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The Health Benefits and Uses of Spirulina

Spirulina has not only the proteins needed to promote a good night’s sleep; it also contains magnesium and potassium. Deficiencies in these elements have been shown to cause insomnia and poor quality of sleep. Spirulina also contains the amino acid tryptophan which the body needs to produce serotonin.

It is actually a bacteria referred to as cyanobacterium, or otherwise called blue-green algae. It grows in salt water and freshwater environments. Its use goes back to the Aztecs and, in today’s society, people usually consume spirulina by tablets or mix the powder in their smoothies in order to reap the many health benefits.

The Health Benefits of Spirulina are:

It acts as a powerful antioxidant: Spirulina benefits contains the antioxidants beta-carotene and zeaxanthin, as well as phycocyanin which is what gives it its blue-green color. Phycocyanin fights free radicals, thus slowing down the production of inflammatory-signaling molecules. This provides amazing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.

Spirulina is 65% protein and amino acids including the essential fatty acid gamma linolenic acid (GLA) which has gotten a lot of attention for its anti-inflammatory properties.

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It boosts the immune system: Spirulina contains many nutrients including iron, manganese, zinc, copper, selenium, and chromium. These nutrients, along with the eight essential amino acids and 10 other amino acids found in spirulina, fight cell-damaging molecules, thus boosting the immune system.

It contains Omega 3-,6 and 9s and is especially high in Omega-3s.

It reduces the risk of cancer: Studies have proven that the nutrients found in spirulina reduce the effects of environmental properties that damage the body on a cellular level. This inhibits further cellular degeneration that may lead to cancer. In some studies, spirulina was able to reduce the tumors associated with oral cancers.

It’s extremely high in Chlorophyll, which helps remove toxins from the blood and boost the immune system.

It can be a treatment for anemia: Taken along with vitamin B12, spirulina can boost the production of red blood cells. This has been found to be particularly useful for the elderly.

Spirulina has a very high concentration of bio-available iron and is excellent during pregnancy and for those with anemia and will not cause constipation.

spirulina-powderIt improves Quality Of Sleep: Spirulina has not only the proteins needed to promote a good night’s sleep; it also contains magnesium and potassium. Deficiencies in these elements have been shown to cause insomnia and poor quality of sleep. Spirulina also contains the amino acid tryptophan which the body needs to produce serotonin.

It increases stamina and muscle endurance: Spirulina increases one’s metabolism and helps the body burn fat instead of carbohydrates. It also protects the body against oxidative stress and increases antioxidant activity after a workout, thus improving the levels of endurance for athletes.

It lowers blood pressure: Spirulina promotes a decrease in blood pressure by raising the production of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide encourages the blood vessels to relax and dilate. High blood pressure can lead to heart attacks, strokes, and many other ailments.

It is also incredibly high in calcium with over 26 times the calcium in milk, making it excellent for children, the elderly and during pregnancy.

It helps in weight loss: Because Spirulina contains a multitude of nutrients, vitamins, and has an average of a 70% protein level, those who regularly consume spirulina will be less hungry and less likely to overeat.

It boosts energy: The vitamin content and protein in Spirulina elevate energy levels, making cardio workouts more effective so the body will burn fat faster. Also, unlike other energy-stimulating sources which are temporary, spirulina maintains a consistent effect.

 

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How Turmeric Can Prevent Disease, Relieve Pain and Reduce Inflammation

 

You probably know by now that turmeric is a culinary spice, a major ingredient in curry, and is a brightly colored relative to ginger root. Used widely in Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric gives mustard its vibrant yellow color. Curcumin is the particular constituent responsible for turmeric’s bright hue and potent anti-inflammatory properties.

Turmeric has been studied extensively and has been proven a safe and effective anti-inflammatory. In fact, respected ethnobotanist Dr. James Duke reviewed some 700 studies looking at turmeric benefits concluded that turmeric outperforms many pharmaceuticals in its effects against several chronic, debilitating diseases, and does so with virtually no adverse side effects.

If you’re relying on NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) pain relievers for inflammatory conditions such as arthritis or chronic joint pain, listen up: the FDA recently strengthened its warning for popular painkillers like ibuprofen and naproxen and risk of heart attacks and stroke. If you are using these drugs regularly for pain relief, you may be at increased risk of heart attack and stroke, even if you’re not otherwise at risk, and even in the first few weeks of using the drugs. This is really scary.

Fortunately, nature has alternatives for you without the alarming side effects. Numerous preclinical studies have provided a solid basis for examining curcumin’s efficacy against many human diseases, and have I mentioned with virtually no side effects?! In fact, curcumin performs just as well as NSAID drugs for chronic pain relief in study after study (you can see a list of some of these studies here). In addition to pain relief, curcumin fights disease and improves your health!

Here’s a list of health benefits that turmeric provides

Anti-cancer: The high content of antioxidants helps protect the colon cells from free radicals that can cause damage to cellular DNA, which is a major benefit in the colon where cells turnover occur about every three days. Curcumin can assist the body with destroying mutated cancer cells, so that they cannot spread and cause more damage. It also helps to slow down tumor formation and prevents blood supply to cancer cells to stunt their growth.

Anti-inflammatory: The volatile oil part of turmeric has major anti-inflammatory properties. The more potent property of turmeric is the yellow or orange color, which is called curcumin. Unlike drugs/medications, curcumin has no toxic side effects such as ulcers, decreased white blood cell count or intestinal bleeding.

Cardiovascular health: The curcumin ingredient in turmeric can prevent the oxidation of cholesterol in the body; the oxidized cholesterol causes damage to blood vessels and builds up plaque that can cause heart attack or stroke. Preventing oxidation of cholesterol helps reduce the development of atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease. Turmeric is an excellent source of vitamin B6, which can keep homocysteine levels from increasing and directly damaging the blood vessel walls. High intake of vitamin B6 can reduce the risk of heart disease.

Immune system: Its antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties are useful for strengthening the immune system and is the first line of defence in the digestive system, to prevent bacterial or viral infections.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD): Curcumin can be an inexpensive and a successful treatment for inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. Researchers believe that curcumin helps these diseases with the antioxidant activities it provides as well as the reservation of a major cellular inflammatory agent that reduces inflammation.

Liver function: Turmeric has the ability to improve the detoxification system by inducing the development of primary liver detoxification enzyme, glutathione S-transferase (GST) enzymes.

Rheumatoid arthritis: The curcumin in turmeric has powerful antioxidant effects that can neutralize free radicals, which move through the body and can cause damage to healthy cells. Free radicals are responsible for causing painful joint inflammation and can cause damage to the joints. Curcumin has been shown to be beneficial for improvements like shortened amount of morning stiffness, longer walking capability, and reduced joint swelling.

 

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7 Components Needed for Natural Cancer Prevention

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By Alex ‘Earthie Mama’ Du Toit – Wake Up World

A combination of garlic, onion, hot peppers, horseradish, ginger, turmeric and apple cider vinegar, forms a nutritional, high potency tonic I call The Master Tonic. Promoting healthy immune function, digestion and longevity, the ingredients in this potent natural “cure-all” tonic support natural immunity and help with many different health conditions. Best of all, they have the scientifically proven ability to prevent and reduce cancerous cell growth, without the dangerous effects of chemotherapy.

Garlic

Research has linked a higher intake of garlic to a lower risk of colon cancer, intestinal cancer, stomach cancer, prostrate cancer, head and neck cancer, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, pancreatic cancer, lung cancer and others. Garlic can help cancer cells die off while also reducing cell growth and therefore the spread of cancer. Garlic also has antibacterial properties and supports the body to repair DNA. Taking garlic on a regular basis has been shown to contribute to the prevention of cancerous cells and the spread of those cells.

Onion

Onions like garlic, contain antioxidants that can block highly reactive free radicals from damaging cell DNA and starting the cancer process. In laboratory tests, compounds in onions stimulate the self-destruction of cancer cells that form while also slowing down the growth of cancer cells. From research it has been concluded that onions offer protection against many different types of cancers.

Ginger

Ginger has been used medicinally for centuries due to its high anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. More recently, new research has discovered that ginger also has anti-cancerous properties, naturally inhibiting the growth of cancer cells.

Horseradish

A study done at the University of Illinois found that due to its high level of compounds called glucosinolates, horseradish helps the liver detox carcinogens while suppressing the growth of tumors and preventing the formation of new tumors. Horseradish has also been found to aid in the prevention many types of cancers, most commonly lung, colon and rectal cancers.

Hot Peppers

Hot peppers are a part of the capsicum family. The natural chemical that puts off the heat is called capsaicin. Studies have found that capsaicin is toxic to cancer cells. Researchers have found that capsaicin disrupts the energy source of the cancer cell, which is the mitochondria. This resulted in the cancer cells dying that the, yet there is no harm done to normal cells.

Turmeric

A groundbreaking study published in the journal Anticancer Research reveals that one of the most extensively researched and promising natural compounds for cancer treatment, curcumin, from turmeric, has the ability to selectively target cancer cells while leaving non-cancerous cells unaffected. In contrast, chemotherapy and radiation kill both normal and cancerous cells, reducing the body’s natural healing ability. Although not approved by the FDA for promotion as a cancer remedy on its own, many studies are revealing that this natural root is effective at treating cancer, with results more effective than chemotherapy or radiation.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is a vinegar made from apples and has been reported to help with many ailments in the body. Laboratory tests have shown that apple cider vinegar helps to slow the growth of cancer cells. As cancer needs an acidic environment to thrive, ACV inhibits the growth of cancer by naturally alkalizing the body.

 

About the author:

Alex is a true Earthie Mama, helping others tune into their most natural, thriving state while bringing harmony and balance into all areas of their lives. She hosts a well-known blog, EarthieMama.com, where she writes about health and wellness, conscious parenting, green living, self sustainability and getting off the grid. Alex also has an MA in Psychology, and is a registered Yoga Instructor, environmentalist, conscious mother, green living advocate and birthing expert. She also sells all natural products and her ebooks through her website.

Please check out her website at EarthieMama.com, connect with Earthie Mama here on Facebook, or sign up to the free EarthieMama e-newsletter here.

10 Quick Tips For Eating Healthy

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by Michelle Nelson

Developing healthy eating habits isn’t as confusing or as restrictive as many people think.Take a few minutes to identify the habits you wish to change. Do you pack a wholesome lunch, only to be distracted by fast or junk food places around your work? Do you provide healthy lunches for your kids, but at the end of the day find them smashed in the bottom of their backpack? It is important to be realistic about yourself and your family’s likes and dislikes. It is unlikely that anyone can switch from hamburgers and French fries to tofu and whole grains in one day. Prepare foods that support your health, vitality, and optimum weight.

Here are 10 quick tips that can help you eat healthy on a budget.

1. Plan Your Meals
When it comes to saving money at the grocery store, planning is essential. Use one day each week to plan your meals for the upcoming week. Then, make a grocery list of what you need.

Also, make sure to scan your fridge and cabinets to see what you already have. There are usually a lot of foods hidden in the back that can be used.

Only plan to purchase what you know you’re going to use, so that you don’t end up throwing away a lot of what you buy.

2. Stick To Your Grocery List
Once you’ve planned your meals and made your grocery list, stick to it. It’s very easy to get sidetracked at the grocery store, which can lead to unintended, expensive purchases. As a general rule, try to shop the perimeter of the store first. This will make you more likely to fill your cart with whole foods.

The middle of the store often contains the most processed and unhealthy foods. If you find yourself in these aisles, look to the top or bottom of the shelves rather than straight ahead. The most expensive items are usually placed at eye level.

Additionally, there are now many great grocery list apps to help you shop. Some of them can even save favorite items or share lists between multiple shoppers. Using an app is also a great way to make sure you don’t forget your list at home.

3. Cook at Home
Cooking at home is much cheaper than eating out. Make it a habit to cook at home, rather than eating out at the last minute. Generally, you can feed an entire family of 4 for the same price as buying food for one or two people at a restaurant.

Some people find it best to cook for the entire week on the weekends, while others cook one meal at a time. By cooking yourself, you also gain the benefit of knowing exactly what is in your food.

4. Cook Large Portions and Use Your Leftovers
Cooking large meals can save you both time and money. Leftovers can be used for lunches, in other recipes or frozen in single-portion sizes to be enjoyed later on.

Leftovers usually make very good stews, stir-fries, salads and burritos. These types of food are especially great for people on a budget.

5. Don’t Shop When You’re Hungry
If you go to the grocery store hungry, you are more likely to stray from your grocery list and buy something on impulse.

When you’re hungry, you often crave foods that aren’t good for you or your budget. Try to grab a piece of fruit, yogurt or other healthy snack before you go to the store.

6. Buy Whole Foods
Some foods are way cheaper in less processed form. Whole grains, like brown rice and oats, are also cheaper per serving than most processed cereals.

The less processed foods are also often sold in larger quantities, and yield more servings per package. Whole foods are often less expensive than their processed counterparts. You can also buy them in larger quantities.

7. Stock up on Sales
If you have favorite products or staples that you use frequently, you should stock up on them when they’re on sale. If you’re sure that it’s something you’ll definitely use, you may as well stock up and save a little money.

Just make sure that it will last for a while and won’t expire in the meantime. It will not save you any money to buy something you’ll end up throwing out later on.

8. Shop For Produce That Is In Season
Local produce that is in season is generally cheaper. It is also usually at its peak in both nutrients and flavor. Produce that is not in season has often been transported halfway around the world to get to your store, which is not good for either the environment or your budget. Also, buy produce by the bag if you can. That is usually a lot cheaper than buying by the piece.

If you buy more than you need, you can freeze the rest or incorporate it into next week’s meal plans.

9. Buy in Bulk
Buying some foods in bulk quantities can save you a lot of money. Grains, such as brown rice, millet, barley and oats, are all available in bulk. They also keep for a long time, if you store them in airtight containers. This is also true for beans, lentils, some nuts and dried fruit.

These are all staple foods that are relatively inexpensive and can be used in a variety of healthy meals.

10. Pack Your Lunch
Eating out is very expensive, especially if done regularly. Packing your lunch, snacks, drinks and other meals is less expensive and way healthier than eating out.

If you have adapted to cooking large meals at home (see tip #4), you’ll always have a steady lunch to bring with you without any additional effort or cost. It does require some planning, but it should save you a lot of money at the end of the month.

 

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FDA Approved: Paint Thinner In Children’s Cereals

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BY CHRISTINA SARICH

The challenge to be informed about what we are eating grows ever more complex. Many people trust Trader Joe’s as one of the smaller grocery store chains offering higher quality foods without unnecessary additives, and other harmful ingredients that can cause cancer, neurological damage, or developmental delays. But one mom recently found trisodium phosphate, an industrial strength paint thinner in her children’s Trader Joe’s breakfast cereal, and she is wondering what it is doing there. (The ingredient is found in other popular cereals as well).

Trisodium phosphate, otherwise known as trisodium orthophosphate, sodium phosphate, or TSP, is well known by construction workers, DIYers, and developers, but not to most parents shopping for their morning meal. It is an inorganic phosphate which can be detrimental to our health. It is often used in place of mineral spirits to remove paint!

It isn’t just Trader Joe’s that sells cereal containing TSP; it is in hundreds of foods, in dozens of stores, as an ‘additive’ which the FDA has called ‘safe,’ but even the activist environmental group The Clean Water Act has taken steps to limit the use of TSP in cleaning supplies because it damages the environment. Shouldn’t that give pause to the food industry, and make them question why it should be in our food? It shows up in toothpaste, hair color, processed cheeses and meats, canned soups, and even mouthwash. What kind of ‘additive’ is this anyway?

Just some of the minor problems with eating TSP include:

  • The reduction of bone density due to mineral leeching
  • Calcification of the kidneys
  • Serious irritation of gastric mucosa
  • Abdominal burning
  • Shock

PesticideInfo.org says that this substance should be avoided at all cost. Just as Subway removed a harmful additive to their breads recently due to a blogger’s pressure and subsequent petition, signed by thousands, this substance needs to be removed from all food, or ingestible items – especially cereals or baby toothpaste that children consume.

You can let your local grocery stores know that they shouldn’t carry products which contain TSP. You can boycott items yourself that contain it, or you can tell the FDA just what you think of their ‘safe’ classification of this obvious toxin. Consumers have a right to non-toxic foods, and TSP definitely doesn’t belong in a bowl of your kid’s cereal.

 

 

About the Author

Christina Sarich is a humanitarian and freelance writer that has broken numerous health-related news stories.

Some of her biggest pieces revolve around exposing the fraud and lies told by Big Food and Biotech. If you want to learn how food companies are tainting the food supply with toxic ingredients or how genetically modified foods are leading to the downfall of our food supply. Christina’s articles are must-reads.

Her blog is Yoga for the New World, and her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing the Body and Mind Through the Art of Yoga.

 

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