9 Foods to Toss out and Replace with!

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1. Replace wheat bread with a sprouted grain bread like Ezekiel bread

Ezekiel is a sprouted grain bread that has no sugar. It is made with 4 types of grains and contains 2 legumes. It is organic, high in fiber and delicious.

2. Replace white sugar with natural sugars like honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar or Stevia

White sugar is just empty calories. It provides no health value and can do a lot of harm to your teeth, your liver, your metabolism and more.

3. Replace butter with grass fed butter or heart-healthy oils

Grass fed butter is less contaminated with chemicals and has a higher nutritional value. If you want to stay away from dairy, choose olive oil or avocado oil.

4. Replace sour cream with Greek yogurt

The two taste very similar and have the same texture, but Greek yogurt contains probiotics. Probiotics help boost your immune system and clear up stomach trouble. Sour cream also has much more sodium and is higher in carbs and sugars.

5. Replace white rice with quinoa

Studies show that eating white rice raises your risk for type 2 diabetes. All of its benefits are stripped away when its husk, bran and germ are removed. Eat quinoa instead.

Quinoa has a delicious nutty taste and has 150% more fiber and 100% more protein than white rice.

6. Replace soda with green tea

If you haven’t already tossed the soda, now is the time. Soda contains over 8 teaspoons of sugar per can and has no value at all. Green tea is full of antioxidants. It may help prevent cancer, is good for your heart, and may promote weight loss.

7. Replace vegetable oil with coconut oil

Vegetable oil is loaded with polyunsaturated fats. When heated, it loses its antioxidant powers. This happens to olive oil too! Coconut oil is stable and does not lose its antioxidants. It also contains medium-chain fatty acids that do not get stored as fat. And coconut oil contains lauric acid, which has antibacterial and antiviral properties.

8. Replace flour with coconut flour

If you love to bake, dump your old white flour and replace it with coconut flour. It has fewer carbs and 11 times the amount of fiber.

9. Replace chocolate chips with cacao nibs

Your chocolate chip cookies will still taste great if you toss the yellow bag and buy these instead. And they have five times the fiber and contain no sugar at all.

Stay healthy!

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Difference Between Dementia and Alzheimer’s

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According to the World Health Organization, 47 million people are living with dementia worldwide. While dementia and Alzheimer’s disease share similar characteristics regarding symptoms, there are notable differences between the two that should be looked at closely in order to understand early onset symptoms.

Dementia is an umbrella term for symptoms like impaired memory and thinking that interferes with daily living, while Alzheimer’s disease is a specific type of dementia. Other types of dementia include vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, front temporal dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and Huntington’s disease.

For most patients who have dementia, there is a 60-70 percent chance they have Alzheimer’s, as it is the most common type of dementia. Alzheimer’s is also talked about more because there are more medical advancements for that disease compared to other forms of dementia.

  1. The Causes of Dementia and Alzheimer’s are different

Medical illnesses, metabolic issues (like a nutritional or thyroid problem), vascular disease (like a stroke), or in rare cases infectious diseases can affect brain cells, ultimately causing dementia. For instance, the rare mad cow disease can contribute to dementia. As levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin begin to run low, you may have trouble concentrating and paying attention. And when you become distracted, you have trouble retaining information and remembering things, which can then manifest as dementia.

On the other hand, the origins of Alzheimer’s are different. It is a brain disease marked by deposits of beta-amyloid plaques called tau that are known to damage cells in the brain regions that control memory, reasoning, and thinking.

2. Factors at Play

There are also multiple conditions that unite and cause dementia, referred to as mixed dementia. Most of the time, patients who have Alzheimer’s disease also have a vascular disease that may worsen cognitive symptoms. Alzheimer’s and dementia with Lewy bodies (a disease that causes the formation of alpha-synuclein protein development in the brain) have also been found to occur jointly.

3. The Symptoms can be similar

Being forgetful can be a basic memory problem, so how do you know when it crosses the line and becomes dementia or Alzheimer’s? According to the Alzheimer’s Association, to be diagnosed with dementia, two of the following areas of functioning must be severely impaired: memory, communication, and language, ability to focus and pay attention, reasoning, judgment, and visual perception.

For Alzheimer’s disease, the association states that forgetting new information or constantly asking family members to remind you of important facts you should be able to keep track of yourself is a common symptom.  Research has also shown that difficulty using a map can be one of the earliest warning signs of Alzheimer’s. There can be other factors as well. Below is blog post to boost mood and reduce stress for healthier brain.

https://karmahealth.wordpress.com/2017/08/27/boost-mood-calm-nerves/

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Flower Power!

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Flowers have been used in foods for many years and have many health benefits. While not all flowers are safe to eat, here are five edible blooms to add to your plate.

Lavender

Probably best know for its calming fragrance, lavender can be added to baked goods and pairs well with chocolate. Lavender Tea can help with digestive issues such as nausea and abdominal swelling.

Orchid

These flowers are most commonly used in cocktails, stir fry recipes and sweets like ice cream and cake. In fact, many people may not realize that vanilla- a powerful antioxidant, is actually a member of the orchid family.

Hibiscus

The large, colorful flower can be eaten raw, but its flavor is rather tart. Drinking Hibiscus tea may help lower blood pressure.

Borage

Borage is also called starflower and can help to treat sore throats or coughs. While more research needs to done to prove it’s health benefits, you can still enjoy the taste of this flower in salads, deserts or cocktails.

Rose

You’ve heard the advice to stop and smell the roses, but have you ever thought to eat them? There are hundreds of types of roses, and the ones with the sweetest fragrances typically have the most flavor. In many other parts of the world roses are used to make deserts and drinks. Toss them into salads and add to drinks. Also rose oil may help with anxiety.

Please consult with a physician before consuming edible flowers. Avoid flowers that may have been sprayed with an insecticide, fungicide or herbicide.

 

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Stay Home Exercises!

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Are we starting to be couch potatoes? We are working from home and home schooling kids now. There may be lots more down time to sit on couch watching movies and play video games.

Here are some simple exercises to do with the whole family. Get the kids moving with you and make it fun activity everyday.

Repeat the whole set 2-3 times.

1. Stand on your tiptoes. Lower your heels. Repeat 10x.

2. Do 10 jumping jacks.
3. Jog in place for 30 seconds.
4. Squeeeeze your glutes for 15 seconds.
5. March in place for 1 minute. Lift those knees!
6. Do 5 chorus line kicks with each leg.
7. Do 10 wall push-ups.
8. Spin an imaginary hula hoop (or figure 8) for 30 seconds.
9. Pull in your stomach for 15 seconds.
10. Sit down. Stand up. Repeat 10x.
11. With a book in each hand, lift your arms straight out to the sides.

Other hints:

  • Don’t sit and talk on the phone – move!
  • Instead of using the food processor to chop, try chopping veggies by hand. You’ll stand longer and use some elbow grease (and burn some calories, too).

Stay Healthy!

 

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Increase Immunity against Viruses!

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The foods that we eat impact our health immensely. To boost your immune system, try incorporating some of these foods daily: Blueberries, Bell Peppers, Turmeric, Fish, Broccoli, Beets, Sweet Potato, Spinach, Ginger and Garlic. Below is a brief list of specific vitamins and mineral with food recommendations to boost immunity and fight viruses.

   Nutrients to Boost the Immune System

  • Vitamin A – supports strong immune system and repair many body tissues and epithelial tissue lining in lungs and reproductive tract.  Sources of vitamin A include sweet potatoes, dark green leafy vegetables, carrots, algae, spinach, kale, bell pepper, mustard greens, collards, liver, eggs, sardines, and cod liver oil.
  • Vitamin C – can help support cellular functions needed by the immune system, especially waste removal from the body. Sources of vitamin C include oranges, orange juice, broccoli, tomatoes, kiwi fruit, brussel sprouts, strawberries, pineapples, cantaloupes, cauliflowers, tomatoes and red bell peppers.
  • Vitamin D – powers up your cells and gives them the ability to fight disease. Vitamin D should come from sunlight and fortified foods. Source of Vitamin D are salmon, halibut, cod liver oil, sardine, mushrooms and liver.
  • Calcium–is an essential not only for strong bones, teeth and muscle tissue but also supports contraction and dilation of vascular tissues. Sources of tofu, sardines, sesame seeds, dairy (yogurt, milk), collard, turnip greens, mustard, beet greens), spinach, kale, cheese, bone meal, cabbages and bok choy.
  • Selenium–is a vital cofactor for antioxidant enzymes, such as gluthathione peroxidase and thioredoxin reductases and supports a healthy immune system response. Sources of selenium are brazil nuts, seafood (tuna, shrimp, sardines, lobster) barley, pork, beef, lamb, mushroom, wheat germ.
  • Zinc –is essential for numerous cellular processes and immune system response. Sources of zinc include seafood, chickpeas, pumpkin, lentils, chickpeas, nuts, quinoa, wheat germ and sunflower seeds.

Laugh often, Love much, Live well…

 

Great video on fighting viruses by Alex Vasquez:

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Many Uses of Lemon!

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There’s something refreshing about the tangy, citrus scent of a freshly cut lemon. You are probably already taking advantage of this versatile fruit as a beverage ingredient, accompaniment to fish, and delicious addition to salads and veggies. But there are so many other ways lemons can improve your life—and not all of them involve consuming them.

Boost Your Metabolism

Some claim that lemon juice can boost your metabolism and help you lose weight. While these claims are not proven, adding lemon juice to your water provides a tangy flavor without extra calories. Drinking plenty of water is definitely a metabolism booster, so if this flavorful fruit increases your consumption of water it is giving you an added boost. Drinking lemon-infused water can help you feel full and consume fewer unnecessary calories. Also, staying well hydrated keeps you from retaining water so you will feel less bloated.

Soothe Your Sore Throat

Lemon juice contains acids that can kill bacteria. To make a soothing gargle for a sore throat, mix 1 teaspoon of lemon juice in 1/4 cup of warm water. Gargle and spit. Even better, enjoy a warming cup of herbal tea with 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of honey. The lemon in your tea will help break up mucus caused by inflammation and soothe the pain of a sore throat. Additionally, lemons contain vitamin C, which will give your immune system a much needed boost against viruses.

Destroy Odors

Knock out nasty odors from fish, garlic, or foods that have gone past their prime in your refrigerator with a sponge soaked in lemon juice. Add lemon slices to a pot of boiling water on your stove to fill your kitchen with a fresh, citrus scent. If the scent of burned popcorn lingers in your microwave, microwave a dish of lemon juice and water and wipe down the interior. Combine water, baking soda, and lemon juice in a spray bottle for a natural deodorizing spray that combats pet odors.

Preserve Fruits and Vegetables

Prevent apple or pear slices from turning brown by soaking them in a solution of lemon juice and cold water. Delay the browning of cut potatoes by giving them a squeeze of lemon juice. Squirt cut avocado or even the surface of your guacamole with a little lemon juice to prevent enzymes from breaking it down as quickly.

Brighten Fingernails

Fingernails can become discolored after wearing nail polish for a long period. Pamper yourself with a home nail treatment. Lighten dull or stained fingernails by soaking them in a solution of lemon juice, water, and olive oil for about 10 minutes. Rinse your hands and dry with a soft towel. Apply hand or nail cream for extra moisturizing.

Remove Stains

Lemon juice can remove stains in your laundry room. Make a paste of lemon juice and salt to scrub stains from sweat, berry juice, wine, and oils on sturdy fabrics. Stains on delicate fabrics that won’t hold up to scrubbing can be treated with lemon juice before laundering. Add ¼ cup of lemon juice to your washing machine to brighten your whites naturally. To remove stains from metal surfaces like stove tops or teapots, rub with a section of lemon dipped in salt.

Clean Windows

For gleaming windows, mirrors, and glass surfaces, rub stains and marks with a cut lemon. Next, mix 1 tablespoon of vinegar and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice with 1 cup of hot water and pour into a spray bottle. Shake well and use this natural cleaner as you would any other glass cleaner. For an added sparkle, wipe windows dry with newspaper or clean coffee filters instead of paper towels.

Repel Insects

While the citrus scent of lemons smells marvelous to humans, it doesn’t have the same effect on insects. To keep insects at bay, spray a lemon juice solution along windows, doors, and cracks where the critters may attempt to enter. Add lemon juice to soapy water when washing your floors for added protection and a fresh scent.

Refresh Cutting Boards

Wooden cutting boards are great for chopping, slicing, and dicing fruits and veggies. Soap and hot water are great for everyday cleaning, but lemons are wonderful for giving your cutting board a freshening up. To clean your wooden cutting board, first sprinkle the board liberally with coarse salt. Next, use the cut side of a lemon to scrub the salt into the board. The lemon juice acts as a mild antibacterial agent, and the salt is an abrasive agent that scrubs out stains. The result is a clean, fresh cutting board with an amazing lemony scent.

Clean Your Garbage Disposal

A garbage disposal can often be a source of foul odors. To give your disposal a thorough cleaning, cut a lemon up into chunks. With the water running, drop the lemon chunks into the disposal one at a time. The acidic lemon juice and pulpy lemon rind will clean the blades and deodorize the disposal, leaving a fresh, clean scent. Additionally, you can use the pulpy surface of rinds left over from making lemonade to scrub the grime from the rubber flaps at the opening of the disposal.

Clean Your Microwave

The task of cleaning the caked-on, baked-on splatters lurking inside your microwave can seem overwhelming. But cleaning the microwave doesn’t have to be a chore if you have some lemons on hand. Squeeze the juice of a fresh lemon half into a small bowl of water. Next, place the dish in the microwave and run on high for two to three minutes. When the time is up, let the bowl sit for another five minutes to allow the steam and lemon juice to loosen up any gunk on the interior of the microwave. Remove the bowl and wipe down the inside of the microwave with a clean damp cloth. You won’t believe how easily the debris wipes away.

Clean Your Toilet

The acids in lemons make a great cleaning agent. One simple method for using lemon to clean your toilet bowl requires lemon and some salt. Cut the lemon into fourths. Then sprinkle salt around the bowl of the toilet. Wearing gloves, hold a lemon section by the rind and use the cut side to scrub stains from around the rim of the toilet. Squeeze the juice from the lemon into the bowl and use a toilet brush to scrub the deeper areas of the toilet bowl. A second method involves mixing the juice of a lemon with borax powder to form a paste. Apply this paste to the toilet bowl and scrub with a brush.

 

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Benefits of Epsom Salt!

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Epsom Salt has been around for centuries and has fast gained popularity in home treatments. You probably know that it is great for relieving joint pains, but that Epsom salt is a suitable laxative or an excellent stress reliever as well.

What exactly is Epsom Salt?

It is a naturally occurring mineral, first discovered by Nehemiah Grew in 1695 at a bitter saline spring around Epsom in Surry, England.

Epsom Salt is a pure magnesium sulfate heptahydrate mineral compound. Magnesium is one of the most abundant minerals in the body; a deficiency of which can cause dietary, nervous, and heart-related anomalies. Using Epsom salt in baths helps in the absorption of magnesium throughout the body.

 

Here are a few health benefits of this miracle alternative compound.

  1. Reducing pain and inflammation

Epsom salt helps in reducing swelling and pain. Magnesium is proven to help people suffering from arthritis and fibromyalgia. By applying a solution of Epsom salt directly to the affected areas you can reduce pain and tenderness in maladies such as arthritis. Alternatively, you can even soak yourself in an Epsom salt bath to allow for magnesium to be absorbed directly.

Unfortunately, our body finds it difficult to absorb magnesium when taken as a supplement which makes Epsom salt baths a salient way to ingest magnesium and sulfates in the body.

  1. Improving insulin sensitivity

Magnesium has been known to increase insulin sensitivity. People with diabetes can find it very difficult to regulate their glucose levels, especially after a processed and sugary meal. There are many other modern health problems apart from type 2 diabetes, which are directly linked to insulin resistance, such as metabolic resistance. By taking regular Epsom salt baths, you improve magnesium content in your body, which further helps in controlling blood sugar.

  1. Relieving headaches

Even though the cause of headaches and migraines is not clear, many studies strongly point towards magnesium deficiency. An Epsom salt bath enables your body to regulate magnesium levels in your body better. A stellar hot soak goes a long way in relaxing your muscles and quickly eases your headache if you have one.

  1. Laxative and detoxifier

 The best way to take Epsom salt is orally mixed in water. This is a useful laxative as it replaces magnesium in your body, which is necessary to relieve constipation. Drinking a glassful of Epsom salt water can also aid in detoxifying your body. If you have trouble stomaching the taste, you can even soak in Epsom salt baths to replenish magnesium.

  1. Degrease oily hair

If you suffer from oily hair, then simply add a small handful of Epsom salt to your regular shampoo. Wash your hair normally and you should notice the difference. You can even mix equal parts of Epsom salt to equal parts of your hair conditioner. Your hair should shine after this which will only magnify your appearance.

  1. Face scrub

You can get baby soft skin right at home with Epsom salt scrubs. Simply mix a teaspoon to your favorite cream and apply to your face in a circular motion. This will get rid of all dead skin cells and leave you with soft, supple, smooth, and glowing skin. You can also use an Epsom salt mix with petroleum jelly to de-flake your lips and make them smoother.

  1. Pedicure at home

After a tiring day, an at-home pedicure is just what you need. You can soften calluses and remove dead skin with the help of Epsom salt. All you need to do is mix ½ cup of this salt into a tub filled with warm water and soak for about 15 minutes. Not only will this soak rejuvenate you, it will also soften hard skin and calluses. To completely remove the dead skin, you can take about a handful of Epsom salt in damp hands and scrub your foot. However, do not forget to moisturize afterwards.

  1. Sunburns and bug bites

In case you are left with an angry red splotch on your skin after a day of hustle in the sunshine, Epsom salt is the cure you need. In a sprayer, you can dissolve four teaspoons full of Epsom salt in a cup of water. Mix it well and spray it directly onto sunburn to reduce irritation and redness. Apply the same mixture to get relief from itchy bug bites as well.

  1. Handwash

If you suffer from dry skin after washing your hands with regular soap, you might want to switch to Epsom salts. Mix equal parts of Epsom salt and baby oil and keep in little bottles next to every sink in your house. Your hands will feel smooth and healthy after every wash.

  1. Blackheads

Exfoliate your skin first to remove oil and dirt from your pores. Thereafter, mix one teaspoon of Epsom salt and four drops of iodine solution in a cup of hot water. Once the mixture has cooled to a pleasantly warm temperature, apply it directly to the affected skin (usually on the nose bridge and under the lower lip.) Let it dry completely before you wash with warm water. A continuous use at least once a week will give you fantastic results against blackheads.

  1. Gardening

Epsom salt can help your vegetables grow at a faster rate. By sprinkling a tablespoon of this salt around the base of your plant a couple of times in a year will get you a very lush garden. It works especially well with tomatoes and other fruits. However, you need to ensure that your prized treasures are at least 12 inches tall. It is useful for indoor plants as well. Rather than putting it on the soil, mix it with the water you use for watering your plants.

  1. Tile cleaner

Epsom salt works really well in cleaning tiles. You do not have to use harmful and toxic chemicals anymore. Simply mix equal parts of liquid soap to Epsom salt and rub away.

  1. Splinter removal

A 10-minute soak in Epsom salt solution can make the whole process easy and less painful. Epsom salt softens the skin and makes it very easy to remove splinter.

  1. Dishwasher

If you have expensive cookware, then Epsom salt can work wonders for you. Removing stuck food and old cooking stains is very easy to remove with Epsom salt. Sprinkle a handful of these salts on pots and pans and scrub as normal. The abrasive texture of magnesium sulfate will make even the hardest of stains easy to remove.

  1. Clean your washing machine

After a time you would find gunk buildup on the inside surface of your washers. Detergents, cleaners, and other contaminants build up inside the washers and affect the capability of your machines. Cleaning your washing machine is very simple. Just fill it with hot water and pour a cup of Epsom Salt and a quart of clean vinegar. Let it cycle around a bit and then leave for an hour for the solution to soak. Afterwards, remove the water and wipe clean.

 

Epsom salt is natural and free of chemicals. It comes with a variety of benefits and is proven useful in many things. Apart from helping with aches and pains, it helps keep your skin supple and soft. It works well in cleaning your skin as an exfoliation agent and your insides as a laxative. You can add it to your cleaning regimen to avoid keeping toxic chemicals in your household. Epsom salt is indeed your miracle compound.

 

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Foods for Weight Loss!

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Foods That Will Accelerate Your Weight Loss

Everyone at some point has thought of Weight loss. There is much emphasis on fitness, even thin people have considered losing weight at some point in time in their life. A reasonable weight loss plan will factor two things – increase your daily activity and decrease the total calorie intake. It is the deficit between the two that ultimately leads to loss of weight.

One mistake that weight loss rookies unwittingly make is to reduce the absolute quantity of food altogether. This works more against weight loss as it can cause intense hunger pangs, leading to a major food binge! The better way is to focus on the quality of your food instead of quantity.

With these superfoods, you are sure to feel fulfilled with less. At the same, the natural properties of these foods will help accelerate your weight loss without causing any health risks.

Green leafy veggies

This is the ultimate weight loss secret – for an accelerated weight loss program, you should actively embrace all things green. Include edible leaves, green beans, and anything that is green and leafy in your diet. Almost all leafy greens are rich in iron and dramatically improve your immunity and blood quality in very little time. Also, they are very filling and can be used in salads, juices, baked dishes, even casseroles.

Oats

Carbohydrate fanatics don’t need to give it all up; instead, just switch to the good stuff, like Oats. According to researchers, a single cup of oats takes care of so many of our needs. It cures hunger fast, easy to digest and also speeds up metabolism, which in turn help to burn fat faster. One thing you absolutely should not do with oats is to combine it with sugar. By its very nature, sugar significantly slows down digestion, thus neutralizing the benefits of oats. If you must have your oatmeal sweetened, use honey or stevia.

Fruit

If only we replaced every other pack of chips, fries, pop tarts, sugared treats, and bakery treats with one serving of fruit, we would all be naturally healthy and fit. There’s very little you can do wrong with fruit. Some experts suggest how almost every fruit– from apples, pears, papayas, melons, oranges, pomegranates to even bananas –all work to fulfill us faster. And with lower calories.

Boiled Potatoes

The humble potato is often banished from many weight watchers diets. But what people miss is that potato can turn into a “fatty” carb only when it is fried. If it is boiled or even steamed, this root vegetable is actually much lower in calorie even as it serves as “comfort food. So, you can indulge your potato craving a couple of times a week, provided you choose to au-natural with it. Let it be steamed by itself with no added oil.

Cottage Cheese

Replace your fries with a bowl of cottage cheese salad, and watch your weight slide down, down, and down. This is also packed with calcium and protein, so even if you choose to go vegetarian during your weight loss plan, cottage cheese will ensure you don’t miss out on the essential nutrients that meat provides. And if you plan to go all-in with your weight loss goals, you can even look for low-fat, no-sugar cottage cheese for a tasty and fulfilling alternative.

Nuts

Nuts contain the good fat, the kind that you are actually encouraged to eat. You can even treat yourself with a nutty trail mix pack, or add them do your daily cereal for a healthy breakfast. However, if you are one to binge on a whole can of nuts without reservation, then keep this superfood far away from your meal plans. Nuts are packed with a whopping amount of energy, and calories they should only be consumed in moderation.

Unsweetened Yogurt

This is one of those rare foods where the full-fat version works better than the no-fat or low-fat alternatives. Yogurt contains probiotics (which is much healthier than soda which is not healthy at all), which aid digestion and improve metabolism, thus supporting your weight loss goals. They are also a healthy snack when you are hit with sudden hunger pangs.

One piece of advice is to stop consuming any yogurt at least 4-5 hours before bed-time. At the end of the day, yogurt does have some acidic properties, which can interfere with your digestion when you sleep.

Apple Cider

A teaspoon of apple cider every day keeps the unwanted weight away. As apple cider is mighty effective in reducing blood sugar fluctuations post a starch-heavy meal. It also aids digestion, especially with carbohydrates. One suggestion is to dilute it in water, so the high vinegar content (which is acidic) does not cause any harm to your teeth.

Cabbage, Cauliflower, and Broccoli

Most weight watchers tend to stay away from these foods, as they can cause flatulence in sensitive stomachs. Well, here’s a tip for beating the gas – you can cook these vegetables (and potatoes too) in an open pot, and then drain the starchy water. You should also wash them thoroughly after cooking to remove the starch residue. Starch is bad food as it significantly slows down digestion, and collects as fat in your stomach. But starch-free potatoes, cauliflower, and cabbage can be lightly garnished to make a delicious and perfectly healthy, low-calorie dish.

Flax Seeds and Chia Seeds

One clever way to fool our body into feeling full is to use ground flax or chia seeds in our food. We can add them to juices and smoothies, and even sprinkle a couple of tablespoons over our salad. They bless us with long-lasting energy even as they help us feel fulfilled longer.

Bananas 

Banana, like potatoes, is often mistaken as a “fatty” food. But when consumed by itself – not in a smoothie and definitely not in a sugared dessert – bananas enhance digestion and help keep your metabolic rate up. As almost all weight problems stem from some form of poor digestion. Bananas are also loaded with a large amount of energy, so the average adult should have no more than 1-2 bananas per day.

You can consume veggie or fruit juice, but they only work as a weight-loss booster when they are unsweetened and unsalted (you can add lemon and pepper to add flavor, as they also aid digestion). If lasting a whole day on juice is difficult for you, choose to consume fresh juice the first half of the day, and fresh salad the other half. It will work wonders for your weight and your energy.

Weight loss is often an intelligent food balance –you eat the right stuff even as you ignore the wrong stuff, and the unwanted weight will easily melt away. Also, by lightly stepping up your daily activity, as simple as a brisk 30-minute walk can do the trick.

Finally, it important to do detox and purification program once or twice a year.

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Great uses for White Vinegar!

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For centuries, people have been using white vinegar to clean and protect their homes. The Chinese believed that vinegar was a tonic capable of increasing vitality and strength, while also containing healing properties. The magic ingredient is acetic acid. However, this ingredient is only about 5% of the finished product. Though there are many types of vinegar now on the market, white vinegar has the most diverse list of applications and uses. Many homes are choosing to go green with white vinegar. As well as being environmentally friendly, safe, and non-irritating to allergies, it saves you money.

Kitchen

  1. Try adding a few tablespoons of white vinegar to the water with poached eggs. The white vinegar helps the whites of the egg stay formed. Even if any shells are cracked or crack in the boiling process, the whites will not leak out.
  2. White vinegar can help wilted vegetables. First, soak the leafy greens in cold water with a little white vinegar. As a result, the greens will perk right up
  3. To get that seemingly impossible onion smell off your hands after chopping one up, rub your hands with vinegar. This will eliminate the smell from your hands.
  4. Cabbage family vegetables, like broccoli or cauliflower, can be cooked with white vinegar. By adding white vinegar to a boiling pot with these veggies you can reduce the gassy effects. Also, as a result, the taste of the vegetables improves as well. This technique also works on cooked beans.

Cleaning House

  1. If your garbage disposal is starting to stink, white vinegar is here to help. Mix equal parts of vinegar and baking soda and pour down the drain. After you let this fizzy concoction sit for a few minutes, flush it down the drain with warm water. Your sink will be clean and stench free!
  2. Dirty microwaves are a sight for sore eyes. In the event of unmovable and difficult food stains, a bowl of white vinegar will help. The steam from a boiling pot of vinegar and water will help loosen the food and get rid of odors.
  3. We all love fresh fruits but with fruits come fruit flies. Instead of ditching the fruit, place a bowl of white vinegar with mashed fruit and cover it with plastic wrap. Next, punch small holes into the top of the plastic wrapped bowl and watch your fruit fly problem disappear! The flies can crawl in, but they can’t crawl out.
  4. Cloudy stemware from your dishwasher will shine with a little bit of white vinegar. Take the glasses and wrap them in a paper towel soaked in white vinegar. After they sit for a while, the cloud deposits will rinse right off.
  5. Bleach to clean grout is one way to do it, but a better way is to use vinegar. Let the vinegar soak in the grout and then gently scrub with an old toothbrush.
  6. Dirty or scuffed CDs or DVDs can be easily cleaned with a soft cloth soaked in white vinegar.
  7. To remove water condensation marks on your wooden furniture or tables, try rubbing equal parts of vinegar and vegetable oil on the wood. Also, be mindful of the direction the grain is going. You always want to rub in the direction of the grain, never against.

Cleaning Clothes

  1. Unsightly mattress stains disappear when cleaned with a vinegar and water solution. Next, use baking soda on the stain and either brush or vacuum up the residue until dry.
  2. No doubt about underarm stains being one of the more embarrassing and very public stains one can have. Before you throw out a stained shirt, spray vinegar on deodorant stains before machine washing. Vinegar can also fight mustard, tomato sauce, and ketchup stains.
  3. Add a cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle, you can freshen up bright colored clothing. Acetic acid won’t harm fabrics but will dissolve the soap residue that dulls dark clothing. Vinegar also acts as a fabric softener, static reducer, and a mildew inhibitor.
  4. Chewing gum that is stuck to fabric or upholstery will loosen and thus be easier to remove with vinegar.

Outdoor Solutions

  1. Vinegar also functions as a car cleaner and an organic pest remover
  2. Easily remove the sticker decal with white vinegar, and the sticker will peel off in a few hours. You might need to spray it a few times to make sure it’s properly soaked.
  3. A 3 to 1 vinegar and water mixture will keep your windows and windshield frost-free during the winter.
  4. Vinegar kills weeds and unsightly crabgrass that grows in the cracks of sidewalks and driveways. A half and half solution of vinegar and water will do the trick.
  5. Extend the life of that beautiful bouquet by adding a few tablespoons of vinegar to the water along with a tablespoon of sugar.

Pets

  1. Itchy ears can be relieved with undiluted vinegar. This works for cats and dogs alike
  2. Cats avoid vinegar, so spray their usual scratching spots with a vinegar solution.
  3. Outdoor areas can be protected from cats marking their territory with vinegar. Soak a sponge in vinegar and wipe the area with it. This will eliminate the smell and keep them away for good.
  4. A pet that just got skunked should be washed in a half-and-half vinegar and water solution. It will get rid of the odor and make their coat shine.

There isn’t much vinegar can’t do. It disinfects, deodorizes, and cleans almost everything. Shower curtains, sofas, car seats, you name it, and vinegar will clean it. Instead of using expensive and harsh cleaning chemicals, switch to vinegar instead. This is a product that will clean your hair, your pet, your car, and your home.

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Collinsonia Root!

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Collinsonia root (Collinsonia canadensis) is a unique plant that goes by many names: stone root, heal-all, knob-root, horse-balm, and many others. The root of the Collinsonia plant is the part most often utilized, but the leaves also have medicinal value. Collinsonia leaves are traditionally used as a poultice for sprains, burns, bruises, ulcers, and other wounds, as it may improve capillary function and support speedy healing.
Historically, collinsonia root has had many different therapeutic uses, specifically for irritations of mucus membranes, to support the venous system, and to treat hemorrhoids.
Circulatory Support
Collinsonia root is used to support various circulatory conditions and is believed to help support the integrity of veins and capillaries, which is why it is sometimes used as a remedy for varicose veins. It has also been historically used as a tonic to support the vasculature of the heart and cardiovascular system. Today, it’s most commonly used in the treatment of hemorrhoids.
Respiratory System
Since Collinsonia is regarded as a tonic for mucosa, it has been used for any irritation of the mouth and throat, including laryngitis, pharyngitis, and even bronchitis. One of collinsonia root’s earliest uses was for a specific type of laryngitis, resulting from the prolonged and excessive use of the voice in a strained or unnatural key.

Digestion Support

Collinsonia roothas been touted as a remedy for a wide variety of digestive issues, in addition to being a specific remedy for hemorrhoids. It was used to support the tone and mucosa of the digestive tract and to improve appetite, digestion, and assimilation of nutrients. It has also been used for diarrhea, constipation, and flatulence. 

Consider collinsonia root for: 

  • Hemorrhoids
  • Varicose veins
  • Complaints of chronic constipation resulting in lower abdominal “pressure” or feelings of incomplete evacuation