Smart Nutrition

Do I Drink Coffee? – Benefits? Harmful?

 There was a thread on the ol’ facebook here that a buddy of mine started, regarding coffee. He asked me if I drink coffee. This was my reply…

Short answer is no, but I am not opposed to having one when I feel like it. Like most plants, coffee contains a very powerful toxin, used as the plants natural evolutionary defence mechanism to stay alive. Same with Soy and many other legumes/beans. This is why you MUST cook these things to be edible. Coffee is also a mild diuretic (takes more water to process and metabolize than it provides) so should not be considered as a proper method of hydration. Coffee can also stay within your system for 4-6 hours, and is not the best thing to combine with other foods/liquids. ALSO, we are not dealing with just coffee, we are dealing with poor quality dairy/artificial creamers, and synthetic neurotoxins aka artificial sweeteners. I feel that these things are more of a threat to our health than the actual coffee. An even more important point, is that if you drink coffee every morning to ‘charge’ yourself up, you are NOT drinking a smoothie, unless you are having both, which I highly doubt most people are doing. You are missing out on feeding your body highly nutritious, life-promoting foods that will give you radiant and natural energy. Whether coffee is mildly/very bad for you, does not really matter, considering that people are missing out on real energy and real health by smashing coffee every morning as a kick-starter for the day. I think that coffee is one of those things that, if used in moderation, is not a HUGE deal. Like someone stated already, there ARE a few benefits. However, one needs to consider both the pros and cons, and how they affect the individual, and the individuals goals.

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There was also a comment about getting a ‘kick’ in the morning. If you need a ‘kick’…you are already unhealthy. If you don’t wake up with ample energy, you’re not healthy. Being healthy does not mean simply not having a disease. being healthy encompasses many, many aspects. We should not need a kick-starter in the morning time. We should wake up, fired up, amped up, and ready to go. If not, you are most likely lacking in one, or a few areas of health: emotional, spiritual, physical, environmental, mental/intellectual or social. It is the harmony of these 6 aspects which provide optimal health.

 

160 Uses For coconut Oil. How to Select The Best One.

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Here’s a picture of the coconut oil I personally buy. More importantly though, is knowing how to choose a quality coconut oil, as of course, this is not the only great one out there. So, how do you chose a quality coconut oil? Firstly, if your only paying $5 for a tin of coconut oil, which is likely yellow, and in liquid form, you got what you paid for. For quality coconut oil, you;re going to have to spend AT LEAST $10. Your coconut oil should be solid white, with cracks running through it (wise man once told me that, so I’m sharing the advice). Your coconut oil should smell like coconuts, and be pretty intense. 3 key things you want to look for: organic, raw and cold-pressed. Cold-pressed oils ensure that minimal heat was involved in the processing, and ensures a higher nutrient count and quality. Exposing oil to heat, light or oxygen, in time,  turns the oil rancid, and messes up the molecular structure. This is why many higher grade oils come in dark, glass bottles.

So there’s some basic info on HOW to select the highest quality coconut oil. Here are some, and by some i mean 160, uses for coconut oil. This article was written by Jennifer, from Wake Up World.

Coconut Oil – An Overview

Offering a myriad of health benefits, coconut oil is affordable, readily available and completely natural. I use it for EVERYTHING. Literally. I buy it in 5 gallon increments and keep it all over my house. I even have some in the car. So here is a little information to inspire you to check out this amazing oil!

Coconut Oil Is:

  • Anti-bacterial (kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, gum diseases, and other bacterial infections)
  • Anti-carcinogenic (coconut oil has antimicrobial properties so it effectively prevents the spread of cancer cells and enhances the immune system)
  • Anti-fungal (kills fungi and yeast that lead to infection)
  • Anti-inflammatory (appears to have a direct effect in suppressing inflammation and repairing tissue, and it may also contribute by inhibiting harmful intestinal microorganisms that cause chronic inflammation.)

    Anti-microbial/Infection Fighting(the medium-chain fatty acids and monoglycerides found in coconut oil are the same as those in human mother’s milk, and they have extraordinary antimicrobial properties. By disrupting the lipid structures of microbes, they inactivate them. About half of coconut oil consists of lauric acid. Lauric acid, its metabolite monolaurin and other fatty acids in coconut oil are known to protect against infection from bacteria, viruses, yeast, fungi and parasites. While not having any negative effect on beneficial gut bacteria, coconut oil inactivates undesirable microbes.)

  • An Antioxidant (protects against free-radical formation and damage)
  • Anti-parasitic (fights to rid the body of tapeworms, lice and other parasites)
  • Anti-protozoa (kills giardia, a common protozoan infection of the gut)
  • Anti-retroviral (kills HIV and HLTV-1)
  • Anti-viral (kills viruses that cause influenza, herpes, measles, hepatitis C, SARS, AIDS, and other viruses)
  • Infection fighting
  • Has no harmful for discomforting side effects
  • Known to improve nutrient absorption (easily digestible; makes vitamins and minerals more available to the body)
  • Nontoxic to humans and animals

Daily Dosage:

Here is a chart outlining the recommended daily dosage of virgin Virgin Coconut Oil for persons over the age of 12. Coconut oil may be consumed by children under 12 but it is advisable to check with a healthcare practitioner on the proper dosage. Any good naturopath will have the information at the ready. (Starting at 12 months of age, I gave my daughter one teaspoon per day and she weighed about 16 pounds at that time.)

Weight in pounds/kilograms Number of tablespoons of coconut oil daily
175+/79+ 4
150+ /68+ 3 1/2
125+ / 57+ 3
100+/ 45+ 2 1/2
75+ / 34+ 2
50+ / 23+ 1 1/2
25+ / 11+ 1

Type of Coconut Oil to Use:

  • Virgin (unrefined) coconut oil tastes and smells coconutty and is great for cooking and baking where you want that flavor. You can use it for anything but it will impart a coconut taste (mild) and odor (pleasant in my book)! Unrefined coconut oil retains the most nutritional value and is superior to refined oil.
  • Expeller pressed (refined) coconut oil can be used for anything. It does not have a coconutty smell or taste. It is still outstanding to use but does lose some of it’s health properties during the refining process.
  • Food grade should always be used.

160 Uses for Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil for Personal Hygiene/Body

1. Age Spots (also known as liver spots) – applying coconut oil directly to the age spot will help it fade.

2. After Shave – coconut oil will help heal your skin after shaving without clogging pores. Great for razor burn!

3. Baldness – apply three times a day to affected area of hair loss. Coconut oil supports cell regeneration.

4. Birth Marks – can be used after a laser removal treatment to aid in healing. Can also be applied after an apple cider vinegar treatment to help support and aid the fading process.

5. Body Scrub – mix coconut oil and sugar together and rub all over! Rinse off and your skin will be super soft! You can add in essential oils if you would like a specific smell.

6. Bruises – applied directly to the bruise, coconut oil enhances the healing process by reducing swelling and redness.

7. Bug Bites – when applied directly to a bug bite, coconut oil can stop the itching and burning sensation as well as hasten the healing process.

8. Burns – apply to burn site immediately and continue applying until healed. Will reduce the chances of permanent scarring and promotes healing.

9. Chapstick – just rub a little into lips and it not only acts as a softening agent but it also has an SPF of about 4 so you get a little protection!

10. Cradle Cap – having issues with dry skin on your baby’s scalp? Coconut oil will not only nourish your baby’s skin, it also helps eliminate cradle cap. Just rub a teaspoon onto scalp daily.

11. Dandruff – coconut oil soaks into the scalp moisturizing dry skin and relieves symptoms of dandruff. It also helps to control oil secretion from the scalp, another leading cause of dandruff.

12. Deodorant – coconut oil alone can be used as a deodorant, but even more effective in combination with cornstarch/arrowroot powder and baking soda!

13. Diaper Salve – very comforting on a rashy bum with no harsh chemicals. Also safe for cloth diapers.

14. Exfoliator – coconut oil mixed with sugar or sea salt is a very nourishing and effective exfoliator and safe to use all over the body.

15. Eye cream – apply under the eyes to reduce puffiness, bags and wrinkles. Use on the lids in the evening.

16. Face Wash/ Soap – mix equal parts coconut oil with olive oil, almond oil, avocado oil and castor oil and use in place of soap when washing your face. Wet face, rub oil in and leave on for two minutes, rinse and pat dry. One teaspoon should be adequate.

17. Hair conditioner/ Deep Treatment – use as a leave-in hair conditioner by applying a teaspoon of Coconut Oil to your ends and then running your fingers through your hair to distribute the rest! For a deeper treatment, rub in a tablespoon of coconut oil onto your dry scalp and gently work through to the ends. Put a shower cap on to prevent transfer onto bed linens and leave on overnight.

18. Hair Gel/ Defrizzer – rub a little between your palms and either scrunch into hair (for curly hair) or finger comb in through from scalp to ends (for wavy/straight hair).

19. Healing – when applied on scrapes and cuts, coconut oil forms a thin, chemical layer which protects the wound from outside dust, bacteria and virus. Coconut oil speeds up the healing process of bruises by repairing damaged tissues. Plus, it smells a heck-of-a-lot better than anything from the pharmacy.

20. Lubricant – it is an all-natural, perfectly safe personal lubricant. Not compatible with latex!

21. Makeup Remover – use a cotton swab and a dab of coconut oil and you would be amazed at how well it works!

22. Massage Oil – pretty simple; grab some and rub!

23. Moisturizer – simply scoop some out of the jar and apply all over your body, including neck and face.

24. Mole Remover – when applied after an apple cider vinegar compress for several weeks, moles have been known to “slide off” or just disappear.

25. Nipple Cream – works great to nourish cracked, sore or dry nipples. Apply to a cotton ball and leave on your nipples between feedings.

26. Oily Skin Fix – prone to oily skin or an oily T-zone? Use a pea sized amount underneath makeup or alone to reduce the appearance of oil.

27. Pre Shampoo Treatment for Hair – rub a little into scalp and hair before shampooing. This is especially useful for those with course or frizzy hair.

28. Pre-Shave – coconut oil will prep skin for the pending damage caused by shaving.

29. Skin Problems – coconut oil relieves skin problems such as psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema.

30. Stretch Mark Cream – coconut oil is great at nourishing damaged skin. It may not be the magic stretch mark cure but it will help.

31. Sun Burn Relief – rub liberal amounts of coconut oil into the affected area.

32. Sunscreen – see my post on natural sunscreen for more detailed information.

33. Swimmers Ear – mix garlic oil and coconut oil and put a few drops in affected ear for about 10 minutes. Do this 2-3 times a day and it usually works within one or two days.

34. Tattoo Healing and Moisturizer – continued use of coconut oil on tattoos will help keep the pigment from fading. Used on new tattoos, coconut will hasten the healing process and decrease the chance of infection.

35. Toothpaste – there are numerous recipes out there but I just mix coconut oil and baking soda and dab a little of the mix on my toothbrush.

36. Wrinkle Prevention and Wrinkle Reducer – rubbing coconut oil on winkles and sagging skin helps strengthen the connective tissues to bring back that youthful look!

Coconut oil for General Health and Wellness

37. Breastfeeding – for breastfeeding moms, consuming 3 ½ tablespoons of coconut oil daily will enrich the milk supply.

38. Bones and Teeth – coconut oil aids in the absorption of calcium and magnesium leading to better development of bones and teeth.

39. Digestion – the saturated fats in coconut oil help control parasites and fungi that cause indigestion and other digestion related problems such as irritable bowel syndrome. The fat in coconut oil also aids in the absorption of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, making you healthier all around.

40. Energy Boost – coconut oil boosts energy and endurance making it a great supplement for athletes as well as those needed a quick pick me up.

41. Fitness – coconut oil has been proven to stimulate your metabolism, improve thyroid function, and escalate energy levels, all of which help decrease your unwanted fat while increasing muscle.

42. Improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose making it great for both diabetics and non-diabetic.

43. Lung Function – increases the fluidity of cell surfaces.

44. Nausea – rub some coconut oil on the inside for the wrist and forearm to calm an upset stomach.

45. Nose bleeds – coconut oil can prevent nose bleeding that is caused by sensitivity to weather such as extreme heat and extreme cold. This condition happens when the nasal passages become dry because of cold or dry air resulting to burns and cracks in the mucus membranes so bleeding happens. To prevent this just put coconut oil in you nostrils. Coat your finger with Coconut Oil and then lie down and coat your finger inside your nose. Doing this will strengthen and protect the capillaries in the nasal passages. A Vitamin C supplement will also help prevent nose bleeding.

46. Oil pulling with coconut oil offers a two for one health benefit!

47. Stress Relief – relieve mental fatigue by applying coconut oil to the head in a circular, massaging motion. The natural aroma of coconuts is extremely soothing thus helping to lower your stress level.

48. Vitamin and nutrient absorption

49. Weight loss – the saturated fats contribute to weight loss and controlling cravings. Also increases metabolic rate.

Coconut Oil for Health Problems

(when taken internally it is known for aiding, preventing, relieving or even curing these health issues)

50. Acid reflux/indigestion aid if taken after a meal

51. Adrenal fatigue

52. Allergies (seasonal hay fever)

53. Alzheimer’s/Dementia

54. Asthma, even in children

55. Autism

56. Bowel function

57. Bronchial Infections

58. Cancer (has been shown to prevent colon and breast cancer in laboratory tests)

59. Candida Albicans

60. Cholesterol – improves HDL (‘good’ cholesterol) to LDL (‘bad’ cholesterol) ratio in people with high cholesterol

61. Chronic Fatigue

62. Crohns Disease and resulting inflammation

63. Circulation/feeling cold all the time

64. Colds and Flus

65. Constipation

66. Cystic Fibrosis

67. Depression

68. Diabetes – helps keep blood sugar levels stable and/or helps with cravings

69. Dysentery

70. Eczema – in addition to taking it internally, many have success applying it externally, but some don’t

71. Edema

72. Energy boost

73. Epilepsy (known to reduce epileptic seizures)

74. Fever Support

75. Flaky, Dry Skin

76. Gallbladder disease and pain

77. Gas

78. H. pylori

79. Head Lice

80. Heart Disease (protects arteries from injury that causes atherosclerosis)

81. Hemorrhoids (can applied externally or internally twice a day)

82. HIV

83. Hot Flashes

84. Hyperthyroidism

85. Immune System Builder

86. Irritable Bowel Syndrome

87. Jaundice

88. Kidney Disease

89. Kidney Stones (aids in dissolving them)

90. Liver Disease

91. Lung Disease

92. Malnutrition

93. Mental Clarity

94. Menstruation Relief regarding pain/cramps and heavy blood flow

95. Migraines (with regular use)

96. Mononucleosis

97. Osteoporosis

98. Pancreatitis

99. Parasites

100. Periodontal Disease and tooth decay

101. Prostate Enlargement (benign prostatic hyperplasia)

102. Rickets

103. Skin problems

104. Scurvy

105. Stomach Ulcers

106. Toenail fungus

107. Thrush

108. Thyroid Function (regulates an overactive or underactive thyroid)

109. Ulcerative Colitis

110. Underactive thyroid gland – results have shown subsequent thyroid blood tests becoming normal after ingesting coconut oil daily

111. Urinary Tract Infections (Bladder Infections)

Coconut Oil and Health Problems

(when applied topically it is known for aiding, relieving, or even curing these health issues)

112. Acne

113. Allergies/Hay Fever – rub a little inside the nostrils for quick relief. The pollen will cling to the oil.

114. Athletes foot

115. Back pain/sore muscles

116. Boils and cysts

117. Canker sores

118. Cellulite

119. Circumcision healing – although I am personally against circumcision, I have read that coconut oil is a really great healer for this.

120. Decongestant – rub coconut oil on the chest and under the nose when congested from a cold or allergies

121. Ear infection – place a few drops inside the ear twice daily for relief from pain. Also fights the infection itself.

122. Genital Warts (through topical application over 6 weeks, and coconut oil enemas twice a day depending on the location of the warts)

123. Gum Disease and Gingivitis (use as a toothpaste or rub directly on gums)

124.Herpes (applied topically and taken internally)

125.Hives (reduces the itch and swelling

126. Pink eye (applied around and in the eye)

127. Ringworm

128. Toothache

129. Warts

Coconut Oil and Cooking

130. Butter Substitute – use 1 cup to 1 cup ratio when replacing butter in recipes with coconut oil.

131. Nutritional Supplement – melt and add to smoothies.

132. Replacement for butter/lard/Crisco/PAM in its solid form for greasing pans, pie crusts, etc.

133. Replacement for various oils in liquid form – baking, cooking, sautéing, etc.

Coconut Oil and Pets/Animals

Check with your veterinarian but the recommended dosage for animals is 1/4 teaspoon for every 10 pounds of body weight twice daily.

134. Aids healing of digestive disorders like inflammatory bowel syndrome and colitis

135. Aids in arthritis or ligament problems

136. Aids in elimination of hairballs and coughing

137. Applied topically, promotes the healing of cuts, wounds, hot spots, dry skin and hair, bites and stings

138. Clears up skin conditions such as eczema, flea allergies, contact dermatitis, and itchy skin

139. Disinfects cuts and promotes wound healing

140. Great for dogs and cats for general wellness. Just add a teaspoon to their water bowl daily.

141. Helps prevent or control diabetes

142. Helps sedentary dogs feel energetic

143. Helps reduce weight, increases energy

144. Improves digestion and nutrient absorption

145. Makes coats become sleek and glossy, and deodorizes doggy odor

146. Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) have been shown to improve brain energy metabolism and decrease the amyloid protein buildup that results in brain lesions in older dogs.

147. Prevents and treats yeast and fungal infections, including candida

148. Reduces allergic reactions and improves skin health

149. Reduces or eliminates bad breath in dogs

150. Regulates and balance insulin and promotes normal thyroid function

Other Uses for Coconut Oil

151. Chewing Gum in Hair Remover – just rub some coconut oil over the stuck chewing gum, leave in for about 30 minutes, then roll the gum between your fingertip. Voila! It’s out!

152. Goo Gone – just mix equal parts coconut oil and baking soda into a paste. Apply to the “sticky” area and let it set for a minute. Then scrub off with an old toothbrush or the scrubby side of a sponge.

153. Insect repellent – mix Coconut Oil with peppermint oil extract and rub it all over exposed skin. Keeps insects off better than anything with DEET! Tons safer too.

154. Moisturizing and cleaning leather products

155. Oiling wood cutting boards and wood bowls

156. Polishing Bronze – all you have to do is rub a little oil into a cotton towel and then wipe down the statue. It cleans and helps deepen the color of your bronze.

157. Polish Furniture – coconut oil with a little bit of lemon juice to polish wood furniture. However, I recommend you test it first on a very small, unobtrusive part of your furniture to make sure it works the way you’d like.

158. Seasoning animal hide drums

159. Seasoning cookware

160. Soap making – coconut oil can be used as one of the fats in soap.

Did I miss any? Do you use coconut oil for something not on my list? Please add it in the comments. I am always excited to find new ways to implement coconut oil!

I have also written several other posts about coconut oil that you may be interested in reading. A few are listed here but please check my Coconut Health page regularly as I update that with my twice monthly posts related to coconut oil:

• Coconut Oil Unleashed – Reader Questions Answered

• Coconut Oil for Digestive Disorders

• Coconut and Pregnancy (coconut products in general are discussed)

• Eating Traditional Foods and The Blood Type Diet (coconut oil is
discussed in this post but not the focus)

• Let’s Talk About Fats Baby! (discusses coconut oil as a healthy
source of fat in your diet)

• Nipples, Lady Bits, Coconut Oil – Oh My!

Interested in purchasing coconut oil? Check out this listing of organic coconut oils.

You can also check out these books for further information on coconut oil:

• Virgin Coconut Oil by Brian and Marianita Shilhavy

• Eat Fat Lose Fat: The Healthy Alternative to Trans Fats by Mary Enig, PhD, and Sally Fallon

• The Coconut Oil Miracle Revised and Coconut Cures both by Bruce Fife.

Until next time…I am aiming for 200 Uses For Coconut Oil!

Yours In Coconut Health, Jennifer

Artificial Sweeteners Are Killing You. Don’t be A Sucker.

I cringe every time I see someone reaching out to grab a few packets of synthetic sugary death. My main point for switching to a natural sweetener for coffee or tea is that it’s just SO EASY. It takes nothing, but one decision, and some enlightenment. So, allow me to enlighten you if you think NutraSweet, SweetnLow, Sucralose, Aspartame and the rest of it is OK to consume, just because it has 0 calories.

And you know what really grinds my gears? Sites like WebMD PROMOTE and ENDORSE this poison. Absolutely ridiculous. There are so many big companies and businesses that support the use of these toxic substances. Why? Money. Sick people equals more money. Anyway, here is a bit of info I gathered listing why artificial sweeteners are horrible for your body.

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Aspartame is a non-calorie artificial sweetener comprised of methanol, phenylalanine and aspartic acid.  It is used in diet sodas and thousands of other products worldwide. Since it appeared on the US market in the 1980s, aspartame and the possible health risks from the substance have been a topic of much debate. Research has linked the sweetener to diabetes, fibromyalgia and certain forms of cancer. Here are some of the dangers of excessive aspartame consumption.

Cancer

Studies have found a dangerous connection between aspartame consumption and the development of brain tumors. When aspartame breaks down it produces a substance called DKP. As your stomach digests DKP, it produces a chemical that induces the growth of brain tumors.

Diabetes

Aspartame consumption is extremely harmful to people with diabetes. It makes it more difficult to control sugar levels and aggravate diabetes-related conditions such as retinopathy, cataracts, neuropathy and gastroparesis. The sweetener also has been known to cause convulsions often mistaken for insulin reactions.

Psychological Disorders

Emotional and mood disorders have been linked to aspartame. Studies suggest that people with certain emotional problems are more sensitive to aspartame.  High levels of aspartame cause changes in the serotonin levels which can lead to behavioral problems, depression and other emotional disorders. In some cases, the side effects were so dangerous that doctors were forced to put an end to the studies.

Hinders Weight Loss

Aspartame can be found in diet sodas and most other diet products. However, research indicates that the sweetener increases your hunger and can actually impede your weight loss. Phenylalanine and aspartic acid can cause spikes in insulin levels and force your body to remove the glucose from your blood stream and store it as fat. Aspartame also inhibits the production of serotonin and prevents your brain from signalling to your body that you are full. This can lead to food cravings and make it more difficult for you to lose weight.

Birth Defects

Aspartame is an excitotoxin or a substance that has the potential to damage or kill cells in the nervous system. The blood-brain barrier is a structure that stops harmful substances from penetrating the brain. The barrier doesn’t completely form until a child is one year old, therefore, before a child is born, its nervous system is vulnerable to any dangerous excitotoxins that the mother may consume. Too much exposure to phenylalanine or aspartic acid may cause irreversible brain damage and other serious birth defects.

Vision Problems

Methanol, one of Aspartame’s components, can damage the retinas and the optic nerves. Aspartame consumption has been connected to eye pain, blurred vision and, in some cases, blindness.

Brain Damage and Seizures

Aspartame can change the chemistry of the brain. Formaldehyde, a product of methanol, gathers in certain areas of the brain causing degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and ALS. Aspartame consumption can also trigger seizures in both epileptics and other individuals without a history of epilepsy.

Aspartame may contain fewer calories than sugar, however, the toxic sweetener has the potential to cause serious damage to the nervous system and in the worst case scenarios can be fatal.

SMART SUGAR CHOICES

I would suggest the following: Coconut/palm Sugar, Stevia, Agave Nectar, Organic/Raw Cane Sugar, Date Sugar, Maple Syrup, Raw Honey

Here is some info on Stevia, and why I would invite you to pick some up, carrry it in your purse/bag or wallet, and use daily, IF you are a big coffee or tea drinker.

stevia

Stevia leaf, a natural sweetener derived from the sweet leaf plant, is 300x as sweet as sugar, so it just takes a small amount of it to produce the same sweet taste as pure sweetener. Stevia leaf has been utilized as a sweetener as a part of numerous societies for quite some time, yet is just being acknowledged as a sugar substitute in the United States. In the mid 1990s, it was first introduced in the US as a natural supplement. Following a considerable period of controversy, it was sanctioned by the FDA.

There are, as of now, some sugar substitutes available, so the fact that stevia leaf is somehow special might be up for debate. For one thing, its all-natural, thus motivating a large number of health gurus to recommend it over some of the other artificially made substitutes. It additionally seems to offer some health benefits; however, the exploration is frequently intermingled and conflicting.

Here’s a list of some of the alleged benefits stevia leaf has to offer.

For those paying close attention their starch or caloric intake as part of their diet, they consider stevia leaf as a carb without all the calories. This makes it conceivable for health food nuts to fulfill sweet cravings without wrecking their consuming arrangements. Some studies have indicated that stevia leaf has a profound effect on reducing blood pressure. Individuals who suffer from high blood pressure should mix stevia leaf in with their tea. Drinking this arrangement on a regular basis will make it possible for them to overcome their problem the natural way.

For individuals with elevated glucose levels, stevia leaf has the ability to bring  down sugar levels. This makes it a conceivably worthy substitute for anybody with glucose or insulin situations. Notwithstanding, diabetics may as well press on to screen their glucose levels and insulin levels in the wake of utilizing Stevia to determine everything stays under tight restraints.

Stevia leaf, when utilized orally, has demonstrated antibacterial properties. This makes it a perfect part in toothpaste and mouthwashes because it has the potential to battle cavities and counteract the effects of gingivitis. When applied topically, it has shown to demonstrate many of the same benefits. You might even find in included among the various ingredients in balms that are said to treat skin inflammation.

For numerous individuals, the overpowering benefit of stevia leaf is that it offers a clearly solid substitute to genuine sweetener, corn syrup, aspartame, or saccharine. For the aforementioned individuals, the way that it has been utilized as a part of different societies for a considerable length of time with no evident unwell impacts is sufficient to prescribe its utilization. Obviously, depending on if you have inquiries regarding the health profits or reactions of this sugar substitute, you may as well check with your doctor. They will be able to provide you with quality advice on which sugar substitute is going to work best for you and your particular diet. You should pay attention to their recommendations. The information that they provide to you could mean the difference between weight loss success and less than impressive results.

http://superfooddiet.com/health-benefits-of-stevia-leaf/

All the best.

Straight-to-the-point Detox Info

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So, I’m starting a cleanse. Here’s some useful information regarding full body detox. here you can find a few different do’s and do not’s. I will post my meals and snacks and what not to show exactly what I am doing. The bulk of my cleanse will consist of the following items: coconut water, water, lemon water, green tea, organic veggies such as kale, spinach, broccoli, carrot, cabbage and parsley, a few fruits like strawberries and bananas, and ya, that’s the bulk of it…oh and coconut oil too…Oh and I have mixed nuts and seeds such as cashew, pumpkin seed and sunflower seed. For the next 7 days this is what I will be intaking. Oh, one more thing, I have a concentrated greens supplement.

But here are a few different detox routines I found on the net, which I feel to be useful 🙂

 

 

During a detox, it’s important to have a solid, healthy meal for lunch. Get inspired by these detox-friendly lunch recipes, or feel free to create a meal from any of the “Foods to Include” listed below.

Aim for variety, and take care not to supersize your portions. A lunch salad might include 4 ounces of protein, 1/2 cup of grains, greens, a cup or two of vegetables, a tablespoon of oil, and several herbs and spices.

Our detox guidelines, including which foods to eat and which to avoid, were adapted from “Clean: The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body’s Natural Ability to Heal Itself”(HarperOne; 2009) by Alejandro Junger, M.D.

Foods to Include

  • Dairy substitutes: Rice and nut milks such as almond milk and coconut milk
  • Non-gluten grains: brown rice, millet, amaranth, teff, tapioca, buckwheat, potato flour, quinoa, gluten-free oats
  • Fruits and vegetables: unsweetened fresh or frozen whole fruits, water-packed canned fruits, diluted fruit juices and raw steamed, sauteed, juiced, or roasted vegetables
  • Animal protein: fresh or water-packed fish, wild game, lamb, duck, organic chicken, and turkey
  • Vegetable protein: split peas, lentils, and legumes
  • Nuts and seeds: walnuts; sesame, pumpkin, and sunflower seeds; hazelnuts; pecans; almonds; cashews; nut butters such as almond or tahini
  • Oils: cold-pressed olive, flax, safflower, sesame, almond, sunflower, walnut, canola, and pumpkin
  • Drinks: filtered or distilled water, decaffeinated herbal teas, seltzer or mineral water
  • Sweeteners: brown rice syrup, agave nectar, stevia, fruit sweetener, and blackstrap molasses
  • Condiments: vinegar; all spices, including salt, pepper, basil, carob, cinnamon, cumin, dill, garlic, ginger, mustard, oregano, parsley, rosemary, tarragon, thyme, and turmeric

Foods to Exclude

  • Dairy and eggs: all
  • Butter and mayonnaise: all
  • Grains: wheat, corn, barley, spelt, kamut, rye, triticale, most oats (oats are usually contaminated with gluten unless you can find a gluten-free brand)
  • Fruits and vegetables: oranges, orange juice, corn, creamed vegetables
  • Animal protein: pork, beef, veal, sausage, cold cuts, canned meats, frankfurters, shellfish
  • Vegetable protein: soybean products (soy sauce, soybean oil in processed foods, tempeh, tofu, soy milk, soy yogurt, textured vegetable protein)
  • Nuts and seeds: peanuts and peanut butter
  • Oils: shortening, processed oils, salad dressings, and spreads
  • Drinks: alcohol, caffeinated beverages, and soft drinks
  • Sweeteners: white and brown refined sugars, honey, maple syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, and evaporated cane juice
  • Condiments: chocolate, ketchup, relish, chutney, barbecue sauce, teriyaki

Things to Watch For

  • Corn starch is often present in baking powder, beverages, and processed foods.
  • Vinegar in ketchup, mayonnaise, and some mustard usually comes from wheat or corn.
  • Breads advertised as gluten-free still might contain coats, spelt, kamut, or rye.
  • Many amaranth and millet flake cereals contain oat or corn.
  • Many canned tunas contain textured vegetable protein, which is from soy; look for low-salt versions, which tend to be pure tuna, with no fillers.
  • Multi-grain rice cakes are not just rice. Be sure to purchase plain rice cakes.

 

ALLOWED NOT ALLOWED
Fruits All fresh fruits except
those in the not allowed list
Oranges, grapefruit, strawberries, grapes, bananas, dried fruits
Vegetables All fresh vegetables except
those in the not allowed list
Corn, canned vegetables, nightshades, (tomato, potato, eggplant, pepper)
Animal Protein Organic or free range chicken,
turkey, lamb, duck, wild game
Eggs, factory-farmed meats including: chicken, turkey, pork, beef, veal, sausage, cold cuts, canned meats, hot dogs
Fish Wild salmon, black cod (sablefish) trout, anchovies, herring, sardines (fresh & canned), low mercury wild fish Factory farmed fish, high mercury fish including: tuna, shark, swordfish, shellfish
Grains Non-gluten grains including: quinoa, brown and wild rice, buckwheat, teff, millet, amaranth, brown rice pasta, pure buckwheat noodles Gluten grains including: wheat, barley, rye,spelt, bran, farina, kamut, couscous, oats
Beans & Pulses All beans, split peas, lentils, legumes Soybean products
Nuts & Seeds Raw (unroasted), unsalted almonds, cashews, walnuts, hazelnuts, brazil nuts, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds Peanut products
Dairy & Dairy Substitutes Almond milk, rice milk, hemp milk, coconut milk Cows milk, sheeps milk, goat milk, soy milk, non-dairy creamers,powdered milk, cheese, cream cheese, cottage cheese, butter, yogurt
Sweeteners Stevia, Xylitol or small amounts of: raw honey, 100% maple syrup, 100% palm sugar, black strap molasses Artificial sweeteners, refined sugars, cane sugar, beet sugar, white and brown sugars, fruit juice concentrate, high fructose corn syrup
Beverages Green or herbal teas (non-caffeinated), spring and sparkling water, fresh vegetable juices Commercial fruit juices, commercial energy, drinks, alcohol, caffeinated beverages, coffee, regular tea, soft drinks
Oils Extra virgin olive oil, coconut, sesame, walnut, flaxseed Canola, sunflower, margarine, shortening
Vinegars Apple cider, white wine, red wine, balsamic, rice Commercial salad dressings
Herbs, Spices & Condiments All herbs and spices, mustard Ketchup, relish, chutney, BBQ sauce, mayonnaise
Other Cocoa nibs, unsweetened cocoa powder Candy, chocolate, energy bars, protein bars

– See more at: http://www.bewellbydrfranklipman.com/cleanse/eating-plan.html#sthash.QMApmB0N.dpuf

 

Many people get real food confused with the processed food. There’s a difference between real food (i.e. fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, grains, etc.) and faux food (i.e. processed foods that are refined, contain chemical additives: preservatives, flavor enhancers, coloring, etc.). Dherbs recommends people to eat only raw foods.
The benefit of a raw food diet is that the raw state of the food is when the food offers the best possible nutritional support. Raw foods can, in fact, be cooked, but only to temperatures of 104 to 118 degrees Fahrenheit. Cooking at higher temperatures reduces the effectiveness of enzymes and other nutrients found in the food.

Raw food diets aren’t exclusively vegan or vegetarian, but many who follow raw food diets choose to follow vegan and vegetarian principles as well.

What you can eat

Many people (especially first time detoxers) want to know how much fruit, vegetables, seeds, nuts, etc. can they eat while detoxing. If they eat raw food, they can eat as much as they want.

So if you like nuts, you can eat as much of them as you like (as long as they are RAW and do not contain regular “salt”).

If you like eating seeds, you can eat as much of them as you like (as long as they are RAW and do not contain regular “salt”).

If you like dried fruit, you can eat as much of them as you like (as long as they do not contain sulfur and/or preservatives).

If you like fruit, you can eat as much fruit as you like as long as they are RAW and preferably organic. If organic is not available, eat what is available. Also, follow the rules of food combining.

If you like vegetables, you can eat as much of them as you like. Real food will not harm you. Real food contains nutrients our bodies need.

It’s funny how people can ask how much of a real food they can eat but never think to ask how much of an unnatural food (or processed, junk food) they can eat. Never!

Raw roods to avoid

There are some foods that should be avoided:

  • Buckwheat greens
  • Mushrooms
  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Rhubarb leaves
  • Taro
  • Cassava and cassava flour
  • Parsnips
  • Any processed foods
  • Foods treated with pesticides
  • Foods with additives, food color or food dyes

How to prepare raw food

Raw foods may be prepared in several ways:

  • Soaking
  • Sprouting
  • Dehydrating
  • Blending
  • Fermenting
  • Pickling
  • Juicing

What to expect 

When you transition from the Standard American Diet to a raw diet, your body will go into withdrawal. Expect to feel:

  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Cravings
  • Fatigue

This is not the raw food diet. It’s the toxins leaving your body.

Some people may also experience some nutrient deficiencies, depending on your food choices. Raw food diets may put people at risk for deficiencies in:

DHerbs Solutions 

Nutritional supplements may be necessary when you adopt a raw food diet. DHerbs offers a wide range of options:

Coca-Cola: Maybe The Worst Drink on The Planet

http://www.spiritscienceandmetaphysics.com/20-practical-uses-for-coca-cola-proof-that-it-should-not-be-in-the-human-body/

Coke is the most valuable brand in history, and “Coca-Cola” is the world’s second-most recognized word after “hello.” However, the beverage itself is an absolute poison to the human metabolism. Coke is very close to the acidity level of battery acid and consequently it can clean surfaces equivalent to and often better than many toxic household cleaners.

It’s cheaper and easier to buy Coke in some third world countries than it is to access clean water. Coke uses “public relations propaganda” to convince consumers and entire nations that it is an “environmental company” when really it is linked to pollution, water shortages, and disease.

People who consume soft drinks such as Coke have a 48% increase in heart attack and stroke risk, compared to people who did not drink the sodas at all or did not drink them every day. A study published in the journal Respirology reveals that soft drink consumption is also associated with lung and breathing disorders including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

The carbonation in Coke causes calcium loss in the bones through a 3-stage process:
The carbonation irritates the stomach.

The stomach “cures” the irritation the only way it knows how. It adds the only antacid at its disposal: calcium. It gets this from the blood.

The blood, now low on calcium, replenishes its supply from the bones. If it did not do this, muscular and brain function would be severely impaired.

But, the story doesn’t end there. Another problem with most Coke is it also contain phosphoric acid (not the same as the carbonation, which is carbon dioxide mixed with the water). Phosphoric acid also causes a draw-down on the body’s store of calcium.

So Coke softens your bones (actually, makes them weak and brittle) in 3 ways:
Carbonation reduces the calcium in the bones.
Phosphoric acid reduces the calcium in the bones.
The beverage replaces a calcium-containing alternative, such as milk or water. Milk and water are not excellent calcium sources, but they are sources.
Esophageal cancer was very rare two generations ago — now, it’s common. The basic mechanism works as follows:
Mechanical damage to cells is a huge risk factor for cancer. It’s why asbestos particles, for example, cause lung cancer.
All soft drinks cause acid reflux (stomach acid rising up past the esophageal valve). This is more pronounced when the body is horizontal (as in sleeping), but the sheer volume of Coke and soft drinks consumed in the USA means the acid reflux is well past the danger point. Any time you ingest a gassy drink, you are going to get belching–and acid into the esophagus. How much is too much? The research doesn’t say where the limit is–it only shows that most of us are far, far, far past it.
tomach acid dissolves tissue — that’s its purpose. The stomach lining does not extend into the esophagus, so the lower esophagus gets damaged by acid far more frequently in soft drink users than in non soft drink users. This results in a radical increase in cell mutations, along with a far higher level of free radicals.
20 Practical Uses For Coke
Coke acts as an acidic cleaner. The amount of acid in soda is enough to wear away at the enamel of your teeth, making them more susceptible to decay. In tests done on the acidity levels of soda, certain ones were found to have PH levels as low as 2.5. To put that into perspective, consider that battery acid has a pH of 1 and pure water has a pH of 7.
To prove Coke does not belong in the human body, here are 20 practical ways you can use Coke as a domestic cleaner:
Removes grease stains from clothing and fabric
Removes rust; methods include using fabric dipped in Coke, a sponge or even aluminum foil. Also loosens rusty bolts
Removes blood stains from clothing and fabric.
Cleans oil stains from a garage floor; let the stain soak, hose off.
Kills slugs and snails; the acids kills them.
Cleans burnt pans; let the pan soak in the Coke, then rinse.
Descales a kettle (same method as with burnt pans)
Cleans car battery terminals by pouring a small amount of Coke over each one.
Cleans your engine; Coke distributors have been using this technique for decades.
Makes pennies shine; soaking old pennies in Coke will remove the tarnish.
Cleans tile grout; pour onto kitchen floor, leave for a few minutes, wipe up.
Dissolves a tooth; Use a sealed container…takes a while but it does work.
Removes gum from hair; dip into a small bowl of Coke, leave a few minutes. Gum will wipe off.
Removes stains from vitreous china.

Got a dirty pool? Adding two 2-liter bottles of Coke clears up rust.

You can remove (or fade) dye from hair by pouring diet Coke over it.

Remove marker stains from carpet. Applying Coke, scrubbing and then clean with soapy water will remove marker stains.

Cleans a toilet; pour around bowl, leave for a while, flush clean.

Coke and aluminum foil will bring Chrome to a high shine.

Strips paint off metal furniture. Soak a towel in Coke and lay it on the paint surface.
Now can you imagine what is does to your stomach lining?

Who needs the ‘household and cleaning’ section at the hardware store when we have Coke.
Have you ever wondered what exactly Coca Cola is?
After 10 minutes: The sugar contained in a glass of Cola can cause a devastating “strike” on the body. The cause being the phosphoric acid which inhibits the action of sugar.
After 20 minutes: A leap in insulin levels in bloodstream occurs.
After 40 minutes: Ingestion of caffeine is finally completed. The eye’s pupils are expanding. Blood pressure rises because the liver disposes more sugar into the bloodstream. The adenosine receptors become blocked thereby preventing drowsiness.
After 45 minutes: The body raises production of the dopamine hormone, which stimulates the brain pleasure center. Similar to the reaction Heroin creates.
After 1 hour: Phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium and zinc in the gastrointestinal tract, which supercharges metabolism. The release of calcium through urine takes place.
After more than 1 hour: Diuretic effects of the drink enters in “the game”. The calcium, magnesium and zinc are removed out of the body, which are a part of our bones, as well as sodium. At this time we can become irritable or subdued. The whole quantity of water, contained in a coca cola, is removed through urination.
When having a cold bottle of Coke and enjoying its undeniable freshness are we aware of what chemical “cocktail” we are putting into our bodies? The active ingredient in Coca-Cola is orthophosphoric acid. Due to its high acidity, cisterns used for transporting the chemical have to be equipped with special reservoirs designed for highly corrosive materials.

All credit goes to Collective Evolution for this article. – See more at: http://www.spiritscienceandmetaphysics.com/20-practical-uses-for-coca-cola-proof-that-it-should-not-be-in-the-human-body/#sthash.tFvIJCAl.dpuf

Coconut Oil Hailed As Miracle Food For Tooth Decay

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Looking for an alternative to toothpastes loaded with sulfates and other toxic ingredients such as fluoride? Mainstream science has now fully recognized the ‘miracle’ powers of coconut oil to not only combat tooth decay and drastically improve overall mouth health, but also to specifically crush a yeast known as candida albicans that can lead to deadly infections. This ‘news’ likely comes as nothing more than further confirmation for many, as natural health practicioners have been recommending coconut oil for years.

The research comes from the Athlone Institute of Technology, where Ireland-based scientists examined the effects of natural and digested coconut oil on common strains of bacteria within the mouth. What they found was that not only did the coconut oil effectively inhibit a majority of the bacteria strains single-handedly, but it was also particularly harmful to candida albicans. This is important when considering the fact that an excessive amount of the yeast known as candida albicans can be brought upon by a poor diet consisting of processed foods and sugar.

Candida infection, also known as candida overgrowth or the ‘candy disease’, can be associated with symptoms like chronic tiredness, recurring yeast infections, and digestive issues. It can also lead to a mouth infection known as thrush — a condition typically ‘treated’ using anti-fungal medications preceeded by an x-ray of your esophagus. Now, researchers are highlighting how coconut oil intake can be an alternative solution with far less side effects and concerns.

In their report, the scientists state that coconut oil could be ‘an effective alternative to chemical additives’ in most dental hygiene products. This refers to the many sulfate chemicals linked to numerous conditions, added fluoride, and many others.

It is important to ensure that you purchase the right kind of high quality coconut oil when purchasing it online or from your local supermarket. An important consideration is that the scientists conducting the study may have actually used an inferior low quality coconut oil, meaning that the results may have actually been even more positive if they were to use a 100% organic, extra virgin source. As a general rule of thumb, just as with vitamins and other supplements, avoid purchasing a generic brand of non-organic coconut oil from your local chain supermarket.

Instead, look for a USDA certified organic or 100% organic label that is unrefined and cold-pressed. Personally, I would recommend Nutiva’s coconut oil on Vitacost for a high quality source that isn’t going to be highly expensive (I have no ties to either company). As a side note, coconut oil is also great to store as a preparedness food as it has a very long shelf life and is packed full of nutrients.

Source: http://naturalsociety.com/coconut-oil-dental-breakthrough-deadly-bacteria-killer/