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Use Foods Around the House to Heal Indigestion, Acne and Sore Throat!

While the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” isn’t usually taken literally—it should be. Apples, like a lot of other common foods you’ll find in your fridge, are packed with healing nutrients that can save you a trip to the doctor the next time you’re not feeling so well. While us westerners often think of food as nourishing our bodies, we hardly ever look to it for medicinal purposes. However, for centuries different cultures such as the Chinese and American Indians have used food to help them feel better.  And we are not just talking about eating food, but also utilizing it in tonics and salves—and even placing it on the body to help draw out toxins.

Despite the disconnect often experienced when thinking of the notion that food can heal, nearly every person can think of a food related remedy that has been passed down in her or his family. The interesting thing is that a lot of these “old wives tales,” as they are often called, actually work and have been backed up by science. Furthermore, with health care costs on the rise, now is the perfect time to explore how to utilize common foods to promote better health. So open your mind—and your fridge— and let’s get started looking at the healing powers of food.

Tomatoes – There are oodles of studies that show that the chemical that makes tomatoes red, known as lycopene, may lower the risk of cancer. Tomatoes are also rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Calcium and Potassium and can be used topically to draw out toxins. Next time you have a breakout try rubbing fresh tomato juice on your skin during your cleansing process.  Also, when you have a sore throat, try cutting a tomato in half and putting each side, juicy side down, on your neck where it hurts. This really works! You can also enjoy the healing benefits of tomatoes by making delicious sauces. Some of our favorite natural tomato products are made by Muir Glen.

Onions – Ahhh, the onion. Did you know that onions contain as many as 150 phytochemicals including quercetin which works to help to dispel free radicals in the body? Probably not, which is why you are reading this article in the first place, right? Anyway, the next time that you find yourself really stuffed up or feeling like you might have a touch of the flu, try making a huge pot of simple onion stew. First, find the biggest and deepest pot that you have and fill it with water until it’s about half full. Then cut 3 whole onions, put them in the pot and bring it to a boil. Simmer for about 15 minutes or until the onions are tender. After you’ve removed it from the heat, check the temperature of the steam with your hand (don’t burn yourself!) When it’s not too hot, poor the onion broth into a cup and sip it slowly while continuing to inhale the wonderful, healing vapors. This simple remedy can help clear you up and get you back on track.

Apple Cider Vinegar – Without going into a long narrative about how Apple Cider Vinegar works to help the body, we’ll save you a lot of boring reading by stating simply that it has been suggested that it works because it helps balance alkaline levels in the body. (Western diets are often more acid than alkaline…thus more alkaline can be ideal).  If you find yourself eating out a few times a week, try making Apple Cider Vinegar your new best friend. After eating heavy restaurant food—or just something that didn’t quite agree with you—put a tablespoon of Unfiltered Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (like Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar) in a large glass of water and sip it very, very slowly. Don’t be surprised if by the time you are finished your tummy ache is completely gone. Apple Cider Vinegar is also a wonderful natural acne treatment.

Use Positive Thinking to Heal

When it comes to illness, sometimes people equate positive thinking to “praying to be healed,” but using positive thinking to feel better doesn’t have to be a religious experience. We were inspired to write this post after reading a comment from a reader who claimed that prayer and positive thinking does not contribute to healing. However, it has been scientifically proven otherwise. Let us explain.

First we need to make a distinction between “prayer” and “religion.”  Religion is something people believe, prayer is something that people do. And no matter what your religion (or even if you don’t have one) all prayer consists of the same underlying components. When someone prays, they are reaching within themselves and focusing positive intentions to come their way. Sometimes this means praying to a religious figure, sometimes this means praying for strength from within. But no matter how one prays or how their prayer is directed, the focus remains on a positive outcome.

Thus at the heart of every prayer is a positive thought, or a request for something good to happen. And when you focus positive thoughts toward healing—whether in a prayer, mantra, meditation or any other positive thought form— it can make a big difference. In fact studies show that positive thinking can have the same benefits as painkillers and can help fight disease. Best of all, positive thinking and prayer is free, easy to do and doesn’t require a prescription.

So why not give it a try? If you are wondering how to develop more positive thoughts check out the amazing book, The Power of Positive Thinking. With this book you can learn how to focus your thoughts more effectively. Basically the entire premise of the book is that every moment, day and event starts with an intention and if we are conscious of our thoughts we can learn how to best direct our energy. Aaaahhhh, we feel better already!

One in Seven Starting Puberty at AGE SEVEN!

Recently, a report hit online stating that as many as 15% of American girls are going through puberty as early as seven years of age. Now, parents are scrambling to figure out what they can do to prevent this growing trend. Studies have found a number of risks associated with early puberty including an increase risk of pregnancy, lower IQ, aggression, drug and alcohol abuse and even suicide! Although researchers don’t have a clear picture of the exact cause, there is solid evidence that points in a few directions.

Obesity
Various studies here and abroad have shown a connection between obesity and early development. One of the most cited studies was conducted by Joyce Lee of the University of Michigan who followed 354 girls from age 3 to age 12. In the study, Lee discovered a strong association between high body weight and the early onset of puberty. It seems that high levels of peripheral fat cause excess estrogen production, which in turn could lead to early puberty. However, researchers caution that more information is needed to confirm this theory.

Hormones in Food
Hormones in our food supply may also be to blame. Starting in 1995, the USDA has allowed meat suppliers to use implanted hormonal agents such as female hormones oestradiol and progesterone, the synthetic progesterone norgestomet, the male hormone testosterone and the synthetic anabolic steroids trenbolene and Zeranol. And the FDA does NOT require that meat providers list the hormones used in their operations—or share the potential negative side effects. You may be surprised to learn that there are FDA studies that confirm the harmful effects of cattle raising hormones, yet they are still legal. The best that consumers can do is to purchase meats that are hormone free. Don’t count on your local fast food joint, or even your favorite high-priced restaurant to invest in high-quality, hormone-free meat.

Soy is another problem because it contains plant-based chemicals that mimic oestrogen. A 1997 Lancet study showed the daily exposure in infants who consumed soy formulas was 6 to 11 times higher than in adults. The blood concentrations of these hormones in the children were 13,000 to 22,000 times higher than normal oestrogen levels.

Plastics and Chemicals
Despite how much easier plastics have made our lives they can contain problematic chemicals called Phthalates. Research has indicated that Phthalates are a hormone distributor that can impact young children and even those in the womb! Thankfully, there is a crop of Phthalate free products popping up to choose from!