Deficient in thiamineVitamin B1 (thiamine) is not a rare vitamin. Small amounts can be found in nearly all foods and many foods have substantial amounts of B1, yet an estimated 20% of Americans are found to be deficient in this extremely important and necessary vitamin. The reason? B1 is generally destroyed when a food is processed.

This connection was discovered due to the disease beriberi. This wasting disease, which could lead to death, was known to be caused by inadequate nutrition, but was found to be more prevalent when the population with a limited diet relied on polished rice as a stable. Comparing these populations with others of a similar diet who ate whole grain rice, the link between B1 and beriberi was discovered.

Deficiencies can lead to a number of symptoms related to the nervous system, including blindness. Alcoholism and heavy drinking can lead to B1 deficiency for a number of reasons including: poor diet, increased carbohydrate intake (from the alcohol), and damage to intestinal mucosa, which can decrease the absorption of B1 by as much as 90%. It is estimated that 30-80% of alcoholics are deficient in B vitamins.

B1 is one of the essential B vitamins that work in concert with other B vitamins to turn carbohydrates into
glucose, providing energy for the body and brain. It is also necessary for manufacturing fats and metabolizing proteins. It is essential for the nervous system.

Age has an effect on our ability to properly absorb and use B vitamins, therefore supplementation is suggested for those 50 years and older. On-going vomiting or diarrhea will deplete the body’s resources of B1. Gastrointestinal diseases may inhibit B1 absorption.

Foods that interfere with vitamin B1 absorption include any food preserved with sulfides, raw fish, shellfish, coffee, and tea.

B1 is used, of course, to treat B1 deficiencies and can be injected into the body or taken orally. It is also used in treatment for ulcerative colitis, heart disease, diabetic pain, AIDS, canker sores, vision
problems, cataracts, glaucoma, motion sickness, and stress. Some athletes use it to improve performance.

Studies have shown that long term use of any one B vitamin may result in a deficiency in other B vitamins. For this reason, it is best to supplement with B vitamin complex for long term use.

Even if you choose to supplement your vitamin intake, diet is the basis of good health and the primary source of essential nutrients. To ensure your vitamin B1 intake is at a good level, eat a diverse diet of whole unprocessed foods, (80% raw). Whole grains, vegetables (asparagus, brussel sprouts, green peas, beet greens, spinach and sweet potatoes), beans and legumes (navy, black, pinto, lima, kidney, lentils, and peanuts, seeds and nuts (sunflower, sesame, flax), along with watermelon and oranges are all good sources of B1.

Article Source: ww.naturalnews.com/hiamine_vitamin_B1_beriberi

Originally posted 2014-09-22 14:29:14.

fruitAn apple a day can help reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) away. In fact, a seven year study out of China indicates that you can cut your risk of CVD by up to 40% by eating a piece of fruit every single day, and the more you eat the more you can reduce your disk of cardiovascular disease.

Cardiovascular disease (stroke and ischemic heart disease) is the leading cause of death in the United States and worldwide. Compared to the United States where ischemic heart disease is the leading cause of CVD death, stroke is the leading CVD cause of death in China.

The Study

The seven year study looked at half a million participants in the China Kadoorie Biobank who had no history of CVD. Over the 7 years of the study, it was found that 18% of the participants ate fruit daily while 6.3% never ate fruit (the average portion a day was 1.5 or 150grams). Compared to the people who never consumed fruit, people who ate fruit daily had significantly lower blood pressure and decreased risk of CVD by 25-40%.

In a separate analysis, the team found that those that ate fruit daily compared to those that never consumed fruit reduced their overall risk of death by 32%. Dr. Huaidong Du from Oxford, UK explained, “Our data clearly shows that eating fresh fruit can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, including ischaemic heart disease and stroke (particularly haemorrhagic stroke). And not only that, the more fruit you eat the more your CVD risk goes down. It does suggest that eating more fruit is beneficial compared to less or no fruit.”

Preventing VCD

Along with reducing the amount of hydrogenated fats and sugars you consume and increasing your omega-3 fatty acid consumption, fruit has been previously implicated in helping to prevent CVD. In a 2009 study it was found that eating 2-3 kiwi fruits a day can help significantly reduce your risk of heart disease by lowering LDL cholesterol while raising HDL, also known as “good” cholesterol. The researchers believed this was due to its very high antioxidant concentration.

Likewise, it was found in a study published in the American Heart Association journal, that men who skipped breakfast and instead ate larger meals at night had a higher risk of coronary artery disease. This was hypothesized to be due to some adverse metabolic effects caused by altering the metabolic repair process.

Conclusion

It seems that fruit (along with a healthy diet lacking hydrogenated oils, sugars…etc) can be an easy, healthy, natural way to help decrease your risk of CVD. The team from the China Kadoorie Biobank study said, “Our results show the benefit of eating fruit in the healthy general population and in patients with CVD and hypertension. Fruit consumption is an effective way to cut CVD risk and should not only be regarded as ‘might be useful’.”

Article Source: www.naturalnews.com/fruit_heart_health_cardiovascular_disease

Originally posted 2014-09-20 14:15:54.

modern day disease caused by roundupIt’s easy to hide knowledge from the public when you run the very industry that the public perceptibly needs. So much knowledge about glyphosate is buried or disregarded because the public now feels that the Roundup chemical is a necessity for both agriculture and lawn care. The industry that made glyphosate a perceived necessity is the same industry that created genetically modified seeds, which were invented to withstand glyphosate and thus create a perpetual need for the chemical.

The truth is that glyphosate is blazing the pathway to modern-day disease by destroying both soil microbiology and human gut microbiology. Today, just about any food in the Western world’s diet is tainted with residue of glyphosate. The microbiology of soil systems used for growing food are so depleted, destroying the natural nutrition levels of food.

Monsanto is creating a dual monopoly using glyphosate

How did this antibiotic-herbicide become so pervasive in the Western world? Some of the most intelligent and conniving business people in the world thought up a way to create perpetual agricultural need for the chemical. How did these masterminds force this? They began manipulating plant genomes in the lab to develop genetically modified crops that were to be specifically designed to be resistant to glyphosate. In this way, entire agricultural systems would have to accept glyphosate as a requirement to grow food.

In 1974, Roundup hit the market — a glyphosate concoction that would become the pre-engineered answer to a new world of patented GMO seed. The business maneuver is causing agriculture to become dependent on both genetically modified crops and the glyphosate chemical, an idea derived from none other than the infamous Monsanto Company. Today, 80% of genetically modified crops, particularly corn, soy, canola, cotton and sugar beets, are created with specific genes that are resistant to glyphosate, or are “Roundup Ready.”

World banker calls for population reduction by sickness and glyphosate enters the market soon thereafter

Before glyphosate became the monster agricultural necessity that it is today, it was used as a scaling agent to clean lime and other water deposits from industrial pipes. By 1970, an organic chemist working for Monsanto, John E. Franz, discovered that glyphosate is a powerful herbicide. Two years later, World Bank head Robert McNamara made a statement supporting population control, published in the French Magazine J’ai Tout Compris.

He said, “One must take draconian measures of demographic reduction against the will of the populations. Reducing the birth rate has proved to be impossible or insufficient. One must therefore increase the mortality rate. How? By natural means. Famine and sickness.”

Just two years after that, glyphosate research received major funding from the Rockefeller Foundation and entered the commercial market through Monsanto, quickly becoming an agricultural boon.

Glyphosate’s perceived benefit of increasing crop yields overshadowed its dark side of destroyed soil microbiology and human gut microbes. From then on, the Western world entered a time of rapidly expanding disease, as cheap, chemical-laden foods filled diets.

Are genetically modified seeds just a coverup for using glyphosate as an experiment on human populations?

Consumers today cry out for genetically modified organisms to be labeled, but labeling may only legitimize the use of this transgenic material and brush over the fact that glyphosate is the real fuel to the toxic hell fire of disease ravaging the world. Could the development of GMO seed really just be a coverup to use glyphosate as a destructive population control tool? Consumers may fail to see that glyphosate is the more impending human health danger, playing a more prominent role in the mass GMO eugenics experiment being conducted on human DNA today.

Why glyphosate is the pathway to modern day disease

Today, scientists are starting to understand how glyphosate opens the floodgate for a whole host of immune system problems to occur, including mental disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, Alzheimer’s disease and cancer.

First, glyphosate inhibits cytochrome P450 (CYP enzymes). These enzymes play a crucial role in the biology of human gut bacteria, tasked with detoxifying xenobiotics. Since glyphosate restricts this detoxifying process in the gut, it essentially enhances the effects of other environmental toxins and chemicals in the body, allowing them to overtake the immune system. This welcomes inflammation and damage to cellular systems. It allows dangerous substances to break into the blood, where they can poison practically any organ and even cross the blood-brain barrier.

The industry behind glyphosate doesn’t want you to know that the chemical acts as a channel for disease. In safety studies, scientists are paid to show that glyphosate’s damage to plants is through the shikimate pathway, which they clearly mention, is not present in humans.

What they fail to mention is that the shikimate pathway is present in human gut bacteria. Most importantly, these bacteria possess an integrated biosemiotic relationship with the human host, aiding in digestion, gastrointestinal tract permeability, synthesis of vitamins, detoxification of xenobiotics and overall immune system homeostasis.

So, as glyphosate depletes this microbiology, they are essentially destroying the human race from the inside out — ever so silently. Why is this not reported by the manufacturers, the government or the mainstream media?

Article Source: www.naturalnews.com/glyphosate_history_GMOs

Originally posted 2014-09-17 14:12:53.

causes cancerSome people believe that regularly smoking the 7,000 chemicals in commercial cigarettes is the quickest method that causes cancer in the world. Other folks believe that artificial sweeteners, because they taste so sweet, trick the body into ingesting them and are the “Trojan horses” of the food industry, causes breast cancer and prostate cancer faster than any other food, drink or consumable chemical-laced product on the market. But then again, there’s GMOs. Genetically modified organisms contain pesticides that can kill nearly any living thing that consumes them, including insects, rats and, yes, humans. Pesticide is the umbrella name for herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, algaecides and even fertilizers meant to kill “pests” — hence the name.

There is really NO MEASUREMENT right now for how many GMOs are in foods, drinks and even cigarettes. Scientists who modify organism through gene insertion are apt to promote the corresponding pesticides, no matter whether humans are dying from them or not. Cigarettes, diet soda and GMOs — are you guilty of “consuming” all three daily? Then your clock is ticking!

Most foods labeled “diet,” “light” or “zero” are toxic to humans. They are carcinogenic and cause free radicals to warp your good cells, strangulating mitochondria and multiplying uncontrollably. Eventually, cancerous cells find damaged tissue or an organ to suffocate. This is when most doctors and oncologists in America first “discover” cancer, after it is fully manifested, and for many, it’s too late. More than 50 percent of people who get cancer die from it, and one-third of all Americans get cancer at some point in life. Who gets it first and who gets it the worst — the diet soda drinkers, the pesticide-laden GMO food eaters or the smokers?

moking commercial cigarettes – a “compound” problem!
The “Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement” or “MSA” was entered in November of 1998 between the four largest US tobacco companies, which include Philip Morris Inc., Brown & Williamson, R.J. Reynolds and Lorillard. Tobacco-related healthcare costs (detriment) were settled (covered), and Big Tobacco agreed to “curtail” marketing practices (were told not to market to kids so much). Plus, they were adding ammonia to the manufacturing process and got busted red-handed by a whistleblower in court. This is how “crack” nicotine was discovered by the general public, via a settlement made for marketing restrictions. So what’s really in a commercial cigarette? Can you mix ammonia, bleach and pesticide? Doesn’t that create a form of mustard gas? How can this be a legal form of “recreation”?

Hazards of consuming toxic “diet” sweeteners – aspartame, sucralose and sorbitol
We are decades into diet soda frenzy and addiction, and nothing has changed! At least one of the evil “fake sugars” can be found in every popular diet soda across the nation — they’re the Trojan horses of the cancerous conventional food and beverage industry. The sweet tastes fools your body into ingesting it, trying to use it, and THAT is how your cells mutate and cancer begins to “take root.” Do you have IBS, general anxiety, muscle pain for “no reason,” arthritis “flare ups,” ringing in the ears, daily fatigue or, even worse, fibromyalgia? Cut out all artificial sweeteners for ONE WEEK and see how you feel. Guess what caused most of the “Gulf War Syndrome” — artificial sweeteners.

Did you know that aspartame alone accounts for 75 percent of all complaints to the FDA about side effects from food toxins? Also watch out for acesulfame potassium (more FDA-approved “cancer” sweetener) found in many protein shake mixes and sugar-free gums. It’s just a cousin of the evil aspartame!

Cancer’s HOV lane: eating GMO!
Shocking new research reveals that a GM corn approved in Europe for use in food and (animal) feed, and Roundup (weed killer) used with it, can cause increased tumors, premature death and organ damage at levels previously claimed by EU regulatory authorities to be perfectly safe. This information was not made public. Want to get in the high occupancy lane for cancer and drive really fast? It’s dangerous. Don’t mess with your health. Don’t flirt with disaster.

Conclusion: Don’t eat cancer. Don’t drink it and don’t smoke it! The carcinogens can only win the battle if you feed them their necessary fuel — more carcinogens. Try to NEVER drink soda or diet soda or eat GMOs.

Article Source: naturalnews.com/cancer_cigarettes_GMOs

Originally posted 2014-09-16 10:22:51.

candida overgrowthChances are, you have Candida overgrowth. We all have Candida, just like we all have bacteria. And like the microbes in our gut and the rest of our body, it’s all about balance. The problem is that in this day and age, our modern sugar laden, refined, and processed diet feeds Candida.

Here is an incomplete list of symptoms and other clues that are likely to be caused by too much yeast in your body. And while most (not all) of these can be signs of something else being out of balance, more often than not, if you regularly have even one of the symptoms, you’ve got too much Candida in your inner ecosystem.

Candida overgrowth & skin conditions

Most skin problems are a sign of Candida overgrowth.

Skin problems such as acne, Keratosis pilaris, dry skin, hives, rashes, dandruff, and eczema are a sign of too much fungus in the body. You know all those white bumps on the back of your arms? You’ve got Candida overgrowth. I’m not saying that whiteheads are fungus. It’s much more complicated that that. Sometimes aforementioned skin problems such as rashes are a direct result of fungal abundance, but other times, the issues are an indirect result of the colon microbes being out of balance. For instance, acne is often caused by hormonal issues. Hormonal issues are often caused by, exacerbated by, or at the very least virtually always accompanied by, out of control Candida.

Athlete’s foot and even an itchy arch are also a sure sign of too much Candida.

Diaper rash is almost always candida.

Itchy crotch, itchy vagina, yeast infections, and a funky discharge from the vagina and anus are sure signs of too much Candida.

If you need a shower every day in order not to itch, you’ve got too much yeast in your body. If you itch or feel a stinging sensation around your anus or your perineum when you wipe after bowel movements, that’s another sure sign. If it smells funky down there, while this may be perfectly normal, it’s also a sign of Candida overgrowth.

Body Odor
Yes, bacteria are one of the primary causes of body odor. But what many people don’t know is that “bad bacteria” (what we call bacteria that doesn’t benefit us) coincides with too much fungus in the body. If you need antiperspirant or deodorant and daily showers, again this is totally normal, but it’s a sign of too much fungus.

Trouble with digestion, gas, bloating
Digestive problems, gas, and bloating can be signs of other issues such as kidney problems, allergies, and more. But typically, whenever someone is unhealthy in one area, they also have Candida issues. Too much Candida in the gut means not enough beneficial bacteria to digest food properly, and this can cause fermentation. Too much Candida in the whole body and even the stomach and kidneys are affected. While we’re on the subject of gas, slow kidney function causes flatulence, and as mentioned, this can be caused by too much fungus.

Allergies and allergic reactions
Many times when people think they are having an allergic reaction due to a rash with hives, this is actually a spike in fungus that is out of control. Antibiotics cause these reactions in people regularly because they cull all of the beneficial bacteria that balance our body’s ecosystem.

Seasonal allergies and food allergies tend to vanish when Candida is brought completely under control. It sounds radical, I know, but it’s true.

Other signs of too much Candida include thrush or a white tongue, itchy ear canals, and sugar cravings. Candida overgrowth also leads to a host of other health issues from insomnia to severe mood swings. While Candida is not the sole cause of most health issues, it accompanies almost every health issue.

Article Source: naturalnews.com/candida_yeast_sugar

Originally posted 2014-09-13 10:11:31.

body careMost body care products that you buy from the store are full of harmful chemicals and toxins that don’t even clean your skin or hair properly. The products that are natural and organic that actually work are expensive. There is a perfect combination of inexpensive ingredients you can find in your kitchen that will give you the cleanest teeth, hair and skin you could imagine.

Ingredients

  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Coconut Oil
  • Dr. Bronner’s Soap
  • Himalayan Pink Salt
  • Honey
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Sugar
  • Directions

    Step 1: Oil Pulling:
    Take a tablespoon of coconut oil and put it in your mouth. If it was hard, it will liquify. Keep it in your mouth for about 20 minutes, gently swirling around in the mouth. When 20 minutes has gone, spit into a trash can or outside; don’t ever spit in a sink or toilet, as it could clog the drains. Oil pulling is excellent for dental hygiene, while protecting the teeth against bacterial rot and improving the digestive system by speeding up the metabolism.

    Coconut oil should be a staple at home. It is so incredible for you with its antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties. It can be used all over the body, a tablespoon for constipation, for cooking, for oil pulling, deep conditioning and more.

    Step 2: Conditioning the hair:
    Heat oil (olive, jojoba, almond, coconut, etc.) and pour warm oil on the roots and hair. Put hair up. This helps with hair growth and conditions the hair.

    Step 3: Cleaning the face:
    Spread honey all over the face and let sit for 20 minutes. The honey pulls out the toxins and black heads while tightening the skin.

    Step 4: Brushing your teeth:
    Mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda and add 1 teaspoon of Himalayan pink salt. After oil pulling, dip your brush into the tooth powder and brush away. You will have the cleanest and whitest teeth ever. You can also add coconut oil with the baking soda and salt to make a paste. The baking soda and salt help deep-clean the teeth and gums while making the teeth extra white.

    Step 5: Mouthwash:
    Rinse the mouth with hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide kills bacteria in the gums.

    Step 6: Cleaning the hair and face:
    Head for the shower. When you get in, rinse the honey off of your face. Grab the Dr. Bronner’s soap. Pour some in your hand and scrub into the hair and face.

    Step 7: Conditioning the hair:
    Take the bottle of apple cider vinegar and fill the capful. Pour capfuls onto the roots of the hair and let it drip down the rest of the hair. Try and get a bit of ACV on the entire head of hair. Then massage some into your face as a toner. Take a drink of the ACV and rinse off the face with water. Apple cider vinegar has incredible benefits for the body inside and out.

    Step 8: Scrubbing the skin:
    Take a handful of sugar and mix with Dr. Bronner’s Soap, then scrub your skin to remove all of the dead skin that rests on the surface. Rinse body completely.

    Step 9: Moisturizing the body:
    Once you dry off from your shower, take a bit of coconut oil and put a light layer on the skin, face, arms, hands, bottom of feet and anywhere else you want deep skin softening.

    Voila! You are extra clean and beautified with products from your kitchen. If you create this as your daily ritual, people in your life will start asking you why you look so good! You can tell that them its from your kitchen.

    Article Source: Naturalnews/body_care_skin_health.html

    Originally posted 2014-09-11 10:01:04.

stupider by the generationAre humans getting stupider by the generation? That is the finding of a new study which says that our collective IQs have fallen over the last decade, even while technology keeps getting “smarter.”

According to a report in New Scientist magazine online, the study questions whether “our century-long rise in intelligence” is reversing itself:

In Denmark, every man is liable for military service at the age of 18. Nowadays, only a few thousand get conscripted but all have to be assessed, and that includes doing an IQ test. Until recently, the same one had been used since the 1950s.

“We actually have the same test being administered to 25 to 30,000 young men every year,” Thomas Teasdale, a psychologist at the University of Copenhagen, told the magazine.

According to findings, the testing shows that scores have fallen by 1.5 points since 1998, and as Britain’s Daily Mail noted, “opinion is divided” about whether the current trend will last for some time, but some researchers are of the belief that perhaps humans have merely reached their intellectual peak.

The Flynn effect

In addition to the Danish military tests, similar standard tests used in the United Kingdom and Australia revealed similar results, the New Scientist reported.

From the 1930s to the 1980s, the average IQ score in the United States rose by an average of three points. In postwar Japan and Denmark, test scores also rose dramatically in a trend that has been dubbed the “Flynn effect.” The intelligence increase was attributed to better nutrition and living conditions, in conjunction with better education, according to James Flynn of the University of Otago in New Zealand, the effect’s namesake.

But now, some experts think that the world is beginning to see the end of the Flynn effect in developed countries. They think that IQ scores are not simply leveling off but instead decreasing.

That said, a number of scientists, including Flynn, believe that the trend can be reversed through better education. They note that the perceived decline could also be just a temporary setback.

Still, other scientists are not nearly as optimistic, according to the Daily Mail. These scientists believe that the Flynn effect has hidden a gradual decline in the genetic basis for intelligence; while more people have managed to reach their full intellectual potential, that top-level of potential has been falling.

Some have even contended that the drop could be due to educated people deciding to have fewer children, meaning subsequent generations are being made up of less intelligent humans.

Richard Lynn, who is a psychologist at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland, has computed the decline in overall human genetic potential. Using data on average IQs from around the globe from the years 1950 and 2000, he found that average levels fell by one point. And, he says, if the current trend continues, it is possible for Mankind to lose an additional 1.3 points by 2050.

The Daily Mail reported further:

[Dr.] Michael Woodley, of the Free University of Brussels, Belgium, claims people’s reactions are slower than in Victorian times, and has linked it to a decline in our genetic potential.

IQ points lost steadily since the Victorian Era

It was claimed earlier that quick-witted individuals have faster reactions; Dr. Woodley’s study demonstrated that people’s reaction times have fallen over the past century, which is equivalent to one IQ point per decade.

“The reduction in human intelligence (if there is any reduction) would have begun at the time that genetic selection became more relaxed,” Dr. Gerald Crabtree, professor of pathology and developmental biology at Stanford University, told The Huffington Post in an email.

“I projected this occurred as our ancestors began to live in more supportive high density societies (cities) and had access to a steady supply of food. Both of these might have resulted from the invention of agriculture, which occurred about 5,000 to 12,000 years ago,” he added.

Jan te Nijenhuis, a psychology professor at the University of Amsterdam, says that Westerners specifically have lost an average of 14 IQ points since the Victorian Era, and he says that is probably due to more intelligent women having fewer and fewer children than those who aren’t as intellectually gifted, HuffPo reported.

Originally posted 2014-09-06 08:52:02.

non-toxic cleaning recipeOur floors are the largest surface area in our homes that require regular cleaning. If we use chemicals, we breathe them in day and night until they dissipate. There is no need to add to our indoor air pollution when we can use simple and handy, homemade cleaning solutions.

Wood, bamboo, and laminate floor – non-toxic cleaning recipe

It would be so easy to clean every floor of our home with a steam cleaner. No muss, no fuss, nothing but water turned to steam. But regardless of the claims made by the manufacturers, steam cleaners can damage wood, bamboo, and laminate floors.

Laminate floors consist of layers of materials glued together. Any water, but especially steam, will break down the bonds between layers, causing them to buckle and split. Steam can strip the finish that is protecting your hardwood floor. Moisture that seeps into the wood will cause grains to swell and the wood to warp and splinter.

The primary rule for bamboo, laminate, and hardwood floors is the same: do not wet mop–dry mop (though damp mop would be a better descriptive term). After thoroughly sweeping or vacuuming your floor, use a well wrung out sponge or rag mop with plain water, water with a few drops of essential oil, or water with 1/4 cup of vinegar (added to a 2 gallon bucket). Use warm water; it will evaporate faster than cold. Buff the floors dry with a soft cloth or towel.

Perusing the net, you will find other suggestions such as 1/2 cup of lemon juice added to water. However, a manufactures’ site warns against using citrus to clean laminate flooring as it will damage the finish after repeated use. Many sites, including a manufacturer’s site, suggest using 1/4 cup of dish soap to a bucket of water to clean sealed hardwood floors–without rinsing. But it only stands to reason that, over time, soap residue would accumulate. If you do rinse, you are using more water. Since the object is to clean with the least amount of water possible, this method doesn’t make sense.

One wood laminate manufacturer suggests mixing vinegar and water into a spray bottle. Rather than spraying the liquid on the floor, use it to dampen the bottom of your dust mop.

Another solution, claimed to be even better for wood floors than vinegar, is cleaning with tea. Brew black tea, (1 tea bag per cup of water) and either fill a spray bottle to mist the floor (a small area at a time) then follow with a damp mop, or make enough tea to immerse your mop in a bucket. As before, wring out your mop so it is as dry as possible.

Linoleum, tile, and stone floor cleaning instructions & non-toxic cleaning recipe

Linoleum and tile floors can also be cleaned with vinegar and water. The ratios vary according to preference from 1/4 cup of vinegar to a one-to-one ratio of vinegar to water. For a really dirty floor, try the following recipe:

  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon liquid dish soap (remember to choose a natural soap)
  • 2 gallons hot water
  • Add a few drops of essential oil, if desired

Rinsing is not required, but if streaking occurs, rinse.

Do not use lemon juice, vinegar or other acids on marble, limestone, or travertine. To wash these floors, use a squirt of liquid soap (such as castile soap or dish soap, not detergent) in your bucket of water and wet mop. Rinse. Too much soap will cause streaking.

These floors may be the best candidates for a steam mop, but first check with the manufacturer to be sure steam mopping does not void your warranty.

All floors of all types are scratched and scarred by dirt. Mats outside and inside each entrance can help limit the amount of dirt on your floors. A shoeless house can make a tremendous difference. Remember, how often you sweep or vacuum and what you use to mop your floors will determine the longevity of your floor’s finish as well as the level of pollution in your home.

Originally posted 2014-09-04 08:51:08.

foods proven to kill cancer

foods proven to kill cancerIn order to kill cancer and ensure there is no recurrence, the body must be brought into balance and the immune system rebuilt and fine tuned. So how is this feat accomplished? Detox, detox, detox and achieve a slightly alkaline pH, while filling the body with the best, organic, nutritionally dense food available. Your goal is to rebuild a killer immune system as you bathe every non-cancerous cell in your body with nutrition.

For specific foods known to kill cancer, check out the following list:

Omega 3

Oily fish, fish oil, flax seed oil, hemp oil, and healthy oil blend supplements provide omega 3 fatty acids (and other beneficial fatty acids), which fight inflammation and make the body less hospitable to cancer cells. Vitamin D is also known to kill cancer, and you can find many fish oils and some vegan oil blends with vitamin D in them.

Cruciferous Vegetables

Cruciferous vegetables include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussel sprouts, watercress, kale, collard greens, cauliflower, bok choy, turnips, rutabagas, radishes, arugula, and more. These vegetables contain sulforaphane and other helpful compounds, which help fight tumors, breast, prostate, brain, and colorectal cancers, as well as leukemia. Broccoli sprouts and mature broccoli in combination really pack nutritional, cancer fighting punch.

Berries

Black raspberries appear to reign supreme, though all berries contain cancer fighting phytonutrients and high amounts of ellagic acid, which inhibit tumor growth.

Maitake and Shiitake Mushrooms

Google maitake mushrooms and cancer and the American Cancer Society pops up at the top of the search list. For one brief moment it seemed they might actually be doing their job, but no. They claim there have been no studies to show that maitake or any other mushroom help fight cancer. Continue your search and study after study reveals they do indeed.

Mushrooms boost immune function and are a great source of antioxidants. They are also rich in vitamins C and B vitamins as well as calcium and other minerals.

Tumeric

Curcumin, found in turmeric, inhibits the spread of cancer (metastases) along with its anti-inflammatory and oxidative effects. Tumeric can be found at farmer’s markets in root form. It can be used liberally to spice your food (great on salads or in salad dressing as well as in cooked dishes) with no side effects.

Tomatoes

The active compounds found in tomatoes, carotenoids and lycopene (especially lycopene), are very helpful, especially in the fight of prostrate and pancreatic cancer in men. Seven to ten helpings are week are suggested, both cooked and raw juice. To gain the health benefits of juice, make your own. Store bought tomato juice will be pasteurized. Lycopene is a strong antioxidant.

Folate

Egg yolks, avocadoes, apricots, green leafy vegetables, and pumpkin are among the foods rich in folate. For meat eaters, chicken livers are very high in folate. Studies involving folate or its synthetic form, folic acid, show a significant reduced risk of colorectal cancer. Folate or folic acid ?is essential for the body to correctly replicate DNA.

Garlic

Even the National Cancer Institute admits garlic “…may reduce the risk of developing several types of?cancer, especially cancers of the?gastrointestinal tract”.
Garlic reduces inflammation, fights free radicals, and fights cancer. Eat it raw or chop it up and let it sit for 10-15 minutes before cooking with it or its beneficial compound, allicin, will not be released.

Grapes

The compound found in red grapes, resveratrol, is a powerful antioxidant that also saves cells from oxidant-caused death. Grape seeds have huge benefits. We recommend you don’t eat grapes without seeds.

Conclusion

An alkaline, balanced diet with plenty of nutrition, and as few toxins as possible, makes the body inhospitable to cancer. Sugar feeds cancer. Processed and refined foods feed cancer. Raw, organic vegetables, especially when grown for maximum nutrient content (as opposed to large scale farming) should be the foundation of any healthy diet. We also recommend that anyone with cancer undergo a full body detox with a supplement regimen specifically designed for your current state of health. For more information on what to do for cancer, check out the first three sources.

Article Source: www.naturalnews.com/cancer_foods_nutrition_research

Originally posted 2014-08-27 12:14:06.

spicesOver the recent years we have been moving further away from the pharmaceutical industry by taking small steps, if you recollect we did an article on how to cure a child from common ailments using an extract from five leaves. But today I’ve cooked up a bunch of spices and common food ingredients that you can use to keep good health and even help and protect you from a range of diseases.

It shouldn’t be surprising that some of the ingredients used in your food can even help protect you against terminal diseases. Lets start off with one of my personal favorites, Garlic.

I know a 70+ year old man who has no blood pressure issues and a perfect blood sugar level that he attributes to his habit of eating three to four raw garlic cloves daily. But this is not just a figment of his imagination, take a look at what this herb has to offer, apart from bad breath that is.

Spices

Garlic

One of Garlic’s main benefits is that it helps reduce Cholesterol. The Linus Pauling Institute’s review of several studies found that people who consumed garlic for three months had a 6% to 11% reduction in total cholesterol. Also since garlic is an antioxidant, it may prevent the oxidation of cholesterol in the arteries.

When you crush Garlic you are immediately greeted by the pungent spell, that is due to Allicin, which is responsible for its medicinal benefits. It’s said that the daily consumption of garlic can help lower heart disease risk by as much as 76 percent. It also thins the blood and hence cuts down on the chances of dangerous blood clots.

Even cancer fears Allicin, especially stomach and colorectal cancer as it flushes out carcinogens even before they can damage cell DNA. If that’s not enough, Garlic has super strong antibacterial and anti-fungal properties and can help with yeast infections, some sinus infections, and common cold.

Turmeric

What would we do without Turmeric – we have mixed it with warm milk for cold and cough, given Turmeric and sugar (to make it edible) for kids when they bruise themselves and as a quick fix for animal injuries.

Turmeric is well known to reduce inflammation, while in Indian medicine its also used to increase appetite and as a digestive aid. Turmeric gets its golden color from Curcumin. Curcumin is considered as a powerful anticancer agent and quells the inflammation that contributes to the growth of tumors. Yes, powerful lab studies suggest that Turmeric helps stop the growth and spread of cancer cells.

There are numerous studies that talk about the benefits of using Turmeric against cancer and animal tests show that it even helps protect from Alzheimer’s disease.

Ginger

Ginger is such a powerful natural medicine that it finds itself not only in Ayurveda but also in the ancient Chinese medical texts. We have been using Ginger to treat cough and cold. It has anti-nausea properties and is a digestive aid. Ayurveda recommends eating raw ginger before meals for appetite as well as digestion.

While in modern times researches have found Ginger effect in combating inflammation and even in reducing the pain and swelling in people suffering from arthritis. Apart from these benefits, ginger can help with Migraines and may even prevent and slowing the growth of cancer. It’s good for the tummy and even makes a cup of tea so delightful to have.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon packs a punch when it comes to fighting diabetes, it helps control blood sugar levels and also cuts down on triglycerides and total cholesterol.

Since it cuts down on the triglycerides and cholesterol its awesome for your heart and as a bonus its also rich in antioxidants. Along with a bunch of other spices, cinnamon has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties as well.

Another reason to add it into your diet is that its high in fiber and can also reduce heartburn in some people. Wow, bring on the cinnamon buns and rolls.

Cloves

Who hasn’t used cloves or clove oil to stop a tooth ache? Well with the kind of teeth I have, sticking cloves in my mouth has been part of the norm thanks to its numbing effect. But I wasn’t aware that even people suffering from Arthritis can get relief from the pain as it slows down the cartilage and bone damage caused by the disease.

Yet again, even cloves have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can protect one from heart disease, stave off cancer and also appear to improve insulin function. Cloves are also known to have killed certain antibiotic resistant bacteria.

Article Source: Common spices destroy disease

Originally posted 2014-08-27 12:09:47.