TAG: Organic

Free Range Eggs Are Best

Benefits of free range eggs

In addition to being a great source of protein, eggs contain antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and other health-promoting substances. However, recent studies have shown that not all eggs are created equal. There are many types of eggs available, including organic, free range, free run, and regular eggs with no special classification. Free range hens are not kept in cages and they have outdoor access at least part of the time. Eggs labeled “organic” are also free range because to obtain the organic label, the hens that produce them must be allowed to go outdoors. However, there are much stricter guidelines… read more

Produce and Pesticides

Pesticides residual on fruit

The knowledge that pesticide residues are found in some of our foods and store in our systems no doubt lends to some extra scrubbing and rinsing when it comes to the produce department. If what is on your salad plate is of concern to you, then it is likely you have heard of the dirty dozen produce list, which showcases apples as the pesticide winner. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has currently added to this list, now reinstating it as the Dirty Dozen Plus in order to accommodate new categories of green beans and leafy green produce that contain high… read more

Whole Grain Benefits

Whole Grain Health Benefits

Antioxidants protect against the oxidative cell damage that can cause a variety of deadly diseases. Many people are aware that fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants, but few know that whole grains are also rich sources of these beneficial substances. Modern diets are abundant in refined grains such as white flour and white rice, which have been stripped of much of their nutritional value during processing. Whole grains contain the plant’s embryo (germ) and food for that embryo (endosperm), as well as a protective covering (bran). These parts of the grain contain many health-promoting ingredients including antioxidants, dietary fiber, and omega-3… read more

Hair Care Naturally

Natural hair care

Today there are many options when it comes to hair care, from styles to colors, you can customize your locks as much as you desire. Many products are out there to help achieve this. However, you must be careful not to use chemicals that damage your hair and environment. Luckily you can alter your hair without sending toxins through the roof or atmosphere. Let’s start with hair enhancement. Enhancing your hair and keeping it healthy elevates your natural beauty. To add shine to your hair you can add apple cider vinegar to your shampoo or conditioner. If you are a… read more

The Hamburger Issue

Issues with the meat industry

The food industry is a notorious contributor to global warming. The process for many mainstream meat suppliers can be a system diluted with inefficiencies. For example, genetically modified crops fed to animals which are often also genetically modified to grow and mature faster, and are given large doses of antibiotics which are never naturally present in their biological systems. Sometimes the animals are kept in deplorable conditions (as seen in the popular documentary “Food, Inc.”, which the author highly recommends for further information, as it was one of the main sources for this article.).  In the documentary, cows were seen… read more

Vegetable Composting

Vegetable composting

Vegetable composting is a vital to reduce wasting at our landfills. It is just that simple. Why send it off to a landfill when it can be planted in the front yard for composting. When cooking, use an additional bowl to collect food waste such as vegetable and fruit tops, peels, and ends. Coffee grounds, tea leaves, and egg shells are likewise useful in composting.  It is best not to use meats or greasy food as it can attract animals and cause a bad odor. Simply blend your compost into the garden about 12 inches deep. One method is to… read more

Natural Popsicles

Natural popsicles and iceblocks

Summer has reached its peak and the global smog has yet to simmer down. By cooling your palette you can alleviate the stresses of heat elsewhere. This brings us to our main topic:  Popsicles. Though staples of childhood and summer, they’re great year round at any age. And they’re easy to make yourself. I like to make Popsicles using fruit flavored tea. It tastes like normal Popsicles but lacks the high sugar content and is lower in calories.  To do this, pick out a tea of your liking.  Most fruit teas are herbal and thus, caffeine free. You can find… read more

Self-Sufficiency

Growing vegetables at home

Modern technology has revolutionized our lifestyles. Many necessities are mass-produced and you can eliminate almost any task by switching on an appliance. But like any great invention technology is a tool that can be used appropriately or abused. A struggle of modern life is to remain self-sufficient. But doing so can help you save money, energy, and better your sense of accomplishment. This doesn’t mean taking drastic measures. Just by sewing a ripped pair of pants you’ve saved time and money by not buying a replacement pair. These are a few suggestions to get you started. When buying fresh produces… read more

Green Tea and its Benefits

Green tea and its benefits

I caught a cab the other day and the Japanese driver had the most beautifully glowing skin. He looked about 55 years old and I was shocked to find out he was 20 years older. He told me his secret was green tea. No surprises there! It has been around for over 4,000 years and green tea contains catechin polyphenols, carotenoids, Vitamin C, chromium, manganese, selenium or zinc. It is a more potent antioxidant than black tea as it contains  epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a very powerful antioxidant. Apparently, EGCG is twice as powerful as resveratrol, a compound found in red… read more

Natural Cold Remedies

Fighting Colds the Natural Way

A cold or flu is virus spread by coughing, sneezing or personal contact. There are many natural remedies to help prevent and treat colds and flu. A favourite of mine is my mothers old remedy of boiling lots of garlic (decongestant), ginger (anti-bacterial), lemon (vitamin C) and honey (throat soother) in a saucepan and slowly sipping it. I always waited until it was lukewarm and down the hatch it would go, as I found it quite repulsive as a child. Now, as an adult, I enjoy it when I am sick, partly because my tastes have changed and partly because… read more