Thursday, August 16, 2018

Why You Need Sodium, And How Much Is Necessary

Too much or too little causes health issues

t is no secret that most of us consume way more sodium than our bodies need. The latest nutritional analysis done by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states that, on average, we consume 50 percent more sodium than we need every day. Multiply that by the number of years we’ve gorged on potato chips, and it’s a wonder why more of us don’t suffer from conditions related to excess sodium such as hypertension and cardiovascular disorders.

Yet, it’s a precarious situation we’ve placed ourselves in. Sodium (which is mostly found in salt) is an important electrolyte. We need sodium to survive. Sodium helps the body manage different functions and keeps us well-hydrated.
But how much is too much? The FDA recommends a daily sodium intake of up to 2,300 milligrams (mg) per day. This is roughly a teaspoon of salt. However, most Americans consume an average of 3,400 mg per day.

Throwing that salt shaker away won’t work either. Let’s be realistic: Most of our salt intake is not in how much salt we add to our dinners, but in the amount of processed food we eat. Food such as pizza, deli meats, pasta dishes, and many salad dressings are notably high in sodium.

Food does not always have to taste salty to be high in sodium. Some sweet-tasting cereals and pastries contain large amounts of sodium as well.
Consuming too much sodium can lead to several medical conditions. Too often, we do not know that our bodies are already degrading until something serious happens. Nevertheless, there are some tell-tale signs that you may have too much sodium in your system. (MORE)

Source: Natural News

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

REVEALED: Six Dangerous Additives Hiding In Your Food

Commercial food products such as prepackaged, quick meals contain high levels of toxic additives, preservatives, and artificial flavors. These can increase the risk of life-threatening diseases such as cancer.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) maintains a list of more than 3,000 ingredients that can be used in food production, which includes items such as artificial food dyes and aspartame. The U.S. consumes more than one billion pounds of these toxic chemicals per year, which equates to about six to nine pounds per person. Holistic Nutritionist Kelly Agnew has listed six of the most dangerous food additives that are hiding in our food.

These food additives are in your food

  1. Artificial food dyes — Brightly-colored food items commonly use these artificial dyes to boost their aesthetic appeal. Artificial food dyes have been linked to a plethora of adverse health effects including hyperactivity and cancer. A report by the Center for Science in the Public Interest entitled Food Dyes: A Rainbow of Risks revealed that these food dyes have been found to contribute to cancer development in laboratory animals. The types of cancer associated with these coloring agents include colon cancer, brain and testicular tumors, and other mutations. “These synthetic chemicals do absolutely nothing to improve the nutritional quality or safety of foods, but trigger behavior problems in children and, possibly, cancer in anybody. The Food and Drug Administration should ban dyes, which would force industry to color foods with real food ingredients, not toxic petrochemicals,” said CSPI Executive Director Michael F. Jacobson.
  2. Aspartame — Aspartame is one of the most commonly used sugar substitute in the market today. It is mostly found in diet products such as sodas and artificial sweeteners. The sugar substitute is associated with a host of metabolic conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. One animal study even linked aspartame with an increased cancer risk. European researchers fed rats with various doses of aspartame and found that the artificial sweetener is tied to increased odds of leukemia and lymphoma in the lab animals.
  3. High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) — This sweetener is already infamous for promoting metabolic disorders such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. It that isn’t enough, HFCS is also associated with elevated risk of pancreatic cancer. A 2010 study published in the journal Cancer Research shows that pancreatic tumor cells are able to distinguish glucose from fructose, and readily metabolize the latter to increase propagation.
  4. Monosodium glutamate (MSG) — MSG is a known excitotoxin, which triggers an increased cellular activity that eventually leads to damage. The additive may promote cancer growth.
  5. Sodium nitrite/nitrate — This food additive is commonly used in cured meats to add a glossy, red appearance to the goods. Countless studies link processed meat consumption with an increased risk of pancreatic cancer. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) lists processed meats as carcinogenic food products.
  6. Trans fats — Trans fats are commonly used as a preservative. Trans fats are associated with a number of adverse health conditions such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that daily trans fat consumption is linked to an increased chance of death caused by such diseases as stroke and cancer.  (MORE)
Source; Natural News

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Bye, Bye, Bugs: 12 Plants To Keep The Bugs Away

Protecting your garden and yourself from unwanted pests can be a hassle. Spraying your greens or your body with chemicals may be tempting, but hold off on that. Mother Nature has given us many gifts and among them are insect-repelling plants. According to, there are 12 plants that can help be used as natural bug repellents.
  1. Rosemary — Not just for home cooking, this popular herb is also an effective repellent against mosquitoes and other insects harmful to vegetables. This, according to, is what makes rosemary a good companion plant. Even its cuttings are good at warding off insects. This is one multipurpose herb that would be welcome in the backyards of home cooks and gardeners alike.
  2. Basil — If mosquitoes and house flies are your biggest problem, then basil is a plant you have to keep around your home. The scent of basil is especially repulsive to these insect invaders, so keep pots of basil by your doors and outdoor areas.
  3. Mint — Like basil, mint is an excellent plant to use against mosquitoes. Unlike basil, mint is a tenacious and aggressive plant that can spread like weeds if left on the ground. Because of this, mint is best planted in pots to make it the problem of mosquitoes and not yours.
  4. Lavender — Its scent is known to calm and relax people, but most unwanted insects absolutely hate it. A bouquet of lavender will keep mosquitoes, fleas, house flies and moths away from any room of your house.
  5. Lemon thyme — This hardy plant is unlike the others because the plant won’t repel insects by itself. To get the most out of lemon thyme, you need to crush the leaves to release the chemicals in the plant. An unusual plant to keep, it’s still one that works well against cabbage maggots, tomato hornworms, cabbage loopers, and corn earworms.
  6. Lemongrass — Citronella is marketed as an effective mosquito repellent, so the plant where citronella comes from is just as good. Found only in South Florida, lemongrass does well both in a pot and in the ground, so you can use it in your home and in your garden.
  7. Petunias — This colorful and popular flower is surprisingly effective at dealing with insects. Rather than repelling or outright killing them, petunias trap insects with their sticky stamens and keep them there until the insects eventually expire.
  8. Alliums — If you’re growing a vegetable garden, alliums are a must-have plant. This flowering form of garlic and onion can take care of garden-destroying pests like slugs, aphids, and cabbage worms.
  9. Nasturtiums — A beautiful flower that makes an excellent companion plant, the airborne chemical that nasturtiums release protect the flower and surrounding plants. Tomatoes, broccoli, cabbage, and cucumbers benefit greatly from nasturtium.
  10. Chrysanthemums — A special chemical called pyrethrum is what makes chrysanthemums a fantastic repellent against roaches, ticks, and fleas.
  11. Marigolds — There are many varieties of marigold, but they all have the same health benefits. What makes marigolds unique is that their smell can chase off aphids, mosquitoes,and larger animals like rabbits.
  12. Pitcher plants — An unorthodox but practical choice. Any insect that falls into its pitcher—actually a specialized leaf—won’t be coming back out. North American pitcher plants can take care of ants, beetles, slugs, and wasps.
Keeping insects away doesn’t need to be difficult or require the use of chemicals. So put the pesticide away and bring out your gardening tools. With a few additions to your home and garden, you can be bug-free during the summer.
Learn more tips on how to naturally repel insects at (MORE)

Source: Natural News

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Even Quick Meditation Aids Cognitive Skills

College students who listen to a 10-minute meditation tape complete simple cognitive tasks more quickly and accurately than peers who listen to a "control" recording on a generic subject, researchers at Yale University and Swarthmore College report.

The study, published Aug. 6 in the journal Frontiers of Neuroscience, shows even people who have never meditated before can benefit from even a short  practice.
"We have known for awhile that people who practice meditation for a few weeks or months tend to perform better on cognitive tests, but now we know you don't have to spend weeks practicing to see improvement," said Yale's Hedy Kober, associate professor of psychiatry and psychology and senior author of the study.
The research team headed by Kober and Catherine Norris at Swarthmore randomly divided  into two groups. One group listened to a 10-minute recording on meditation prior to performing  and the second group listened to a similarly produced tape about sequoia trees.
Both groups were then given simple tasks designed to measure cognitive dexterity. Those who listened to the meditation recording performed significantly better, across two studies.
There was one exception, however. Those who scored highest in measurements of neuroticism—"I worry all the time"—did not benefit from listening to the meditation tape.
"We don't know if longer meditation sessions, or multiple sessions, would improve their cognitive scores, and we look forward to testing that in future studies," Kober said. (MORE)
Source: Medical Xpress

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Here Are The Best Naturally Detoxifying Foods You Can Eat Every Day

Every day you end up absorbing toxic substances from your surroundings that impair your health. Your body naturally removes these toxins, but you can give it a boost by eating certain types of food. An article in Paleohacks listed the ten best foods that can naturally detoxify your body.
The first is sauerkraut, the fermented cabbage you usually add to your hot dogs. Like all fermented foods, it contains probiotics that are good for your gut. These beneficial bacteria can bind themselves to heavy metals like cadmium and lead so that the toxic substances can be eliminated.
As little as a quarter cup of sauerkraut every day will be enough to boost your gut health. If you don’t like cabbage, try other fermented foods like kefir, kimchi, and unsweetened yogurt made from almond.
Dandelions help your gallbladder, kidneys, and liver detoxify the body. The herb is a diuretic, which increases urine production to get rid of toxins. It is also rich in vitamin C, an antioxidant that stops free radicals from damaging cells.
Eggs have plenty of protein. That means they have plenty of sulfur, which is used to make the antioxidant glutathione that strengthens the liver and supports detoxification. Organic ones are also free from toxins. (Related: How to start your pain-free digital detox.)

Fruits, vegetables, and superfoods

Every member of the Brassica genus of plants are excellent choices. Be it broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kale, or any of the rest, these cruciferous vegetables can detoxify the body.
These vegetables have sulfur and other compounds that improve the detoxification phases of the liver. The first phase removes alcohol, caffeine, pesticides, saturated fats, and other noxious substances in food. The second phase handles the more toxic stuff: Chemicals, drugs, and pharmaceuticals. (MORE)

Source:Natural News