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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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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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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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5 Herbs for Liver health!

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Your liver is one of the most important organs in your body. Aside from your brain and heart, your liver controls the toxin levels in your body. Responsible for cleansing the blood and converting waste products, the liver also helps digest carbs and fats. Heavy alcohol consumption, heavy drug use, and poor diet are all factors in poor liver health. Poor liver function can lead to diabetes, hepatitis, and cirrhosis. While an overall healthy lifestyle and diet will keep your liver health in top shape, these 5 herbs can provide extra health benefits.

Milk Thistle

Several studies show that milk thistle helps protect the liver and is often suggested as a treatment for alcoholic hepatitis and alcoholic cirrhosis. Also known as silymarin, milk thistle is one of the most recommended herbs for liver ailments. Milk thistle has the ability to repair existing liver damage.

Dandelion

Another amazing herb is dandelion. Often prescribed alongside milk thistle or mixed with milk thistle, dandelion improves the health of the liver. Mostly found in capsules, teas, or bought in extracts, dandelions are rich in vitamins and minerals like iron, zinc, and potassium. Due to dandelion’s rich vitamin and mineral content, it helps the liver stimulate bile production.

Burdock Root

A fairly unknown herb, burdock root is great for healthy liver function. It is a blood purifier and stimulates bile flow. Since it helps stimulate bile flow, this is great for people who already suffer from liver damage.

Artichoke

Most people know artichokes as a delicious vegetable. What many don’t realize is that artichoke is actually an herb. Also known as cynarin, this herb helps stimulate the flow and production of bile. Many who suffer from liver damage struggle with adequate bile flow and production. Another great side effect of an artichoke is that it reduces the risk of developing jaundice, as well as prevents the development of gallstones.

Turmeric

One of the most studied herbs, turmeric is extremely beneficial to liver health. Turmeric has the ability to reduce inflammation, which also includes inflammation related to the liver.

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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

Some of the Unhealthiest Foods!

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Life is short, therefore, you like to indulge a little bit here and there. However, that bacon cheeseburger, diet soda, and fries once in awhile does more than just harm. These foods are laced with chemicals and dangerous additives that have severe effects on your health.

  • Fast Food Iced Tea

Harmful Ingredient: Propylene glycol alginate (E405)

While iced tea probably seems like the healthiest option, you’d be surprised at how wrong you really are. There is an ingredient known as, Propylene glycol alginate, also referred to as E405.Unfortunately, you can find E405 in anti-freeze and runway deicer. Propylene glycol alginate is a food thickener, stabilizer, and can cause cardiovascular or neurotoxic issues. It is widely used among the fast food chains in their iced teas.

Eat This Instead: Try steeping green tea in cool water for a few minutes instead of the traditional warm water. Either way, green tea is great for burning fat and keeping you alert.

  • Tile Fish

Harmful Ingredient: Mercury

All fish have trace amounts of mercury, however, tile fish is ranked #1 in dangerous levels of mercury. It is even more dangerous than shark or swordfish.

Eat This Instead: Atlantic Mackerel! It has the lowest trace amounts of mercury among all the different types of fish.

  • Microwave Popcorn

Harmful Ingredient: Trans Fats 

A lot of sources will say that popcorn is a great and healthy snack. However, microwave popcorn is not the exception. Air popped popcorn is a healthy and nutritious snack full of fiber and whole grains. On the other hand, the microwaveable brands are butter ‘flavored’ treats that are laced with diacetyl (DA). Studies show that diacetyl breaks down the layers of cells that protect one of the most vital organs: the brain.

Eat This Instead: Air pop some kernels! All you need is a brown paper bag, unpopped kernels, and a microwave. Pour a handful of kernels into a brown lunch bag. Next, fold the lunch bag over a few times until it is properly sealed and toss it into the microwave. You will know when the bag is ready when you hear a pop only once every five seconds. Enjoy!

  • Fast Food Chicken Nuggets

Harmful Ingredient: Diglycerides, Red #40, carrageenan

All chicken nuggets contain some amount of chicken, however, this mouthful of a chemical is what keeps the chicken nuggets looking good for months at a time. Even buying frozen chicken nuggets from the grocery store doesn’t keep you safe from the harmful additives. The purpose of this chemical is to also keep the limited organic material (i.e: chicken) inside the nugget looking good even if it is frozen for long periods of time.

Eat This Instead: Cut organic chicken breast into pieces, dip into a mixture of egg and breadcrumbs, and bake at home in your oven. They are tasty and you know exactly what is going in them.

  • Fruit Juice

Harmful Ingredient: Fructose

With claims like “it’s all natural!” and “organic,” it’s easy to get swept away by the marketing when it comes to buying fruit juice. While it may be 100% juice, this beverage is often packed with as much sugar as 4 Krispy Kreme donuts or 36 grams of sugar per cup. The sweet flavor you might love comes from fructose, which is a type of sugar associated with the development of visceral adipose, also known as, belly fat.

Drink This Instead: Instead of drinking another glass of fruit juice, why not just try some good old fashioned, hydrating water. Simply slice up some grape fruit, limes, or lemons for an extra kick of flavor. You can also add mint or berries as well.

  • White Sugar

Harmful Ingredient: Sugar

The CDC has stated that Americans eat a whopping 82 grams of added sugar per day. This is 37 grams above the recommended daily intake. Refined white sugar is bleached in a process that entails the sugar going through “bone char” or “natural carbon”. These are just fancy terms for charred cattle bones. Confectioner sugar and brown sugar can also be culprits to this gross process.

Eat This Instead: Stick to organic cane or coconut sugar. These both can be found at your local supermarket.

  • Sugary Cereal

Harmful Ingredients: Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT), Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA), refined carbs, added sugar

Consuming too much-refined sugar can eventually lead to obesity. Sugar wreaks havoc on the body. Also, other illnesses and disease that are caused by eating refined sugar are diabetes and heart disease. Most breakfast cereals pack more sugar into one serving than an entire Krispy Kreme Boston donut. Even worse, many popular varieties like Frosted Flakes and Fruity Pebbles are also laced with Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT) or BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole), ingredients that are banned in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and much of Europe because they are thought to be carcinogenic.

Eat This Instead: Flax and oats cereals are low-sugar picks that don’t contain any scary chemicals.

  • Diet Sodas

Harmful Ingredients: Caramel coloring, brominated vegetable oil (BVO), Bisphenol A (BPA), aspartame

Your favorite diet soda isn’t as innocent as the marketing would lead you to believe. Diet sodas like Diet Coke and Diet Dr. Pepper all contain artificial coloring, flame retardants, and fake sugars. Nearly all diet sodas contain the very dangerous ingredient, aspartame. This dangerous artificial sweetener has been known to raise glucose levels and overloads the liver resulting in excess fat. Diet Mountain Dew and Fresca aren’t safe bets either. Other sodas contain an ingredient called BVO, which is a chemical used in rocket fuel and flame retardants. This may negatively affect thyroid hormones.

Eat This Instead: Most companies have phased out BVO use in their sodas, but all diet drinks still contain aspartame.

  • Coffee Creamer

Harmful Ingredients: Titanium dioxide, trans fats, added sugar

Want to know what your sunscreen and coffee creamer have in common? They both contain titanium dioxide. This is also known as a radiation blocker that doubles as a whitening agent. The additive has been proven to cause liver and tissue damage in mice. Aside from all of this information, creamers are loaded with trans fats. These are cleverly disguised as hydrogenated oil. Most, if not all, of Coffee Mate’s products, have this scary ingredient. It has also been shown to diminish memory in adults under 45 years old.

  • Processed Meats

Harmful Ingredients: Nitrate, excess sodium

Deli meats like bacon, sausage, or lunch meats could be putting your life at risk. Many of these meats contain nitrates, which is a preservative that interferes with the body’s natural ability to process sugar. This can increase the risk for diabetes and also puts you at risk for developing thyroid or colon cancer. Processed meats are also loaded with sodium which is a known contributor to diseases like hypertension. Sodium can also make you bloat and can increase your risk of developing heart disease.

Eat This Instead: Boar’s Head All Natural Roasted Turkey breast is free of nitrates and is relatively low in sodium. Applegate Natural’s Natural Slow Cooked Ham and Organic Bacon are also good alternatives.

  • Deep Fried Foods

Harmful Ingredient: Hydrogenated Oil

Fried chicken, fried mozzarella sticks, and fried calamari, and even french fries are trouble for your body. Aside from wreaking havoc on your waist line, these fried treats are made with hydrogenated oil. This has been known to cause depression in certain individuals. Hydrogenation is a process that turns vegetable oil into a more solid form, making it a more shelf-stable product. Hydrogenated oils contain trans fats that contribute to depression, clogged arteries, and heart disease.

Eat This Instead: Always oven bake your food.

  • Chinese Food

Harmful Ingredient: Monosodium glutamate

MSG is often associated with Chinese food. It is a flavor enhancer used in other types of foods like soups, processed meats, and more. Research has shown that MSG is one of the worst additives you can consume. It can cause an increase in appetite, ultimately causing you to consume more foods with MSG.

Eat This Instead: Steamed Veggies and Brown Rice

  • Energy Drinks

Harmful Ingredient: Sugar, glucose, caffeine

Ever wonder why energy drinks taste like medicinal cough syrup? You’re not really getting any energy out of these drinks. They are overpriced cocktails of chemicals that are loaded with scary artificial sugars and sweeteners.

Drink This Instead: Green Tea. It is all natural and one of the best energy boosters. It has also been shown to boost your metabolism and give you better focus.

  • Ice Cream

Harmful Ingredients: Soybean oil, titanium dioxide, artificial coloring

Most ice creams, yes, even the premium ones, are loaded with sugar and soybean oil. Some even contain harmful artificial coloring agents and titanium, which is the same additive that gives sunblock its white hue.

Eat This Instead: Try a frozen banana homemade ice cream instead.

  • Bottled Smoothies

Harmful Ingredient: Caramel coloring, pectin, fructose, xanthan gum

Grab and go breakfasts are convenient but they certainly not healthy.  These grab and go smoothies are packed with sugar, preservatives, and are really lacking any sort of real nutrition.

Drink This Instead: Start making your own smoothies at home.

  • Breakfast Biscuits

Harmful Ingredient: Trans fat

Making biscuits from scratch takes forever, and the majority of the packaged varieties are chock full of trans fats, an artificial fat—invented to make baked goods more shelf-stable—that’s been linked heart disease. Buttermilk Biscuits reads “0 grams” in the trans fat column, it’s made with hydrogenated soybean oil— that there are traces of the dangerous fat in the biscuits.

Eat This Instead: Thomas “nooks and crannies” save you from trans fats and will save you 90 calories.

  • Pancake Syrup

Harmful Ingredients: High fructose corn syrup, caramel coloring

Your favorite syrup brands like Aunt Jemima and Mrs. Buttersworth are made with two ingredients that are harmful to your health. They contain high fructose corn syrup and artificial coloring.

Eat This Instead: The best syrup for your health are Honey and Maple syrup.

The Forgotten Papaya Seeds!

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Papaya is not only delicious, but it’s also an incredibly healthy fruit. 

The nutrients found in papaya, and particularly in papaya seeds, are thought to have a wide range of health benefits, including a reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer. They have also been known to aid in digestion, improve blood glucose control in people with diabetes, lower blood pressure, and reduce inflammation. So don’t throw those seeds away. Papaya seeds are edible and in small amounts can be very good for you.

Papayas are an excellent source of vitamin C, and one single medium fruit provides 224 percent of the recommended daily intake. Papayas are also a good source of: Folate, vitamin A, magnesium, copper, pantothenic acid, fiber. They also have B vitamins, alpha and beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, vitamin E, calcium, potassium, vitamin K, and lycopene, the powerful antioxidant most commonly associated with tomatoes.

Papaya Seeds Kill Worms and Other Parasitic Infections

The seeds of papaya fruit contain high levels of the proteolytic enzyme called papain, which breaks down undigested protein waste, therefore creating a hostile environment in the gastrointestinal tract for parasites to breed. The seeds also contain carpaine, a unique anthelmintic alkaloid that has been shown to be very effective at killing parasitic worms and amoebas. The seeds of papaya have a strong antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect on your digestive system. Studies have shown that an extract made from papaya seeds is effective at killing E. coliSalmonellaStaphylococcus, and other dangerous bacteria.

Papaya Seeds Help Treat Liver Cirrhosis

Liver cirrhosis is a disease wherein the liver shrinks and becomes hardened. In this state, it is ineffective at removing toxins from the body, leading to a variety of serious health problems. Papaya seeds are often reported as an effective treatment for the overall detoxification of the liver. The recommended method is to grind up about ten dried seeds and mix them with a tablespoon of squeezed lemon or lime juice in a glass of water. Many cirrhosis sufferers have seen dramatic improvements with this natural remedy after 30 days.

Papaya Seeds Protect Your Kidneys

Oxidative stress is the most common factor in chronic kidney disease, particularly in patients with diabetes, and can lead to renal failure. Early research suggests that consuming fermented papaya daily for two months can reduce blood sugar levels in people affected by diabetes. The antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of the seeds help detoxify the kidneys and protect them from inflammation.

Papaya Seeds Help Prevent Cancer

Papaya seeds contain agents such as phenolic and flavonoids, both powerful compounds that have high antioxidant activities to diminish tumor cell growth. Also, according to a study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Biomarkers, diets rich in beta-carotene, which is found in papayas, may reduce cancer risk and play a protective role against prostate cancer.

Papaya Seeds Fight Heart Disease

The high content of fiber, potassium, and vitamins in papaya all help to fight heart disease. In fact, a diet rich in potassium and low in sodium is the most effective change that a person can make to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease.

Papaya Seeds Reduce Inflammation

Papaya fruit and its seeds help fight inflammation in the body, such as arthritis, joint pains, gout, and asthma. Two very important enzymes in papaya seeds (papain and chymopapain) are the key to reducing the inflammation that is associated with these conditions.

Papaya Seeds Help Treat Viral Infection

There are reports of papaya seeds being used to successfully treat viral infections such as dengue fever in parts of Central America and Asia. In Costa Rica, in addition to the seeds, they also use the juice from boiling papaya leaves to effectively treat dengue fever. Obviously, this is a serious disease, so consult a doctor if you contract dengue to monitor your condition.

How to Consume and Store Papaya Seeds

When choosing papaya, look for fresh papayas with reddish-orange skin that are soft to the touch. The seeds are edible but have a bitter, peppery taste, so they can be mixed into a salad. Otherwise, they can be crushed and mixed with juice or honey and milk.

The easiest way to add papaya seeds to your diet is to simply buy a fresh papaya, cut it in half and scrape out the seeds with a tablespoon. Then find a container with a tight seal and put any seeds you’re not using immediately in there and keep them sealed in the fridge. Squeezing some lemon or lime juice over the seeds, closing the container and shaking it to coat them will help preserve them even longer. This works best if you use them regularly for a consistent supply. Even a small papaya fruit yields many seeds and should keep you going for at least a few days of treatment.

If you’re just starting out with papaya seeds or using them less regularly, it would be better to keep them in a sealed container in the freezer. As a general rule, if you will use your papaya seeds within three or four days, then keep them in the fridge. Any longer and it’s best to freeze them. They can be kept in the freezer for many months, though they should be defrosted before use, or soaked in hot water for a few minutes to warm and soften them.

How to Eat Papaya Seeds to Minimize Digestive Issues

When first eating papaya seeds, start off slowly. While they are safe to eat in small doses, they are quite powerful and too much at once can cause digestive upsets.

Here’s a good starting dosage guide for papaya seeds:

The first time you eat papaya seeds, try just two seeds with a protein-based meal.

If those are well-tolerated, then add another two seeds each time until you reach about a quarter of a teaspoon.

After at least three days of taking a quarter of a teaspoon without side effects, you can move up to half a teaspoon of papaya seeds.

After another three days, you can choose to move up to a full teaspoon of fresh seeds (though this may be too much for some sensitive people), or just stay on half a teaspoon, which is likely to provide similar health benefits.

If at any point you experience side effects from eating papaya seeds, then take a day off from them and start again at half the dose that gave you problems before.

Once you’ve reached a good tolerance of papaya seeds, it’s better to determine your dosage based on how much protein is in the meal you’re having.

Potential Risks and Side Effects

People with a latex allergy may also be allergic to papaya because papayas contain enzymes called chitinases. They can cause a cross-reaction between latex and the foods that contain them. As a precaution, pregnant women should not use papaya seeds or the enzyme-rich green papaya. This warning on their use would also extend to breastfeeding. Additionally, while papaya seeds do have strong anti-parasitic properties, they may be too powerful for young children’s gastrointestinal tracts, so a doctor should be consulted before giving them to infants. Patients using blood thinning medications like warfarin or aspirin should consult their doctor before they eat papaya seeds regularly, as papain may increase the effects of these drugs.