Soy What?

Soy And Human Health

Some studies indicate that soy is a superfood while others have linked it to health problems. Why has research yielded such conflicting results? Many of the studies supporting soy’s health benefits have taken place in Asian countries where people eat more fermented soy products (miso, tempeh, etc.). Those in Europe and North America tend to consume unfermented and highly processed soy products, many of which contain trans fats and artificial additives, and to eat soy protein in larger quantities, so health outcomes are bound to differ. Soy is considered a health food for a number of reasons. One cup of… read more

Tapped – A Look At Bottled Water

Tapped - A Look At Bottled Water

Tapped is an award winning documentary film by Stephanie Soechtig that explores the effects of bottled water on society. Most no longer believe marketing tactics that try to make us think bottled water comes from a bubbling natural, abundant spring. According to the documentary, almost 40% of bottled water is really just filtered tap water that is packaged and resold at premium prices. The majority of those in the U.S. are fortunate enough to have reliable access to safe drinking water simply by turning on a faucet or pushing a button to release a cold, filtered glass. Many are also… read more

Old Tubs With New Uses

Old Yoghurt Containers

Do you enjoy a nice cup of yogurt? Are you a fan of Greek or other style yogurt? If you answered the two previous questions then we are sure that you probably recycle plenty of yogurt containers per year. What if we told you there is a bunch of ingenious ways to reuse them? Below are a few dandy ways to reuse those containers before just tossing them away. Small yogurt containers make great popsicle molds. Just wash them out and freeze whatever you would like on a hot summer day. You can also freeze the yogurt in them for… read more

The Green House Project

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The Green House Project is a unique endeavor, and the first of its kind. It is also not what you might think. The Project is an American non-profit organization that creates alternative living environments for elderly people in replacement of nursing homes. Founded in 2003 by physician William H. Thomas, it first began as a living home for Alzheimer’s patients. Thomas realized that nursing homes were aging faster than their patients, and so he created a solution in the way of personalized, economic and ecological-focused healthcare. Take a look at this quick video documentary of the past ten years of… read more

Natural Beauty With Beets

Natural Beauty With Beets

Beets are high in vitamins and minerals and are antioxidant rich, versatile root vegetables. In addition to their health benefits and culinary value, beets are also a natural colorant. The rich hues provided by beets can be used for other purposes outside of the kitchen, including for making organic makeup tints. Simple and effective, try some of these suggestions and you may be searching for a local steady supply of them to keep around. Try this  rose tinted cheek stain that you can make with only 2 ingredients. Combine simmered, strained beets with pure vegetable glycerine that is intended for… read more

The Health Benefits Of Juicing

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Buying fresh fruit and vegetables is important to building a healthy body and mind. Organically grown food is also something to look for when shopping for your next meal. A growing trend in the health market is “juicing”. Check out this short video from Natural Health Physician Dr. Joseph Mercola on the benefits of using a juicer. Have a thought? Share it in the comments below.

Phosphate Free Products

Phosphate Free Products

Phosphates have been a major ingredient in cleaning items for some time, and their use has been scrutinized and forbidden in some cleaners. It comes from many sources, like runoff from rain, agricultural and water system industries and from using cleansers that contain phosphates, and all of this adds to the accumulation in water supplies. Phosphates have been used in many cleaners like dishwashing and laundry detergents. They reportedly can make soaps work better by assisting in dirt and grease removal, helping to prevent spots and keeping dirt particles from attaching to surfaces. Though they are helpful for cleaning, in… read more

Acai Berries and Weight Loss

Acai Berries and Weight Loss

Do Acai berries really help with weight loss, or are the claims nothing but hype? These purple-blue Brazilian berries can be purchased in juice, powder, or capsule form (they cannot be shipped whole because they perish too quickly), and they’re often sold as weight loss supplements. According to Hayashi (n.d.), Acai berries do not suppress appetite, speed the metabolism, or flatten the stomach. However, like many other berries, they are rich in antioxidants, so they may provide a number of health benefits ranging from cancer protection to overall slowing of the aging process. However, research has shown that juices made… read more

Soylent: Diet of the Future

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Soylent, founded by Rob Rhinehart, is a powdered source of energy and nutrients that can be mixed with water to create a liquid meal that contains only a third of the calories of an average meal. Of all the food produced globally, 50%  is wasted. This is largely due to spoilage, in addition to the habits of consumers. Despite the abundance of food waste, resources are not distributed equally, and many countries don’t have such glutenous portions at their disposal. One-seventh of people across the globe are malnourished, while one-third of people living in developing countries suffer from nutritional deficiency…. read more

What Smells? Deodorant and Possible Health Issues

What Smells? Deodorant and Possible Health Issues

Numerous research studies have been conducted on deodorants and whether or not they can cause health problems. Many outcomes have provided contradictory results, indicating that more research is needed in this area. The main active compounds found in deodorants and antiperspirants are normally aluminum based. They work by forming a barrier between the sweat ducts and the outer skin, therefore decreasing the appearance of sweat production. Some studies have suggested that these compounds are troublesome since they are continually reapplied and left on, and are capable of being absorbed through the skin and into the system. Some examinations have posed… read more