Calcium Other Than Dairy

Calcium rich foods

I don’t know about you, but when I have dairy something strange happens. It’s not a major upset, just an un-ease. A little queasy and, well, mucous-y. Gross, I know! I’m not positive that I am lactose (milk sugar) intolerant, just perhaps a tad sensitive to it. Frankly, I feel better when I don’t eat dairy and I know a fair amount of people in the same boat. Concerning, as this is the food group where we are supposed to get our intake of calcium, right? Well, there are many food sources rich in calcium, just not as heavily publicized… read more

Naturally Fighting Cancer

Fighting Cancer Naturally

Tumors form when a cell mutates, creating more mutated cells until a mass is formed. This sometimes results in benign tumors, which are usually harmless, unless located in the cranium where space is limited. Malignant tumors on the other hand are never good and left untreated will result in cancer. But they aren’t indestructible. Their growth is promoted by various environmental factors, as well as lifestyle choices. A large risk factor is constant exposure to carcinogens. Carcinogens have the ability to alter our DNA, resulting in the cell mutation that can lead to cancer. Carcinogens come in a variety of… read more

Benefits of Coconut Oil

Many uses of coconut oil

Dry skin, a cut, or dirty hair?  Try some coconut oil.  Coconut oil offers many health benefits and here are some reasons why you should try it. 1.  Skin Care:  Coconut oil has been a proven moisturizer for all skin types.  It will leave your body looking refreshed and wide awake.  The fat in the oil helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles without any irritation.  Coconut oils can also help with various skin conditions.  In fact, the oil is frequently used in expensive skin care products. 2.  Stress Relief:  You’re having another long Monday at school or the office, your… read more

Eating Foods in Season

Seasonal produce

The ability to retain food quality, with the aid of preservatives, means we have access to a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and grains year-round. Still, it is healthier and more practical to eat foods when they are season. In season produce is more likely to have come from local resources. This means less time spent being transported to stores. It may also infer that less, if any, pesticides were used as they would be to preserve produce that is not in season. While locations vary, here are some of the best times to get fresh fruits and vegetables: Spring… read more

The Good in Chocolate

Dark chocolate

Chocolate. Long considered a culinary sin, it’s loyal devotees have been advocating its health benefits for years. Only recently, have those claims been accepted. Lucky, as I am guilty as sin. Not all chocolate is created equal of course, and you must choose wisely when wanting to reap the benefits and dismiss the not so palatable side effects. Dark chocolate is the best pick with a high cocoa content. It is rich in flavanoids that are fantastic at eliminating toxins.  It has far more antioxidants than milk or white chocolate. About 4 squares of dark chocolate are 200 Calories. Ok if… read more

Aveda = Ethical

Aveda beauty products

Aveda, meaning ‘all knowledge’, is a range of ethically produced beauty products. Founded by Horst Rechelbacher in 1978, it was originally based on Ayervedic Medicine which is an ancient Indian alternative practise. Rechelbacher made his first batch of hair care in his kitchen sink and now Aveda is stocked in 24 Countries around the world. Aveda was one of the first companies to adopt a set of principles known as The Ceres Principles. The Ceres Principles were set up in 1989 and is a 10-point code of business practice toward sustainability. These principles include protection of the biosphere, reduction of… read more

Baking with Whole Foods

Healthier Baking with Whole Foods

1. Replace fats with fruits and vegetables: You can replace some or all of the butter or oil in many recipes with apple sauce, mashed banana, pumpkin puree, or other healthy substitutes. 2. Use whole wheat flour: Brown flour is loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber, making it a far healthier choice (white flour loses most of its nutrients during processing). 3. Replace up to half the sugar with molasses: Molasses is a great source of iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium. Use 1+1/3 cups of molasses for each cup of sugar, add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, and reduce… read more

Disposing of Chemicals

Harmful household chemicals

Hazardous chemical waste is more prevalent than one may think.  Look around your home and see how many of these items you may have.  The items include: paints, polishes, batteries, thinners, gasoline, anti-freeze, motor oil, transmission, brake and steering fluids, thermometers, fluorescent bulbs, fertilizers, solvents, pesticides, and herbicides.  So, how do you go about disposing of these harmful chemicals? Hazardous waste should be taken to a disposal facility because they contain chemicals that are a danger to human health and the environment.  Do not simply pour any chemicals down the drain.  Sewage treatment plants will not extract any of the… read more

Have a Houseplant

Houseplants

Houseplants have been around for many ages. Historically grown for consumption and medicinals, plants have also branched out into everyday adornments. As creatures of the indoors and out, considering what we place in our spaces as decoration is important. Houseplants are a great dual duty décor, providing functionality and aesthetics. This old staple is pretty, and pretty good for you, too. They have long been known for their use as natural air filters. Research has shown that common houseplants do help purify indoor air. A 2009 study of three common houseplants, the snake (Sansevieria trifasciata) and spider (Chlorophytum comosum) plants,… read more

Many Uses of Epsom Salts

Epsom Salts

Epsom salts, otherwise known as magnesium sulphate, is made up of a naturally occurring mineral. Named after the town of Epsom in England, where the compound was first distilled from a spring. There are many uses of Epsom salts and, as its popularity is on the rise, so too is the knowledge of its many health benefits. Magnesium regulates activity of more than 300 enzymes in the body. A deficiency in magnesium can lead to all sorts of health problems such as high blood pressure, hyperactivity, heart problems and other health issues. Sulphate is essential for many biological processes. It… read more