Tuesday, November 1, 2016

10 BEAUTY BENEFITS OF COCONUT OIL




Coconut oil is everywhere right now. You don’t know whether to eat it, drink it, or bathe in it. Are you going cuckoo for coconut oil? Let us help break it down for you in simple terms so that you can try these great uses for coconut oil tonight!

Note: For any at-home treatment the best kind to use is certified organic, RAW, virgin coconut oil and stored at room temperature. You don’t want to use any coconut oil that has been extracted with heat or refined in any way because that strips the oil of its powerful antioxidants and healing properties.



HAIR CARE
Oil Treatment
Coconut oil can work wonders for dry, damaged, and frizzy hair. Its fatty acids soften hair. The best way to apply it is to rub a small amount between your hands, so you’re moisturizing them at the same time. Then, apply it to your hair from roots to ends, one section at a time, and comb through. The longer you can leave it in the better! Wrap your hair in a towel for at least 15 minutes and then follow with a gentle shampoo. If you are feeling extremely bold, consider sleeping with it and shampooing in the morning.

Dandruff Treatment
Dandruff and dry scalp go hand in hand. So send moisture right to the roots with a nightly coconut oil treatment. Just apply lightly to roots and massage in, which will also stimulate hair growth. Leave in for a few minutes, then shampoo.

Frizz Tamer
This is one of the most popular coconut oil beauty uses because its natural oils repel water and prevent frizz. Smooth a tiny amount of coconut oil onto the ends of your hair to add a little shine, or lightly coat over the top of your hair, smoothing loose strands. Remember that a little goes a long way.

ORAL CARE
Coconut oil has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. Gargling and swishing (about a tablespoon amount) for 20 minutes with a spoonful of oil (a.k.a. oil pulling) can help clear up germs in the mouth and plaque, which can lead to fresher breath, whiter teeth, healthier gums, and can even help prevent tooth decay.

SKIN CARE
Eye Makeup Remover
Yes, coconut oil even works on waterproof mascara! Put a little on a cotton ball and gently sweep it over your eyes, paying attention to your under-eyes as well. The oil does a great job breaking down waxy, inky eye makeup, and leaves the delicate area hydrated too. Once you’re done, wash your face as usual.

Cheekbone Highlighter
Nothing perks up a tired face like a little highlighter. Simply sweep a small amount of coconut oil on top of your makeup. It gives your skin a glowing, dewy look. You can dab directly on the inner corners of the eye and on the apples of the cheeks for a fresh-faced look.

Night Cream
Although coconut oil can be used alone as a moisturizer, I always recommend cleansing the skin and applying a serum that penetrates the skin. Coconut oil can be mixed in with your favorite moisturizer because the fatty acids help reinforce the skin’s natural lipid barrier. This process helps lock in moisture, promoting hydration, while the antioxidants are great for smoothing fine lines and wrinkles.

Lip Balm
Coconut oil is the ideal remedy for chapped lips because it’s semisolid at room temperature. Pack a bit in a miniature jar and smooth over lips throughout the day.

Shaving Balm
Due to the lubricating nature of coconut oil, it makes for a great shaving balm. Conventional shaving cream is an expensive cocktail of chemicals that you don’t need to get a nice clean shave on your legs or underarms. As an alternative, coconut oil is inexpensive, naturally antimicrobial, and smells divine. Plus, its skin-soothing properties will leave your legs looking hydrated (but never greasy)!


Miscellaneous
Coconut oil provides so many benefits for the skin. It can promote faster healing for wounds, provide comfort for burns, and even increase hydration and reduce water loss in dehydrated skin.

DIY BEAUTY PRODUCTS
Just finished making breakfast for the kids and don’t have time to get to the spa? Here are some quick and easy DIY uses for coconut oil that will leave you soft, smooth, and feeling pampered!

Body Scrub
Heat 1/2 cup of coconut oil on very low heat. Remove from heat, then add 1 cup of brown sugar. (If you want a scrub that will stimulate the muscles and detoxify the body, substitute for 1 cup of coffee grounds.) Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil.
Healing and Hydrating Face Mask
Combine 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. Apply directly to dry, clean face and neck. Let mask set for 15-20 minutes. Then remove with a warm washcloth.
Anti-Aging Body Lotion
Mix 1/2 cup of coconut oil, 1 cup shea butter, and a few drops of vanilla extract.
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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Ibuprofen Kills Thousands Each Year, So What Is The Alternative?




The 2004 Vioxx recall, as you may remember, was spurred by the nearly 30,000 excess cases of heart attacks and sudden cardiac deaths caused by the drug between 1999-2003. Despite the fact that scientific research had accumulated as early as 2000 linking Vioxx to increased heart attacks and strokes, the drug's manufacturer Merck, and the FDA, remained silent as the death toll steadily increased.



The Reuters report focused on new research published in Lancet indicating the risk of heart attack increases as much as a third and the risk of heart failure doubles among heavier users of NSAID drugs.

INFLAMED: Our Default Bodily State
Why are so many folks taking NSAID drugs like ibuprofen anyway?


Pain and unhealthy levels of inflammation are fast becoming default bodily states in the industrialized world. While in most cases we can adjust the underlying pro-inflammatory conditions by altering our diet, and reducing stress and environmental chemical exposures, these approaches take time, discipline and energy, and sometimes we just want the pain to stop now. In those often compulsive moments we find ourselves popping an over-the-counter pill to kill the pain.

The problem with this approach is that, if we do it often enough, we may kill ourselves along with the pain...

Ibuprofen really is a perfect example of this. As mentioned above, this petrochemical-derivative has been linked to significantly increased risk of heart attack and increased cardiac and all-cause mortality (when combined with aspirin), with over two dozen serious adverse health effects, including:

Anemia[1]
DNA Damage[2]
Hearing Loss[3]
Hypertension[4]
Influenza Mortality[5]
Miscarriage[6]
Ibuprofen is, in fact, not unique in elevating cardiovascular disease risk and/or mortality. The entire category of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) appears to have this under-recognized dark side; cardiovascular disease and cardiac mortality score highest on the list of over 100 unintended adverse health effects associated with their use. See also our analysis of the rarely acknowledged dark side to aspirin: The Evidence Against Aspirin And For Natural Alternatives.

So, what does one do? Pain is pain. Whether it happens to you, or you witness it in another (which can be worse), finding relief is a top priority.
Research on Natural Alternatives To Ibuprofen
Here is some evidence-based research on alternatives to ibuprofen, sourced from the National Library of Medicine:

Ginger – A 2009 study found that ginger capsules (250 mg, four times daily) were as effective as the drugs mefenamic acid and ibuprofen for relieving pain in women associated with their menstrual cycle (primary dysmenorrhea). [7]
Topical Arnica – A 2007 human study found that topical treatment with arnica was as effective as ibuprofen for hand osteoarthritis, but with lower incidence of side effects.[8]
Combination: Astaxanthin, Ginkgo biloba and Vitamin C - A 2011 animal study found this combination to be equal to or better than ibuprofen for reducing asthma-associated respiratory inflammation.[9]
Chinese Skullcap (baicalin) – A 2003 animal study found that a compound in Chinese skullcap known as baicalin was equipotent to ibuprofen in reducing pain.[10]
Omega-3 fatty acids: A 2006 human study found that omega-3 fatty acids (between 1200-2400 mg daily) were as effective as ibuprofen in reducing arthritis pain, but with the added benefit of having less side effects.[11]
Panax Ginseng – A 2008 animal study found that panax ginseng had analgesic and anti-inflammatory activity similar to ibuprofen, indicating its possible anti-rheumatoid arthritis properties.[12]
St. John's Wort – A 2004 animal study found that St. John's wort was twice as effective as ibuprofen as a pain-killer.[13]
Anthrocyanins from Sweet Cherries & Raspberries – A 2001 study cell study found that anthrocyanins extracted from raspberries and sweet cherries were as effective as ibuprofen and naproxen at suppressing the inflammation-associated enzyme known as cyclooxygenase-1 and 2.[14]
Holy Basil – A 2000 study found that holy basil contains compounds with anti-inflammatory activity comparable to ibuprofen, naproxen and aspirin.[15]
Olive Oil (oleocanthal) – a compound found within olive oil known as oleocanthal has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties similar to ibuprofen16
source:http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/ibuprofen-kills-more-pain-so-what-alternatives

101 Essential Oil Uses & Benefits




Essential oils have been used for thousands of years in various cultures for medicinal and health purposes. Essential oil uses range from aromatherapy, household cleaning products, personal beauty care and natural medicine treatments.

The particles in essential oils come from distilling or extracting the different parts of plants, including the flowers, leaves, bark, roots, resin and peels. In ancient times, Jews and Egyptians made essential oils by soaking the plants in oil and then filtering the oil through a linen bag.



Essential oil benefits come from their antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. These healing oils are rapidly growing in popularity because they act as natural medicine without any side effects. Ready to harness the power of the world’s most proven therapeutic compounds? Then let’s talk about 101 ways to use these amazing essential oils.


source:https://draxe.com/essential-oil-uses-benefits/?


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

10 amazing uses for coconut oil




I’m going a little cuckoo for all things coconut oil


. It’s been a kitchen staple for a few years – and not just because it tastes good; it has outstanding health benefits, too!

Coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids, including lauric acid, which are metabolized differently. They can increase your energy expenditure, reduce your appetite and have been shown to fight bad bacteria. Coconut oil is also high in saturated fat, which raises the good cholesterol (HDL) and keeps your heart healthy. When shopping, look for pure virgin coconut oil.

Aside from the array of health benefits, coconut oil works wonders around the house. Here are a few unexpected uses for this affordable and versatile oil.


sourcehttp://blog.anytimefitness.com

How to be Awesome at Everything




Last year, I did The No Junk Food Challenge, and it went really well.  It was a good exercise in self-control and gave me a reason to say no, when I would have said, "Why not?"  I even lost like four pounds, just by cutting out junk for three weeks!  Not bad!  It was especially nice just before the holidays, when I knew I would be eating a lot more junk than usual.



So I'm doing it again this year, from November 1-November 21, which is the week before Thanksgiving.  Anyone care to join me?  If you do, let me know how it goes!
























source:http://howtobeawesomeateverything.blogspot.com


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Lazy Way to Lose Weight: Cinnamon, Honey, and Water




This is an extremely lazy way to lose weight. It burns hundreds of calories even if you are just sitting down on your computer and doing nothing. It also increases gently boosts your metabolism which aids in weight loss.



Ingredients:
2 tsp Honey
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 cup Water

Directions:
1) Use 1 part of cinnamon to 2 parts of raw honey. 1 tsp cinnamon to 2 tsp honey is recommended.
2) Boil 1 cup of water.
3) Pour the boiling water on cinnamon. Cover it and let it steep until it is warm enough to drink.
4) Add honey when the water is cool/warm. Never add honey when it is hot as the heat will destroy the enzymes and other nutrients in the raw honey.
5) Drink half before going to bed. The other half should be covered and refrigerated, drink it the following morning. Do not re-heat.

Do not add any flavors in this mixture as this recipe only works if you drink it on empty stomach.

This drink works great with our All-Natural Weight Loss Supplements listed below:
source:https://tidbitsfrommarcus.wordpress.com

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

LEMON GINGER MORNING DETOX DRINK




This Lemon Ginger Morning Detox Drink is something that I’ve been making for years.


 Sometimes I drink it warm and sometimes I fill a couple of mason jars with it to keep in the refrigerator and drink it chilled.  Years ago, a woman that I used to work with turned me on to this recipe.  She told me that she drinks it every morning, so I decided to take up her ritual and make it my own.  Today this woman is 78 years old and going strong.  She still works at a full-time demanding job, and she works because she wants to, not because she has to.  She does pilates every Saturday (she used to do ballet on Saturdays) and she’s as fit physically and mentally sharp as she was year

This Lemon Ginger Morning Detox Drink is something that I’ve been making for years.  Sometimes I drink it warm and sometimes I fill a couple of mason jars with it to keep in the refrigerator and drink it chilled.  Years ago, a woman that I used to work with turned me on to this recipe.  She told me that she drinks it every morning, so I decided to take up her ritual and make it my own.  Today this woman is 78 years old and going strong.  She still works at a full-time demanding job, and she works because she wants to, not because she has to.  She does pilates every Saturday (she used to do ballet on Saturdays) and she’s as fit physically and mentally sharp as she was year


Before I wrap this post up….I want to share something with you.  I received a call the other day from my good friend, Malcolm with some really bad news.  He has a 31 year old nephew who has just been diagnosed with Stage IV Stomach Cancer.  Stage IV!  His nephew is a paramedic so he’s physically fit. I’m sharing this news with you because I want you to know about Helicobacter Pylori.  It is a major risk factor in developing stomach cancer.  At any age.  If you or anyone you know has any of these symptoms… an ache or burning pain in your abdomen, nausea, loss of appetite, bloating or unintentional weight loss – you might want to get checked for Helicobacter Pylori.  BUT….often times a person can be infected with pylori and have NO symptoms at all.  They can test for it with a simple blood test during your next physical.  And the treatment is a simple one – antibiotics and a couple of other meds for 10 days or so.  You can read more about pylori here and here.   And yes, there are other causes of stomach cancer as well…. but I’m guessing if you’re reading this site – you’re not eating a bunch of pickled, salty, nitrate rich foods.  And I’m betting you don’t smoke either. I just want you to know about it in case you’ve never heard of it.  It’s worth getting tested for it at your next physical or if you’re having any symptoms.

LEMON GINGER MORNING DETOX DRINK
yield: 2 servings total time: 35 minutes
INGREDIENTS:

2-1/2 cups boiling water
1 organic lemon cut into slices (I like the taste of Meyer lemons best)
1 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
1/8 teaspoon ground turmeric
2 teaspoons honey (optional)
DIRECTIONS:

Bring the water to a boil.
Turm the heat off and add the lemon, ginger and turmeric.
Let steep for 30 minutes.
Strain and drink at room temperature or reheat (but don't bring to a boil).
source:http://www.theharvestkitchen.com