The five best home remedies for colds, coughs and the flu

From the pantry to the bedside, home remedies you can make in a snap help prevent seasonal colds or cure a stubborn case of the flu.
Garlic tea immune enhancer
A well-known immune system strengthener, garlic shines as an antibacterial and antiviral herb for fighting colds, coughs and the flu. One of the best ways to take advantage of garlic's healing properties is by drinking fresh garlic tea. Sweetened with a little raw honey, it's delicious and helps to heal what ails you. Peel 2 to 3 cloves of fresh garlic and lightly crush them with the side of a wide knife blade. Add them to 2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for another 15 minutes. Strain the garlic and allow the tea to cool to mouth temperature. Add raw honey, a tiny pinch of cayenne pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice. Drink as much as desired.
Red onion and raw honey cough syrup
A wonderful home remedy for adults or kids suffering from a cough uses brown cane sugar, raw honey or stevia and red onions to make a soothing and tasty cough syrup. Wash, peel and slice the entire onion horizontally. Starting with the base of the onion, layer the slices in a bowl alternating with layers of raw honey or brown sugar. Stevia powder works well for this home remedy too; however, it is extremely sweet. Continue adding layers of onion and sweetener until the entire onion is reconstructed in the bowl. Cover and allow the sweetened onion to remain in the bowl on your counter for about 12-15 hours or overnight. The next day, there will be about a cup or more of sweet syrup in the bowl. The cough syrup contains a range of nutrients, vitamins and minerals from the onion and the honey to help fight infection and soothe sore throats and quiet a cough. Take a spoonful as needed. Has no onion-y taste. 
Raw honey and lemon for sore throats
A mixture of fresh lemon juice and raw honey provides soothing relief for sore throats and helps stop the tickle that stimulates coughing. Raw honey -- with all its components including royal jelly, propolis and bee pollen -- is high in nutrients and enzymes which kill bacteria and viruses. The vitamin C and antioxidants found in fresh lemons boost the immune system, speeding healing. Together these two home remedies are a powerhouse for getting over a cold and sore throat. Mix the juice of 1/2 the lemon with 2 to 3 tablespoons of honey and sip throughout the day as needed. 
Chicken soup antiviral 
Chicken soup really does act to knock out a cold or the flu and hasten healing. As long ago as the 12th century, the Jewish physician Maimonides recommended consuming chicken soup to fight colds and flu. Take advantage of the high antioxidant properties and nutrients found in organic vegetables and chicken. Although non-organic chicken soup may relieve some cold symptoms, it also supplies the body with pesticides, growth hormones, herbicides and antibiotics that are not recommended for well being. Go organic all the way and get well quickly. 
Mullein tea for coughs and congestion
Mullein tea is well-known for relieving chest congestion from coughs, colds and the flu. It acts as an expectorant, loosening trapped mucous and soothing sore throats. Make mullein tea by filling a tea ball or strainer with dried mullein herb and steeping in a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes. Sweeten with raw honey and drink as needed to relieve symptoms.
Sources for this article include:
University of Maryland Medical Center: Cough Coughs
Linus Pauling Institute: Garlic and Organosulfur Compounds
Office of Health Promotion University of Utah: Cold, Flu and Sore Throat Herbal Medicine for Flu
By: JB Bardot 
The five best home remedies for colds, coughs and the flu

Home Remedies for Toothache

Nearly everyone had been in a situation needing a home remedies for toothache. That's why I made this pretty collection of well proved home remedies for toothache. I summarized all the well and lesser known old and new natural remedies for tooth pain.
Cause of Toothache

  • Dental caries (tooth decay): a small cavity in the protective enamel of the tooth can lead rapidly to tooth decay. If left untreated, the tooth beneath the enamel will begin to rot, it attacks the deeper structures of the tooth, causing toothache. When the process progresses the inner core (pulp) becomes affected and infected the tooth may die. In case of dental caries home remedies represent only first aid help, please organize a dental treatment!
  • Abscess: an accumulation of pus in or around the root of a tooth is known as a dental abscess, which can be agonizingly painful and may cause swelling (a gum boil). Home remedies can help to burst the gum boil, disinfect and clean the surrounding area. Even then, a visit at the dentist is necessary to clarify the underlying cause of the abscess.
  • Gingivitis (sore gums):inflammation of the gums, when the gums become purple-red, soft, shiny and sensitive and bleed easily especially when you clean your teeth. If gingivitis is left untreated, then pockets of infected pus can develop at the base of teeth, followed eventually by gum boils and loose teeth. Home remedies for toothache may give a tremendous help, keeping gums healthy or healing gingivitis.
  • Teething: is the process when milk teeth erupt from the gums in young children. It can be very painful, gums are swollen and red. A similar situation occurs in young adults, when wisdom teeth erupt. Wisdom teeth may cause a lots of pain as well.
  • Radiation: pain radiates from a nearby structure resulting the feeling of toothache. The most important causes:

  • sinus problems,
  • trigeminal neuralgia etc.
  • Best is to clarify the situation with a specialist and tailor the treatment according to the underlying cause.So, lets see now our valuable home remedies for tooth pain:
    The best old home remedy is CLOVE (Syzygium aromaticum)
    1. The most simple possibility is to hold a whole clove or a few cloves in the mouth near the painful tooth and chew or suck it.
    2. Another kitchen option is using clove powder around the tooth or fill the tooth with the powder. You can empty a teabag and put the clove powder in the empty teabag and place this clove bag in the mouth.
    3. My last suggestion is aromatherapy for toothache: using clove oil (essential oil of cloves). Rub the oil on to the aching tooth and around the gum this will anesthetize the whole area. Don't over-use it or you may burn the gum. You can also dip a piece of cotton wool into some clove oil, roll into a ball and stick it into the painful part of the tooth. Clove has antiseptic and painkilling properties, which work immediately after administration. Within 5 minutes you should be pain free.
    If you don't have garlic at home, you can use a piece of raw ONION (Allium cepa) and keep inside the mouth, it relieves the pain and is antiseptic. If you can't stand the smell of onion or garlic, than you may try GOLDEN SEAL, the yellow root (Hydrastis canadensis) and old folk medicine in the US. You can use a piece of the yellow root itself or Golden seal tincture - put it on the affected area (it especially helps with abscess). Leave it in your mouth as long as you can stand it. More home remedies for toothache
    Dentists often suggest an ICE PACK in case of oral inflammation. It helps with the swelling and keeps the infection from spreading. Put it 5 minutes on and 5 minutes off. It is better using ice cubes, than deep frozen stuff. You may combine it with any other methods, mentioned earlier.
    There are dozens of homeopathic remedies working well in toothache. Without knowing the cause of the pain, I suggest following remedy combination:
    • COFFEA C12 and
    • PYROGEN C12
    Taking alternately every 30-40 minutes for a couple of hours (2-3 pills dissolving under the tongue). You may use it together with other home remedies.
    Please, visit your dentist regularly!

    The lemon detox diet - a recipe that really works

    (NaturalNews) Ever since Beyonce Knowles was associated with the Lemon Detox diet, there has been a surge of interest in this particular program. Also known as the Master Cleanse, this detox diet has been around for almost 50 years and has seen variations on its recipe and program. It's effectivity in breaking down built up toxins in the body while contributing to short term weight loss has made it a popular option for a spring detox. 
    Reviewing the Master Cleanse
    The Lemonade Detox diet first became effective, strangely, when its creator, Stanley Burroughs, recommended it for the healing of stomach ulcers. In his book "The Master Cleanser", he goes on to share how he first came to test the Master Cleanse diet on a patient who was suffering from ulcer for three years. Left with no other recourse, the patient approached Stanley who recommended that he undertake the cleanse. After eleven days, the patient was totally healed to the amazement of the doctors. Many other cases followed with same consistent and astounding results corrected within ten days. Of particular note also was that those undergoing the Master Cleanse also experienced a reduction in weight.
    If there have been doubts as to the veracity of Stanley Burrough's claim of the Lemon Detox diet's effectivity, there have been testimonies over the years of its efficacy. Of recent vintage is Tom Woloshyn's work, "The Master Cleanse Experience", published by Ulysses Press in 2009. This book briefly mentions Woloshyn's experience in advising clients who has undergone the Master Cleanse program and provides among other insights health benefits which include better sleep, positive outlook, clarity of mind and freedom from addictions. He, thus, advocates keeping a journal to monitor developments as well as a reference for future use when undergoing the program for the second or many more times over.
    The Master Cleanse operates on the principle that, for disease to be addressed, cleansing must be undertaken. Simplifying and correcting disorders through this process is actually a way of correcting every disease. Developments in nutrition and science have clearly identified improper diet, negative mental attitudes and inadequate exercise as the factors that create the conditions to produce toxin build up over time. That is why the Master Cleanse is not an end to itself. It is actually just the tip of a long chain of healthy decisions of those who wish to undertake it. Observing a healthy diet, regular exercise as well as stress reduction is essential in maintaining the gains that the Master Cleanse Detox diet can offer. 
    Surrendering to the process
    Undergoing a detox diet is just like preparing for a marathon. It is necessary to keep sight of your goals or you stand to be cast in the wayside, a victim of your doubts. Tom Woloshyn offers this delightful insight when encouraging first timers who wish to undertake the Master Cleanse, fully knowing its side effects firsthand. Defining the outcome after having identified where you are, and what you want to achieve is the next step to achieving the goal you have set for yourself.
    According to Woloshyn, some people prepare themselves before undergoing the detox by going on a vegetarian diet. It's less stressful on the body and makes the transition to the Master Cleanse easier. For those who regularly take coffee or soda drinks, a gradual reduction in intake are recommended as well as taking pantothenic acid (vitamin B-5) to help prevent the onset of headaches brought about by caffeine withdrawal.
    People who have undergone organ transplants as well as those on immune suppressant drugs cannot take the fast. Woloshyn warns that the cleanse stimulates the immune system while effectively inhibiting the results of the drugs, this combination will most likely lead to the organ transplant being rejected by the body. 
    How to do the Master Cleanse
    The Lemon Detox diet is a cleansing program and encourages only the intake of lemonade made from the following ingredients: lemons, pure maple syrup, cayenne pepper and water for a minimum of ten days only.
    To create the mixture, mix the ingredients in the amount instructed by Burroughs and drink a minimum of at least six to twelve glasses of the concoction daily through out the day. Drink the lemonade whenever hunger pangs strike.
    A laxative must be taken in the morning and then in the evening. Using a salt water flush instead of a morning laxative can also be availed of instead. However, be sure to observe at least three bowel movements in a day. This will ensure that the waste accumulated in the intestinal walls is totally removed.
    Always enjoy the Master Cleanse lemonade drink fresh and do not subject it to microwave as doing so will minimize its effectiveness. For each successful day, the psychological need to eat is slowly overcome full, providing confidence and a sense of control that motivates the person undergoing the diet.
    Breaking the Master Cleanse is just as critical as starting it. On day one coming off the fast, immediately after the end of the master cleanse, slowly introduce orange juice into the diet. Day two will see the introduction of vegetable soups and broths. Day three observe a diet of fruits and vegetables. Be careful not to overeat or eat too soon and drink plenty of water. Slowly ease your self to a normal diet and avoid meat, fish, milk and eggs.
    After undergoing the Master Cleanse, it is advisable to eat wisely. The gains derived from the Master Cleanse diet will surely be a powerful foundation to change old habits and start a life free from disease. 
    The lemonade recipe
    The original recipe by Stanley Burroughs produced fantastic results for almost 50 years. However, some have been promoting alterations of the original recipe. The problem with this arrangement is that they are done without understanding why the original ingredients work. Since the Master Cleanse is essentially a juice fast, adding shakes, cayenne pepper capsules or protein powder in an attempt to improve its efficacy is self defeating because it reduces the efficacy of the diet.
    The purpose of the program is to give the digestive tract a ten day vacation, so adding things to be digested does not contribute to the objective of the diet. Stanley Burroughs in fact discourages the intake of supplements and vitamins during the program because it interferes with the body's elimination system. Furthermore, the natural sources of vitamins and minerals already found in lemon and the maple syrup already provide for the body's needs during the detox program.
    Other alterations include mistakes in the ratio of water through modification of the original recipe and dilution. This modification defeats the purpose of the minimum 6 drinks a day because it is more than the amount of water required. It is best to remember that variations on the process and especially in the recipe will not produce the results that originally worked for the many that faithfully followed the original Master Cleanse program and lemonade recipe.
    This is the classic single serve recipe provided in Stanley Burrough's book:
    2 (tbs). of lemon or lime
    2 (tbs). of genuine maple syrup
    The lemon detox diet - a recipe that really works  1/10 tsp cayenne pepper
    10 oz. water (hot or cold as preferred)
    For those who cannot enjoy their lemonade, Tom offers this alternative:
    1. Mix equal parts of lemon juice and maple syrup as a concentrate in a dark container. Keep this mixture cool.
    2. Make enough concentrate for as long as you are incapable of making the fresh lemonade juice.
    3. Every time you want a glass of lemonade, measure 4 tbs. of this mixture in a glass.
    4. Add water and cayenne pepper, stir and drink. The maple syrup preserves the lemon juice and prevents oxidation of the vitamin C and enzymes.
    Tom Woloshyn fondly recalled Stanley Burrough's remarks. He was said to have repeated many times over a phrase most technical people use when instructing frustrated customers, "When all else fails, follow the instructions." In order to ensure success and experience the benefits of the Master Cleanse Detox diet, it is essential to understand how to do the program properly. Faithfully following what has been prescribed is the first step in this direction.

    Tips For Curing Your Migraines With 100% Natural Remedies

    The worry about addiction and potential side-effects is making more people look at alternative treatments every day. Not too long ago people saw "alternative" remedies as a kind of hocus pocus approach to treating any kind of problem. Things have changed though and even doctors are starting to recommend and use alternative treatments with their patients (in combination with the normal treatments.
    So why do people use alternative treatments? There's a few good reasons for the fact they're becoming more popular. Some people might suffer with weird side-effects to normal medication so they have no choice but to use the alternative stuff.
    Of course, you might just prefer not to use prescription medication because you're worried about using medication over weeks or months might cause problems health problems for you.
    The last reason many people are turning to natural migraine remedies is the cost of prescription drugs. If you don't have decent health insurance then you could wind up just not being able to afford to treat your migraine problems with conventional prescription treatments.
    There are some natural and effective remedies you can try that will help prevent and ease migraine attacks:
    * Lay down in a dark room - the less light the better.
    * Keep it quiet. Turn off televisions, radios and other noisemakers.
    * Make sure you are warm and cozy.
    * Lay down and relax as much as possible.
    * Don't close your eyes. Instead, cover them with a cloth, such as a scarf or a handkerchief. Closing your eyes actually uses additional muscles and can make it worse.
    Keep your breathing as relaxed as possible because this can really help out. If you've had a migraine attack before you know that the pain is going to be bad. This can lead to a type of anxiety attack that can increase your heart rate. More blood pumping around your head is just going to cause more pain.
    Here's a quick exercise to help you slow down your heart rate:
    1. Breathe in slowly and deeply. Then exhale just as slowly.
    2. Take a second slow, deep breath. Take the time to feel the air going into your lungs and filling your body. Once you've inhaled as deeply as you can without growing uncomfortable, exhale slowly. Think about the way the air feels as it leaves your body. Be sure to breath out completely before you inhale again.
    3. Repeat the entire process four to five more times, focusing on staying relaxed and slow.
    4. You should feel far more relaxed and your breathing should be calmer. Your heart should be beating at a normal rate. Ideally, you should be so relaxed that you feel sleepy. Don't fight the feeling. Go ahead and fall asleep.
    Lavender oil is the final natural remedy for your migraines. Yes lavender oil. This essential oil has many uses but is really effective when it comes to treating migraines. What's better is that it's 100% natural and available from plenty of stores. When you feel a migraine coming on you can put a drop of lavender oil on your temples or behind your ears. If you're already in the middle of a migraine attack then put a few drops of lavender oil on your pillow and breathe in deeply as you rest - you'll be amazed at how quickly this natural treatment can work. Another nice side effect is that lavender oil can send you off into a deep sleep that allows you to heal without even trying.
    There's more than one way to treat your migraine so hopefully these tips help you deal with your migraines more naturally.
    Tips For Curing Your Migraines With 100% Natural Remedies

    How to prevent kidney stones with everyday foods

    (NaturalNews) Passing them is described by those who have experienced their terror as one of the worst pains known to man, exceeding even the pain of childbirth. But kidney stones do not have to be a constant worry on your mind, especially if you are taking proactive nutritional steps on a daily basis to dissolve and eliminate any that might be cropping up. Here are a few helpful tips for preventing kidney stones with everyday foods and dietary interventions:

    1) Drink plenty of clean water. This point simply cannot be overstated, as pure, fluoride-free water truly is the master cleanser when it comes to maintaining clean kidneys that are free of stones and other toxic buildup. Drinking at least four liters of water every day will not only help prevent kidney stones from forming, but also quickly eliminate any small stones that may have already formed. Some health practitioners also recommend drinking distilled water to prevent and flush kidney stones.

    "The single most important step for preventing kidney stones is to drink plenty of fluids each day," explains a 2001 issue of Healthwire. "Water is best and most physicians recommend three to four quarts daily. Patients who do no more than increase their fluid intake cut their rate of stone recurrence by 50 percent."

    2) Add fresh lemon, lime and apple cider vinegar to daily beverages. Taking this a step further, adding fresh lemon or lime juice, or apple cider vinegar, to your beverages throughout the day will help alkalize your body, effectively blocking the formation of kidney stones. These alkalizing juices will also help quickly dissolve any existing stones that might be present in your kidneys, keeping them clean and stone-free.

    "At the first symptom of stone pain, mix 2 oz of organic olive oil with 2 oz of organic lemon juice," writes Dr. Ed Group on his Natural Health & Organic Living Blog about how to eliminate kidney stones naturally. "Drink it straight and follow with a 12 oz glass of purified water. Wait 30 minutes. Then, squeeze the juice of 1/2 lemon in 12 ounces of purified water, add 1 tablespoon of organic raw apple cider vinegar and drink. Repeat the lemon juice, water and apple cider vinegar recipe every hour until symptoms improve."

    3) Eat foods that are naturally high in calcium. This point may run contrary to your existing line of thinking as far as kidney stones are concerned, but natural calcium is actually beneficial for preventing kidney stones. According to a recent study published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, dietary calcium actually binds with calcium oxalate, the substance that makes up most kidney stones, and crystallizes and flushes it from the body before it has a chance to form into stones.

    Because of this, many experts recommend eating more foods that are naturally high in calcium to prevent kidney stones. Based on actual calcium absorption rates, the best foods in this category include leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables, nuts and seeds, and raw, grass-fed milk and butter. As a side note, studies have found the exclusively vegetarian diets are linked to higher rates of kidney stones, so be sure to include saturated fats from coconut or palm oils to help balance your fat intake if you do not eat meat products.

    4) Supplement with magnesium citrate, B vitamins every day. One of the first things that hospital ERs administer to patients admitted for kidney stone pain is magnesium citrate, a natural mineral substance that counteracts the oxalate minerals in many foods. For maximum kidney stone prevention, be sure to eat plenty of magnesium-rich foods every day -- these include avocados, broccoli, raw cacao, beans, bananas, and lentils -- and take a high-quality magnesium citrate supplement like Natural Vitality's Natural Magnesium Calm. Also, it is recommended to supplement with a whole food-based B vitamin complex supplement like MegaFood's Balanced B Complex every day to prevent kidney stone formation.

    5) Stop drinking soda pop. One of the worst foods you can consume for kidney stones is soda pop beverages, which greatly acidify the body due to their high phosphoric acid content. There is a lot of misinformation out there about soda and its effect on kidney stones -- a 2010 study actually purported that diet soda can help prevent kidney stones -- but the truth of the matter is that regular consumption of soda pop is a direct contributor to kidney stones.

    6) Stick to a 'low oxalate' diet. Though most of the previous recommendations will help naturally counteract the effects of oxalates in your body, you can also eliminate high oxalate foods from your diet if you have a propensity for kidney stones. Such foods include black tea, grains, and certain nuts and vegetables. You can learn more about a "low oxalate" diet by visiting:
    How to prevent kidney stones with everyday foods

    The Best Cardio Workouts

    The benefits of exercise are abundant and well documented, and the best cardio workouts can increase your quality of life. One can hardly read a magazine or watch the news without stumbling across a study or doctor claiming a new benefit from exercise.
    The research into exercise is conclusive enough, but we all know people in our lives that have their own testimonies to the virtue of exercise and the benefits it creates. While everyone has their own preference of workouts, the best cardio workouts are the ones you enjoy because they are the workouts you will actually complete.
    If you find it difficult to workout because you just don't enjoy what you are doing, chances are you won't workout faithfully for very long. The people who see the best results from their workouts are often the people who enjoy their workouts the most.
    To help you in your search for the best workout for you, we have assembled a wide variety of the best home gym equipment. If you want a good all around machine that the whole family can use for workouts, a treadmill is the perfect choice.
    If you are looking for the one piece of fitness equipment that gives you the best cardio workouts, elliptical cross trainers are an ideal choice. Elliptical cross trainers meet the overall need of any exercise program. They combine a weight bearing exercise that limits the impact on the body while optimizing the cardiovascular benefits creating a total body workout routine.
    Home gym workout routines are convenient, easy and reduce the hassles of driving and spending time away from home. For mother and fathers who have young children, home gym workout routines sometimes provide the only way they receive exercise.
    Walking and running, elliptical machines, and stationary bikes can all provide a physical challenge enough to shake loose the cobwebs from your muscles and work out the stress of the day. No matter what physical shape you are in or what bodily conditions you are working with, there are great cardio routines that will benefit you and bring the glow of health back to your face.
    Working out as an adult can have the same draw as playing outside did when we were children. If you are ready to get on the road to the best cardio workouts, choose a workout you actually enjoy and you'll be on your way to a much healthier life.
    The Best Cardio Workouts

    Underarm Waxing Review - Does Underarm Waxing Really Help You Remove Stains & Whiten Your Armpits?

    One among the sensitive organs of the body is the underarms. Usually they are quite dark as compared to the rest of the body parts. This is mainly due to sweat & pigmentation. This portion sweats a lot and the wetness stays there for long. It leads to darkness of the skin of the armpits. When it comes to preparing for the summers the women and men look for alternatives to get rid of this dark patch as they wish to flaunt their beach body. Most oft people go for underarm waxing.
    Let us review why it is an effective means to resolve this problem and also some more tips in this regard:
    Benefits of Underarm Waxing
    · It helps you get rid of the unwanted hair in this portion. It also removes the dead skin from the surface. Most often the tanning that we see is only on the top surface. It is not that deep seated in the layers of the skin. So waxing relieves the problem.
    · Further, this is an effective means to get rid of the stains and acne marks if any.
    · It is also medically proven that waxing is good in order to maintain the hygiene, especially in the summers.
    Precautions of Underarm Waxing
    · You must not try to wax your armpits all by yourself. Seeking help from some family member or friend. Actually the wax strip must be pulled off really hard and properly for better results. That you can not do yourself.
    · Next, do not use too old wax. Always try to use a fresh pack.
    · The best wax to use is the honey bee wax.
    · Make sure that while waxing you do not sweat. Preferably sit in an air conditioned room while getting waxed. From the points where you sweat or the skin is left wet, the strip gets sticky & the hair remains as it is. This also causes excessive pain.
    Tips in place of Underarm Waxing
    · You may use some skin whitening creams like Meladerm.
    · You must also wash the armpits carefully while bathing everyday.
    · Eating lot of salads reduces skin pigmentation.
    · Apply sun tan lotion when you are out in the afternoons.
    · Drink lots of water. That makes the skin healthier.
    · Do not scrub the armpits too harshly. Be very gentle while cleaning the private organs of the body.
    Sensitive area bleaching needs to be done with caution & care. To know more about the best skin Lightning creams that work & have no side effects

    5 Best Herbal Teas For Weight Loss

    The weight loss industry has become big business... even herbal tea manufacturers are jumping on the band wagon at this epidemic phenomenon. 5 best herbal teas for weight loss explores the nature and 'actions' of popular herbal tea blends that help with weight loss and weight control.
    Having to consider losing weight and hearing that four lettered word... D-I-E-T... is something that makes the majority of us cringe with despair. Whether it's starving yourself on the latest fad diet, or spending ridiculous amounts of money on the newest weight loss program - that make big (yet mostly false) claims to radically reduce your weight in the quickest amount of time - most of us will succumb to this false ideology that looking slim is 'in'.
    Herbal teas are a cheaper and healthier alternative in helping with weight loss. But don't be fooled for one second that just solely drinking herbal teas will achieve this. The truth is, there is no magic drink, or pill, or lotion or potion for that matter that can help you lose weight without much effort on your part. The keyword is 'helping' and herbal teas are considered an excellent tonic in aiding weight control and in maintaining a healthy body.
    The mantra of regular exercise and a balanced diet maybe hard work to fight the bulge but at least it wouldn't compromise your health in the long run.
    Known as the "little plant that roars", it has natural diuretic and laxative properties to remove water and food weight before digestion begins and help your body reduce the feeling of 'feeling bloated'. Many avid dieters believe that diarrhea keeps their bodies from absorbing calories or fat but this is not the case and could lead to dehydration and dependency on laxatives. Dandelion is also a beneficial aid for digestion and because of its mild laxative properties, it can help in bowel movements to become more regular.
    Green Tea
    Despite not being classed as a herbal tea (as its leaves come from the actual tea plant 'camellia sinensis'), Green Tea has had the most extensive research carried out that has been proven to be very effective in weight loss. This is due to the 'polyphenol' component which is responsible for its slimming effects. It also contains caffeine which gives the drink its stimulant effects and can increase metabolism which helps to burn fat and calories. It is these reasons why the ingredients in Green Tea are widely used in popular diet pills.
    Those suffering from anemia should take caution when drinking Green Tea, as it could lead to a reduction in iron absorption in your body which could cause iron deficiency.
    Guarana's main ingredient is 'guaranine' which is identical to caffeine. It can act as a stimulant to accelerate body functions such as increasing the heart rate, digestion and respiration due to its caffeine content. It is also a diuretic and can stimulate the nervous system and help you fight depression and cope with stress, thus it may help you to avoid 'emotional eating' which is one of the main causes of weight gain. Due to its high caffeine content, those suffering from sleep disorders and anxiety problems should be wary when taking this in large doses.
    Hoodia Gordonii
    Hoodia Gordonii is known as a 'natural appetite suppressor' and has been used for centuries by South African Khoisan herders to endure lengthy periods without food or water, whilst they were hunting and gathering. It contains the active ingredient, known as P57 which is responsible for appetite suppression that can "fool" the mind in thinking the stomach is full so you're not tempting to snack as much. Caution should be taken as long term use could lead to addiction and malnutrition.
    Siberian Ginseng
    Known as the "king of tonics", Siberian Ginseng is a popular herb to use for its ability to stabilize blood sugar levels thus reducing the desire to eat sugar and sweets. However, people who suffer from high blood pressure, narcolepsy (frequent and uncontrollable deep sleep) or taking blood thinning drugs should avoid it.
    It can stimulate the nervous system and act on the pituitary and adrenal glands to give you stamina and help combat fatigue. An increase in stamina means you can work out for longer without feeling tired! Also used to treat nervous disorders, exhaustion, strengthen organs, increases mental ability and a powerful anti-dote to stress and problems with aging.
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    Blending Herbal Tea
    A comprehensive online guide to many varieties and types of herbal teas, their health benefits and healing powers that have been used for many centuries all over the world and still continues today.
    Searching for alternative remedies for modern day ailments? Perhaps you're wondering which recipes are good for a particular condition? Or maybe you're looking for an in-depth description on a certain herb? Why not drop by and have a wander?

    6 Home Remedies For Using Baking Soda

    Baking Soda is very versatile and it's uses are endless. It was discovered by John Dwight and Dr. Austin Church in 1846. They took soda ash out of the ground and turned it into sodium bicarbonate and thus we have Arm & Hammer Baking Soda.
    Baking soda is nontoxic and is considered a food. It is one of the few products that can be considered food for baking, a chemical for cleaning, and a deodorizer.
    This is one item found in every almost every home and has become one of the top holistic and alternative methods for home remedies.
    Following are only a few of the many beauty, health, and household hints, tips, and helpful home remedy uses:
    The Kitchen home remedy uses:
    • (a.) To remove stains from wooden bowls and utensils and to deodorize them, make a solution with the soda and water and then scrub.
    • (b.) Gently boil water and the soda in pans that have baked on or dried on foods, let cool, and wipe clean.
    • (c.) Remove stains on your laminate countertops by making a paste with the soda and water. Let dry and rinse.
    House Cleanup home remedy uses:
    • (a.) Clean a fresh greasy food stain on a cloth chair by sprinkling on the soda and salt, let sit for a few hours, then vacuum.
    • (b.) Remove water spots on your wood floors by rubbing the spot with sponge that has a solution of baking soda mixed with water
    • (c.) To get rid of musty smells in attics and closets, pour some of it into the toe of old panty hose.
    Laundry home remedy uses:
    • (a.) Sprinkle your dirty clothes to control the odor.
    • (b.) Add 1/2 Cup baking soda with your bleach to boost the whitening power.
    • (c.) Sprinkle it into athletic shoes and street shoes to control the odor and moisture.
    Health, Beauty, And Medicine home remedy uses:
    • (a.) Add 1 teaspoon of the soda to your shampoo to remove buildup of sprays, conditioners, etc.
    • (b.) Sprinkle it on your oily hair to use as a dry shampoo. Sprinkle, comb, blow dry.
    • (c.) Remove fish or onion odor from your hands with a baking soda solution mixed with water.
    Outside home remedy uses:
    • (a.) Sprinkle it around your tomato plants to sweeten them.
    • (b.) To lengthen their life, dip cut flowers into baking soda and water solution.
    Pets and Animals home remedy uses:
    • (a.) Sprinkle some on your dog, rub in, and brush out for a dry shampoo and to control odor on your pet.
    • (b.) Cover a bee stink on your pet with a baking soda paste to relieve the pain.
    Next time you have a dilemma in your home, try one of these hints and tips. They could save you many dollars in repairs and replacements and save you lots of anguish.

    How To Get Over A Hangover

    **Hopefully no one under 21 is reading this... but for those of you over 21 keep reading**
    Allow me to set the situation: It's Memorial Day weekend and some how you get talked into going to $5 margarita night at the Mexican restaurant with your sister. You get there, and immediately hit the bar. Soon the margaritas are flowing, and your feeling the oh so sweet effects of alcohol. You and some random guy at the bar began racing to see who can finish their margaritas the fastest. Before you know it you find yourself engaged in a tug of war match over a polo shirt that he was once wearing, just seconds prior to him stripping down to his wife beater. (this really happened) Now, at this point you may not be thinking of the major hangover that you will have in the morning... However your body has already started the hangover process
    How? well once you stop drinking your brain cells go into an automatic withdrawal due to your alcohol levels slowly dropping. As you all know, or may not know, alcohol is a diuretic which means you start running back and forth to the bathroom. Dehydration will soon follow causing you to have a headache, fatigue, and nausea...
    Finally a remedy!
    I will give you my post Memorial Day debacle remedy.
    First, chase every drink with a glass of water. Why?? Because as I said before alcohol causes dehydration, so drinking water after every shot will put important nutrients back into your body.
    Second, pop 2 Advil or Tylenol as soon as you get home! Why?? This will stop that pounding headache, and puffy eyes.
    And third, take a Dramamine pill. Why?? Well if you're anything like me, you get nauseous fast! Dramamine will stop that achingly, annoying urge to vomit, plus it will help you sleep it off.
    More Tips!
    Eat, Eat, and Eat... make sure you do not drink on an empty stomach! Because it will allow the alcohol to enter your bloodstream much faster. My personal suggestion would be to scarf down a few pieces of bread before drinking.
    Keep moving! Have you ever noticed when your drinking that you feel fine until you sit down?? Yes, it happens to the best of us, so just keep moving! This includes doing the Harlem Shake, the Dougie, or any other form of ridiculous dancing.
    Last but not least know your limits, everyone's body metabolizes alcohol at a different rate so stay in YOUR alcohol lane!

    Study: Breast milk kills cancer cells

    (NaturalNews) The health benefits of human breast milk are vast, and researchers from Sweden have uncovered the presence of yet another substance in breast milk with incredible cancer-fighting abilities. As reported in a study published in the journal PLoS One, the substance, known as "Human Alpha-lactalbumin Made LEthal to Tumor cells" (HAMLET), effectively kills cancer cells, which in turn helps provide lasting protection against tumor development in young children.
    Back in the late 1980s, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that breast-fed children are far less likely than children fed formula and other unnatural foods to develop cancer. Now, it has become a little clearer why this is the case, as breast milk contains unique compounds like HAMLET that specifically target cancer cells while leaving healthy cells to grow and multiply as normal.
    "Laboratory experiments have shown that HAMLET kills 40 different types of cancer, and the researchers are now going on to study its effects on skin cancer, tumors in the mucous membranes and brain tumors," explains Science Daily about the discovery. "HAMLET kills only cancer cells and does not affect healthy cells."
    Scientists originally discovered HAMLET on accident while researching the antibacterial properties of human breast milk. Several years later, researchers from Lund University and the University of Gothenburg, both in Sweden, found that HAMLET contains a protein and a fatty acid that contribute to its cancer-fighting effects. And further followup research has revealed that the substance may actually form in the acidic environment of babies' stomachs, the natural byproduct of breast milk consumption.
    "HAMLET is produced by combining alpha-lactalbumin in the milk and oleic acid which is found in babies' stomachs," explained Assistant Professor Roger Karlsson from the University of Gothenburg to the U.K.'s Telegraph about the findings. "So breast feeding has been linked to actually reducing the risk of cancer in babies. HAMLET also triggers some of the cell's apoptotic pathways -- apoptosis is programmed cell death."
    Breast milk may help treat cancer in adults as well
    But young children may not be the only people who can benefit from consuming breast milk. Human trials involving just the HAMLET component of breast milk have revealed that it can effectively treat male bladder cancer. Patients with bladder cancer who received injections of HAMLET experienced a reduction in cancer tumor size after just a few days of treatment.
    "A pilot study of bladder cancer patients were injected with a HAMLET solution through a catheter," Prof. Karlsson is quoted as saying to the Telegraph. "The solution killed cancer cells and the size of the tumors actually reduced within five days."
    Related studies conducted over the years have found that other natural compounds in breast milk help inhibit the growth and spread of cancer cells as well. A 1994 study published in the journal Cancer Research, for instance, found that the lactoferrin in breast milk inhibits the growth of tumors in mice. And another study published the same year in the journal Medical Hypothesis found that the fatty acids in breast milk also help deter cancer growth.
    Additionally, reports have surfaced over the years of people actually using human breast milk to cure their own cancers. Several years ago, for instance, a man allegedly cured his own prostate cancer by drinking a little bit of breast milk every day. And in 2009, it was reported by ABC News that a U.K. man took daily doses of his own daughter's breast milk to help treat an allegedly terminal case of colon cancer that spread to his liver and lymph nodes. 
    Study: Breast milk kills cancer cells

    5 Ways to Get Rid of Too Dry Skin

    Dry skin can be itchy and flaky. Excessive dryness can increase your risk of wrinkles as time goes by. Here are the 5 best ways to get rid of too dry skin. You can try one or all of them. They are all safe and natural.
    Drink More Water
    Water is the skin's natural moisturizer but there are no blood vessels in the skin's outer layers. It gets moisture from the air and through osmosis from the deeper skin layers. It can lose moisture quickly, especially if the air is dry.
    You should be drinking at least 8 eight ounce glasses of water every day. It is not a good idea to rely on thirst to tell you when to drink. Get in the habit of keeping a bottle of water with you and sipping from it throughout the day. Mild dehydration precedes thirst and one of the symptoms of mild dehydration is dry skin.
    Use a Humidifier
    In the wintertime, it is a good idea to use a humidifier in your home. Humidifiers help to keep the air moist. Dry skin is more common in the wintertime because of the low relative humidity. The cold air outside combined with the warm air inside leads to dry air and dry skin.
    Take Fish Oil
    Fish oil contains essential fatty acids that are a component of the skin's sebum. Sebum works to hold moisture inside of the skin's cells. One of the symptoms of fatty acid deficiency is dry skin. Fish oil has been shown in several studies to improve the skin's moisture content.
    Avoid Using Cleansers
    Cleansers strip away sebum and cause dryness because of the ingredients they contain. Unless you are removing dirt, it is not necessary to use a cleanser, especially on your face. Warm water and a soft cloth will do the job.
    When you do need a facial cleanser, choose a gentle one containing manuka honey and kiwifruit extract. The ingredients keep your face clean but do not cause excessive dryness.
    Use a Good Moisturizer
    Most of the moisturizers on the market are junk. They contain nasty ingredients that do not really work. Petrolatum and mineral oil are the main ingredients in most moisturizers. They don't work because they are not compatible with the skin's sebum. They can actually cause dryness if used on a regular basis.
    There are excellent ingredients that really do moisturize the skin. Most manufacturers don't choose to use those ingredients because they are more expensive.
    Grape seed oil is an example of a good ingredient. It has a dual moisturizing effect. It dries to a lightweight film that helps to lock moisture into the skin's cells. It's best to use it right after you shower. Babassu oil is another excellent moisturizer.
    Xtend-TK is a proprietary formula that has proven to be an effective moisturizer and even improves your skin's ability to retain moisture. You can find grape seed oil, Babassu oil and Xtend-TK, along with antioxidants and other active ingredients, in some of the best anti-aging moisturizers.
    5 Ways to Get Rid of Too Dry Skin

    How to Control Dust Mite Allergy

    At least 12 million Britons now suffer from allergies caused by dust mites according to the charity Allergy UK. They carried out a small survey among 1,600 allergy sufferers. According to that, the most popular allergies are house dust mites at 57.6%, followed by pets (45.2%), cleaning products (31.2%) and mould (30.9%).
    · 58.9% of indoor allergy sufferers found their symptoms were worse in the bedroom.
    · The average bed harbours 2 million dust mites and the average pillow doubles in weight over a period of six months due to dust mites faeces
    · 16% of allergy sufferers said they wash bed linen every three weeks or less often, and 58% of those surveyed said they are washing at 30 or 40 degrees.
    · 13% of allergy sufferers have had their current mattress for 11 years or more, and 3% kept theirs for 20 years or longer.
    Mites are found in bedding, carpets, soft furnishings and clothing. Each mite produces about 20 of these waste droppings every day and the droppings continue to cause allergic symptoms even after the mite has died.
    Controlling house dust mite allergens
    1. Clean Regularly.
    2. Wash Bedding Regularly. Putting your bed sheets through a 140°F (60°C) wash is usually enough to kill them and remove their fecal matter and skin particles.
    3. Use an Anti-Allergy Mattress and Mattress Cover. Estimates as to how many dust mites actually live in an average mattress vary wildly from 10,000 to over a million.
    4. Don't Make Your Bed in the Morning. This gives the moisture excreted from our bodies time to dry.
    5. Get Rid of Feather Pillows and Duvets. Try using hypoallergenic synthetic pillows and duvets instead. They provide a less cosy environment for them and you can blast them through the wash at 140°F (60°C) which is the magic temperature for killing the mites.
    6. Replace Carpets with Hard Flooring. Like beds and soft furnishings, carpets are a paradise for these microorganisms. Carpets trap dead skin and pet dander which the mites feed on.
    7. Control Temperature and Humidity. Dust mites love living in an environment where the temperature is between 75°F and 80°F (24°C and 27°C) and the relative humidity is around 70% to 80%. Anything outside this range won't necessarily kill them but will push them outside their comfort zone and slow down their breeding. Set the temperature inside your house to no higher than 70°F (21°C). Anything lower than 70% relative humidity reduces their reproductive rate. Try to keep relative humidity in your bedroom and home to less than 50%.
    8. Keep Pets Out of the Bedroom. Dust mites love pet dander. Make pets sleep outside or in the garage if possible and limit their indoor freedom to one or two rooms. Make an extra effort to keep pets out of the bedroom.
    9. Get Rid of Curtains, Cushions and Soft Furnishings. Curtains and soft furnishings are a dust mites paradise. Fabric traps the dust and moisture which they feed on and shields them from potential threats. Replace curtains with easy-to-clean blinds.
    10. Use a Steam Cleaner. Steam cleaners are a great way to clean items and objects that aren't suitable for a washing machine. You can use them on carpets, curtains, cushions, kitchen/bathroom surfaces and a thousand other places. The steam kills bacteria, dissolves dirt and yes, kills dust mites.
    How to Control Dust Mite Allergy

    The 10 worst toxins hidden in vitamins, supplements and health foods

    (NaturalNews) I'm absolutely shocked at how many people don't investigate what's really in the products they swallow. When something is sold as an herb, vitamin, superfood or supplement, they think it's automatically safe. And while the natural products industry has a truly remarkable safety record -- especially in contrast to the massive number of deaths caused by pharmaceuticals -- it still suffers from a lot of hidden toxins that are routinely used throughout the industry.
    I know this because I've been an investigative journalist and activist in the natural health industry for over a decade. Natural News is arguably the most-read natural health news website in the world, reaching millions of readers a month. I've walked the floors of countless trade shows, conducted hundreds of interviews and spent tens of thousands of dollars on laboratory tests to determine what's in these products. On top of that, I'm deep into organic product formulations and certified organic food production, serving as the supervisor of a USDA-certified organic food production and packing facility.
    When I look around the natural products industry, I see examples of super honest, high-integrity companies like Nature's Path and Dr. Bronner's. I also see an alarming number of cheats, crooks and charlatans who are only involved in the industry to profit from the explosion of interest in health supplements. In truth, some nutritional products are downright dangerous to your health. My role as a journalist and activist is to help you tell the difference between products that are GOOD for you vs. products that might actually be toxic. Because ultimately, I want you to be healthy, vibrant, intelligent and active. I want you to enjoy life and improve the quality of your life.
    Be prepared to be shocked in reading what follows. After reviewing this list, you will probably throw out quite a few products in your refrigerator and pantry. Very few people are willing to tell you the truth revealed here, so some of this may come as a complete shock (see #1 and #2, below). 
    #1) Maltodextrin (from GM corn)
    Let's start out with the big one first: If you pick up a natural product and the ingredients list says "maltodextrin," chances are very high that the maltodextrin in the product is derived from Monsanto's GM corn.
    Virtually all the maltodextrin used throughout the natural products industry is genetically modified. Products that are certified USDA organic, however, are not using GMO maltodextrin.
    The non-GMO, non-corn replacement for maltodextrin derived from GM corn is tapioca maltodextrin, and you'll find tapioca starch / maltodextrin in many certified organic, non-GMO products. Corn maltodextrin should be avoided unless it's certified USDA organic. Look for tapioca maltodextrin instead (or no maltodextrin at all). 
    #2) Vitamin C / acorbic acid (from GM corn)
    Here's another whopper that's sure to open some eyes: Nearly all the "vitamin C" sold in vitamins across America right now is derived from GMO corn.
    This means that many of the supplements sold at Whole Foods, the vitamins sold on, the pills at your local pharmacy, and especially the products at the grocery store are (nearly) all routinely made with genetically modified vitamin C. It's typically called "ascorbic acid," and nearly 100% of the ascorbic acid used in the natural products industry is derived from GMOs.
    Sourcing non-GMO vitamin C requires you to go outside the United States. There is no existing supply chain of certified organic, non-GMO ascorbic acid available anywhere in America (at least not to my knowledge). You can't even run batches of non-GMO ascorbic acid production in the USA because all the facilities are contaminated with residues of GM corn.
    Rest assured that all those cheap "vitamin C" pills sold at retail are derived from genetically modified corn. 
    #3) Hexane-extracted soy and rice proteins
    Nearly 100% of the "natural" soy proteins sold in the USA are extracted in China using a hexane extraction method.
    CLARIFICATION (updated): The primary manufacturer and distributor of brown rice protein in the USA, which imports brown rice protein processed in China, insists that hexane has never been used in the extraction of their product, not in the conventional brown rice protein nor their organic brown rice protein.
    Their brown rice protein is a "hexane-free, non-GMO, Prop 65 compliant, Gamma Oryzanol-rich whole grain Oryzatein powder" and the manufacturer is Axiom. They supply a lot of the brown rice protein to numerous sources in the USA, and this is the best brown rice protein product available today, partially because it is NOT hexane extracted.
    There is brown rice protein that's hexane extracted in China, however, but that's not carried by Axiom. So if you're buying anything with brown rice protein, make sure it's sourced from Axiom and not from another source that uses hexane. I also encourage you to eat only certified organic brown rice protein, not conventional brown rice protein.
    Anything from China, by the way, should be double checked for metals content just to make sure it's all clean. This is true across the board for all food products from China, not just brown rice protein. We have consistently found nutritional products from China to be contaminated with worrisome levels of metals, which is why I personally won't put my brand name on anything from China other than a few exceptions that are well-tested such as goji berries (grown in the Himalayas). The Axiom company says their brown rice protein tests completely clean, but until I run those tests myself, I can't say for sure whether I concur with the claims.

    What the industry really needs right now is a U.S. manufacturer of brown rice protein, for which a multi-million dollar market already exists. If Axiom would find a certified organic U.S. grower for its brown rice protein, the company would receive a huge endorsement from Natural News and probably find a whole new wave of demand from consumers who want U.S. grown products. Texas, by the way, produces a lot of organic brown rice. Surely there must be a way to extract the protein in America and not have to go all the way to China to find this.
    On the issue of soy protein, no one disputes the fact that it's routinely extracted with hexane. Here's a list of many of the protein bar brands currently using soy protein:
    Hexane is a highly explosive chemical. It is not only extremely hazardous to the environment, there may also be trace amounts of hexane left remaining in the resulting protein products. My understanding is that hexane extraction is not allowed in certified organic proteins, so if you have a choice, go for certified organic instead of just "natural" (which means nothing anyway).
    Hexane extraction, by the way, is also used in the manufacture of textured vegetable protein (TVP). Read more about TVP here:
    #4) High levels of Aluminum in detox products
    Natural News helped expose high aluminum levels (over 1200ppm) in a popular detox liquid, causing the main U.S. distributor to issue a "recall" notice and provide over $1 million in refunds to customers.
    The manufacturer of this product, Adya Clarity, intentionally and knowingly deceived consumers by mislabeling the product and not mentioning the 1200ppm of aluminum it contained. The FDA seized some of the products and ran its own lab tests, confirming the high aluminum level as well as identifying multiple labeling violations.
    Adya Clarity is just one of many so-called "detox" products containing alarming levels of aluminum and other metals. Ingesting these in order to "detox" your body may be harmful to your health. This experience also proves you can't always trust health products sold through online webinars, where manufacturers can ignore labeling laws and fabricate false claims. Buyer beware when it comes to metals in detox products that claim seemingly magical results. 
    #5) Lead and arsenic in herbs from China
    China is the most polluted nation on the planet (by far), yet many fruits, vegetables and herbs are grown in China and exported to North America for use in natural products.
    High levels of lead and arsenic are routinely found in various food, supplement and herbal products from China. I'm not concerned about 1ppm or lower, by the way, of heavy metals like lead and mercury. Even aluminum isn't necessarily a problem when found organically grown inside foods that test at higher levels such as 150ppm. But when lead, arsenic, mercury and cadmium get to high saturation levels (or are present in inorganic forms), it makes the products potentially a source of heavy metals poisoning for consumers.
    Astonishingly, many of the small and medium-sized companies that import and retail products from China conduct no metals testing whatsoever. I know this as a fact because I've talked to people doing this.
    For the record, everything packed under my own brand name (Health Ranger Select) and sold at the Natural News Store is independently tested by us to ensure full product safety and regulatory compliance. 
    #6) Inorganic minerals in cheap vitamins
    Would you eat iron filings and call it nutrition? The majority of people don't know that most of the cheap vitamins sold today are made with iron filings. "Scrap metal," almost.
    The calcium found in cheap vitamins is often just ground-up seashells, and magnesium is often sold as cheap magnesium oxide which may be completely useless to your body's cells. If you're buying mineral supplements, you may be wasting your money unless the minerals are in the right form: Magnesium orotate or malate, for example.
    When it comes to mineral supplements, you'll often find trace levels of scary things like barium and lead in liquid supplements, but these are typically at such low levels (ppb) that they are no real concern. But the No. 1 best source for all minerals is, not surprisingly, fresh plants. If you really want to boost your minerals, feed 'em to sprouts or garden plants, then eat or juice those plants. Your body wants "organic" minerals from plants, not inorganic minerals from rocks. 
    #7) Carrageenan?
    The Cornucopia Institute, a highly-effective food activism group that we've long supported, recently published a warning about carrageenan in foods. Cornucopia says carrageenan is linked to "gastrointestinal inflammation, including higher rates of colon cancer, in laboratory animals."
    It goes on to report:

    Given its effect on gastrointestinal inflammation, Cornucopia urges anyone suffering from gastrointestinal symptoms (irritable bowel syndrome/IBS, spastic colon, inflammatory bowel disease, chronic diarrhea, etc.) to consider completely eliminating carrageenan from the diet to determine if carrageenan was a factor in causing the symptoms.
    Personally, I have never had any problem with carrageenan, and given that it's derived from seaweed, I also didn't mind the source. I actually consume quite a lot of carrageenan in Blue Diamond almond milk, which I drink when I'm too busy to make my own raw almond milk. And I've never had a problem with it whatsoever. So from my personal experience, I don't see carrageenan as a worrisome ingredient, but I do understand that some people experience it differently, and it may be troublesome for people whose digestive systems are more sensitive than my own.
    For the record, I definitely don't consider carrageenan to be anywhere near as worrisome as, say, aspartame, GMOs or MSG. 
    #8) Acrylamides
    Acrylamides are cancer-causing chemicals produced during the cooking of carbohydrates. Fried snack chips, for example, contain acrylamides. They don't have to be listed on labels because they are technically not "ingredients." They are chemicals produced during cooking or frying. Consuming acrylamides increases kidney cancer risk by 59 percent.
    The FDA has published an extensive reference guide on acrylamide levels in foods, revealing that french fries have the highest levels of all. But they are also present in prune juice and even breakfast cereals.
    A bag of organic snack chips can have just as many acrylamides as a bag of conventional snack chips. This is why fried snack chips should be eaten only sparingly, or never at all. I'm guilty of eating some of these chips myself from time to time, but I limit the quantity and make sure I'm taking chlorella or other superfoods at the same time to counteract the acrylamides.
    Interestingly, it turns out that vitamin C blocks acrylamides from causing damage to your body. But if your vitamin C is from a GMO source (see above), you may want to rethink that strategy. Natural citrus juice, rose hips or even camu camu berry powder is a much better choice of natural, full-spectrum vitamin C.
    If you eat fried foods of any kind, make sure you ingest a lot of vitamin C, astaxanthin and chlorella before and after your meal or snack. 
    #9) Hidden MSG / yeast extract
    Hidden MSG is a huge issue across the natural products industry. Pick up almost any veggie burger, and you'll find it's made with yeast extract, a hidden form of MSG (monosodium glutamate).
    Yeast extract is unbelievably prevalent in the food industry because it looks nicer on the label than "MSG." Most people are trained to avoid MSG, but yeast extract slips by, so food manufacturers put it into canned soups, dip mixes, snack chips, microwave dinners and especially in vegetarian products, many of which are so loaded with chemicals and additives that I won't dare touch them. Just because a food says "vegetarian" doesn't mean it's healthy.
    Hidden MSG is also labeled as "autolyzed yeast extract" or "torula yeast" or even "hydrolyzed vegetable protein." 
    #10) Fluoride in green tea
    Green tea is famous for being contaminated with high levels of fluoride. This is frustrating, because green tea is phenomenally good for your health. It has been proven to lower "bad" cholesterol levels, and it may even help prevent cancer and neurological disorders. It's probably one of the healthiest beverages you can ever drink.
    The tea plant that produces green tea just happens to uptake a huge amount of fluoride from the soils. So when there's fluoride present in those soils, the green tea will have a surprisingly high concentration, sometimes as much as 25ppm.
    An interesting article on this issue is found at
    While this fluoride in green tea might not be a health hazard all by itself, the governments of the world seem insistent on pumping even more synthetic, chemical fluoride into the water supplies, thereby creating a high risk for fluorosis. Adding green tea to the fluoride consumption you might experience from tap water is a recipe for disaster: brittle bones, discoloration of teeth and even cancer. 
    The final "dirty little secret" of the natural products industry
    Finally, there's one more secret you need to know about. Most importers, packers, vendors and retailers of natural products foolishly trust the lab results provided by the manufacturers and exporters!
    So a typical U.S. company that sells, for example, pomegranate powder on the internet may never conduct their own tests for lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic and aluminum. They will simply take the lab tests provided by the manufacturer and consider those to be absolute fact!
    This is extraordinarily foolish. Growers and exporters routinely lie about their lab tests in order to pull the wool over the eyes of importers, formulators and retailers. The lab tests are easily faked or simply bought off in their home country. Contaminated products can be easily sold and exported because the FDA doesn't routinely check imported raw materials for heavy metals contamination.
    On the good news side, I do know for a fact that all the higher-end retailers such as Natural News, Mercola, Gary Null, etc., all routinely test their raw materials for contaminants. I'm pretty sure Gaia herbs ( routinely tests all their batches, and I know that VitaCost, before it changed hands a few years ago, was running their own lab to test raw materials on-site (for their in-house formulations). But I also know of smaller retailers who absolutely do not test anything and are far more interested in moving boxes than knowing what's really in them. I also know that some operations are claiming to sell "organic" products even though they do not have any kind of organic certification, and that's an irresponsible practice that should be rectified. (Look for the USDA organic logo when you buy "organic" products. If they don't have the logo, they aren't really organic.)
    So once again, buyer beware. You need to be asking for lab test results on anything from China, and it's good to ask for them on just about everything else as well. For our part, Natural News Store is already in the process of building a mechanism where we can post lab results for all the batches we import, pack and retail. We reject anything with high levels of metals, which is why it took us so many months to secure a really clean source of chlorella.
    by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
    Editor of

    The 10 worst toxins hidden in vitamins, supplements and health foods

    5 Health Tips From Dentists

    Why does this happen?
    The very first thing you should know is that an instrument is only as good as the wielder. That means, you may be using the best dental products but if you aren't combining them with basic oral hygiene procedures; they are of no use. To learn more, look at these top tips by which you can ensure better oral health with minimum use of dental products.
    1. Use only fluoridated products - Fluoride is actively absorbed by the tooth surface making it harder and much more resistant to cavities. Check the ingredient list on the toothpaste to find its fluoride content and combine it with a fluoridated mouthwash and a fluoride-impregnated floss to ensure better oral health. If you already have cavities, you can use fluoride-leaching cements like GIC to seal the tooth and to prevent further cavities. Do be careful about the fluoride in your water supply though as too much fluoride can cause a problem called as dental fluorosis in growing teeth.
    2. Use dental sealants - Dental sealants cover surface imperfections and prevent food impaction. The plastic protective coating can be applied in ten minutes and it lasts for a very long time. Get in touch with your dentist for additional information.
    3. Learn proper brushing techniques - Most people scrub away at their teeth thinking that pressure is the best way to clean teeth. However, they couldn't be more wrong. Technique is far more important than pressure and you dentist will teach you the right method for cleaning your teeth.
    4. Clean your tongue - 90% of all bad breath cases are due to a woolly tongue covered with food particles. For fresher breath, be sure to brush your tongue, too, use the same toothbrush or a special tongue cleaner to scrape and clean the tongue. This will dramatically improve oral health and oral odour as well. You should replace your toothbrush every three months.
    5. Visit your dentist at least once in six months - Everyone has to visit the dentist at least once in six months. This screening visit will help the dentist find and seal cavities, assess your dental health and remove scaly white deposits called plaque.
    Do not make the mistake of considering no dental pain as perfect dental health. By the time pain starts, it's actually too late to do anything. Visit your dentist regularly and follow these tips to ensure better oral health.
    5 Health Tips From Dentists

    Remedies for Mild Asthma

    Asthma statistics show this disease now affects 17 million people in the United States. The tendency to develop asthma is inherited, and it is more common among people who have allergies. There are two forms of asthma, allergic asthma and nonallergic asthma. Allergic asthma is very common and it develops in people who have allergies.
    People who have asthma have inflamed airways (breathing tubes). This makes them swollen and very sensitive. They tend to react strongly to certain inhaled substances. When the airways react, the muscles around them tighten. This narrows the airways, causing less air to flow into the lungs and can result in asthma symptoms.
    Common asthma triggers generally fall into several categories:
    • Respiratory infections
    • Dust, pollen, and furred animals
    • Tobacco smoke or chemicals
    • Physical activity
    • Emotional stress
    • Menstrual cycle in some women
    • Certain medicines
    A small number of patients will develop asthmatic symptoms after exposure to aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, like ibuprofen or naproxen.
    In the case of nonallergic asthma, the triggers that irritate the lungs and bring on asthma symptoms have nothing to do with allergies or the immune system. This type of asthma can be initiated by dry air, cold weather, exercise, smoke, strong perfume, stressful situations, intense emotions etc.
    The typical symptoms of allergic and nonallergic asthma are similar. Symptoms of asthma include wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath. The symptoms may occur immediately following contact with a trigger or may be delayed.
    Normally there is no cure for asthma, but asthma, whether they are mild, moderate, or severe, allergic or nonallergic, can be managed. Doctors who specialize in treating asthma can be very helpful. In addition to the use of medicines, you can use home remedies to control your asthma. Smoking should be completely avoided; all the medicine in the world won't help an asthma sufferer if he or she smokes.
    Immediate helpful remedies for asthma attack;
    • Seek for fresh air.
    • Drink warm water.
    • Keep yourself in sited position.
    • Don't get angry or stressed.
    Patients with infrequent and mild symptoms of asthma should be treated intermittently with the goal of quick symptom relief. The principles of treatment for a mild attack of asthma are mostly the same for adults and children, except in the use of inhaled corticosteroids.
    BRONCHO-DILATOR THERAPY: Use a short-acting beta2 agonist via a pressurized metered dose inhaler
    CORTICOSTEROIDS: In adults, inhaled corticosteroids should be continued until review.
    FOR CHILDREN: A short course of montelukast (7 days) may be beneficial if started at the first signs of a cold or asthma symptoms.
    FOLLOW UP: For a patient presenting with features of a mild acute attack arrangements should be made for review of the situation 1 to 24 hours depending on the context. If there has not been significant symptomatic response by then to treatment with broncho-dilators and inhaled corticosteroids, the patient should be reassessed clinically and considered for hospital admission.
    Children should be observed for at least 1 hour after the attack subsides.
    USE SALINE SOLUTION: Irrigating the nose with saline solution (salt water) may help to soothe upper respiratory allergies. Saline solution may even wash away some of the inflammatory cells themselves.
    DRINK PEPPERMINT TEA: Peppermint acts as a decongestant, and substances in peppermint contain anti-inflammatory and mild antibacterial constituents.
    STEAM YOUR FACE: It helps rid the nasal passages of mucus. Breathe gently for 5 to 10 minutes. When you're finished breathing steam, rinse a cloth with this water and hold the cloth on your sinuses (to the sides of your nose, below the eyes, and above the eyebrows).
    Asthma is not a killing disease, but it can make your life worse if you don't take appropriate treatment and necessary precautions. Treatment should be taken systematically for a long duration to fight against this disease. Follow the tips given below as a preventive measure:
    • Keep away from dust.
    • Avoid chemicals includes, paint, acids etc,
    • Control your overweight and avoid over eating.
    • Should not eat too much oily food.
    • Avoid over exercise.
    Remedies for Mild Asthma