3 Easy Ways To Get Rid of Mosquito’s

Mosquito’s can be quit a nuisance most times. Not only are they irritating to deal with but can be potentially harmful.  Because they feed on blood, some can transmit potentially deadly diseases such as malaria, yellow fever, and filariasis.  Here are a few ways to deter mosquitoes without harming your health or the environment.

1) Garlic

Garlic not only have many health benefits that boosts your immune system, but has also shown to repel mosquitoes.  By simply pressing some garlic and mix its juices with water, then add to a spray bottle. It’s safe on skin as well as plants, and good at keeping mosquitos away.

Others have found that even just eating it, despite the fact that consuming garlic cloves on a regular basis may not be preferred or practical, it has shown promise to keep those pesty cridders awaynomos

2) Mosquito-repelling plants and herbs

Marigolds, lemon thyme, basil and catnip are top plants and herbs known to deter mosquitoes. Iowa State University researchers discovered that catnip, for example, not only keeps mosquitoes away but cockroaches too. They also determined that the essential oil responsible for catnip’s smell is about 10 times more effective than harsh sprays specifically designed to distance mosquitoes.

3) Buy a bat house

Bat cave anyone? Despite all the scary movies you have seen, bats don’t attack humans, but they do feed on insects like mosquitoes. In fact, one single bat can eat up to 1,200 mosquito-sized insects hourly, and each bat typically consumes up to 8,000 insects every night. Hanging a bat house can help reduce the presence of mosquitoes in social areas.

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Natural Remedies For Tinnitus

So what is tinnitus you ask?  Do you ever have a ringing in your ears but when there is complete silence?  Or when your trying to concentrate but cant get that high pitch sound to go away that nobody else hears? That is tinnitus.tinnitus1

Definition:

Tinnitus – from the Latin word tinnītus meaning “ringing” is the perception of sound within the human ear (ringing of the ears) when no actual sound is present. Despite the origin of the name, “ringing” is only one of many sounds the person may perceive.

The sounds range from ringing, whistling, clicking or hissing, loud or soft, intermittent or incessant. Although most people find this mildly annoying and learn to deal with it, about 1-2% of people find it to be a significant problem.

What is the underlying cause to this subjective phenomenon? The most common cause is noise-induced hearing loss.  Other causes include: neurological damage (multiple sclerosis), ear infections, oxidative stress, emotional stress, foreign objects in the ear, nasal allergies that prevent (or induce) fluid drain, wax build-up, and exposure to loud sounds.

Luckily there are some natural remedies that can help reduce these situations.  Lets take a look at a few below.

Sesame seeds

Some Chinese herbalists recommend the use of sesame seeds for treating tinnitus. You could add these seeds to the foods you consume or use tahini, the bread spread made from sesame seeds.

Ginkgo biloba

Ginkgo biloba has been shown in many studies to be helpful for many health ailments related to aging, including memory loss, poor circulation and tinnitus.

As ginkgo improves blood circulation, it could help with cases of ringing in the ears which are associated with lack of circulation to the inner ear.

B vitamins

Tinnitus could be linked to a deficiency in B vitamins, and some people have found relief from the ringing by taking a B complex supplement.

Zinc

Tinnitus is also linked to a deficiency in zinc. Zinc supplementation could thus be useful, as could the consumption of zinc-rich foods such as pumpkin seeds, Brazil nuts, pecans and oysters.

Excellent Nutrition Source In Hemp Seeds

This herbaceous plant has been sought after throughout the recorded history.  Known primarily for its variety of Cannabis sativa, Hemp has been cultivated for for thousands of years to make clothing fiber, oils, building materials and paper.

Hemp does not contain high amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is the mind-altering drug that is found in marijuana, so hemp that being said, hemp products are legal in most countries, although growing hemp is still illegal in the U.S.

One of the more popular products derived from the hemp plant are its seeds.  Hemp seeds are a wonderful tasting and full of nutrients that are highly beneficial to your health.hempseeds2

Rich protein source

Hemp seeds are a great protein source for vegetarians.  Protein from hemp seeds contain all eight essential amino acids. In fact, the research that was published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry in 2010 discovered that hemp seed protein contained a protein digestibility-corrected amino acid (PDCAA) score that equaled to or scored higher then other plant based proteins such as nuts, pulses and grains. In 100 grams of shelled hemp seeds contains 36.7 grams of protein, that’s 73 percent of your daily recommended protein intake.

Brain food

Containing a perfect balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which are essential polyunsaturated fatty acids that the body needs in large amounts but can’t create itself (meaning that you have to obtain them from dietary sources).  In 100 grams of shelled hemp seeds, you get 45 grams of total fat, 3.3 of those grams are saturated fat.  Consuming these essential fatty acids is recorded to be in direct relation to enhanced memory and cognition.

Iron, magnesium and zinc

Large amounts of essential minerals can be found in most seeds, either hemp or not, but in the case of hemp seeds the minerals that can be found are iron, magnesium and zinc. Deficiencies in magnesium are particularly common and can lead to anxiety, insomnia, restless leg syndrome and other stress-related conditions. Consuming a handful of organic hemp seeds on a daily basis, can correct a good number of these deficiencies, negating the need for related supplements.

Hemp seeds are also packed with fiber.  But to be noted that most of the fiber is found in the shell.  So, hulled or shelled hemp seeds will contain a considerable amount of less fiber then those that are unshelled.

 

 

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Kelp – More Then A Seaweed

I’m sure everyone that has spent time at the beach is familiar with this seaweed.  Although the initial reaction either scares us (just think of that time when your enjoying that ocean swim and something brushes along side of you) or grosses us out.  This sea vegetable actually has many health benefits when consumed.  Asian countries have included this sea vegetable for centuries into their cuisines.  Kelp has shown to contain 46 minerals, 16 amino acids (the building blocks of protein) and 11 different vitamins. kelp

Other health benefits include:

Thyroid Gland Regulation

Due to Kelp’s high levels of natural iodine, essential in regulating our thyroid hormones and therefore our metabolism and energy levels.

Kelp helps in hydration

This may be particularly important to note when you have become ill or exposed to too much heat from the  sun. Make a soup or broth with kelp and rehydrate quickly.

Assists in Weight Management and Weight Loss

Due to kelp’s iodine content and its role in thyroid function, one of kelp’s benefits is improving metabolism and energy. An iodine deficiency can slow your metabolism by as much at 50 percent, so including kelp in your diet can naturally improve weight loss and other associated health problems.

Improves body pH

Kelp is an alkaline food and therefore an essential part of maintaining acid base balance in the body and an effective component in a healthy acid-alkaline diet.

Protects against Radiation Poisoning

Once again, due to kelp’s high natural iodine levels, it prevents the thyroid from up-taking harmful levels of radioactive iodine present after a nuclear disaster. This has been particularly important since the recent nuclear fallout in Japan in 2011.

Cancer prevention

Particularly in estrogen sensitive cancers such as breast, endometrial and ovarian cancers. There has been evidence that Japanese women that have a kelp rich diet have shown lower rates in these cancers.

Benefits of Adding Coconut To Your Diet

It is no secret that adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet has many health benefits.  The coconut in particular has many that is essential to promoting good health.  With so many products out on the market today you can see how versatile this tropical fruit can be.  Although this seemingly ordinary brown, round fruit doesn’t have a very exotic look, it can be used in many different forms such as: sugar, milk, soap, butter, flour, cosmetic products, and oil.  coconuts

Let take a closer look at some of these benefits of adding coconuts to our diet.

Improving brain function

In a single serving of fresh, white, coconut meat to a persons diet gives them 17% of the daily copper supply that you should consume in your diet.  This mineral is responsible for the neurotransmitter production.  Copper is a large part in transmitting information from cell to cell.  With this added source of trace mineral, studies have shown great promise in subsiding age-related diseases such as Alzheimers.

Weight management

Studies have shown that coconuts have a large volume of medium-chain triglycerides (MCT).  MCT has been linked to weight lose for its effect that a persons body can easily and speedily metabolize them.  With today’s population suffering from its highest rate of obesity, adding servings of coconut meat to your diet  could promote a faster metabolism and increase weight lose.

Lowers cholesterol

A study in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition in 2008 showed that persons who added MCTs from coconuts as a part of a weight loss plan showed a significant reduction in the amounts of harmful cholesterol levels in their blood.  By reducing the amount of cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels in the body/blood improves cardiovascular and general health.

Added fiber

According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, in a single serving of coconut meat has shown to have seven grams of fiber.  Fiber is essential to keep the intestinal tract healthy and fights against constipation.  Most people are aware of this, but less would know that fiber also reduces the risk of diabetes by reducing blood sugar levels, improves the immune system, and lowers LDL cholesterol levels.

We can all benefit from adding a few servings of this health beneficial fruit to our weekly diet. Broaden your variety of nutrition and enjoy doing so.

Aloe Vera

This extraordinary plant has a vast history ranging back over 6000 years to the Egyptian civilization.  It has been to connected with various health benefits and has displayed properties of antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and antioxidant.  This plant is packed with a substantial amount of vitamins and minerals.  It is also considered an herb that has the ability to help the body adjust normally to changes that would typically lead illness.  While stimulating the defense mechanisms in your body, it helps cope with various forms of stress.

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Aloe Vera is not only a very good skin care product, (Many cases, dealing with burn victims, have healed twice as fast when using this natural plant as opposed to silver sulfadiazine, a synthetic drug) but is great for the immune system. Research now tends to show its potential when dealing with cardiovascular problems and even certain forms of cancer.

Studies in India dealing with albino mice with stage-2 carcinogenisis have displayed the effectiveness when given topically or orally.They immediately noted that when DMBA and croton oil were used as a treatment on the test subjects, tumors consistently developed 100% of the time. On the other hand, the ones that were given Aloe Vera as a treatment were up to 60% less likely to develop tumors.

Further experiments, when introduced directly into the bloodstream, Aloe Vera was able to lower cholesterol levels, control blood pressure levels and improve circulation by making the blood more fluid. The results of these tests were a clear sign that consuming Aloe Vera will potentially lower risks of heart disease.

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Bentonite Clay As A Detox

Bentonite Clay is a unique clay due to its ability, when hydrated, will produce an “electrical charge”. Upon the clay’s contact with fluid, its electrical components change, giving it the ability to absorb toxins. Bentonite is known for its ability to absorb and remove toxins, heavy metals, impurities, and chemicals. Being that it carries a particularly strong negative charge, this enables the Bentonite clay to bond with the positive charge that many toxins, chemicals, and/or heavy metals have.

Bentonite Clay is one of the safest, easiest, and least expensive detoxing substance available today. When these non-evasive treatments are properly used, they cause no harm. Rapid healings are often a result of these treatments, such as reduction in pain, irritation, and inflammation.  This is a great natural alternative to other detox methods that may have not met expectations or may have failed.

Clay functions in several ways:

  • Minerals that make up Bentonite clay (which the body cannot absorb) work together to absorb heavy metals and other toxins in the stomach. Clay taken internally can help improve intestinal health and keep the toxins from being absorbed into the body.
  • The energy of clay stimulates the revitalization and rebuilding of damaged cells and tissues.
  • Clay baths, poultices and topical applications, through clay’s strong drawing powers, help your body detox through the pores of skin. Through a pulsing action, clay will draw out infections, gangrene, heavy metals and toxins.
  • Internal parasites are drawn to the clay and can be expelled from the body.
  • Most clays are naturally alkaline and as a result, balance the body’s pH and reduce over acidity.

Calcium Bentonite clay is the natural detoxing agent that can be used internally, externally with poultices and full body applications, and by taking detox clay baths. These are highly beneficial methods for detoxification, especially for cases of heavy metal poisoning and radiation buildup. You should consider releasing the toxic burden of the body inside and out with a safe and effective Bentonite Clay detoxification treatment. That being said, it is important to know your clays are clean and pure, from a reliable source that provides lab testing and information to prove that it is a pure product.

Nutritional Supplements For The Outdoor Athletes

Lets take a look at some products that have been specialized for the outdoorsman. This includes all you hunters, fishers, and back country guys. I know that a lot of products out there are geared to the guys that live in the gym and looking for that shredded lean muscle gym body. But what about that real man’s man that wants to hit the trails and get out there in the great wilderness? Why is it so hard to find a product for that outdoor athlete? Well here you go folks, lets take a look at a product that is tailor made for you.

Wilderness Athlete was founded and designed by Mark Paulsen. Mark, who is a former college athlete, NFL player for the Cleveland Browns, holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education, and avid hunter/outdoorsman, saw the need for a product that would not only enhance the performance of these special athletes but give them a product that would enhance their physical health.

With one simple question “Why hasn’t the science of mainstream sports nutrition been applied to the specific needs of the outdoor athlete? After all, there are no locker rooms or timeouts in the back-country.” Mark Paulsen began to seek out the experts in nutrition that he had been associated with through collegiate and professional sports. Which in turn, led him to to create Wilderness Athlete, a nutritional supplement to enhance the experience for the 75% of the population that participates in outdoor activities yearly.

Lets take a look at some of the gluten free products that Wilderness Athlete offers:

These products can be broken down into 4 different categories which include

Hydration and Energy Drinks

Includes the latest generation in sports drink mixes that incorporate the enhanced science of re-hydrating and refueling your muscles. A formula that is designed to feed the energy mechanisms in your body to boost your mental clarity and physical output.

*Gluten Free

Fitness and Weight Loss

Looking to shed a few pounds? Meet your workout or weight loss goals with solutions from Wilderness Athlete. Meal Replacement and Protein Plus Shakes help you stay full and energized. Lean Life helps to boost your weight loss goals, and Ultimate Pre-Workout gives your body the extra power it needs to workout longer and harder to reach your physical peak.

*Gluten Free

Wellness

Take care of your body and it will take care of you. Stock up with an arsenal of daily Wilderness Athlete vitamins and supplements to keep your system running strong. Which include Green Fusion, Joint Advantage, Omega-3 Fish Oil, and High Performance Multi-Vitamin.

*Gluten Free

Altitude Solutions

Being in altitudes of 8,000 feet and above can cause headache, fatigue, nausea, shortness of breath, sleep disturbances, rapid heartbeat, loss of consciousness, death. Now you can stay strong in the high country with altitude sickness solutions from Wilderness Athlete.

*Gluten Free

The Importance of Mineralized Alkaline Water

Your body is constantly at work to balance a healthy pH level between acid (lower pH readings) and alkaline (higher pH readings) levels in your body to help it operate to its full ability. When your body is suffering from an imbalance in these levels your body has to work harder and pull these minerals from other sources in your body such as your bones, organs and tissues. So what is this pH balance anyways? The pH in chemistry stands for potential Hydrogen. The pH levels are measured on a scale of zero (0) to fourteen (14), less than 7 being acidic, and greater than 7 being alkaline. There is an optimal balance in acid vs. alkaline for our body, this number is 7.36 on the pH scale.

How does this effect us?

By not drinking enough alkaline water daily our body naturally goes through the process to do it for us. How does this happen? Our body will essentially through out bloodstream. It will collect the necessary minerals from out bodies organs, tissues and bones. One of the major minerals is Calcium, it has been said that with today’s diet of processed foods, sugars and pasteurized dairy (highly acidic diet) that we can potentially pass half our skeletal system through our urine over a 20 year period.

Many other organs such as the kidneys and liver, which maintain the acid/alkaline balance in our bloodstream cannot keep up with the acidic overload that we consume. Therefore, leaving harmful free radicals and various bacteria’s to be recirculated through out body. This leads to acidosis (an increased acidity in the blood and other body tissue).

Some symptoms of asidosis include:  fatigue, foggy thinking, weight gain, muscle loss, osteoprosis, anxiety/irritability and heart burn.

People can survive for many weeks without food, but only days without water. With air being the 1st, water is the 2nd most important element in our body, yet up to 75% of people are chronically dehydrated and severely damaging their bodies without even knowing it.

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Health Benefits of A Glass of Wine A Day

Health Benefits of A Glass of Wine A Day

We have all heard of the heart benefits to drinking a glass of wine a day. But studies show that there might be a longer list of health benefits besides a healthy heart in drinking wine in moderation, including weight lose, a stronger immune system, and help in the prevention of bone lose.

Wine could help maintaining a sound memory. During studies, researchers had found that elderly people that drank a glass of wine or more a day, scored much better in memory quizzes then others who drank less then one glass or none at all. Wine helps to thin your blood and prevents blood clots and reduces blood vessel inflammation. It has also been known to raise HDL (High-density lipoprotein) levels, which is supposedly the “good” cholesterol.

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Studies have shown that people who drink wine moderately on a regular basis have been known to have smaller waists, then those who drink hard liquor. Alcohol has shown to trigger your body to burn more calories for up to 90 mins after the first glass.

In a British study, people who drink a glass of wine a day reduce as much as 11% in risk for gastritis, ulcers, and stomach cancers. According to Spanish studies, wine has shown to help prevent food poisoning caused by germs such as salmonella in contaminated foods.

Also, according to a 10-year study by Harvard Medical school.   Men and women who drink one to two glasses a day are more likely to prevent the development of type 2 diabetes. As much as 40% less likely.

The list goes on and on, from reducing the risk of ovarian cancer for women to preventing significant bone lose. Not only will you be preventing further health concerns, you can enjoy a nice glass of wine or two over dinner. Enjoy!