Cold and Flu Season Stay Ahead of the Game

Herbal Antibiotics, Antivirals to Treat Colds and Flu

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Echinacea

This powerful herb encourages white blood cells and lymphocytes to attack invading microbes, increasing both the number and activity of the defending cells. It is available in standardized extract as well as in teas, capsules and power bars. By the way, in most places you can grow your own, and it is quite ornamental with its lovely flowers. Echinacea is used to treat infections and wounds, colds and flus, allergies and strep throat.

 

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Olive leaf

Olive leaf extract has been used for centuries in the Middle East and Mediterranean lands. It fights colds and flus, increases energy, stabilizes blood sugar, lowers blood pressure and, surprisingly, aids against autoimmune disorders. The extract, rich in phytochemicals, is especially good combined with other anti-oxidants. Olive trees also yield olive oil, of course, and this monounsaturated oil (like another one found in wheat germ) protects the body from viruses, bacteria and other microorganisms.

 

Turmeric

Turmeric

The common spice turmeric contains curcumin, which has notable antioxidant properties. It also has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and gastro-intestinal health benefits. Animal studies on this herb have revealed that turmeric can protect the liver from alcohol, toxins and other pollutants. Turmeric also helps in digestive problems by stimulating bile flow.

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Garlic

Garlic and onions contain chemicals that help activate natural killer cells and T-helper cells, and as a fringe benefit these vegetables defend you against cancer and heart disease. Garlic (like vitamin C) will help clear up a runny nose.

 

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Pau D’Arco

This herb from Peru is commonly used for gastro-intestinal problems, but it also works wonders on stimulating the immune response to help ward off infections and disease. Pau d’arco contains oxindole alkaloids that enhance the immune system’s ability to destroy bacteria and viruses.

Chris DePaulo is a staff writer for Rabble Magazine, focusing on health, nutrition, lifestyles and the environment. To download the free special report “Survive in the Age of Superbugs,” sign up for RABBLE’s free e-newsletter on the website, RabbleMagazine.com.

Health Junk Food Haul – Nature’s Pantry Market

 

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You are what you eat.

And we love eating and drinking healthy, we always like to know about new and old food and drink items from our friends who are health food junkies like us. We thought it would be fun to share our Health Junk food hauls with you. Snap a couple of pictures and let you know about some of our goodies and why we think they are so great! Enjoy!

Organic Oranges, Onions, Apples and Avocados of course! 🙂

What else?

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I love Chia seeds so drinking them is not a problem for me.

Organic and Non-GMO Verified

Taste the Magic of MammaChia, seed your soul. Oh yeah! It’s so yummy and it makes being health-conscious enjoyable!

  • 2500 mg Omega-3
  • Excellent source of fiber
  • powerful antioxidants
  • 4g Complete Protein
  • 95 mg Calcium
  • Gluten-Free & Vegan

ALL in one bottle of goodness! They have 9 flavors but I’ve only tried the 3 above. They were all delicious but I think Cherry Lime is my favorite at the moment. Those with a texture issue may find it a bit strange to drink with the little balls but I think it makes it fun to drink!

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Blueberry Blast Liquid Acidophilus Probiotic

This probiotic has done wonders for me over the last few years. It must be kept in the fridge after it’s been opened. It’s easy on the tummy and after suffering from IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome) this probiotic has helped with my tummy issues.

Nature’s Life® Blueberry Blast Probiotic features our special blend of 9 live fermented, non-filtered and non-centrifuged active cultures as follows:
Lactobacillus acidophilus (3 strains)
Lactobcillus bulgaricus
Lactobacillus rhamnosus
Bifidobacterium bifidum
Lactobacillus thermophilus
Bifodobacterium lactis
Bifidobacterium infantis
BILLIONS OF LIVE CELLS. At time of manufacture, each tablespoon serving contains billions of friendly organisms to help support healthy digestion and immune function.
PURE ALL NATURAL FORMULA THAT TASTES DELICIOUS
Nature’s Life® Blueberry Blast Probiotic is ALL NATURAL and has a smooth and delicious taste. Our unique mixture of acidophlus strains is cultured in dairy-free, non-GMO soy protein isolate. Blueberry Blast’s formula contains NO milk, NO dairy, NO yeast, NO corn, NO wheat, NO glutan, NO rice, NO di-calcium phosphate, NO wax preservatives, NO artificial coloring, NO artificial fillers and NO animal-by-products.
FULL AMINO ACID PROFILE
This is a natural product and amounts vary from lot to lot. However, a typical Amino Acid Profile for one serving is:
Alanine 20mg
Arginine 30 mg
Aspartic 40 mg
Cystine 0 mg
Glutamine 70 mg
Glycine 20 mg
Histidine 10 mg
Isoleucine 20 mg
Leucine 30 mg
Lysine 20 mg
Methionine 0 mg
Phenylalanine 20 mg
Proline 20 mg
Serine 20 mg
Threonine 10 mg
Tryptophan 0 mg
Tyrosine 10 mg
Valine 20 mg

Benefits:

Nature’s Life®’s Blueberry Blast Liquid Acidophilus supports healthy digestion, robust immune system and easier weight management and many other benefits associated with a healthy digestive system.
Blueberry Blast liquid Acidophilus Probiotic:
Has 9 Potent Strains of Probiotics
Gives Billions of Live Cells per Serving at Time of Manufacture
Gives 32 Servings Per Bottle, Has a Smooth and Delicious Taste
Is Milk Free
Has an All Natural Formula
Offers a Full Amino Acid Profile

They have a few flavors and I’ve tired a few of them but I always like the flavor of the Blueberry Blast.

 

 

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Enlightened Kombucha

I have loved their Kombucha for years and I love their story too.

With a unique blend of proprietary probiotics and powerful antioxidants, each bottle is designed to nourish your body from the inside out.

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Yogi Teas are awesome and I love all kinds of teas for all kinds of reasons, brands, flavors, health benefits ect.  I highly recommend the Honey Lavender Stress Relief works well and tastes great.

Yogi has a cool page on their website that allows you to find your perfect tea depending on the flavors you enjoy and the benefits you are wanting to get out of your cup of tea.

You can check it out here.

Well that’s it for this Health Junk haul. What kinds of health goodies have your purchase lately?

Have any to share? Let us know by email or in the comments.

*We have not been paid or given these products. We purchased all products and items on our own and these are our own opinions posted.

10 Day Acai Berry Cleanse

I did it! and it did just what I figured it would… it cleaned me out!

I feel happier, healthier, cleaner and lighter.

I highly recommend  a cleanse here and there.

They don’t need to be expensive and they don’t have to last a long time. This one was only 10 days. Even if you don’t really care about being a health junk junkie haha you can and would benefit from a cleanse once in a while. It helps clean you out, you skin becomes clear and you feel more energized. Try it if you haven’t and you will see for yourself the many benefits of doing a cleanse.

I am not indorsing this product and I am not being paid to promote it. Just wanted to let everyone know I did a cleanse for 10 days, it was easy, 2 pills a day, it was fast, powerful and gentle just like the bottle says, it was inexpensive 12 bucks for a bottle of 40 pills. The pills weren’t gigantic and hard to swallow and had literally no taste but I think the main thing for me was that it was GENTLE no stomach cramps or tummy aches while I took it.

10 DAY ACAI BERRY EASY CLEANSE THAT WORKS

What cleanses have you done?

I have done my fair share and this one was pretty easy. I plan on sharing my experience in the future with other cleanses I have done. Like, Juice fasting, the master cleanse lemonade detox, cleanse smart, Coconut Oil cleanse, Apple Cider Vinegar,  2 day, 5 day, 10 day, 30+ day cleanses, iconic foot detox and so forth.

So, please stay tuned for that!

 

Cayenne Pepper not just for the Kitchen – Part One: Helps Hair Growth and Speeds up your Metabolism

Cayenne is a popular spice in a variety of cuisines. It is employed variously in its fresh form, dried and powdered, and as dried flakes. You can find it at your local farmers market, grocery store or online.

My local Walmart now even carries an organic version. Wild Oats Marketplace USDA Organic Cayenne Pepper

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It is also used as a key ingredient in a variety of hot sauces, particularly those employing vinegar as a preservative.

Cayenne pepper is often spread on sandwiches, sprinkled a top of food to add a spicy flavor. Buffalo wing sauce often contains cayenne and even some energy drinks have it as an ingredient too. I have some friends who use it on and in everything food related because the spicy flavor it magic to their taste buds, they even like it in a cup of hot cocoa! (Look for that Cayenne Pepper Hot Cocoa recipe this winter in a future part of this series.)

Talk about spicing things up!

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Cayenne Pepper Helps In Hair Growth:

Getting a little thin?

Have you tired all those nasty chemical ridden products that promise to help with that baldness?

Have you ever thought about Cayenne Pepper?

Maybe you’ve heard about it? Maybe you haven’t?

If you have please leave a comment sharing the details of your experience, when you share it helps others who read too.

They say one of the main reasons for baldness is due to reduction in the circulation of blood. Cayenne pepper when applied on the scalp increases the circulation of blood by causing irritation in the scalp, but remember any irritation would be for a good cause.

Try it and let us know how it goes!

Cayenne Pepper is not just a pepper, I promise this awesome pepper has a whole lot going for it. Below I have included a small snippet with some nutrition information from wikipedia.org.

(Nutrition information from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cayenne_pepper

“Cayenne pepper, by weight, is relatively high in vitamin A. It also contains vitamin B6, vitamin E, vitamin C, riboflavin, potassium, and manganese.[6] However, given the very small amount of cayenne pepper typically consumed in a serving, it makes a negligible contribution to overall dietary intake of these nutrients.

Cayenne pepper consumption dilates the blood vessels and speeds the metabolism due to the high amounts of capsaicin. With the consumption of cayenne peppers, the amount of heat the human body puts off is influenced. In animal studies, capsaicin has the ability to boost metabolism, which in turn causes weight loss. This increases circulation and blood flow to all major organs which facilitates oxygen and nutrient delivery. Cayenne pepper may support a healthy energy balance[7] while suppressing appetite. Capsaicin has been shown to increase energy expenditure, so acts as a metabolism booster and is beneficial in long-term weight loss.[8] A correlation has been shown between substrate oxidation and capsaicin. Capsaicin treatment sustained fat oxidation during weight maintenance, but did not affect on weight regain after modest weight loss. [9]

In a low-concentration cream applied to the skin, capsaicin has no meaningful effect in helping relieve neuropathic pain; rather, it causes skin irritation.[10]

Cayenne pepper is also claimed to be an aphrodisiac because it contains capsaicin. It has also been shown to aid in the oxidation of adipose tissue,[11] regulate high blood pressure, promote healthy liver function and tissue production, help regulate the digestive system, and promote healthy mucus production in the membranes that line internal organs.”

Nutrition information from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cayenne_pepper)

 

metabolism

After babies, after weight gain and loss and just plain getting older brings slower metabolism.

But guess what? That’s right Cayenne Pepper can help!

Cayenne Pepper Speeds Up Metabolism:

Cayenne pepper can speed up your metabolism.

Which also means you have the benefit of losing weight.

Time to start including some cayenne pepper in your meals.

HEAT THINGS UP!

If you have and you’ve seen results, comment and share with other readers on how you add a little spice to your life!

See, Cayenne pepper is an amazing pepper isn’t it?

I told ya so!

I mean it’s got me so excited, I have a series of posts I will be sharing on the benefits of cayenne pepper for food, beauty and health!

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.

 

 

Sources

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

http://nutritiondata.self.com

http://science.naturalnews.com

AAA’s of Tea Tree Oil

Cultures around the world have used essential oils for centuries to cure and treat various illnesses and conditions long before modern medicines were even thought of.  The oil known as tea tree originates from the Melaleuca alternifolia tree which is native to Australia.  The Aborigines have used this oil for hundreds of years to treat conditions ranging from common coughs to serious skin conditions.Teaoil

Tea tree oil is known as a “must-have” health product for its wide range of medicinal purposes and sanitary qualities.  Being antimicrobial, antifungal and antibacterial, tea tree is a great natural health product.

Mouth wash

Tea Tree is a very potent natural antibacterial source.  As you can tell by it being added to many mouth care products. It is able to kill just about any bacteria living in your mouth.  Just by adding few drops of tea tree oil to a glass of purified water you can create a simple but effective mouth wash.

Skin care

Tea tree being antimicrobial, antifungal and antibacterial makes it a great natural skin care product.  It treats a wide array of skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, eczema, athlete’s foot, insect bites, cuts, rashes, or any other skin issue.  By applying the oil on the affected area using a cotton bud/ball and allowing it to absorb for a few hours or ideally overnight, can be an effective way to treat and cure your conditions.  The oil can also be diluted down with purified water if by itself is too potent for your skin.

All around disinfectant

Instead of using those chemical induced household cleaners that have ingredients that you can’t even pronounce or potentially harmful to your children, use a couple teaspoons of tea tree oil and 2 cups of purified water in a spray bottle and voila (French, “here it is” lol), you have an all around cleaner.  Use it from your kitchen to the bathroom without ingesting or absorbing the harmful chemicals into your body.

Maca Root, A Natural Source to Increase Libido

Maca root is a nutritious tuber and was used by the Incas’ as a primary energy source.  It is native to the Andes of South America and has been known to improve stamina and physical performance.  Maca root still remains popular among athletes and an alternative to anabolic steroids and has been shown to balance hormones, decrease cholesterol levels, and treat constipation. macaroot1

Among the many health benefits of this root craft, it is an excellent natural sexual performance booster.  Numerous studies have proved this to be beneficial to both humans and animals.

Researchers believe that these libido-boosting properties come from maca’s concentrations of the aromatic compound, p-methoxybenzyl isothiocyanate, which is a potent natural aphrodisiac that appears to be exclusive only to maca. Maca’s fertility-boosting properties on the other hand, have been attributed to its glucosinolate levels, which are much like to those of horny goat weed, another plant that is known to increase sexual health.

A May 2001 study that was published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, found that maca root could significantly increase sexual performance and fertility in male rats. For the study, the researchers fed 60 sexually experienced male rats either a 15 milligram or 75 milligram extract of pulverized maca root, or a 0.5 milliliter saline sample (as the control), on a daily basis for a 15 days.

During the first week of testing, the researchers noticed that the rats that were fed the maca root demonstrated significantly greater sexual activity than the control group, with the rats who were fed the 75 milligram dose displaying even more activity than those fed the 15 milligram dose. This increased activity remained constant through the second week. This resulted researchers to conclude that “both acute and chronic maca oral administration significantly improve sexual performance parameters in male rats.”

 

Sources:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11297856

http://www.kcweb.com/herb/hornygoatweed.htm

http://science.naturalnews.com

http://science.naturalnews.com/maca.html

5 Natural Antibiotics You Don’t Need to Get From A Doctor

There are 5 perfectly safe, natural, and effective antibiotics you can take for infections that don’t require a prescription.  Antibiotics being the most overly prescribed “medicine” out on the market, is in many ways harmful to your body.  It has destructive effects to your natural immunity and digestive system.  Instead, try a more natural route that is just, if not more effective.  Time to ditch the “medicine” drugs and go natural.honlemgar

Garlic

Garlic possesses a natural potency in antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal, and antimicrobial properties and has been used medicinally by cultures around the world for thousands of years. It is able to help protect and facilitate removal of unwanted bacteria in the body.

Allicin, the effective ingredient in garlic, is responsible to killing off the potentially harmful bacteria. In order to activate its antibiotic properties, garlic must be eaten raw, in warm tea, or in lightly cooked food.

Echinacea

Traditionally, echinacea has been used for hundreds of years for treating a wide variety of infections.  Many times, it has been known to treat open wounds, diphtheria, blood poisoning, and other bacterial related illnesses.

Oil of oregano

Oil of oregano has antiviral, antifungal, and attacks pathogenic bacteria in your system without killing off valuable bacteria.  The key antimicrobial ingredient in oil of oregano is carvacrol. Make sure that your source is at least 70 percent carvacrol content, this will ensure to be more effective.

Manuka honey

One of the more better tasting antibiotics, manuka honey can be used for a wide range of pathogens when applied topically, including flesh eating bacteria and MRSA.  Unlike with hospital medications, there has been no trace to building a tolerance when using manuka honey in treating bacteria infections.

Collidal silver

Colloidal silver has been known as an effective antibiotic for centuries now. In the early 1900s, Alfred Searle, the founder of the Searle pharmaceutical company, discovered that it could kill some of the most deadly of pathogens. The main advantage was that it was rapidly fatal to microbes without any harmful affect on the person taking it.

Recent research has shown that colloidal silver can actually destroy antibiotic resistant microbes like MRSA, the bird flu, and SARS.

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Other natural and powerful antibiotics to consider include: reishi, pau d’arco, una de gato, olive leaf extract, cloves, turmeric, and even lemons.

 

Sources:

http://www.naturalnews.com

http://www.naturalnews.com/035516_natural_antibiotics_superbugs.html

http://www.naturalnews.com/033475_oil_of_oregano_anti-viral.html

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.

Sources:

http://sacredsourcenutrition.com/top-12-benefits-of-aloe-vera/

http://www.naturalnews.com

http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/aloe