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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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Household uses of Eggshells

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Fertilize Your Garden

Before using eggshells as fertilizer, be sure to rinse and remove the clear inner membrane of the eggshells and set them out to dry. Place the dry eggshells in a large and secure container. After filling the container with plenty of eggshells, mash them into fine bits with either a steel or wooden spoon. Once spring temperatures have softened the soil in your garden, sprinkle the ground eggshells into the soil; this will add a healthy dose of calcium carbonate.

Create a Non-Toxic Abrasive Cleaner

Say goodbye to chemical-based household cleaners that are tough on your hands and rough on your nose. There is a non-toxic compromise that involves, yeah, you guessed it, eggshells! Gather a dozen or so eggshells and place them on a baking sheet. You can either naturally dry the eggshells outside with sunlight, or put them in the oven for a few minutes on low heat. Using a mortar and pestle, coffee grinder or high-speed blender, blend the eggshells until they turn into a fine powder. In a mason jar, add three cups of baking soda, the cup of eggshell powder and mix them with vinegar or water. This formula works great on various surfaces, from pots and pans to shower doors and toilet bowl rings.

Start a Garden

Grow indoor plants all year round using this simple and effective trick. The next time you decide to make an egg-inspired recipe, cut the top off the shell of each egg and pour the egg out. This will help preserve most of the shell’s length. Carefully rinse the eggshell before storing. Remember not to toss out the egg carton, as it will be used to grow the plants. After the shells have fully dried, use a sharp needle or awl to poke a hole in the bottom of each shell– it will help with water drainage. Place an eggshell in each carton divot, then fill the eggshell halfway with soil and place seeds in the soil. With a spray bottle, mist the soil and keep the carton in the sun. Water regularly and watch for sprouts, as it may be time to transfer the plants into a pot or garden.

Make a Metal Thermos Stain Remover

You might be all too familiar with this problem– the daily hassle of trying to remove the brown streaks left inside of your favorite drink container. While it may be a struggle to keep your thermos spot-free, there is a helpful solution you can use–eggshells! Fill the thermos with eggshells a third of the way and add warm or hot water. Close the thermos and shake well for a few minutes. The mixture should rid your thermos of all stains.

DIY Sidewalk Chalk

What better way to earn points with your kids, nieces, and nephews than by making your own DIY sidewalk chalk! You can use household items like eggshells, flour, and food coloring to make the process fun. Then get ready to watch the little ones paint masterpieces on the sidewalk.

Mix with Coffee Grounds

Trying new coffee brands can be hit or miss at times, but just in case you’ve bought coffee that is too bitter and still have a lot left, try your hand at this easy hack. Once you’ve thoroughly rinsed the eggshell in vinegar, followed by a quick splash of water, set it out to fully dry. After they are completely dried, mix the crumbled eggshell into the coffee grounds the next morning. Rich in alkaline calcium carbonate, the eggshells help neutralize the coffee’s acidity.

Feed Birds

You hear them chirping and see them in the trees, but why not help feed these little creatures using eggshells? Cover a baking tray with eggshells and bake them at 250 degrees until they are dry; they will then be brittle enough to be easily crushed. Spread the mixture of eggshells in a bird feeder or scatter them on the ground for birds to munch on. It not only provides a great source of calcium for the birds, but also helps females during the spring, as this is their prime time for laying eggs.

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Natural Appetite Suppressants!

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Natural Appetite Suppressants

There are scientific explanations as to why your scale is refusing to move even though you are on a diet. Not only do you have to follow your diet correctly, but you also need to boost your metabolism and digestion to shed the fat. Some major ingredients shown by research to help the body burn fat: herbs and spices. Spicy foods can act as natural appetite suppressants, the active ingredient in many spicy foods is capsaicin, a compound that not only acts as an appetite suppressant but also boosts metabolism so that our body can burn more calories throughout the day.  

There are many reasons why you might feel like you’re always hungry, including nutrient deficiencies, a lack of fiber or healthy fats in your diet, fatigue, or high amounts of emotional stress. Natural appetite suppressants can help you achieve satiety and avoid overeating, and they can help you do that without the dangers of diet pills to decreasing your appetite through hormone regulation, nutrients or essential oils used for safely promoting weight loss

Below is a list of herbs and spices that are the most effective and beneficial.

Cayenne

As you’ve probably noticed when you add too much, cayenne is a warming spice. This means that cayenne raises the body’s temperature, helping to boost metabolism.

Cayenne Pepper Weight Loss Recipe

Ingredients:

¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 lime

1 cup water

How to Prepare:

Squeeze out the juice of a lime into a glass.

Add a cup of water and ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper.

Stir well before drinking.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon plays a vital role in lowering blood sugar, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides. No wonder it is recommended as a condiment for people with diabetes. Cinnamon is also a great help in curbing cravings and keep you feeling full longer. Try to drink cinnamon-infused water first thing in the morning every day for four weeks to get the desired results. The warm cinnamon tea helps to flush out toxins and support better bowel movement, thereby preventing bloating.

Green Tea

Green tea has been consumed for thousands of years and is still one of the healthiest beverages available to us today. Undoubtedly, green tea is the best herbal tea for weight loss. It is rich in antioxidants called catechins. Green tea can lower levels of ghrelin (known as the hunger hormone).

Garlic

Garlic has very powerful healing properties. It may cause bad breath, but it helps in treating cardiovascular conditions, improves the immune system, and can help the body burn fat. This herb contains a unique compound called allicin that suppresses hunger and boosts metabolism.

Ginger

Like cinnamon, ginger helps control blood sugar, meaning it can help prevent a spike in glucose levels after a sugar or carb-rich meal. The spice also has the same thermogenic properties as turmeric and cayenne. Ginger can boost metabolism by 20% speeding up the calorie burning process. It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that soothe the intestines, flush out toxins from the colon, and help to melt fat.

Grapefruit Essential Oil

Essential oils have many health benefits, but one in particular, grapefruit, may also serve as a natural appetite suppressant. Grapefruit’s role in weight loss has been the focus of dozens of studies and seems to be due to beneficial acids, antioxidants, volatile oils and enzymes that help reduce your appetite, lower cravings, and help stimulate the lymphatic system.

The scent of grapefruit oil excites sympathetic nerves that supply the brown adipose tissue and adrenal glands, which may help stimulate weight loss.

The ones explored here are just a few among a wide range of herbs and spices that may help with appetite control and weight loss. Because they’re loaded with benefits, virtually free from calories and easy to use on all sorts of recipes. There is evidence that including more spices and herbs in your diet reduces your intake of things like flavor enhancers, salt and sugar, helping you lose weight without the negative effects. On the other hand, popular weight loss pills come with a number of side effects, including jitteriness, anxiety, trouble sleeping, indigestion, diarrhea, rapid heartbeat and headaches, which is why natural appetite suppressants are always better options.

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Antioxidants!

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The benefits of antioxidants:

Here’s just a few:

  • Cellular nourishment and protection
  • Naturally increase your energy level
  • Assist your weight-loss efforts by reducing your appetite and improving your metabolism
  • Reduce inflammation and help relieve your stiff joints and achy muscles
  • Lower your risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke
  • Protect your vision from age-related vision loss and blindness (ARMD)
  • Help you maintain strong bones
  • Support your immune function and increase your resistance to infections
  • Reduce allergy symptoms without drowsiness
  • Improve your mental acuity, protecting your mind and memory
  • Detoxify toxic metals and chemicals
  • Help slow aging of your skin and dulling of your hair
  • Restore healthy digestion
  • Inhibit the hardening of arteries

Smile More this Year!

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Smiling and laughter are beneficial for your mind, body and overall well-being. Smiling has well-documented social benefits. A genuine smile can make you seem more likable, attractive, intelligent and even trustworthy. But did you know that smiling more often—regardless of your mood—can improve your health and help you live longer?

Research has shown that there a number of health benefits contributed to smiling and laughing. In addition to improved health, these simple facial expressions and common human behaviors can have a distinctive positive affect on other factors all areas of your life. When you smile and laugh, a number of physiological changes occur in your body, mostly without you being consciously aware of it happening.

There are a variety of benefits from smiling, including some health benefits too:

Improved Mood- Smiling can boost your mood when you’re feeling blue, and may be beneficial for people struggling with anxiety and depression. Making yourself smile when you’re feeling down helps improve your mood and increases positive thoughts.

Lower Blood Pressure- Smiling and laughing more appear to help lower your blood pressure, which is good news for your heart health. Laughter causes an initial increase in heart rate, followed by a period of muscle relaxation and a decrease in heart rate and blood pressure, which helps reduce your risk of developing heart disease.

Stress Relief- As smiling can result in a lower heart rate, so the stress hormone cortisol is reduced. Cortisol is more active when we feel stressed or anxious and contributes to the unpleasant feelings. Stress generally causes increases in heart rate and blood pressure. So, maintaining a smile when stressed provides you with both psychological and physical health benefits.

Better Relationships- People who smile are perceived as being more likable than people who don’t smile. Being likable makes it easier to build and maintain better relationships with people, which is important for your overall health and well-being. So, keep a smile on your face to help create stronger, healthier social bonds.

Pain Relief- Smiling and laughter both have been shown to lessen pain. They release endorphins that lift our moods. Endorphins make us feel happier and less stressed. They also act as the body’s natural pain killers. For sufferers of chronic pain, laughing and smiling can be very effective in pain management.

Longevity- The effects of a good smile extend past just the exterior good looks. People who smile more often live longer too, around 7 years longer than most according to one study. It releases stress, helps the heart, and much more to keep you healthy longer.

Contagious- Smiling can be contagious! Around 50% of people smile back. This spreads the health benefits throughout those around you and it comes back to you several times as well.

Build Attraction- Smiling makes people more attractive. Smiling is an attractive expression, which is more likely to draw people to you rather than push them away. Smiling makes you appear more approachable.

Earn Success- A smile can appear confident, self-assured, and on top of your work. A happy, positive expression will serve you well in life.This is particularly  true for challenging situations such as job interviews: a smiling, relaxed persona indicates confidence and an ability to cope well in stressful situations.

Stronger Immune Function- Smiling appears to help boost your body’s immune system. Laughter and positive thoughts release signaling molecules in your brain that fight stress and illnesses, while negative thoughts decrease your body’s immunity. Even if you’re feeling blue, crack a smile and reap the numerous health benefits of smiling.

Studies suggest that smiling, forced or not, can have a positive effect on your mood, decrease stress levels, and even make everyone around you feel better.

So, maybe laughter really is the best medicine!

Onions are great!

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Onions have long been a popular ingredient in the kitchen. They can be used in a variety of ways and add flavor and depth to many different dishes. Besides boosting the flavor, onions also have nutritional value. In fact, onions are considered to be one of the best vegetables for your overall health.

Heart Health

Onions contain a number of compounds that are believed to help lower the incidence of heart disease. The allyl disulphide and allium found in onions release nitric oxide, which can decrease the stiffness of blood vessels. This can inhibit clot formation and reduce blood pressure, which decreases stroke, peripheral vascular disease, and coronary artery disease risks.

Onions also contain sulfur, which can help lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels, and are considered to help prevent clot formation. Although all forms of onions can be beneficial, eating them raw may have even greater value.

Ulcer Prevention

Onions are rich in flavonoids, which have been shown to help prevent gastric ulcers. Flavonoids fight off free radicals and prevent the growth of Helicobacter pylori, which is an ulcer-forming microorganism. Onion contains one of the flavonoids, quercetin that is responsible for a wide variety of health benefits. In fact, many types of cancer can be prevented by quercetin’s ability to prevent tumor formation and reduce the damage of DNA. The types of cancer that have been shown to decrease with the consumption of onions include gastric, breast, ovarian, colon, bladder, kidney, and lung. Because the outer layers of an onion contain the highest concentration of flavonoids, they should not be over peeled.

Decreased Risk of Osteoporosis

Studies have shown promising results in regard to onions and their beneficial role in bone health. The compounds in onion may increase mineral content and density by almost 20 percent, which helps decrease the incidence of osteoporosis. The sulfur found in onions help with protein synthesis, cell structure enhancement, and improves the strength of the connective tissues.

Improve Blood Pressure Levels

The sulfur in onions also contributes to lower blood pressure, which helps prevent a heart attack or stroke. Sulfur helps prevent platelets from collecting and clogging up, and it is a natural blood thinner. Although one should always discuss with their health care provider, eating onions on a regular basis may help people take fewer blood pressure medications.

Stronger Immune System

The aroma and sweetness of onions are due to the high levels of antioxidants, such as vitamin C and quercetin. Antioxidants aid in the delay of oxidative damage to body tissues and cells, and they help prevent cancer. The phytochemicals in onions also contribute to a healthy immune system.

Healthier Skin

Onions contain a high amount of biotin, which is also referred to as the vitamin for beauty. This essential nutrient helps maintain glowing, healthy skin and can also treat brittle nails and prevent the loss of hair. A number of skin conditions, such as eczema, conjunctivitis, leiner’s disease, and ichthyosis, have been shown to clear up when biotin levels increase in the body. Onions are one of the best sources of this nutrient.

Better Nutrient Absorption

Onions contain fructans (oligofructose and inulin), which have been shown to help improve the function of intestinal flora, which in turn helps improve the absorption of magnesium and calcium. Fructans can also prevent certain types of diarrhea.

Fight off Fungal and Antibacterial Infections

Onions have been used for years for their antibacterial and antifungal benefits. The allicin (an organic sulfur compound) in onions have been found to fight against a wide range of bacteria, including E. coli. It also helps fight fungal infections, such as Candida albicans, as well as viral and parasitic activity.

Prevention of Diabetes

Onions contain a prebiotic (inulin) that has been found to help control and prevent diabetes. Inulin also helps control glycemic levels, lower the risk of developing diabetes and increases the activity of antioxidants in the body. The biotin found in onions, in combination with chromium, may also help decrease insulin resistance and regulate blood sugar.

Decrease Stress Levels

Most people experience high levels of stress, and stress can lead to a myriad of health issues. Surprisingly, onions can play a role in stress relief. When you experience stress, cortisol is produced in your body, which can cause muscle damage and protein breakdown. The quercetin in onions actually suppresses the enzyme that is required for the release of cortisol, hence decreasing the harmful effects of stress.

The next time you cook with onion or order an onion-studded dish, you can feel great about yourself in that you are receiving a number of benefits that you maybe didn’t even know about.

 

Science of Happiness!

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Happiness seems simple. We all experience it at some point or another. But when you think about it, happiness can be quite complicated. Emotions are a different experience for everyone, and each individual’s baseline- is determined by genes and personality traits. Circumstances and daily activities make up the rest of the puzzle.

The World Happiness Report is a survey and ranking of 155 countries by their level of happiness, taking into account six key indicators: Generosity, Freedom, Health, Trustworthy governance, Income and Social support.

The Happiest Places on Earth.

According to World Happiness Report, the happiest countries of 2017 are:

  1. Norway
  2. Denmark
  3. Iceland
  4. Switzerland
  5. Finland
  6. Netherlands
  7. Canada
  8. New Zealand
  9. Australia
  10. Sweden

America isn’t i the top 10. US ranks No. 14 on the list. Perhaps we can take some pointers from those happy Scandinavians!

Looking for ways to be happier?

Smiling, even when you don’t feel like it seems to affect positive change in your mood. Other few things are: To stream music, read inspiring articles, meditate, enjoy a nature walk, travel, spend quality time with your pet and reflect on something you’re grateful for at the end of every day.  🙂