Posted by: godswaytohealth | October 23, 2014

NATURAL HOME REMEDIES FOR FIRST AID AND HEALTH CARE

Natural Home Remedies GWTH

Folk medicine and old timey home remedies have always been my favorite. Here are a few of them. 

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

Raw, organic apple cider vinegar is amazing. Some of its benefits are:  

  • Bug bites: Apple cider vinegar woks great for mosquito bites.
  • Ear infections: At the first sign of an ear infection, lay on your side Apple cider vinegarand use a dropper to fill the ear canal with apple cider vinegar. Catch it early enough, and one dose is all you need. Apple cider vinegar kills bacteria and yeast infections.
  • Fungus: Apple cider vinegar applied directly will kill fungal infections on the skin, including athlete’s foot.
  • Heartburn: Take a shot. It works!
  • Sore throats: Gargle with apple cider vinegar. Mix one part filtered water and one part apple cider vinegar. It will sting and or burn especially if your throat is sore, but it will do the job.
  • Vaginal yeast infections: Use in a douche. Add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to 8 ounces of filtered water.
  • Zits: Dab on pimples and acne to kill bacteria and restore proper pH to the skin. 

GARLIC

Garlic is antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-parasitic. At the first sign of illness, eat garlic raw. For garlic to be effective as a healing agent and general antibiotic, it needs to be raw. It should also be crushed and exposed to air for ten minutes before it’s consumed to fully activate its key germ-killing compound. Garlic

  • Cold or flu: Taking a daily garlic supplement can reduce your risk of getting a cold and cut down on the length of time you have a cold. 
  • Fungus: Garlic can be diced up and used to treat fungal skin infections. Garlic’s natural antimicrobial properties make it a good treatment for athlete’s foot, warts and Candida yeast. 
  • Infection: Chew garlic for any systemic infection. Better yet, use raw garlic often and abundantly in your diet for preventative care. If you cannot stand the taste, get a good garlic pill in either garlic oil or powdered form. Remember fresh is better. 

ALOE VERA

Few things are as soothing to the skin as Aloe Vera. Besides being good for the skin it is also a powerful detoxifier for the body and colon besides having numerous other benefits. Aloe-vera

  • Burns: Break open a piece of Aloe Vera and rub over a burn.
  • Irritated Skin: Spread Aloe Vera over affected skin.
  • Superficial Injuries: Cuts, scrapes, bug bites, acne. Spread Aloe Vera over affected area. 

COCONUT OIL

Coconut oil is antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial and it is soothingCoconut oil for any skin issues. You can add essential oils to treat nail fungus or to make bug repellent. You can also use it as a deodorant and in many other ways.  

  • Irritated skin: Every variety of irritated skin will benefit from coconut oil. Great for baby’s diaper rash and rashes in adults as well.
  • Use for dental oil pulling: Coconut oil is good for the teeth and gums and is reported to whiten the teeth. For additional information on oil pulling click here. OIL PULLING 

GINGER

Ginger is a herb that is used as a spice and also for its therapeutic qualities.  

  • Cold and Flu Prevention: Ginger has been used for thousands of years as a natural treatment for colds and flu around Asia. Treat cold and flu symptoms in adults by steeping 2 tbsp. of freshly shredded orginger 4 chopped ginger root in hot water, two to three times a day.
  • Migraines: If fresh ginger is taken at the first sign of a migraine, it will stop a migraine before it can take hold. Juice fresh ginger with apples or apples and carrots.
  • Nausea: Ginger is a known effective remedy for the nausea associated with motion sickness and morning sickness.
  • Reduce Pain and Inflammation: Ginger contains some of the most potent anti-inflammatory fighting substances known and is a natural powerful painkiller.
  • Stomach Discomfort: Ginger is ideal in assisting digestion, thereby improving food absorption and avoiding possible stomach ache.
  • Strengthens Immunity: Ginger helps improve the immune system. Consuming a little bit ginger a day can help foil potential risk of a stroke by inhibiting fatty deposits from the arteries. It also decreases bacterial infections in the stomach, and helps battle a bad cough and throat irritation. 

SOURCE

Various including http://godshealingplants.wordpress.com/

Posted by: godswaytohealth | October 15, 2014

PROTECTING YOURSELF FROM VIRUSES

Viruses GWTH

There are many viruses going around all the time, so the important thing is to keep your IMMUNE SYSTEM in excellent shape.

God, in His infinite wisdom, realized that the human physical body He created would come in contact with germs, viruses, bacteria, etc. In order to protect us from these, God built into the human physical body a means of protection. It is called the IMMUNE SYSTEM.

Our IMMUNE SYSTEM is comprised of a unique grouping of cells, designed by God, and given the task of identifying and destroying these foreign invaders before they can do significant harm to the body.

When disease-causing organisms such as germs, viruses, bacteria, parasites, fungi, etc. are detected by the IMMUNE SYSTEM, they are tagged for destruction, and then annihilated by these hungry IMMUNE SYSTEM cells. This can only occur when the IMMUNE SYSTEM is kept strong and healthy and functioning at optimal levels.

It is of vital important we realize that after God had created the human physical body, with a self-protecting IMMUNE SYSTEM built right in that physical body, God had done His part in providing us with a body that would efficiently handle these harmful germs, viruses, bacteria, and even cancers. Now we need to be informed and act on the role we need to play!

WHAT WEEKENS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM?

  • Alcohol – Flushes important vitamins and it also converts to sugars in your body. Read the bullet on “refined sugar products” below.
  • Chronic stress – Stress produces an adrenaline rush in the fight or flight response. Chronic, prolonged stress suppresses our immunity making us vulnerable.
  • Excessive electromagnetic field exposure – Cell phones and wifi’s add stress on the body.
  • Gluten – for some it may suppress the immune system even though they may not be gluten intolerant.
  • Highly processed foods – Puts added stress on the body. Also, there is usually a high amount of sugar in these processed foods.
  • Hydrogenated foods – Overloads the immune system and makes the whole body sluggish.
  • Medications – Some prescription and non-prescription drugs are major toxins. Excessive use of antibiotics and cold and fever fighting medications weakens the immune system.
  • Refined flour products – Pastas and breads convert to sugar in the body and have similar effects as sugar on the immune system.
  • Refined sugar products – Most people know that cookies, cakes, sodas and ice cream are full of sugar but few realize the amount of sugar in cereals (even so-called healthy ones) and condiments like ketchup, barbeque sauce and salad dressings.
  • Showering, bathing or swimming in chlorinated water – washes away natural bacteria that naturally protects.
  • Smoking – Cigarettes contain over 4,000 chemicals, all of which are extremely toxic to the body. The more toxic substances in the body the weaker the immune system.

All of the above have a negative impact on the immune system providing a weakened body for viruses to wreak havoc. Refraining from the practice of them allows the body to function at a higher level.

The next step is to ensure we are doing everything we can to reinforce our defenses.

HOW TO BUILD YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM

  • Drink water – Dehydration can affect your energy and your sleep as well as the ability to get toxins/waste material out of the body.
  • Exercise – The improved blood circulation promotes circulation of antibodies and white blood cells that are important. As little as 20 minutes of walking five days a week can help your immune system perform at its best.
  • Important supplementation – supplements like iodine, selenium and garlic help to boost the immune response against viruses. Baking soda is also great to keep your body PH alkaline. Viruses have a hard time living in an alkaline environment, while they thrive in and acidic body.
  • Practice weight control – Obesity can lead to a weakened immune system. It can affect the ability of white blood cells to multiply, produce antibodies, and prevent inflammation.
  • Probiotics – colonization of friendly bacteria will have a profound effect on immune response. Consider supplementation or consuming fermented vegetables like sauerkraut. Caution – not all supplements are formulated to perform optimally.
  • Raw vegetables – When it comes to building a strong immune system, consuming plenty of raw veggies. 10 servings per day is an excellent amount. Loaded with antioxidants and phyto-nutrients, raw vegetables have natural immunity built within. Consuming 10 servings per day may be a daunting task for many but smoothies and juicing make it easy.
  • Sleep – Without adequate sleep, the immune system doesn’t get a chance to rebuild, and it will become weak.
  • Sunshine exposure – Vitamin D is an important ingredient in building a healthy immune system that can’t be gotten from food. It must come from the sun or through supplementation.
  • Vitamin C – Studies have shown that supplementation with vitamin C improves vital components of the human immune system.

Maintaining a strong immune system is relatively easy to accomplish, although it does take a little planning and discipline.

As simple as it may sound we need to also “Wash Our Hands” often to limit the risk of “catching an infectious disease”. It may sounds simple but maintaining a high standard of personal hygiene care is one of the most effective ways of avoiding infection and keeps our immune system strong. The biblical record clearly indicates that diseases are communicable and that the best protection against them is to prevent their spread.

Remember, God gave you a true line of defense. It is up to you to make it as strong as possible!

SOURCES

Various

Posted by: godswaytohealth | October 8, 2014

GMO’s Could Kill You!

GMO

What are GMO’s?

GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This experimental technology merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.  Genetic engineering is completely different from traditional breeding and carries unique risks.

In traditional breeding it is possible to mate a pig with another pig to get a new variety, but is not possible to mate a pig with a potato or a mouse. Even when species that may seem to be closely related do succeed in breeding, the offspring are usually infertile; a horse, for example, can mate with a donkey, but the offspring (a mule) is sterile.

With genetic engineering, scientists can breach species barriers set up by nature. For example, they have spliced fish genes into tomatoes. The results are plants (or animals) with traits that would be virtually impossible to obtain with natural processes, such as crossbreeding or grafting.

What combinations have been tried?

It is now possible for plants to be engineered with genes taken from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals or even humans. Scientists have worked on some interesting combinations:

  • Spider genes were inserted into goat DNA, in hopes that the goat milk would contain spider web protein for use in bulletproof vests.
  • Cow genes turned pigskins into cowhides.
  • Jellyfish genes lit up pigs’ noses in the dark.
  • Arctic fish genes gave tomatoes and strawberries tolerance to frost.
  • Potatoes glowed in the dark when they needed watering.
  • Human genes were inserted into corn to produce spermicide.

Fish-and-Tomato

Current field trials include:

  • Corn engineered with human genes (Dow)
  • Sugarcane engineered with human genes (Hawaii Agriculture Research Center)
  • Corn engineered with jellyfish genes (Stanford University)
  • Tobacco engineered with lettuce genes (University of Hawaii)
  • Rice engineered with human genes (Applied Phytologics)
  • Corn engineered with hepatitis virus genes (Prodigene)

The technology of genetic engineering is currently very crude. It is not possible to insert a new gene with any accuracy, and the transfer of new genes can disrupt the finely controlled network of DNA in an organism.

Current understanding of the way in which DNA works is extremely limited, and any change to the DNA of an organism at any point can have side effects that are impossible to predict or control. The new gene could, for example, alter chemical reactions within the cell or disturb cell functions. This could lead to instability, the creation of new toxins or allergens, and changes in nutritional value.

GMO'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ws

Virtually all GMO foods are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide. Despite biotech industry promises, none of the GMO traits currently on the market have ever increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other consumer benefit. Meanwhile, a growing body of evidence connects GMOs with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights.

The following crops are at risk of being genetically engineered, either because GMO varieties are in commercial production, or because of contamination from unapproved trial varieties.

WHICH FOODS MIGHT BE GMO? GMO-Foods

  •   Alfalfa
  •   Rice
  •   Cotton
  •   Zucchini
  •   Corn
  •   Sugar Beets
  •   Papaya
  •   Wheat
  •   Flax
  •   Canola
  •   Soy
  •   Yellow Squash
Ingredients from these crops may not be used in Non-GMO Verified products unless DNA testing shows them to be compliant with the Non-GMO Project Standard:

Ingredients derived from these risk crops include (but are not limited to):

Amino Acids, Aspartame, Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Ascorbate, Vitamin C, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Ethanol, Flavorings (“natural” and “artificial”), High-Fructose Corn Syrup, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Lactic Acid, Maltodextrins, Molasses, Monosodium Glutamate, Sucrose, Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), Xanthan Gum, Vitamins, Yeast Products.

The following animal products are also considered high-risk because of potential GMO contamination from feed.

  •   Milk
  •   Meat
  •   Eggs
  •   Honey & other Bee products

WHAT ARE THE HEALTH RISKS OF CONSUMING GMO FOODS?

Though it will take many years to fully appreciate the damage done to the human body when genetically modified foods are consumed there is already research that clearly points to the potential dangers.

Say no to GMO

Genetically modified potatoes damage rats – The rats developed potentially precancerous cell growth in the digestive tract, inhibited development of their brains, livers and testicles, partial atrophy of the liver, enlarged pancreases and intestines and immune system damage.

Rats fed GM tomatoes got bleeding stomachs, several died – 7 of 40 rats in the study died.

Sheep died after grazing cotton fields genetically modified cotton – 25% of the sheep died within one week.

Farmers report pigs and cows became sterile from GM corn More than 20 farmers in North America report that pigs fed GM corn varieties had low conception rates, false pregnancies or gave birth to bags of water. Also, both male and female pigs became sterile.

Most offspring of rats fed Roundup Ready soy died within three weeks

Rats fed Roundup Ready canola had heavier livers

GM peas generated an allergic-type inflammatory response in mice

The above are extracted from Jeffrey Smith’s book called, Genetic Roulette where he outlines 65 known health risks.

It is likely that we have only seen the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the true harm this industry is causing humans, animals and our environment.  Sadly, as has been said before, young children tend to bear the brunt of these “new-fangled ideas.”  Their small bodies cannot handle these types of foods and it is alarming that our world is seeing larger numbers of childhood illnesses including cancer.

If you want your children and grandchildren to have a fighting chance in this world, you may want to take a closer look at those vitamins you are popping into their mouths.  The derivatives of these products are likely a genetically engineered ingredient.

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Please educate yourself and stay informed.  Read more on the websites below.

SOURCE: http://www.myhdiet.com

Suggested websites you should take a look at:

http://www.nongmoshoppingguide.com/

http://www.responsibletechnology.org/10-Reasons-to-Avoid-GMOs

http://www.responsibletechnology.org/gmo-dangers/65-health-risks

Posted by: godswaytohealth | September 12, 2014

PROPER FOOD COMBINATION

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Proper food combination is essential to good digestion, therefore, improper food combining is one of the primary factors that cause gas, flatulence, heartburn, and upset stomach. What’s worse, the resulting poor digestion can also contribute to malnutrition, even if you think you’re eating a decent diet.

Food combination takes into account the area and complexity of digestion of each food, to ensure it goes through your entire digestive system with ease. 

One of the most important factors when it comes to healthful eating is to make sure you’re eating foods, native to your local area, that are in season. 

The two foremost rules of food combining are:  

  1. No proteins and starches at the same meal, as they neutralize each other and prevent proper digestion of either food. To ensure proper digestion of each food, wait two hours after eating a starch before eating protein. And wait three hours after eating protein before eating a starch.

You see, some foods just DO NOT get along well with each other in your stomach, even if they look good together on the plate, like meat and potatoes.

no meat and potatoes

Meat needs an acidic digestive environment while carbohydrates (potatoes) need an alkaline one. Carbohydrates digestion begins in your mouth while meat doesn’t start digesting until it hits your stomach.

Then there’s the matter of digestive times, since different foods takes different amounts of time to digest.

  1. No fruits and vegetables at the same meal. Fruits are either a single or double sugar, whereas the starches are a triple sugar. Fruits mechanically break down in your stomach, but chemically, they don’t break down until they reach the third and fourth stage of your digestive system, which are in your small intestine. Starches, again, are broken down in three different stages, starting in your mouth.

Fruits take very little time to digest (some – less than half hour) while meat can take anywhere from 4 to 6 hours to digest. Does it make sense to eat them together?

Eating fruit with your meat (or other heavy foods) means fruit will digest quickly, then ferment in your gut, and keep your meat from digesting properly.

You should never eat dessert including fruit after a meal. When you do, it gets trapped in your stomach with all that other food, where it starts to rot, as it’s not being chemically digested there. Therefore, eat fruit or light deserts 60 minutes before your meal.

The same applies if you want to eat acidic fruits, they do not combine well with starches or sweet fruit. One example would be using lemon and banana together or eating it too close together. This is a combination that is sure to lead to gastrointestinal upset.

Many people consider tomatoes a fruit, yet it’s commonly added to salad. Dr. Pickering classifies tomatoes as a “fruit-vegetable,” because even though they don’t have the sugar like most fruits, they’re still an acidic fruit-vegetable. As such they’re okay to combine with other vegetables. He suggests the following recipe for an excellent salad:

“Any kind of vegetable that has seed in it; for example summer squash, zucchini, eggplant, cucumbers, bell peppers, and okra—those are all fruit-vegetables. Your tomatoes go well with those. And since lettuce and celery have a neutral effect, as far as the breakdown of food, the celery and the lettuce combine very well with all of that. You can also add avocados.” (Dr. Wayne Pickering)

Below is a list of how different foods digest differently and stay in the stomach for varying lengths of time.

  • Water 0-10 min.
  • Juice 15-20 min.
  • Fruit 30-60 min.
  • Melon 30-60 min.
  • Sprouts 1 hour
  • Wheatgrass Juice 60-90 min.
  • Most Vegetables 1-2 hours
  • Grains & Beans 2-3 hours
  • Dense Vegetable Protein 2-3 hours
  • Cooked Meat & Fish 4-6  hours
  • Shellfish 4-8 hour 

Because of the varying digestive environments required to break foods down, some foods, specifically dense, oily proteins, require an acidic digestive environment, whereas other foods, particularly starches and acid fruits, are more easily broken down in an alkaline digestive environment. Combining foods with incompatible digestive environments may contribute to indigestion and inefficient digestion.  

The point being made is to get maximum energy from your foods and not take excess energy to digest them. 

RULES OF OPTIMAL FOOD COMBINING 19c

Drink liquids by themselves. The reason being is that if you drink with meals, the digestive juices are diluted causing inefficient breakdown of foods. You should drink at least 20 minutes before a main meal and 90 minutes or more after finishing your meal. 

frutas 5Eat Melons by themselves – and only one variety at a time. 

Eat fruits according to their groups – do not combine sweet fruits and acid fruits. 

Do not combine Dense, Oily Proteins with dense starches or starchy vegetables. Combine Dense, Oily Proteins with fermented foods or combine them with low-starchy, green vegetables and sprouts. 

Combine Starchy Vegetables & Dense Starches – with Low-Starch and Green Vegetables & Sprouts 

Combine Acid Fruits with Sub-Acid Fruits 

Combine Sub-Acid Fruits with Sweet Fruits – do not combine acid fruit with sweet fruit. 

NOTE: Limit your intake of fruits if you have a medical challenge, since it is important to know that disease thrives on sugar. 

FOOD CATEGORIES

Here is a list of the food categories listed above, so you can start learning how to make the best combination choices for optimal digestion. 

  • PROTEINS 

Meat, Fish, Foul, Avocado, Beans, Eggs, Cheese, Nuts, Un-hulled Sesame Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Flax Seeds, Legumes.

  • FERMENTED FOODS 

Sauerkraut, any fermented Vegetables, fermented Soy – Tempeh, Kefir, etc. 

  • DENSE STARCHES & STARCHY VEGETABLES 

Artichokes, Beets, Beans, Peas, Yams, Carrots, Corn, Potatoes, Pumpkin, Jicama, Sweet Potato, Hubbard Squash, Winter Squash, Banana Squash. 

  • LOW STARCH GREEN VEGETABLES & SPROUTS

Asparagus, Bell Pepper, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Celery, Chard, Chicory, Chives, Collards, Raw Corn, Cucumber, Endive, Escarole, Garlic, Green beans, Kale, Leek, Lettuce, Onions, Parsley, Radish, Rhubarb, Spinach, Summer Squash, Swiss Chard, Tomato, Tomatillos, Turnip, Turnip Greens, Watercress, Zucchini. 

  • ACID FRUITS 

Grapefruit, Orange, Blueberries, Lemon, Lime, Pineapple, Pomegranate, Sour Grapes, Cranberries, Sour Peach and Plum, Sour Apple, Sour Cherries, Strawberries. 

  • SUB-ACID FRUITS 

Sweet Cherries, Sweet Apple, Sweet Berries, Apricot, Papaya, Pear, Mango, Sweet Peach, Sweet Plum. 

  • SWEET FRUITS 

Banana, Dates and Figs, Persimmon, Prunes, Sweet Grapes, All Dried Fruits. 

Many food “experts” scoff at the idea of food-combining. They insist that it’s nothing but a bunch of nonsense. Is it? Why not find out for yourself?

Have your meat and potatoes together, like you’re used to. Then eat them separately. Watch how you feel; stick with one way or the other long enough to see the difference. A week should suffice.

REFERENCES

The Principles of Food Combining by Dr. Wayne Pickering, Naturopathic Physician

SOURCES

http://Mercola.com 

 

Posted by: godswaytohealth | September 5, 2014

Spicy Avocado Egg Recipe

Avocado and soft boiled egg breakfast GWH recipe

If you’re looking for a healthy breakfast, you’ll want to bypass much of the traditional cereals, bagels, pancakes, waffles, muffins, and doughnuts, since they all have one thing in common, which are refined carbohydrates that will quickly break down to sugar, increase your insulin levels, and cause insulin resistance, which is the number one underlying factor of nearly every chronic disease and condition known to man, including weight gain.

Highly processed carbohydrates stimulate brain regions, promoting excess hunger and cravings, which means when you eat toast or cereal for breakfast you might be priming your body to overeat junk food for the rest of the day.

If you’re going to eat breakfast, you need to give your body the proper fuel, which means healthy fats, fiber, a moderate amount of protein, vitamins, and minerals – all of which you’ll find in the irresistible recipe that follows.

Try This Spicy Avocado Egg Recipe

Free-range, pastured organic eggs are one of the best foods you can eat. Combine them with another superfood, avocado, plus healthy spices and salsa. If you don’t like spicy foods, you can adjust the seasoning accordingly.

  • 1 organic Hass avocado, cut in half with seed removed
  • 2 organic pastured farm eggs
  • ½ tsp. organic Mexican Seasoning or equal parts organic cumin powder, garlic powder, and oregano
  • ¼ cup shredded organic coconut flakes
  • Organic salsa
  • Himalayan sea salt and cayenne or organic cracked black pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

Soft boil the eggs and crack them open into the avocado halves (where the seed was removed).

Season with a bit of salt and pepper. Sprinkle ¼ tsp. of Mexican Seasoning on each egg filled avocado.  

Top each half with salsa, sprinkle shredded coconut flakes, and enjoy!

What Makes This Recipe Good for You?

It’s comprised of whole foods that will give your body a boost of energy while offering multiple synergistic benefits.

Avocado

Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fat that is easily burned for energy. They also provide close to 20 essential health-boosting nutrients, including potassium, vitamin E, B-vitamins, and folic acid.

Avocado

Research has found that avocados can help optimize cholesterol levels within as little as one week, and contain compounds that appear to inhibit and destroy oral cancer cells, as well as, compounds that protect against liver damage.

Free-Range Organic Eggs

Eggs are a phenomenal source of protein, fat, and other nutrients, including choline and the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin.

It’s very important to choose free-range or “pastured” organic eggs, as they are far superior when it comes to nutrient content. Eggs from hens raised on pasture contain more vitamin A, omega-3 fats, vitamin E, and beta carotene than commercial eggs.

Soft-boiled-egg

Conventionally raised eggs are also far more likely to be contaminated with disease-causing bacteria such as salmonella. The key to finding truly free-range, pastured eggs is to buy your eggs locally. This is typically even preferable to organic eggs from the grocery store.

The healthiest way to eat eggs are poached, soft-boiled, or over easy with very runny yolks.

Cumin, Oregano, and Cayenne

These spices are rich in antioxidants and other phytochemicals that may fight diseases like cancer, reduce inflammation, and even slow down the aging process. For instance, oregano has anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and anti-fungal effects.

cumin oregano cayenne

Cumin, meanwhile, has properties that may enhance your memory and reduce stress, while cayenne contains capsaicin, an anti-inflammatory compound linked to pain relief, weight loss, and the suppression of cancer cells.

Salsa

Salsa is a wonderful condiment to add to your meals, full of antioxidant-rich tomatoes, onions, peppers, and spices.

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It’s low in calories but heavy in vitamins and flavor, so you can use it generously in your diet.

Sources:

http://mercola.com

http://mountainroseherbs.com

Posted by: godswaytohealth | August 29, 2014

FOODS THAT NOURISH AND REJUVENATE THE SKIN

FOOD THAT REJUVENATE THE SKIN GWTH

Many health researchers now understand that our skin is a reflection of our internal health. A body that is fed nutritious whole foods, for instance, is more likely to enjoy clear and radiant skin, while a body that is fed processed foods is more likely to suffer from greasy and affliction-prone skin. Therefore, a change in diet should always be the priority among people seeking to improve their skin’s long-term health.

That said, nature has provided us with a number of foods which, if applied topically, can improve the general appearance of our skin in a natural and gentle manner. This article contains three of the best of these foods, complete with information on how to apply them for best results.

Honey

There are several reasons why honey is found in so many facial masks, moisturizing creams and other cosmetic products. Firstly, it contains significant antibacterial properties, meaning it can help treat a large number of skin conditions ranging from eczema to acne. Secondly, it is rich in antioxidants, which lend it impressive anti-aging benefits. Lastly, its natural soothing and moisturizing qualities can greatly improve our complexion.

honey and lemon

The easiest way to use honey for skin-boosting purposes is to simply make a mask out of it. To do so, apply a thin layer of honey (raw, unprocessed honey is best) to slightly damp skin using circular motions. Allow the honey to sit for at least 15 minutes (this will give its many nutrients time to nourish and rejuvenate the pores), then rinse it off with warm water. Try mixing the honey with a little dash of lemon juice — a natural astringent rich in collagen-stimulating vitamin C — for even better results.

Coconut oil

Due to its large concentrations of medium-chain triglycerides (fatty acids that penetrate and unclog the pores of the skin), as well as its proven antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral and antifungal properties, coconut oil is another great choice for improving skin health. It is even a time-honored home remedy for treating stretch marks, which are one of the most stubborn skin conditions to remove.

coconut oil and turmeric

To create a mask out of coconut oil (raw coconut oil made from organic, cold-pressed and extra virgin coconuts is best), simply add a layer of it onto the skin using circular motions. Like honey, coconut oil should ideally remain on the skin for at least 15 minutes. This will allows its main skin-boosting compounds, such as the bacteria-fighting lauric acid, to absorb into the pores and do their work. After 15 minutes, remove the oil with warm water. If you’re feeling adventurous, consider adding some turmeric powder to the coconut oil. Aside from being a powerful antiseptic and anti-inflammatory, turmeric can also lighten dull skin and even out discolorations.

Oatmeal

Though it might not be as pleasant to apply topically as honey or coconut oil, oatmeal really can do wonders for the skin. After all, it is a natural cleanser, exfoliator and moisturizer, and its skin-soothing abilities (attributed to its large concentrations of beta-glucans) were known as early as 2000 BC. Some people even bathe in colloidal oatmeal — a finely-ground oatmeal suspended in water — on a regular basis to ensure their skin remains soft and radiant.

Oatmeal

To make a mask out of oatmeal (organic, steel-cut oats are best), cook it and apply it to the skin once it is lukewarm. Allow it to stand for at least 15 minutes, then wash it off with warm water. Oatmeal mixes well with both honey and coconut oil, so don’t be afraid to experiment until you find a skin mask that is best-suited to your needs.

SOURCE

http://www.naturalnews.com   – Thank you Michael Ravensthorpe

http://www.sheknows.com

http://www.organicfacts.net

http://www.tipsfornaturalbeauty.com

http://www.sharecare.com

http://science.naturalnews.com

 

Posted by: godswaytohealth | August 23, 2014

NATURAL BUG SPRAY RECIPE AND TREATING BITES NATURALLY

Did you know that insect repellants contain some very dangerous chemicals? DEET is one of them.  

DEET is a registered pesticide. DEET is short for N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide (also known as N,N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide). It is a member of the toluene chemical family. Toluene is an organic solvent used in rubber and plastic cements and paint removers. DEET is absorbed through the skin and passes into the blood. The Medical Sciences Bulletin, published by Pharmaceutical Information Associates Ltd. reports, “Up to 56% of DEET applied topically penetrates intact human skin and 17% is absorbed into the bloodstream.” Blood concentrations of about 3 mg per liter have been reported several hours after DEET repellent was applied to skin in the prescribed fashion. 

This is quite alarming and products containing DEET are now required to carry labels which specify:

-Do not apply over cuts, wounds, or irritated skin.
-Do not apply to hands or near eyes and mouth of young children.
-Do not allow young children to apply this product.
-After returning indoors, wash treated skin with soap and water.
-Do not use under clothing.
-Do not spray in enclosed areas.

Experts recommend that if using DEET, its best to wear long sleeves and long pants, when possible, and apply repellent to clothing rather than skin to reduce exposure. They state DEET based products should only be applied sparingly; saturation does not increase efficiency. DEET repellents should not be inhaled. Repellent-treated clothes should be washed, or kept outside living areas to reduce exposure. Following all these precautions reduces risk, but does not eliminate it.

Instead of worrying about what your will put on your skin why not make your own and it will be very inexpensive especially if you have many family members that enjoy the outdoors.

HERE IS HOW

Take an eight-ounce spray bottle and fill it halfway with distilled water.

Then fill the rest with witch hazel.

Leave room to add in 20 drops of each of these essential oils:Essential oils

  • Eucalyptus oil
  • Geranium oil
  • Catnip oil
  • Citronella oil and
  • Thyme Oil

 Shake well and spray.

HOW TO TREAT BITES AND STINGS WITH HERBS AND NATURAL AGENTS

Once you’ve been bitten, the objective changes from repelling to treating the itch and inflammation caused by the bite. Fortunately, a variety of herbs and other natural agents are soothing to the skin, and many have anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. So, for your occasional mosquito bites, try some of the following:

Aloe Vera: Contains more than 130 active compounds and 34 amino acids that are beneficial to your skin Calendula: An herb with soothing, moisturizing, and rejuvenating properties Chamomile: The most soothing herb of all, whether used in a tea or applied to the skin; rich in the bioflavonoids apigenin, luteolin, and quercetin
Cinnamon: In addition to possibly repelling mosquitoes, cinnamon has antibacterial and antifungal properties Cucumbers: Helpful for reducing swelling Raw organic honey: An especially powerful variety is Manuka honey from New Zealand, made from bees that feed on flowers of the Manuka bush, also known as the “Tea Tree”
Lavender: One of the most popular essential oils for its calming scent, lavender is soothing and antimicrobial Neem oil: Effective against fungal conditions, boils, eczema, and ringworm, and it would undoubtedly help an insect bite as well Tea Tree oil: Helpful for healing cuts, burns, infections, and a multitude of other skin afflictions; also a good antimicrobial and antifungal
Basil: Contains camphor and thymol, two compounds that can relieve itching; crush up some fresh herb and apply directly to the bite, or buy the essential oil Lemon and lime: Both have anti-itch, antibacterial, and antimicrobial actions; avoid applying citrus juices to your skin when outdoors, however, as blistering can occur when exposed to sunlight Peppermint: The cooling sensation can block other sensations, such as itching, and provide temporary relief; either crushed fresh leaves or the essential oil will do
Jewelweed: A wildflower that grows throughout in the Eastern US, helpful for reducing itching from many types of skin ailments, including poison oak and ivy Tea bags: Swiping a cooled tea bag over your bites can help, as the tannins in the tea act as an astringent, to reduce swelling Apple cider vinegar: Add two to three cups to your bath and soak for 30 minutes; the acidity helps relieve itching
Baking soda: Dissolve in your bath and soak for 30 minutes Witch hazel: Make a paste out of witch hazel and baking soda, and apply directly to your bite to reduce swelling

 

Where can you buy these items and Essential Oils?

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SOURCES

http://www.mycleaningproducts.com

http://mercola.com

Posted by: godswaytohealth | August 21, 2014

FOOD FOR YOU EYES

This is an excellent article on eye care by Dr. Marc Grossman, LAc.

The different parts of your eye have special needs. Although, many antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fatty acids are needed for good vision, different parts of the eye especially need specific nutrients. A healthy diet can provide most of these nutrients.

Take a look at this fantastic visual information.

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Thank you Dr. Grossman for sharing this information with those who are interested in taking better care of their eyes.

SOURCE: http://www.naturaleyecare.com

 

 

Posted by: godswaytohealth | August 1, 2014

DETOXIFY YOUR BODY WITH ACTIVATED CHARCOAL

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Activated charcoal is a carbon based substance that has been used for health and healing purposes for over 3000 years.  Activated carbon is a form of charcoal that is extremely porous and able to attract and strongly bind many harmful substances in various aqueous based environments. Charcoal is most often made from burning wood or coconut husk in very high heat without the presence of oxygen.  This `activated` process creates millions of little pores within the charcoal material. These pores take in and hold large amounts of liquid and toxic debris.

Charcoal’s Remarkable Absorbency:

Activated charcoal is said to adsorb foreign materials rather than absorb them.  

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Sponges absorb liquids but do not bind them and therefore they can be squeezed right out.  On the flip side, substances like charcoal that adsorb actually bind the toxins so they cannot escape.  When toxins and other impurities interact with charcoal they are bound tightly at a molecular level and cannot escape.

Activated Charcoal Reduces the Toxic Load:

chemicals) that are commonly found in pesticides, herbicides, plastics, and other industry and environmental pollutants. Additionally, charcoal has been shown to be effective at binding to chlorine, viruses, bacteria, and their metabolic byproducts and toxic excretions.  

Stop the poison

It is estimated that daily use of activated charcoal reduces the toxic load in the human body by over 60%. The activated carbon itself is not reabsorbed in the gut but is eliminated in the feces.

Activated charcoal is very mild on the colon and does not interfere with the natural mucus lining of the intestines.  It is wonderful for cleansing the intestines. It is great at binding to toxic gases, Candida, parasites and other physical impurities and renders them harmless. Bloating, flatulence and constipation are relieved.  Charcoal supplementation is best when bound with fibers such as psyllium powder or celery seed powder and good levels of hydration.

BENEFITS

Here are several incredible things activated charcoal can do for you…

 Bites and Activiated Charcoal

Cuts and Wounds: Activated charcoal, when applied topically to a wound, has been shown to neutralize many types of pathogens which can directly or indirectly promote infection.

Internal Poisoning: In instances of ingestion of drugs, poison or household chemicals, activated charcoal works well to draw out harmful toxins preventing them from entering the bloodstream. Add one teaspoon of activated charcoal to a glass of water and drink the full glass.

IMPORTANT: You must seek medical advice should you ingest any dangerous substances. 

CHARCOAL POULTICE

Spider and Snake Bites: An activated charcoal poultice can be applied topically to spider bites (including Brown Recluse and Black Widow bites) and snake bites to draw out toxins – usually within an hour.

 Whiter teeth

Teeth Whitening: Add activated charcoal onto your toothbrush and brush. It will whiten your smile fast. 

Gas: Activated charcoal, when taken internally, can help to reduce the amount of gas produced by some foods. 

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Odor Control: Activated charcoal is an extremely effective odor eliminator as it adsorbs and traps bad odors. 

IMPORTANT NOTES WHEN USING ACTIVATED CHARCOAL:

1. Never take activated charcoal at the same time of day as other supplements.  Give yourself at least 2 hrs between use.

2. Because activated charcoal will bind to certain medications please advise your doctor before using this if you are taking medications.

3. Be sure to drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water while using activated charcoal.

4. Activated charcoal should be combined with a good fiber source such as psyllium powder or celery seed powder that will effectively push the charcoal through the intestines and out in the feces.

5. Take before bed & 3-4 hours after eating dinner

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 SOURCES:

http://www.lahealthyliving.com/1/post/2013/10/the-little-known-powerful-benefits-of-activated-charcoal.html

http://www.sushrutchemicals.com/activatedCarbon.html

http://wellnessmama.com/247/how-to-use-activated-charcoal

http://www.herbsandoilsworld.com/7-amazing-uses-for-activated-charcoal/

http://www.drjockers.com

 

Posted by: godswaytohealth | July 10, 2014

Herbs that Lead to Weight Loss

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Individuals who carry an excess amount of weight on their frames can face a number of health problems. Being overweight has been linked to an increase in blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. In addition, being overweight makes it more difficult for people to move and exercise and these effects often domino. Being sedentary can lead to a greater weight gain as well as an increase in the above health conditions.

Making lifestyle changes, such as eating more healthy foods and exercising on a regular basis, is a great way to get started losing weight. Sometimes the progress can seem a bit slower than the individual would like it to be. The following herbs help to increase the amount of weight loss so that results are seen more quickly.

Dandelion

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The oft-maligned dandelion weed is actually a powerful aid in the weight loss arena. Each part of the lowly dandelion flower and herb can be ingested. In addition to it being prized for its cleansing properties, dandelion helps to neutralize toxins, keep blood sugar levels normal, reduce inflammation and make the body more alkaline. An individual can consume dandelion as a tea, in the form of a supplement or eat some of the leafy greens.

Milk thistle

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Milk thistle could be a cousin to dandelion. It provides many of the same welcome cleansing properties as dandelion does. These include clearing the toxins out of the liver, and making good use of glucose and sugar for fuel instead of them turning into fat.

Ginseng

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Highly prized as an aid in weight loss, there are two types of ginseng that are found in the United States: Chinese and Siberian. Both forms are available as a supplement or as a tea. They help to increase weight loss because they contain caffeine, a known stimulant. In addition, because they are a thermogenic aid, both forms of ginseng help to boost the energy of people who take them. People who take this herb on a regular basis have also noticed that their appetite has decreased and that the clarity of their thoughts has increased.

Peppermint

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A tasty herb that can add a great dollop of flavor to many dishes, peppermint is tops for helping ramp up weight loss. It primarily does so by ridding the body of toxins and waste. Peppermint also aids in digestion and helps to reduce bloat. Another key advantage of peppermint is that it helps to reduce the appetite as well as reduce stress. For people who eat when they are stressed, this is a great herb to drink as a tea, take as a supplement or use as an essential oil.

Increasing the amount of weight loss can help an individual stay on track with their goals as well as enjoy better health. The above herbs can help them accomplish this.

Sources for this article include:

http://naturalnews.com  

http://dailyhealthpost.com/15-herbs-spices-that-help-you-lose-weight/

http://my.clevelandclinic.org

http://weightloss.allwomenstalk.com

About the author:
Sandeep is an mountain climber, runner, and fitness coach. He shares his tips for staying in shape and eating healthy on quickeasyfit.

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