Archive for January, 2015

20 Ideas for Creating a Happy Life

20 Ideas for Creating a Happy Life
Do not know the author of this, but liked it enough to share it!

1- Realize that happiness is a choice. You create happiness by thinking thoughts that create happiness in your own mind.
2- Be grateful for all that you can be grateful for. Each and every day you will have things to be grateful for.
3- Every happy and joyful moment that you’ve ever experienced is stored in your brain. Your brain is always with you. So you can relive your happiest and most joyful moments at any given time you choose. Choose to do so frequently.
4- The way you personally evaluate any given situation and occurrence is the key factor for your emotional reaction. Master the ability to view situations and occurrences in positive, growth-filled ways. Keep asking yourself, “What is good about this and how can I grow from this?”
5- Make meaningful goals. Take action. Be patient and persistent. Rejoice every step of the way towards those goals.
6- Grow from each challenge you face. The greater the challenge, the more you grow. Appreciate the opportunity.
7- Celebrate your personal character victories and you will have much to celebrate. Be resilient when you make a mistake. Resilience leads to many victories.
8- See the good in other people and treat them kindly. They will usually reciprocate. You will live a happier life whether or not they reciprocate.
9- This moment is the only moment that exists. Be joyful this moment. Learn from the past. Prepare for the future. And live joyfully in the present.
10- Appreciate being alive so intensely that all the trivial and minor things that don’t go the way you wish are irrelevant and inconsequential. The thought that reverberates in your mind will be, “I am joyful that I am alive right now.”
11- Smile and wave to mirrors. They like it and are guaranteed to reciprocate. This habit will ensure that you will always see a smiling face whenever you choose to look in a mirror.
12- Learn from every joyful person you see. Talk and walk the way a joyful person does and you too will be joyful.
13- Spend time with positive people. Being around an authentically happy person will make you happier. Be so happy yourself that your happiness is contagious.
14- See the humor in challenges and potential difficulties. Laugh even before you see the humor and the humor will come to you.
15- If needless negative thoughts come to your mind, just let them flow by as the water in a flowing river. Choose to flow in a positive mental direction.
16- Whenever you hear a telephone ring, say enthusiastically, “I am grateful I am alive and I am grateful I can hear.”
17- Create inner music in your mind and create positive inner self-talk.
18- Make a personalized positive recording for you to listen to. Write a list of statements that you would like to hear over and over again. Make the recording in your own voice. Play it frequently.
19- Take mental vacations whenever you wish. Visualize the most beautiful scenery possible. Close your eyes and see yourself being in your utopian spot. Allow yourself to release all stress and tension. Feel the happiness of knowing that this paradise is yours.
20- Bring happiness to as many people as you can.

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Q & A Series: People, Products and The Health of Our Planet – Interview with Scott Grzybek, CFO of Zukay Foods and Jacob’s Raw Fermented Foods

For the twenty-third interview, I have the pleasure of introducing you to Scott Grzybek, Chief Fermentation Officer of Zukay Live and Jacob’s Raw Fermented Foods in business since 2008.

Question #1: Tell me briefly about yourself and why you decided to get involved in the “health” industry?

I wasn’t raised in any special food way out in the PA countryside, though I would say my mom was considerably more progressive than other parents of the ‘70’s and ‘80’s. “Health food”, organics”, etc were something that came to mean something after college, as I started to gain some weight and started to wonder about keeping my own health strong throughout what I hope is a long, happy and healthy lifetime. It became more and more important throughout my adulthood, and became of utmost importance once my wife and I decided to start a family – she and I have been blessed with great health and we wanted the same for our children. So “health food” took central importance.
From a career standpoint, I’ve pretty much always been in the consumer packaged good food industry. I love food, and I love providing others with food. I enjoyed my pre-Zukay career considerably – some places more than others – but at the end I really wanted to form a company that was based on what my wife and I believe and practice, and we felt that raw, fermented vegetables were the best way to do that.

Question #2: If you were stranded on a desert island and were allowed to take only 5 items with you (they can be food, books or specific products that are all health-related), what would they be and why?

Other than a fishing rod, wood and flint? Probably just Nourishing Traditions.

Question #3: What one message do you want to share with the people of this world that is crucial for their ultimate well-being and longevity?

One – stop eating processed garbage. Two- Love each other as much as possible, especially those closest to you. Three – Drop as much guilt as you can, especially about food. Eating healthy is great except when guilt gets in the way.

Questions #4: If someone could afford to purchase only one product at this moment to start their journey towards better health (food or health-related), what would you recommend and why?

Probiotic veggies. So many of your health problems are in the gut and you need to get that healthy first. But there’s no one thing. Nothing worth it is easy.

Question #5: Tell me more about your business/company and/or products you offer to the public to help them achieve optimal health and well-being?

Our mission has always been to bring the health benefits of raw, fermented and probiotic vegetables to the American public in ways to make them part of the daily diet. That’s our main thing – purely the virtue of fermented vegetables. Our products are as locally sourced as possible and organic, and we are a small family that cares – but it’s really about the fermented vegetables.

Question #6: What are your hopes/aspirations/dreams for the future health of the people and the planet?

I think my dreams are coming true – people are awakening to a better, healthier future based on the principles of natural ways of eating and living. Whether it’s the Paleo or the Vegan or Raw Vegan diets, it’s being figured out – and it’s also helping people to awaken in many other ways as well. As a culture, we’re way beyond where we were when I started in 2008. I’m optimistic.

Question #7: Who is your greatest hero and why?

My oldest son, Jacob. He’s the toughest, highest character, and hardest working kid I know – and is a ridiculously fun, free spirit as well.

Question #8: Is there anything else you would like to share with the public?

Just a simple guy, trying to make the world a simpler, better place in one way.

For more information about this company and all the products they sell, go to:
http://www.zukay.com and http://www.jacobsraw.com

I also have 2 video review of their products on my youtube channel, that you can check out:
http://www.youtube.com/TheRawsomeVeganGal

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Health Benefits for Various Foods and How to Pick Your Fruits

 

Health Benefits for Various Foods and How to Pick Your Fruits

Cabbage

1. Cabbage is very low in fat and calories. 100 g of leaves provide just 25 calories.

2. The vegetable is filled with phyto-chemicals like thiocyanates, indole-3-carbinol, lutein, zea-xanthin, sulforaphane, and isothiocyanates. These are powerful antioxidants and known to help protect against breast, colon, and prostate cancers and help reduce bad cholesterol levels in the blood

3. It is also rich in essential vitamins such as pantothenic acid (vitamin B-5), pyridoxine (vitamin B-6) and thiamin (vitamin B-1).

Cranberries:
– contains vitamin C, bioflavonoids, ellagic acid (anti-cancer compound) and fiber
– prevents scurvy
– beneficial for kidneys, bladder and skin
– has anti-cancer, anti-fungal, anti-viral, broncho and vasodilating properties

Pumpkin Seeds:
– rich in amino acids, zinc, and iron
– 29% protein, rich in omega 3 fatty acids, b-complex vitamins and calcium
– has anti-inflammatory properties which supports a healthy functioning prostate

Sesame Seeds:
– 50% oil and 25-35% protein
– contains vitamin E, calcium, iron and sesamin, a lignan that is a powerful anti-oxidant and can inhibit cholesterol production
– strengthens kidneys, liver, bones, hair, nails and teeth

Poppy Seeds:
– contain protein, calcium and zinc
– calming and anti-inflammatory

Flax Seeds:
– rich plant source of omega 3 & 6 essential fatty acids (good fats that lower LDL cholesterol), vitamins A, B and E
– high in phytoestrogenic lignans that can help relieve symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes
– good source of zinc, magnesium, potassium, fiber and protein
– promotes strong bones, nail, teeth and skin
– useful for colon problems and inflammation
– improves digestion

Sunflower Seeds:
– rich plant source of vitamin E (an anti-oxidant) and zinc (for immune system and protecting the prostate)
– high in protein, b-complex vitamins and linoleic acid (helpful in reducing cholesterol and preventing heart disease), low in carbohydrates
– tonic for the eyes: decreases light sensitivity and prevents eye degeneration

Millet:
– high in protein, iron, B vitamins, copper, silicon and chromium
– beneficial for spleen, pancreas and stomach
– easily digested and very alkaline for the body
– helps balance blood sugar levels and overcome candida infection
– has a calming and centering effect

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds have become a nutritious value to a healthy diet due to its high dietary fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and other nutritional values. These seeds are high in antioxidants which promotes healthy skin and anti- aging properties. Chia seeds also help regulate high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure which promotes a healthy heart! Its also been proven to help people who suffer from diabetes due to its high alpha-linolenic acid & fiber. This super seed can help with weight loss with its protein value and its ability to make you feel fuller longer. To add this super seed to your diet you can use it in your smoothies, yogurt , chia pudding, and acai bowls.
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GUAVA

Contains one of the highest vitamin C content among produce.
It is rich in fiber, beneficial in a wide range of disease prevention including diabetes by slowing down the absorption of sugar in the body.

Contains Vitamin A, best known for preserving and improving eyesight.
Has Potassium which works as an important factor in regulating blood pressure.
Guava also supplies a good amount of folate in the body. Folate is a must-have nutrient for a healthy pregnancy.

Guava can be consumed in many different ways. You can either eat it as a fruit by rinsing & peeling off the skin or you can blend it and have it as a juice. But I think everyone’s favorite is to have it as a dessert or pastry.
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CARAMBOLA/STAR FRUIT

Carambola fruit is one of very low calorie exotic fruits.The fruit along with its waxy peel provides a good amount of dietary fiber and contains good quantities of vitamin-C. Due to its fiber content , it prevent the absorption of bad cholesterol in the gut.

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AVOCADO

Avocados are among the healthiest natural ingredients on the planet. Contrary to the belief that avocados are fattening, they provide many health benefits. Avocado has monounsaturated fats also known as “healthy fats”. Because of the monounsaturated fats it reduces levels of bad cholesterol in your blood and lowers your risk of stroke and heart disease. They also have a good source of protein (4 grams) and 11 grams of fiber which is almost half of the daily recommended intake.

Avocados also have multiple skin benefits. Avocados are filled with vitamin A which cleanses off any dead skin cells and offers enough protection against harsh environmental factors. It also eliminates wrinkles giving your skin a natural and youthful glow.
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WATERMELON

What’s a more refreshing fruit to eat during the hottest time of year then watermelon? Not only is it delicious but its one of the healthiest fruits. Studies have shown that at increasing consumption of watermelon decreases the risk of obesity and overall mortality, diabetes, heart disease and promotes a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy, overall lower weight.


Turmeric

Turmeric which originates from India is a herb used for food or its medicinal values. This herb is added to their main herb “curry” and turmeric is what gives it that bright yellow color. Turmeric helps lower your risk of heart disease, prevents cancer, alzheimer’s disease, and arthritis. You can add turmeric to your hummus, rice, chicken, and you can even have it as a tea!

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Spirulina
Spirulina is grown in Hawaii among other exotic locations in Mexico and Africa. This super food comes in powder base and can be added to any beverage. Spirulina can prevent cancer, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and can lower the chance of a stroke. If your trying to speed up weight loss, spirulina can help with this journey.
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The Benefits of Bell Pepper

Bell peppers are low in calories! So, even if you eat one full cup of them, you get just about 45 calories. Bonus: that one cup will give you more than your daily quota of Vitamin A and C!
They contain plenty of vitamin C, which powers up your immune system and keeps skin youthful. The highest amount of Vitamin C in a bell pepper is concentrated in the red variety.

Red bell peppers contain several phytochemicals and carotenoids, particularly beta-carotene, which lavish you with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.

If cooked for a short period on low heat, bell peppers retain most of their sweet, almost fruity flavor and flavonoid content, which is a powerful nutrient.

The sulfur content in bell peppers makes them play a protective role in certain types of cancers.
The bell pepper is a good source of Vitamin E, which is known to play a key role in keeping skin and hair looking youthful.

Bell peppers also contain vitamin B6, which is essential for the health of the nervous system and helps renew cells.

Certain enzymes in bell peppers, such as lutein, protect the eyes from cataracts and macular degeneration later in life.
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Health Benefits of Papaya

The papaya fruit is very low in calories (just 39 calories/100 g) and contains no cholesterol; however, it is a rich source of phyto-nutrients, minerals, and vitamins.

Papayas contain soft, easily digestible flesh with a good amount of soluble dietary fiber that helps to have normal bowel movements.

Fresh, ripe papaya is one of the fruits with the highest vitamin-C content (provides 61.8 mg or about 103% of DRI, more than that of in oranges, or lemons). Research studies have shown that vitamin C has many important functions like free radicals scavenging, immune booster, and anti-inflammatory actions.

Fresh papaya also contains a good amount of potassium (257 mg per 100 g) and calcium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids and helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure countering effects of sodium.
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Health Benefits of Dragon Fruit

Prevention of High Blood Pressure & Heart Diseases
Great Source of Antioxidants & Good for Detox
Delays Aging of Skin Cells
Rich in Immunity Boosting Vitamins & Minerals
Managing Blood Sugar Levels
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Health Benefits-This dried fruit comes from China which has been used over there for more than 2,000 years for its medicinal values. Goji berries have high levels of antioxidants & nutrients. It improves immune function and fights cancer(vitamin A and vitamin C). It also promotes healthy skin and helps prevent skin cancer with a pigment found in goji berries called beta-carotene. Goji berries help with the prevention of vision loss due to age , stabilizes blood sugar, and detoxify your liver. To start off your day right, you can add goji berries to your breakfast since its proven to improve overall mood and energy levels.

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Longan Fruit

Closely allied to the lychee, the longan has been referred to as the ‘little brother of the lychee’. Longan is slightly smaller than lychee, and with a dull brown skin which is smoother than that of the lychee. The fruit taste is similar, and the value of longan on the market is due to the fact that its season follows that of the lychee, extending the period when this type of fruit is available. The fruit is sweet, juicy and succulent. Apart from being eaten fresh, is also often used in Asian soups, snacks, desserts, and sweet-and-sour foods.

Health Benefits of Longan Fruit

1. Great source of vitamin C
Just one half cup provides 80% of your daily vitamin C requirements. Iron absorption depends on vitamin C and combining longan fruit with meat increases your iron levels. Vitamin C also plays a vital role in immunity.
2. Antioxidants
Antioxidants are our first line of defense against free radicals. These substances cause damage and generate inflammation throughout the body. Longan fruit is rich in antioxidants and can protect against heart disease, chronic inflammation and may even help prevent some cancers.
3. Better skin
Traditional Chinese medicine has known the beauty benefits of the longan fruit for thousands of years. This magic fruit adds luster, shine and suppleness to the skin.
4. Heart health
Chinese herbalists tout the direct nourishing effect of longan on the heart. Add this fruit to improve your cardiovascular system.
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Health benefits of Grapefruit

The powerful nutrient combination of fiber, potassium, lycopene, vitamin C and choline in grapefruit all help to maintain a strong heart.
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Health benefits of Passion Fruit

Delicious, passion fruit is rich source of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and fiber. 100 g fruit contains about 97 calories.
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Moringa
On your journey to a healthier lifestyle, moringa which comes from a plant (can be found in India, Nepal, or Pakistan)has come to light as a new super food! It has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and high in antioxidants. This super food also has high vitamins A, C , and E. Due to the antioxidants found in this plant, it helps support brain health and cognitive function. Moringa comes as a powder base and can be added to any kind of drink and even soup!

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Health Benefits of Mango

Mango fruit is rich in pre-biotic dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, and poly-phenolic flavonoid antioxidant compounds.Mango fruit is an excellent source of Vitamin-A and flavonoids like beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, and beta-cryptoxanthin.It is also a very good source of vitamin-B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin-C and vitamin-E. Additionally, mango peel is also rich in phytonutrients, such as the pigment antioxidants like carotenoids and polyphenols.
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Health Benefits of Lychee

The incredibly delicious juicy lychee calls on the arrival of summer. Besides lychee being sweet and nutritious these berries bring a cooling effect on the human body to beat the scorching summer heat. Research studies suggest that
oligonol, a low molecular weight polyphenol, is found abundantly in lychee fruit. Oligonol is thought to have anti-oxidant and anti-influenza virus actions. In addition, it helps improve blood flow to organs, reduce weight, and protect skin from harmful UV rays. Litchi, like citrus fruits, which is an excellent source of vitamin C .Further, it is a very good source of B-complex vitamins such as thiamin, niacin, and folates.
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5 Uses For LEMONS

1. High Blood Pressure
Lemon contains potassium which controls high blood pressure and reduces the effect of nausea and dizziness.

2. Mental Health
Lemon water can also prep up your mood and relieve you from depression and stress. Long distance walkers and world travelers as well as explorers look upon the lemon as a Godsend. When fatigue begins, a lemon is sucked through a hole in the top. Quick acting medicine it is, giving almost unbelievable refreshments.

3. Respiratory Problems
Lemon water can reduce phlegm; and can also help you breathe properly and aids a person suffering with asthma.

4. Treating Arthritis and Rheumatism
Lemon is a diuretic – assists in the production of urine which helps you to reduce inflammation by flushing out toxins and bacteria while also giving you relief from arthritis and rheumatism.

5. Prevents Kidney Stones
Regular consumption of the refreshing drink – or even lemon juice mixed with water – may increase the production of urinary citrate, a chemical in the urine that prevents the formation of crystals that may build up into kidney stones.
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FROZEN LEMON THERAPY

Many professionals such as nutritionists are using or consuming whole lemons; where nothing is wasted.

How can you use the whole lemon evenly?

Simple, Wash the lemon and place in the freezer. Once the lemon is frozen, use your grater on the lemon (no need to peel) and sprinkle over your food.

Sprinkle in your drinks, wines, salads, ice cream, soups, pasta, pasta sauce, rice, and sushi.

Most people think lemons only contain lemon juice and vitamin C.

It is well known that lemon peels contain vitamins 5-10 times more than lemon juice itself. And yes, this is what you’ve been missing. But from now on, when you follow this simple method for freezing the whole lemon and sprinkle over your dishes, you can eat all the nutrients.

Lemon peels rejuvenate your health eliminating toxic elements from the body. Lemon (Citrus) is a miraculous product that helps kill cancer cells.

You can eat the fruit in different ways: the pulp, beverages, prepared ice cream, cakes, etc. It’s credited with many virtues, but the most interesting is the effect it produces on cysts and tumors

It is also considered as an antimicrobial spectrum against bacterial infections and fungi, effective against internal parasites and worms,and regulates blood pressure. It is an extraordinary alkalizing regulates the pH of the blood for optimum health.

Lemons have long been considered the most versatile of the citrus family, except that the tart pulp is too sour for most people to eat raw. Lemon juice has long been heralded as a tonic throughout the world; it is used as a gargle for sore throats, a lotion of sunburn, a cure for hiccups, and a popular home remedy for numerous ailments, particularly colds, coughs, and sore throats.

Lemon is a loosening and cleansing agent. Its potassium strengthens and energizes the heart, its oxygen builds vitality, its hydrogen activates the sensory nervous system, its calcium strengthens and builds the lungs, its phosphorus knits the bones, its sodium encourages tissue building, its magnesium acts as a blood alkalizer, its iron builds the red corpuscles, and its silicon aids the thyroid for deeper breathing. Lemons, along with the rest of the citrus family, work as strong solvents in the body, stimulating the liver and gallbladder, and stirring up any inactive acids and latent toxic settlements that cannot be eliminated any other way.

Citrus Fruits

Citrus fruits include grapefruits, lemons, limes, and oranges. Citrus fruits are high in vitamin C , and are a good sources of folate and potassium. Citrus flavonoids are also antioxidants that can neutralize free radicals and may prot

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How to pick your fruits

Blackberries

Look for plump, uniformly dark berries during their growing season of May through August. Blackberries are high in anthocyanin, a phytochemical that is believed to help reduce the risk of cancer and also may prevent urinary tract infections.

Blueberries

Choose blueberries that are uniformly dark blue—reddish ones are unripe and will be sour. They’re at their peak in July. Nutritionists call blueberries a “superfood” because they’re rich in antioxidants and phytoflavinoids, nutrients that are anti-inflammatories and can help reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. They’re also high in potassium and vitamin C.

Cantaloupe

At its best June through August, cantaloupe is at its ripest when it is a creamy yellow color, heavy for its size, and very fragrant. Cantaloupes are high in vision-protecting antioxidants and Vitamin A.

Cherries

When they’re at their peak in July and August, look for large, firm, glossy cherries, with their stems intact. Cherries are low in calories but high in vitamin C and fiber.

Honeydew Melons

Pick honeydew melons that have pale, yellow-green rinds and are heavy for their size. You’ll find them at their peak in the late summer. Honeydews are high in vitamins C and B6, as well as folate and potassium.

Peaches

Ripe peaches will be yellow, with a reddish blush where they were touched by sunlight while on the tree, and will have a slight “give” when squeezed. They also will have a strong peachy fragrance when they’re ripe. You’ll find the best peaches from mid-May until August. Peaches are a good source of vitamins C and A, and they’re high in fiber and potassium.

Plums

Look for plums that are slightly soft, but with taut, unwrinkled skin. The chalky white “bloom” is a good sign—it means the plums haven’t been overhandled. The plum-growing season is long—from May to October—with different types peaking at different points of the summer, so be sure to taste all of the varieties throughout the season. Plums are rich in Vitamins C, A and B2, and are a good source of potassium and fiber.

Strawberries

One of the first fruits to ripen in the late spring and early summer, the tastiest, ripest strawberries will be fragrant, firm and uniformly red, with a bright green cap. High in polyphenols (an antioxidant), strawberries are also rich in vitamin C—one serving (about 8 berries) will give you more vitamin C than an orange.

Health Benefits of eating delicious strawberries

Strawberries boost immunity
Strawberries improve eye health
Strawberries help fight cancer
Strawberries keep wrinkles at ease.
Strawberries fight bad cholesterol
Strawberries reduce inflammation
Strawberries regulate blood pressure
Strawberries boost fiber
Strawberries aid in weight management
Strawberries promote pre-natal health

Watermelon

A ripe watermelon should sound hollow when you thump the rind and should be heavy for its size. Another sign of a ripe watermelon is that the “belly spot,” or the part where it rested on the ground, is cream-colored or yellowish, rather than white. Domestically grown watermelons can be found from May through October. Like tomatoes, watermelons are rich in lycopene, which some studies show might prevent some types of cancers.
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Thyroid Issues and Radishes – from Rhio http://hookedonraw.com

Recently, I was trying to understand the conflicting information on foods that are termed to be goitrogenic, meaning they suppress the activity of the thyroid gland. In this category are the cruciferous vegetables such as kale, collards, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, bok choy, arugula, Brussels sprouts, turnip, rutabaga, maca, mustard greens, mustard seeds, radish, and more. These are some of the most outstanding and nourishing foods on the planet, with cancer suppressing properties, as well as inhibitory activity against viruses, some fungi and various bacteria.

Raphanin is the main sulfur component in radishes. And it seems that raphanin has an affinity for the thyroid gland and is an adaptogen. Raphanin has the ability to regulate the gland, so whether the gland is underproducing or overproducing hormones, it brings it back to the normal range. Wow! Kind of like a thinking plant.

In the old Soviet Union they have used red and black radishes as accepted medical treatment for hypothyroidism. Some other things that can be done to mitigate radiation in the body are:

a) Ingesting kelp or other seaweeds for adequate iodine. It seems that the key to whether cruciferous vegetables will suppress the thyroid depends on whether the thyroid is adequately supplied with iodine. If you are low in iodine or deficient, then, it seems that the cruciferous vegetables have a negative effect. That’s the hypothesis anyway.

b) Chlorella has radiation protective effects, as evidenced by various studies.

c) Keeping an adequate supply of electrons in the body. There is a product invented by Patrick Flanagan called Mega Hydrate which does just that. You take each capsule with a full glass of water. The water activates the Mega Hydrate and this keeps your body supplied with extra electrons, so when oxidation happens and your cells and molecules lose electrons, there are sufficient replacements at hand to prevent a negative cascade of cellular damage. Of course, a mostly raw/live food diet supplies anti-oxidants as well.

d) Infrared Saunas aid the detoxification process of the body, as well as reducing the radiation burden.
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Types of Squash:
http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/shopping-storing/food/common-types-winter-squash

5 Reasons to eat more squash

Full of Vitamins- Squash is rich in the beta carotene our bodies use
to make vitamin A (important for vision, bone growth and
reproduction).
Prevent cancer cell growth- cancer cells are blocked from
communicating and act autonomously. Studies show that cell
communication allows the transfer of growth-inhibiting signals from
normal to abnormal cells. Beta carotene found in squash can turn on a
gene that encourages this communication, helping to prevent the growth
of cancerous cells.
Control blood pressure- Getting more potassium may lower the risk of
developing high blood pressure, and decreases blood pressure in people
who already have it.
Lots of protein- Baked pumpkin seeds make a nutritious snack. One
ounce (30 g) has seven grams of protein!
Avoid cataracts- Pumpkins, also part of the squash family are rich in
the pigments lutein and zeaxanthin. Adding these two pigments to your
diet help lower your risk of cataracts.
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Malabar Spinach

Malabar Spinach

Malabar Spinach

Malabar spinach is a tropical dark leafy green plant with a sweet, juicy taste much like that of its’ English cousin. It grows well in hot, humid climates such as south Asia, India as well as in South Florida. In fact, it gets its’ name from the Malabar Coast of India. Malabar spinach prefers fertile, well-drained soil that is kept moist. Malabar spinach is a creeping vine and is best when trellised.
Malabar spinach is a rich source of vitamins and minerals. It is more nutritious than conventional (English) spinach. For example, 100 grams of Malabar spinach offers:

• 8000 IU vitamin A which is 267% of the RDA.
• 102 mg vitamin C which is 102% of the RDA.
• 140 mg vitamin B6 (folate) which is 35% of the RDA.
• 100 g manganese, 32% of the RDA.
• 1.2 mg iron which is 15% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA)
• 100 g potassium, 11% of the RDA.
• Calcium, magnesium, copper, beta carotene, antioxidants, phytonutrients, and many more!
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Cucumbers

One cup of cucumber provides 11% of vitamin K, 4% of vitamin C, magnesium, potassium and manganese and 2% of vitamin A, thiamin, riboflavin, B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc and copper needs for the day.

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Kale

Kale can contribute to a healthy daily intake of alpha-lipoid acid from a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Kale is packed with nutrition that puts it high on the list of the world’s healthiest foods. The fiber, potassium, vitamin C and B6 found in kale all support heart health.


Beets

Beets are high in immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, and essential minerals like potassium (essential for healthy nerve and muscle function) and manganese (which is good for your bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas). Beets also contain the B vitamin folate, which helps reduce the risk of birth defects.

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Nimbus Eco – Sustainable Tree Free Products

Check out the video review on my youtube channel of their bathroom tissue and learn why tree free is the best option and recycled paper is toxic.

Nimbus Eco: Sustainable Tree Free Products

Also, here is a link to an interview I did with the owners of the company, Josh and Mark.

Nimbus Eco: Sustainable Tree-Free Products – Interview with Co-Founders, Josh and Mark

Here are some pictures of the products

Nimbus Eco - Tower of Tree Free Bathroom Tissue

Nimbus Eco – Tower of Tree Free Bathroom Tissue

Nimbus Eco - 24 Rolls od Bamboo and Sugarcane Bathroom Tissue Nimbus Eco – 24 Rolls of Bamboo and Sugarcane Bathroom Tissue

Front of package - 4 pack of 100% Bamboo Bathroom Tissue

Front of package – 4 pack of 100% Bamboo Bathroom Tissue

Back of package - Nimbus Eco 4 Pack of 100% Bamboo Bathroom Tissue Back of package – Nimbus Eco 4 Pack of 100% Bamboo Bathroom Tissue

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Top 10 Ingredients You Should Avoid Putting on Your Skin at All Costs – by Annemarie Gianni

Important information I wanted to share with you.

Top 10 Ingredients You Should Avoid Putting on Your Skin at All Costs – by Annemarie Gianni

You’ve probably heard about all the hidden chemicals and health risks surrounding so many of the beauty and skin care products on the market, but what exactly are they and will you ever be able to put on your lotion or eye cream again in peace — without wondering if you’re poisoning your body?

The answer is yes!

The key to healthy beauty care is to understand what’s really underneath the lid. While that may seem like a lot of work, you just have to know what to keep your eyes open for. And once you know what to look for, you can add yourself among the rapidly growing group of empowered consumers who are asking questions and being justifiably snobby about their product choices.

To help you in this mission to makeover your personal stock of cosmetics, we’ve put together a list of 10 ingredients you should avoid in anything you buy. By steering clear of these nasties, you can rest assured that whatever you’re putting on your skin isn’t harming it.

1. Parabens

Parabens are unquestionably the most commonly used preservatives in the cosmetics industry. They’re in just about any cream you might use, as they prevent mold, fungus and parasites from sprouting and growing in your products. The problem is that they can be absorbed through the skin, and have often been found in breast cancer tumors! All signs point to skin care products being the cause.

Because of this, there is a growing concern that excessive use of parabens may give rise to breast cancer in women and testicular cancer in men. Although there haven’t been any conclusive studies proving this, it should be enough to make you concerned. In fact, it’s why there are so many “paraben-free” items popping up in the supermarket and pharmacies around the country.

Parabens can appear in different forms, so here’s what you want to look out for:

benzylparaben
butyiparaben
propylparaben
methylparaben
ethylparaben
isobutylparaben

2. Phthalates

This hard to pronounce class of substances is found in just about everything, even you. A study done by the US Centers for Disease Control found a trace of it in every single person they analyzed. This is problematic because phthalates – which are used in cosmetics and also in many plastic objects – have been found to act as a hormone disruptor linked to reproductive defects, insulin resistance and developmental problems in children.

Here’s the tricky part: phthalates usually aren’t listed on the label of your favored products, so you have to do a bit of sleuthing to determine their presence. Want a hint? They’re often found in anything that misleadingly lists “fragrance” as an ingredient. Stick to products that are scented with essential oils instead.

3. Benzoyl Peroxide

Over the last decade, the popularity of pimple-zapping products has skyrocketed. benzoyl peroxide is responsible for this, but you should be wary about using it. That’s because it’s been linked with the promotion of tumor growth. Horrifying, don’t you think?

Beyond that, it produces toxic effects in the body simply through inhalation, and is a known skin, eye and respiratory irritant. As if that isn’t bad enough, it’s extremely toxic if you swallow it. Awful!

4. Triclosan

Technically a pesticide – at least according to the Environmental Protection Agency – triclosan is a popular ingredient in just about any product claiming antibacterial properties. It works very well at killing bacteria, and that’s actually the problem: not all bacteria are bad for you, and furthermore, some experts speculate widespread of this chemical could give rise to “superbugs” – harmful bacteria resistant to antibiotics.

That’s not all; triclosan has been shown to work as both a hormone and thyroid disruptor. On top of that, it’s terrible for the environment. So put your inner germaphobe at ease and know that water and natural hand soap will more than handle your daily hand-washing needs.

5. Resorcinol

Why is it that resorcinol – a popular ingredient in bleaches – is restricted in federal government buildings, but is used freely in so many hair color products? That probably doesn’t sound right to you, and that’s because it isn’t. Not at all!
Resorcinol is a known skin irritant that has been shown in studies to disrupt healthy thyroid function in animals. It’s also a common cause of dye allergy that so many women find themselves bothered by. You don’t want this in your hair, or anywhere for that matter!

6. Hydroquinone

As a skin lightener that reduces dark blemishes caused by everything from medical reactions to bruising, hydroquinone sounds too good to be true. You guessed it… that’s because it is.

Hydroquinone reduces the melanin in your skin to get rid of those unsightly marks, but in doing so, it hurts your skin in many ways. First of all, it’s permanently altering your pigment while also weakening the elastin and collagen in your problem area – the very things that are key to keeping your skin firm and youthful! Some people get unsightly blotches after using hydroquinone, and far more get contact dermatitis or have allergic reactions after regular use. Considering how easily it irritates your skin, it’s a wonder that it’s used at all. Finally, like so many ingredients on this list, there is some suspicion that it’s a carcinogen. The results aren’t worth the harm it causes.

7. Petroleum

Here’s a sneaky one. Petroleum pops up in so many cosmetics products, it’s ridiculous. And in case you’re wondering, yes, it’s the very same substance from which your motor oil is made.

It hides behind many names that you should familiarize yourself with. They are:

Petrolatum
Xylene
Toluene
Mineral oil
Liquid paraffin

As an industry standard, there’s a lot of information out there touting the safety of petroleum by-products, so you might be wondering why you should avoid it. It’s because it contains 1,4-Dioxane, which has been listed by the World Health Organization and the Environmental Protection Agency as a probable carcinogen. Cancer from your moisturizer? No thank you.

8. Methylisothiazolinone

Just the name alone is intimidating. Thankfully known as MIT for short, methylisothiazolinone is an increasingly common antibacterial preservative in everything from baby shampoo to moisturizer. Unfortunately, studies have shown that it contains neurotoxic properties that should be of great concern to all consumers.

In studies with rats, a mere 10 minutes of exposure to MIT was enough to cause brain cell damage. Further studies concluded that low concentrations of MIT during neural development increased the risk of seizures and visual abnormalities. Furthermore, the Environmental Working Group has classified it as a skin sensitizer and irritant.

The argument often made by skin care companies is that MIT is used in very small concentrations, usually in products that are meant to be rinsed off, thus reducing your exposure to the chemical. Considering the seriousness of its side effects, it’s probably best that you limit your exposure to it completely, wouldn’t you agree?

9. Oxybenzone

Oxybenzone is an active ingredient in quite a few of the sunscreen products on the shelves of your favorite store. Unfortunately, this chemical has been linked to skin irritation and allergies, hormone disruption and low birth weights in baby girls.

What’s scary is that a study conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control found that oxybenzone is present in the urine of 97% of Americans. How much of it have we been exposed to, and how is it affecting us in ways that we don’t quite understand yet? With figures like these, chances are it’s already in your system, so you want to limit your future exposure to it as much as possible.

10. Artificial Dyes and Synthetic Colors

Whether you’re donning a shocking hot pink lipstick, a classic rouge to make those cheekbones pop, or rebellious black nail polish, if your favorite cosmetics are conventional, chances are they are just as dangerous as they are fabulous.
Many of the products you have are likely made with synthetic colors that are made from coal tar. Though pretty, these harsh artificial colors have been shown in studies to be carcinogenic and are likely to cause skin sensitivity and irritation due to the heavy metals they deposit on your skin when you use them. You don’t want that, so if you have any products that were made with synthetic colors, toss them in the bin don’t buy any more! Thankfully, it’s pretty simple to determine if that color in your favorite lipstick is real or not: just check the ingredients, and if you see anything listed beginning with FD&C or D&C, you know it isn’t what you really want.

So the next time one of those perfumed lab-coats at the mall pulls you aside to offer you a sample of Company X’s new Luxuriously Lovely Lip Enhancer, tell her thanks but no thanks, and proceed either online or to your nearest organic grocery for superior alternatives. You’ll be amazed at how much is out there!

Annmarie Gianni is Co-Founder of Annmarie Gianni Skin Care — an award-winning natural skin care line.

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