Natural Remedies-Repairing the common problem of excessive flouride

Fresh Tamarind with leaves

Years ago, it was decided that the consumer needed more protection for their teeth. So Fluoride was introduced into our water system back in the 1940’s. But since then, one fluoride product after another has entered the market, exposing us to considerable increased amounts,  particularly among children. Other sources include processed foods made with fluoridated water, sodas, juices, sports drinks, beers, products geared towards infants, pesticides, bottled teas, fluorinated pharmaceuticals, teflon pans, and mechanically deboned chicken. Fluoride is a common air contaminant in industrial workplaces. Taken together, the glut of fluoride sources in the modern diet has created a toxic cocktail, one that has caused a dramatic increase in a dental defect called fluorosis. Basically, we are being inundated with fluoride-which is officially a health hazard. Chronic intake of fluoride deranges the carbohydrate, lipid and antioxidant metabolism in general.

Well, there is way to combat this. This comes in a very strange looking fruit called the Tamarind. Tamarindus indica L, is a sub tropical fruit-producing tree indigenous to tropical Africa. The tamarind fruit is a long, bean-shaped fruit that encloses a stringy pulp within its casing. It can be eaten or made into a healing paste or salve in order to receive its multiple benefits. Research indicates ingesting tamarind could even help your body to detox fluoride, and subsequently helps to protect against skeletal fluorosis by enhancing excretion of fluoride. Consume Tamarind as a tea, in capsule form or by grinding up the pulp. There are also other benefits to be considered. Just a few tablespoons will improve bowel functioning and liver bile. You can lower your cholesterol and promote cardiovascular health. It can destroy intestinal worms in children and also treat jaundice. The fruit helps reduce inflammation of the skin and can be very beneficial for rashes and eruptions. Because Tamarind is loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants including phenols and naringenin, it can help treat certain forms of cancer.

 Research this and find out for yourself how to heal your body the natural way. Also, check with your local nutritionist for details on how they may better help your needs.

Happy living!

Natural Remedies-Oil is just not for the beach

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So many oils. What to do?
It’s time you got personal with a couple oils. Why? Because the natural benefits to your body are endless and also cheap to use-

Let’s meet our first healer, Olive Oil.  It is high in monounsaturated fats and antioxidants.
Studies have shown that EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) assists in raising HDL (good) cholesterol levels, and reducing LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. Olive oil is the healthiest oil available. It’s also great on the lining of the stomach. It has a beneficial effect on ulcers and gastritis. Olive oil activates the secretion of bile and pancreatic hormones naturally, and thus it lowers the incidence of gallstone formation. Some people take a couple teaspoons of olive oil before a “drinking night out” to subdue intoxication. This is a natural way to protect yourself.

Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid, which your body converts to monolaurin, and this special agent has antiviral, antibacterial, and antiprotozoal properties; coconut oil is also rich in capric acid, which shares some of the same antimicrobial benefits that help protect you from infections. Coconut oil is also rich in medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs), which stimulate your body’s metabolism and help you trim off excess body fat. The medium-chain fats in coconut oil are considered so nutritious that they are used in baby formulas, in hospitals to feed the critically ill, those on tube feeding, and those with digestive problems. Coconut oil has even been used successfully by doctors in treating aluminum poisoning. Topically, it’s great as a body moisturizer as well as being used for restoring dry hair. Its 12-carbon fatty acid structure allows it to penetrate the hair cuticle and help provide flexibility and strength,

Tea tree oil is the essential oil taken from the leaves of the Australian tree Melaleuca alternifolia. Found in many natural acne remedies, it helps kill bacteria in the pores and hair follicles that lead to blemishes, and, luckily for those who can’t find relief fast enough, it penetrates the skin quickly. Test first before using.

Safflower oil is the oil of a thistle-like flower containing linoleic acid, or omega-6 fatty acid, which helps your skin make ceramides, a type of lipid that helps the skin hold onto water and prevent dehydration. It’s the best of all the oils for inflamed, dry skin (consumed or applied topically)— with the exception of argan oil, but safflower oil is much less expensive,

Avocado oil is high in vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids, which helps proper cell function and decreases inflammation.  It’s a rich emollient and is ideal for those with dry, itchy, or aging skin

Argan Oil is good for fine lines, dry skin, and dry hair. Extracted from the kernels found in the fruit of Moroccan argan trees, argan oil has high levels of vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants. While it first claimed fame as a savior for dry, damaged hair, the oil also works wonders on the face and body. The fatty acids help our skin cells make healthy membranes, reduce inflammation, and promote healthy collagen.

Flaxseed oil is used for irritated, sensitive skin, and conditions such as eczema and dermatitis. Packed with heart-healthy omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, flaxseed is important for a healthy heart and complexion. You can mix the seeds in foods, or use the oil as a topical moisturizer.

Jojoba Oil is used topically as a wax and has a chemical structure that’s very similar to our skin’s natural oils, so it’s easily absorbed. Dermatologists recommend it because it also contains such minerals as zinc and copper, and vitamins B and E, which help strengthen the skin. Try this in pill form.

Lavender oil may be especially beneficial for those with acne and general skin irritation. It helps control sebum production, soothes irritation, and is a natural antiseptic and disinfectant. It is also been known to increase feminine tissue on the body (in the breast area), so guys…heads up.

Rose hip seed oil is great for uneven pigment, scars and fine lines. It is extracted from the seeds of a South American rosebush and offers the same effects as Retin-A, without the irritating side effects. It contains omega-6 essential fatty acids and vitamins A and C, which work to increase cell turnover. If you use it for a few weeks, you’ll notice significant change in any dark spots, scars, or any other skin discoloration.

Household Tip-The Magical Coffee Filter, Go Beyond Your Morning Coffee

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There are endless uses for coffee filters. Here’s just a couple ideas to get those creative juices flowing after your morning cup of coffee:

Use in the microwave to cover up food that splatters.

Use in the dryer with drops of fabric softener for nice smelling clothes.

Need a funnel for something? Use a coffee filter.

Use coffee filters to clean glass, CD’s/DVD’s, computer monitors and even your iPad.

Smelly shoes? Pour baking soda into a coffee filter, wrap it up with a rubber band and drop it in, to absorb the stench.

Place a filter in the bottom of your flower pot before potting soil and stop soil from spilling out.

Make snowflakes with the kids and coffee filters.

Enjoy!

Cooking-Don’t kill your guests with your cooking

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There is a lot of questions circling around safe cooking tools. After a lot of research, I discovered there are certain finishes on pots and pans that you want to stay away from. Given we use these just about everyday, it’s probably worth reading this blog.

This is the most popular cookware and also the most controversial. Primarily,Teflon. In a nutshell, some good, but basically, it’s had a bad wrap. DuPont’s Teflon pans have been found to release one or more of 15 different toxic gases when heated to certain temperatures, but is generally safe when used according to manufacturers’ specifications. Which chemicals are released depends on the temperature of the pan. This chemical has led to cancer and birth defects in lab animals, and may have led to birth defects in DuPont plant workers. Lots of controversy around this topic, but my conclusion is, why take the chance.

Aluminum cookware. Aluminum is a soft and highly reactive metal that can leach into food, especially when you are cooking with acidic ingredients. The metal-food reaction can form aluminum salts that are associated with impaired visual motor coordination and Alzheimer’s disease. Aluminum intake is virtually impossible to avoid, and the amount we are likely to get from aluminum cookware is relatively minimal. A much better alternative to aluminum is anodized aluminum cookware. Aluminum is placed in a chemical solution and exposed to electric current which builds up a hard, non-reactive surface. This process is called anodization.

Cast iron cookware. Cast iron is known for its durability and even heat distribution. Unglazed cast iron can transfer notable amounts of iron into food, but unlike the metals that come off other types of pots and pans, iron is considered a healthy food additive by the U.S. FDA. The nonstick quality of cast iron comes from seasoning. Seasoning is the term used for treating cast iron with oil and baking it. Basically, everything sticks unless you oil it.

Copper cookware. Copper leaches into food when heated, prompting the FDA to caution against using unlined copper for general use. Accordingly, the cooking surfaces are usually lined with tin, nickel or stainless steel. Coated copper cookware can lose its protective layer if damaged or scoured. Keep in mind that the metals of the “protective” surface can also end up in your food.

AND THE WINNERS ARE:

Ceramic enameled and glass cookware. These are generally safe options. Yay!! Health concerns about using ceramic and enamel stem from components used in making, glazing or decorating the cookware, such as lead or cadmium. In the U.S. both of these highly toxic substances have been phased out, or at least limited in cookware manufacturing. This is not a place to ignore labels; if it says Not for food use, don’t use it for food!

 Happy Cooking!

Healthy Living-Soda Pop Possession-Secrets Revealed

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Within the first 10 minutes 
10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. This is 100 percent of your recommended daily intake, and the only reason you don’t vomit as a result of the overwhelming sweetness is because phosphoric acid cuts the flavour.

Within 20 minutes 
Your blood sugar spikes, which causes your pancreous in turn to emit an insulin burst. Just like a domino, your liver will in turn respond to this by changing any sugar it can get its hands on into fat. (And you’ve just ingested plenty of sugar, so your liver is finding alot to work with.)

Within 40 minutes 
Caffeine absorption is complete; your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, and your livers dumps more sugar into your bloodstream.

Around 45 minutes 
The dopamine production in your body is increased, which stimulates the pleasure centers of your brain. Heroin, and most other drugs, work in exactly the same way.

Over 60 minutes: 
The phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium and zinc in your lower intestine, providing a further boost in metabolism. This is compounded by high doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners also increasing the urinary excretion of calcium.

The caffeine’s diuretic properties come into play. (It makes you have to pee.) It is now assured that you’ll evacuate the bonded calcium, magnesium and zinc that was headed to your bones as well as sodium, electrolyte and water.

As the party inside of you dies down you’ll start to have a sugar crash. You may become irritable and/or sluggish. You’ve also now, literally, pee’d away all the water that was in the Coke. But not before infusing it with valuable nutrients your body could have used for things like even having the ability to hydrate your system or build strong bones and teeth.