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Friday, September 28, 2007

Green Tea - Multitude of Benefits

A growing number of studies in the past few years have turned up signs that consumption of green tea helps slow the development of heart disease and certain cancers. As chemists probe how this brew works its medicinal magic, they have increasingly homed in on a family of antioxidants known as catechins (pronounced cat-i-kins).

Lester A. Mitscher of the University of Kansas presented new data demonstrating that at least three of green tea’s catechins outperform a number of common natural antioxidants. In one test, for instance, the catechins proved 100 times more powerful than vitamin C in halting oxidative damage to DNA and 25 times more powerful than vitamin E. Their oxidation-quenching activity also surpassed that of the resveratrol in grapes and wine.

If you're not into drinking tea, Green Tea is available in capsules in a more concentrated form. I use Nature's Sunshine Green Tea Extra in capsules.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Antibacterial Mindset Could Cause Asthma and Allergies

The rising incidence of asthma and allergies in the developed (cleaner) world, doctors say, could be tied to the relatively sterile environments our children live in compared to a generation ago. Children not exposed to harmful bacteria, or conversely, given antibiotics to kill bacteria, do not receive the germ workout required to make antibodies. More specifically, they do not develop T-helper cells, which fight foreign cellular invaders and minimize allergies.

Unfortunately the American consumer is at war with all bacteria. According to the Soap and Detergent Association, more than three-quarters of liquid soap and more than a quarter of bar soaps on supermarket shelves contain triclosan, an antibiotic that kills most bacteria, both good and bad.

Read the entire article at Live Science.

The Best Milk Substitute - Tofu Moo

Tofu Moo - The Best Milk SubstituteI love this stuff. Before we began using this almost 20 years ago, I didn't have an acceptable soymilk to replace the milk I had given up in the late 70's. Beige colored soymilk was fine for cooking, but I missed having cereal and smoothies. Then this product was announced. My brain loved the white color of the milk and I now had an option for cereals.

Being in powder form I can make as much or as little as I need for the week and I especially love being able to travel with it. That means I can have cereal with our free hotel breakfasts.

Research has shown that the epidemic of hardening of the arteries, which leads to more deaths annually than cancer, is directly attributable to homogenized milk. This research was done by Dr. Kurt A. Oster and his 20 years of research is documented in the book called, "Homogenized."

Nutritionists have reported that up to 70% of the world's population may be lactose-intolerant to some degree. Lactose is the sugar found in milk. These people must avoid lactose-containing foods, such as milk, yogurt and whey products. Casein, a milk by-product, is also very allergenic.

Tofu Moo is an alternative for children and adults that continuously have mucus and allergy problems. Milk is one of the major allergy-causing foods. Tofu Moo looks like and tastes like milk. It can be used in any recipe as milk. One 8-oz. serving equals 50% of the Daily Value for Calcium.

Tofu Moo is made from tofu, which is made from soybeans. Tofu is used rather than soy itself so that the crude fiber of soybeans is removed which gives it a digestion rate of 95%. This is especially attractive to those with special digestive needs, such as children and older adults.

Nature's Sunshine Tofu Moo is:
Fat Free
Cholesterol Free
Dairy Free
Lactose Free
Easily-digested Non-GMO Soy Protein from Tofu
Low Sodium

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Saturday, September 22, 2007

Good Reasons To Buy Locally Grown Food

Local food is fresher and tastes better than food shipped long distances from other states or countries. Local farmers can offer produce varieties bred for taste and freshness rather than for shipping and long shelf life.

Buying local food keeps your dollars circulating in your community. Getting to know the farmers who grow your food builds relationships based on understanding and trust, the foundation of strong communities.

There's never been a more critical time to support endangered family farms. With each local food purchase, you ensure that more of your money spent on food goes to the farmer.

Knowing where your food comes from and how it is grown or raised enables you to choose safe food from farmers who avoid or reduce their use of chemicals, pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, or genetically modified seed in their operations. Buy food from local farmers you trust.

Local food doesn't have to travel far so it's better for the environment. This reduces carbon dioxide emissions and packing materials. Buying local food also helps to make farming more profitable and selling farmland for development less attractive.

When you buy local food, you vote with your food dollar. This ensures that family farms in your community will continue to thrive and that healthy, flavorful, plentiful food will be available for future generations.

Source: FoodRoutes.org

Here's a list of sites to help you find a farmer, farmers' market, farm stand, or local food outlet near you:

www.foodroutes.org
www.localharvest.org

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Herbal Mouthwash for Healthy Gums

Having rheumatoid arthritis, you get a number of complementary problems, such as gingivitis, so rather than use all those chemical mouthwashes, I've been making an herbal mouthwash with essential oils that are used for this problem.

It's less expensive and I use the essential oils for countertop spray to avoid chemicals also. Essential oils are very antimicrobial.

Here's one of the recipes I've used for the mouthwash. I take an empty 8 ounce bottle with a flip top lid (mine is from Frozen Lemon Juice). I add 6 ounces of purified water, 2 teaspoons of glycerin (optional for sweetness), and for essential oils for healthy gums, I used 7 drops Rosemary Essential Oil, 7 drops Thyme Oil and 7 drops of Peppermint Oil. You can find the glycerin at a drugstore. In our area it was one of the family-owned ones.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Medical Services Abroad

With the cost of health care rising annually and so many Americans without health insurance, "medical tourism" has become popular. Consider a fee of less than $17,000 for double bypass surgery and you'll see why the concept is gaining ground. Natural alternatives are my preferred method and other countries surely have many of those options also at a discounted rate. Read the full story.