Wow, recently I see all kinds of articles about coconut oil and how it’s good for practically everything. Now I see just many stories about Baking Soda. Yes, plain ole baking soda.
In fact I just read a report of a better way to brighten your teeth than whitening strips or bleaching and you guessed it, it involves both Coconut Oil and Baking Soda.
Here are several reasons the coconut oil toothpaste is both effective and better that commercial toothpaste and it can help you avoid all of the chemicals and toxic ingredients and save money!
You may ask why does commercial toothpaste contain harmful and toxic ingredients, like; titanium dioxide, FD&C Blue Dye # 1 & 2, sodium and sodium fluoride, just to name a few. By the way these ingredients can surprisingly also be found in toothpaste that is labeled “all natural” as well. These chemicals are not only harmful to your delicate tooth enamel, they also affect your overall health! Glycerin is another ingredient to be cautious of as it can inhibit the materialization of teeth. It is also found in fluoride-free toothpaste.
As we have all learned by now Coconut oil is antibacterial, antimicrobial, and anti-fungal. Studies also show that coconut oil destroys the bacteria that can cause tooth decay. The other primary ingredient in this natural toothpaste is baking soda. Baking soda is a very mild abrasive which with cleaning and whitening the teeth, and restoring pH balance.
Here are the ingredients you’ll need; 2 tablespoons Coconut Oil, 2 tablespoons Baking Soda,
and 10 drops of Peppermint oil ( this is optional for taste if desired).
Mix the baking soda with the coconut oil until it forms a paste like consistency.
Add several drops of peppermint oil to taste and mix. That’s it you now have your own, home made, natural , whitening Toothpaste.
Wait, you already have half the ingredients for a great healthy smoothie as well. Just add oatmeal, half a banana, a small granny smith apple and a cup of Soy, Hemp or Almond Milk, Mix in a blender add crushed ice, blend again and there you go. A healthy smoothie you can enjoy at anytime to keep your energy up.
SO, what ever you do, Live Life, Happy, Healthy Naturally.
Recently a friend of mine announce to the world on Facebook that he had not been feeling well lately and had woken up with yellow eyes. Suddenly all the backseat doctors started to chime in with their diagnosis. Hepatitis, Jaundices, Cirrhosis, etc, etc.....until we went to the Emergency Room and they started a barrage of blood work to determine just what he had.
One thing that they did determine immediately was that we had gone into sepsis. I think that's when some of your organs, like the liver or the kidneys start to shut down. So my friend was very worried as he should be. It's not a good thing when your organs start to shut down and they tell you it's a serious thing.
Finally they advised him that he had Hep C and started a treatment to make him better.
So I started doing a little research to see what was a great food or herb to strengthen the liver. It wasn't too long before I found out the wonders of Ginger when it came to fortifying the Liver.
Ginger naturally has a high antioxidant content, which reduces cellular damage. According to LiveStrong.com Ginger may help prevent or treat this liver condition by reducing oxidation stress, decreasing insulin resistance and inhibiting inflammation, all contributing factors. Clinical trials are in order to determine the extent of the benefits that ginger may offer for liver health.
In a different study from 2010 on laboratory animals, 250 milligrams and 500 milligrams per kilogram of body weight of ginger and the same amounts of chicory significantly improved liver damage and restored blood composition to normal when administered individually or together. Neither substance caused toxic effects at doses up to 5 grams per kilogram. Microscopic evaluation of liver tissue also showed improvements from the two supplements.
Since I have Fatty Liver I was amazed to find out that Ginger may protect against nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, an increasingly common condition associated with insulin resistance that is nearing epidemic proportions, say researchers who conducted a study published in the January 2011 issue of the "World Journal of Gastroenterology." Ginger may help prevent or treat this liver condition by reducing oxidative stress on the liver, decreasing insulin resistance and inhibiting inflammation, all contributing factors to this condition.
Who knew that Ginger, yes Ginger Root, could be so good for our Liver. So I too have started eating more Ginger and taking a Ginger Root supplement. I'm not saying you should do the same but you may at least look into to it?
Be well and Happy Healthy Eating.
Here are the clues, it is low in calories, but high in nutrients. It contains Manganese and is loaded with Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, selenium and fiber too. It is also a natural immune system booster that helps the body fight infection. In fact one study found that a daily dose of this herb reduced the number of colds by 63%, while reducing the average length of cold symptoms by 70%. Have you guessed which herb we’re talking about?
Garlic, of course. Garlic has such health benefits due to its powerful antioxidant properties. It contains a compound known as allicin. Allicin has been shown to help lower cholesterol levels, prevent blood clotting, and even may have anti-cancer properties and anti-microbial affects as well.
Add Raw Honey into the mix and you have a knock out of a concoction. Raw Honey is packed full of Anti Oxidants, Enzymes and Minerals like iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and selenium. But wait, Raw Honey contains Vitamin B6, thiamin, riboflavin, and niacin. Plus, Raw Honey has a healthy glycemic index that aids in better digestion.
So here is what you’ll need and this is what you do.
1st take 3-4 heads of garlic
1 cup of raw honey and a small jar with a lid.
Separate the heads of garlic into individual cloves.
Don’t peel the cloves, but remove the outer layer.
Crush the coves of chop them up into a fine pulp add a little warm water if necessary.
Add the garlic to the jar.
Slowly pour the honey over the garlic pulp.
Use a spoon to release any trapped air bubbles.
Make sure the garlic pulp is completely covered by honey, and put the lid on the jar.
Allow the mixture to infuse for a few days, either in the fridge or at room temperature.
Now your ready to start your new daily health regimen.
When you get up in the morning take a Tablespoon of the mixture and mix it with a small glass of warm water on an empty stomach. Drink and enjoy your day to better health.
Stay Happy and Healthy.
They year has just begin and why not begin some new early morning habits as well.
We can start by soaking some morning sun lowers the chances of osteopenia as well,” says dermatologist Dr Sama Rais.
Here are some of the benefits of soaking up some sun:
It Improves bone health, It Helps strengthen your immune system, belive it or not It can Prevent cancer, It also Helps reduce fat, and it Helps heal minor hormonal problems.
Not to mention;
1. It Will Re-hydrate You
After seven or eight hours of sleep, your body becomes dehydrated. Drinking water upon waking helps increase the flow of oxygen, and aids in the production of muscle and blood cells.
2. It Will Jumpstart Your Metabolism
Drinking at least one large glass of water in the morning – about 16 oz of cold water – can boost your body’s metabolism by about 24%, which can aid in maintaining a healthy weight.
3. Water Helps Your Body Flush Out Toxins
When you drink water in the morning before eating, you help to purify your colon, allowing nutrients to be absorbed more easily. Your kidneys also function better when you’re getting enough fluids.
4. Your Brain Tissue is 76% Water
When you’re dehydrated, your brain is operating on low fuel. This can cause you to feel tired, drained, may lead to headaches, and you may even experience mood fluctuations.
5. You’ll Stay Full Longer
Water helps to fill your stomach. Drinking a big glass of water in the morning, and before meals, can help you to eat less, and avoid over-eating. Drinking water in the morning before breakfast will leave you feeling full until lunch, and help you to avoid mid-day snacking.
So soak it up, drink it up ans Stay Happy, Stay Healthy.
Hey don’t look now but, yes, we have jetted into the new year of 2017. Most people always choose this time of year to start looking for a way to not only eat healthier but to also shed the pounds by cutting down of their carbs. Now we have the perfect new solution with a new trend that you may have not heard of yet. Banana flour.
But wait. Attention Diabetics, Banana Flour is great for us too because of its low glycemic index which releases glucose into the blood and a much slower rate causing blood sugar to rise at a much slower rate.
Yes, you can substitute Banana Flour in almost any flour recipe and even add it to shakes and smoothies as a nutrient since it too is high in potassium. Banana flour is known to also be good for folks with IBS or those of us who just need added fiber to our diets.
What does Banana flour taste like? Well it has a slightly nutty, clean flavor, but it is almost flavorless and is denser too which means you can get by with 25% less than normal wheat flour.
I found this rather interesting; Banana flour is made from bananas that aren’t suitable for commercial sale, because they have slight blemishes or an odd shape, for example, but are otherwise fine. They usually end up as rejects as consumers won’t buy them, so the bananas are simply tossed out, going to waste. Not no more because now they are being used to make Banana Flour.
At just 100 calories per ¼ cup, banana flour is lower in calories than all-purpose flour. It also contains 330 milligrams of potassium per ¼ cup serving – and, as it’s all natural, it retains many other vitamins and minerals from bananas like calcium too. It also contains RS2, which is an important form of resistant starch that’s found in few foods, along with a good dose of healthy dietary fiber. RS2 are resistant to digestion, and not completely broken down and absorbed while traveling through the digestive tract, they go untouched through the stomach and small intestines. Once in the large intestines, they’re able to help feed healthy gut bacteria, and ultimately produce short-chain fatty acids that aid in increasing the body’s ability to absorb nutrients.
As a great source of RS2, this also helps to provide health benefits that include decreasing the risk of diabetes, obesity and colon cancer. It’s even been found scientifically to be an effective treatment for inflammatory bowel disease.
So what are you waiting for? Oder some Banana flour and start baking today.
Here’s to healthier eating in 2017.
So we’ve talked about the fruit of the GODS before, remember? The food of the GODS is the Avocado. Reason being is that the avocado is high in heart healthy saturated fats.
How ever, did you know that is exactly what the avocado and Coconut Oil have in common.
Just like the coconut the avocado is also a fruit. They both come from a tree and, they are both high in saturated fats. “Saturated fats not only increase the healthy cholesterol (known as HDL) in your body, but also help to convert the LDL “bad” cholesterol into good cholesterol. By Increasing the HDL’s in the body, it helps promote heart health, and lower the risk of heart disease.”
Awesome news if you don’t want to eat avocado every day. Coconut oil is the answer for getting a great amount of saturated fats on a daily basis. You can cook with it or ad it to all sorts of food directly from the jar. You can even take a spoonful followed by a sip of soy milk or any of your other favorite drinks. You can add it to recipes and use it for baking as well.
I like to make this great oatmeal concoction that you might like as well.
Take a mason jar. Pour in a serving of plain oatmeal. Add about an ounce of Chia Seeds, place the lid on the jar and mix well. Remove the lid and Add a Tablespoon of Coconut Oil plus Cinnamon to taste and a Tablespoon of Natural Honey. Top it all off with soy milk to about ½ an inch above the mixture. Put the lid back on the jar, give it a shake or two and leave in the fridge until morning. The next morning , open and munch away.
Every single thing in that mixture is great for your body and your health and tasty as well.
A little added info about coconut oil. It contains two qualities that help it fight cancer. One, because of the ketones produced in it’s digestion. Tumor cells are not able to access the energy in ketones and are glucose
dependent. It is believed that a ketogenic diet could be a possible component of helping cancer patients recover. Two, as the MCFA’s (medium-chain fatty acids) digest the lipid walls of bacteria, they also can kill the helicobacter pylori bacteria that has been known as increasing the risk of stomach cancer. Even in studies where cancer is chemically induced, the introduction of coconut oil prevents cancer from developing!
In a study in India, the high levels of antioxidants present in virgin coconut oil reduced inflammation and healing arthritis more effectively than leading medications. In another recent study, coconut oil that was harvested with only medium heat was found to suppress inflammatory cells. It worked as both an analgesic and anti-inflammatory.
Happy, Healthy Eating.
It’s that warm and fuzzy time of year and the time when your going to need something a little extra special for the setting the mood. Got just the trick, how about a delicious and somewhat healthy Pumpkin Smoothie?
Your going to be amazed as to how simple it’s going to be to make. You’ll need half a cup of Pumpkin Puree per smoothie along with a quarter cup of Greek yogurt (vanilla or plain), combine them both with a Quarter Cup of Milk (soy or real whole), half of a brown spotted Banana, 1 teaspoon of Pumpkin Spice found at any grocery store, 1 teaspoon of maple syrup. Throw in a handful of ice cubes or crushed ice and then blend it all for about a minute.
If it comes out to thick, just throw it back in the blender, add a little more milk and give in another 15 second blend. Viola, your are ready to drink.
Still not hearty enough for you? Got just the solution for that to, put it all back in the blender. Take have a Red Apple, chop it up into cubes and throw it in along with a quarter cup of rolled oats. Blend it all up again for another 30 seconds and now you have a hearty and healthy Pumpkin Apple Spice Smoothie.
You want to make your own Pumpkin Puree for use in pies and other recipes?
1st Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Cut the pumpkin in half, stem to base. Remove seeds and pulp. Cover each half with foil.
2nd Bake in the preheated oven, foil side up until tender.
Last, Scrape pumpkin meat from shell halves and puree in a blender. Strain to remove any remaining stringy pieces and your done. Pumpkin Puree ready to use.
This the season to be jolly. Lots of great thinks to Cook, Bake, Eat and Enjoy with family and friends so don’t miss out any any part of it.
Happy Healthy, Eating.
So your feeling a little sluggish but your not all about taking any of those energy drinks that are full of strange sounding herbs and high levels of caffeine. Here is something you may consider.
For the longest time I’d been hearing about how healthy it was to drink lemon juice on any empty stomach first thing in the morning when you got up.
The more I looked into it the more I realized that there are many recipes for this type of energizing drink. The latest that I’ve seen is involves lemon, olive oil and a few other spices that have long been known to help certain conditions.
Here is that recipe: One Whole Lemon (washed thoroughly) cut the lemon in 4ths and throw in a blender or juicer
Two tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
throw into blender with lemon pieces
Add a cup of clean water
Blend or Juice into a liquid.
If you blender leaves pulp, strain before drinking.
So what does this concoction help with?
1st, it has a Cardio Protective Effect
2. Anti-Inflammatory and provides many Vitamins
3. Fights Constipation by lubricating Digestive Mucousa
4. Activates function of the Bladder and Gallbladder
5. Contains Anti-Oxidants
6. Helps with Articular and Rheumatic Pains
7. Maintains Balanced Liver and Gallbladder
If you don’t think you can take the whole cup of the mix I have a little secret, you can take half a lemon, Squeeze it into a cup, add a tablespoon of the olive oil and mix ip up vigorously and gulp it down quickly. Follow it with a teaspoon of raw honey if you must just to change the taste in your mouth.
Happy, Healthy, Eating.
**There are many home remedies for all sorts of things out there all over the world but as always, if you have and condition at all, ALWAYS, consult with you doctor before considering any single one.
Did you know that a drink with a household ingredient can rev up your metabolism and more.
Apple Cider Vinegar, most people recommend the Braggs brand, is the key secret ingredient.
So, whatever you do, DO NOT DRINK THE APLLE CIDER VIGEAR BY ITSELF. It is extremely strong and burns all the way down. Health benefits vary and are remarkable. Anything from Boosting Metabolism to Flushing Out Toxins to lowering Blood Pressure and Cholesterol and the list goes on and on. Including being good for your hair , nails and skin.
Yes your skin too. If you seem to be having a little bra out area, take a Qtip or a cotton swab and soak it with Apple Cider Vinegar then place it over the affected area making sure it gets slightly drenched. You'll be amazed at the results.
Ok, so here is the recipe for your morning drink;
4oz of Water
4oz Natural Apple Juice
2 Table Spoons Apple Cyder Vinegar
1 Tea Spoon Cyan Pepper
1 Tea Spoon Cinnamon
1 Table Spoon
Mix Vigorously and drink rapidly. I would also brush my teeth or at least rinse out my mouth with a good mouthwash since the Vinegar can damage teeth enamel if it sits on them long enough.
Distilled vinegar is usually made by fermenting grain or ethyl alcohol which results in high levels of acetic acid, apple cider vinegar is made by, you guessed it, fermenting apples. Apple cider vinegar contains citric acid, formic acid, malic acid, lactic acid and succinic acid, as well as acetic acid. And the kicker? Since apple cider vinegar is made from apples, it contains antioxidants called polyphenols that are good for your health!
So what exactly can you do with apple cider vinegar? This golden liquid does everything from disinfecting wounds, to ridding your scalp of dandruff, to boosting your energy levels. Check out the video below for the many different ways your life can be improved thanks to apple cider vinegar!
Apple Cider Vinegar is also been known to help end problems with fungus, foot odor, athlete’s foot and more. The acidic properties of vinegar can even help with softening your feet and soothing dry skin or cracked heels. It also might be perfect for what ails your feet. Check with your Doctor first on the foot soak.
If you are constantly trying to shed a few pounds like me then you've probably tried every diet there is to try. You, like me, have probably searched high and low for that secret ingredient hoping to find that magical pill that would help us loose weight. Now, we find out that there may be something that helps that's actually been around for almost ever. It's something that many of us eat in our Mexican food every single day. A little spice that researchers have found that allow us to loose weight when taken properly on a daily basis. Here is the story of the miracle weight loss food known as Cumin.
Adding Cumin to your diet and you’ll get an increase in metabolism, kick your immune system into gear, naturally detox yourself on a regular basis and help burn fat away faster.
Known as Jeera in India, Cumin is very common in African, Indian, Asian and Latin American dishes and offers a wide variety of health benefits both for physical and mental health.
A recent study of 78 men and women showed Cumin as effective as prescription drug Orlistat for weight loss, without the nasty side effects .
Over the 8 week trial, those receiving Cumin lost an average of 2-3 lbs – better than those taking Orlistat.
Another recent research study at Shahid University tested women on a controlled diet who were given cumin powder vs placebo.
The women given cumin powder lost 3 more pounds, and decreased their body fat % almost 15% vs less than 5% for the control group.
The dosage tested was 3 grams – or about 1 teaspoon of cumin powder daily, mixed with yogurt.
Both of these studies showed that not only is cumin great at overall helping your body not to build and store fat, but it’s specifically good at targeting your abdominal fat.
Besides the 2 studies mentioned above, there have been numerous studies
that demonstrate positives.
In the study at Shahid University, those taking cumin lowered their triglycerides 23 points and nearly 10 points off their LDL cholesterol levels.
Cumin is also beneficial to mental health, and can help you improve your memory and sharpen your concentration skills.
Cumin has been prescribed for thousands of years to help with sleep.
Recent studies suggest the anti-stress and relaxation properties probably account for the long recognized benefits as a sleep aid.
In Indian cuisine it’s commonly combined with a number or other spices, such as ginger, fenugreek, black pepper and turmeric powder.
This helps increase the effect that it has on your digestive system and helps your body absorb more nutrients, which in turn helps prevent your body from storing fat.
Cumin is an amazing source of iron, which is important for ensuring a healthy digestive system. It helps your body produce energy more effectively, carry a healthy supply of oxygen to the tissues in your body, and improves your immune system.
As always consult with you Doctor should you have any questions and Happy Healthy Eating.