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10 Steps on Improving Your Metabolism

Are you sluggish and low on energy? Do you feel like you work and work toward your weight loss goal and never seem to make any dramatic improvement?

You could be suffering from a slow metabolism (1). Even though you may have a slow metabolism, it does not have to destroy your weight loss efforts. You can dramatically improve your metabolism, and boost your energy levels without taking supplements (2).

Your metabolism simply refers to the conversion of food to usable energy by the body. It is the biological process, by which energy is extracted from food, and the net result is how fast or slowly the body burns those calories.

A few steps you can take to improve your metabolism naturally are:

Drink Water – Water is great to drink and you should be drinking a minimum of 8 to 10, glasses daily, of course, more is better. It will help increase your metabolism and flush out sodium, toxins, and fat. Drinking water before meals will fill your stomach so you feel full and prevent overeating. Avoid excess colas, coffee, teas, and sugary juices. Caffeine will dehydrate you, and the sugar will do more damage than good in the long-run.

Eat Every Three Hours – Eat a small balanced meal every three hours, including snacks. Meals and snacks should be balanced, meaning they should contain a complete protein, carbohydrates, as well as natural fat. Failure to eat consistently can lead to a slower metabolism and fat storage. Also, skipping meals slows down your metabolism. To ignite fat loss you need to be consuming the right foods in a balanced manner throughout the day.

Don’t Skip Breakfast – Breakfast is the most important meal of the day because it gets your metabolism running in high gear. You wouldn’t drive your car to work on an empty tank, and you shouldn’t start your day without adequate nourishment. Your first meal sets your metabolism for the day and keeps it going, as long as you eat every three hours. If you get up early and eat a late breakfast, you miss out on several hours of burning calories.

Don’t Fear Fat – Fat has developed a bad reputation. Many people think fat makes you fat. This is false. The type of fat and how much fat you eat impacts your body fat composition. Fat is needed by the body. Those who follow a very low-fat diet have a harder time ridding their body of fat. Choose natural healthy fats such as olive oil, avocados, various nuts, flax, and natural peanut butter to receive your necessary fats.

Omit Trans Fat – Trans fat is the bad fat, the cause of weight gain, low energy, depression, cancer, and heart disease. You will never get the body you desire by eating “healthy” fast food, frozen dinners, and other processed choices. If it’s man-made, it’s not the best choice, and will halt fat loss endeavors. Eat the foods Mother Nature has provided to meet your fat loss goals.

Be Active Daily – Stay active at least six days a week. Take the stairs when possible or park further out to get that little bit of extra movement to keep the heart and lungs working optimally. The more movement you get daily, the better you will feel overall.

Do Cardiovascular Exercise – Cardio exercise is necessary for heart and lung health. It also burns calories. Doing cardio first thing in the morning on an empty stomach can tap into fat stores, and keep your body burning calories at a high rate for about an hour after cardio is finished. If you fail to eat adequately daily, first morning cardio on an empty stomach can work against you. Doing morning cardio on very low calorie diet can burn muscle. Another good time to incorporate cardio is in the evening after your last meal. This allows you to burn calories so you are not sleeping on them. You do not have to implement a morning and evening session, choose one or the other or cycle between the two to prevent staleness and boredom.

HIIT It – Blend some High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) into your cardiovascular program from time to time to give your body and metabolism a good shock. The body is programmed for adaptation. Therefore, doing the same cardio format day in and day out can become stale really fast. Take one or two days a week and implement some HIIT to give the body an added shock.

HIIT is basically alternating low intensity and moderate to high intensity cardio training.  For example, a 20 minute HIIT session would look similar to this:

Minute 1 and 2 – Low Intensity (Walking) Minute 3 and 4 – High Intensity (Light jogging or running) Minute 5 and 6 – Low Intensity Minute 7 and 8 – High Intensity and so on…

Weight Train – Resistance training builds muscle, which is metabolically active tissue. The more muscle you acquire, the faster your metabolism will be.  Adding more lean muscle tissue to your body will put curves in the right places and allow you to eat more calories a day.

Listen to Your Body – Killing yourself with workouts is just as dangerous as not working out at all. Listen to your body and get proper rest. Don’t train if you are ill, still sore from the previous workout, or just simply too tired. Training in such a state can cause more problems than it solves.

If any of the above fails to prove results in 4 to 6 weeks, there could be an underlying problem, such as a food allergy, sluggish thyroid, hormonal imbalance, toxins, parasites, etc. (3) If so, I recommend searching for a natural healer in your area to determine the cause. and work from there. For the most part, proper diet, detoxifying, and herbs can correct any ailments.

Dr. Serge Gregoire
Dr. Serge is a clinical nutritionist. He owns a doctorate degree in nutrition from McGill University in Canada. In addition, he completed a 7-year postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School in Massachusetts where he studied the impact of fat as it relates to heart disease.

He has authored a book on this topic that is awaiting publication with Edition Berger publishers in Canada. He holds an advance certification in Nutrition Response Testing (SM) from Ulan Nutritional Systems in Florida and he is a certified herbalist through the Australian College of Phytotherapy.

His personalized nutritional programs allow to help individuals with a wide variety of health concerns such as hormonal imbalance, digestive issues, heart-related conditions, detoxes/cleanses, weight loss, fatigue, migraines, allergies, among others.

It was taken away to keep you sick

Methylsulfonymethane is marketed lucratively as MSM. The process starts with crystals, which are then turned into powder with anti-caking agents, like silicon dioxide, added to it. This presents a problem for the people that buy it because when the crystals are turned into powder much of its effectiveness is lost. When the anti-caking agents are added to it, the remaining benefits are nullified. To derive the maximum benefits from MSM, it must be in the form of organic crystals and lignin (wood) based or prepared with Food Grade DMSO.

Our organic sulfur crystals are produced as follows:

MSM is made from lignin based DMSO (Dimethyl Sulfoxide), and DMSO is made by processing the waste product of paper making (“pulp and paper industry”)–it is NEVER made by simply processing trees or any other form of plant life (no matter what you might read in some less informed Internet sources), for the sole purpose of extracting DMSO. It COULD be, just as seawater could be used for the sole purpose of extracting gold, but this is totally impractical.

DMSO is extracted from the waste product of papermaking and it is the PAPER MAKING that allows the whole process to be practical. As paper is made, the paper is made of the fibers of wood. But, as trees grow, the fibers of wood are stuck together, in the living tree, by a substance called “lignin.” Lignin is like glue that holds the fibers together. The wood could not be made into paper if all the fibers are still stuck together. So, papermaking must include some process by which the lignin is removed, allowing the wood fibers to be managed into flat paper, etc.

Lignin is removed with something called “pulping chemicals.” These chemicals are sodium sulfite (the majority), sodium sulfide and sodium carbonate). When these chemicals are soaked in a vat with wood chips, the lignin dissolves and the wood fibers can then be removed from the mass. Generally about 50% of the stuff in the vat would be the wood fibers, ready for making into paper, and 50% would be the residue, the waste product, of the original “pulping chemicals” and the lignin that has now been dissolved. That first liquid is called DMS (CH3 – S – CH3), but it quickly and easily further refined into DMSO.

Food Grade DMSO is the main ingredient from which MSM is made by a controlled oxidation process using hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and water. There are no other chemicals used, and the H2O2 is turned into water.

It is very important to realize that if you purchase the Organic Sulfur Crystals, then the MSM you receive has been distilled. NO CHEMICALS ARE LEFT BEHIND. It is the purest possible form of the chemical MSM.

Organic sulfur is found in all living organisms. It is also contained in raw plant and animal foods. Organic sulfur is not found in any foods, which have been either stored during shipping, refrigeration, or cooked. Organic sulfur bonds with moisture and is therefore carried away when dehydration occurs – this is why stored, refrigerated or cooked foods no longer contain organic sulfur.

Also, with the introduction of the petro-chemical fertilizers in the 1930’s, the benefits of sulfur were severely diminished and why you must stay hydrated and drink lots of water daily. Also, with the introduction of the petro-chemical fertilizers, which were created to replace manure as fertilizer and to create a cash “crop” for the petro-chemical industry, the oil based fertilizers virtually destroyed the sulfur in the soil. Add to this the obscene over-processing of our food supply, which served only to increase shelf life and profits and which made our food supply completely devoid of sulfur, it’s no wonder that we are a nation of overweight, undernourished, disease-ridden sickos hooked on pharmaceutical drugs.

When, in 1985, Finland became alarmed over the increasing obscene disease rate of its population, they banned all use of chemical fertilizers fearing the levels of cadmium, yet totally unaware of the sulfur connection. Since doing so, they have become the leading supplier of organically grown foods in Europe. They have also seen their disease rates drop to one tenth of their 1985 levels.

Interestingly enough, in 1985, the U.S. was at the same disease level as Finland. So. Why did we not follow suit and ban the chemical fertilizers and put a lid on the highly processed foods? Well, as the theme song to Donald Trump’s TV show began, “Money, Money, Money”!

Do you really think that we would cease our use of profitable chemicals for our soil and our food, which involves commercial agribusiness, medicine, insurance, and genetic and designer foods? We can, however, regenerate our internal sulfur cycle with Organic Sulfur Crystals, provided that this product has not suffered the same indignities of “science” that our food supply has and continues to suffer.

Like sulfur, the cell membrane is another blind spot in medicine. Despite proof that the cellular membranes need sulfur to be utilized and formatted correctly so any cell can function as the basic unit of life, medicine still depends upon synthetic chemicals to treat a symptom.

In the body, ORGANIC SULFUR is used to repair cells, which have been damaged, as well as to promote the growth of healthy new cells by allowing the cells to transport oxygen more effectively. ORGANIC SULFUR also makes cell walls more permeable, thus able to allow more nutrients in and to allow waste materials to pass out of the cells.

Studies have shown that chlorine and fluorine are detrimental to such oxygen transport, yet these elements have been added to the U.S. mainland and our military bases in Hawaii’s water supply to make our teeth “healthier” and our water more “pure”, or free from bacterial infestation.

Fortunately, other than the military bases, Hawaii’s water supply is fluoride-free and I was instrumental in accomplishing that despite an avalanche of industry and Hawaii Dept. of Health executive blatant lies.

These elements are poisonous at higher concentrations and they block the uptake of both oxygen and sulfur. Hook up a charcoal filter to your faucet and it removes the chlorine before you drink it. The small amount of chlorine in the water, however, has not been found to adversely affect the benefits of the sulfur.

Every day the body uses up to 750mg of ORGANIC SULFUR naturally. ORGANIC SULFUR is natural and is actually found in the water we drink, as well as fresh, unstored and uncooked foods. It is found in fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy products. Unless you mostly consume organic raw foods, you are likely not receiving enough ORGANIC SULFUR to realize its tremendous health benefits.

Unfortunately, the shelf-life deterioration for sulfur is rapid in cruciferous vegetables, garlic and onions with as much as a 95% loss of sulfur lost after one week of harvest. Adding insult to injury is the fact that cooked or processed foods have no utilizable sulfur. And sadly, most MSM and other sulfur supplements fail to restore cellular levels of sulfur and omega 3s. The reason for this is that anything synthetic that sulfur comes in contact with renders it useless.

What are the benefits of ORGANIC SULFUR?

OS has a cleansing or “detoxifying” effect on the cells within the body. It allows the body to remove toxins that have accumulated in all types of cells, including fat cells. Should you feel like you are getting the flu or other symptoms where you feel like you are getting sick, understand that you are not getting sick. It is the detoxifying process and it will pass. While this is happening DO NOT STOP TAKING THE CRYSTALS.

The suggested usage is 1 teaspoon full twice per day – one in the morning and one in the evening. This can be done in several ways: dissolved in hot water, putting the crystals in your mouth and chewing them, putting a tablespoon in a liter or quart bottle, fill it with water and drink it all day, or add it to orange juice and take it that way. I personally opted for the chewing method and then drinking orange juice. I have never tasted orange juice so sweet.

OS is not a drug or prescription medicine. It is actually a nutrient, or a food that the body can consume.

OS increases enzyme production within the glands in the body, substantially increasing overall resistance to illness.

OS increases flexibility in the tissues within the body, increases blood circulation and aids in lowering high blood pressure.

OS reduces muscle inflammation, promotes healing in the muscles and prevents them from becoming sore. To the degree there is soreness, recovery and return to normality is quickened. Athletes, in particular, benefit from this as the intake of additional OS dramatically increases their recovery time.

OS eliminates so-called “free radicals” in the body. Allergies to pollens and certain foods can be reduced or eliminated by its use.

OS promotes healthy, increased growth of hair and fingernails.

OS has been studied for possible anti-cancer effects. Because of the oxygenation of the cells and tissues, which creates an aerobic environment, cancer cells cannot exist.

OS studies have shown the reversal of osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease.

OS aids in healthy skin production and the reduction of “wrinkles”. It is one of the main ingredients in moisturizing creams.

OS can benefit all skin types and ages. It has been shown to be highly effective in the treatment of skin conditions like acne, eczema and psoriasis (bear in mind that these conditions arise from a weak immune system, which the OS helps strengthen), as well as problematic skin and helps keep skin healthy and strong to guard against premature aging and skin damage.

OS helps the body properly regulate insulin production. Adequate OS in the diet can reduce the need for insulin injections.

OS helps in reducing and often eliminating diverticulitis. Parasites living in the colon are unable to remain attached to the colon walls on which OS forms a smooth, resistant coating. Hatching worms, having nothing to grab on to, are flushed out.

OS helps alleviate emphysema. It provides the body with material to manufacture new, healthy cells, on lung walls. Case in point – the asthma I had my whole life after being vaccinated as a child disappeared after taking the sulfur for 3 days and has not returned since it went away in 2007.

OS, because of its ability to make cell walls more permeable, causes the body to rapidly release alcohol “hangover” toxins, removing them as waste from the body. The process happens far more rapidly than it takes to recover from a hangover, often as quickly as 20 minutes.

OS helps alleviate chronic headaches. Increased circulation in the brain cells promotes proper blood circulation within the brain. Less pressure and pain result, reducing tendencies for headaches.

OS reduces hypoglycemia in the body because it has made it easier for the body to introduce blood sugar through more permeable cell walls. Less insulin is demanded for the process, resulting in less overuse of the pancreas. Several months of consistent OS usage can reduce or eliminate hypoglycemia entirely.

OS helps alleviate PMS. Glandular production in enhanced by OS to have more “normal” levels of production. Acid levels, enzyme levels and hormonal levels are more evenly balanced with OS. Cramps, headaches and nausea from the monthly cycle can be reduced or eliminated through its use.

OS helps promote better kidney function more efficiently. Water retention problems due to bad kidney function can be alleviated.

OS can help alleviate eye problems. Dissolve 1 teaspoon of sulfur crystals in 4 ounces of water and us as eye drops as frequently as you like.

OS will deliver essential omega 3s throughout the body and will also allow the body to produce vitamin B-12.

OS has amazingly reversed autism in 32 children that we know about so far.

OS eliminates the need for Viagra or Cialis as it reverses Erectile Dysfunction.

Important: If you take any medication or supplements, there must be a 30 minute gap between the taking of the crystals and the taking of the meds and/or supplements. The synthetic chemicals and the anti-caking agents will nullify the benefits of the sulfur crystals.

Last but not least, there is a simple test you can do to find out if what you got is good. Dissolve a bit in a little hot water, put it somewhere and let it dehydrate. After it dehydrates the crystals should appear larger and more pronounced kind of like snowflakes. If not, get your money back because it will be useless.



Hesh Goldstein
When I was a kid, if I were told that I’d be writing a book about diet and nutrition when I was older, let alone having been doing a health related radio show for over 36 years, I would’ve thought that whoever told me that was out of their mind. Living in Newark, New Jersey, my parents and I consumed anything and everything that had a face or a mother except for dead, rotting, pig bodies, although we did eat bacon (as if all the other decomposing flesh bodies were somehow miraculously clean). Going through high school and college it was no different. In fact, my dietary change did not come until I was in my 30′s.

Just to put things in perspective, after I graduated from Weequahic High School and before going to Seton Hall University, I had a part-time job working for a butcher. I was the delivery guy and occasionally had to go to the slaughterhouse to pick up products for the store. Needless to say, I had no consciousness nor awareness, as change never came then despite the horrors I witnessed on an almost daily basis.

After graduating with a degree in accounting from Seton Hall, I eventually got married and moved to a town called Livingston. Livingston was basically a yuppie community where everyone was judged by the neighborhood they lived in and their income. To say it was a “plastic” community would be an understatement.

Livingston and the shallowness finally got to me. I told my wife I was fed up and wanted to move. She made it clear she had to be near her friends and New York City. I finally got my act together and split for Colorado.

I was living with a lady in Aspen at the end of 1974, when one day she said, ” let’s become vegetarians”. I have no idea what possessed me to say it, but I said, “okay”! At that point I went to the freezer and took out about $ 100 worth of frozen, dead body parts and gave them to a welfare mother who lived behind us. Well, everything was great for about a week or so, and then the chick split with another guy.

So here I was, a vegetarian for a couple weeks, not really knowing what to do, how to cook, or basically how to prepare anything. For about a month, I was getting by on carrot sticks, celery sticks, and yogurt. Fortunately, when I went vegan in 1990, it was a simple and natural progression. Anyway, as I walked around Aspen town, I noticed a little vegetarian restaurant called, “The Little Kitchen”.

Let me back up just a little bit. It was April of 1975, the snow was melting and the runoff of Ajax Mountain filled the streets full of knee-deep mud. Now, Aspen was great to ski in, but was a bummer to walk in when the snow was melting.

I was ready to call it quits and I needed a warmer place. I’ll elaborate on that in a minute.

But right now, back to “The Little Kitchen”. Knowing that I was going to leave Aspen and basically a new vegetarian, I needed help. So, I cruised into the restaurant and told them my plight and asked them if they would teach me how to cook. I told them in return I would wash dishes and empty their trash. They then asked me what I did for a living and I told them I was an accountant.

The owner said to me, “Let’s make a deal. You do our tax return and we’ll feed you as well”. So for the next couple of weeks I was doing their tax return, washing their dishes, emptying the trash, and learning as much as I could.

But, like I said, the mud was getting to me. So I picked up a travel book written by a guy named Foder. The name of the book was, “Hawaii”. Looking through the book I noticed that in Lahaina, on Maui, there was a little vegetarian restaurant called,” Mr. Natural’s”. I decided right then and there that I would go to Lahaina and work at “Mr. Natural’s.” To make a long story short, that’s exactly what happened.

So, I’m working at “Mr. Natural’s” and learning everything I can about my new dietary lifestyle – it was great. Every afternoon we would close for lunch at about 1 PM and go to the Sheraton Hotel in Ka’anapali and play volleyball, while somebody stayed behind to prepare dinner.

Since I was the new guy, and didn’t really know how to cook, I never thought that I would be asked to stay behind to cook dinner. Well, one afternoon, that’s exactly what happened; it was my turn. That posed a problem for me because I was at the point where I finally knew how to boil water.

I was desperate, clueless and basically up the creek without a paddle. Fortunately, there was a friend of mine sitting in the gazebo at the restaurant and I asked him if he knew how to cook. He said the only thing he knew how to cook was enchiladas. He said that his enchiladas were bean-less and dairy-less. I told him that I had no idea what an enchilada was or what he was talking about, but I needed him to show me because it was my turn to do the evening meal.

Well, the guys came back from playing volleyball and I’m asked what was for dinner. I told them enchiladas; the owner wasn’t thrilled. I told him that mine were bean-less and dairy-less. When he tried the enchilada he said it was incredible. Being the humble guy that I was, I smiled and said, “You expected anything less”? It apparently was so good that it was the only item on the menu that we served twice a week. In fact, after about a week, we were selling five dozen every night we had them on the menu and people would walk around Lahaina broadcasting, ‘enchilada’s at “Natural’s” tonight’. I never had to cook anything else.

A year later the restaurant closed, and somehow I gravitated to a little health food store in Wailuku. I never told anyone I was an accountant and basically relegated myself to being the truck driver. The guys who were running the health food store had friends in similar businesses and farms on many of the islands. I told them that if they could organize and form one company they could probably lock in the State. That’s when they found out I was an accountant and “Down to Earth” was born. “Down to Earth” became the largest natural food store chain in the islands, and I was their Chief Financial Officer and co-manager of their biggest store for 13 years.

In 1981, I started to do a weekly radio show to try and expose people to a vegetarian diet and get them away from killing innocent creatures. I still do that show today. I pay for my own airtime and have no sponsors to not compromise my honesty. One bit of a hassle was the fact that I was forced to get a Masters Degree in Nutrition to shut up all the MD’s that would call in asking for my credentials.

My doing this radio show enabled me, through endless research, to see the corruption that existed within the big food industries, the big pharmaceutical companies, the biotech industries and the government agencies. This information, unconscionable as it is, enabled me to realize how broken our health system is. This will be covered more in depth in the Introduction and throughout the book and when you finish the book you will see this clearly and it will hopefully inspire you to make changes.

I left Down to Earth in 1989, got nationally certified as a sports injury massage therapist and started traveling the world with a bunch of guys that were making a martial arts movie. After doing that for about four years I finally made it back to Honolulu and got a job as a massage therapist at the Honolulu Club, one of Hawaii’s premier fitness clubs. It was there I met the love of my life who I have been with since 1998. She made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. She said,” If you want to be with me you’ve got to stop working on naked women”. So, I went back into accounting and was the Chief Financial Officer of a large construction company for many years.

Going back to my Newark days when I was an infant, I had no idea what a “chicken” or “egg” or “fish” or “pig” or “cow” was. My dietary blueprint was thrust upon me by my parents as theirs was thrust upon them by their parents. It was by the grace of God that I was able to put things in their proper perspective and improve my health and elevate my consciousness.

The road that I started walking down in 1975 has finally led me to the point of writing my book, “A Sane Diet For An Insane World”. Hopefully, the information contained herein will be enlightening, motivating, and inspiring to encourage you to make different choices. Doing what we do out of conditioning is not always the best course to follow. I am hoping that by the grace of the many friends and personalities I have encountered along my path, you will have a better perspective of what road is the best road for you to travel on, not only for your health but your consciousness as well.

Last but not least: after being vaccinated as a kid I developed asthma, which plagued me all of my life. In 2007 I got exposed to the organic sulfur crystals, which got rid of my asthma in 3 days and has not come back in over 10 years. That, being the tip of the iceberg, has helped people reverse stage 4 cancers, autism, joint pain, blood pressure problems, migraine headaches, erectile dysfunction, gingivitis, and more. Also, because of the detoxification effects by the release of oxygen that permeates and heals all the cells in the body, it removes parasites, radiation, fluoride, free radicals, and all the other crap that is thrust upon us in the environment by Big Business.

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Sniffing Rosemary Can Improve Memory By 75%

Rosemary is one of the oldest known medicinal herbs. It has innumerable uses in both the kitchen and in herbal medicine. Both the leaves and flowers of rosemary have been used medicinally for thousands of years to improve memory. Shakespeare was right in saying rosemary can improve your memory.

Rosemary Protects The Brain From Damage And Aging

Some memory loss is considered a normal part of aging. Rosemary protects the brain in a variety of ways to minimize damage and slow down the rate of brain cell aging. It increases blood flow to the brain, which in turn supplies the brain with more oxygen and nutrients.

Rosemary contains carnosic acid, which fights off free radical damage to the brain. It contains  natural acids that help in protecting the body`s cells and DNA from free radical damage. The compounds in rosemary herb are said to prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine, which is a chemical that induces the brain cells that are responsible for memory and reasoning to communicate with one another.

Smelling Rosemary to Enhance Your Memory

There was a study conducted on rosemary where groups of people were given rosemary essential oil. A total of 66 people participated in the study. They were randomly assigned to two rooms, one scented with rosemary and the other not scented. The results were remarkable: people had 60 to 75% chances of remembering things, compared with people who were not given rosemary essential oil!

How To Use Rosemary

There are many different ways to start boosting memory with rosemary. Place three to four drops of rosemary essential oil on a tissue and enjoy as the smell wafts through the air. (1) (2) (3)

Some Other Uses & Benefits Of Rosemary Essential Oil

-Arthritis treatment, anti-inflammatory
-Sooth the stomach and relieve pain from indigestion, menstrual cramps
-Rosemary infused oil removebad dandruff of hair loss
-Reducing anxiety, elevating mood
-Protects against DNA damage
-Improving circulation
-Detoxifying the liver
-Calming effects
-Pain relief
-Headache relief
-Skin tonic
-Hair tonic
-Digestion soother
-Immune booster
-Cancer prevention

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The History of Cat Food: Why You’re Probably Feeding Your Cat Wrong

Let’s take a trip through time.

We’ll visit prehistoric African landscapes, ancient Egyptian cities, Victorian streets featuring the sound of cat’s meat men hawking their wares, the unique economic situation of World War II, and the business boom of post-war America.

The unifying thread woven through all of these curious scenes is, as you guessed, cats – and the food they eat.

Their natural dietary needs haven’t changed, either. Nevertheless, humans always have to do things the hard way. Ideas about feline nutrition have transformed quite a bit over the years.

We’ll begin our journey over 12,000 years ago. These are the days of felis silvestris lybica or the African wildcat. This small cat living in Africa, the Near East, and around the Arabian peninsula, is the ancestor of the domesticated cat. This hardy hunter lives primarily off of small rodents, supplementing their diet with small mammals, bugs, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. As obligate carnivores, their diet is comprised of meat – although they’re known to occasionally eat jackalberries.

While dogs were domesticated much earlier (think as much as well over 20,000 years earlier) by hunter-gatherers, the domestication and keeping of cats is always the sign of advanced civilization. Yep, you read that right. You may use this fact in your next argument with a dog person.

Wildcats wandering by a settlement would have noticed the abundance of rodents feasting on the grain stores, twitched their whiskers, and dove in. Thanks to their fantastic value as rodent management tools, these cats quickly earned their place in society. People not advanced enough to harvest and store surplus grain were of little interest to wildcats. Similarly, without grain stores in need of protection, these hunter-gatherers wouldn’t have recognized their practical value.

As is the case with so many things, the story of feline domestication is closely linked to food and diet. Humans need grains and cats need meat. Our different and mutually beneficial dietary needs were the basis for the entire relationship between cats and people.

Continuing onward through the ages of cat-worshipping ancient Egypt and the reverent Romans, cats continued to live on a similar diet – they hunted snakes, rats, mice, and other pests. People may have given them treats to encourage the cats to stick around, but for the most part, these early cats fended for themselves.

This continued for thousands of years. Throughout most of history, cats have been full-time employees in an agrarian society. Although they were valuable companion animals as well, cats were hunters and pest controllers.

The Medieval era was a very turbulent time for cats. Among Muslims, cats were beloved pets. But in Christian Europe, they were seen as devilish creatures – still, of course, profoundly linked to their proclivity to hunt rodents. Medieval printing pioneer William Caxton is credited with this statement that in a sense likens the cat to the devil while addressing its predatory nature:

“The devyl playeth ofte with the synnar, lyke as the catte doth with the mous.”

By the 1700’s, however, European cats were no longer persecuted and again rose to high esteem for their ability to get rid of hated brown rats, which hit Europe in the 18th century.

Through the middle of the 19th century, cats were viewed as independent animals capable of essentially feeding themselves. However, it was around this time that you’ll see evidence that there was a new idea going around.

In 1837, French writer Mauny de Mornay declared that:

“It is… thought wrongly that the cat, ill-fed, hunts better and takes more mice; this too is a grave error. The cat who is not given food is feeble and sickly; as soon as he has bitten into a mouse, he lies down to rest and sleep; while well fed, he is wide awake and satisfies his natural taste in chasing all that belongs to the rat family.”

But what would that well-fed cat eat? Probably a lot of horse meat – cheap meat often sold for pets by street vendors. At the time, “complete and balanced” commercial food didn’t exist even for dogs. The first food made just for dogs hit the market in 1860. James Spratt introduced Patent Meal Fibrine Dog Cakes that year. They were a hit in England and their popularity quickly caught on in America, kicking off the spread of the pet food industry.

It was in the same year that Scottish doctor Gordon Stables stated that:

“…cat ought to be fed at least twice a day. Let her have a dish to herself, put down to her, and removed when the meal is finished. Experience is the best teacher as regards the quantity of a cat’s food, and in quality let it be varied. Oatmeal porridge and milk, or white bread steeped in warm milk, to which a little sugar has been added, are both excellent breakfasts for puss; and for dinner she must have an allowance of flesh. Boiled lights are better for her than horse-meat, and occasionally let her have fish.”

So we see what the cultured Victorian cat might eat: oatmeal and bread with milk and sugar for breakfast, followed by organs, horse meat, and fish for dinner. And perhaps some Spratt’s Patent Cat Food. Note, though, that at this time commercial pet food was still viewed as a luxury item. It didn’t become really common until around the 20’s and 30’s.

It was around that time when the first canned cat food hit the market. Most canned cat foods were fish-based and more popular in coastal areas that produced plenty of seafood byproducts.

Well, dry cat food didn’t exist at all until World War II shook up the world economy and forced major changes in production. For one, pet food was classified as a non-essential good. Secondly, metal rationing took a toll on the can production industry, forcing pet food manufacturers to do something different. Production shifted towards an emphasis on dry food and kibble for cats and dogs. 

After the war, dry food established itself as an essential part of pet care. Commercial pet food, in general, was an essential. Human food manufacturers saw the popularity of pet food as a great opportunity to make use of byproducts. Pet food manufacturers utilized clever marketing to convince consumers that table scraps, raw food, and prey were not enough to keep their pets healthy

Today, dry food is the number one most popular type of cat food in the United States.

We’ve gone from the carnivorous diet of felis silvestris lybica, through the rodent-fueled early days of feline domestication and the thousands of years of meat-eating pest control that followed, onward into times of milk, sugar, and horsemeat, and finally concluding with today’s period: one marked by the prevalence of a grain-based diet for cats.

Grain has always been a critical part of the cat’s relationship with people. Humans use grain as a primary food source, harvesting and storing it for future use. Rodents threaten the stores of that grain, attracting cats, who need the flesh of those rodents to survive. Cats keep the pests in check and, so doing, have earned their place in human society.

Dry cat food has been a staple for only about the last seventy years. That’s just about .5% of the history of domesticated cats. Does it really make sense to believe that this new diet – necessitated by wartime restrictions and popularized by the opportunity to make money off of human food byproducts – is truly appropriate for our cats?

The flaws of dry cat food are numerous and manifest in some of the most common health issues affecting cats today: poor dental health, diabetes, and feline urinary tract disease.

Check out Everything You Need to Know About Dry Cat Food and learn more about why you should probably throw out your cat’s dry food today.

Through Wildernesscat, you can learn even more about your cat’s nutritional and lifestyle needs. Armed with that information, you may begin to make choices to effect positive change in your cat’s world. Visit our site to change your cat’s life through dietary changes, nutritional supplements, and other natural care products – all available through Wildernesscat.

3 Ways To Naturally Clean Your Teeth

A lot of people seem to neglect the amazing properties that most natural products have when it comes to treating a variety of health issues – whether in their organic forms or when processed into a natural product or supplement. I think one surprising area where natural products are highly effective, is oral hygiene.  – And it’s one of the most important factors in keeping your body healthy and well regulated. As a matter of fact, recent studies have shown that roughly 80-85% of bacteria that can cause or lead to heart disease are found in our mouths and the plague that forms there! So it’s important to keep your mouth clean for more reasons than simply having a nice smile or fresh breath.

Like most of us, I’ve used normal fluoride based toothpaste for most of my life – largely because I never really knew there were any alternatives and secondly because I never thought there was anything wrong with them – even though one of the most obvious downsides of using fluoride toothpaste happened to me after every rinse. I’m referring to that dry, cotton-like feeling that happens to your mouth after you rinse when using the paste. It’s really uncomfortable and can actually worsen your breath – rather ironically.

As I grew up, I used to treat this with antibacterial mouthwash which worked a bit, but still left me with a dry mouth and sensitive teeth afterwards. There are other toothpastes or mouth products that are designed to help tooth sensitivity, but these cost a small fortune and still leave you with a dry mouth. It was at this point that I started researching natural methods of keeping your teeth clean and what I found really surprised me. There are so much cheaper, non-toxic and purely organic methods out there, that I still don’t really know why most of us are using standard mouth care products. So, in an attempt to open your eyes to countless healthy and cost-saving options out there, I’ve listed a 3 of them below – and hope you’ll work for you as they have for me.

Oil Pulling

This is one of the oldest oral hygiene techniques in human history and has been used in Ayurvedic healing practices for more that 3000 years! Anything that’s managed to stand the test of time for that long must have some element of truth behind it – but after trying it myself, and I can definitely confirm that it works. It’s real simple too!

Basically, oil pulling is just swishing an oil around in your mouth for 15-20 minutes and then rinsing it out. It works as a natural antibacterial mouthwash and helps to extract any germs or bacteria that may be lingering in your gums or cavities, as well as ridding you of bad breath and even helping to treat acne by stimulating cell regeneration in the skin layer around your mouth.

I recommend using Coconut, Canola, Sesame or Olive oil for this process. You can even mix a few drops of essential oil into the oil to strengthen its healing properties and help ward off any bacteria. Oils such as peppermint, tea tree or eucalyptus work like a charm in your mouth and will also give you fresher smelling breath.

Natural Toothpaste

A great way to get the same effect on your teeth as you do with normal toothpaste is to switch your fluoride based option, with a homemade DIY recipe that is as effective as the shelf-bought stuff, it’s just a lot healthier and won’t dry your mouth out either!

To do this, all you will need is:

– ½ cup of Coconut Oil
– 3 tablespoons of Baking Powder or 4 tablespoons of Xylitol
– 20 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
– 10 drops of Eucalyptus or Tea Tree Oil
-A small glass jar or sturdy plastic container

Making the toothpaste couldn’t be easier! All you have to do is melt the coconut oil in a pot or pan. Once the oil is in liquid form, add all the other ingredients starting with the baking powder/xylitol and then pouring in the essential oils. Make sure you keep stirring the liquid so that all the ingredients dissolve into the mixture. Now, take the pot or pan off the heat and allow the mixture to cool. As it begins to harden, decant the mixture into the the glass or plastic container and store in a cool, dry cupboard out of direct sunlight.

To use, simply dip your toothbrush into the jar and spread a little on the bristles. Then simply brush normally and rinse afterwards. And voila! DIY natural toothpaste alternative!

Natural Strawberry Teeth Whitener

Over the years, the amount of tannins that our teeth come into contact with through the food we eat, wine, tea and coffee that we eat is immense! What are tannins you might ask? These are naturally occurring compounds (polyphenols) that add colour to certain foods as well as the rinds of certain fruits. They generally occur in food produced from plants and are strong natural antioxidants – so are really great for flushing out any toxins in your bloodstream.

However, the one downside to tannins is that they cause discolouration in our teeth and often cause them to go yellow over time. Some people turn to really expensive teeth whitening treatments that generally make your teeth look unnaturally white and also involve the use of some really nasty chemicals.

I recommend using a strawberry teeth whitener on  daily basis as a way of prolonging tooth discolouration and saving you a tonne of cash on costly teeth whitening treatments. It’s literally as easy as crushing up about 4-5 strawberries and rubbing the paste on your teeth. Then simply rinse the paste off and you’ll start seeing the results quickly. I recommend doing this after brushing with your natural toothpaste and oil pulling in the morning (so just before you go to bed). Plus you’ll always have strawberries around the house which is a huge bonus!

Ultimately, oral hygiene is one of the most important aspects of leading a healthy life – anyone who’s ever had toothache or a serious abscess will tell you that. Yet leading a healthy life shouldn’t mean forking out heaps of cash for treatments that make you feel uncomfortable or are made up of ingredients that you can hardly pronounce, let alone understand. As with most things in life, there’s generally a healthier, natural alternative that can save you money and keep you healthier for longer – all you have to do is make the switch. I’ve been using natural oral hygiene products for some time now and have only had success.

So I always say why not give them a chance? They cost less and can only do good – worst case scenario is that they don’t work as well as you’d like them to and you go back to what you were doing, but if you follow the recipes correctly you should have nothing but a clean smile, fresh breath and more cash in your wallet at the end of each month.


“The Benefits of Oil Pulling”

“You Can Make Your Own Toothpaste”

“Ways To Naturally Whiten Your Teeth”

6 Ways to Naturally Whiten Your Teeth

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10 Benefits to Eating Millet

By Karen Brennan, MSW, NC, Herbalist, BCHN ®

What is Millet?

It is a gluten free grain that is tiny in size and round and may be white, gray, yellow or red.  Technically millet is a seed not a grain but it is categorized with grains from a culinary perspective.  It is thought to have originated in North Africa and has been consumed since prehistoric times.

What are the Benefits to Eating Millet?

  • Heart protective: The magnesium and fiber content is what makes this such as heart healthy grain. Since it also contains potassium it can aid in reducing high blood pressure.
  • Lowers your cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes risk: Adding WHOLE grains (not processed grains) such as millet into your diet has been shown to lower your risk for certain cancers and heart disease and reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes.
  • Fiber content: Millet contains insoluble fiber which can help prevent gallstones. The fiber content is also protective against breast cancer.  Eating fiber rich grains also lowers the incidence of colon cancer.  Fiber in millet is ideal for lowering your LDL (your “bad” cholesterol).
  • Protective against childhood asthma: This is also due to the magnesium content. Studies have shown that children consuming a diet of whole grains (and fish) have lower incidence of asthma.
  • Nutrient Dense: Millet is a good source of protein, copper, manganese, phosphorus, B vitamins and magnesium. One cup of cooked millet contains 6 protein grams, 41 carb grams 2.26 fiber grams, 1.74 fat grams and 207 calories. Of all the cereal grains, millet has the richest amino acid profile and the highest iron content.
  • The magnesium content is also beneficial for migraines and high blood pressure
  • Contains plant lignans: These are converted by healthy gut flora in our intestines into mammalian lignans which is thought to protect against breast cancer and other hormone related cancers and heart disease.
  • Can improve digestive health: Because of its fiber content, millet can aid with elimination and constipation as well as excess gas, bloating and cramping. It is the easiest of all the grains to digest due to its high alkaline ash content.
  • Can aid with detoxification: Millet is rich in antioxidants which are beneficial in neutralizing free radicals.
  • Helps to fight fatigue: It is considered among the top foods to eat to fight fatigue due to its B vitamin, iron and macro nutrient content.


How Do I Cook with Millet?

Basic cooking method

  • Before you use your millet grain you should rinse it under running water to remove any remaining left over dirt and debris.
  • After rinsing, you can cook it as one part millet to two parts liquid such as water or broth. After it boils, reduce the heat to low and cover and simmer for roughly 25 minutes.  The texture cooked this way will be fluffy like rice. If you want a creamier millet, then stir it frequently and add a little more water to it every now and then.
  • If you want a nuttier flavor, then you can roast the grains prior to boiling. Place the grains in a dry skillet over medium heat and stir frequently. When the millet has a golden color then remove from the skillet and add to the water.

Simple Serving Suggestions

  • Use as you would quinoa to make a grain/veggie/protein bowl. Add raw or cooked vegetables (use left- over veggies from last night’s dinner) and add a protein such as tempeh, chicken or fish.  Toss it with a homemade dressing and you have a simple meal to take to work for lunch!
  • Use with your meal instead of potatoes or rice as your starch
  • Use ground millet in bread and muffin recipes
  • Add cooked millet to your soups
  • Combine cooked millet with chopped vegetables, GF bread crumbs, eggs and seasonings. Form into patties and bake at 350 degrees F. until done.

Buying and Storing your Millet

  • When not using your millet, store it in your pantry, in a cool and dark place and it will keep for several months.
  • You can also store it in your refrigerator. (I store mine in a mason jar in the fridge)
  • If your millet has a harsh aftertaste, this means it is rancid and you should discard it.
  • It’s shelf life is not as stable as some other grains so do not purchase this one in bulk.
  • I recommend purchasing your millet from small companies. If you don’t have a local source then opt to purchase millet from the refrigerator section of your natural grocery store.

How Do I use Millet Flour?

  • Millet flour has a distinct sweet flavor. Purchase in small amounts since it can turn bitter rapidly. If you purchase from a small local company, ask how fresh the flour is.   You can also grind your own millet into flour in a high- power blender.  Store the flour in the freezer to maintain freshness.

What Else Should I know about Millet?

  • Millet contains Ignore, which is a substance that can interfere with thyroid hormone manufacture. Thus, if you have a thyroid issue, just don’t eat millet every day. But still feel free to consume it in moderation.
  • Although it is a gluten free grain/seed, those with celiac disease should start off with a small amount to see if they tolerate it. This is because millet does contain prolamines that are similar to the alpha-gliadin of wheat.  That being said, millet is usually well tolerated by those with celiac disease.
  • Millet is a GMO free grain and is not sprayed according to  Jennifer at CJ Milling in CO.  She stated that millet is a very safe grain to grow even conventionally since it is not a GMO nor sprayed crop.  You may see organic millet in your store-this is where you save your money and buy this grain/seed non organic.



Murray, M. (2005) The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods.  NY: Atria Books

Rogers, J. (1991) The Healing Foods Cookbook.  PA: Rodale Press.

Wood, R. (2010)  The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia.  NY: Penguin Press

Tru Foods Nutrition

I am a nutrition professional with a focus on mental health and gut health. I am also passionate about getting nutrition information out to the public so that others can take charge of their own health instead of living on meds. I help others who have tried the medical route and who are often are worse off because of it. Nutrition therapy has an individized approach and addresses root causes.

How To Love Your Winter Skin

Winter skin can be stressed skin. We’re colder…so we take hotter showers, we turn up the indoor heat, we stress drive our vehicle through the snow, eat more, lose our motivation for exercise, drink less water and increase alcohol intake. Moods change and according to the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, winter months can increase depression, with the highest proportion of episodes occurred in December, to March. (1) To make matters worse, when exposed to whipping Colorado winds the trend is to lather our skin with petroleum derivative products, such as mineral oil, in order to avoid winter cracks and bleeds. All of the above can leave our skin screaming for better days. Loving your winter skin is easy when you know how.

Begin with awareness.

Our skin is a reflection of how well our body is eliminating the toxins that build up on a daily basis, especially in winter months. Stressed skin holds onto toxins and toxins accelerates the rate of aging. Certain skin disorders have now been demonstrated to be affected by alcohol misuse, in particular psoriasis, vitiligo, and eczema. These skin conditions stem from immune stress, poor gut bacteria, dietary deficiencies and the accumulation of toxins in the liver.

Dry and stressed skin are the outward signs of a stressed digestive system, endocrine system, and immune system. For our skin to be radiant and clear, it is very important organs of elimination are cleansing the body effectively.  If not, the skin will be overtaxed, pores will become clogged, and eruptions of one form or another will result.

Dry damaged winter skin, can increase telomere shortening leading to premature aging.(2)

Skin rashes can get worse in winter months. The prevalence for obesity rises when eating patterns in the winter change for the worse. According to the World Journal of Hepatology, psoriasis is related to obesity and metabolic syndrome. Studies suggest psoriasis and obesity are strictly associated, meaning obesity seems to predispose to psoriasis and psoriasis seems to increase the risk of obesity.(3) This is because obesity impairs dermal function to produce changes in skin barrier function, collagen structure, and wound healing ability.

There is also an association with psoriasis and depression. “Because of this, chronic psychological stress prolongs epidermal permeability barrier recovery following disruption.”(4) Mood disorders can be created from poor quality food choices that can cause disruption in our microbiome, leading toxins to exit through the skin. In the interim, teens and young adults are choosing tanning beds as a quick solution to their skins breakdown. To add insult to injury, women in their 20’s are experiencing more skin cancers.(5)

Finding Relief.

We reach for skin care products in hopes of finding relief from dry irritated skin conditions. But choosing the wrong ones are a waste of money and not beneficial. Skin care products containing  mineral oil, for example, subject our skin to clog pores. Interestingly enough, there’s strong evidence that mineral oil hydrocarbons (6) are the greatest contaminates to the human body.

Create Healthy Habits for Beauty.

Understanding what our skin requires is understanding of how our 10 systems work together. Band-aid approaches that includes topical corticosteroids, methotrexate, or cyclosporine don’t work well when it comes to clearing out dry irritated skin, psoriasis, or eczema. Why? Because these medications have well known side-effects of suppressing the immune system even further.

Reversing psoriasis and eczema, and increasing our chances for healthy winter skin, begins when we take that first step toward implementing healthy habits.

These include:

1- Eating foods high in fiber, antioxidants and Sulfur. High-fiber foods include, dark leafy greens, sweet potatoes, and apples. High fiber foods don’t include wheat, gluten or corn related products. Antioxidant rich foods include, garlic, ginger, raspberries, and blueberries. Increase Sulfur rich foods. Half of Sulfur in the body is found in the skin, nails, muscles and bones. Foods rich in sulfur include, pineapple, kale, Brussel sprouts, asparagus and parsley.

2- For healthy skin, exercise is important all year long. Exercise decreases stress, increases oxygen levels, and is a natural remedy for sleepless nights.

3- Water is essential for beautiful skin. Drink Hydrogen Water.  Water delivers energy and moisture from the inside out. Coffee, alcohol, and caffeine dehydrates skin.

4- Choose nourishing skin oils in the winter months. Topically, I use organic rose essential oil and organic carrot seed essential oil, and organic Moroccan argan oil. Internally, I use organic, unrefined, cold pressed, coconut oil with turmeric root in green smoothies.

5- Take a moment to breathe and meditate. Meditation is helpful in retaining beautiful skin.(7)









Astragalus Root: Beneficial For Both Health & Beauty

Ever since the ancient of times, the Astragalus root has been used in countries such as China, Japan, and Korea, to strengthen the chi and ensure a better state of health. Today, the astragalus root is used all over the world, being appreciated for the benefits that it has to offer, not only for one’s health but also when it comes to beauty. The root is known to ensure beautiful skin, keeping the signs of aging at a safe distance. At the same time, it stimulates the proper functioning of the immune system, and it builds stamina, helping those who suffer from immune deficiency conditions.

Astragalus root, a solution for those who suffer from arthritis

Arthritis is an inflammatory condition, characterized by some discomforting symptoms, such as pain, stiffness, and inflammation. According to an article published in 2003, in the Alternative Medicine Review, astragalus root can be used to stimulate the immune system. This is because it contains polysaccharides, which work to heal the body and improve the symptoms associated with immune-deficiency conditions, such as the different types of arthritis.

Beauty benefits – astragalus root, an excellent weapon against the aging process

From a certain age, it becomes difficult to hide the signs of aging, no matter how many cosmetic products we may use. You might not be aware of this, but Astragalus root is an excellent weapon against the aging process, helping you make both neck and chest wrinkles less visible. An article published on the subject of astragalus, in Natural Herbal Living, cites a study undertaken by researchers in China. It seems that these researchers discovered astragalus root to be rich in flavonoids, which are antioxidants. These are known to reduce inflammation within the body, including at the level of the skin, thus improving its overall appearance.

The benefits of the astragalus root about beauty and aging have been confirmed in another study as well. The study was undertaken in 2013 and published in the Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, concerning the natural weapons and strategies for the skin aging. The astragalus root was presented as a popular Chinese herb, well-known for its beneficial properties. According to the study, the root could be used to stimulate the natural production of hyaluronic acid at the level of the skin. This is rather important, as the deficit of hyaluronic acid is one of the main reasons, for which the signs of aging become visible, even from an early age.

An amazing solution to cancer

For many years now, scientists have been trying to discover cancer treatments that work. According to a study undertaken in 2016 and published in the Scholars Research Library, astragalus root presents anti-carcinoma properties. Interestingly enough, the study revealed that not only the root but also the leaves and the stems of the plant have anti-cancer and anti-tumor properties. Among the types of cancers that could be treated with this natural remedy, there are breast, ovarian, colon, gastric, cervical, stomach, colorectal, liver, lung and nasopharyngeal. The astragalus root was confirmed to present highly-efficient anti-carcinoma effects.

Diabetes patients can benefit from the astragalus root

According to a study undertaken in 2013 and published in the Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, astragalus root could be efficiently used in patients diagnosed with diabetes mellitus. The natural root is already part of many Chinese herbal formulas recommended for patients who suffer from this chronic condition. The high content in immune-modulating polysaccharides confirmed that this natural remedy could be more than beneficial for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Pancreatic cells are protected, as the astragalus root has anti-inflammatory properties and blood sugar levels are kept at constant levels. However, further research is still necessary, to determine the exact way, in which the astragalus root could be turned into such a treatment for diabetic patients.

The astragalus root can increase the level of circulating testosterone

Low levels of circulating testosterone have been associated with a wide range of health problems in men, with infertility standing at the top of the list. According to a study undertaken in 2014 and published in Plant Biochemistry & Physiology, the astragalus root is one of the natural herbal remedies, which could be turned into a supplement and administered for the increase in circulating testosterone levels. However, the authors of the study drew attention to the fact that further research is necessary, as there are no additional studies to currently confirm such properties.

Other benefits of the astragalus root

According to an article published online by the University of Maryland, Medical Center, the astragalus root has a wide range of other benefits. It can reduce the level of stress within the body, thus keeping some medical conditions at a safe distance. Moreover, it can be safely administered in patients diagnosed with anemia, heart disease and liver disease (hepatitis). It is recommended as a natural remedy for the commonhold, it can help patients to recover from cancer treatments (chemotherapy), and it can also be useful when it comes to dealing with seasonal allergies.

Final words

As you have probably understood by now, the astragalus root is one of the most versatile herbs out there, having a great number of benefits to offer, for both health and beauty. It is especially recommended to patients who suffer from immune-deficiency conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Moreover, it can keep the signs of aging at a safe distance, and it can ensure an excellent state of health.


Nine Everyday Uses For Plain Old White Vinegar

We all run into situations where we end up using chemical products we don’t want to use. So, it’s nice to know there’s a safer alternative. Trusty old vinegar, especially white vinegar, can solve many of those problems without side effects. Here are nine ways to use it at home.

White Vinegar vs Cider (or other) Vinegar vs Cleaning Vinegar

Not all vinegars are equal. One reason why I specify white vinegar rather than apple cider or other kinds of vinegar is price. White vinegar only costs about $ 2.50 a gallon. Another is because other vinegars have residues in them. The same apple cider vinegar with the “mother” that is so beneficial when consumed, will clog the tiny openings in your nebulizer. It might leave smelly residue on your pets, or particles on your bathroom shower walls or door. Why pay more when white vinegar gives better results?

Most white vinegar is 5% strength. Another product, called cleaning vinegar, is a bit stronger at 6%. Cleaning vinegar has a bit more punch, but watch the price. At $ 5/gallon, it’s not THAT much better. At $ 3/gallon, it’s a deal.

Personal Uses for Vinegar

Vinegar to Prevent Cellulitis

This trick is one I figured out when my lower leg flared up on a weekend when the doctors’ offices were closed. I’d had cellulitis before and didn’t want it to progress to the infection stage. But it wasn’t worth a trip to the emergency room, either.

I figured that it couldn’t hurt to try the vinegar treatment – better that than do nothing. After soaking a dishtowel in vinegar (I could have used any type of vinegar as the residue wouldn’t make a difference,) I wrung it out and wrapped it around my ankle and lower leg for about 30 minutes. It worked. The inflammation went down right away and it didnt feel hot anymore. I did this again the second day, and my leg returned to normal by the third day.

Caution, though. If you do this and don’t get noticeable results within an hour or two of the first application, do seek medical care. If it’s hot and tender, definitely go to an urgent care or the emergency department. People have been hospitalized for cellulitis.

Vinegar to Remove Dry Skin

One outcome of treating the cellulitis was that the some of the vinegar dripped down to my foot. After 30 minutes of that, my dry, “summer foot” callouses began to break down. After scrubbing them with a washcloth to remove the vinegar-saturated, calloused skin, I was down to nice, soft skin on my feet. Compared to using lotion, which often took several applications, over several days, resulting in only partial softening the vinegar worked in less than an hour.

I’ve noticed, also, that anytime I work with vinegar, my hands are softer. And that’s better than using chemical laden lotions.

Vinegar as Pet Wash and Flea Killer

Like most cats, Mr. Mooo hates baths, so, we keep this torture as short as possible. This is as much for our benefit as his – he’s been known to draw blood the longer he’s kept wet. Judging from his angry eyes and iron grip on the edge of the sink (if not my arm,) I’m sure he hates this, but it cleans him nicely and leaves his fur extra soft.

While he rarely has fleas, we found that washing him with plain white vinegar kills any fleas he does have, immediately. They fall off easily during rinsing.

While, even with a thorough rinsing, he might smell vinegary for a while, the smell goes away completely once he’s dry. It also rinses off much easier than pet shampoo, so he, and we, are in and out much faster. And if he gets away before he’s completely rinsed, the vinegar won’t hurt him. I don’t know how licking off shampoo would affect cats, but it can’t be or taste good.

If you’re camping or RVing and have to wash your pets, especially outside, white vinegar is a godsend. No one’s going to care if you rinse a vinegar soaked dog in a river, or from a hose in the camping area.

Vinegar IS a weed-killer, so rinse where nothing desirable is growing, like a lawn or flower bed. Most RV slips have patios, dirt or graveled areas where you wouldn’t want weeds growing anyway, so you can knock out two jobs at once this way.

Practical Uses for Vinegar

Vinegar as Weedkiller

Speaking of weed-killer, white vinegar is a perfect choice. It’s natural, so no chemicals. Mix it with some magnesium and your weeds will wilt in about a day, and you’ll do no harm to the environment, people or critters. But, it can also kill off plants and grass that you want to keep, so apply it directly on the weeds you want to kill.

Vinegar to Remove Hard Water Stains

One day my husband decided to clean the shower door with vinegar instead of the chemical products we usually used for this purpose. Hard water is the toughest thing to clean in a shower, but white vinegar makes it a snap to clean off.

He was amazed at how easily and thoroughly it cleaned everything. It’s even easier when you use one of those Mr. Clean white sponges. But even with a regular or scrubber sponge, it works so nicely that I wonder how commercial products ever made it to the shelves. No chemicals, no smells, no fumes. And it disinfects, too.

Vinegar for Cleaning the Stove 

Easy-off and similar products clean ovens, stove tops, grills, very nicely. But they give off toxic fumes, and an RV is so small a space that everyone has to get out if they want to breathe safely.

On the other hand, good old white vinegar can cut right through those burnt spots. Well, not right through, but spray it with vinegar and let it sit a while. Then scrub it off with a scrubber sponge or a Mr. Clean sponge. If it doesn’t come off right away, spray the stubborn spot down then warm the oven or microwave before scrubbing to soften those stubborn stains.

Vinegar for Cleaning Burnt Pans

We’ve all burned something while cooking, then get frustrated about how to clean it up. Vinegar is excellent for loosening burnt on foods. Pour a layer of vinegar, enough to cover the burned-on area, and simmer it for a few minutes. Let it sit for an hour, then scrub it off. Heating it usually works when you need a bit more cleaning power.

Vinegar for Cleaning the RV’s Black Tank

Most of us use the bacteria solutions in our black tanks, but sometimes that’s not enough. About once a month we pour a gallon of cleaning vinegar into the tank to help break down whatever solids that are stuck to the tank. Because vinegar kills bacteria, pouring the usual tank solution with bacteria would be a waste of that product, so save it for the next time you flush the tank.

Vinegar for Cleaning Respiratory Equipment

If you use any type of respiratory equipment at home, you may wonder about the best way to clean it. This equipment can range from nebulizers for breathing treatments, to CPAP machines, to oxygen concentrators, and anything you reuse.

I’m a retired respiratory therapist (RT) and, at one time, owned a medical equipment company. I’m disappointed in how things have changed over the years. It used to be that an RT came to your home and showed you how to assemble, disassemble and clean this equipment. But lately, the trend is toward just delivering the equipment via UPS or FedEx, assuming you will read and understand the instructions. That is, if they’re even included.

The good news is that cleaning this equipment isn’t difficult. Just disassemble the pieces of the nebulizer, or water bottle for the concentrator, or CPAP, or whatever equipment you reuse for any type of treatment. Pay close attention to how the pieces go together so that you can re-assemble them easily.

Then soak them in white vinegar mixed with water for about 30 minutes. Then rinse them and lay them on a paper towel to dry before reassembling them. Hang tubings so they can drain and dry faster. Alternatively, reassemble them and run the equipment so that the airflow dries the insides of the tubes, nebulizers, bottles, etc.

Distilled water is best, but people have used tap water with no problems. Recommendations vary from using one part vinegar to either three or four parts water (20% to 25% vinegar solution.) While either concentration works, it does matter that you use white or cleaning vinegar and not cider vinegar, because the particles can clog the tiny openings in nebulizers and water-bottle filters.

Hope these tips make your RVing life a little easier and healthier.

Michele Boyer

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Green Bananas – 14 Incredible Health Benefits

Green bananas, also known as unripe bananas, are bitter in taste (due to high tannin contents), hard to peel, and has starchy flavor, all of which make them unpalatable.

To reduce the bitterness and starchy flavor, you can steam, boil or fry them before consumption.

Green bananas are rich in starch contents, roughly half of which are resistant starches. Resistant starches are insoluble fibers that resist digestion by small intestinal microbiota but get fermented by colonic microbiota.

Besides beneficial resistant starches bananas also offer pectin, which is a soluble fiber that gets fermented by the colonic microbiota.

The fermentation yields short-chain fatty acids that include acetate, propionate, and butyrate. The latter is said to feed the microbiota and used by the colon endothelial cells as a source of energy.

The green peel color reflects its high chlorophyll contents (roughly 70). The peels are also high in carotenoids and tannins.


The followings are the health benefits of green bananas:

Increases Satiety

High-fiber contents in green bananas help increase satiety and make you feel full longer, thus they help you eat fewer foods.

Weight Loss

Adding green bananas to your diet can help you lose weight. Resistant starch contents which increase satiety and make you feel full longer help reduce food intakes, thus they help you reduce caloric consumption.

Better Nutrient Absorption

The vast bulk of mineral absorption occurs in the small intestine. Pectin contents in green bananas slow down the chyme movement in the small intestines, thus it promotes better mineral absorption into the bloodstream.

In addition, short-chain fatty acids produced by the colonic bacteria via fermentation have been found to increase the solubility of minerals, thus it leads to better mineral absorption into the bloodstream.

Promotes Better Bone Structure

Taking lots of processed carbs including high-sugar diet can cause ‘bone scurvy’ (oxidative stress weaken bone matrices made of collagen fibers).

Alternatively, substituting these foods with cooked green bananas is thought to help prevent or slow down the bone scurvy. Green bananas contain many minerals for bone health that includes calcium, magnesium, manganese and phosphorus.

In addition, they offer antioxidant and anti-inflammatory tannins plus carotenoids and chlorophyll which help prevent oxidative stress that can damage bone matrices. I am sure green bananas also contain silica which is also vital for building and maintaining collagen fibers.

Fresh green banana is a good source of vitamin C but most are thought to lose during boiling, steaming or frying.

Short-chain fatty acids produced by colonic microbiota fermentation lead to better mineral solubility (fat-soluble minerals), thus they help promote better magnesium and calcium absorptions.

High Antioxidant

A study has found that unripe banana peels had higher antioxidant potency than ripe and leaky ripe. Therefore, consuming (cooked) green banana with their peels remain intact may provide you superb antioxidant properties conferred by the presence of chlorophyll and tannins.

Arrests Diarrhea

Some foods can cause diarrhea which is believed to disturb good bacteria diversities in the intestines. This, in turn, results in the proliferation of bad bacteria which release toxins that inflame your intestines.

Resistant starches and a soluble fiber pectin in green banana pulps function to feed good bacteria. So, next time you have diarrhea why not try eating some cooked green bananas with the peels remain intact.

Green banana pulps and peels are also high in tannin contents which act as astringent as well as anti-inflammatory.

Raises Insulin Sensitivity and Lowers Blood Glucose

A study has demonstrated that resistant starches can help improve insulin sensitivity and lower blood glucose as well.

Eating cooked green banana pulps may possibly be a better way of avoiding diabetes and treating diabetes.

Gluten Free

If you are tired finding alternatives to your gluten-rich grains, then try start eating cooked green bananas. They are gluten free and good for your sugar levels too.

Note: Some people may experience stomach discomfort after eating cooked green bananas due to their resistant starch contents.

Reduces Stress

Pectin and resistant starch contents in green bananas not only help promote better digestion but also believed to make you fell more relax.

I cannot explain the possible mechanism behind this phenomenon but what I can think of is that the soluble fiber pectin and other starches help slow down chime movement, thus they delay evacuation.

This action alone may cause parasympathetic nervous system override the sympathetic nervous system – you feel relax and sometimes feel sleepy!

Another possible mechanism is by way of elevated nitric oxide (NO) levels attributed to antioxidant phytonutrients namely tannins, carotenoids, chlorophyll.

Bye-bye Gastritis and Duodenal Ulcer

If you are experiencing gastritis or stomach/duodenal ulcer and have tried many modern or herbal medicines but failed, then why not try to consume cooked green bananas.

Besides pectin contents which can coat your stomach lining in preventing the abrasive effect of a high strength hydrochloric acid, cooked green bananas (with the peels remain intact) also supply tannins which have antiviral/antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

Imparts Longevity and Beauty

Tannins, water-soluble polyphenols, are found in green banana pulps and peels. These together with carotenoids and chlorophyll act as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer. These properties is synergized by the resistant starch contents that have been found to exert many health benefits that include modulating the immune functions, improving the brain functions, and controlling/improving insulin sensitivity and blood sugar.

Long-term consumptions of cooked green bananas may possibly exert lower oxidative levels which result in better overall organ system functions, a better-looking skin, and longevity.

Decreases Blood Pressure

Many so-called experts and experts alike think that potassium content in green bananas is a substance that helps lower your blood pressure.

Do you want to know what I think? Potassium is reputed for its function in lowering blood pressure. A medium-size banana (118 grams) provides 12% DV of potassium. But there are other compounds/substances that work together with potassium to reduce the blood pressure.

How about magnesium and vitamin B6? Aren’t they also vasodilators (agents that dilate your blood vessels) as well?.

In my opinion, antioxidant phytonutrients in green bananas that include tannins, carotenoids, and chlorophyll also play a vital role in lowering blood pressure.

How do they do it?

To fully answer the question I will need to write several paragraphs. Suffice to say that many high-antioxidant foods increase NO which help dilate your blood vessels, thus they help reduce your blood pressure.

To conclude, if you take cooked green bananas say a bowl or two per day plus of course a healthy lifestyle that includes a good diet may possibly help maintain your normal blood pressure or reducing high blood pressure (if you are experiencing it).

Remember, health benefits/effects of your food intake depends on your overall diet!

Prevents Colon Cancer

Resistant starches in green bananas act as prebiotic, meaning they feed the beneficial colonic microbiota. This in turn wards off bad bacteria which release toxins that cause inflammation. This mechanism alone is believed to reduce the risk of colon cancer.

The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of tannins (in the pulps) are also thought to play vital roles in colon cancer prevention.

Harmonizes Lipid Levels

Hyperlipidemia is characterized by abnormal lipid levels which, over time, if not treated well can cause cardiovascular problems.

A study conducted involving rats with abnormal lipid levels to find the effect of (yellow) banana peel polyphenols demonstrated that the banana peel polyphenols could effectively reduce the levels of blood lipid in hyperlipidemic rats.

Unripe banana peels had higher antioxidant potency than ripe and leaky ripe. Consuming (cooked) green bananas with their peels remain intact may possibly provide you superb antioxidant properties conferred by the presence of chlorophyll and tannins, thus it may help harmonize the lipid levels.

If the deduction is true, then consuming cooked green bananas regularly can help promote better heart health and prevent heart disease.