cancers, childhood leukemia and many other forms of cancer.

Keep in mind, the intensity of these microwave frequencies were similar to what we’re being exposed to with cell towers, microwave ovens, cell phones, Wi-Fi “hot spots,” wireless baby monitors and other mobile devices. And, although it’s hard to imagine, the American government knew about the dangers of microwave radiation and choose to keep it a secret — while they developed their own microwave weapons.

Today, operating above the law, we now know that government agencies can cause chronic fatigue, depression, suicidal tendencies plus a wide range of psychological and physical disorders by directing concentrated beams of microwave energy on “undesirables,” like government protestors. To learn more about how to protect your health — join Mike Adams and Jonathan Landsman for an informative program about the dangers of EMF pollution.

‘Smart’ meters represent one of the greatest threats to humanity
Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD, founder of Klinghardt Academy, links the ever-increasing exposure to electromagnetic radiation (EMR) with the rapid rise in neurological illnesses like low-level depression, insomnia, chronic fatigue, numbness, tingling and “unexplainable” muscle aches and pains. In fact, Dr. Klinghardt believes that “smart” meters — which are being forced on homeowners as a way to “save energy” (yeah right) — are “the worst invention that we’ve followed in the last 2 years with absolutely devastating consequences.”

Simply put, if your local utility company wants to put a smart meter on your home, I urge you to refuse it (you have rights). To learn more about this particular topic, watch Take Back Your Power — an amazing documentary highlighting the health, privacy and security issues surrounding smart meters plus ways to protect your health.

Just to be clear, in the past 80 years, over 6,000 scientific papers have been published which show that electromagnetic fields — like those coming from smart meters — cause biological changes in human physiology. One notable study, from the University of Athens, showed that 143 proteins in the brain were altered, after exposure to mobile and cordless phone devices, including proteins linked to Alzheimer’s, brain tumors, stress and metabolic disorders.

Lead study author Adamantia Fragopoulou, MSc, PhD, said, “this study is anticipated to throw light in the understanding of such health effects like headaches, dizziness, sleep disorders, memory disorders, brain tumors, all of them related, to the function of the altered brain proteins.” To learn more about the science and dangers surrounding EMF pollution — read the “BioInitiative 2012 Report,” prepared by 29 authors from ten countries, ten holding medical degrees (MDs), 21 PhDs, and three MsC, MA or MPHs.

On the next Natural News Talk Hour, Mike Adams and Jonathan Landsman issue one of the biggest health alerts of the year. Don’t miss this program filled with lifesaving information and solutions.

This week’s guest: Mike Adams, editor of NaturalNews.com

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Mike Adams, the “Health Ranger,” is an outspoken consumer health advocate, award-winning investigative journalist, internet activist and science lab director. He is the founder and editor of NaturalNews.com, the internet’s most-trafficked natural health news website and creator of CounterThink.com, FoodInvestigations.com, HealingFoodReference.com, HonestFoodGuide.org and several other websites covering natural health topics.

Adams is a prolific writer and has been called “the best health and natural products writer on the scene today.” (by Ronnie Cummins, founder, Organic Consumers Association) He has received accolades and testimonials from several key influencers in the natural health space, including Dr. Michael T. Murray and raw food pioneer David Wolfe.

Warning: Cell phones can trigger cancer cell growth. On May 31, 2011, the International Agency for Cancer Research — with the help of 31 world-class scientists from 14 countries — “classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B).” By the way, “Group 2B” carcinogenic agents also include DDT and lead. On the next Natural News Talk Hour, Mike Adams and Jonathan Landsman talk about the dangers of EMF pollution and real solutions.

Article Source: Electromagnetic Pollution

Few people are aware that auto-immune disease, chronic illnesses, and acute illnesses may be related to mercury poisoning from dental fillings or unresolved infection involving a root canal or extraction. In our society, conventional medicine and conventional dentistry both separate the mouth from the rest of the body, not realizing the synergistic relationship between each tooth and vital organs or the mouth’s ability to create systemic illness. Systemic illness is also often a sign of undiagnosed oral disease.

A tooth is arguably an organ in itself, and many holistic dentists view it as one. Each tooth is also connected to other organs, tissues, glands etc. through the meridians of the body. Disease with a dead tooth (root canal) or bone and tissue disease due to extractions (cavitations) not only leech toxins into the body, causing a challenge for the immune system, there is also a deleterious effect on organs and tissues of the corresponding meridian. This meridian connection goes both ways. “…my studies kept bringing me back to the role of dental procedures and dental diseases in general health conditions and to how oral disease is often a sign of systemic illness,” writes Dr. Alison Adams, a former dentist who became a naturopath.

Mercury fillings – amalgam
Mercury fillings slowly leech mercury and mercury vapor, causing a multitude of problems in the body including disruption of the nervous system, the immune system, the circulatory system, and the reproductive system. Mercury can damage the brain, heart, kidneys, and lungs – virtually every organ and every system in the body.

Dr. Alison Adams states, “There are many thousands of documented cases where removal of amalgam fillings when combined with mercury detoxification and nutritional support has cured or significantly improved serious health problems including cancers such as multiple myeloma and leukemia.”

Root canals
After a root canal is performed, the tooth is dead. The remaining tissue and structure now provides a ripe environment for remaining bacteria. Tooth material (dentine) is not solid. It is rife with tubules – incredibly small canals or tunnels. If you were to stretch out the tubules in each tooth, tubules from incisors would reach 3 miles, while tubules from molars would reach 9 miles.

Once the pulp is removed from the tooth, there is no longer a blood or oxygen supply. The bacteria that remain can mutate to an anaerobic form and multiply until there are millions living within the tubules of the dead tooth. From there, they secrete potent toxins. A dead tooth may spew toxins into the body with no detectible symptoms – no pain, no swelling of the gums – nothing to alert you that it is wrecking havoc upon your immune system and causing chronic and acute medical conditions that you are attempting to cure.

Cavitations
Cavitations are infection of the bone after tooth extraction. It is believed that most of these infections are caused by two things: leaving the tendon that was attached to the tooth and not excavating the site of infection. Another cause may be the use of drugs during the procedure that cut off the blood flow to the site.

The best practice is to clean out the site, remove any dead tissue, bone, and the tendon, then allow the blood to clot. This blood clot forms the site for new cells to grow, to actually fill in the missing bone and build new healthy tissue. A dry socket or a closed site over active infection does not allow this healing process to occur.

When cavitations occur, they are often asymptomatic. Although the bone is being eaten by nasty anaerobic bacteria, there may be no pain. The bacteria, however, is exuding powerful toxins that may be causing damage to your immune system or the toxins may be the underlying cause of your chronic health condition(s).

Conclusion
If you’re dealing with any of these dental procedures, your diet and lifestyle should be such that you’re body is always detoxifying, and always getting plenty of nutrition. For any one of these dental issues it’s advisable to bullet proof your immune system until you can get your teeth repaired, and take good care of your mouth with natural organic oral care.

Article Source: Mercury and root canals

processed cows milkThe idea that consuming calcium-containing cows milk products is required to sustain healthy bones is quickly fading, as new research continues to unravel one of the food market’s biggest myths.

Extensive reporting by Natural News reveals that humans are the only mammals to continue drinking milk past infancy, and that there are actually other sources of nutrition more sufficient for building healthy bones.

A recent study published in The BMJ adds to that theory, suggesting that processed cows milk consumption doesn’t prevent fractures that are often linked to osteoporosis, a condition involving brittle bones that affects 40 million Americans.

More than 200 million people suffer worldwide from osteoporosis, with the majority of them being women over 60. The most concentrated cases exist in Europe, North America and Japan, all of which consume a significant amount of dairy.

Researchers from Sweden, one of the countries that consume the most dairy per capita, examined the lifestyles and diets of more than 100,000 Swedes dating back as far as 1987 and tracking them until their death, or until Dec. 31, 2010.

The results showed that drinking milk did not reduce bone fractures, and those who drank the most milk where likely to die younger than their counterparts

The data used to reach this conclusion were based on two previous studies, including diet surveys answered by more than 61,000 women between 1987 and 1990. Among them, less than 40,000 of them filled out a more detailed diet survey in 1997. Diet questionnaires completed by more than 45,000 Swedish men were also analyzed, confirms the LA Times.

Not only did the study’s results dispel the myth that drinking milk helps prevent bone fractures, but the more milk women drank, the more fractures they had.

More than 17,000 women suffered from some type of fracture, with more than 4,000 of them being hip fractures. The women who drank at least three glasses of milk per day were 16 percent more likely to break a bone, and 60 percent of the avid milk drinkers were more likely to have a hip fracture.

Regimented milk drinkers were 93 percent more likely to die during the study than their counterparts. Those who drank three or more glasses a day were 90 percent more likely to die of cardiovascular disease and 44 percent more likely to die of cancer, compared with women who drank just one glass of milk a day.

Men also experienced a higher risk of death and fractures in conjunction with higher milk consumption, but the distinction was less pronounced than in women.

“Our results may question the validity of recommendations to consume high amounts of milk to prevent fragility fractures,” said the study’s lead researcher, Professor Karl Michaelsson. While scientists say more studies are needed before making any definitive dietary recommendations, they agree that the role of milk in the U.S. needs to be reevaluated.

Sugar in milk causes aging mice

The risk of early death is likely linked to D-galactose, which is produced by the body as it breaks down the sugar found in milk. Previous studies show that chronic exposure to this nutrient induces “oxidative stress damage, chronic inflammation, neurodegeneration, decreased immune response, and gene transcriptional changes,” scientists say.

D-galactose is known to mimic the effects of aging.

Consuming fermented products like yogurt is associated with lower risk for death and fractures

Women with high intakes of fermented dairy products like yogurt, cheese, butter and sour cream experienced lower rates of fractures and premature death than women who consumed less of these products.

Continued research on this subject is expected to change the way our country perceives milk consumption. Some experts are adamant that milk consumption is directly correlated with osteoporosis. After all, Europe and North America both have high rates of milk consumption, directly correlated with high incidences of hip fractures and disease, says The BMJ.

Article Source: Processed Cows milk

natural acne remediesYou don’t have to spend another dime buying chemicals to put on your face. Everything you need to create a healthy, beneficial, facial mask can be found in your kitchen.

Honey is an antibacterial that has been used throughout the ages to dress wounds. It is an excellent choice to use on troubled skin by itself or as a base with other ingredients.

Always choose organic, raw honey.

Masks can be left on for up to 30 minutes, although some people put up with the mess to leave them on overnight. After that time, rinse thoroughly and use coconut oil as a moisturizer if your skin feels too dry.

Honey Mask Recipes for Facials:

Cinnamon and Honey
Two tablespoons of honey to one teaspoon of cinnamon. Cinnamon is also an antimicrobial. You can also use a 1:1 ratio for short or overnight spot treatments.

Yogurt and Honey
Use a 1:1 ratio. Be sure to use plain, whole- fat yogurt. This mask is very nourishing to the skin.

Strawberries and Honey
Mash up strawberries and mix with honey with a roughly 1:1 ratio. Strawberries are high in salicylic acid and vitamin C, providing nourishment for the skin along with opening and shrinking pores.

Avocado and Honey
Mash one avocado and add one tablespoon of honey. Mix well. This is a nutrient rich mask.

Lemon and Honey
Use a 1:1 ratio. Vitamin C from the lemon nourishes the skin and fights infection and lemon tones the skin as well. (You can also use straight lemon juice for spot treatments).

Turmeric, Milk, and Honey
Turmeric has anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Use 4 tablespoons turmeric to 4 tablespoons honey. Add 1 tablespoon of milk or yogurt. Turmeric will leave the skin yellow. Use any astringent (like lemon or apple cider vinegar) to remove the yellow tinge.

Other masks to help clear your skin blemishes
Egg whites– Whip and apply. Egg whites are said to help fade acne scars and to help with breakouts due to the protein and vitamins they contain. They also help curtail excess sebum.

Papaya–Mash and apply. The enzyme, papain, helps to reduce inflammation and prevent infection.

Orange peel–Grated, mashed peel with water or mix with aloe vera. The citric acid works as an astringent while the vitamin C helps promote new healthy cell growth.

Banana peel–Rub the inside of the peel over your face. Banana peel contain lutein, a powerful antioxidant that reduces swelling and inflammation while promoting healthy cell growth.

Oatmeal – make one serving of oatmeal and add 1 tablespoon of raw honey. Use after it completely cools. This is a mask to reduce inflammation and to soothe the skin; it is not a mask that will kill bacteria.

To truly heal your skin, you must treat more than the outside (the symptoms); you must treat the cause. A full healing will involve detoxing, balancing the gut and eliminating Candida, eating a very healthy diet, and balancing your hormones (men, women).

Article Source: Acne remedies homemade

genetic modificationTraditional plant breeding techniques are dramatically outperforming genetic modification in the quest to develop crop verities that can be grown in more marginal conditions, according to researchers from the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in Mexico City.

Researchers have expressed concern that, as global warming leads to higher temperatures and lessened rainfall, more and more food crops will need to be drought-resistant. For example, drought has been shown to reduce corn yields in African by as much as 25 percent.

In addition, ongoing degradation of topsoil and rising chemical agriculture costs are driving a need for crops that can better tolerate nutrient-poor soils.

New, non-Genetic Modification varieties have 30 percent higher yield

In 2006, the Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa project was launched, in partnership with CIMMYT and the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture in Ibadan, Nigeria. Researchers searched CIMMYT’s seed bank for drought-tolerant corn varieties, then crossed these varieties. These new varieties were then cultivated, and seed was saved from the most drought-tolerant individuals. That seed was then grown and crossed with other corn varieties already known to thrive in Africa.

“It is a painstaking and expensive process,” said Kevin Pixley, director of CIMMYT’s genetic resources program.

In spite of the difficulty of the process, the project has already developed 153 new corn varieties suitable for cultivation in 13 countries. Field trials have shown that, under good rainfall conditions, these varieties match or surpass the yield of existing crop varieties. Under drought conditions, the new varieties outperform existing varieties by as much as 30 percent.

According to recent analysis, published in The Journal of Developing Areas, the extra yields from these 153 varieties could reduce the number of people living in poverty by 9 percent in the 13 countries. This would amount to more than half a million people in Zimbabwe alone.

In contrast, CIMMYT’s efforts to produce drought-resistant genetically modified (GM) corn (in collaboration with six other research groups and Monsanto) have yet to produce a single viable variety. That’s because most plant traits, including drought tolerance, involve multiple genes. Genetic engineering technology is only able to work on a single gene at a time.

Reducing fertilizer dependence

CIMMYT has also been working to develop corn varieties able to tolerate nitrogen-poor soils. According to CIMMYT corn breeder Biswanath Das, one of the biggest problems African farmers have is that they are only able to afford about 10 percent of the fertilizer recommended for their fields.

Globally, soil quality is diminishing and topsoil is vanishing. Indeed, a study conducted by researchers from the University of Sydney and presented at the Carbon Farming conference in 2010 found that all the topsoil on Earth will be gone by 2110, if farming practices do not change. Factors contributing to soil depletion include overuse of synthetic fertilizers, overuse of plowing and poor erosion control. All of these factors are reported to be intensified by global warming and are expected to contribute to a food crisis as the planet’s population continues to grow.

Since 2010, CIMMYT researchers have been working on the Improved Maize for African Soils (IMAS) project in collaboration with the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute, the South African Agricultural Research Council and DuPont Pioneer to develop new corn varieties. The IMAS project uses both conventional breeding and genetic engineering to try and develop corn varieties that can thrive in nitrogen-poor soil.

In just four years, IMAS has already developed 21 such varieties through conventional breeding techniques suitable for eight countries. Field trials show that in nitrogen-poor soil, these varieties produce an extra metric ton of yield per hectare than currently available varieties.

Yet IMAS researchers say that a GM corn variety suitable for nitrogen-poor soil is still at least 10 years away.

Article Source: Crop breeding, drought tolerance and genetic modification.

improve hair skin and nails naturallyEnjoying a healthy diet on a regular basis not only helps the body function internally but can help it be at its best outwardly. For example, dry skin or brittle nails not only end up acting as a source of embarrassment for some but also may be indicators that underlying health issues are at hand.

However, it’s possible to correct such issues and improve hair, skin and nails naturally by simply by eating foods that can help turn these conditions around.

For example, according to the Mayo Clinic, nails with a yellow tinge may mean that chronic bronchitis is affecting an individual. If there are indentations running horizontally on the nail, the issue can range from a zinc deficiency to pneumonia.

Nails

It’s likely that the solution to help improve nails exists right in people’s own homes; foods known to boost overall nail health include pumpkin seeds, garbanzo beans and flax seed oil.(1) Of course, they’re good for the immune system too, helping the body function better.

Hair

When it comes to hair, many people often complain of it lacking luster, seeking more vibrance and “life.” Rather than turn to pricey shampoos likely laden with harmful chemicals, or trying the too-good-to-be-true infomercial products, there are other, more natural methods that can help.

Tara Sowlaty, a natural foods chef and registered health coach, says that eating more walnuts, lentils, spinach and sweet potatoes are great ways to keep scalp oils circulating and renewing hair growth cells, resulting in stronger, healthier-looking locks.(2) Just like foods that help improve nail health, these foods too are healthy choices regardless of hair condition; regular consumption of them keeps the body functioning optimally.

Castor oil is another way to bolster hair health. It’s been drawing a great deal of attention lately, with many people noting that massaging it on the scalp and leaving it in the hair for just a few times a month amounts to not only increased hair growth but noticeably shiner strands as well.(3)

Skin

As for dry skin, many times, a vitamin deficiency is behind the reason for itching, cracking, flaking and resulting redness. Foods such as tomatoes and cantaloupe help skin retain moisture; broccoli and oranges help restore skin’s elasticity, and bananas and avocado improve cracking, especially around the corners of the mouth.

Article Source: Hair care, skin health and strong nails.