Bondage Benefits: BDSM Practitioners Healthier Than 'Vanilla' People

Monday, October 20, 2014 | comments

Bondage Benefits: BDSM Practitioners Healthier Than 'Vanilla' People

Despite the fact that their sexual preferences are listed in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders as potentially problematic, people who play with whips and chains in the bedroom may actually be more psychologically healthy than those who don't.

A new study finds that practitioners of bondage, discipline, sadism and masochism, or BDSM, score better on a variety of personality and psychological measures than "vanilla" people who don't engage in unusual sex acts. BDSM is a sexual practice that revolves around those four fetishes.

BDSM is listed in the DSM-5, the newest edition of the definitive psychiatrist's manual, as a paraphilia, or unusual sexual fixation — a label that has caused controversy between kinky communities and psychiatrists, who themselves are mixed on whether sexual predilections belong in the catalog of mental disorders. As written, the DSM-5 does not label BDSM a disorder unless it causes harm to the practitioner or to others.

Bondage Benefits: BDSM Practitioners Healthier Than 'Vanilla' People

Kinky controversy

Nevertheless, some psychiatrists see the inclusion of BDSM and other kinks in the manual as stigmatizing, particularly because studies have failed to show evidence that enjoying sex with a side of pain is linked to psychological problems. The new study, published May 16 in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, finds that, in fact, BDSM practitioners may be better off psychologically than the general public.

BDSM practitioners "either did not differ from the general population and if they differed, they always differed in the more favorable direction," said study researcher Andreas Wismeijer, a psychologist at Nyenrode Business University in the Netherlands who conducted the research while at Tilburg University.

Wismeijer did not set out to study the psychological health of BDSM aficionados. His research typically focuses on the psychology of secrets and secrecy. A chance meeting with the founder of the Netherlands' largest BDSM Web forum convinced him the group might make an interesting study population to look at how secrets are kept and who keeps them.

Wismeijer and his colleagues put out a request on the forum for people in the BDSM "scene" to take a variety of psychological questionnaires online. They also sought participants who didn't do BDSM via a women's magazine website, a personal secret website and a university website.

Bondage Benefits: BDSM Practitioners Healthier Than 'Vanilla' People

Healthy fixation?

None of the participants knew what the surveys were about, other than they were on "human behavior." All told, 902 BDSM practitioners and 434 vanilla (non-BDSM) participants filled out questionnaires on personality, sensitivity to rejection, style of attachment in relationships and well-being.

The researchers chose these baseline measures because previous research on those in the BDSM community has focused on dire outcomes — whether they're more likely to have mental disorders or report rape and abuse compared with the general public. (They aren't, studies have found.)

The new results reveal that on a basic level, BDSM practitioners don't appear to be more troubled than the general population. They were more extroverted, more open to new experiences and more conscientious than vanilla participants; they were also less neurotic, a personality trait marked by anxiety. BDSM aficionados also scored lower than the general public on rejection sensitivity, a measure of how paranoid people are about others disliking them.

People in the BDSM scene reported higher levels of well-being in the past two weeks than people outside it, and they reported more secure feelings of attachment in their relationships, the researchers found.

Of the BDSM practitioners, 33 percent of the men reported being submissive, 48 percent dominant and 18 percent "switch," or willing to switch between submissive and dominant roles in bed. About 75 percent of the female BDSM respondents were submissive, 8 percent dominant and 16 percent switch. [10 Surprising Sex Statistics]

These roles showed some links to psychological health, such that dominants tended to score highest in all quarters, submissives lowest and switches in the middle. However, submissives never scored lower than vanilla participants on mental health, and frequently scored higher, Wismeijer told LiveScience.

"Within the BDSM community, [submissives] were always perceived as the most vulnerable, but still, there was not one finding in which the submissives scored less favorable than the controls," he said.

Bondage Benefits: BDSM Practitioners Healthier Than 'Vanilla' People

Sexual health

The study is somewhat limited by a self-selecting response pool and by the fact that BDSM practitioners could have been answering in ways to make themselves look better and avoid stigma, Wismeijer said — though the fact that the participants didn't know the reasons for the study ameliorates that concern somewhat. The findings are reason for mental health professionals to take an accepting approach to BDSM practitioners, Wismeijer said.

"We did not have any findings suggesting that people who practice BDSM have a damaged psychological profile or have some sort of psychopathology or personality disorder," he said.

Wismeijer isn't exactly sure why BDSM practitioners might be psychologically healthier than the general public. They tend to be more aware of their sexual needs and desires than vanilla people, he said, which could translate to less frustration in bed and in relationships. Coming to terms with their unusual sexual predilections and choosing to live the BDSM lifestyle may also take hard psychological work that translates to positive mental health, he said.

One study alone shouldn't determine whether a condition is placed in the DSM or not, Wismeijer said, but added that combined with other research, the new findings suggest BDSM is better seen as a lifestyle choice, if a slightly strange one.

"I'm not so convinced that BDSM should be placed within the DSM-5," he said.

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4 Reasons Why You Wake Up Tired

Sunday, October 19, 2014 | comments

You get your regular goodnight’s sleep and still, every morning after waking up you wonder how come you feel exhausted, tired and sleepy. In this article we have covered 4 of the most common ‘energy stealers,’ and we hope that this will help you find the answer to your question.

If you recognize yourself in any of the following habits, please, make sure you introduce some changes into your lifestyle and recover your energy as soon as possible.

4 Reasons Why You Wake Up Tired

You Keep The Cell Phone Too Close To You – All The Time

You want your cell phone as far as possible during the night, or if possible, turn it off while you are sleeping. Studies have shown that phone radiation affects the secretion of melatonin, which could possibly be the reason why you always feel sleepy in the morning.

At Weekends You sleep Till Noon

People usually see weekends as that time of the week when you can sleep all the time. You go out with your friends, stay up all night, or finish your activities after midnight, and then, you turn your alarm off and go to bed. And what next?

Yes, you sleep as much as you can, until noon, or even later. What you probably do not know is that this is one of the worst habits you can have.

This can affect your biorhythm, as your body knows when to wake up and when to rest. So, those extra sleeping hours can really disturb your regular sleeping time. You can afford sleeping an hour more, or even hour and a half, and everything more than that should be considered as a destructive luxury.

4 Reasons Why You Wake Up Tired

Sleeping With Your Pets

Your pet should have its sleeping place, and you should never let it sleep in your bed. If you sleep tight, then probably you have not noticed that pets release sounds while they sleep.

Pets also move a lot, and again, you do not notice these sudden movements. But, your body does, and even if you are not aware of that, having your pet next to you can really drain your energy, bit by bit.

You Have Not Exercised For Four Months Or More


Regular exercising is an excellent way to sleep tight at night, but experts say that working hard and excessive exercises not always guarantee a better sleep. You have not exercised for 4 months or more, right? Yes, that is the answer to your question. Exercising really kills insomnia, and for better results, try exercising at least three times a week.

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7 Reasons To Never Drink Bottled Water Again

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 7 Reasons To Never Drink Bottled Water Again

7 Reasons To Never Drink Bottled Water Again

As a water-lover and expert on global water ethics, I see H2O everywhere: waterfalls and lakes, drought and flood, sparkling, still, bottled, tap, from a well, in the surf, behind a dam, in plastic, in glass, from the cooler at yoga class, with or without ice.

How we drink our water shows us what kind of society we are. I want my body and my society to reflect sustainable values, so I only drink disposable, plastic bottled water if there is absolutely no alternative. If I were in a truly extreme situation—say, a cholera epidemic, an area without reliable water supply, or a desert, for example—then I would drink bottled water. Happily, most of us are not in those situations. And wonderful alternatives are easily available.

 7 Reasons To Never Drink Bottled Water Again

Sound extreme? It’s not, when you consider these 7 truths about bottled water. Read on, and become a healthier person, a smarter consumer, and a global citizen!


1. Plastic bottles are not sustainable, no matter what we’ve been told.

 Using vast quantities of fossil fuels and water, these bottles are manufactured, filled, and shipped around the globe. (Not a good carbon footprint!) Neither are bottles biodegradable in any meaningful way: what you drink in a few minutes can stick around for a thousand years.

Even with recycling efforts, 6 out of 7 plastic bottles consumed in the U.S. are “downcycled”—sent somewhere out of sight and out of mind where, for the next millennia, toxins from degrading plastic containers can leach into watersheds and soil. That’s just not something we need to give to global neighbors and future generations.

2. Most bottled water is glorified tap water at 10,000 times the cost. 

The label on your bottled water may depict a peaceful mountain stream, but that doesn’t mean the water inside is pure and pristine.

Only some bottled water comes from springs or groundwater sources. It turns out that approximately 25% of bottled water is sourced from … the tap. Sure, some companies filter or radiate the tap water with ultraviolet light before selling it to you at several thousand times the cost of municipal tap water. (Examples include Aquafina, Dasani, and many other brands.)

Moreover, studies show that bottled water samples can contain phthalates, mold, microbes, benzene, trihalomethanes, even arsenic. And only recently did the FDA start regulating bottled water for E. Coli, thanks to advocacy by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Upshot: bottled water markup is extreme. Health standards are often a wash and may even favor tap water. (If you’re concerned about municipal water supply and want to know more, check out this helpful resource, which can help you learn about your municipal water supply and decide if filtration or purification is right for you.)

3. Many bottled waters contain toxins, even if they’ve nixed BPA.


 Plastic isn’t just bad for the planet (see #1). It’s not good for you, either. Bottled water companies increasingly use BPA-free plastic, but laced into plastic bottles are other chemicals that can seep out if bottles are exposed to heat or sit around for a long time. Some of these chemicals are possible endocrine disruptors. No one knows for sure what the health outcomes are. Do you really want your body to undergo that experiment?

4. Fashion, foodies, and sustainable cities are taking back the tap. 

New York City’s Fashion Week, Chez Panisse, the city of San Francisco and Grand Canyon National Park have all reduced or eliminated bottled water! AVEDA teamed up with New York’s Department of Environmental Protection during Fashion Week 2010 to provide free drinking fountains on the streets of New York.

5. Local water is the new complement to local, organic food.


 Local food is everywhere these days: CSAs, farmers markets, farm-to-table dining. That local food is grown and cooked with … local water! It’s the invisible part of the sustainable, healthy food you eat. So, locavores, it’s time to get your hydrophilia on and appreciate your water supply just as much as you do your CSA. Shouldn’t we care for and support our water sources like we support healthy, organic, local farms?

6. There ARE gorgeous alternatives for on-the-go hydrophiles! 

Choose a durable, re-useable water bottle (BPA-free or, even better, stainless steel) in whatever size or shape and design you like. I think of it as an accessory: at my most recent job interview, a team member commented on my green, reusable water bottle. (I got the job.) For home, try the new, limited edition Soma water carafe and filter. It’s a sleek, glass carafe with the first-ever fully biodegradable filter (made from coconut shells—stupendously cool), with a new filter sent automatically every 60 days. As a working professional and parent with an eye for design, I love this. For those who want an in-sink filtration system, check out this helpful resource from Food & Water Watch. And for sparkling water addicts (like myself), I highly recommend Soda Stream.

7. Change is simple—and makes a real difference!

 When you ditch disposable bottled water, you save money, live healthier, and join a movement for global sustainability. Plus, it’s easy. And you’ll save money.

Yes, you’ll need to take that first step of buying your re-usable bottle, and then remember it when you jog out the door. But if “keys, wallet, yoga mat” are on your mental checklist anyway, what’s one more item that saves you money and protects the planet?

If after six months, you still crave water from Fiji, then I suggest the following: take the money you’ve saved by sipping strategically. Treat yourself to a vacation in, well, Fiji—where you can hydrate, surf, relax, and celebrate the fact that you are an awesome part of the solution!

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You Should Eat the Peel of These 12 Fruits and Vegetables

Friday, October 17, 2014 | comments

In all likelihood, the first thing you do when you eat an orange is tear off that thick peel and throw it straight into the garbage. Guess what? You’re missing out on a lot of nutrients. The peel of an orange has nearly twice as much vitamin C as the flesh inside. And though it may seem gross at first, there are plenty of tasty ways you can eat orange peels if you’re willing to get a little creative.

The same is true of lots of fruits and veggies; the peel is often the most nutritious part, and can be eaten despite what you think. Bananas? Yep. Watermelon? Sounds unbelievable, but it’s true: that rind is great for you. Here are 12 foods with powerful peels you should be eating, along with suggestions for how to add them to your diet.


Apples

The skin of an apple contains about half of the apple’s overall dietary fiber content. A medium apple also delivers 9 milligrams of vitamin C, 100 IUs of vitamin A, and 200 grams of potassium. By removing the peel, you lose about a third of those nutrients. The peel also has four times more vitamin K than its flesh; about 5 percent of your daily value. Vitamin K—also prevalent in meat and in spinach and other green veggies—helps you form blood clots that patch you up when you have a bad scrape and helps activate the proteins your body needs for cell growth and healthy bone maintenance.

An apple’s skin boasts potential benefits beyond its vitamin content. An antioxidant called quercetin, found mostly in the apple’s skin, can help lung function, ease breathing problems and protect your lungs from irritants. Quercetin is also believed to fight off brain tissue damage and protect your memory.
One study identified another compound that’s found primarily in the peel, called triterpenoids, which appears to inhibit or kill certain types of cancer cells throughout the body. And the ursolic acid in apple skin has been shown by studies to stimulate muscle growth, increase skeletal muscle and decrease risk of obesity.


Potatoes

A potato’s skin packs more nutrients—iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, vitamin B6 and vitamin C—ounce-for-ounce than the rest of the potato. For example, 100 grams of potato peel packs seven times more calcium and 17 times more iron than the same amount of potato flesh. Ditch the skin and you’ll also lose up to 90 percent of a potato’s iron content and half of its fiber.

And don’t forget the skin of a sweet potato is loaded with a significant amount of beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A during digestion. Vitamin A is essential for cell health and immune system regulation, and it is extremely useful in maintaining organ function.


Citrus (Oranges, Lemons, Grapefruits, Limes)

The peel of an orange packs in twice as much vitamin C as what’s inside. It also contains higher concentrations of riboflavin, vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium and potassium. The peel’s flavonoids have anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties. (Citrus fruit also boosts iron absorption.)

As nutritious as citrus peels are, you’re unlikely to start eating oranges whole. The entire peel is bitter and difficult to digest. Instead, grate the peel using a microplane or another tool and sprinkle it on top of salads, or in a vinaigrette dressing. Citrus shavings make a good pairing with ice cream and chocolate as well.



Cucumbers

The dark green skin contains the majority of a cucumber’s antioxidants, insoluble fiber and potassium. The cucumber peel also holds most of its vitamin K. The next time you have a Greek salad, ask the chef not to peel your cukes.


Kiwi

You’ve probably been spooning out the green flesh inside for years, but a kiwi’s fuzzy exterior is also edible. In fact, the skin contains more flavonoids, antioxidants and vitamin C than the insides—and double the fiber. So ditch the spoon, wash the kiwi and eat it like a peach. If you find the fuzz unappetizing, scrape it off first


Eggplant
An eggplant’s purple hue comes from a powerful antioxidant called nasunin, which helps protect against cancerousdevelopment, especially in the brain and other parts of the nervous system. Nasunin is also believed to have anti-aging properties.

Eggplant skin is also rich in chlorogenic acid, a phytochemical that boasts antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and also promotes glucose tolerance. Although the eggplant interior contains chlorogenic acid, it’s much more prevalent in the skin.


Mango

Researchers found that mango skin contains properties similar to resveratrol, which helps burn fat and inhibits the production of mature fat cells. Mango flesh extracts were also tested, but did not produce the same results, which suggests that one needs to eat mango skin in order to get this beneficial property.

A mango’s peel also contains larger quantities of carotenoids, polyphenols, omega-3, omega-6 and polyunsaturated fatty acids than its flesh. Another study found compounds more heavily concentrated in mango’s skin that fight off cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Mango skin also has quercetin.

The skin of a mango can be eaten raw, or cooked along with the insides. Another way to eat both flesh and skin is to pickle the entire mango.


Carrots

Since the skin of a carrot is the same color as what’s directly beneath it (like a tomato or a red pepper), the peel and its flesh have similar nutritional properties. However, the highest concentration of phytonutrients is found in a carrot’s skin or immediately underneath. Just rinse the carrot thoroughly rather than peeling it.


Watermelon

All watermelon contains citrulline, which has antioxidant properties and converts to arginine, an essential amino acid that is beneficial to the heart, immune system and circulatory system. But most of that citrulline is found in the rind. Eating a rind might sound unappetizing, but it can be pickled (like a cucumber), or simply sautéed and seasoned. Or throw it in a blender with the watermelon flesh, and add some lime.


Onions

Like apple skin and mango skin, the outside of an onion’s skin contains quercetin. Although that skin is not directly edible, you can draw out some of those nutrients by adding it to stock.


Pineapple

Pineapple contains bromelain, an enzyme that can help reduce inflammation, especially in the nose and sinuses. One study found that a pineapple’s core and peel yielded the highest amount of bromelain in the fruit, at 40 percent by weight.

The skin and core of a pineapple straight-up would be tough on your digestive system, so try putting them through a juicer or sauté them for a few minutes in a pan.



Bananas

A banana’s peel contains way more fiber than its flesh, and is likewise richer in potassium.

The peel also contains lutein, a powerful antioxidant that plays a role in maintaining healthy eye function. An amino acid called tryptophan is more highly concentrated in the peel than the insides. Among other things, tryptophan is believed to ease depression by increasing the body’s levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter in the brain that affects mood.

Although the peel has a bitter taste and tough, ropey consistency most people aren’t used to, an overripe banana (brown or black) becomes thinner, sweeter and easier to chew. You can also put the peel (ripe or overripe) through a juicer with the rest of the banana. Or you can boil the peel for several minutes to make it softer, or throw it in the frying pan. If you want to get really creative, bake a banana peel in the oven for 20 minutes or so, or until it becomes dried out, then use it to make tea.

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Potato Juice: A Cure For Some Of The Most Serious Diseases

Thursday, October 16, 2014 | comments

Potato Juice: A Cure For Some Of The Most Serious Diseases\

The healing properties of potatoes have been known from hundreds of years ago. Potato juice is especially known from the treatment of several diseases.

Potatoes grow all over the world and have been found in the diets of people down through time… and potatoes have great healing abilities when made into fresh juice.


12 Benefits of Potato Juice

1. Potato Juice is a wonderful anti-inflammatory agent work well for arthritis and all the other forms of inflammatory disease aches and pains, especially joint pain and back pain. And Potato Juice will increase circulation to every area of the body.

2. Potato Juice is very alkaline and works to alkalize the body in order to prevent diseases such as cardiovascular disease and even cancer.

3. Potato Juice is great for eczema and even acne helping to clear up your skin in no time.

4. Potato Juice can help you lose weight, take one cup of Potato Juice in the morning before breakfast… and in the evening 2 to 3 hours before going to bed. Potato Juice doesn’t taste that great… so make sure to mix it with other juices like carrot juice and add some honey so it tastes great!

5. Potato Juice works wonders for gout… flushing out the uric acid from your body.

6. Potato Juice lowers cholesterol too… and in general improves your over all state of health and well being.

7. Potato Juice also works well as a inexpensive detoxing agent too. Want to flush out your liver and gallbladder then give Potato Juice a try. And Potato Juice has been used in Japan and other places in the world to treat hepatitis with good success.

8. There are studies showing that Potato Juice works well for treating pancreatitis and kidney disease… including high protein values on clinical lab tests. And there’s some evidence that Potato Juice also works well for diabetes and highblood pressure.

9. Potato Juice will prevent the formation of calcium stones in the urinary tract.

10. Potato Juice has also been use for the treatment of tumors and cancer, in fact red and purple potatoes contain high amounts of anthocyanins that stops the growth of cancer cells. And yellow and orange fleshed potatoes contain lots of zeaxanthin which is important for good vision.

11. Potato Juice being alkaline is great for soothing the GI tract, curing indigestion, and helping with excess acid… and for healing a irritable gut and also healing gastric ulcers. A true miracle food for the GI tract.

12. Potato Juice is full of Vitamins A, C, B’s, and phosphorus, calcium, iron, potassium, zeaxanthin, fiber, and protein!

Always use ripe potatoes, potatoes that are free of black spots, new sprouts, and green areas… these areas contain toxins… make sure you remove these areas before juicing

You can add carrot juice to Potato Juice and even herbs like nettle, sage, and spirulina for an even higher nutrient rich juice that does your body good.

Give Potato Juice a try… it just might make you feel great!

Potato Juice: A Cure For Some Of The Most Serious Diseases

Successfully treated diseases are:

• Gastritis: 1Tbspn of potato juice diluted with some water should be taken half an hour before breakfast, lunch and dinner.

• Gastric ulcer: 50ml of potato juice on an empty stomach and 50ml before lunch and dinner.

• Blood sugar levels – daily consumption of potato juice.

• Treatment for lung diseases: daily consumption of potato juice

• Cancer: Potato juice is part of the Brojsov therapy for the treatment of cancer.

• Diseases of the spleen and liver, heart disease, frequent headaches and period pains: daily consumption of potato juice.

How to prepare potato juice:

Wash the potatoes and remove any green parts of the crust. Place the potatoes in a juicer and in one minute you will have a glass full of health. Instead of using a juicer you can grate the potatoes and strain them using a linen cloth. Drink it fresh! For better taste you can add honey, lemon juice, carrot or apple.

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The Best Way To Help Your Body Protect Itself Against Ebola or Any Virus or Bacteria

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The Best Way To Help Your Body Protect Itself Against Ebola or Any Virus or Bacteria

With the threat of the Ebola virus spreading, there is a need to understand what natural options are readily available to you in case you don’t want to be subjected to conventional medical treatments andinfected patients in hospitals. The only proven system to help eradicate the Ebola virus is your body’s immune system, and it is of primary importance to start strengthening its response now to give yourself the best chance of successfully fighting off an infection.

Work with your body’s natural defenses


The only way to work with your body’s natural defenses is to give it what it requires in order to function at optimal performance. Conventional medical wisdom claims that man-made remedies such as vaccines are superior to those provided by nature, but it doesn’t take a scientist to understand that the toxic chemicals and preservatives injected into the body along with antigens is not a legitimate way to improve immunity.

To improve your immunity, you must improve your relationship with nature and the medicine it provides, which has been proven to keep people healthy for thousands of years. In this case, a focus on healing foods and herbs that have strong antibacterial and antiviral properties is of primary importance, along with improving immune system function and eliminating foods that suppress it.

The Best Way To Help Your Body Protect Itself Against Ebola or Any Virus or Bacteria

Antibacterial foods, herbs, and solutions to begin consuming regularly

Even though Ebola is a virus, it only makes sense to start clearing out any harmful bacteria in your digestive system in order for your immune system to function properly. This will allow it to do its job more efficiently, which is a must have when dealing with more deadly infections such as Ebola.

Antibacterial foods and herbs to consider, include:

  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Turmeric (curcumin)
  • Ginger
  • Lemon
  • Cayenne
  • Peppermint
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Cranberry
  • Calendula
  • Echinacea
  • Oregon grape root
  • Goldenseal
  • Marshmallow root
  • Uva Ursi
  • Yarrow
  • Colloidal silver

Most of these foods and herbs can be used in many different ways in every day meal preparation, but the most potent way to receive their benefits in through tinctures, capsules, teas, essential oils, and freshly pressed juices. A few of them are antiviral as well (like ginger, garlic, cranberry, colloidal silver, and Echinacea).


Stock up on antiviral herbs

In the event that Ebola is found in your region, or you suspect you may have an infection, you may want to consider the following as part of your natural defense:

  • Una de Gato (Cat’s Claw)
  • Pau D’Arco
  • Astragalus
  • Elderberry
  • Lemon balm
  • Licorice root
  • Olive leaf
  • Oregano oil
These proven virus fighters will provide another layer of protection to your overall immune support plan.

The Best Way To Help Your Body Protect Itself Against Ebola or Any Virus or Bacteria

Consume immune strengthening foods, herbs, and nutrients

Along with these foods and herbs, it’s also important to consider those things that help solidify a strong immune system, such as:

  • Adaptogenic herbs (reishi, siberian ginseng, astragalus, gynostemma, una de gato, pau d’arco)
  • Liver supporting herbs (milk thistle, dandelion root, yellow dock root, burdock root, artichoke, turmeric)
  • Vitamin C (camu camu, acerola cherry, guava, peppers, kale, oranges)
  • Vitamin D (sunlight and/or fermented cod liver oil)
  • Zinc (supplement or pumpkin seeds)
  • Probiotics (supplement or consider sauerkraut, coconut kefir, apple cider vinegar, and kombucha)

The foods, herbs, and ingestible nutrients listed will provide your immune system with exceptional benefits, and can be consumed in whole food, capsules, tinctures, and tea. Grounding is helpful as well.

The Best Way To Help Your Body Protect Itself Against Ebola or Any Virus or Bacteria

Ditch foods and behaviors that suppress the immune system

Another very important factor to unleash your immune system is to stop consuming foods and engaging in behaviors that depress it. The biggest culprits in immune suppression are:
  • Sugar (especially refined)
  • Alcohol
  • Dairy
  • Corn, soy, and wheat (gluten)
  • Hydrogenated foods
  • Excess animal protein
  • Excess flour intake
  • Highly processed foods
  • Chronic stress
  • Excessive EMF exposure
  • Limited sunshine or vitamin D supplementation
Improve in all of these areas, and your immune system and energy will reciprocate nicely, both which help your body protect itself against Ebola (and any other viruses or bacteria).

As always, consult with a qualified herbal practitioner or naturopath to determine which herbs and solutions are best for your individual situation. At this time, there is no proven remedy for Ebola, but investing in your immune system and using nature’s medicine quite possibly gives you the best route of action.

For an antibacterial and antiviral juice recipe, Check Out The Antibiotic Tonic. For more info on the top adaptogenic herbs and sources of vitamin C, visit the first two sources below. Also checkoutMake Your Immune System Bulletproof.

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5 Problems That Bananas Solve Better Than Pills

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 | comments

5 Problems That Bananas Solve Better Than Pills

1. High Blood Pressure

It is known that excessive salt intake and lack of potassium have a negative effect on blood pressure. It is important to have enough potassium in the blood, and bananas are rich in it. It is recommended to eat one banana each morning. This habit will maintain blood pressure at an ideal level.

2. Depression


Tryptophan is found in bananas in a form of proteins that stimulate the secretion of the hormone of happiness, serotonin. Only one banana is enough to increase the level of this hormone. This hormone increasing is so effective, that it will make you feel calm and happy within minutes.

5 Problems That Bananas Solve Better Than Pills

3. Stress


Stress speeds up the metabolism which makes potassium levels to decline. The balance can be achieved by consuming banana because it contains lot of potassium and normalizes heart’s work. Also, bananas regulate the optimal amount of water in the body.

4. Constipation

Bananas contain pectin, dietetic fiber which speeds up digestion and stimulates the removal of toxins from the body. Besides that, bananas have probiotic properties and stimulate digestion, reduce flatulence and ease tension in the intestines due to constipation.

5. PMS


Bananas are rich in vitamin B6, which has a positive effect on the level of glucose in the blood, and it was confirmed that vitamin B helps relieving premenstrual symptoms. Bananas reduce pain in the abdomen and waist, regulate mood swings and retain water in the body.

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10 Healthy Ways to Accept the Death of a Loved One

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 | comments

10 Healthy Ways to Accept the Death of a Loved One

Death is an immensely challenging and often confusing part of being alive. It can broadside us, claiming dear friends and loved ones seemingly before their time. Truthfully, there is no right way to handle death, as the loss of someone you care about can be one of the most emotionally charged experiences we ever have, comparable to that of only one other occasion, the birth of a child.

I believe when someone close to us dies, we do have an array of emotions and experiences we all do share, and this article is dedicated to the cultivation of healthy responses towards death, as it will continually be a part of all of our lives. I write this not to be grim, but to be realistic. Death will claim those we love, and we must come to embrace this process and meet it with presence, rather than any form of denial so it won’t affect us or to shy away from the intensity of the the experience of the loss.

Death is truly a beautiful process, as one cycles through this life into the heavens, they may find new life through the process of incarnation (that is if you believe in reincarnation), which I do. While many deaths are avoidable and unnecessary, the process of death itself isn’t, and it’s that process this article is about.

I believe we as a culture are somewhat inept when it comes to death, as it’s something many of us fear, and our modern society has had trouble embracing the concept and its reality. Generally, we view it as a major tragedy and loss for ourselves and the world, when in actuality, their life was and is a gift to this world. Their death symbolizes and is a celebration of the gifts and lessons they brought to us. In ancient cultures, death was an ecstatic, celebratory part of life, considered to be a great gift and initiation. Perhaps we can integrate this wisdom into our own lives today.

10 Healthy Ways to Accept the Death of a Loved One

Here’s 10 Healthy Ways to Accept the Death of a Loved One: 


1) Don’t Try to Understand It
In the event of death, I experience and witness many try to understand. Was the person ready to die? Did they know? Was it supposed to happen?

When someone dies, I don’t believe it’s our job to understand it, as understanding may be the last emotion you experience. Rather, I invite us to embrace it as a divine act always, no matter what the circumstances, and to then learn from their passing in the most unified way possible. When one dies, their soul carries on, knowing they can continue to bring gifts and show up in our lives is so much more powerful than trying to understand the illogical.

2) Turn Regret into Inspiration
Often, we wonder how we could have done more when someone was alive… Said the thing we needed or wanted to say, apologized whenever necessary, and reached out and done more to express our love and appreciation to cherish the bond of our dear friend or loved one.

I believe death is intended to give us a greater appreciation of life and its preciousness. Think about how you can take all of those regretful actions and turn them into inspiration towards the people who are alive and present in your life today. What can you say to those you care about to let them know how much you cherish them in your life?

3) Embrace Your Anger as Passion

If you experience anger towards death, it’s truly passion in disguise. You are passionate about what the person meant to you and to others. Maybe you are angry at them for their actions or maybe lack there of while they were alive. Maybe you are angry at yourself for not doing more and some people even experience anger at someone for dying and leaving them alone.

Consider how much you passionately care for the person who passed and look deep into your anger to understand it better and listen to what it is telling you. If you can, channel this anger into proactive action.

4) Really Let Yourself Cry & Feel Emotional
You have permission to cry and let it all out.

If it’s within reach, find someone who you feel safe with and who can support you. Let yourself feel safe enough to emote and cry. Crying is not generally glamorous, but is always beautiful. Surrounding yourself with people who will embrace your tears, rather than trying to stop them is very important.

You may need to shake and experience the whole range of emotions associated with your loss. Don’t swallow or repress these emotions, they are the healing pressure and essential to the personal growth of your life.

5) It’s Okay to Laugh & Smile
Smile and laughter is sometimes a natural reaction to death. You can’t help but think of the highlights of someone’s life when you look back at them, and that’s a very good thing.

If you feel happy, content, or desire to laugh or smile through your experience, it’s okay too. Everyone handles emotions differently, and sometimes sadness is richer with just a drop of joy.

10 Healthy Ways to Accept the Death of a Loved One

6) Come Together with Friends & Family
Although this is an older practice, coming together with close friends and family when someone dies, need not be a grim and purely somber experience. When you die, do you want to purely be grieved in remembrance with devastation and loss or celebrated for being the magnificent being you are? Treat others the same way you would like to be treated.

Consider doing various Spiritual rituals in their name, burning love notes to your passed loved one, burying love notes with them, or dancing their spirit through the veils.

7) Connect with Them Beyond this Life
Everyone is a medium to the dearly departed. Simply, go into meditation and call upon their soul’s presence and feel them. Embrace their Spirit and let them communicate with you. You may be surprised at how palpable their presence feels with you.

Many people’s spirits seem to become more easily accessible once they pass. You can even ask them questions, to gain greater clarity to the timing of their departure from this life.

8) Let the One Who has Passed become Your Spirit Guide
In the same vein, the presence of one who has passed doesn’t need to end in this life. Call upon them in the same way you would a spirit guide. Invoke their Spirit to support you in your life and feel them when you need support.

So many times, I’ve heard people say their deceased parents, grandparents or friends and family feel like they are watching over them. Give yourself permission to share in this experience. If someone brought great gifts to you during their life, it’s very likely they can do so to an equal or even greater extent in the afterlife.

Consider putting your beloved departed’s picture on your shrine to remind you that they are looking over you & are still a part of you!

9) Embrace that Death Isn’t the End, It’s a Cycle
From Tibetan, Hindu and even deep Gnostic teachings, we see that the further back you look into various ancient Global cultures, that reincarnation is commonplace and knowledge. Interestingly enough, during Jesus’s life reincarnation was the primary accepted notion of the process of death.

When we don’t view death as the end, we can embrace it as a new beginning. The soul is now free to travel the cosmos, take on a new body and is no longer bound by the limitations of the physical. How exciting!

Life and death are two sides of the same coin, as rebirth and regeneration is forever present in nature, and energy is never created or destroyed, just re-appropriated.

10) Celebrate their Life
Most of all celebrate the life of the one you loved. The lessons they taught, love they shared, bonds they created and care they administered for others.

Let the pain and anguish transmute into deeper forms of gratitude and appreciation than you have ever experienced. Let your heart be broken, as it will transform into new heights and expanses of love for yourself, others & the World. We are all one, and extensions of each other, and the passing of one of us is the signification that energy always changes and there is beauty in impermanence.

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12 Super Foods for Preventing Hair Loss

Monday, October 13, 2014 | comments


Hair loss is a common ailment that a number of people face today, and it is really infuriating to see your hair strands in your hands every time you comb, shampoo, oil, or even on your pillow when you wake up in the morning. Healthy and nutritious food is the key to triumph over the problem of hair loss. The following article will tell you about some of the eatables that have been considered as super foods to prevent hair loss.

12 Super Foods for Preventing Hair Loss

1. Spinach

Popeye’s favourite spinach is packed with a number of nutrients because of which, it is highly recommended to people of every age group to consume every day. Spinach is loaded with vitamins, minerals, potassium, calcium, iron, and omega fatty acids, which are all highly advisable to maintain the health of the hair.

2. Salmon

The omega-3 fatty acids and protein in salmon are excellent for treating hair loss. They are effective in maintaining a healthy scalp and hair shaft. Consuming salmon also solves the troubles of dry and frizzy hair by hydrating the scalp and hair.

3. Beans

This incredible superfood should be part of your daily diet. They are rich in protein, which is an important element for strong and shiny hair. The nutrients of beans safeguard your hair especially in cold months when they easily get dry and frizzy fast. Beans include chickpeas, black beans, soybeans, kidney beans, pinto beans, etc.

4. Oats

Oats are one such eatable that contains every nutrient, which is needed by our hair. Oats deliver a good quantity of zinc, copper, B vitamins and protein, which are some of the salient micronutrients for putting an end to the problems of hair loss.

5. Sweet Potato
Consumption of sweet potato is the easiest way of consuming loads of vitamin A, protein, iron, and copper, which are essential for keeping the problems of hair loss at bay. It makes the tissues of the scalp and hair strong.

6. Egg

As a matter of fact, we are well aware that hair are made of proteins, and hence; it is a requisite to consume more and more protein-rich diet to keep our hair healthy. Eggs are one of the wealthy sources of protein, and therefore, it is a most excellent source for providing strength to your hair. Eating and applying, both the ways are effective in preventing hair loss.

12 Super Foods for Preventing Hair Loss

7. Green Peas

Do not underestimate peas because of their size! In fact, they are massively powerful in terms of their nutritional benefits. They are also a healthy source of protein, beta-carotene, and vitamin C, which are excellent for strong hair.

8. Nuts

Almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews, and various other nuts are regarded as an effective therapy to avert hair loss. The essential oils and vital nutrients that they enclose in them are fantastic for skin, brain, heart, and also for hair health.

9. Beef


It is believed that people, who face the troubles of hair loss, are deficient in iron and protein. Beef is a kind of red meat, which is regarded as the extraordinary source of iron, fatty acids, and protein. Beef keeps the proper check on supply of blood to hair, thereby combating the problems of hair loss.

10. Wheat Germ

If you are struggling a lot with the problem of hair loss, include wheat germ in your diet before long. It is a powerhouse of various such nutrients that promote the healthy growth of hair. Wheat germ is a superb source of dietary fibre, copper, and zinc, all of which are cooperative in keeping the hair healthy.

11. Carrot

Besides being good for eyes, carrots are also proficient in keeping the scalp and hair healthy. Adding them once in a week in your diet can prove to be really effective for you. Carrots are copious in vitamin A, which produces a healthy oily chemical on scalp, called sebum. Sebum safeguards hair and scalp from getting dirty and dry.

12. Sunflower Seeds


Sunflower seeds are one of the best foods that we can choose to consume for getting long and strong hair. It is well-off with nutrients, such as magnesium, protein, zinc, vitamin E, selenium, iron, potassium, copper, biotin, B vitamins, and calcium. These all are cooperative in providing healthy hair.

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Red Algae Extract Fights Ebola ... and HIV, SARS and HCV

Sunday, October 12, 2014 | comments

Red Algae Extract Fights Ebola ... and HIV, SARS and HCV

While researchers scramble to develop a vaccine or monoclonal antibody against the Ebola virus – and continue to develop chemo treatments to stem HIV and Hepatitis-C while fearing SARS – nature has already provided a natural treatment.

Research has shown that a healthy strong immune system can allow a person to not only avoid contracting the disease – but become resistant to it as well.

For those of us who need help or extract assurance, red algae proves to provide a key antiviral.

Red Algae Extract Fights Ebola ... and HIV, SARS and HCV

Hunting Natural Immunity For Ebola


After the two 1996 Ebola outbreaks in Gabon Africa, medical scientists determined that about Ebola causes death among about 70 percent of those who contracted the virus.

This question led researchers from Gabon’s Franceville International Center of Medical Research to investigate. The questions ensued: Why don’t the other 30 percent die? How do 30 percent of those infected recover?

Furthermore, medical researchers found many instances where there were close contacts of those who became infected who never were infected at all. Even though they were in contact with the infected patient while the patient was symptomatic.

Note: An infected patient with Ebola must be symptomatic in order to be contagious – with fever and other flu-like symptoms. A person must also have direct mucosal or blood contact in order to become infected with the virus. This means a transfer of saliva, urine, semen or blood from one person to another.

Thus, when the researchers investigated “close contact” individuals, they focused upon those who had this sort of exposure

Red Algae Extract Fights Ebola ... and HIV, SARS and HCV

Ebola Antibodies


The research found that nearly half of those who were asymptomatic and seemingly immune developed antibodies (IgM and IgG) to the Ebola virus.

This means these individuals certainly were intimately exposed to the virus, but simply naturally developed the immunity tools – including those discussed below – that prevented the infection from replicating out of control.

Furthermore, the asymptomatic group exhibited greater anti-inflammatory responses in general. They were found to have higher levels of circulating cytokines and chemokines – which speed up the body’s natural ability to break down the viral cells and stop their activity within the body.


They concluded:

“Asymptomatic individuals had a strong inflammatory response by high circulating concentrations of cytokines and chemokines.”


Red Algae Extract Fights Ebola ... and HIV, SARS and HCV

Mannose-Binding Lectins Attack Ebola Virus

The particular mechanism with which the body naturally breaks down and prevents infection from lethal infections including Ebola, HIV, HCV and SARS has gradually emerged.

The mechanism is called mannose-binding lectins. Mannose-binding lectins are apparently produced in the human body via a DNA sequence, called the MBL2.

When this part of our genes is in order, the body will produce and release these mannose-binding lectins into the bloodstream. Mannose-binding lectins will then recognize and glom onto certain carbohydrate molecules that cover and make up various microorganisms.

These include fungi, bacteria and even parasites, which utilize glycoprotein shells to protect themselves. But they also include viruses. Once the lectins attach to these shells, they will break apart the surface of the microbe and basically break them down, allowing the body’s other immune cells to kill off the microbe and prevent it from replicating.

In fact, a healthy body that produces good levels of these mannose-binding lectins will be able to easily fight off colds and flus, as well as other microbial infections. Several animal studies have shown mannose-binding lectins heartily beat down coronaviruses and infectious bronchitis.

Research over the past five years has found that low levels of mannose-binding lectins increases the risk of respiratory infections, including syncytial virus infections, pneumonia and others.

For example, in a study of 121 children, RSV-infections were associated with low levels of mannose-binding lectins. Nearly 70 percent of RSV-infected children had low levels of mannose-binding lectins. But other infections – especially those related to bacterial infections – are not necessarily connected with mannose-binding lectin levels.

When it comes to virulent infections such as Ebola, Hepatitis C and HIV, however, these are different. These viruses come with glycoprotein shells that protect the virus from being broken down.

Furthermore, the glycoprotein shell of the Ebola virus produces glycoproteins that damage cells, allowing the virus to penetrate and replicate within the cell.

Mannose-binding lectins actually break down this shell and the glycoprotein matrix through a mechanism called the lectin pathway.

Humans that don’t produce enough of these mannose-binding lectins are not only more susceptible because they don’t have enough lectins, but they are typically also immunosuppressed with regard to the rest of their immune system.

One of the reason some humans don’t produce enough mannose-binding lectins is because of a slight genetic mutation, where the MBL2 gene is switched off. The reason for this mutation/switch-off has yet to be fully understood. (Guess – something to do with our toxic environment and/or nutritional deficiency.)

Red Algae Extract Fights Ebola ... and HIV, SARS and HCV

Mannose-Binding Lectins From Red Algae

This brings us to the fun part. Yes, humans aren’t the only critters that produce mannose-binding lectins. Red algae also produce these profusely, which allow the algae to protect themselves from invasion by viruses.

The most promising form of mannose-binding lectins is a component of the Scytonema varium red algae called Scytovirin. The protein extract was isolated by researchers from the National Cancer Institute at Frederick, Maryland in 2003. The protein contains 95 amino acids, and was found to bind to HIV-1 viral shells.

A similar antiviral protein was found in Nostoc ellipsosporum – called Cyanovirin-N. Both of these antiviral proteins did similar things – they broke down the glycoprotein shells of HIV and HCV.

Yet another anti-viral extract was found from the New Zealand red alga species, Griffithsia sp. This protein is called Griffithsin, abbreviated with GRFT.

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7 Types Of Fish You Should Never Consider Eating

Thursday, October 9, 2014 | comments (2)

7 Types Of Fish You Should Never Consider Eating

With increasing pollution and radiation levels off the charts in our oceans, wild fish are becoming as hazardous to our health as factory farmed meat. Most farmed fish are no longer safe to consume due to genetic modification and practices which have transformed many species into swimming poison. Here are 7 varieties of fish you should avoid without exception.

Many species are so high in contaminants like mercury that their health benefits are outweighed by their health risks. Others are flown in from halfway around the world, but given labels that make you think they were caught fresh earlier that morning. And still others are raised in filthy, overcrowded pools and loaded up with chemicals to keep them alive. 

Two years ago, scientists had for the first time – discovered Bluefin tuna that were contaminated by the Fukushima nuclear crisis in Japan last year – swimming off the coast of California. Radioactive cesium ten times above the normal level was found in the fish. Hazardous radionuclides such as iodine-131, caesium 137, and other isotopes currently being released in the sea and air around Fukushima bio-concentrate at each step of various food chains (for example into algae, crustaceans, small fish, bigger fish, then humans; or soil, grass, cow’s meat and milk, then humans).

Mercury contamination of all seafood is a widespread public health concern. In fact, pregnant women, children and women who might become pregnant should avoid the consumption of swordfish, tuna and orange roughy due to their high methyl-mercury content. The EU’s food safety authority (EFSA) “EFSA recommends that women of childbearing age…select fish from a wide range of species, without giving undue preference to large predatory fish such as swordfish and tuna,” it said in a statement.

In addition to being toxic for humans, swordfish and many other species of fish are being caught in ways that are devastating ocean habitats and fisheries. Longline fishing, the fishing method used to catch swordfish, kills thousands of sea turtles per year.

“If the fish is sustainable, then it is likely to be healthy to eat too,” said Leah Gerber, an associate professor and senior sustainability scientist at Arizona State University.

“In general, larger longer-lived fish are more likely to have exposure to toxins due to the length of their lives and their place on the food chain,” Gerber explained. “So you might be best served to stay away from them — like Bluefin Tuna or Swordfish. Besides they already are over fished.”

Around 95 percent of all salmon in existence are now farmed, and domestication has made them very different to wild populations, each of which is locally adapted to its own river system. Just two years ago a Purdue University scientist urged federal officials to decide favorably on allowing genetically engineered salmon into the food supplyarguing that not doing so may set back scientific efforts to increase food production. The argument came in direct contradiction to statements made by the same scientist who found that releasing a transgenic fish to the wild could damage native populations even to the point of extinction.

A June 2013 report from the Earth Policy Institute noted that worldwide production of farmed fish now not only exceeds the production of beef, but that consumption of farmed fish is soon expected to exceed consumption of wild-caught fish.

There are dozens of species unworthy of consumption, however due to their popularity and accessibility, here are 7 you should stay away from.

 SWORDFISH

#1: SWORDFISH

Why It’s Bad: At .976 ppm (parts per million), it has the highest mercury content of any fish out there. The bio accumulation of methyl mercury is worse the higher up the food chain that you go hence swordfish is fairly bad because it’s higher up the food chain. The same argument can be justified for shark and marlin. Mercury pollutants have to be made into bio-available methyl mercury by anaerobic sulfur based bacteria. These only exist in certain regions so if you can get swordfish that’s from an area without the deep water sulfur based bacteria then you can avoid the high contamination levels. Problem is that these anoxic regions are growing every year due to warmer waters which carry less oxygen thereby favouring anaerobic organisms over aerobic

TUNA
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#2: TUNA

Why It’s Bad: At .639 ppm, it’s a close second to swordfish, especially big eye and blue fin tuna. The New York Times found that Atlantic bluefin tuna has the highest levels of mercury of any type of tuna. To top it off, bluefin tuna are severely overharvested, to the point of reaching near-extinction levels, and are considered “critically endangered” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Rather than trying to navigate the ever-changing recommendations for which tuna is best, consider giving it up altogether.

ORANGE ROUGHY

#3: ORANGE ROUGHY


Why It’s Bad: At .554 ppm, orange roughy is still very high in mercury toxicity. Like most deep sea dwelling fish, orange roughy take a long time to grow to maturity, and are easy to threaten with overfishing. Extensive deep sea fishing for over two decades resulted in severe depletion of adult stocks. Orange roughy do not generally breed until they reach 30 years of age. Scientists predict it could take decades for orange roughy populations to recover from heavy fishing which have decimated the species. The Environmental Defense Fund has issued a health advisory.

TILAPIA

#4: TILAPIA

Why It’s Bad: One of the reasons for the popularity of tilapia is that they are short-lived and primarily vegetarian and therefore do not accumulate substantial amounts of mercury by consuming other fish, as other common predatory food fish (such as tuna) do. This factor also means, as reported in a June 2013 National Geographic article, that tilapia are more efficient to farm because they eat lower on the food chain. This causes a world of problems to the detriment of human health.

Dibutylin levels, a chemical used in PVC plastics is said to be 2 times higher in farm-raised tilapia compared to wild ones. Dibutylin is toxic and can impair immune system function while also contributing to inflammation. Dibutylin may be the reason as to why there is a rise in asthma, obesity, allergies and other metabolic disorders in recent years.

Dioxins are also typically higher in farmed tilapia. The problem with dioxins is that once it enters our system, it can take a very long time until it is removed from the body. The half life of dioxin is about 7 to 11 years.

 SALMON (Both Wild-caught and Farmed)

#5: SALMON (Both Wild-caught and Farmed)

Why It’s Bad: Although salmon is typically lower in mercury concentrations, the recent devasting events in Fukushima, Japan, have many scientists questioning whether any Pacific salmon should ever be consumed again due to high radioactive isotope levels. It’s actually illegal to capture wild Atlantic salmon because the fish stocks are so low, and they’re low, in part, because of farmed salmon. Salmon farming is very polluting: Thousands of fish are crammed into pens, which leads to the growth of diseases and parasites that require antibiotics and pesticides. Often, the fish escape and compete with native fish for food, leading to declines in native populations.

A study with mice proved that a diet high in farmed salmon contaminated by persistent organic pollutants – POPs – contributes to weight gain and increases the risk of diabetes.

Adding to our salmon woes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is moving forward with approving genetically engineered salmon to be sold, unlabeled, to unsuspecting seafood lovers. That salmon would be farmed off the coast of Panama, and it’s unclear how it would be labeled. Currently, all fish labeled “Atlantic salmon” come from fish farms. They’re also fed pellets that contain pink dye–that’s how they get their color.

FLATFISH (Flounder, Sole and Halibut)

#6: FLATFISH (Flounder, Sole and Halibut)

Why It’s Bad: This group of fish includes flounder, sole, and halibut that are caught off the Atlantic coast. Although flounder and sole have relatively low levels of mercury, halibut still remains on the higher end at .252 ppm. Flatfish have found their way onto the list because of heavy contamination and overfishing that dates back to the 1800s. According to Food and Water Watch, populations of these fish are as low as 1 percent of what’s necessary to be considered sustainable for long-term fishing.

MACKEREL

#7: MACKEREL

Why It’s Bad: Considered as a healthier fish due to it’s high mineral magnesium, mackerel is just as bad as the top five when it comes to mercury. Most of the world eats Spanish Gulf mackerel which is quite high in mercury toxicity at 0.454 ppm. No more than 4 ounces of mackerel should be consumed at one time and preferably on once per month.

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Home Remedies for Insomnia

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 | comments

Home Remedies for Insomnia

Insomnia is a common sleep disorder characterized by difficulty falling or staying asleep. This leads to daytime fatigue, poor performance, tension headaches, irritability, depression, and various other problems.

Insomnia is generally of two types: acute and chronic. Acute insomnia is usually more common and lasts for days or weeks. Chronic insomnia, on the other hand, lasts for months or even longer.

There are a variety of causes including stress, anxiety, psychotic disorders, poor sleep habits, disruptions in sleeping environment, life changes, caffeine or other stimulants, chronic pain, breathing difficulties, and certain medical conditions such as arthritis, heart failure, acid reflux, and others.

It can also be a side effect of certain medications such as corticosteroids, alpha-blockers, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, and more.

Here are the top 10 home remedies for insomnia.


 Cumin Seeds

1. Cumin Seeds

Cumin is a culinary spice with medicinal properties that aid in digestion. In traditional Ayrvedic medicine, it has been used to induce sleep. Cumin oil, too, has a tranquilizing effect.

Mix one teaspoon of cumin powder in a mashed banana and eat it before going to bed. If you do not have the powder, dry roast and grind cumin seeds to make the powder.
You can also have cumin tea to ease tiredness and fatigue; insomnia and fatigue often go hand-in-hand. To prepare the tea, heat one teaspoon of cumin seeds on low heat for about five seconds, add one cup of water and bring the mixture to a boil. Turn off the heat, cover the container and let it sit for about five minutes. Finally, strain and drink this cumin tea before bedtime.

Nutmeg

2. Nutmeg

Nutmeg has sedative properties and works as a natural sleep aid.

Add one-eighth teaspoon or just a dash of nutmeg powder to a cup of warm milk. Drink it before bedtime.
Alternatively, you can add one-quarter teaspoon of freshly ground nutmeg to a cup of warm water or any fruit juice. Drink it before bedtime.

You can also mix a dash of nutmeg powder in one tablespoon of Indian gooseberry (amla) juice. Consume this three times a day. In addition to insomnia, it will also treat indigestion and depression.

Saffron

3. Saffron

Saffron also has mild sedative properties that help treat insomnia.

Steep two strands of saffron in a cup of warm milk.

Drink it at night before going to bed.

Chamomile Tea

4. Chamomile Tea

Due to its long history as a sleeping aid, chamomile tea is a well-known natural home remedy for insomnia. Though the exact reason is not known, scientific studies have suggested that the compound called apigenin in chamomile could be responsible for its sedative effect.

Simply enjoy a cup of chamomile tea to induce sleep and relaxation. You can also sweeten it with a pinch of cinnamon and some honey.

Bananas

5. Bananas


Eating a banana can be useful in combating insomnia because it contains an amino acid called tryptophan that helps raise serotonin levels, which help regulate sleep patterns. It also will elevate your mood and help regulate your appetite. Minerals like iron, calcium, and potassium present in this fruit also help with sleep.

Warm Milk

6. Warm Milk

Warm milk is an excellent home remedy to relax your mind and body. Moreover, like bananas, milk contains tryptophan that promotes sleep.

Mix one-quarter teaspoon of cinnamon powder in a cup of warm milk.

Drink it one hour before going to bed.

 Fenugreek Juice

7. Fenugreek Juice

Fenugreek reduces anxiety, insomnia, and dizziness.

Mix together two teaspoons of juice extracted from fenugreek leaves and one teaspoon of honey.
Consume it daily.

Valerian

8. Valerian

Valerian is a medicinal herb with sedative and muscle relaxing properties. It induces relaxation and promotes deep sleep.

Mix one-half teaspoon each of grated valerian root and nutmeg in two cups of hot water. Let it steep for 15 minutes. Strain and drink it. Do not use this remedy on a regular basis for more than a few weeks as it may lead to heart problems and withdrawal symptoms.

Simply having valerian tea is also helpful.

Alternatively, you can dilute half a teaspoon of valerian tincture in water and then have it. You can take it up to three times a day.

Hot Bath

9. Hot Bath

Taking a hot bath or shower about two hours before going to bed can be of great help in treating insomnia. It works as a good bedtime ritual to relax your body and soothe nerve endings.

To make this remedy even more effective, add a few drops of soothing essential oils like lemon balm, chamomile, rosemary, or lavender to the bath water.


Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey

10. Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey

Apple cider vinegar contains amino acids that relieve fatigue. Plus, it helps break down fatty acids that release tryptophan. Honey, too, promotes sleep by raising your insulin and causing a release of serotonin, a brain chemical that helps regulate sleep/wake cycles.

Interestingly, low levels of serotonin lead to sleep disruptions whereas high levels are associated with wakefulness. So, you may need to adjust the remedies depending on how they affect you so that you achieve the optimum mid-level of serotonin that works for you.

Mix two teaspoons each of organic apple cider vinegar and honey in a glass of warm water. Drink it before bedtime.

Alternatively, you can create a tonic by mixing two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a cup of honey. Have a tablespoon of this tonic with or without water.

Simply having two teaspoons of honey mixed in a cup of water is also useful, especially for children.
Besides these, take some remedial measures like establishing a regular sleep routine, sleeping in a dark and quiet room, avoiding large and late meals before bedtime, practicing relaxation techniques, eliminating caffeine from your diet, and incorporating moderate exercise into your routine (avoid late-day exercise, though). If the lack of sleep is affecting your daily activities, consult your doctor for proper treatment.

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