It’s Best to Boycott Bottled Water

Boycott Bottled Water

Bottled water is not a sustainable product. Buying it harms the environment in a number of ways. Fossil fuels are burned and carbon emissions generated in the production, transportation, and disposal or recycling of plastic bottles and other packaging. It takes 3 liters of water to produce a single liter of bottled water. Purchasing bottled water takes control of water resources from the public and turns it over to large private corporations that are less motivated to protect the environment or human health. Although there are some regions where tap water presents health concerns, the nations that are the biggest… read more

Garlic The Great

Garlic Is Great

Garlic is a super food that provides a variety of incredible health benefits when consumed regularly. Garlic contains compounds that protect against cancer and heart disease and strengthen the immune system. Garlic has antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antibacterial properties, so it may help to protect against contagious infections ranging from common colds and flus to more life-threatening illnesses. It may reduce the symptoms of arthritis and certain other chronic conditions. New research suggests that garlic may help with weight control and reduce the risk of becoming obese. Cooking meat with garlic (in a marinade, for example) reduces the production of… read more

Garden Pest Control

Garden Pest Control

Pests can be a problem, especially in food gardens. Here are ways to control pests without resorting to toxic chemicals. Companion Planting: Plants such as onions, garlic, mint, oregano, basil, thyme, and chives repel many common garden pests. Ladybugs: Ladybugs are voracious consumers of aphids, spider mites, and other pests. You can purchase them at garden supply stores or attract them by growing plants such as dill and fennel. Birds: Avian visitors, which also eat plenty of garden pests including slugs, can be encouraged to visit by growing native shrubs, trees, flowers, and ivy and providing bird feeders. Natural Insecticide:… read more

VaVa Voom from Vitamin A

VaVa Voom from Vitamin A

Rather than packing your system with artificially made vitamins, the best way to nourish your body is to absorb vitamins through food. Vitamin A is an essential vitamin required for vision, gene transcription, boosting your immune system, and skin clarity. As a general rule, foods that are red or orange in colour or dark green are packed full of this useful vitamin. Paprika, Red Pepper, Cayenne, Chilli Powder Cayenne powder proves to contain the highest amount of Vitamin A with just one tablespoon providing well over the recommended daily dose. A teaspoon of any red powder provides you with almost… read more

Natural Sweeteners

Natural Sweeteners

There are many natural sweeteners, all of which add their own unique flavors and textures. Cane or turbinado sugar is made from the sugarcane plant, this whole, unrefined sugar has a slight brownish tint because the health-promoting molasses has not been extracted from it. Beet sugar is similar to cane sugar but is derived from beets. Molasses: is rich in many beneficial nutrients including calcium and iron. Molasses can be used to replace up to half the sugar in many recipes. Choose dark or blackstrap molasses, which are more nutritious. Honey is environmentally friendly because it requires minimal processing and… read more

Suits Me To A Tea

Types of teas

There are hundreds of varieties of teas which can be prepared as a refreshing beverage. However, some teas have medicinal properties and may be worth incorporating into your everyday diet. Parsley Tea Parsley tea displays healing properties for the liver and kidneys which are both important for detoxing all those nasties from the body. Great for eyes and wrinkles. Fights free radicals, high in iron also. Great for bladder infections and is said to combat cellulite. Green Tea Green tea has many health benefits. It is considered a miracle tea as it apparently reduces your risk of cancer. Packed full of anti-oxidants,… read more

The Many Benefits of Green Spaces

Benefits of Green Spaces

Green spaces include parks, urban gardens, woodlands, and wildlife sanctuaries. They provide many environmental benefits, ranging from the promotion of biodiversity to the improvement of air quality. When green spaces include organic urban gardens, people have the opportunity to produce food locally, which reduces carbon emissions associated with food transport as well as the negative environmental impacts of packaging and pesticide use. However, research has shown that green spaces provide benefits that go far beyond environmental sustainability. Social benefits of green spaces include increasing a sense of community, reducing crime, and providing opportunities for public recreation. In addition, green spaces… read more

Cleaning Made Eco-Simple

Cleaning Made Simple

Sometimes cleaning takes more than soap and water. But chemicals in common cleaning products remain a cause for concern as they may release harmful toxins. They can also be hazards to safety, especially in a house full of kids or animals. You may already have items that can clean and disinfect just as effectively as store bought cleaning agents. Here are crucial items that should be part of every cleaning kit. Baking soda, when mixed with water, makes a paste that effectively cleans sinks and other hard surfaces. Mixing it with warm water cleans silver and removes tarnish. Vinegar is… read more

Small Scale Rooftop Gardens

Small Scale Rooftop Gardens

If you like the idea of a sky garden but don’t necessarily have the space, use what you do have to implement a smaller scale version. To get the benefits of a rooftop design, adhere to applicable building codes and pick a sturdy structure that can hold the weight of a garden. Rooftop gardens can help with rainwater runoff and preliminary research has discovered that water excess is decreased by over half in a roof or structure with a garden incorporated. Also, they can naturally help the indoor temperature remain stable by providing a substantial insulating layer. Good.net shows the… read more

Why We Should Be Nutty for Nuts

Nutty for Nuts

Nuts have had a roller-coaster of a time in the last few years. They are in fashion one minute, then out the next. As they are a high-fat food, health concious people commonly avoid them. However, they are actually packed with good fats which are necessary for your metabolism and heart function. Apparently a handful of nuts a day can rapidly reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes. They provide a balance of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats which help manage cholesterol and body weight. They contain high levels of Plant Omega-3’s which have heart health properties and anti-aging benefits…. read more