Surprising Health Benefits of Cinnamon

Cinnamon

Derived from the bark of Cinnamomum trees in Southeast Asia, cinnamon has historically been used not only as a spice, but also as a medicine. It is often listed among the superfoods – foods that provide significant health benefits – because it is rich in manganese, fiber, calcium, antioxidants, and other beneficial ingredients. Studies of cinnamon’s health effects have yielded mixed results and more research is needed to prove anything conclusively. However, a number of studies have suggested that it may act as an anti-inflammatory and an anti-microbial agent. Cinnamon contains essential oils that can prevent bacterial and fungal growth (including… read more

What If You Can’t Afford To Buy Organic?

What If You Can’t Afford To Buy Organic?

Organic produce and food items may be preferred by many, but they are also unaffordable by many, too. Often times, selecting organic means that you will pay more at the checkout. Much more. When you are buying for a household on a budget, sometimes choosing organic isn’t a choice at all. So, what are the options if organic items are out of range? It is still possible to make the most of healthy and conscious food selections while staying on a budget. To start, incorporating tips that stretch a dollar will allow grocery money to go further, which will let… read more

The Impact on Humans if Bees Become Extinct

Endangered Bees

Many bee species have been dying out in recent years, with honeybees suffering the most dramatic decline. The loss of bees has been attributed to pesticides and other toxic chemicals, mite infestations, infections, and possibly even cell phone radiation. Monoculture (growing single crops) is also a problem because bees are less healthy when they consume only one type of food. Bees are critical to the sustainability of our food supply. Loss of the pollination services that bees provide would wipe out around 80% of our food plants. If we lost the bees completely, we’d lose the majority of our fruits,… read more

Benefits Of Blueberries

Blueberries

Colorful fruits and vegetables tend to be the richest sources of antioxidants, and blueberries, with their intense, dark color, have a higher antioxidant content than most foods (including most other berries), as well as being a good source of vitamin K, vitamin C, manganese, and fiber. There are many reasons why blueberries are usually listed among the superfoods (foods with the most significant health-protective effects). In addition to promoting heart and urinary tract health and protecting against cancer, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease, new research suggests that eating blueberries may improve general cognitive function and memory. Blueberries also have a low… read more

Try These All Natural DIY Potions To Ban Pests

Try These All Natural DIY Potions To Ban Pests

When the weather is nice outside, there is usually one thing that isn’t very pleasing – insects. They are annoying and can be worrisome. Keeping them out of your yard and off of your skin can be done without using ingredients that may be questionable. Keep outdoor pests away naturally with these DIY mixtures. Mosquitoes can sometimes be harmful and are definitely always irritating. Many over the counter chemical applications include the ingredient N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide, or DEET. Though effective for keeping mosquitoes away and approved for use by the U.S. Envrionmental Protection Agency, there are specific application recommendations and it has many concerns when applied… read more

Onions: A Super Food

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Onions are low in calories and high in vitamin C, fiber, and many other health-promoting nutrients. Studies have shown that regular consumption of onions brings significant health benefits. Research indicates that eating onions several times a week lowers the risk of suffering from certain cancers, as well as helping to maintain healthy bones and reducing the likelihood of heart attacks and strokes. Onions also have anti-inflammatory effects, which means that they may be beneficial for those with inflammatory conditions such as arthritis. Onions have antiviral and antibacterial properties, so consuming them may help to protect against colds, flus, and the… read more

Your Emotional Roller Coaster Has A Purpose

Your Emotional Roller Coaster Has A Purpose

Ecopsychology, which examines human interactions with the natural world, often looks at the emotional connections that exist between them. Emotions are kind of strange when you think about them. As humans, we have a range of emotions that run through us at any given point in the day – anxiety, excitement, anger, sadness and happiness. Some of our more negative emotions at times seem to wantonly circle around us as we swat at them, curse how we feel because of them and wish them away. Occasionally we may feel we are in an ever reaching grasp, just trying to get ahold… read more

Dark Chocolate Dips Give Snacks A Kick

Dark Chocolate Dips Give Snacks A Kick

The benefits of dark chocolate consumption are widely known, and many foods are favorite go-tos for coating in it. However, beyond the chocolate dipped strawberry and other popular choices, there are a few deliciously strange recipes floating around that offer an unexpected twist. Below are some interesting ideas for unusual things to try dipping in chocolate that will make snack time an experience for the taste-testing palate. After dipping, place items on parchment or wax paper laid out on a platter. Chill in the refrigerator or freeze for a few minutes until the chocolate is set. Spicy chocolate dipped pineapples… read more

Top 10 Magnesium-Rich Foods

Magnesium rich foods

Magnesium is an essential mineral for the human body. It helps with effective functioning of nerves and muscles. It helps to maintain strong bones and regulates blood pressure and sugar levels. We need about 300-400 mg of magnesium every day. Below are listed the Top 10 magnesium-rich foods that will help boost your intake of this vital mineral. 1. Green Leafy Vegetables – the chlorophyll in vegetables like spinach which give them their green colour, contains magnesium. 2. Whole Grains – wheat, oats, rye, buckwheat. Not to be confused with refined grains such as white bread as the magnesium is lost… read more

Why The Bad Mood?

Why The Bad Mood?

Sometimes a bad mood can creep up and you may not even be sure why. We can become irritable for many reasons, but science and research has actually uncovered some interesting findings about our bad moods. We are all susceptible to a bad mood now and then, and notably a less than harmonious mood shouldn’t be confused with depression. Moods come and go, some lingering more than others, but depressive states can be lasting and medical advice and psychological care are recommended in order to receive the proper treatment. There are some things to try that can help ward off… read more