10 Natural Home Remedies for Constipation in Adults



By Kevin Pederson;

Constipation is a very common problem; in fact, it is estimated that up to 12% of the world's population suffer from it. In the United States alone, nearly USD $725 million is spent on laxative products, even though there are several natural remedies for constipation.

The term constipation refers to hard or infrequent stools. There can be a number of reasons for constipation, from a lack of fiber in one’s diet to an inadequate fluid intake. Generally, eating well, drinking plenty of water, and enjoying a moderately active lifestyle are sufficient to ensure that you don’t get constipated. If, however, you are already constipated, there are a few things that you can do to relieve it. Listed below are 10 natural home remedies for constipation in adults.

  1. Grains, cereals, fruits, and vegetables are good sources of fiber and should be present in your daily diet. Fiber helps ease bowel movements, preventing constipation.
  2. Prune juice is rich in fiber and is an effective home treatment for constipation. Often, prune juice is combined with a bit of apple juice or apple sauce to increase its palatability.
  3. Drinking plenty of water - about 8 to 10 glasses every day, is one of the easiest ways to help cure constipation. However, do check with your doctor if you have liver or kidney problems as these conditions affect your ideal fluid intake.
  4. A fresh fruit smoothie made out of apples, peaches, and pears is an effective (and delicious) remedy for constipation.
  5. A bowl of hot breakfast cereal such as cream of wheat will aid digestion and prevent constipation. 
  6. Warm lemon juice, made with equal portions of lemon juice and water can help to relieve constipation.
  7. Cutting down on foods that cause dehydration such as caffeine and alcohol also reduces constipation.
  8. Orange juice mixed with equal parts of olive oil often provides quick relief from constipation.
  9. A glass of warm milk with two tablespoons of castor oil is a well known home remedy for constipation. Do not increase your dose as this will cause severe abdominal cramps, nausea, and diarrhea. Castor oil can induce labor and so this treatment method is not recommended for pregnant women.  
  10. Enemas can also be administered at home to soften hardened stools. It is not advisable to use enemas on a regular basis. The repeated use of enemas can result in an electrolyte imbalance while the improper usage of enemas can cause bowel ruptures. It is important to discuss correct administration methods  as well as the required frequency with your health care provider
While there are many drugs, laxatives, and medication available for treating constipation, preventive methods are a better option. Regular exercise helps stools move through the intestines and so you should follow a regular exercise schedule. Swimming and bicycling strengthen and tone abdominal muscles and so these are very effective exercises for constipation. Keep in mind that you need to increase your fluid intake when exercising as this will make up for your loss of bodily fluids through perspiration. For more info and home remedies for constipation, visit http://www.home-remedies-for-you.com/remedy/Constipation.html

Your question: Have you ever suffered from constipation? (post your comments below)

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About the Author: Kevin Pederson has written extensively on several sites such www.home-remedies-for-you.com, www.yogawiz.com, and www.medicalhealthtests.com. He has over 4 years experience in natural health counseling and specializes in natural cures and remedies for common health problems such as constipation, diabetes, cardiac diseases, and so on.
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Summer Breakouts - 3 Tips on How to Prevent Summer Acne



By Helen Moore;

The good news: summer is back! Most people look forward to unwinding at the beach or the poolside during this season. Backyard parties and gatherings make weekends extra-special and out-of-town trips are frequent.

The bad news: summer isn't fun for the skin. And it takes diligence and effort to prevent acne breakouts from happening. With the heat becoming harsh, sweating is imminent and your face gets oilier the longer you stay in the sun. The residues pool chemicals and seawater leave on the skin won't help either. It's going to be hard looking forward to a fun summer, when you have acne breakouts to deal with.

While acne may be treated, the best course of action to take especially when you have a couple of months of fun to look forward to, is to do preventive measures.

1) Resist the urge of being out in the sun too long.

Summer is best spent outdoors and we all know that. But ultraviolet light exposure from the sun can be extremely damaging to the skin, says the American Academy of Dermatology, which means you've got more than just acne to worry about.  Schedule your activities around the time when the sun is less intense. An early morning dip in the water is best, and night swimming has lots of potential for fun, as well.

During the middle of the day, spend your summer activities indoors with the fan or the air conditioning on. Backyard parties could benefit from setting up tents or drawing shades to keep the sun's heat off. This way, you also sweat less. Sweating leads to the production of excess oil, which can then result to the clogging of your skin's pores and producing acne breakouts.

2) Hydrate!  

Since summer’s heat makes you sweat a lot, it’s easy for the body to lose all that hydration. Drinking plenty of water will keep the skin moisturized and help with dryness that can trigger acne breakouts.

You attract more dirt and dust during summers because of the sweat. Taking frequent baths should prevent bacteria from filling your pores.  And if necessary, pack a water face spray with you, for help with constant moisture. If this is too expensive, you can use tap water and rinse your face and neck anytime it starts to get sticky. There’s no need to use any facial wash or soap when you do this, as the point is to do away with less irritants and prevent dryness. Make sure to towel off well.

Eat food that are rich in essential fatty acids to benefit from its natural hydrating properties. Summer weekends may be filled with beer-drinking sessions, too, which you can still do. But drink in moderation. Alcohol has diuretic properties, which means it can dehydrate the body.

3) Exfoliate and maintain proper skin care.

Acne develops because of the accumulation of dead skin cells, which is actually a combination of oil, dirt, dust and other free radicals in the body.  Exfoliating at least three times a week will prevent the build up that could start any eruptions. Don't forget to use moisturizing creams after each major cleansing and exfoliation, to keep if from drying up.

Your question: What measures do you take to prevent acne from developing? (post your comments below)

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About the Author: Prevention is better than cure, says an old adage. At http://getridofacnescarsmethods.com, you will find more preventive tips in relation to acne scars treatment and acne scars prevention. Visit the site for more information.
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Healthy Glowing Skin in 3 Simple Steps



By Dakota Heim;

If you’re looking to achieve that radiant glow without a mountain of skin-care products, there are a few effortless and inexpensive ways to get you there.  While everyone knows the importance of using sunblock, there are a few other quick steps that could get you even better results.  Start implementing these tips and tricks to see a huge difference in your skin today. 


Never leave home without your water bottle.

Keeping hydrated is not only one of the top ways to take care of your inner body; it works miracles with the skin as well.  A constant supply of H20 will help you maintain a healthy glow to your skin all year round.  Even those pesky dry areas such as the knees and elbows will increase dramatically when you get enough water.  Don’t wait until evening to drink your recommended amount of water either.  The best way for your body to utilize H20 is by sipping it down all throughout the day.  If you’re worried about the expense, find a water bottle that’s BPA free and doesn’t leak plastic into your water supply.  Most major stores carry them for a fairly inexpensive price.  Then refill and sip away. 

Gather up all the deep colored fruits and veggies you can find. 

Your skin is a direct result of your diet.  If you are low on the recommended amount of nutrition in daily eating, chances are your skin will appear dull and lifeless.  Instead of plunking down fifty dollars on the latest and greatest facial lotion, try grabbing a few extra fruits and veggies instead.  The carotenoids found in deep colored produce can give you that extra boost you’ve been searching for.  After a week or two eating a diet rich in carrots, beets, oranges, cantaloupes, etc. you’ll be radiating a brilliant color no beauty product can match.  If you have a hard time working the recommended amount of produce into your daily diet, try using a juicer.  You could also use a good quality blender and make a fruit and veggie smoothie each day.  Whatever way you go about it, don’t skip this step for gorgeous glowing skin. 

Start up a daily physical fitness routine.

Another reason to get moving, exercise is a brilliant way to add life and vitality back to your skin.  A simple 30 minutes spent walking, running or doing another form of fitness can work magic on your skin.  The reason for this is increased blood circulation.  Exercise gets your blood flowing to all areas of your body…including your epidermis.  As the blood flows through these skin cells, it gives them an instant and long lasting glow.  Our entire bodies need oxygen, even the skin.  Increased blood flow through exercise is the best way to circulate that oxygen.  Physical fitness also decreases the amount of stress we experience.  A low stress level can slow down your wrinkles and the aging process.  So find an exercise you love and make it a daily habit for overall skin and body wellness.     

Your question: What do you do to keep your skin glowing? (post your comments below)

Sources:
http://www.webmd.com/healthy-beauty/features/tips-for-gorgeous-skin
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About the Author: My name is Dakota Heim, an aspiring young author with an obsession for health! That's how I found myself involved with lemonadediet which really helped expand my knowledge of improving health.
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Meditation Reduces Heart Disease In Teens



By Jennifer Scott;

Regular meditation could cut the risk of developing cardiovascular disease in teens who are most at risk, according to Georgia Health Sciences University researchers.

In a study of 62 black teens with high blood pressure, those who meditated twice a day for 15 minutes had lower left ventricular mass, an indicator of future cardiovascular disease, than a control group, said Dr. Vernon Barnes, a physiologist in the Medical College of Georgia and the Georgia Health Sciences University Institute of Public and Preventive Health.

Barnes, Dr. Gaston Kapuku, a cardiovascular researcher in the institute, and Dr. Frank Treiber, a psychologist and former GHSU Vice President for Research, co-authored the study published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Half of the group was trained in transcendental meditation and asked to meditate for 15 minutes with a class and 15 minutes at home for a four-month period. The other half was exposed to health education on how to lower blood pressure and risk for cardiovascular disease, but no meditation. Left ventricular mass was measured with two-dimensional echocardiograms before and after the study and the group that meditated showed a significant decrease.

"Increased mass of the heart muscle’s left ventricle is caused by the extra workload on the heart with higher blood pressure," Barnes explained. "Some of these teens already had higher measures of left ventricular mass because of their elevated blood pressure, which they are likely to maintain into adulthood."

During meditation, which Barnes likens to a period of deep rest, the activity of the sympathetic nervous system decreases and the body releases fewer-than-normal stress hormones. "As a result, the vasculature relaxes, blood pressure drops and the heart works less," he said.

School records also showed behavioral improvements.

"Transcendental meditation results in a rest for the body that is often deeper than sleep," Barnes said. "Statistics indicate that one in every 10 black youths have high blood pressure. If practiced over time, the meditation may reduce the risk of these teens developing cardiovascular disease, in addition to other added health benefits." 

Your question: Do you meditate? (post your comments below)

Sources: 
http://news.georgiahealth.edu/
Vernon A. Barnes, Gaston K. Kapuku, Frank A. Treiber. Impact of Transcendental Meditation on Left Ventricular Mass in African American Adolescents. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2012; 2012: 1 DOI: 10.1155/2012/923153
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Importance of Enzymes



By Junji Takano;

You hear the word "Enzyme" nowadays, and very often you see posters and ads with a word "enzyme" on it. Even everyday products such as washing detergents have enzymes on it. But what is "enzyme" and why it is important in our living?

During the postwar time, scientists thought that carbohydrate, protein and fat are the three nutritive substances in dietetics which are necessary to live. However, carbohydrate alone is not enough for proper metabolism. They then added vitamin and mineral to make up five nutritive substances. But then again, minerals were not digested. So, they added an overlooked substance, food fiber as the sixth nutritive substance.

These six nutritive substances are very important. However, other than the vitamins and minerals, there was one very important thing to keep life alive. It is the enzyme.

Enzymes are essential to sustain life. They work together cooperating with vitamins and minerals and act as a catalyst to accelerate chemical reaction because most chemical reactions in biological cells would occur too slowly. Enzymes don't only act as a catalyst. When the body has an abundance of enzymes, it can protect itself and repair the damage from almost all degenerative disease disorders! Without enzymes, we age more quickly, get disease earlier in life, and acquire physical impairments and mental retardation as our bodies degenerate. Neither a human being nor an animal can live without enzymatic function. As it were the leading part of the life activities and it is the source.

If we take supplements in the correct form, most people would assume that the nutrients are being utilized to give the body the support it needs. Wrong. Without the assistance of digestive enzymes, many of the nutrients from the supplements are going to be used just for energy by the metabolic enzymes to clean up the bloodstream. It will not support the body's normal daily needs, creating another cause of deficiencies.

More than 5,000 enzymes are known. To name different enzymes, one typically uses the ending -ase with the name of the chemical being transformed (substrate), e.g., lactase is the enzyme that catalyzes the cleavage of lactose. In the near future, more enzymes will be named.

Each enzyme does one work. Therefore, 5,000 enzymes do 5,000 different works.

Enzyme weakens when it's heated. This is the reason why we are causing virtually all of our own disorders and diseases every time we eat a cooked or processed food. When we eat cooked or processed foods we're eating dead or denatured foods. Dead foods have no living enzymes and most nutrients are diminished significantly. Therefore, you should practice eating raw foods which contains enzyme.

What kind of food contains more enzymes? RAW fishes, meats, vegetables, fruits and specially fermented foods contains great amount of enzymes. Fermented foods have more enzymes called vegetable enzyme.

When eating broiled fish or roasted meat, try to add raw vegetables that contain rich vegetable enzymes which will help digestion.

Remember that lack of enzymes in the body, makes the blood dirty, and it is the base of many kinds of diseases.

As what I mentioned previously, protein alone does not work as energy in the body, because the body does not absorb protein itself. Protein should be processed and disassembled by enzymes, specifically, amylase (the enzyme that breaks down carbohydrates).

However, if amylase enzymes are not enough, the sugar called "glucose" which hasn't been digested is absorbed as it is, and floats inside the blood. This sugar which hasn't been digested makes the blood sticky, and sticks red blood cells together.


Even big red blood cells can pass thinner blood vessels because of its flexibility. However, if the blood is sticky like the above left figure, blood won't pass efficiently. Then, various diseases may appear. This all happens because of overeating and eating only cooked and processed food reducing enzymes significantly.

Researchers found that the younger people had 30 times more amylase in their saliva than the older people. This is the reason that when we're young we can handle a diet of bread, pasta and cooked foods without much problem. But this type of diet can cause rapid aging and depletion of enzyme supplies.

There are people who eat a well-balanced diet, yet remain thin (unhealthy). And there are people who eat less or are vegetarians, yet remain fat. So you understand that these maybe due to functions of enzyme in the body.

Bear in mind that when you feel weak, tired or sick, eat more of easily digestible foods with full of enzymes.

Things to Remember:
  1. The source of most health problems can be traced directly back to improperly digested foods.
  2. The human body is designed to break down only half of the food we eat.
  3. Cooked and processed foods overwork and drain the human body's energy.
  4. Improperly digested food particles in the bloodstream distract the protectors and repairers away from doing their job.
  5. Fat is the best source of energy, fully digested fat is good fat.
  6. It has been clinically proven that the more enzymes you take the more quickly your body can restore, repair and strengthen itself.
  7. The combination of digestive enzymes, vitamins, ionic minerals and clean water gives your body the support it desperately needs.
  8. We have a choice, to add to the body's ability to protect or repair, or to continually and slowly drain the body's energy and enzyme reserves. Your choice will be a determining factor in your long-term health.
Your question: Have you ever taken supplemental digestive enzymes? (post your comments below)
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About the Author: Junji Takano is a Japanese health researcher involved in investigating the cause of many dreadful diseases. In 1968, he invented PYRO-ENERGEN, the first electrostatic therapy device for electromedicine that effectively eradicates viral diseases, cancer, and diseases of unknown cause.
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The Health Benefits of Raw Honey



By Jordan Miller;

Some people refer to it as "liquid gold", but most of us understand it as honey. The substance we are specifically referring to is raw honey - honey in its purest form; honey that has not been filtered, strained or heated above 115 degrees Fahrenheit. Many of the commercial varieties we find lined in our conventional grocery store shelves have been so processed that many (if not all) of the beneficial enzymes, nutrients and antioxidants have been completely destroyed. Used for nearly 2500 years, this substance contains many important nutritional components for our body and mind. In order to reap the benefits of honey, we must only consume honey that is raw or unpasteurized. Honey is becoming increasingly recognized not for its amazing taste, but rather its medicinal properties. Its application dates back many years; used in many of the traditional medicines of the world, including Ayurveda. Today, honey is slowly being integrated into modern medicine as science studies are beginning to see that honey is an excellent topical application for healing wounds. Honey is valued and loved worldwide not only because of its taste, but because of the health benefits it provides us. Lets delve deeper into the amazing health benefits honey has to offer.

Key Nutrients


Honey is loaded with many essential vitamins and minerals. Vitamins such as B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 as well as vitamin C are found in honey. It also contains minerals like magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium chlorine, calcium, copper, iron, manganese, sulphur, zinc and phosphate.

Main Health Benefits
 
Energy Boost: Carbohydrates in the form of glucose and fructose supply the body and mind with energy which can boost endurance, and reduce muscle fatigue. Many athletes use this wonderful food for an instant as well as a sustained energy source to lift them through their training. In sports and endurance, honey can provide 17 grams of carbohydrates per tablespoon, and can be an inexpensive alternative to commercial sports gels.

Excellent Source of Antioxidants: Honey not only has a full spectrum of vitamins and minerals, but it also contains the flavonoid pinocembrin which is unique to honey. Pinostrobin supports and promotes healthy enzyme activity.

Supports Good Bacteria: Honey supports Bifidobacteria - present in the gastrointestinal tract - which is essential for efficient digestion and good health. Honey contains pre/pro biotics that help the growth and activity of Bifidobacteria because it is an alkaline-forming food, and is similar to ingredients found in fruits. It doesn’t ferment in the stomach and it can be used to counteract indigestion.

Antibacterial and Anti-fungal Properties: Based on these properties honey can treat allergies by promoting a strong immune system, and has powerful anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties that makes it an excellent option to treat wounds with. It has antibacterial properties due to its acidic nature and enzymically produced hydrogen peroxide. Constant use of honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles to fight bacterial and viral diseases.

Slows Aging: Part of the aging process is related to the slow depletion of enzymes in the body. Raw honey is one of the few foods to help slow the depletion of enzymes through the ingestion of amylase. Amylase is the enzyme that breaks down sugars and carbohydrates. It can restore damaged skin to give a softer, younger look.

Other Benefits
  • Honey is a great aid in relieving morning sickness;
  • Honey is good for sore throats, laryngitis and pharyngitis;
  • Raw honey can be used as a medication for issues related to male impotence and female infertility;
  • A salve made of honey can be applied to eczema, canker sores or bleeding gums.
  • Calcium absorption and hemoglobin count can be increased by raw honey to prevent anemia.
  • Raw honey may also lower total cholesterol while increasing HDL(good) cholesterol.
  • Honey acts as a sedative and is very useful in bed wetting disorders.
  • Can help treat minor acne by attacking the bacteria that cause outbreaks while moisturizing the skin to aid in rejuvenation.

Precaution

Honey may contain Clostridium botulinum spores and toxins that can cause infant botulism. As such, it is recommended that children under the age of one should not consume honey because their intestinal tract is not mature enough to inhibit the growth of Clostridium botulinum.

Healers from around the world have used honey for centuries for many healing procedures. When shopping for raw honey it is of greatest benefit to buy local and organic. This will support local farmers who practice organic farming where the honey is harvested with care. The amazing health benefits have been known by healers for centuries. According to PubMed, there have been over 4,357 medical studies on healing effects of honey; moreover, 1,194 of these studies relating to honey as a treatment, and 132 of these studies were relating to the antioxidants in honey.

Your question: Have you ever tried raw honey? (post your comments below)

Sources:
http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/health-benefits-of-organic-locally-grown-raw-honey/
http://www.fitsugar.com/Health-Benefits-Raw-Honey-14968149
http://asedarawhoney.com/health-benefits

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About the Author : Jordan Miller is the co-founder of guidinginstincts.com. He has overcome illness through dietary/lifestyle changes, and practicing a positive mindset daily. Jordan is currently learning about traditional North American medicinal herbs, in hopes of becoming a Certified Herbalist.
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Top 10 Weirdest Food Ingredients



By Jordan Miller;

I am sure most of you are well aware that processed food / fast food is simply, well, just not that great for you. Loaded with many synthetic chemicals, additives, and colors, it's no wonder why the majority of the population in the developed world is sick! Just when you think this is bad, we have discovered a few "uncommon ingredients" that are sure to make you a bit uneasy. In fact, when you look at these "food" items a bit closer, it's hard to even consider them as food; they look more like science projects to us. Take a gander at some of these weird foods for yourself. We will let you be the judge.

1. Sand in Chili: It is a fact that the restaurant Wendy's uses a derivative of sand (Silicone Dioxide) in their chili. It is believed that they use this ingredient as an anti-caking agent to ensure that the chili can endure heat for several days without coalescing together.

2. Viruses in Ready-To-Eat Meat Products:
In 2006, the United States FDA  approved the use of  bacteriophages in the preparation of food (specifically ready to eat meat products). This particular virus is used primarily to kill bacteria that might cause food poisoning - as several hundred Americans fall ill from listeriosis every year. Consequently, millions of people are now ingesting viruses to stop a few thousand from getting sick. Also to note, the FDA believes that any product containing this virus does not need to be labelled. The FDA disturbingly claims that "As long as it [is] used in accordance with the regulations, we have concluded it’s safe.” Does this sound like justifiable science to you? 

3. Sheep Secretions in Bubble Gum: The oily secretions from sheep's wool are collected to create a substance called lanolin. Sometimes lanolin can be found in your chewing gum under the name as "gum base". It is often times used to create vitamin D3 supplements.

4. Borax in Imported Caviar: Used primarily in insecticides or fire retardants, this particular substance can also be used in glass and detergents, though it sometimes finds itself in food. Borax has been permitted as a food additive in imported caviar, and in some Asian countries it is also sometimes found in noodles, meatballs, and steamed rice. It is primarily known in ingredient lists as E285. It is thought that borax can have serious toxic effects on humans, especially effecting the testes. It is believed that borax is used as a preservative against molds and yeast.

5. Coal Tar in Candy and Soda: Oddly enough, amaranth was once used as a food coloring, but after several scientific studies, it was determined to be extremely carcinogenic. After this discovery, scientists went back to the drawing table and later synthesized a synthetic chemical called allura red AC (E129). This ingredient is a liquid that is made from coal tar which is a by product of turning coal into coal gas or coke. This substance is primarily used in medicated shampoos to kill head lice or used to make Tylenol. While allura red AC is not considered carcinogenic, it can cause vomiting and other side effects. The FDA has commonly permitted it in candy and soda/pop.

6. Shellac in Candy: A common varnish that was used before the advent of lacquer, shellac is more commonly used now in baking and mass produced candy to give the final product a nice shine. We should also point out that shellac is produced from the secretion of the female lac beetle. A little beetle juice with your candy anyone?

7. Bugs in Food Coloring: Ever wonder where some of the food colorings in food comes from? Well, most of the red food coloring (Cochineal and carmine) is derived from bugs - the cochineal bug to be exact. "Cochineal is produced by drying and pulverizing the whole body of the bug, while carmine is a derivative of cochineal powder." These bugs are generally killed by immersing them in boiling water. The length of boiling time determines the vibrancy of their redness ranging from a lighter orange to a more vivid red.  It is believed that 155 000 insects are needed to make 2 pounds of food dye. It is also believed that the cochineal bug has been used for hundreds of years as a food dye and it is also very popular for dying clothes.

8. Beaver Anal Glands in Raspberry Flavored Candies and Sweets: Castoreum or  Beaver anal juice can be commonly found in perfumes and colognes but are also sometimes used in raspberry products to enhance their flavor.  It can also be found in chewing gum and cigarettes. It is hard to imagine beaver anal juice enhancing the flavor of raspberries.

9. Human Hair in Baked Goods: L-Cysteine, an amino acid commonly used in hair perming solutions, can be found in many baked goods because it helps add elasticity and soften dough. It can be found in breads, donuts, cookies, and many other baked goods.  There is controversy however in how this substance is created. It is believed that the cheapest way to synthesize this ingredient is to use human hair - most of which is sourced and prepared in China. Furthermore, “When asking the soy manufacturer how the amino acid syrup (or powder) was generated, he replied that the powder was generated from human hair. Because the human hair was gathered from salon, barbershop  and hospitals around the country, it was unhygienic and mixed with condom, used hospital cottons, used menstrual cycle pad, used syringe, etc.”

10. Feces in Strawberries: Skatole, a common ingredient in poop, is derived from mammals digestive tract. This ingredient is used in cigarettes as well as perfumes, but more interestingly, it is also used in strawberry ice cream. Apparently, the strawberry flavor is enhanced through the addition of dung. Who would have thought. Anyone's mouth watering yet?

These are just of few ingredients which have been added to many of the processed foods we consume today. Another reason (among many) to avoid purchasing these products altogether. Always stick to whole organic foods if you want to avoid any of these science experiments. You will certainly be making a smart choice for your health.

Your question: Do you know of any other weird ingredients? (post your comments below)

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About the Author : Jordan Miller is the co-founder of guidinginstincts.com. He has overcome illness through dietary/lifestyle changes, and practicing a positive mindset daily. Jordan is currently learning about traditional North American medicinal herbs, in hopes of becoming a Certified Herbalist.
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Natural Remedies for Sunburn



By Jordan Miller;

A sunburn is caused by excessive exposure to the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays. The amount of exposure required to cause a burn is dependent on the individual, the geographical location, the time, and the atmospheric conditions. There are two types of ultraviolet rays, designated ultraviolet-A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB). Being exposed to small amount of these rays, especially UVB, can be beneficial for your health, as UVB helps in the production of vitamin D. On the other hand, too much exposure to these rays can be dangerous. In most cases, a sunburn will ensue, for some others, cancer may develop later on in life. An overexposure of UVB rays primarily attack the skin's outer layer, while UVA rays attack the underlying layers.

Fair-skinned people are more prone to sunburn that darker-skinned individuals, but no matter what your skin color, you will burn if you get enough exposure. Symptoms do not necessarily appear while you are in the sun; they may begin from one hour to twenty-four hours after sun exposure, and usually reach their peak in two to three days.

Today, the effects of sun exposure are becoming an increasing concern because of the decline of the earth's ozone layer. The ozone layer screens out the most harmful ultraviolet rays, but it is becoming steadily thinner all over the world, and holes that fluctuate in size have developed in various places. The best medicine for a sunburn is prevention, but for those who the damage has already been done, take a look at some of the natural remedies below.


Supplementation

CoenzymeQ10: This will help increase the amount of oxygen to the cells; it will also help to minimize free radical damage. 60 mg daily is recommended.

Colloidal Silver: This is used as an antiseptic to prevent infection and subdue inflammation to promote healing. Apply topically where needed or as directed on label.

L-cysteine: This nutrient will promote healing of burns. It is recommended to take 500mg daily on an empty stomach. Foods rich in L-cysteine include onions, eggs, and walnuts.

Potassium: Plenty of potassium is lost through sunburn. It is important to replace this vital nutrient on the onset of a sunburn. A daily dose of 99mg is recommended.

Herbs

Aloe Vera Gel:  This is a remarkably effective treatment for any kind of burn. Aloe relieves discomfort, speeds healing, and also helps to moisturize the skin and relieve dryness. Gently apply a thin layer of aloe vera gel to the sunburned area. Reapply every hour until the pain is gone. Pulp taken from directly inside the fresh plant is best. If you use a commercial aloe product, make sure to choose one that contains no mineral oil, paraffin waxes, alcohol, or coloring.

Calendula and St. John's Wort: Apply a salve of calendula flowers and St. John's wort to baldy burned areas. These two herbs have antiseptic properties, act as painkillers for herbs, and promote healing of skin wounds.

Chamomile & Lavender: A herbal bath can help minimize the stinging and pain of a sunburn. Add six cups of chamomile tea or 6 drops of chamomile oil to a lukewarm tubful of water. Soak in the bath for 30 minutes or more. Lavender oil is also good and can be used in lace of chamomile oil if you wish.

Comfrey and Gotu Kola: Make a large pot of comfrey of gotu kola tea and let it cool. Soak sterile cotton gauze in the tea to make a compress and to apply it to the affected area. Leave the compress in place for up to thirty minutes.

Apple Cider Vinegar: Make a wash of apple cider vinegar diluted with an equal amount of water. Wash the area with the mixture, then rub a herbal infusion of St. John's wort oil onto the affected sunburned area.

Other Suggestions

Drink Plenty of Water:  A lot of water is lost through a sunburn. This causes the loss of fluids from cells within the lower layers of the skin. It is important to keep you self hydrated during and after your time in the sun.

Eat High Protein Rich Foods: This will facilitate tissue repair. Also ensure to eat plenty of raw fruits and vegetables to supply needed vitamins and minerals.

Cool Compresses: For immediate relief of sunburn pain, use cold water compresses or cold clay poultices. Or dissolve 1 pound of baking soda in a tubful of cool water and soak in the bath for about 30 minutes.

Prevention is the Best Medicine

Prevention is always better than the "cure". Take precautions to prevent yourself from getting sunburned:
  •  Avoid spending time outdoors between the hours of 10:00am and 3:00pm. If you do intend to go out during this time, you should limit your exposure to sun to a maximum of fifteen minutes the first couple of days (greater time periods for those who have darker skin), and gradual increase that time every few days.
  • Wear a sunhat, protective clothing. The best type of clothing is made of light colored, lightweight, tightly woven material.

A Few Things to Consider

Don't Neglect Your Lips: The lips are also susceptible to sunburn. Use a sunburn protection product designed for the lips. Choose a formula containing natural (organic) ingredients such as aloe vera or vitamin E. Your health food store should carry such products in a handy stick form.

Don't Rely on the Weather: Weather does not necessarily determine how strong the sun is. Cloudy or hazy days do not afford protection against sunburn; approximately 80 percent of the sun's ultraviolet rays pass through the clouds. Reflections from water, metal, sand, or snow may increase (even double) the amount of ultraviolet rays you absorb. Ensure to take the same precautions on cloudy or hazy days that you do on bright, sunny days.

These are some remedies and practices that can be applied almost immediately. For those of you still unsure about methods or remedies, always trust your instincts to guide your way.

Your question: Do you or someone you know have high blood pressure? (post your comments below)

Sources:
Prescription for Nutritional Healing; Phyllis A. Balch, CNC
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About the Author : Jordan Miller is the co-founder of guidinginstincts.com. He has overcome illness through dietary/lifestyle changes, and practicing a positive mindset daily. Jordan is currently learning about traditional North American medicinal herbs, in hopes of becoming a Certified Herbalist.
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Swiss Chard Wraps with Turmeric Sauce



By Jordan Miller;

Many of you have read the health benefits of both turmeric and green leafy vegetables in some of our previous posts. We feel that these foods are extremely beneficial to one's health, and as such, we have decided to combine these two powerhouses in to a recipe you are bound to enjoy. Are you tired of the traditional wheat based wraps which only leave you tired and feeling sick? Then why not feast your mouth into these delicious raw vegan wraps. Not only will they make you feel amazing, but they taste incredibly good too. The most important thing however, is to have fun! Enjoy!

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Turmeric Sauce

1 organic young Thai coconut, flesh from (approximately 1 cup, packed)
1/3 cup fresh coconut water (from organic young Thai coconut)
1 clove of organic garlic
1/2 teaspoon fresh chopped organic ginger
1/2 organic lime, juice from
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon coriander 
pinch Himalayan salt
pinch of pepper


Blend all ingredients in high-speed blender until smooth. Set aside to let flavors mix.

Wraps

4-8 organic collard green leaves
1 organic red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
1 carrot, cut into thin strips
1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1/2 cucumber, cut into thin strips
1 cup of organic or homemade alpha sprouts
1 organic avocado cut in thin strips


Directions

Place filling ingredients on collard leaf. Top with dressing. Roll and cut in half. Serve right away. Store leftovers in fridge for a maximum of 5 days.

Serves 4-6


Your question(s): Have you ever had green wraps? (post your comments below)
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About the Author : Jordan Miller is the co-founder of guidinginstincts.com. He has overcome illness through dietary/lifestyle changes, and practicing a positive mindset daily. Jordan is currently learning about traditional North American medicinal herbs, in hopes of becoming a Certified Herbalist.
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The Medicinal Properties of Chamomile (Pineappleweed)



By Jordan Miller;

The herb chamomile has been in constant use for thousands of years. It has been used to treat a many ailments and health troubles, such as stomach upset, diarrhea, gas, insomnia and even anxiety. This rather common plant grows abundantly around the world. Here in Canada, you may have come to understand it as false chamomile or pineapple weed. Wild chamomile grows in disturbed areas with poor compacted soil. It can be seen blooming along footpaths, garden edges, natural places where people gather, in the spring and early summer.

Wild chamomile's scientific names (Matricaria discoidea, Matricaria matricarioides) are from the Latin matrix, meaning "mother" and caria meaning "dear" and refers to the plant's many uses for women and children. Pineapleweed grown back ever year. It is characterized as having many leafy branches. When crushed, the smell resembles pineapple, hence its name. The stems grow from 5 to 30cm in height and the leaves are highly dissected, almost fern like. The plant also spawns yellow green flowering heads that are quite numerous and conical. Unlike its cousin, German chamomile (Matricaris recutita), it doesn't have white petals.

Harvest Time

The optimum time to gather wild chamomile is as soon as the tiny, yellow-green disc flowers appear, but they can also be gathered throughout the summer months.

Food

Wild chamomile flower heads were often gathered for food, especially by children. Today, they are used to make a pale, golden tea. The flower heads have also been added to muffins and breads. The plants may be eaten as a trail nibble or a salad ingredient, but they can be quite bitter. Powdered plants were often sprinkled on alternating layers of meat and berries to keep flies away and reduce spoilage.

Medicine

German chamomile tea is a well known herbal remedy for treating nervous tension, irritability and a variety of digestive complaints, such as irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn's disease, peptic ulcers, and hiatus hernia. It is especially suited to teething children. A wide variety of pharmacological activity has been documented for German chamomile, including antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, anti-ulcer and antiviral activities. The flowers are used topically for wounds, sunburn, burns, hemorrhoids, mastitis and leg ulcers. Animal studies have demonstrated that ingestion of the oil, at a dose of 0.2 mL/kg, lowered blood pressure and depressed cardiac and respiratory function. In a human study, a chamomile extract administered to patients undergoing cardiac catheterisation induced a deep sleep in 83 percent of the cases. Pineappleweed tea has been used in a similar manner to German Chamomile to treat colds (Especially in children), upset stomachs, diarrhea, fevers and menstrual cramps. It was also taken by woman to build up their blood at childbirth, to aid in delivering the placenta and to encourage good, healthy milk. As a mild sedative, it helps to expel gas and sooth muscle contractions in the stomach, relieving the heartburn and soothing the fevers.

Other Uses

Native peoples used these aromatic plants as perfume, sometimes mixing them with fir or sweet-grass and carrying the mixture in small pouches to concentrate the fragrance. Pineappleweed provided a pleasant smelling insect repellent, and the fragrant dried plants were used to line cradles and stuff pillows. 

Steve Johnson, founder of the Alaskan Flower Essence Project and author of the Essence of Healing, says that pinneappleweed is indicated for use "when we feel a lack of harmony with our physical environment; unaware of the support and nurturing that is available from nature; and a weak nurturing bond between mother and child." He adds, "The essence helps us maintain a calm awareness of ourselves and our surroundings as that we can remain free from injury and risk; promotes harmony between mothers and children, and between humans and the earth."

Your question(s): Have you ever come across pineappleweed? (post your comments below)

Sources:
Edible & Medicinal Plants of Canada; MacKinnon, Kershaw, Arnason, Owen, Karst, Hamersley, Chambers. 
The Boreal Herbal; Gray
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About the Author : Jordan Miller is the co-founder of guidinginstincts.com. He has overcome illness through dietary/lifestyle changes, and practicing a positive mindset daily. Jordan is currently learning about traditional North American medicinal herbs, in hopes of becoming a Certified Herbalist.
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