Thursday, July 24, 2014 | comments


 Dr. Mercola
Waking Times

There is no shortage of health advice out there, and no shortage of bad advice to go along with it. Some misguided notions are harmless—but others are outright dangerous and can lead you down the road to chronic health problems and may even trim years off your life.

It is critically important to decipher fact from fiction. Many nutrition myths get repeated over and over until they are mistaken for truth, especially when perpetually spread by public health authorities.

In an article addressing destructive nutrition lies, Kris Gunnars of Authority Nutrition1 is among those admirably trying to bust the dangerous dietary myths that continue being spread by so many nutritionists. I agree with the majority of his points, but have added a few others that I believe to be important. Read on for my own top 10 list, which builds upon his.

But the good news is that slowly, the real truth finally appears to be reaching mainstream audiences, as evidenced by the eagerness of satirists to take a jab at the food industry, as in the clever Coca-Cola parody featured below.



The Honest Coca-Cola Obesity Commercial



Lie #1: Breakfast Is the Healthiest Meal of the Day, and You Should Eat Many Small Meals a Day

How many of you had mothers who would not let you leave the house without breakfast? Mother may have known best about some things—but as it turns out, this wasn’t one of them. There is now a good deal of research supporting the health benefits of intermittent fasting—which is what you were really doing by zipping out of the house without breakfast.


Recent studies suggest that intermittent fasting can provide the same health benefits as constant calorie restriction which many studies have shown to dramatically increase life span in animals. It may also be helpful for those who cannot successfully reduce their everyday calorie intake.

Besides turning you into an efficient fat burner, intermittent fasting can also boost your level of human growth hormone production (aka the “fitness hormone”) by as much as 1,200 percent for women and 2,000 percent for men.

Intermittent fasting and continuous calorie restriction have both been shown to produce weight loss and improve metabolic risk markers. However, intermittent fasting tends to be slightly more effective for reducing insulin resistance.

Other benefits include reducing inflammation, improving blood pressure, and increased lean body mass. Intermittent fasting can also improve your brain function by increasing levels of BDNF, a protein that protects your brain cells from the changes associated with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

There are several types of intermittent fasting to choose from, so I recommend experimenting to see what style works best for you. One of the easiest, however, is to simply skip breakfast, and limit your eating to a narrow window of time each day—say between 11am and 7pm, to start. You can review my more comprehensive article on intermittent fasting for more details.

The advice to “eat six small meals per day” comes from seemingly logical principles (portion control, keeping your energy up, stabilizing blood sugar, etc.), but in reality, eating this way has not been shown to provide these benefits. We seem to need periods of fasting for optimal metabolic function.

And if you think about it, our ancient ancestors never had access to a grocery store 24/7 and they went through regular periods of feast and famine. The problem is that most of us are in 24/7 feast mode. Implementing intermittent fasting is the quickest way I know of to jump start your body into burning fat as its primary fuel again.

Lie #2: Saturated Fat Causes Heart Disease

The dangerous recommendation to avoid saturated fat, which arose from an unproven hypothesis from the mid-1950s, has been harming people’s health for about 40 years now. As recently as 2002, the “expert” Food & Nutrition Board issued the following misguided statement, which epitomizes this myth:

“Saturated fats and dietary cholesterol have no known beneficial role in preventing chronic disease and are not required at any level in the diet.”

Similarly, the National Academies’ Institute of Medicine recommends that adults get 45-65 percent of their calories from carbohydrates, 20-35 percent from fat, and 10-35 percent from protein. This is the polar opposite of an ideal fat to carb ratio and virtually guarantees you a heightened risk of disease.

Most people benefit from a diet where 50-85 percent of daily calories are derived from healthful fats. However, you need very few, if any, carbohydrates for optimal health. Although that amount of fat may seem like a lot, fat is very calorie-dense, and will therefore still constitute the smallest amount, in terms of volume, on your plate.

The truth is, saturated fats from animal and vegetable sources provide the building blocks for your cell membranes and a variety of hormones and hormone-like substances, without which your body cannot function optimally.

Fats also serve as carriers for the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K and are required for converting carotene into vitamin A, absorbing minerals, and a host of other important biological processes. Saturated fat is also the preferred fuel for your heart! Good sources of healthy fats to add to your diet include:


Lie #3: High Omega-6 Seed and Vegetable Oils Are Good for You


Of all the health-destroying foods on the market, those made with highly processed vegetable and seed oilsare some of the worst. When consumed in large amounts, as they are by most Americans, they seriously distort your important omega-3 to omega-6 ratio. In a perfect world, this ratio is 1:1—but the average American is getting 20 to 50 times more omega-6 fats than omega-3 fats. Excessive omega-6 fats from processed foods significantly increase your risk for heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and many other illnesses.

The cholesterol found in arterial plaque is oxidized, damaged cholesterol, which your immune system identifies as bacteria. In response, your immune system sends out macrophages to attack it, which creates inflammation inside your artery walls. A major factor driving heart disease is this oxidized cholesterol, which you introduce into your body every time you consume vegetable oils, or foods cooked in them.

Many vegetable and seed oils are also genetically engineered, which only compounds their health risk. More than 90 percent of US canola oil is GE. So what’s the best oil to cook with? Of all the available oils, coconut oil is the one of choice for cooking because it’s close to a completely saturated fat—meaning, much less susceptible to heat damage. And coconut oil is one of the most nutritionally beneficial fats. For more information about coconut oil,please see our special report. Olive oil, while certainly a healthful oil, is easily damaged by heat and is best reserved for drizzling cold over salad.


Lie #4: Artificial Sweeteners Are Safe Sugar Replacements for Diabetics, and Help Promote Weight Loss

Most people use artificial sweeteners to lose weight and/or because they are diabetic and need to avoid sugar. The irony is that nearly all of the studies to date show that artificial sweeteners cause even MORE weight gainthan caloric sweeteners. Studies also show that artificial sweeteners can be worse than sugar for diabetics.

In 2005, data gathered from the 25-year long San Antonio Heart Study showed that drinking dietsoft drinks increased the likelihood of serious weight gain much more so than regular soda.2 On average, each diet soda the participants consumed per day increased their risk of becoming overweight by 65 percent within the next seven to eight years and made them 41 percent more likely to become obese. There are several possible reasons for this, such as:

  • Sweet taste alone appears to increase hunger, regardless of caloric content
  • Artificial sweeteners appear to perpetuate a craving for sweets, and overall sugar consumption is therefore not reduced, leading to further problems with weight control3
  • Artificial sweeteners may disrupt your body’s natural ability to “count calories,” as evidenced by multiple studies. For example, a Purdue University study found that rats fed artificially sweetened liquids ate more high-calorie food than rats fed high-caloric sweetened liquids4

The list of health risks associated with artificial sweeteners, particularly aspartame, continues to expand. I maintain an ongoing list of studies related to the detrimental effects of aspartame, which I recommend you review for yourself if you are still on the fence. I invite you to watch my aspartame video, as well.


Lie #5: Soy Is a Health Food

The meteoric rise of soy as a “health food” is a perfect example of how a brilliant marketing strategy can fool millions. But make no mistake—unfermented soy products are NOT healthful additions to your diet, regardless of your age or gender. I am not opposed to all soy—properly fermented and preferably organic soy, such as tempeh, miso, and natto, offer great health benefits, courtesy of the beneficial bacteria (probiotics) the fermentation process produces.

Thousands of studies have linked unfermented soy to a number of health problems, however. More than 90 percent of American soy crops are also genetically engineered, which only compounds its health risks.5 If you find this information startling, then I would encourage you to review some of the articles on my Soy Page. The following table lists a number of the damaging health effects science has linked to unfermented soy:

Lie #6: Whole Grains Are Good for Everyone

The use of whole grains is an easy subject to get confused about, especially for those with a passion for health and nutrition. For the longest time, we’ve been told that whole grains are highly beneficial. Unfortunately, ALL grains can elevate your insulin and leptin levels, even whole grains and organic varieties—and elevated insulin/leptin increases your risk of chronic disease. This is especially true if you already struggle with insulin/leptin resistance, which would manifest as high blood pressure, distorted cholesterol ratios, being overweight, or diabetes).

It has been my experience that more than 85 percent of Americans have trouble controlling their insulin and leptin levels and have one or more of the symptoms listed above. You may be one of those if you struggle to maintain an ideal body weight and body composition, tend to accumulate fat around you belly, or have a suboptimal lipid profile. In fact, insulin/leptin dysregulation is a common indicator for many of the diseases so prevalent today, such as diabetes, heart disease, dementia, and cancer.

Many whole grains also contain gluten, which is a common trigger for allergies and sensitivities. Subclinical gluten intolerance is far more common than you might think, with symptoms that are not always obvious. I strongly recommend eliminating or at least restricting grains from your diet, as well as sugars/fructose, especially if you have any of the conditions listed above. As a general rule, the higher your insulin levels are, the greater your grain restriction should be.

Lie #7: Genetically Engineered Foods Are Safe and Comparable to Conventional Foods

Genetic engineering (GE) of our food may be the most dangerous aspect of our food supply today. I strongly recommend that you avoid ALL GE foods. Since more than 90 percent of the corn and 95 percent of the soy grown in the US are GE, then you can count on virtually every processed food having at least one GE component if it doesn’t bear the “USDA 100% Organic” or non-GMO label. Perhaps the most dangerous aspect of them is that the crops are saturated with one of the most dangerous herbicides on the market, glyphosate, to the tune of nearly a billion pounds per year. This toxic chemical can’t be washed off as it becomes integrated into nearly every cell of the plant, and then gets transferred into your body.

No one knows exactly what will be the ultimate impact of these foods on your health, particularly over the long term. Animal studies have pointed to increased disease, infertility, and birth defects as the top contenders. The first-ever lifetime feeding study showed a dramatic increase in organ damage, cancer, and reduced lifespan. It’s important to realize that, unless you’re buying all organic food or growing your own, you’re probably consuming GE foods on a daily basis. In order to avoid as many GE foods as possible, be aware that the following common crops are likely to be GE unless otherwise labeled:



Lie #8: Eggs Are Bad for Your Heart

Eggs are one of the most demonized foods in the US… thanks to the cholesterol myth. The misguided belief that cholesterol, such as in egg yolks, will give you heart disease is simply untrue (see Lie #1). Studies have shown that eggs do NOT have a detrimental impact on cholesterol levels and are actually one of the most healthful foods you can eat. In one Yale study,6 participants were asked to consume two eggs daily for six weeks. Researchers found that this egg consumption did not spike cholesterol levels and did not have a negative effect on endothelial function, a measure of cardiac risk.

Choose pasture-raised organic eggs, and avoid “omega-3 eggs” as this is not the proper way to optimize your omega-3 levels. To produce these omega-3 eggs, the hens are usually fed poor-quality sources of omega-3 fats that are already oxidized. Omega-3 eggs are also more perishable than non-omega-3 eggs. Some of the many nutritional benefits of eggs are summarized for you in the table below.



Lie #9: Low-Fat Foods Prevent Obesity and Heart Disease

Conventional recommendations over the past 40 years or more have called for drastically decreasing the overall fat in your diet, but this fat aversion is a driving force behind today’s metabolic dysfunction, obesity, and ill health. As discussed earlier, most people need between 50 and 85 percent of their calories from fats—a far cry form the less than 10 percent from saturated fat recommended by the USDA!7 Kris Gunnars stated it quite nicely:8
“The first dietary guidelines for Americans were published in the year 1977, almost at the exact same time the obesity epidemic started. Of course, this doesn’t prove anything (correlation does not equal causation), but it makes sense that this could be more than just a mere coincidence.

The anti-fat message essentially put the blame on saturated fat and cholesterol (harmless), while giving sugar and refined carbs (very unhealthy) a free pass. Since the guidelines were published, many massive studies have been conducted on the low-fat diet. It is no better at preventing heart disease, obesity or cancer than the standard Western diet, which is as unhealthy as a diet can get.”
Let’s face it, if low-fat diets worked, the United States would be the healthiest nation on the planet—folks have been following them since the late 1970s! But if you look at the following graph, you can see that America’s waistline has done nothing but expand since then. There’s no telling how many people have been prematurely killed by following these flawed guidelines. Yet, despite mounting research to the contrary, low-fat diets are stillbeing pushed as “heart healthy” by the majority of nutritionists, cardiologists, and the like.


Lie #10: Carbs Should Be Your Biggest Source of Calories

I have already covered how insulin resistance is a key factor in disease (see Lie #4). A diet high in non-fiber carbohydrates—particularly processed grains and sugar—leads directly to insulin and leptin resistance. When your highest percentage of calories comes from healthful fats, these problems just don’t exist. Most high-carb diets are high in sugar and starch, not vegetables. When the low-fat mantra swept over the country, the high-carb craze soon followed. When fat was removed from foods, something had to be added back in to make foods more palatable—and that something was sugar. Particularly, highly concentrated forms of fructose, such as high fructose corn syrup, which spell metabolic disaster for your body.

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With fat being the identified villain (albeit falsely accused), sugar was completely ignored—even though sugar was the real culprit behind inflammation, metabolic dysfunction, diabetes, and heart disease. America’s love of sugar was a boon to the processed food industry—which added fructose to practically everything from soup to nuts… literally. If you want to see what effects this had on the country’s health and belt size, just turn on your national news.

A high-carb diet disrupts your insulin and leptin signaling, and over time may very well result in type 2 diabetes. By contrast, a diet higher in beneficial fats corrects these metabolic issues. Recent research has demonstrated that the ketogenic diet—one marked by carbohydrate restriction and substantial healthful fats—extended the lifespan of mice by 20 percent, because it optimized their insulin sensitivity and other metabolic processes. There is evidence that low carbohydrate diets, combined with appropriate amounts of protein, can even slow down Alzheimer’s disease and cancer.


Dr. Mercola
Waking Times


How to get rid of Pimples Fast

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | comments

How to get rid of Pimples Fast

You might have an amazing date coming ahead and all of a sudden pimple appears. What an unlucky time for this to happen. Nevertheless, do not panic as there are many solutions. If you are looking forward for the best answers to the question – how to get rid of pimples fast then read on as you have reached the right spot. Grab these facts for gaining the most beautiful skin, which you have always desired for.

A pimple is an ordinary skin situation, which affects many people. It is the skin inflammations, where sebaceous glands (or the oil glands) happen to be infected by bacteria. It then swells up and fills with pus. Excess secretions of sebum by oil glands are major reasons behind this problem. Pimples normally occur on neck, face, back as well as shoulders. They are not a serious condition but a pimple can make an individual feel miserable. There are many medicines and lotions for treating pimples. However, they might take time. Many natural ways are very effective to treat pimples just within short time. All you need is to be aware of these tricks. If you are wondering as to what they are then read the rest of this article.

1. Ice

This is one of the perfect remedies to get rid of pimples fast. Ice assists in enhancing the overall blood circulation on the affected part. It helps in freezing up the pores and removes dirt as well as oil that have been accumulated. You can either use crushed ice or ice cubes, which you feel is convenient.
  • Take ice pieces and wrap them up in a clean cloth. Hold it at the infected part for few seconds.
  • Wait for certain minutes and then again repeat the procedure
When you do this many times in a day, it helps to reduce swelling and instantly soothes your skin.


2. Lemon

The answer to the question how to get rid of pimples fast is almost incomplete if I do not write about this particular ingredient. Lemon is a rich source of vitamin C. Therefore, the juice of lemon helps in reducing the pimples faster. Make sure that you are using fresh juice of lemon and not those bottled ones with preservatives.
  • You need to dip a clean cotton piece into lemon juice and then apply it over the affected part before sleeping at night.
  • You can even make a fine paste with a combination of 1 tablespoon lemon juice with a tablespoon cinnamon powder. Apply this on pimples and leave it overnight. When you wake up in the morning, wash it off with warm water. On the other hand, if you have sensitive skin, then avoid using this remedy.
How to get rid of Pimples Fast

3. Steam

Yet another amazing way on how to get rid of pimples fast is utilizing steam. Steam can do wonders on your pimples. Steam helps in opening up the pores and lets the skin to properly breathe. It helps in getting rid of bacteria, oil and dirt that has been trapped inside the pores.
  • Fill a big container with boiling water and then let steam come into contact with the face for few minutes.
  • Now rinse your face with warm water and pat dry.
  • Apply a good quality moisturizer.
How to get rid of Pimples Fast

4. Peppermint

Another effective method on how to get rid of pimples fast is none other than peppermint. It is the most powerful herb helping an individual to eliminate pimples faster. The soothing and calming effect of menthol present inside peppermint reduces redness and irritation that has been caused due to pimples. It has many antiviral and antibacterial properties that kill the pimple-causing bacteria.
  • Crush few peppermint leaves
  • Extract its juice
  • Apply this fresh juice on the pimples
  • Leave it for about 10 minutes
  • Wash off with cold water
If you happen to not find peppermint leaves, then you can even make use of peppermint oil. Apply few drops of this oil on the pimples and massage. Then rinse it off with cold water.

How to get rid of Pimples Fast

5. Cucumber

It will be injustice if I do not write about this ingredient when it comes to how to get rid of pimples fast. Cucumbers are rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and potassium. It has soothing and cooling effect on your skin.
  • Cut 2 to 3 fresh cucumber pieces
  • Soak these pieces in cold water for 30 minutes as this will help all the nutrients to transfer into water
  • Strain off the water and then drink it or you can even wash your face with it.
You can even make a fine paste by grinding cucumber with few drops of water. Apply this mixture on your face and leave it until your skin completely absorbs. Wash off with cold water.

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18 Toxic Things You Need To Stop Doing If You Want To Live A Stress-Free Life

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18 Toxic Things You Need To Stop Doing If You Want To Live A Stress-Free Life

Bear with me here for a second. You know when you’re driving to an unfamiliar place, blasting music while simultaneously watching your GPS spit out directions?

Then you get to that one part of the route that’s beyond confusing, so you lower the music even though that has absolutely no impact on the way you read the directions?

That is your life. That music you need to drown out to concentrate? That’s the bullsh*t in your life.

Turning down the music in the car offers you clarity when you are at your most confusing moment. You don’t really know how or why this makes such a huge difference, but it does.

Here are the 18 other ways to turn down the music to enhance your life:


1. Caring about what other people think


If you want to do something, then do it. Don’t waste any of your valuable time entertaining other people’sopinions on a situation. If there is something you want to do that makes you happy, then that is all that should matter to you.

People’s views are irrelevant when it comes to your happiness. Unfortunately, too many people fail to realize this and end up with a life of regrets, instead of meaningful experiences.


2. Overanalyzing situations that haven’t even happened

It’s human nature to stress about things that have yet to happen, but when you think about it rationally, what’s the point? You can’t predict the future, and you certainly can’t change something that has not even happened yet.

Deal with the situation as it comes, and react accordingly. It’s the only way to mold the experience to your benefit.

3. Worrying about your appearance to the point of exhaustion


I get it. You want to look your best. Honestly, in the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t matter if you wear your hair curly or straight. There’s no reason to try on every single outfit in your closet before going out.

Think about it: You bought these items for a reason… put something on, smile at yourself in the mirror and be on your way. You have better things to concern yourself with, or at least you should.

4. Not living in the moment


This goes hand-in-hand with overanalyzing situations that have yet to happen, but this includes your past mistakes and situations that have already come and gone as well.

The only thing you can gain from the past are the lessons it taught you. No good can come from replaying situations you cannot hope to fix. Make peace with them and move on… because who you were then is definitely not who you are now.

5. Taking on other people’s problems


There’s a reason you put the oxygen mask on yourself before attempt to help others. You have your own issues and dilemmas that you must take care of before you can even think of helping someone else.

Sure, this may sound cynical and harsh, but, at the end of the day, you need to handle your life — and if that means keeping others’ negativity out of it, so be it.

6. Surrounding yourself with people who don’t make you happy

Why people still hang around others out of obligation is utterly beyond me. Learn to accept that, sometimes, people from your past serve little to no role in your present. In actuality, they bring stress and drama into your life because you feel as if it is your responsibility to deal with their issues.

Their problems are their own, and as you grow up, this is something that becomes more and more apparent.


18 Toxic Things You Need To Stop Doing If You Want To Live A Stress-Free Life

7. Focusing on what you don’t have instead of what you do have

Do you know how many people would be over the moon with their lives if they had what you had? I’m not talking about material things either — although they do fit in this category.

Surrounding yourself with great friends who care about you and a family who loves you are two of the most amazing things to have in your life. So stop worrying if you have the latest trendy item and appreciate the intangible items all around you.

8. Staying at a job that you see no future with


Of course, everyone, at one point or another, takes on a job just to pay the bills. But it’s so important to remember that, in the long run, a paycheck isn’t going to bring you the happy life a great career can.

Money will only take you so far, your lifestyle is what is going to lead you to true happiness.

9. Taking on more than you can handle

Everyone has a breaking point, and this is a line you want to draw sooner than later. Don’t take on too many tasks simultaneously because all you will do is drive yourself to the brink of insanity.

Multi-tasking, which may appear more efficient, often results in putting the minimum effort into multiple projects. Spreading yourself too thin rarely has favorable outcomes.

10. Cluttering your life

Whether this is physically or mentally, you need to cut the bullsh*t out of your life. Is someone bringing you unnecessary aggravation? Cut that person out. Are you living in a city that only makes you miserable? Make the change.

11. Holding on to grudges and anger


You know who suffers from holding on to anger? You do.

When people hold on to bitterness and grudges, they falsely believe that they are making the other person suffer. In reality, the object of your anger disregarded your feelings in the first place, and isn’t losing sleep over your lingering distaste.

What makes you think this person is dwelling on the situation? Even if someone has not given you the apology you rightfully deserve, just let it go.

The sooner you stop caring, the better off you will be.

12. Living too much in your past

Your past is… your past. It happened. Learn from it and let it be. There is nothing you can do to change it, so the sooner you accept it for what it was, the quicker you will be able to make peace with it.

Stop holding people to standards that you created in your mind years ago. Take people for who they are and what they have to offer now. You will be pleasantly surprised to see how much people can change and mature over the years.

18 Toxic Things You Need To Stop Doing If You Want To Live A Stress-Free Life

13. Complaining about things that can’t be changed


You had a fight with a friend and said some things you wish you hadn’t… stop complaining. You lost a promotion to a coworker who rightfully deserved it… stop complaining.

You didn’t get asked on a second date… stop complaining.

An unfortunate truth in life is that some things just happen. You need to accept them for what they are. Complaining isn’t going to change anything except the tolerance levels of the people you surround yourself with.

14. …Actually, just complaining


Can everyone just stop complaining altogether? How much more positive would your life be if you stopped looking at the world as a glass half empty?

The only thing that complaining does is bring negative energy into your life, and, honestly, who the hell wants a life full of that?

15. Having poor eating and dieting habits
Not feeling comfortable in your own skin is probably one of the worst — if not the worst — feelings a person can experience.

Unfortunately, instead of making the changes to alter this predicament, people sadly accept it and think that’s just the way their lives have to be.

The sooner you realize this does not have to be your lifestyle, the happier and more comfortable you will be.

16. Living through other people’s lives


Whether it’s reality television or social media, living your life through other people’s experiences is nothing to be desired. Instead of lounging around, longing for a life of fun and travel, go out there and make this reality your own.

That is, unless your favorite reality TV family is the Kardashians… don’t go out and emulate that lifestyle for the sake of humanity.

17. Focusing only on your insecurities, not your attractive qualities


You know who notices the negatives more than the positives? You. You know who doesn’t? Everyone else.

Sure, maybe you don’t look like Megan Fox (Honestly, who does?); maybe you don’t have the brains of Steve Jobs, but you have unique qualities that set you apart from everyone else.

Live your life by your own set of standards and be a good person; this will shine through more than any potential insecurity.

18. Trying hard to be someone else instead of embracing your actual self

Instead of focusing your time, effort and attention on other people’s lives, take that time and focus on your own. Concentrate on making yourself better instead of comparing yourself to someone else.

You will never be that person, no matter how hard you try. Reflect on your life and your decisions and figure out a way to be the best possible version of yourself you can be.

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7 Reasons You Should Start Eating Eggs

Monday, July 21, 2014 | comments

7 Reasons You Should Start Eating Eggs

Eating more eggs is a great way to give you a healthy boost. If you are not keen on eating eggs regularly, here are reasons why you should.

Pity the poor egg

There is a misguided belief that the cholesterol found in the yolk raises the cholesterol levels in your body and puts your health at risk. But good news for egg lovers: Research supporting the health a benefit of eggs is piling up and several studies including a recent one found no link in healthy people between eggs and either stroke or heart attack. It has debunked the myth of unhealthy eggs.

Supplies you with vitamins

One average- sized egg is packed with several vitamins essential to your health:

• Vitamin B2 or riboflavin- which helps your body to break down food into energy.

• Vitamin B12 or cobalamin is vital for producing red blood cells.

• Vitamin A or retinol- which is great for your eyesight.

• Vitamin E or tocopherol helps fight off the free radicals that can cause cellular and tissue damage, which might lead to cancer. Vitamins A and B2 are also important for cell growth. So make sure your kids are eating eggs regularly.

Supplies you with essential minerals

Eggs are packed with phosphorus, iron and zinc. These minerals are vital for your body. You need plenty of iron and not getting enough can leave you grumpy, feeling tired and run down. Zinc keeps your immune system in top form and helps your body convert food into energy. Phosphorus is important for healthy teeth and bones. There are some trace elements you need in small amounts in eggs such as iodine, useful for making thyroid hormones and selenium- an antioxidant that can help cut your risk of cancer.

7 Reasons You Should Start Eating Eggs

Eggs may reduce your risk of cancer
Whole eggs are one of the best sources of the nutrient choline. One large egg has about 33 percent of your RDA. One study published this year found that women with a high intake of choline are 25 percent less likely to get breast cancer. Note that choline is found mostly in the yolk, so feel free to ditch the white omelets.

Eggs keep a good eyesight


Egg yolks are also high in zeaxanthin and lutein, both antioxidants that have been shown to ward off macular degeneration. So you will still be able to eyeball in your 80s.
An omelet a day can shrink your waist.

Researchers found that eating eggs for breakfast helps you limit calorie intake all day, by more than 401 calories. That means you can lose 3 pounds or more each month. This is probably because eggs keep you full for a long time and meaning you are less likely to succumb to a noon snack or stuff yourself at lunchtime.

Although eggs contain cholesterol, this is different from the cholesterol in your body. It is simply dietary cholesterol. Despite the past health recommendations, there is no evidence that eating eggs will increase levels of your blood cholesterol.

Your abs eat eggs up


These little orbs contain a certain sequence of amino acids which makes egg protein easy for your body to absorb. It means a hard boiled grade is an ideal food for muscle repairing after a butt busting exercises.

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8 Great Natural Home Treatments for Burns

Sunday, July 20, 2014 | comments


Do you feel the burn? Whether first, second, or third degree, burns can be quite painful. But did you know that there are numerous home remedies for burns you can utilize without taking a trip to the pharmacy. If history has taught us anything, it’s that nature provides time-tested, natural solutions for most health ailments. Hopefully, these natural treatments will take away any burn-induced pain and discomfort.



First, Second, and Third Degree Burns


First it’s important to recognize that all burns fall into 1 of 3 categories: first degree, second degree, and third degree. First and second degree burns can almost always be handled with simple home remedies and natural treatments, but third degree burns are quite serious and do deserve medical attention.

First Degree Burns – Affecting the outer layer of skin (the epidermis), first degree burns may cause pain and redness, but don’t result in blistering or anything of serious concern. A burn happening within the home or sunburns are most often first-degree and can be handled with one or more of the home remedies you”ll see below.

Second Degree Burns – Affecting both the epidermis and an underlying skin layer called the dermis, second-degree burns can cause blistering and are much more painful than first-degree burns. These burns shouldn’t be too concerning and can be treated with natural, home treatments. Be sure to observe for infection, though.

Third Degree Burns – The most serious of burns, third-degree burns are highly destructive and do deserve medical attention. These burns damage the deepest skin layers and can damage blood vessels, glands, nerves, fat, and even muscle or bone. Oddly enough, these burns may be painless due to nerve-destruction.


Natural Home Remedies for Burns

Aloe Vera – One of the primary go-to home remedies for sunburn, aloe vera is notorious for it’s soothing, cooling properties. To use aloe vera for burns, simply squeeze the juice out of an aloe vera plant and apply it to the burn. In addition to having a natural burn treatment right in your home, many other health benefits of aloe vera can be experienced as well. Alternatively, you can buy organic aloe vera gel and your local natural grocery market. In addition to , you can experience many other health benefits of aloe vera if you keep a plant at home.

Egg Whites – You may have never tried this home remedy before, but it is actually a popular one. Simply separate the yolk from a couple eggs, and soak the burn in the egg whites. This ever-so-simple natural treatment could work instantly, and could leave you feeling pain-free forever after a few hours of application.
Baking Soda – Also resting among the more popular home remedies for burns, baking soda is another simple option that could dissipate the pain away. Just mix some baking soda with water to make a paste, and apply the paste to the burned area. After drying, rinse (literally) and repeat.

Aluminum Foil – Although a less “natural” remedy, using aluminum foil for burns is one of the top home remedies found on Earthclinic. After being burned, run the area under cold water. Afterwards, apply aluminum foil (shiny side) onto the burn. As many report on Earthclinic, pain may intensify upon applying the foil, but after about 30 minutes to an hour, the pain should subside if not entirely, then at least significantly.

Vinegar -
A treatment used by countless individuals for years, vinegar has the potential to offer immediate relief. For treatment, just soak a cotton ball in white vinegar and apply to the burn. You might also do a compress soaked in vinegar and water. Working as an astringent and antiseptic, vinegar helps prevent infection by killing potential pathogens and helps burns to heal faster (potentially because of the pH factor).

Honey – Also harnessing antibiotic properties that can help prevent infection, honey can be a great natural burn treatment simply when applied to the area. You may also try placing honey on a gauze bandage and keeping it on throughout the day. If you go this route, change the bandage 3-4 times.

Tea Bags – Using tea bags as a natural burn treatment could certainly be the solution for you, but there are a few ways to go about this. One way is to place 2-3 tea bags under a spout of cold water, then applying the liquid. Alternatively, you may want to use 3-4 tea bags and make a mixture using 2 cups fresh mint leaves, and 4 cups boiling water, applying the liquid onto the burn with a cotton ball after letting it cool. Lastly, you can also make a stay-in-place poultice using 2-3 wet tea bags if you’re on the go. Try using black tea, as the tannic acid in in the tea can reduce pain significantly.

Lavender Essential Oil –
Even used in some hospitals for burns, lavender essential oil is often recommended for both pain relief and to expediate the healing process. For treatment, you can either pour lavender oil onto a gauze or clean cloth and apply it (replacing the gauze every few hours), or you can spray the area with therapeutic grade lavender oil after after exposing the burn to some cold water. Lavender has antibioitc, painkilling, and natural healing properties.

The above home remedies for burns are among the most popular, but that doesn’t mean the list ends there! Be sure to share your own experiences and home remedies with others too!

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How To Reduce Snoring With A Simple Juice Recipe‏

Friday, July 18, 2014 | comments


Snoring is exacerbated by excess mucus production. Here is a great healthy juicing solution that can reduce the build up of mucus resulting in a better nights sleep for you and your partner.

More and more people are enjoying the health benefits from juicing. It is widely recognized that juicing will actually help your body to absorb all the nutrients from the vegetables as they are easier to digest and have not lost any of their nutritional qualities by cooking. It is an efficient and tasty way of including a huge variety of fruit and vegetables, some of which you may never have enjoyed eating in their more traditional form and there are literally endless possibilities.

The best time to drink a fresh juice is usually on an empty stomach, leaving at least half an hour before you eat a meal. An empty and hungry stomach will simply have a far better opportunity to absorb the nutrients (in just the same way as if you eat harmful foods all the additives and chemicals etc are absorbed by an empty stomach).

Some people juice large quantities of fruit over vegetables but care should be taken if you suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure or have a severe cholesterol problem – in these instances it is recommended that you take further advice and juice mainly vegetables. An important and useful exception is juicing including lemons and limes as they do not contain the same levels of natural fruit sugar, or fructose, which is what can cause problems in large quantities with the above ailments.

Lemons and limes also have the advantage that they can cover up the bitter taste that some people dislike from deep Green leafy veg which are often considered to be the turbo charged healthy ingredients in some juice recipes.

It goes without saying that organic fruit and vegetables should always be used wherever possible as they will not have toxic chemical pesticide residues.

If you (or your partner) suffers from interrupted sleep due to snoring there are several things that you can do to lessen or even eliminate the problem.

Many foods are known to increase the intensity and regularity of snoring so these should be avoided in the evenings : dairy products, heavy floury foods, fried foods, chocolate, excessive alcohol and processed foods.
By reducing those foods as much as possible and drinking this nutritious juice regularly you should find that your airways are less constricted and mucus will stop blocking them. Initially you should find at least the volume of snoring decrease noticeably but the maximum benefits will increase over time as nasal congestion is cleared.


SUGGESTED JUICE RECIPE:

2 Organic Apples (it should all be organic or home-grown if possible)
2 Home-grown Carrots
1/4 Lemon
1″ of Ginger

Juice away and enjoy a better nights sleep.

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Amazing Thing You Should Know About Corn

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Amazing Thing You Should Know About Corn

Health benefits of corn include controlling diabetes, prevention of heart ailments, lowering hypertension and prevention of neural-tube defects at birth. Corn or maize is one of the most popular cereals in the world and forms the staple food in many countries, including the United States and many African countries.

The kernels of corn are what hold the majority of corn’s nutrients, and are the most commonly consumed parts of the vegetable. The kernels can come in multiple colors, depending on where the corn is grown and what species or variety they happen to be. Another genetic variant, called sweetcorn, has more sugar and less starch in the nutritive material.

Nutritional Value of Corn


Corn not only provides the necessary calories for healthy, daily metabolism, but is also a rich source of vitamins A, B, E and many minerals. Its high fiber content ensures that it plays a significant role in the prevention of digestive ailments like constipation and hemorrhoids as well as colorectal cancer. The antioxidants present in corn also act as anti-carcinogenic agents and prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

Health Benefits of Corn

Corn provides many health benefits due to the presence of quality nutrients within. Besides being a delicious addition to any meal, it is also rich in phytochemicals, and it provides protection against a number of chronic diseases. Some of the well-researched and widespread health benefits of corn are listed below.

Rich source of calories: Corn is a rich source of calories and is a staple among dietary habits in many populations. The calorific content of corn is 342 calories per 100 grams, which is among the highest for cereals. It is why corn is often turned to for quick weight gain, and combined with the ease and flexibility of growing conditions for corn, the high calorie content makes it vital for the survival of dozens of agricultural-based nations.

Reduces risk of hemorrhoids and colorectal cancer: The fiber content of one cup of corn amounts to 18.4% of the daily recommended amount. This aids in alleviating digestive problems such as constipation and hemorrhoids, as well as lowering the risk of colon cancer due to corn being a whole-grain. Fiber has long been promoted as a way to reduce colon risk, but insufficient and conflicting data exists for fiber’s relationship with preventing cancer, although whole-grain consumption, on the whole, has been proven to reduce that risk. Fiber helps to bulk up bowel movements, which stimulates peristaltic motion and even stimulates the production of gastric juice and bile. It can also add bulk to overly loose stools, which can slow reduce the chances of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and diarrhea.

Rich source of vitamins: Corn is rich in vitamin B constituents, especially Thiamin and Niacin. Thiamin is essential for maintaining nerve health and cognitive function. Niacin deficiency leads to Pellagra; a disease characterized by diarrhea, dementia and dermatitis that is commonly observed in malnourished individuals. Corn is also a good source of Pantothenic acid, which is an essential vitamin for carbohydrate, protein, and lipid metabolism in the body. Deficiency of folic acid in pregnant women can lead to the birth of underweight infants and may also result in neural tube defects in newborns. Corn provides a large percentage of the daily folate requirement, while the kernels of corn are rich in vitamin E, a natural antioxidant that is essential for growth and protection of the body from illness and disease.

Provides necessary minerals: Corn contains abundant minerals which positively benefit the bodies in a number of ways. phosphorous, along with magnesium, manganese, zinc, iron and copper are found in all varieties of corn. It also contains trace minerals like selenium, which are difficult to find in most normal diets. Phosphorous is essential for regulating normal growth, bone health and optimal kidney functioning. Magnesium is necessary for maintaining a normal heart rate and for increasing bone strength.

Antioxidant properties: According to studies carried out at Cornell University, corn is a rich source of antioxidants which fight cancer-causing free radicals. In fact, unlike many other foods, cooking actually increases the amount of usable antioxidants in sweet corn. Corn is a rich source of a phenolic compound called ferulic acid, an anti-carcinogenic agent that has been shown to be effective in fighting the tumors which lead to breast cancer as well as liver cancer. Anthocyanins, found in purple corn, also act as scavengers and eliminators of cancer-causing free radicals. Antioxidants have been shown to reduce many of the most dangerous forms of cancer because of their ability to induce apoptosis in cancerous cells, while leaving healthy cells unaffected. This is particularly relevant when phytochemicals are the source of the antioxidants, which is another type of chemical found in high volumes in corn.

Amazing Thing You Should Know About Corn

Protecting Your Heart: According to researchers, corn oil has been shown to have an anti-atherogenic effect on cholesterol levels, thus reducing the risk of various cardiovascular diseases. Corn oil, particularly, is the best way to increase heart health, and this is derived from the fact that corn is close to an optimal fatty acid combination. This allows omega-3 fatty acids to strip away the damaging “bad” cholesterol and replace them at the binding sites. This will reduce the chances of arteries becoming clogged, will reduce blood pressure, and decrease the change of heart attack and stroke.

Prevents Anemia: The vitamin B12 and folic acid present in corn prevent anemia caused by a deficiency of these vitamins. Corn also has a significant level of iron, which is one of the essential minerals needed to form new red blood cells; a deficiency in iron is one of the main cause of anemia as well.

Lowers LDL Cholesterol: According to the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, consumption of corn husk oil lowers plasma LDL cholesterol by reducing cholesterol absorption in the body. As mentioned earlier, this reduction of LDL cholesterol does not mean a reduction in HDL cholesterol, which is considered “good cholesterol” and can have a variety of beneficial effects on the body, including the reduction of heart disease, prevention of atherosclerosis, and a general scavenger of free radicals throughout the body.

Vitamin-A Content: Yellow corn is a rich source of beta-carotene, which forms vitamin A in the body and is essential for the maintenance of good vision and skin. Beta-carotene is a great source of vitamin-A because it is converted within the body, but only in the amounts that the body requires. Vitamin-A can be toxic if too much is consumed, so deriving vitamin-A through beta-carotene transformation is ideal. Vitamin-A will also benefit the health of skin and mucus membranes, as well as boosting the immune system.

The amount of beta-carotene in the body that is not converted into vitamin-A acts as a very strong antioxidant, like all carotenoids, and can combat terrible diseases like cancer and heart disease. That being said, smokers need to be careful about their beta-carotene content, because smokers with high beta-carotene levels are more likely to contract lung cancer, while non-smokers with high beta-carotene content are less likely to contract lung cancer.

Controls diabetes and hypertension: In recent decades, the world has seemed to suffer from an epidemic of diabetes. Although the exact mechanism for this cannot be pinpointed, it is generally assumed to relate to nutrition. Eating more organic fruits and vegetables, like corn, has been thought to be a return to an older style of diet, and it has been linked to reduced signs of diabetes. Studies have shown that the consumption of corn kernels assists in the management of non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) and is effective against hypertension due to the presence of phenolic phytochemicals in whole corn. Phytochemicals can regulate the absorption and release of insulin in the body, which can reduce the chance of spikes and drops for diabetic patients and help them maintain a more normal lifestyle.

Cosmetic benefits:
Corn starch is used in the manufacturing of many cosmetic products and may also be applied topically to soothe skin rashes and irritation. Corn products can be used to replace carcinogenic petroleum products which are major components of many cosmetic preparations. Many of the traditional skin creams contain petroleum jelly as a base material, which can often block pores and make skin conditions even worse.

Amazing Thing You Should Know About Corn

How to select and store Corn


Corn is easily available across markets all over the world. Its always good to consume fresh corn however frozen corn can also be used. While buying fresh corn make sure the husks are not dried out. Also consume fresh corns within few days to ensure good taste. For storing fresh corns you may keep the husk and store in air tight containers in refrigerator.

Quick ideas to serve


Steamed corn: Clean the fresh corns and cook them in a container filled with water. Add butter, lime, salt to the cooked corn for additional flavour.

Soups and salads: Add cooked corn kernels to salads and soups for additional flavor. Mix chopped onion, tomato, lettuce, cooked corn kernels in a bowl. Season with salt, pepper, lime juice and olive oil.

A Few Words of Warning: Corn does contain large amounts of fatty acid, so for people who are already at high risk for heart disease, excess corn or corn oil can dangerously exacerbate those conditions and risks. Also, corn is frequently turned into high fructose corn syrup, which is extracted from corn to use as a cheap sweetener. It is worse than table sugar and is a cause of obesity, as well as having a negative impact on your blood sugar levels. It is found in many artificially sweetened foods and syrups, so avoid these if you want to only get the positive benefits of corn.

Corn is a rich source of many essential nutrients and fiber. A meal rich in corn can go a long way in protecting against many diseases and ailments. So start shucking!

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Why You Should Never Throw Away Orange or Banana Peels

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 | comments

Why You Should Never Throw Away Orange or Banana Peels

Did you know the peels of some fruits hold some of the most powerful nutrients in the world? There are many uses, both medicinal and practical, for orange and banana peels that aren’t known by many. So, next time you think about throwing away one of these peels, you may want to remember this information.

ORANGE PEELS

It’s always a good idea to minimize pesticide levels by choosing organic oranges. Oranges tend to be grown with lower pesticide usage than most fruits but a good cleaning with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar in 1 cup of water will remove almost any pesticide with ease.

An Orange’s peel and apple’s skin are similar because most of the nutrients are in the skin of these fruits. According to Rebecca Wood, author of The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia, “One medium orange contains over 60 flavonoids and 170 different phytonutrients.” They are good for your skin, your system and your home too. Dr. Jaishree Bhattacharjee, Ayurvedic consultant with Satvikshop helps us find out it’s different uses.

Medicinal Properties of Orange Peels


As per Ayurveda, orange peel is tikta (bitter) and it improves digestion and can speed up your metabolism. It helps to naturally beat gas, heartburn, vomiting and acidic eructation. It’s also great to perk up your appetite and relieve nausea.

Due to its pacifying properties, orange peel powder helps dissolve phlegm in respiratory systems, alleviate coughs, and asthma.

Most of the beneficiary aspects of orange peels come from their essential oils, which have anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. Essential oil “d-limonene” has the ability to defuse stomach acids and maintain normal intestinal movements. It also promotes normal liver function.

Studies have shown that orange peel can dissolve cholesterol and triglyceride. That means consumption of an orange peel can benefit obese people who have high cholesterol levels. It has a flavonoid known as hesperidine, which is said to be effective against colon cancer and osteoporosis.

Essential oils from orange peels are sedative in nature so it makes them great for calming nerves and inducing sleep. Use orange peels in baths or simmer in a pot to uplifting your mood or to beat insomnia naturally.

Beauty Properties of Orange Peels


Rub some orange peels on your skin gently if you have oily skin. Oily skin responds well to application of orange peels. It helps balance the skin’s oil and makes your skin smoother and softer.

Dried orange peel beads can act as a natural exfoliator by removing dead cells and blackheads gently and naturally.

Orange peels help in removing dark spots and blemishes.

Due to its cleansing, anti inflammatory, anti bacterial and antifungal properties, it works well against pimples and acne.

To remove damp or musky odor your house and fill it with beautiful fragrance, boil a few peels in water and maybe add some clove or cinnamon.

Orange Peels in Cooking


If you use organic peels in cooking the orange zest can enhance the taste and flavour of many dishes.

Dried orange peels can absorb humidity from brown sugar. Just place half a peel in the bag.

Candy made with orange peels can improve your appetite and the vitamin c in them protects you by boosting your immune system.

Why You Should Never Throw Away Orange or Banana Peels

BANANA PEELS


Like oranges, make sure you use organic banana peels to reduce your exposure to pesticide levels and you may even want to try the wash described above anyways.

Banana peels are full of antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins, so they can naturally cure many ailments and can aid cell regeneration. Here are just a few uses if you know more please comment some in the comment section on the bottom of this article:

Water Filtration
Research shows they have a capacity to absorb lead and copper from water.

Bug Bites

Just rub a banana peel on a bug bite to soothe the skin and reduce the itch.

Bruises

With regenerative properties, banana peel can speed up the healing of bruises.

Teeth Whitening

Rub the inside of a banana peel on your teeth for a couple of minutes every other day, and your teeth could be noticeably whiter in a few weeks.

Warts

Banana peels help eliminate warts and prevent their return. Tape or some how strap a piece of banana peel to the wart overnight for about a week or rub the banana peel on the affected area daily. This can also work for plantar warts. A potato skin has been known to be able to do the same thing.

Scrapes and Scratches

Rub a banana peel on small cuts or scratches and it can help promote healing.

Splinters

The enzymes help dislodge the splinter and can help kick-start the healing process if you tape a piece of the peel over a splinter for a couple hours.

Acne

A banana peel can soothe the inflammation and irritation of acne. It also helps to prevent future outbreaks. Rub a peel over the acne every night. You should see a positive change within a few days.

Psoriasis
Once or twice a day, try rubbing a banana peel on a psoriasis-affected area. Bananas have properties to reduce itchiness, moisturize, and heal psoriasis. You should see noticeable differences in a few days.

Rashes and Itches
Poison ivy, mild rashes, dry skin, irritated skin and even sunburn. Banana peel is good for relieving itch and promotes healing of the skin. Rub the peel over the rash or affected are twice daily until it is gone. If you notice it getting worse you should see a professional.

Headaches

Simply take the banana peel and spread it out across your forehead and relax while the nutrients are absorbed into your skin.

Wrinkles

Regularly applying banana peel to your forehead, face or cheeks can tighten the skin, shrink pores and reduce wrinkles.

Household


Banana peels are great for polishing. After removing the stringy parts from the peel, rub away and watch the shine.

Article referenced from Prevent Disease

One last reason and it’s surely not the only use left, but we would advise you to always compost your unused food waste as it makes for great organic nutrient-rich soil to grow your future plants with. So remember these tips next time you go to throw away any peels! Have a quick google search to learn more.

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You Will Never Look At Garlic in the Same Way – 10 Amazing Uses

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You Will Never Look At Garlic in the Same Way – 10 Amazing Uses

Garlic is not just about cooking and keeping away the vampires. Read these surprising tips ranging from healing cold sores to repelling mosquito’s:
Garlic is part of the onion family and is also known as the ‘stinking rose’. It can be used to directly treat several health issues as well as having surprising uses around the house. You will never look at a humble bulb of garlic the same way again!

1. HEART AND LIVER BENEFITS:
Eating one to two cloves a day has been shown to keep our hearts and livers healthy. Garlic also has well-documented anti-viral and anti-bacterial benefits; it boosts our immune systems. It is easy to add to our food or take organic garlic supplements (although the active medicinal ingredient ‘allicin’ is at a lesser strength in supplements).

2. COUGHS AND COLDS:
Through the ages, it is apparent that garlic has been known as an aid forcoughs and colds. It is a rich source of anti-oxidants. There is some modern research showing that garlic is actually very effective at easing or even warding off coughs and common colds. To make a natural cough syrup, mash a clove of garlic and let it stand in hot water for approximately 5 minutes. Strain out the garlic, add some local organic honey to sweeten and drink. If it is to your taste, you can also eat 3 raw cloves daily around cold and flu season to help prevent catching a bug.

3. ATHLETE’S FOOT: Fungus is not a fan of garlic so it is ideal to treat fungal infections like athlete’s foot. Simply crush two or three cloves and add to warm water in a shallow footbath. Soak for half an hour and you should see it clear up over a short period of time.

You Will Never Look At Garlic in the Same Way – 10 Amazing Uses

4. COLD SORES: Cut a clove of garlic in half and apply this cut edge to the cold sore. Even though it will sting slightly, tests have shown that it is just as effective as the common pharmaceutical remedies due to garlic’s anti-inflammatory properties.

5. BANISH ACNE:
Similar to cold sores, you need to rub the affected area with a cut clove of garlic. The natural anti-bacterial qualities will help clear your skin and return you to a radiant complexion.

6. MOSQUITO REPELLANT:
If you rub garlic on your skin, mosquitos will avoid biting you and go suck somebody else’s blood. If this is a bit too smelly for you, then you can help keep them away by putting cloves in pot plants or areas where they are commonly found.

7. NATURAL PESTICIDE:
Avoid nasty pesticides – homemade can be just as effective on some plants. You need to buy a liquid soap from a health food store (eg Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castills Soap) – do not confuse with detergents. Simply, put 2 gloves of garlic in a heatproof bowl and cover with boiling water. Steep overnight and then strain before pouring into a spray bottle with a couple of tablespoons of the liquid soap. It may have a short shelf life but you will find it works.

You Will Never Look At Garlic in the Same Way – 10 Amazing Uses

8. DISINFECTANT SURFACE CLEANER:
Nearly fill a spray bottle up with white vinegar. Chop up 3 or 4 gloves of garlic and add to the bottle along with a few drops of lemon oil. You will have freshly smelling disinfected worktops.

9. REPAIR OF GLASS CRACKS:
This is only for slightly cracked glass or hairline cracks, and is mainly useful in preventing propagation of any damage. Garlic is a natural adhesive. Crush a clove and use the sticky juice that comes out. Rub this juice onto the crack and wipe away any excess.

10. DE-ICER: Garlic salt is an effective de-icer for your driveway and paths. Sprinkle liberally to have ice-free zones.

CAUTION: Do NOT feed you pets garlic. It has been said that it can repel ticks and fleas but according to the ASPCA, “an occasional small amount, such as that in most commercial pet foods and treats, may not cause a problem, but because of the risk, we generally recommend that you avoid feeding your pets products that contain more concentrated amounts of garlic.”

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Miracle Healing Soup – 100 Times More Efficient Than Any Antibiotic

Friday, July 11, 2014 | comments

Miracle Healing Soup – 100 Times More Efficient Than Any Antibiotic

Research conducted in the Washington University showed that garlic is up to 100 times more efficient than the most popular antibiotics used for different health conditions.

In this article we suggest you try this amazingly efficient garlic soup recipe:
Ingredients:


50 cleaned and peeled garlic cloves (about 5 garlic bulbs)
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp olive oil
2 large and diced onions
1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme
250 ml chicken broth (as a base)
1 bunch of fresh herbs, parsley, thyme, bay leaf
3 cups diced stale bread
1 cup sour cream
Preparation:

Heat the oven to 180 °C. Cut off the top of the garlic bulbs, cover with some olive oil and wrap the garlic in a tin foil. Bake for 90 minutes, then let the garlic cool for a few minutes. In the meantime, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil and some butter in a sauce pot, on medium temperature. Cook the onions for 10 minutes. Mash the baked garlic and add it in the saucepot. Stir well, add some chopped thyme, chicken broth and fresh herbs.

Turn the temperature on low, add the bread and cook for 5 minutes, or until the bread cubes soften. Take the herbs out of the saucepot and blend the mixture well, until you get a nice and creamy texture. Take the mixture back in the saucepot, and add some sour cream or double cream. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Miracle Healing Soup – 100 Times More Efficient Than Any Antibiotic

Miracle Healing Soup – 100 Times More Efficient Than Any Antibiotic

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