The Dangers of Personal Care Products

The Dangers of Personal Care Products

We read a lot about eating healthy whole foods. We view a lot of reading about the health effects of gmo foods, but nothing really about what our personal care products could be doing to our health, like our shampoos, toothpaste, or body wash.

We found this article, and have re-blogged it. We thought you would be interested in reading the information.

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Good Reasons To Eat Whole Fresh Vegetables Every Day

Good Reasons To Eat Whole Fresh Vegetables Every Day

Many people who my be over weight or obese, are concerned about how to lose weight. When combined with exercise, a healthy diet that consists of complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, and protein, can help you lose weight and maintain a healthy weight, also lowering your cholesterol levels, controlling blood glucose, and improving any other body functions on a daily basis.

Young Lady selling whole fresh vegetables at a farmers market There are so many ideas that my be complex or complicated when it comes to the word diet. Our bodies are an intricate machine, and it needs a variety of whole foods to maintain good health, and vegetables are an interrelated part of that process.

A diet should not consist of demonizing some foods or limiting what you eat. Your diet should be a life style.

We have here a video presentation on the importance of including fresh whole vegetables everyday as part of a life style diet that doesn’t limit you access to foods. As we mentioned our bodies are an intricate machine, and are a part of earth’s nature.

The way food was meant to be naturally seeded, grown, and harvested meets the body’s needs for nutrients, including vitamins and minerals. 

 

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Reaping the Benefits of Gardening Your Own Onions

Reaping the Benefits of Gardening Your Own Onions

Onions have great nutritional value and are a perfect addition to so many of your favorite lunch, dinner, salads, and side dish recipes. Onions can be stored in a cool dark area of the kitchen for several weeks, though they should not be stored with potatoes.

If you like vegetable gardening, then onions is a great addition as they are easy to grow.

Planting Onions

planting onionsYou can plant onions as soon as the ground can be worked in the spring, which for most areas  it can be late March or April (make sure the temperatures are not dropping below 20 degrees F).

Plant the onions sets 1 inch deep, with about 4 to 5 inches between each plant, depending on the size of the onion when mature, and in rows 12 to 18 inches apart.

Meet the Allium Family

The Allium family of vegetables includes the onions, scallions (green onions), chives, leeks, shallots, and garlic. The onion along with its cousin the garlic are grown and used both for medicinal properties and for cooking.

The Rainbow of Onions

There are many types and colors of onions. There are the smaller green onions, yellow onions, purple onions, red onions, white onions.

Depending on the color of the onion, they can have a sweet flavor or can have a spicy, pungent, and sharp flavor.

The Health Benefits

Onion bulb with green leaves and rootsOnions are so ubiquitous in cooking that it is hard to remember that they also have medicinal properties. The health benefits of onions include:

  • High in fiber, help with digestion and do not spike blood glucose
  • They have about 15 grams of plant carbohydrates per onion and no raw sugar.
  • Onions have no fat
  • Onions contain no cholesterol
  • Their mineral content includes iron, folate, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and magnesium
  • Onions are high in antioxidants, including sulfur and quercetin
  • Help to improve emotional wellbeing, and are healthy for your hair and skin
  • Reduce colon cancer risk
  • Onions can help fight obesity
  • Any onion because of its nutritional content can reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome, which includes heart disease, and diabetes

Now let us examine in more detail some of the onions health benefits.

The Onion – Your Allie Against Cancer

It is the sulfur compounds of onions help reduce the risk of several different cancers. They inhibit cancer through several different methods. They can prevent oxygen free radical formation by being a potent antioxidant.

Animal and human studies have shown that all the Allium family of vegetables inhibit tumor growth and reduce the risk of stomach cancer, esophageal cancer, and prostate cancer.

The sulfur compounds can help block the growth of tumors and can prevent normal cells from mutating into cancer cells.

Antioxidants

Onions are rich in the antioxidant vitamin-C, which is important for cellular health as it can help stop the cascade of oxygen free radicals that are a by-product of cellular metabolism. Oxygen free radicals can damage or compromise the cell wall structure if they are not, neutralized by an antioxidant.

Your skin, bones, and ligaments, all rely on the vitamin-C, which helps to make collagen and maintain its health. Use vitamin-C rich onions in your salads or other dishes for the best in connective tissue health.

Folate for Mood and Sleep

Onions have a beneficial effect on your mood and sleep, as onions are rich in folate. This B-vitamin has shown to reduce the risk of depression by Eating fresh onions from your garden decreasing homocysteine levels in the body. High levels homocysteine has shown to conflict with the production of serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine, all of which are essential for emotional wellbeing.

Onions have the most nutrition in them, when freshly harvested, and you cannot really say that about the onions you purchase at the market.

This means it is best to start your own organic garden, incorporating a row of onions you can pick all season long.

 

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The Dangers of Microwave Ovens To Your Health

 

 

A Man's hand starting a microwave to warm or cook food

Here is an informative article on the use of microwaves. Who invented them, for what purpose, and how a microwave oven works. It also notes the dangers to food and human health.

Microwaves have some significant effects on the vitamin content and destroy enzymes. However, conventional cooking has identical effects, as stated in the book, “Food Chemistry” (2004) by Dr. D. Zhang and colleagues.  Dr. Zhang’s book says the loss of vitamins and enzymes are the effects of heating, rather than effects unique to microwave radiation.

But we want to add (Splendid Recipes and More) that microwaves don’t use the process of heating. Also you can control the cooking or heating of foods on the stove or in an conventional oven.

There are things to consider as to how fast and how even the food is cooked in the microwave, which are, the physical and electrical properties of the foods.

The microwave oven only cooks to a depth of 1 to 1.5 inches. Foods that are thicker than this, will cook on the outside, and the inside areas cook by conduction, which creates a less even cooking than traditional ovens. Uneven cooking will produce hot spots and under cooked areas. Such cooking causes burns and fails to destroy bacteria that can cause food borne illnesses. 

Microwave ovens for the purpose of cooking, was developed by German scientists to support mobile operations during the invasion of the Soviet Union. The purpose of

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Can Silver Halt Bacterial Infections?

Infectious diseases are caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites.

Many organisms live in and on our bodies. And under normal conditions they are harmless and even helpful.

But under certain conditions, some organisms can cause diseases.

Some infectious diseases can be passed from person to person, transmitted by insects or animals, and by consuming contaminated food.

Antibiotics are designed to kill or halt the growth of infectious bacteria.

But antibiotics are not able to differentiate between “good” bacteria and infectious “bad” bacteria, thus killing both indiscriminately.

Is there a way to target infectious bacteria in the body without killing the good bacteria?

Can Silver Halt Bacterial Infections

Silver has been used for centuries as an antimicrobial to kill harmful bacteria.

Ancient civilizations applied the metal to open wounds. Ship captains tossed silver coins into storage barrels to keep drinking water fresh. 

While it is still a mystery as to exactly how it works at killing bacteria, researchers have been studying to better understand the anti-microbial properties of silver.

They are doing this by better understanding the process of proteins in live bacteria at the molecular level.

Researchers exposed “E. coli bacteria” to silver ion and found that it sped up the dynamics of the protein.

They observed that silver ions were causing paired strands of DNA in the bacteria to separate, and the binding between the protein and the DNA to weaken.

“What we want to do eventually,” says head researcher Wang, “is to use the new knowledge generated from this project to make better antibiotics based on silver nanoparticles.” (The Science Daily).

Silver ions have the ability to damage bacteria cells in the cell wall. When the cell wall is damaged, the cell dies (<span style="caret-color: rgb(15, 15, 15); color: rgb(15, 15, 15); font-family: Georgia, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255)(The Collegian California State University)

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Silver seems to help prevent harmful bacteria from spreading by disrupting how they move around.

Science Magazine reports that silver ions perform their deadly work by punching holes in bacterial membranes and wreaking havoc once inside.

The ions bind to essential cell components like DNA, preventing the bacteria from performing even their most basic functions.

Scientists have also found that up to 99.99% of living bacteria meet their doom when they come into contact with bacteria that have died from silver ion.

Because silver can weaken the wall of bacteria, this allows conventional antibiotics to enter more easily.

Research on mice at Boston University showed that with silver added, lower doses of antibiotic drugs were needed to kill bacteria.

Silver was also able to reverse the antibiotic resistance of E. coli bacteria, making them once more susceptible to tetracycline. The mice were left unharmed by the silver.

 

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Health Benefits of Walnuts

Here’s a great article we found on the benefits of walnuts. Walnuts are beneficial for both the health of men and women. Enjoy!!

The health benefits of walnuts out do the salmon, red wine, and poultry. Having problems with remembering things, eat those 7 nuts a day, and ward off…

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Check out this recipe after reading the article: Rotisserie Chicken, Walnuts and Sauteed Vegetables 

 

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Benefits of the Orange Peel

Fresh Picked Oranges

We all want to be healthy and we always search for ways to avoid illnesses, including cancer. Here’s an article that explains the benefits of the orange peel.

The orange peel contains higher levels of vitamin C, than its juice. 100 grams of orange peel provides 136 mg of vitamin C.

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At the end of the article it has 3 links to recipes using the orange peel.

First Step to Being Healthy

First Step to Being Healthy

Many will say family comes first over anything. That is a positive statement and a well intended one. Look at this picture and put the signs in order, the order you wish to

in-what-oder-do-you-put-these-signsput them. These are priorities of life, which one should come first?

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I personally would put Health in the number one (1) spot. Why you may ask? Without good health it would be impossible to give your full attention to the other five, which includes Family. If you have good health, then you can put the family first.

How do you choose to eat?  How do you choose to eat? There are so many choices today on what to eat. Most of the time when we choose something to eat, we don’t think how that food correlates to a health us. At the Health News Library website that is their model: Learn How Food Correlates to a Healthy You.

We asked them if we could share some of their info-graphics about different foods and how they effect your health. There is also a small portion of an article and a link to the website to completely read the article.

Here is the first info-graph:

Benefits of water first thing in the morning

Water Is Our Body’s Lifeblood

The human body can last weeks without food, but only days without water. The male body is made up of approximately 60 percent water and the female is 50 percent. Water forms the basis of blood, digestive juices, urine and perspiration and is contained in lean muscle, fat and bones.

As the body can’t store water, we need fresh supplies every day to make up for losses from lungs, skin, urine and feces.

Water is needed to maintain the health and integrity of every cell in the body, keep the bloodstream liquid enough to flow through blood vessels, help eliminate the by products of the body’s metabolism, helps to flush out toxins, regulate body temperature through sweating, lubricate and cushion joints and carry nutrients and oxygen to the body’s cells, just to name a few….Read More

Broccoli and cancer

Broccoli – Why It’s Good for You

Broccoli is a member of the cruciferous vegetable family, which also includes cabbage, cauliflower and cress to name a few. All cruciferous vegetables are highly nutritional value, eating 4 servings of this vegetable group per week keeps cancer away.

More Great Reasons to Include Broccoli in Your Diet

Broccoli’s has a list of 8 different vitamins are: Vitamin A, Vitamin B-1, Vitamin B-2, Vitamin B-5, Vitamin B-6, Folic Acid (B-12), Vitamin C, and Vitamin K.

The mineral content of broccoli makes this vegetable a supporter of heart health. The minerals are Potassium, Magnesium, and Calcium. Other minerals include: Manganese, Choline, Iron and Selenium…Read More

 

5 Diabetes Busters

Natural Supplements for Controlling Diabetes

Food is always the best source for good nutrition. Many times though our bodies need extra help towards continued surviving. Natural supplements can help meet your goal to being healthy.

The usefulness of natural supplements depends on your sex, age and the stress factors in your life. Also natural supplements are derived from food sources that are readily recognized by the body for up-take.

Natural Supplements and Diabetes

Alpha-lipoic acid: Can improve glucose uptake and prevent glycosylation, which causes sugars to abnormally attach to proteins. It can also improve eye and nerve health. Good place to start is 100 mg to 600 mg a day. Higher doses are effective treatment diabetic neurophathy, which causes nerve damage…Read More

Also read: Exercise and Diabetes 

Benefits of raspberry leaf tea

As children or young adults you might have been told laughing is good for the heart. But have you ever been told what crying really does for you?

Crying releives stress and depression

Also if your interested they have a Family Fitness Page, which states:  Family Fitness is just as important as health eating. As parents and care takers we should be and need to be role models for our children.

Children notice everything going on around them. That includes them seeing what we eat and how active we are as parents. Modeling in healthy eating habits is as important as modeling healthy activity (FREE e-books are also offered).

 

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