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80 Awesome Uses For COCONUT OIL, In Your Home and Your Health

80 Awesome Uses For COCONUT OIL, In Your Home and Your Health

from Holly Capron

Be sure to buy organic coconut oil – cold pressed. Most Walmart’s and Costco’s carry it on the aisle with the other cooking oils , also health food stores should have it as well.
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Personal Hygiene/Body:

1. Moisturizer – simply scoop some out of the jar and apply all over your body, including neck and face.
2. Eye cream – apply under the eyes to reduce puffiness, bags, and wrinkles. Use on the lids in the evening.
3. Preshave – coconut oil will prep skin for the pending damage caused by shaving.
4. Aftershave – coconut oil will help heal your skin after shaving without clogging pores.
5. Deodorant – coconut oil alone can be used as a deodorant, but even more effective in combination with cornstarch/arrowroot powder and baking soda!
6. Hair Conditioner/Deep Treatment – use as a leave in hair conditioner by applying a teaspoon of coconut oil to your ends and then running your fingers through your hair to distribute the rest! For a deeper treatment, rub in a tablespoon of coconut oil onto your dry scalp and gently work through to the ends. Put a shower cap on to prevent transfer onto bed linens and leave on overnight.
7. Hair Gel/Defrizzer – rub a little between your palms and either scrunch into hair (for curly hair) or finger comb in through from scalp to ends (for wavy/straight hair).
8. Toothpaste – there are numerous recipes out there but I just mix coconut oil and baking soda and dab a little of the mix on my toothbrush.
9. Make up remover – use a cotton swab and a dab of coconut oil and you would be amazed at how well it works!
10. Chapstick – just rub a little into lips and it not only acts as a softening agent but it also has an SPF of about 4 so you get a little protection!
11. Massage Oil – pretty simple; grab some and rub!
12. Lubricant – it is an all natural, perfectly safe personal lubricant. Not compatible with latex!
13. Sunscreen
14. Stretch Mark Cream – coconut oil is great at nourishing damaged skin. It may not be the magic stretch mark cure but it will help.
15. Nipple Cream – works great to nourish cracked, sore, or dry nipples. Apply to a cotton ball and leave on your nipples between feedings.
16. Diaper salve – very comforting on a rashy bum with no harsh chemicals. Also safe for cloth diapers.
17. Cradle cap – having issues with dry skin on your baby’s scalp? Coconut oil will not only nourish your baby’s skin, it also helps eliminate cradle cap. Just rub a teaspoon onto scalp daily.
18. Body scrub – mix coconut oil and sugar together and rub all over! Rinse off and your skin will be super soft! You can add in essential oils if you would like a specific smell.
19. Healing – when applied on scrapes and cuts, coconut oil forms a thin, chemical layer which protects the wound from outside dust, bacteria and virus. Coconut oil speeds up the healing process of bruises by repairing damaged tissues. Plus, it smells a heck-of-a-lot better than anything from the pharmacy.
20. Bug Bites – when applied directly to a bug bite, coconut oil can stop the itching and burning sensation as well as hasten the healing process.
21. Skin problems – coconut oil relieves skin problems such as psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema.
22. Swimmers Ear – mix garlic oil and coconut oil and put a few drops in affected ear for about 10 minutes. Do this 2-3 times a day and it usually works within one or two days.
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General Health and Wellness:

23. Stress Relief – relieve mental fatigue by applying coconut oil to the head in a circular, massaging motion. The natural aroma of coconuts is extremely soothing thus helping to lower your stress level.
24. Digestion – the saturated fats in coconut oil have anti-bacterial properties that help control, parasites, and fungi that cause indigestion and other digestion related problems such as irritable bowel syndrome. The fat in coconut oil also aids in the absorption of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, making you healthier all around.
25. Fitness – coconut oil has been proven to stimulate your metabolism, improve thyroid function, and escalate energy levels, all of which help decrease your unwanted fat, while increasing muscle.
26. Nose bleeds – coconut oil can prevent nose bleeding that is caused by sensitivity to weather such as extreme hotness and extreme coldness. This condition happens when the nasal passages become dry because of cold or dry air resulting to burns and cracks in the mucus membranes so bleeding happens. To prevent this just put coconut oil in you nostrils. Coat your finger with coconut oil and then lie down and coat your finger inside your nose. Doing this will strengthen and protect the capillaries in the nasal passages. A Vitamin C supplement will also help prevent nose bleeding.
27. For breastfeeding moms, consuming 3 ½ tablespoons of coconut oil daily will enrich your milk supply.
28. Helps with weight loss & controlling cravings.
29. Helps keep blood sugar levels stable and/or helps with cravings in those with diabetes.
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Health Problems (that coconut oil is known for aiding, relieving, or even curing when taken internally):

30. Eczema – in addition to taking it internally, many have success applying it externally, some don’t
31. Skin problems
32. Toenail fungus
33. Hot flashes
34. Bleeding hemorrhoids (can also be applied externally twice a day)
35. HIV >>>ONLY to help by soothing sores
36. Head lice – use with anise oil
37. Improvements in menstruation regarding pain/cramps and heavy blood flow
38. Migraines (with regular use)
39. Mononucleosis
40. Parasites
41. Thrush
42. Relieve gallbladder pain
43. Has helped some people improve symptoms of an under-active thyroid gland, results have shown subsequent thyroid blood tests becoming normal
44. Energy boost
45. Flaky, dry skin
46. May relieve acid reflux and indigestion when taken with each meal
47. Adrenal fatigue
48. Alzheimer’s
49. H. pylori
50. Candida Albicans
51. Asthma, even in children
52. Autism
53. Cholesterol – improves HDL (‘good’ cholesterol) to LDL (‘bad’ cholesterol) ratio in people with high cholesterol
54. Chronic fatigue
55. Circulation/feeling cold all the time
56. Stronger immune system
57. Mental Clarity
58. Depression
59. Helps with inflammation in Crohn’s
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Health Problems (that coconut oil is known for aiding, relieving, or even curing when applied topically):

60. Athletes foot
61. Back pain/sore muscles
62. Canker sores
63. Acne
64. Cellulite
65. Herpes (applied topically and taken internally)
66. Genital warts (through topical application over 6 weeks, and coconut oil enemas twice a day depending on the location of the warts)
67. Circumcision healing –  I have read that coconut oil is a really great healer for this.
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Cooking:

68. Use 1 cup to 1 cup ratio when replacing other oils/butter in recipes with coconut oil.
69. Replacement for butter/lard/Crisco/PAM in it’s solid form – greasing pans, pie crusts, etc.
70. Replacement for various oils in liquid form – baking, cooking, sauteing, etc.
71. Nutritional supplement – melt and add to smoothies.
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Other Uses:

72. Insect repellent – mix coconut oil with peppermint oil extract and rub it all over exposed skin. Keeps insects off better than anything with Deet! Tons safer too.
73. Great for dogs and cats for general wellness. Just add a teaspoon to their water bowl daily.
74. Goo Gone – just mix equal parts coconut oil and baking soda into a paste. Apply to the “sticky” area and let it set for a minute. Then scrub off with an old toothbrush or the scrubby side of a sponge.
75. Chewing Gum in Hair Remover – just rub some coconut oil over the stuck chewing gum, leave in for about 30 minutes, then roll the gum between your fingertip. Voila! It’s out!
76. Polish Furniture – coconut oil with a little bit of lemon juice to polish wood furniture. However, I recommend you test it first on a very small, unobtrusive part of your furniture to make sure it works the way you’d like.
77. Polishing Bronze – all you have to do is rub a little oil into a cotton towel and then wipe down the statue. It cleans and helps deepen the color of your bronze.
78. Seasoning animal hide drums
79. Seasoning cookware
80. Moisturizing and cleaning leather products
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**Reposter’s Note  – I had heard a number of positive and negative comments about coconut, so a few month’s back I started researching and was astonished at what I have found.  It quite humbling that one natural thing that can be so useful and so beneficial.

That Coconut can help us replace so many chemicals, drugs and processed fats so effectively, is mind boggling.  Now I understand the controversy – a lot of companies stand to loose market share to a lowly fruit.  As consumers become more educated, they typically  make make changes in their purchases. There is nothing more vocal in today’s society than the use the wallet to choose.

I have replaced all of my cooking  and baking oils except butter with Coconut Oil.  I am thrilled with how well it works, It browns foods beautifully, handles high heat really well without burning, seems to keep baking moist longer, works as both a liquid or a solid. I keep it on my counter as it does not require refrigeration so it is always handy. For liquid form, I just stick my glass measuring cup in warm water and the coconut oil becomes liquid quite quickly. Because it stays solid, it is great to take camping etc.

It is super for burns – immediately put solid coconut oil on a burn – it melts and makes an oil barrier,  keeping air away from the burn. The pain quickly recedes and the blisters are much smaller and heal faster. Keep applying the coconut oil until burn is healed, it keeps scarring to a minimum if any.

Excellent moisturizer and hair conditioner. 1/4 tsp in your bath water for the last few minutes and your skin is silky smooth but hydrated. A tiny bit rubbed into hair after light towel drying does wonders for frizz and split ends.  Makes fine hair much more manageable.  It is something very safe that if  young children get into in the bathroom, it can’t hurt them.

I am finding that there are a lot of products that have chemicals that I am not replacing because i don’t need to.
Play with it, if you think it might work for something , try it out  – I am sure, like me – you will be more pleasantly surprised than you ever expected.
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Here are some  other posts you may find interesting.

Thyroid Medication – OUT, Coconut Oil IN.

The Coconut Oil Miracle

10 health Benefits of Virgin Coconut Oil

Get Off Your Thyroid Medication And Start Consuming Coconut Oil

Why You Should Use COCONUT OIL – 9 Benefits For Skin, Body And Soul

Benefits of Coconut Water

Coconut Oil Pulling Therapy – Excellent Detox & Wellness Rejuvenator

Coconut Articles  – feel free to  search this blog for other previous posts I may have missed.

20 Things The Rich Do Every Day – Create Habits & Behaviours That Serve You

20 Things The Rich Do Every Day

So what do the rich do every day that the poor don’t do?

Tom Corley, on his website RichHabits.net, outlines a few of the differences between the habits of the rich and the poor:

1. 70% of wealthy eat less than 300 junk food calories per day. 97% of poor people eat more than 300 junk food calories per day. 23% of wealthy gamble. 52% of poor people gamble.

2. 80% of wealthy are focused on accomplishing some single goal. Only 12% of the poor do this.

3. 76% of wealthy exercise aerobically 4 days a week. 23% of poor do this.

4. 63% of wealthy listen to audio books during commute to work vs. 5% for poor people.

5. 81% of wealthy maintain a to-do list vs. 19% for poor.

6. 63% of wealthy parents make their children read 2 or more non-fiction books a month vs. 3% for poor.7. 70% of wealthy parents make their children volunteer 10 hours or more a month vs. 3% for poor.8. 80% of wealthy make hbd (Happy Birthday) calls vs. 11% of poor

9. 67% of wealthy write down their goals vs. 17% for poor

10. 88% of wealthy read 30 minutes or more each day for education or career reasons vs 2% for poor.

11. 6% of wealthy say what’s on their mind vs. 69% for poor.

12. 79% of wealthy network 5 hours or more each month vs. 16% for poor.

13. 67% of wealthy watch 1 hour or less of TV. every day vs. 23% for poor

14. 6% of wealthy watch reality TV vs. 78% for poor.

15. 44% of wealthy wake up 3 hours before work starts vs.3% for poor.

16. 74% of wealthy teach good daily success habits to their children vs. 1% for poor.

17. 84% of wealthy believe good habits create opportunity luck vs. 4% for poor.

18. 76% of wealthy believe bad habits create detrimental luck vs. 9% for poor.

19. 86% of wealthy believe in life-long educational self-improvement vs. 5% for poor.

20. 86% of wealthy love to read vs. 26% for poor.

Growing up, we had an uncle who was a self made millionaire. When I read these 20 Things, they very much remind me of Uncle Eddy.
He was of above average intelligence, self educated, well traveled, generous, very interesting as well as daunting. If you asked him a question – he made you work to learn the answer yourself.
He spent many Christmas’s with us, His presents were the best not only because they were the most expensive but because they always came in parts. So if you got a new bike, ski’s, wagon, whatever – a good part of the day was spent working with him and Dad to build your present. There were 6 of us kids – so it was a  fun day of working together with them. Those were definitely some of our best Christmas’s.

Uncle Eddy – Always told us, Work smart – not hard

He read everyday, he always had a little note pad with a  list of what he needed to get done. It came out of his pocket often so he could add to it or cross off accomplished items. He always scheduled holidays and sometimes took some of us kids.

If you went on a holiday with him – you stopped at every landmark and learned about it etc. There was always time to get proper rest or learn something new, We never got fast food or junk food – every meal was a proper sit down meal.

He tipped well, was polite and engaging, so the waitresses always gave us the best service and went out of their way to provide excellent service. That he was well dressed, good looking and had a great smile made people want to be the one to provide whatever service he required.

Every new stop – no matter who he spoke to he stared the conversation with . Hi my name is Eddy and how are you today sir or ma’am, Then he would say why we were these and what we needed. For example, We are on our way to Vancouver so we need gas,  the oil and tires checked, washrooms and directions to the …. in town that serves the best lunches. (Clear concise effective communication) He always thanked who ever provided each service from busboy to concierge. He never passed a tip or donation jar without contributing.

He taught each one of my brothers chess as small children – he said it taught you to think ahead and plan your moves so you could WORK SMART NOT HARD.

Television was to watch the news and weather or Ed Sullivan.

He always pitched in until the work was done and  was very generous with his time and money. When he was not actively doing something he was reading or learning.

Until I read this list – I didn’t fully realize that what he accomplished, occurred because of how he had innately designed his life to succeed.

My husband, children and I had the honor caring for him in his last months – even then dying of brain cancer he was researching growing hemp and marketing it. He was planning a family trip for all of us to go to Alaska together.

Decide what you are doing today and get on with it. When you start something – finish it and move on. Make sure to plan to put some fun into everyday. You choose how you spend your time and if you don’t make a conscious choice you choose to waste your time.

He lived a very full life that was financially successful, well traveled and ever expanding. He embodied 20 Things The Rich Do Every Day.

We had a friend Earl who was financially stable and had a life rich in experiences. In many ways he also followed this list. He passed at 93 having hand made 700 puzzled trucks for charity that year. He started everyday by reading the paper cover to cover and dong the cross word puzzle. Both of them accomplished  a lot of good in their lives because they chose to live life every singe day.

How they lived each day – made their lives extraordinary in comparison  to most.

Our choices create our experience – so choose and do.  You will have a much richer life experience.
 Create a new life by creating habits that serve you. Start your To Do List and Your Bucket list today. See how much richer your life is a year from now.
This blog is full of articles that give you an array of choices that you can choose to add to your life so you have the health, wellness and energy to enjoy your richest life.  Please use anything you find of value in these posts to help you live your richest life no matter how you define rich.

24 Suprisingly Helpful Uses For Sugar

24 smart uses for sugar
From battling microscopic parasites to fighting grass stains, plain old sugar can be your ally in a number of clever applications.

By Melissa Breyer (Mother Nature Network)

 
Lips with sugar

LIP SERVICE: Sugar can be used to soften the kisser and to keep lipstick fresh. (Photo: s-dmit/iStockphoto)

The history of sugar is not a simple one. From ancient China to the colonies to Candy Land, sugar has been making its mark throughout time in myriad ways. The “white gold,” as British colonists called it, has now reached mundane staple status for much of the western world, sitting in a five-pound bag in the pantry patiently waiting to be spooned into a cup of coffee or employed in a batch of cookie dough.
 
But that doesn’t mean the coruscating carbohydrate can’t be put to other uses. In a bind, regular table sugar can pinch-hit for a number of other concoctions, often times taking the place of more costly or possibly toxic solutions. Whether for health or beauty, in the kitchen or in the garden, here are a number of ways you can put this versatile ingredient to work.
 
1. Soothe your babe
According to a study in Pediatrics, babies who were given a one-to-four sugar-water solution (directly into the mouth or administered on a pacifier) before immunizations handled the pain of the shots better than children who received only water.
 
2. Treat a wound
You can treat wounds with a sprinkle of sugar: Wives’ tale or wise truth? This study showed that pouring granulated sugar on bedsores, leg ulcers or amputations before dressing killed the bacteria that prevents healing and causes chronic pain.
** Reposter’s Comment ( We raised Bison and had a cow with a prolapsed uterus. The vet corrected the problem and packed the uterus with sugar. He told us that the sugar would stop infection and help our young cow heal more quickly. It definitely worked.)**
 
3. Soothe a singed tongue
For too-quick-a-gulp of too-hot coffee, sizzling pizza — whatever your tongue-burner may be — sugar can ease the sting. Suck on a sprinkle of sugar or a sugar cube and the pain should quickly dissipate.
 
4. Ease a spicy burn
Acidic foods and dairy can lessen the pain of too much spiciness in the mouth, but a dash of sugar works well too.
 
5. Make a body scrub
Sugar makes a splendid exfoliating agent for body scrubs. You can make a super simple one by mixing sugar with oil (canola, almond, jojoba or olive all work well) to create a loose paste. Add some essential oil or vanilla extract if you like fragrance. Gently rub on your skin and then rinse off in the shower.
 
6. Make a banana sugar scrub
When bananas have reached the point of no (edible) return, they can be appointed to your beauty routine. Banana is moisturizing and works perfectly as a vehicle for sugar in a body scrub. Mash a ripe banana with 3 tablespoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon of olive oil. (Don’t over mix.) Gently rub on your skin and then rinse off in the shower.
 
7. Smooth your kisser
Blend a little jojoba or olive oil with caster sugar (also called superfine sugar; you can also make this by putting regular granulated sugar in the food processor for a minute) and a touch of peppermint or vanilla extract, if you like. Place some of the paste on your lips, massage and lick off.
 
8. Extend lipstick
Sprinkle a bit of sugar atop freshly applied lipstick, let it sit, then lick it off. This works to set the lipstick and will extend the application.
 
9. Clean cruddy hands
For extra mucky hands (think paint, grease, grime) add sugar to your soap lather to act as an abrasive. You can also use equal parts sugar and olive oil, which acts to soothe and moisturize over-worked hands.
 
10. Feed your flowers
Add three teaspoons of sugar and two tablespoons of white vinegar per quart of warm water for fresh-cut flowers. The sugar feeds the stems and the vinegar restricts the growth of bacteria.
 
11. Battle nematode worms in garden
Have you nematodes? If the plants in your garden have unsightly knots at the roots, they may have fallen prey to the microscopic parasites. To combat them naturally, apply 5 pounds of sugar for every 250 square feet of garden. The sugar will feed microorganisms which will increase the organic matter in the soil, making it a hostile environment for the nematodes.
 
12. Trap wasps 
Make a simple syrup by boiling sugar and water, fill a jar with it and set it outside to attract wasps. They will fly in and become trapped. What you do with them next is up to you.
 
13. Make a natural fly strip
Fly strips can be unsightly, but flies on dinner can be even more so. If you can’t scoot them out the window and you require relief, you can make all-natural fly strips by combining equal parts sugar, honey and water in a saucepan. Boil the mixture, stirring occasionally, until thickened. Let cool. Cut pieces of brown packing tape, punch a hole on the end and make a loop with string through the hole. Dip the strips in the mix, hang to let excess drips drop (with a pan beneath to catch drips) until sticky, then hang where the flies are most active.
 
14. Make a roach motel
Well, more like a roach last supper. Mix equal parts sugar and baking powder and sprinkle over areas of infestation. Sugar attracts the buggers, the baking powder exterminates them. Replace frequently.
 
15. Feed the butterflies
Matthew Tekulsky, author of “The Butterfly Garden (Harvard Common Press, 1985), recommends this formula for feeding butterflies. 
 
1 pound sugar
1 or 2 cans stale beer
3 mashed overripe banana
1 cup of molasses or syrup
1 cup of fruit juice
1 shot of rum
 
Mix all the ingredients well and paint the mixture on trees, fence posts, rocks, or stumps — or simply soak a sponge in the mixture and hang it from a tree limb.
 
16. Clean your grinders
Coffee bean and spice grinders can collect oils that are strong in flavor, but sugar can clean them by absorbing the offending elements. Pour 1/4 cup of sugar into the grinder and run it for 2 -3 minutes. Dump out and wipe well.
 
17. Attack grass stains
Make a paste of warm water and sugar and apply to grass-stained clothing, let sit for an hour (or longer for tougher stains) and then wash as usual.
 
18. Keep cakes fresh
If you store cake in an airtight container with a few sugar cubes, it will stay fresh longer.
 
19. Keep cookies fresh
See above!
 
20. Prevent cheese from molding? 
Some swear that storing cheese with sugar cubes will prevent cheese from molding.
 
21. Transform berries
Nothing beats fresh berries as they are, but you can also make a quick no-cook dessert topping that is as simple as it is versatile. To make “macerated berries,” stir in a teaspoon of sugar and a squeeze of lemon for every cup of sliced berries. Let sit for 30 minutes. Serve alone, with ice cream or whipped cream, on top of cakes, bread pudding, etc.
 
22. Vanilla your sugar
Split a vanilla bean in half and sink it in a jar full of sugar, let it sit for a week, and voilà, vanilla-perfumed sugar.
 
23. Sweeten iced drinks
Iced coffee season! Cocktail season! Make simple syrup for easy mixing of sugar into cold beverages. Mix one cup sugar with one cup water in a small saucepan. Bring sugar and water to a boil and simmer about 3 minutes until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool completely. Store in a clean jar in the refrigerator.
 
24. Make rock candy
Old-fashioned rock candy is nothing more than sugar and water, and a kick to make with kids. Stir 2.5 cups sugar into 1 cup hot water until sugar is dissolved. Pour the syrup into open containers and add a grain of sugar to each dish. Store in a cool, dry place and check after a few days for crystals. As they form, scoop them out and let dry on a paper towel. A simpler candy does not exist.

10 health Benefits of Virgin Coconut Oil

Finally pretty much everybody is on the Coconut Oil bandwagon.

It is so good for you.

It can replace so many commercially produced and modified fats in our diets.

It truly helps the body function better and leads to better health in every area.

I love cooking with it as it handles heat very well. It adds a creaminess flavor-wise but very little is absorbed into the foods cooked in it.  It adds a golden brown finish to fried veggies like mushrooms without burning them. It does not interfere with the flavor of foods any more than butter does.

It is the perfect Stir-Fry Oil as a little goes a long way.

I love to have Coconut & G rapeseed Oil as well as natural Butter in my kitchen for cooking.

I love to have Coconut Oil in my home for all of its other uses. My favorite is adding 1/4 teaspoon in my bath for the last few minutes as it is a great skin softener and is very nourishing for the hair.

For a bigger picture of Coconut Oil, please take a look at some of my previous blogs on this topic.

Thanks to Positive Med for finding this great poster.

Refrigerator Jam

Refrigerator Jam

Experiment with this recipe – I can see it working with a large number of fruits and fruit combinations.

I would use the Fruit and Berry wash I posted a while back as that would extend how long the jam would last in the fridge.  Enjoy!

Kale, The Healthiest Vegetable on The Planet & How to make Kale Chips

Kale, The Healthiest Vegetable on The Planet  & How to make Kale Chips

Kale is nowadays considered as one of the best vegetables to eat due to all the amazing benefits in it, it is part of the Brassica family that also includes cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, collards, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts, this vegetable is the key to a healthy and nutritious diet. **Kale is easy to grow and and is quite decorative , so add it to your flower beds or plant pots not just your garden for interest and as food.  It will also grow indoors in window planters or pots in the winter. Kale has a few different plants so can really provided a variety in appearance and flavor. I have included a few articles here as well as recipes and how to use so this post is a bit of a read..
Whats in Kale?

One cup of chopped kale contains:
1. 33 calories
2. 9% of the daily value of calcium,
3. 206% of vitamin A
4. 134% of vitamin C
5. 684% of vitamin K
6. Good source of minerals copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus.

kale the healthiest vegetable

BENEFITS:
-Helps lower blood cholesterol levels
-reduce the risk of heart disease
-zero fat
-high in fiber so it helps clean the digestive system
– it has more iron than some meats like beef
-can help protect against various cancers
– helps with the prevention of blood clotting
– can help people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
-help fight other diseases like arthritis and asthma
– helps improve eyesight

kale health benefits

How to select it at the store?

Look for kale with firm, deeply colored leaves and moist hardy stems.

How to eat it?
Here are some ideas to start a new green Kale diet.

Kale salad:
Mix the greens! You can make a salad bowl by using other greens like lettuce, kale and spinach adding fresh squeezed lime to it will make it richer and tastier.

Kale tastes great! But if you don’t like the leafy flavor, a smart idea is to make it combined in a smoothie.
Smoothie idea:
-2 bananas
-1 handful of kale leaves,
-½ cup of water
-2 ice cubes.

Sources
http://www.cookinglight.com/food/in-season/kale-recipes-00412000074204/

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-4408/Top-10-Health-Benefits-of-Eating-Kale.html

http://www.slate.com/articles/life/low_concept/2012/05/the_all_kale_diet_how_i_stopped_eating_anything_else_.html

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=38

http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/the-truth-about-kale

Top 10 Health Benefits of Eating Kale
By Alison Lewis
April 2, 2012 3:30 PM EDT
Kale is being called “the new beef”, “the queen of greens” and “a nutritional powerhouse.” Here are ten great benefits of adding more kale to your diet:
 
1. Kale is low in calorie, high in fiber and has zero fat. One cup of kale has only 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber and 0 grams of fat. It is great for aiding in digestion and elimination with its great fiber content. It’s also filled with so many nutrients, vitamins, folate and magnesium as well as those listed below.
 
2. Kale is high in iron. Per calorie, kale has more iron than beef. Iron is essential for good health, such as the formation of hemoglobin and enzymes, transporting oxygen to various parts of the body, cell growth, proper liver function and more.
 
3. Kale is high in Vitamin K. Eating a diet high in Vitamin K can help protect against various cancers. It is also necessary for a wide variety of bodily functions including normal bone health and the prevention of blood clotting. Also increased levels of vitamin K can help people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
 
4. Kale is filled with powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants, such as carotenoids and flavonoids help protect against various cancers.
 
5. Kale is a great anti-inflammatory food. One cup of kale is filled with 10% of the RDA of omega-3 fatty acids, which help, fight against arthritis, asthma and autoimmune disorders.
 
6. Kale is great for cardiovascular support. Eating more kale can help lower cholesterol levels.
 
7. Kale is high in Vitamin A.Vitamin A is great for your vision, your skin as well as helping to prevent lung and oral cavity cancers.
 
8. Kale is high in Vitamin C. This is very helpful for your immune system, your metabolism and your hydration.
 
9. Kale is high in calcium. Per calorie, kale has more calcium than milk, which aids in preventing bone loss, preventing osteoporosis and maintaining a healthy metabolism. Vitamin C is also helpful to maintain cartilage and joint flexibility
 
10. Kale is a great detox food. Kale is filled with fiber and sulfur, both great for detoxifying your body and keeping your liver healthy.
 

The Truth About Kale

By
WebMD Expert Column
 Move over Popeye and make room for the “queen of greens,” kale. Gaining in popularity, kale is an amazing vegetable being recognized for its exceptional nutrient richness, health benefits, and delicious flavor.

Eating a variety of natural, unprocessed vegetables can do wonders for your health, but choosing super-nutritious kale on a regular basis may provide significant health benefits, including cancer protection and lowered cholesterol.

curly green kale and beets

Kale, also known as borecole, is one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet. A leafy green, kale is available in curly, ornamental, or dinosaur varieties. It belongs to the Brassica family that includes cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, collards, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts.

What makes kale so exceptional? Here is why it’s a superstar vegetable — and ways to work it into your diet.

Kale is a Nutritional Powerhouse

One cup of chopped kale contains 33 calories and 9% of the daily value of calcium, 206% of vitamin A, 134% of vitamin C, and a whopping 684% of vitamin K. It is also a good source of minerals copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus.

Kale’s health benefits are primarily linked to the high concentration and excellent source of antioxidant vitamins A, C, and K — and sulphur-containing phytonutrients.

Carotenoids and flavonoids are the specific types of antioxidants associated with many of the anti-cancer health benefits. Kale is also rich in the eye-health promoting lutein and zeaxanthin compounds.

Beyond antioxidants, the fiber content of cruciferous kale binds bile acids and helps lower blood cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease, especially when kale is cooked instead of raw.

Super-Rich in Vitamin K

Eating a diet rich in the powerful antioxidant vitamin K can reduce the overall risk of developing or dying from cancer, according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Vitamin K is abundant in kale but also found in parsley, spinach, collard greens, and animal products such as cheese.

Vitamin K is necessary for a wide variety of bodily functions, including normal blood clotting, antioxidant activity, and bone health.

But too much vitamin K can pose problems for some people. Anyone taking anticoagulants such as warfarin should avoid kale because the high level of vitamin K may interfere with the drugs. Consult your doctor before adding kale to your diet.

Kale might be a powerhouse of nutrients but is also contains oxalates, naturally occurring substances that can interfere with the absorption of calcium. Avoid eating calcium-rich foods like dairy at the same time as kale to prevent any problems.

Eat More Kale

In summer, vegetable choices abound. But during the cooler months, there are fewer in-season choices — with the exception of kale and other dark, leafy greens that thrive in cooler weather.

To find the freshest kale, look for firm, deeply colored leaves with hardy stems. Smaller leaves will be more tender and milder in flavor. Leaves range from dark green to purple to deep red in color.  

Store kale, unwashed, in an air-tight zipped plastic bag for up to five days in the refrigerator. ** Use the Fruit and Berry wash I posted earlier this year and it will last much longer**

 

Easy Ways to Prepare Kale

Quick cooking preserves kale’s nutrients, texture, color, and flavor. Rinse kale, chop it finely, and add it soups, stews, stir-frys, salads, egg dishes, or casseroles. Or top pizzas with kale for added nutritional goodness. Steam kale for five minutes to make it more tender or eat it raw. You can also substitute it for spinach or collard greens in recipes.

Other fast and easy ways to prepare kale:

  • Make a simple salad with a bunch of thinly sliced kale, red pepper, onion, raisins, and your favorite salad dressing.
  • Braise chopped kale and apples, garnish with chopped walnuts, and add a splash of balsamic vinegar.
  • Toss whole-grain pasta with chopped kale, pine nuts, feta cheese, and a little olive oil.
  • Cover and cook a pound of chopped kale with a few garlic cloves and 2 tablespoons olive oil for 5 minutes; season with salt, pepper, and a tablespoon of red wine vinegar.
  • Make kale chips by slicing kale into bite-size pieces, toss with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt, and bake for 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees in the oven.

All vegetables are rich in nutrients and fiber, fat-free, and low in calories and are intended to be the cornerstone of all healthy diets. Toss kale into your grocery cart to enrich the nutritional goodness of your diet and help you eat the recommended 4-5 servings of vegetables every day.

 Following is a great recipe for Kale Chips BUT IT ALSO WORKS FOR MANY OTHER VEGTABLES like Carrots Rutabagas, Kohl Rabi, Potatoes, Beets, Mushrooms or whatever you can think of from you garden that dries well and crispy.
If I am going to have the oven on,  I fill all the racks with a variety of veggies and then we have a few days of very tasty, healthy snacks. ENJOY!(Home Garden or Organic veggies are always the tastiest.) Awesome after school or lunch snacks that the kids can help prepare too.
 

 

5 Things You Can Do To Protect Yourself From Alzheimers

5 Things You Can Do To Protect Yourself From Alzheimers

 

People are often told that there is very little that can be done to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. A recent study has results to show that those with greater life purpose and some specific nutrition approaches can result in the maintenance of better cognitive ability.

By: PF Louis, NaturalNews.com

(NaturalNews) A study led by Dr. Patricia Boyle of Rush University Center in Chicago has concluded that people with greater life purpose maintained cognitive ability better than those who weren’t leading a purposeful life.

Dr. Boyle and her team wanted to establish a strategy for avoiding Alzheimer’s consequences rather than attempting to find a way of keeping brain plaques and tangles from accumulating.

After following 246 senior citizens — with up to ten years of annual cognitive exams and neurological testing — and quizzing them about life missions and then doing brain autopsies after their deaths, they reached a conclusion.

1 Life purpose/activity

As people age, they’re prone to getting brain plaques and tangles. But if they have a life purpose zestfully pursued, they avoid dementia despite those physical impairments.

There are many real life examples of people managing well as they keenly continue to pursue their life adventures, especially adventures that require mental focus and activity.

Many experts also agree that engaging in mental activities which are new or challenging as one ages also helps retain mental acuity. Walking briskly in nature a mile or so four days a week also helps maintain one’s cognitive abilities.

Four specific nutritional approaches

2 Coconut Oil

After failing to get her dementia addled husband into an Alzheimer drug trial because they were no longer accepting volunteers, Dr. Mary Newport discovered the active ingredient in the formula tested was a synthetic medium chain triglyceride(MCT).

Getting patent rights for big bucks requires the creation of synthetic drugs. Synthetic drugs always produce side effects and their PR exceeds their efficacy.

Dr. Newport discovered that coconut oil contained natural MCT. Her husband had entered the darker side of dementia with his late stage Alzheimer’s. Yet after around a month and a half he was almost completely recovered after taking a tablespoon of coconut oil twice daily. Metabolizing MCTs produces ketones, which dissolve brain plaques and tangles.

An Australian shared his escape from early stage Alzheimer’s on YouTube using both coconut oil and niacin (B3), a supplement pioneered in orthomolecular psychiatry for many mental issues.

3 Vitamin D3 and Curcumin:

The synergy of combining curcumin with vitamin D3 to prevent or reverse Alzheimer’s is a recent development. Each substance alone has shown efficacy on dementia, so why wouldn’t combining the two create a powerful synergy?

This has been recently proven to be effective without side effects.

4 Eliminate aluminum

Avoid aluminum cooking utensils and underarm deodorants containing aluminum. Vaccines contain aluminum that goes right into your bloodstream. Aluminum bypasses the blood brain barrier and accumulates in soft tissue cells that regenerate less often than other tissues, creating plaque.

The brain is an organ that is made of cells that recycle more slowly than most other organ tissue cells. Silica is ideal for removing aluminum from soft tissue and eliminating through the urine. The herb horsetail contains a lot of silica and can be made into a tincture to provide constant silica dosing.

There are also supplements and mineral waters sold commercially that are high in silica.

5 Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA)

Alpha lipoic acid has demonstrated stopping the progression of dementia from early stage into late stage Alzheimer’s with a daily 600 mg dose.

ALA’s oxidative ability is coupled, reducing brain inflammation along with the some metal chelating activity for heavy metals, including lead and mercury.

Dietary advice includes reducing fructose of all types and eliminating processed simple carbs. Brain cells are cholesterol based. Reducing fats for any reason is not a good idea.

Thank You to John and his crew at Optimum Health in Edmonton & Sherwood Park for posting this Natural News Article.
Source: http://www.naturalnews.com/035983_Alzheimers_prevention_coconut_oil.html