Foods That Heal: Melons

There are various varieties of melons these days including a seemingly endless variety of watermelons and cantaloupes. When it comes to melons however, the most nutrient-rich are going to be the ones with the most color: that is the melons that are the most red or orange. Melons with green flesh do not offer as many vitamins or therapeutic qualities.

Therapeutic Properties: Cantaloupe is a good anti-oxidant and high in beta-carotene. Watermelon can help boost resistance to the sun’s damaging rays and is also an anticoagulant and antibacterial.

Acid or Alkaline: Alkaline

Significant Nutrients: Cantaloupe – beta-carotene, some calcium. Honeydews are pretty good for potassium and vitamin C. Watermelon – doesn’t offer much nutritionally. Their highest nutrient is vitamin A at 565IU per cup.

How to Use: Best eaten raw. You can even pickle watermelon rinds. Do a search for our Slim Jims recipe in our Recipe Club.

Good Cosmetic Makeups and Bad Makeups

Wearing makeup has pros and cons. It can hide minor imperfections, even out complexion problems, and SPF makeups can help protect your face from harmful UV exposure, but just recently, it has been discovered that some makeups can do more harm than good to your complexion and overall health.

As we have said many time before in our Body Care blog posts and articles, what you put on your skin is just as important as what you put in your body because everything you put on your skin gets absorbed directly into your bloodstream bypassing the protective qualities your liver has when you digest something through your stomach. Therefore, what you put on your skin is actually more important than what you eat.

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Naturally Improve Your Vision

Medications, including Over The Counter (OTCs) can cause eye problems.

There are a number of prescription and OTC drugs on the market that inadvertently cause eye problems such as an increase in intraocular eye pressure (IOP), dry eye and glaucoma. Such medications like those used to treat bladder control, or benign prostate hyperplasia are just a couple. One well-known and over-used OTC that is linked to an increase in IOP is nasal sprays. The steroids used in many nasal sprays to reduce inflammation in the nasal passages unfortunately also cause an increase in pressure of the eye resulting in steroid-induced glaucoma. Often this is such a slight elevation that it goes undetected for years. Often any benefits or relief from using such OTCs is not worth the long-term damage they could be causing.

Certain diuretics or anti-hypertension medications can cause the condition most popularly known as dry eye. If you think any medications could be the cause of your recent eye problems, consult an optometrist. They will usually ask you what medications you are on or have recently started and they can tell you better than your doctor whether or not they may be causing your eye problems. A few natural treatments that you can use to substitute for OTC or medications laced with a myriad of side effects are listed below. Read more…

 

Lighten Age Spots Naturally.

How to use common, inexpensive lemon juice to lighten and often remove age spots:

Fresh, organic lemons work the best. Cut a thin slice off the lemon, squeeze the juice into a shallow dish, dip a cotton swab into the juice and apply it to age spots with a gentle rubbing motion to work it into the skin. Do this twice a day, but be careful not to overdo it since lemon juice can be irritating and actually burn sensitive or irritated skin.

This remedy only works if you stay out of the sun while you are doing the treatment. Keep your skin covered at all times while exposed to the sun for up to 2 months. It usually takes 1-2 months to experience a noticeable lighting of the dark spots if you are being diligent about this treatment. Some people have reported seeing results immediately after only about a week of using this natural treatment. It depends on how severe the age spots are (how dark) as well as how regularly you apply the lemon juice and how diligent you are about keeping your face out of the sun while doing it.

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Foods That Heal: Mangosteeen

The mangosteen plant is an evergreen tree reaching about 20- 60 ft in height. It commonly found in tropical rainforests of Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Philippines as well as in some cultivated orchards in Sri Lanka, and India, where annual precipitation and relative humidity are favorable for its growth. Unique for its appearance and flavor, mangosteen is often revered as “the queen” of tropical fruits, particularly in the South-East Asian regions. This exotic, round, purple color fruit is quite popular for its snow-white, juicy, delicious arils all over Asian countries.

Therapeutic Properties: When mangosteen hit the market, so did the word xanthones which not many people had heard of before. Xanthones are a compound found in mangosteen which have been studied for their potent anti-inflammatory properties and possible ability to treat tuberculosis and arthritis. The dried rind has been used for dysentery, diarrhea and gonorrhea, eczema and other skin problems.

Low in calories (63 calories per 100 g) and contains no saturated fats or cholesterol. Nonetheless, it is rich in dietary fiber (100 g provides about 13% of RDA).

Acid or Alkaline: Alkaline

Significant Nutrients: Anti-oxidants, vitamin C, trace minerals, potassium and moderate amounts of B vitamins.

How to Use: The rind can be quite thick. It is usually sliced with a knife and then peeled off to get to the delicious flesh raw. Mix it with other tropical fruits such as mango, papaya or pineapples. In North America, fresh mangosteens can be found in Canada and Hawaii but they cannot legally be imported into continental United States due to concerns that they transport insects into the country, which is why you will only find them here in the form of a juice, supplement or dried.

Foods That Heal: Mangoes

A common nickname for mangoes is ‘the king of fruits’. Beyond the sweet, luscious taste of mangoes, they also contain an abundance of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. For decades, mangoes have been used to soothe stomachs because they are similar to papayas and contain certain enzymes with stomach comforting properties. They are also high in fiber which eliminates constipation and stomach problems related to piles and a spastic colon, otherwise known as irritable bowel syndrome or IBS.

Therapeutic Properties: High in beta-carotene. Not related to Mangosteen which is a completely different plant.

Acid or Alkaline: Alkaline

Significant Nutrients:  Vitamin A and Potassium, fiber.

Phytoestrogen: No.

How to Grow: Grown in tropical locations as a tree.

Parts Used: The fruit.

How to Use: Great to eat raw when peeled. Add to smoothies, yogurt, juice i, and it even tastes good added to some meat dishes for a Caribbean flare. There is a flat, large pit in the middle of the fruit. The best way to use mangoes is to peel them then cut the sweet flesh off of the flat pit in chunks.

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Skin Benefits of Goat’s Milk Products

Have dry skin or age spots? Who doesn’t? Goats milk body care products have natural alpha hydroxy acid and they will help to lighten age spots and moisturize skin more than many other soap ingredients, except for soaps that add oils such as olive oil soaps.

Cosmetic chemists call goat’s milk “nature’s liposomes” because it is so easily absorbed into the skin, bringing with it moisture and restorative proteins, minerals and vitamins.

Goat’s milk also contains over 50 nutrients, including the vital vitamins of A, C and B-complex, minerals and other elements that nourish and rejuvenate dehydrated skin. Vitamin A slows down the effects of aging, as well as prevents age spots and thickening of the skin. Zinc contributes to the reconstruction of collagen fibres, encouraging moisture retention and maintaining the skin’s elasticity/ Riboflavin or Vitamin B-2 is another anti-oxidant and is essential for healthy skin, nails, hair and general good health.

Alpha-Hydroxy acid(AHA) naturally exfoliate skin. Goat’s milk has AHA components that contribute to the micro-peeling process, gentry scrubbing off dead skin cells. Goat’s milk helps nourish the newly-grown skin and may encourage the production of elastin. New skin emerges smooth, healthy and younger looking.

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Foods That Heal: Legumes

Therapeutic Properties: High in incomplete protein and when mixed with rice makes a complete protein, iron and B vitamins. This group includes peas, lentils, beans, peanuts and soybeans. Good for diabetics because they regulate blood sugar and lower cholesterol. High in fiber which makes them useful for constipation, bowel troubles and to help prevent colon cancer. Peas are considered a contraceptive and will lower fertility. Soybeans are a potent plant estrogen which makes them good for postmenopausal women. Soy is said to be a complete protein, but it takes a larger quantity of soy to make up the same amount of protein as meat. Lentils neutralize acid in the body.

Acid or Alkaline: All beans are slightly acidic except lentils and snow peas.

Significant Nutrients: High in protein, fiber, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, folic acid. Peas are a very good source of B1, B2 and B6 as are green beans.

Phytoestrogen: Most beans are phytoestrogenic. Green beans are not.

How to Grow: You can grow most beans in any sunny location.

Parts Used: The bean. Some beans are good for sprouts, such as mung beans.

How to Use: To cook dried beans, soak them in cold water with a little salt added in a pot with a lid overnight. Harder beans may need to be soaked for up to 2 days. Do not add anything but water and salt to dried beans until they are softened by soaking and cooking. Anything added to dried beans before they are fully softened will cause them to remain hard.

Foods That Heal: Lemons

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Therapeutic Properties: Lemons are very good for breaking up phlegm in the throat or using as a nasal spray (see Home Remedies). Lemon is very cleansing and will act as a detoxing agent in the body. It is also reported that lemon juice can clear up age spots, but this takes months to really work. Astringent and contains antioxidants that help fight cancer.

Acid or Alkaline: Very alkaline. Most people think of lemon as being acidic, but it has an alkaline effect on the body PH.

Significant Nutrients: High in vitamin C, potassium.

Phytoestrogen: No

How to Grow: You can grow lemon in front of a sunny window in a pot in your house or in a greenhouse. Get the miniature lemon trees (Meyer lemon is one). Although, it takes about a year for a lemon to get ripe.

How to Use: Squeeze the juice from a fresh lemon in many things such as drinks, or on salads. You can also make a tea by steeping a thick slice of lemon in water and adding honey and cinnamon.

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BODY CARE au naturel: Easily Make Your Own Facial Toner.

Natural and Organic alternative body care products. What you put on your body is absorbed by the skin directly into your bloodstream, so it is just as important as what you eat. We will discuss products on the market here as well as products you can make yourself at home.

Grapefruit Essential oilAbout twice a week, it’s a good idea to give your pores a good cleaning. Everyday dirt and grime and makeup clog pores quickly and even soap does not always get rid of it all. So here’s a simple and healthy toner that your face will love, you can make yourself for half the cost of buying it already made in the store.

1-2 drops of grapefruit essential oil or orange essential oil

Witch hazel – a good natural astringent and antibacterial disinfectant.

Small, empty used bottle.

Pour enough witch hazel into the small bottle to almost fill it, then add a couple drops of the essential oil. This will clean your skin very well of any residue from soaps, makeup and grime as well as tighten pores, and the vitamin C in the citrus essential oil is a good antioxidant to help heal skin from sun damage.

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