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 and Antibiotics Together Halt Bacterial Infections?

Yesterday (12/04/2014) the New York Times News Service made a report on the mortality rate of infant deaths due to bacterial infections and antibiotics having no effect. Another news paper wrote an article entitled, ‘Infections Killing India’s Babies Could Be Worldwide Threat.” The threat is rightly taken as the people of India also are immigrants to other countries, like United States, England, Australia, and other parts of Europe.

Researchers have already found a super bug, with the genetic code NDM1 (New Delhi metallo-beta lactamase 1), that was first identified in India, is now also found in France, Japan, Oman, and the United States.

Upon reading this article, I was prompted to write the following article posted at the Health News Library. I have read articles before about silver and its effect on killing bacteria, and I wanted to share with our readers here at Splendid Recipes and More what we found.

Combining Silver and Antibiotics to Fight Infectious Diseases

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After reading the article enjoy our selected recipe for dinner tonight:

Roasted Butternut Squash and Sausage with Gluten Free Penne Pasta

 

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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.

Read the Article Here… Benefits of the Orange Peel.

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