Living Traditionally https://livingtraditionally.com Traditional Living in Modern Society Thu, 24 May 2018 17:51:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 5 Serious Stroke Symptoms You Should Never Ignore (and what to do to prevent it) https://livingtraditionally.com/5-serious-stroke-symptoms-you-should-never-ignore-and-what-to-do-to-prevent-it/ Thu, 24 May 2018 17:11:26 +0000 https://livingtraditionally.com/?p=10574 Stroke, which occurs when the blood flow to any part of the brain is obstructed due to a clot or a ruptured blood vessel, is the fourth-leading cause of death in the United States, and one of the major causes of disability (due to brain damage). In China, where the study was conducted, stroke is […]

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Stroke, which occurs when the blood flow to any part of the brain is obstructed due to a clot or a ruptured blood vessel, is the fourth-leading cause of death in the United States, and one of the major causes of disability (due to brain damage). In China, where the study was conducted, stroke is the foremost cause of death, responsible for 1.7 million fatalities in 2010

Less than half a pound daily cuts risk by a third

While many studies have previously looked into the relationship between diet and stroke risk, results have not been consistent. In order to help resolve this inconsistency, the researchers conducted a meta-analysis of 20 prior studies published over the last 19 years. The analysis included data from 16,981 strokes among 760,629 participants. Six of the studies had been conducted in the United States, eight in Europe and six in China and Japan.

The researchers found that people who ate the most fruits and vegetables were 21 percent less likely to experience a stroke than people who ate the least. Indeed, every extra 200 grams (7 ounces) of daily fruit intake reduced stroke risk by 32 percent, while every extra 200 grams of vegetable intake reduced the risk by 11 percent. The greatest benefit came from consumption of apples, citrus fruits, pears and leafy vegetables.

This is why I recommend taking wheatgrass daily. Some experts claim that wheatgrass contains over 100 different elements needed by man. Most of us know by now that we need to be eating fresh fruits and veggies everyday in abundance for optimal health and detoxification. However, for many people this isn’t as easy as it might seem. While it isn’t meant to replace eating fresh vegetables, wheatgrass benefits provide numerous antioxidants and other nutrients, all in one small easy-to-drink glass. You can find it here 

Signs that you may be having a stroke:

Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
Sudden trouble seeing or blurred vision in one or both eyes
Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
Sudden severe headache with no known cause

You should never wait more than five minutes to dial 9-1-1 if you experience even one of the signs above. Remember, you could be having a stroke even if you’re not experiencing all of the symptoms. And remember to check the time. The responding emergency medical technician or ER nurse at the hospital will need to know when the first symptom occurred.

 

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Never buy laundry detergent again – Use THIS instead (costs less & protects your health) https://livingtraditionally.com/never-buy-laundry-detergent-again-use-this-instead-costs-less-protects-your-health/ Thu, 24 May 2018 02:01:39 +0000 https://livingtraditionally.com/?p=10567 Did you know there are more that 7 dangerous chemicals lurking in your laundry detergent? During WWI many man made chemicals were introduced due to shortages of soap. Most are still used today because they are cost effective but their use may have long-term affects on our delicate systems. Chief among these concerns is a […]

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Did you know there are more that 7 dangerous chemicals lurking in your laundry detergent? During WWI many man made chemicals were introduced due to shortages of soap. Most are still used today because they are cost effective but their use may have long-term affects on our delicate systems.

Chief among these concerns is a chemical known as 1,4-dioxane. According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, exposure to this compound can cause eye and nose irritation, kidney problems, and possible long-term lung damage.

The EPA on 1,4-Dioxane
“1,4-Dioxane is used as a solvent. Acute (short-term) inhalation exposure to high levels of 1,4-dioxane has caused vertigo, drowsiness, headache, anorexia, and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs in humans…Damage to the liver and kidneys has been observed in rats chronically (long-term) exposed in their drinking water… Tumors have been observed in orally exposed animals. EPA has classified 1,4-dioxane as a Group B2, probable human carcinogen.”

The stronger the detergent, the harsher the ingredients tend to be. This can create problems for people with sensitive skin or chemical sensitivity. Allergies to products containing harsh chemical ingredients are on the rise, and more and more people are turning to gentler, natural alternatives.

On top of that, most laundry detergents are terrible for our environment, and just simply add more chemicals to our rivers, streams, and groundwater supplies, which also can affect your health when that water is used for public water supplies.

Other ingredients found in laundry detergent:

Phthalates
Propylene Glycol
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
Surfactants
the byproduct 1,4 Dioxane

Just take 2 of the ingredients listed, both the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the EPA consider 1,4 Dioxane to be a probable human carcinogen. Also, phthalates are a problem chemical highlighted by the President’s Cancer Panel in their 2010 report.

Natural Laundry Soap Detergent

Grate the bar soap or mix in food processor until finely ground. Use natural soap (the kind I use here)

In a large bowl, mix 2 parts washing soda, 2 parts Borax and 1 part grated soap. …

Store in closed container. …

Use 2 Tablespoons to 1/4 cup per load of laundry.

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This Tea Burns Fat Faster than Any Other Drink or Food https://livingtraditionally.com/this-tea-burns-fat-faster-than-any-other-drink-or-food/ Tue, 15 May 2018 12:45:12 +0000 https://livingtraditionally.com/?p=10545 In recent years, there have been a lot of news stories about the benefits of green tea in weight loss management. But does it really work, or is it just more hype being promoted by vitamin companies hoping to boost sales? Fortunately, there’s no need for conjecture. Lots of scientific studies have been conducted with […]

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In recent years, there have been a lot of news stories about the benefits of green tea in weight loss management. But does it really work, or is it just more hype being promoted by vitamin companies hoping to boost sales? Fortunately, there’s no need for conjecture. Lots of scientific studies have been conducted with the aim of unlocking green tea weight loss secrets, and what researchers have found time and time again is that drinking green tea does, in fact, offer significant benefits for those seeking to manage weight.

One of the primary ways green tea helps control weight is by preventing the degradation of norepinephrine, a neurotransmitter that plays a key role in helping the body shed pounds. Here’s how:

The body naturally produces a chemical called catechol-O-methyltransferase, or COMT, which regulates the production and activity of norepinephrine. Green tea contains catechins, chemical substances that inhibit COMT to prevent it from breaking down norepinephrine. As a result, more of the neurotransmitter is available to aid the body in losing weight.

 

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Tea contains several catechins, but the one that’s found in the greatest concentration is epigallocatechin-3-gallate or EGCG, which is often mentioned in ads promoting green tea supplements.

The great thing about these catechins is that they can be easily included in supplements, which means you don’t need to drink a boatload of tea in order to experience all the weight-loss benefits that tea offers. And the even greater thing is that there have been lots of scientific studies to prove it.

What the studies are saying
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has published several studies about green teaextract and its benefits in weight loss. In one study of healthy men, researchers looked at both fat oxidation — that is, how well the body burns fat — and the ability of the body to control and tolerate glucose with and without green tea supplementation. What they found was that the men who were given the green tea supplements had better glucose tolerance and significantly greater fat-burning activity; in fact, they found that the fat-burning rate in men who took the green tea supplements was a whopping 17 percent greater than it was in men who did not take the supplements. (1)

In another study published in the journal, researchers decided to determine if the catechins in green tea really promote weight loss or if the extra fat-burning activity demonstrated by tea could actually be attributed to the beverage’s caffeine. They divided their subjects into three groups, giving green tea supplements to one group, caffeine supplements to another group and a placebo to the third group. Then they looked at how much energy the body expended during a 24-hour period. What they found was that the group which received the green tea supplements had a significant increase in energy expenditure compared to the other groups, meaning the fat-burning properties of green tea have nothing to do with the caffeine contained in the beverage form. (2) In fact, no increase in fat-burning energy expenditure was noted in the group receiving just caffeine. Their conclusion: Green tea promotes fat oxidation “beyond that explained by its caffeine content per se.” In plain English, it’s not green tea’s caffeine content that promotes weightloss.

Not only does green tea help increase the amount of fat the body burns, but it also seems to prevent fat cells from collecting additional fat. In a study that focused on the effects of green tea’s ECGC content, the compound found in green tea supplements, researchers found that ECGC “effectively depleted fat accumulation” in fat cells, or adipocytes. (3)

And in a study from Penn State University, mice that were fed ECGC along with a high-fat diet gained weight much more slowly than mice that were fed the same exact diet but without the addition of ECGC, indicating that consumption of ECGC can aid in weight loss independently of other effects or activity. (4)

Maximizing the benefits
So what does all this mean? In a nutshell, all of these studies (and many others) have clearly shown that taking green tea supplements with ECGC can have a significant effect on weight management and weight loss. Of course, when those supplements are combined with other healthy lifestyle habits, shedding pounds can become even easier. To get the greatest weight-loss benefits, add in a healthy diet and exercise regularly — simply taking regular walks will work wonders.

The best time to start any weight management program, including introducing green tea supplements for weight management, is now. Take that first step toward healthier living and see how quickly you start to feel more energized and more in control of your own life and health.

Source:

(1) http://ajcn.nutrition.org

(2) http://ajcn.nutrition.org

(3) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

(4) http://www.eurekalert.org

http://science.naturalnews.com

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10 Fast Food Places That Use This Deadly Synthetic Leather Chemical in Their Food https://livingtraditionally.com/10-fast-food-places-that-use-this-deadly-synthetic-leather-chemical-in-their-food/ Tue, 15 May 2018 12:19:57 +0000 https://livingtraditionally.com/?p=10541 In 2014, Subway announced it would remove an additive from its bread after a food blogger sparked a consumer uprising. Azodicarbonamide is a dangerous industrial chemical used to make yoga mats, shoe rubber, and synthetic leather. Although there’s no reason for it to be in bread, it has in fact been used for decades as […]

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In 2014, Subway announced it would remove an additive from its bread after a food blogger sparked a consumer uprising.

Azodicarbonamide is a dangerous industrial chemical used to make yoga mats, shoe rubber, and synthetic leather. Although there’s no reason for it to be in bread, it has in fact been used for decades as a dough conditioner.

The primary function of azodicarbonamide is centered on the way it breaks down during processing — it creates tiny bubbles that make things “foamy.” Somewhere in the testing procedures, scientists discovered it whitened flour and acted as an oxidizing agent. Bakers, or rather “food scientists” soon concluded that it should be a standard inclusion in bread.

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ADC is not approved for use in the European Union or Australia, but considered safe in small amounts by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Vani Hari, a blogger known as Food Babe, gathered tens of thousands of signatures on a petition to get Subway to remove the stuff. It worked.

Health Dangers Include

Azodicarbonamide Increases Gluten Content in Bread. …
Azodicarbonamide Can Cause Respiratory Problems. …
Azodicarbonamide is a Skin Irritant. …
Azodicarbonamide Disrupts the Immune System. …
Azodicarbonamide Creates Toxic By-Products When Heated. …
Harmful to Hormone Function.

Now These Other Popular Food Chains Need to Do the Same

Among the fast food companies whose ingredients’ lists (bread-based items in this case) contain the chemical are:

•Wendy’s

•Burger King

•McDonald’s (which continues to toe the FDA line that it’s “safe” and doesn’t seem likely to remove it)

•Carl’s Jr.

•Pizza Hut (garlic bread)

•Arby’s

•Steak N’ Shake

•Starbucks (they just announced they’d be removing it due to the movement against it)

•And many more…

The chemical has been linked to to asthma, respiratory problems, skin sensitivities and other health problems by the World Health Organization. And according to Food Babe’s website, it forms trace amounts of semicarbazide, which is a likely carcinogen, when it undergoes the heat of processing. But that hasn’t stopped the above companies from continuing to use it in many of their products.

 

 

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This powerful supplement has been clinically shown to increase hair growth, help with weight loss and slow down & reverse the aging process https://livingtraditionally.com/i-took-a-spoon-of-collagen-every-morning-for-two-weeks-heres-what-happened/ Mon, 14 May 2018 12:15:21 +0000 https://livingtraditionally.com/?p=10531 If you’ve been following me for awhile (specifically on Instagram), you know collagen is a staple for me every.single.day. And today I want to share why I take collagen and why I am so obsessed with it. Less collagen means skin that starts to sag. Dry skin and wrinkles start to show. I know this […]

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If you’ve been following me for awhile (specifically on Instagram), you know collagen is a staple for me every.single.day. And today I want to share why I take collagen and why I am so obsessed with it.

Less collagen means skin that starts to sag. Dry skin and wrinkles start to show. I know this sounds really doom and gloom and just sad. Don’t get upset just yet! There are a lot of things we can do to naturally reverse the aging process. I am all about that! Who isn’t? One of my top beauty tricks has been adding collagen to my diet. It has changed my life.

What is collagen

Collagen, based on the Greek word kolla meaning “glue,” is aptly named. It is the most prolific natural protein in our bodies—the adhesive that keeps our joints together and our skin elasticThink of it like this – it’s the “glue” that helps hold the body together, and when the glue begins to disintegrate, that’s when we begin to fall apart.

Found in our bones, muscles, and tissues, it breaks down as we age. By the time the average woman turns 50, she has lost half of her collagen. Outwardly, this results in sagging skin, weak nails, and brittle hair; inwardly, it results in joint pain and body stiffness.

It’s what helps skin stay strong and elastic as well as for replacing dead skin cells.

Collagen can even help reduce cellulite, as improving the skin’s elasticity with collagen means that dimpling becomes less evident.

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Collagen is a special form of amino acid and most people simply don’t get enough of it in their daily diet.

You can mix it with tea, smoothies, coffee or even add it to meals you’re prepping. I like to mix it with soup or hot chicken broth, which is a healthy way of having it and you don’t notice it at all. Depending on the formula you’re taking, different amounts are recommended. I use Living Traditionally Collagen  (find it here) which is 100% pure and gmo-free. You can try collagen from aged 25 onwards when your body’s natural collagen supply begins to decrease. For me, it’s become an essential part of my daily beauty routine – I’m obsessed!

Unlike a lot of supplements, you’re not gambling a lot when you opt to try Living Traditionally collagen.  (find it here) It will only cost you a little over $20and will last about a month.

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Healed by wheatgrass: 74-year-old man with cancer told he would be ‘dead in a matter of weeks’ proves doctors wrong https://livingtraditionally.com/healed-by-wheatgrass-74-year-old-man-with-cancer-told-he-would-be-dead-in-a-matter-of-weeks-proves-doctors-wrong/ Thu, 10 May 2018 17:38:01 +0000 https://livingtraditionally.com/?p=10518 When conventional doctors told 74-year-old Danny McDonald of Dunaff, Ireland, that he had stomach cancer so severe that it would likely kill him within three months, he decided to ignore their advice to undergo toxic chemotherapy treatments and instead embrace a nutritional approach to healing. Four years later and Danny is doing great, thanks to […]

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When conventional doctors told 74-year-old Danny McDonald of Dunaff, Ireland, that he had stomach cancer so severe that it would likely kill him within three months, he decided to ignore their advice to undergo toxic chemotherapy treatments and instead embrace a nutritional approach to healing. Four years later and Danny is doing great, thanks to daily protocol he adopted that involves juicing and drinking wheatgrass, a nutrient-dense “superfood” with a variety of amazing health benefits.

According to Sunday World, Danny became aware of his condition when an ulcer suddenly burst inside his abdomen one day. After being rushed to a hospital from the farmhouse where he lives, doctors struggled to contain the bleeding, only to discover that Danny actually had a severe form of stomach cancer that had spread throughout his body. They warned him that the only way to get rid of it, in their opinion, was to undergo conventional chemotherapy treatment.

Unlike most people, Danny decided to think for himself by researching other methods of treatment. He later notified his doctors, to their chagrin, that he would be opting for his own homemade treatments involving wheatgrass rather than the poison. Not surprisingly, they were quite angry with his decision, insisting that he would be “dead in a matter of weeks” if he refused to comply with their advice. But Danny stood his ground and chose the wheatgrass instead.

“I told the doctors I wasn’t prepared to undergo the course of treatments they had suggested,” Danny is quoted as saying by Sunday World. “I knew it would kill me. They were furious I had come to that conclusion. The consultant warned me I’d be dead in three months.”

Defying the advice of conventional doctors could save your life

Far from being a rushed or uninformed decision, Danny’s choice to use wheatgrass as treatment for his cancer was based on numerous accounts he had heard from a friend about the amazing healing capacity of wheatgrass. Over time, Danny became increasingly more convinced that wheatgrass is capable of healing all sorts of health conditions, including cancer. So he decided to put his 60 years’ worth of farming experience to task by growing his own wheatgrass.

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“I didn’t know what to expect, but I was determined to give it a go,” recalls Danny. “Within seven days the burning sensation I had in my side was gone and I was beginning to feel a lot better. I stopped taking the tablets which had been prescribed and I haven’t taken one since. A month later the pain had completely disappeared and I knew I was on the mend. The wheatgrass was working. I had made the right decision to reject the advice of the doctors.”

Not only was Danny able to discontinue use of the synthetic medications he had been prescribed, but he also gained back all the weight he had lost as a result of using them for his illness. Starting with just one ounce of wheatgrass juice a day and working his way up to seven ounces of wheatgrass a day, Danny effectively cured his cancer and is now a living testament to the life regenerating power of wheatgrass.

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“I know a lot of doctors think wheatgrass doesn’t have the qualities to kill cancer, but I am living proof that it does,” he adds. “And although many doctors won’t admit it publicly, gradually they are coming around to see the benefits of wheatgrass. People ask me how I did it and I just say one word, ‘wheatgrass.'”

The following video explains more about how to juice wheatgrass for your own health:
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Sources for this article include:

http://www.sundayworld.com

http://www.cancertutor.com

http://youtube.com

http://science.naturalnews.com

http://science.naturalnews.com

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2 Most Important Supplements that Alkalize Your Body to Prevent Disease and Illness https://livingtraditionally.com/2-most-important-supplements-that-alkalize-your-body-to-prevent-disease-and-illness/ Thu, 03 May 2018 16:15:46 +0000 https://livingtraditionally.com/?p=10505 When looking at our bodies, there are many factors that make cells and tissues work properly, such as hydration, temperature, availability of nutrients, and pH. The pH stands for “potential of hydrogen” and is a measurement of hydrogen ions in a particular solution – the more ions, the more acidic the solution, and vice versa. […]

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When looking at our bodies, there are many factors that make cells and tissues work properly, such as hydration, temperature, availability of nutrients, and pH. The pH stands for “potential of hydrogen” and is a measurement of hydrogen ions in a particular solution – the more ions, the more acidic the solution, and vice versa.

But why is this so important? Our bodies are designed to operate within a very narrow pH range, which is around 7.365, which is slightly alkaline. The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14. A pH of higher than 7 is alkalizing, a pH less than 7 is acidic, and a pH of 7 is considered neutral.

Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass is an Amazing SUPER FOOD that is loaded with essential vitamins and minerals (including thirteen essential ones and dozens of trace elements and enzymes). Wheat grass proponent Charles Schnabel claimed in the 1940s that “fifteen pounds of wheat grass is equal in overall nutritional value to 350 pounds of ordinary garden vegetables”, a ratio of 1:23. It is also a great source of Chlorophyll, which has been shown to naturally restore the body’s pH levels. Since most people, due to diet and environment, have an overly acidic body composition, the Alkalizing benefits of Wheat Grass (find it here) are numerous and impactful.

Spirulina

Spirulina is considered one of nature’s most perfect foods because it performs such a broad spectrum of activities in the body. Its nutritional profile shows it can replace many more expensive supplements, and its research profile reveals its dedication to promoting good health. Several animal studies have documented the ability of spirulina to arrest the development of cancer progression, reduce risk of cancer initiation, and boost the immune system. Spirulina has anti-viral and anti-allergic effects, and is a natural antihistamine. Recently, spirulina has been found effective at lowering the immune response when it has become overactive, a function that may make it effective against autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis.

For Organic Spirulina you can trust, try Living Traditionally’s Organic Spirulina available at www.livingtraditionallystore.com. We know you will love it for its quality and healthy properties. We know you will love the results you can feel!

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Here’s how to detox your body head to toe to rid your body of TOXINS that make you sick https://livingtraditionally.com/heres-how-to-detox-your-body-head-to-toe-to-rid-your-body-of-toxins-that-make-you-sick/ Thu, 03 May 2018 15:28:29 +0000 https://livingtraditionally.com/?p=10501 Today, more than ever, we are the effect of way too much stress alongside far more chemicals and toxins than ever in the history of man. To ensure we maintain optimal health and well-being, it’s imperative to support our body’s ability to effectively detoxify in light of this. The good news is there are plenty […]

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Today, more than ever, we are the effect of way too much stress alongside far more chemicals and toxins than ever in the history of man. To ensure we maintain optimal health and well-being, it’s imperative to support our body’s ability to effectively detoxify in light of this. The good news is there are plenty of ways to support detox that are both simple, affordable and even relaxing.

Spirulina is a blue-green algae. It’s full of minerals, enzymes, antioxidants and amino acids. Bathing in spirulina helps revitalize, nourish and soften the skin. It is thought to usher along detoxification by flushing fluids from the cells and replacing them with all this good stuff in spirulina. For that reason, it can also help with muscle aches and fatigue like if you feel like you are coming down with a flu or have built up lactic acid in your muscles from overuse.

Using a powerful mineral base such as Epsom salts in a bathwater medium creates a process called reverse osmosis. This process pulls salt and harmful toxins out of the body and allows the magnesium and sulfates to enter into the body.

Add the following to a warm bath:

½ cup spirulina, mixed in a pitcher of warm water (where to find)

½ cup sea salt

5 drops essential oil (I like to use a mixture of lime, bergamot and grapefruit). (where to find) 

 

Ten great reasons to include spirulina

1. Spirulina is known to be alkalizing to the body, which boosts liver function, a necessary element while detoxing.

2. Spirulina contains chlorophyll which is used for “detoxification” by helping remove toxins such as heavy metals and other pollutants from the blood.

3. Spirulina is often alternated with chlorella for detoxifying the body.

4. Spirulina is high in B-vitamins: vitamins B-1 (thiamine), B-2 (riboflavin), B-3 (nicotinamide), B-6 (pyridoxine), B-9 (folic acid).

5. Spirulina is high in other vitamins and minerals, including vitamin E, manganese, zinc, copper, iron, and selenium.

6. Dried spirulina contains 8 mg calcium per 1 Tablespoon serving, which is more than raw spirulina.

7. Spirulina is rich in protein. In fact, amino acids make up 62% of spirulina and provide 4 grams per 1 Tablespoon.

8. Spirulina contains gamma linolenic acid, an essential fatty acid. The only other place it is found is in a mother’s breastmilk. It has amazing anti-inflammatory properties especially when taken with other quality Omega-3 supplements.

9. Spirulina has potent antioxidant activity, particularly phycocyanin and beta carotene—antioxidants that can help protect cells from damage.

10. The very high concentration of bioavailable iron makes it excellent during pregnancy and for those with anemia.

For Spirulina that is guaranteed organic and sources from trusted farms and ranches, try Living Traditionally’s Organic Spirulina  from the Living Traditionally Store http://www.livingtraditionallystore.com.

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8 Mind Blowing Benefits of CBD Oil for Pain, Anxiety, Depression, Inflammation and more https://livingtraditionally.com/8-mind-blowing-benefits-of-cbd-oil-for-pain-anxiety-depression-inflammation-and-more/ Tue, 01 May 2018 15:17:15 +0000 https://livingtraditionally.com/?p=10497 CBD oil is a great remedy for a lot of different ailments. Here are some of the amazing uses people (and medical research) report for CBD oil: 1. Relief for Chronic Pain Those suffering from chronic pain from diseases like fibromyalgia are finding relief with CBD. Taking CBD can reduce chronic pain and can even […]

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CBD oil is a great remedy for a lot of different ailments. Here are some of the amazing uses people (and medical research) report for CBD oil:


1. Relief for Chronic Pain
Those suffering from chronic pain from diseases like fibromyalgia are finding relief with CBD. Taking CBD can reduce chronic pain and can even prevent nervous system degeneration. In fact, it has been approved in Canada for multiple sclerosis and cancer pain.

2. Calms Childhood Epilepsy
CBD has anti-seizure properties that have been shown to successfully treat drug-resistant children who have epilepsy (with no side effects!). In one study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, CBD decreased frequency of seizures by 23 percentage points more than those taking a placebo.

3. Reduces Anxiety and Depression
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, depression affects 6% and anxiety affects 18% of the U.S. population each year. Research shows that CBD oil can help with both.
CBD has been shown to reduce levels of stress and anxiety in those suffering from conditions such as PTSD, social anxiety disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder.

4.Reduces Inflammation
Chronic inflammation is a huge problem in our society that contributes to many non-infectious diseases including heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, autoimmune disease, and more, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information.
Research also shows that CBD oil can reduce chronic inflammation that leads to disease.

5. Reduces Oxidative Stress
Oxidative stress is responsible for many ailments today. Oxidative stress is when the body has too many free radicals and can’t keep up with neutralizing them (with antioxidants). This is more of a problem now than in the past because our environment is so much more toxic than it once was. CBD can help reduce neurological damage caused by free radicals.

6. Promotes Healthy Weight
Cannabidiol can help maintain healthy blood sugar, stimulates genes and proteins that helps break down fat, and increase mitochondria that helps burn calories.

Additionally, did you know that cancer cells thrive in acidity?Cancer cells thrive in an acidic environment but cease to exist in Alkaline environments.

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7. Improves Skin Conditions
CBD oil can be used topically to treat skin conditions. Studies show CBD oil can help treat conditions like eczema by encouraging abnormal cell death. It can also help regulate the skin’s oil production, reducing acne. CBD also contains many nutrients like vitamin E that help improve and protect the skin.

8. Fights Cancer
CBD oil’s role in cancer treatment still needs more research, but what is available is looking promising. According to the American Cancer Society, CBD oil can slow growth and spread of some kinds of cancer (in animals). Because it fights oxidative stress and inflammation (and both are linked to cancer) it makes sense that CBD oil could help fight cancer cells.

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These fruits and vegetables contain up to 230 pesticides that cause cancer, hormone disruption, infertility and more https://livingtraditionally.com/these-fruits-and-vegetables-contain-up-to-230-pesticides-that-cause-cancer-hormone-disruption-infertility-and-more/ Fri, 27 Apr 2018 16:31:00 +0000 https://livingtraditionally.com/?p=10491 Fresh produce, whether organic or conventionally grown, is one of the healthiest food choices you can make. Organic produce gains an edge, however, because it tends to be more nutritious, tastes better and, importantly, does not contain pesticide residues like conventional produce does. In fact, the No. 1 reason people go organic is to avoid […]

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Fresh produce, whether organic or conventionally grown, is one of the healthiest food choices you can make. Organic produce gains an edge, however, because it tends to be more nutritious, tastes better and, importantly, does not contain pesticide residues like conventional produce does. In fact, the No. 1 reason people go organic is to avoid pesticides and other chemicals,1 and the majority of Americans consume organic food at least occasionally.

If your budget prevents you from buying organic food 100 percent of the time — or there’s not an adequate selection in your area — it’s useful to know which foods to prioritize over others. Namely, which conventional foods are the most contaminated and therefore the most important to buy organic?

Every year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) releases their “Dirty Dozen” list for produce, which are among the most heavily contaminated with pesticides. For 2018, you’ll see a familiar fruit earned the dubious top spot for the third year in a row: strawberries.

Nearly 70 Percent of Conventional Produce Contains Pesticide Residues
EWG analyzed tests from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which revealed close to 70 percent of conventionally grown produce samples contained pesticide residues. In all, 230 different pesticides and pesticide breakdown products were identified in more than 38,800 nonorganic samples.

While the Alliance for Food and Farming, a trade association that represents large produce growers and suppliers of pesticides and fertilizers, was quick to point out that 99 percent of pesticide residues on fruits and vegetables were below the safety levels set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a report commissioned by the European Parliament found negative health effects may occur in children even at current levels of exposure.

Part of the problem is that pesticide “safety” limits were based on animal studies looking at the effect of one pesticide at a time, but in the real world people are exposed to multiple pesticide (and other chemical) residues simultaneously. According to EWG senior analyst Sonya Lunder:

“The EPA’s tolerance levels are too lenient to protect public health. They are a yardstick to help the agency’s personnel determine whether farmers are applying pesticides properly. The levels were set years ago and do not account for newer research showing that toxic chemicals can be harmful at very small doses, particularly when people are exposed to combinations of chemicals.

If pesticide tolerance levels were set to protect the health of children, who are more vulnerable than adults to small doses, more fruits and vegetables would fail EPA standards. The current EPA pesticide tolerances are like having a 500 mph speed limit — if the rules of the road are so loose it’s impossible to violate them, no one can feel safe.”

In research published in JAMA Internal Medicine, for instance, it was found that greater intake of fruits and vegetables with high pesticide residues was associated with a lower probability of pregnancy among women undergoing infertility treatment.

Specifically, consuming two or more servings of high-pesticide residue produce daily was linked to a 26 percent lower chance of pregnancy compared to those who ate fewer servings. Consuming fruits and vegetables with high pesticide residues has also been linked to lower semen quality in men. According to the study, published in Human Reproduction:

“On average, men in highest quartile of high pesticide residue fruit and vegetable intake (≥1.5 servings/day) had 49 percent … lower total sperm count and 32 percent … lower percentage of morphologically normal sperm than men in the lowest quartile of intake (<0.5 servings/day) … Low-to-moderate pesticide residue fruit and vegetable intake was associated with a higher percentage of morphologically normal sperm.”

Strawberries Top the Dirty Dozen Produce List

As was also the case in 2016 and 2017, strawberries ranked No. 1 in terms of pesticide residues, with up to 22 different pesticides found on a single berry. Nearly all of the strawberry samples (99 percent) contained at least one detectable pesticide residue, while 20 percent contained 10 or more. Residues of 81 different pesticides were detected in various combinations on the strawberry samples tested, EWG noted, with an average of 7.8 per sample.

For comparison, other produce contained an average of 2.1 pesticides per sample. Not only are strawberries among the most heavily sprayed crops, with close to 300 pounds of pesticides applied to each acre of California-grown strawberries,11 but nerve gases are also used to kill pests and weeds on the soil prior to planting. Some of the most concerning chemicals used on strawberries include:

Carbendazim, a hormone-disrupting fungicide that’s banned in the European Union (found on 16 percent of the samples)

Bifenthrin, an insecticide designated a possible human carcinogen by California regulators and the EPA (found on more than 29 percent of the samples)

As mentioned, toxic fumigants are also used to sterilize the soil prior to planting. While tarps are used to keep the gases underground, sometimes the gases (which include chloropicrin, the active ingredient in tear gas, and 1,3-dichloropropene, a carcinogen) leak out, polluting the air and putting farmers and nearby residents at risk.

Organic alternatives exist, including crop rotation, which cuts down on pests, and anaerobic soil disinfestation (ASD), which involves combining rice bran or molasses with topsoil, adding water and covering the land with a tarp to kill pathogens.

The Full Dirty Dozen List

What other fruits and vegetables were found to contain the most pesticide residues? The full EWG Dirty Dozen list is as follows:

1. Strawberries
2. Spinach
3. Nectarines
4. Apples
5. Grapes
6. Peaches
7. Cherries
8. Pears
9. Tomatoes
10. Celery
11. Potatoes
12. Sweet bell peppers

There’s also a 13th “baker’s dozen” added to this year’s list: hot peppers. The analysis revealed the toxic insecticides acephate, chlorpyrifos and oxamyl, which are banned on certain crops, on some hot peppers tested. Because of their potential presence, EWG recommends buying organic hot peppers if you eat them often, or at least cooking them first if you can’t find organic, as cooking may help to reduce the pesticide residues.

Of note, more than 98 percent of samples of the top six “dirtiest” produce items (strawberries, spinach, peaches, nectarines, cherries and apples) contained at least one pesticide, while spinach contained 1.8 times more pesticide residue by weight than any other crop. In the case of spinach, 76 percent of the samples contained permethrin residues. Permethrin is a pyrethroid insecticide — synthetic chemicals derived from natural chemicals found in chrysanthemums.

Animal studies suggest pyrethroids cause neurological, immune and reproductive damage while Canadian research suggests pyrethroids may be associated with behavior problems in children. A tenfold increase in urinary levels of one specific pyrethroid breakdown product doubled the child’s risk of scoring high for parent-reported behavioral problems, such as inattention and hyperactivity, in one study. In Europe, permethrin is not allowed on food crops.

Also noteworthy is the chemical diphenylamine, which was found on 80 percent of apple samples. The chemical, which is registered as a pesticide but does not kill insects, weeds or fungus, is sprayed onto apples after harvest to prevent dark spots from developing on the skin during storage. The European Union does not allow imports of apples treated with this chemical, citing concerns about the potential formation of cancer-causing nitrosamines on diphenylamine-treated fruit.

In the U.S., the EPA maintains that the chemical is safe, and Americans may be exposed every time they eat nonorganic apples. “Since Americans eat on average nearly 10 pounds of raw apples every year, even low levels of nitrosamines on apples could potentially pose a risk to human health,” EWG noted.

EWG’s ‘Clean 15’

If you’re wondering which conventional produce contains the lowest pesticide residues, EWG compiled this list as well. The following make up the Clean 15 for 2018, which are the produce items with the fewest pesticide residues detected:

1. Avocados
2. Sweet corn
3. Pineapples
4. Cabbages
5. Onions
6. Sweet peas, frozen
7. Papayas
8. Asparagus
9. Mangoes
10. Eggplants
11. Honeydew melons
12. Kiwis
13. Cantaloupes
14. Cauliflower
15. Broccoli

Among avocados and sweet corn, less than 1 percent of the samples contained pesticides, while more than 80 percent of pineapples, papayas, asparagus, onions and cabbages were also free from pesticide residues. None of the samples listed on the Clean 15 list contained more than four pesticides and only 5 percent contained two or more.

How to Avoid Pesticide Residues

Research shows that eating organic leads to lower levels of pesticides in your body. In one study, when a family of five switched to an all-organic diet for two weeks, their body levels of pesticides dropped significantly, decreasing by a factor of 6.7. A separate study published in Environmental Health Perspectives came to similar conclusions.

It looked at the diets of nearly 4,500 people living in six U.S. cities, assessing exposure levels to organophosphates (OPs), which are among the most commonly used insecticides on U.S. farms.

Those who ate conventionally grown produce were found to have high concentrations of OP metabolites, whereas those who ate organic produce had significantly lower levels. Those who “often or always” ate organic had about 65 percent lower levels of pesticide residues compared to those who ate the least amount of organic produce. In addition to fewer pesticides, eating organic means you’re eating GMO-free, as the use of genetic engineering, or genetically modified organisms (GMOs), is prohibited in organic products.

Not only are GE seeds prohibited but animals raised on organic farms may not be fed GE alfalfa or GE corn. You may also get more nutrition for your food buck. A British study found, for instance, that organically grown foods contain “significantly” higher levels of antioxidants than the conventionally grown variety, including beneficial compounds linked to a reduced risk of chronic diseases, including heart and neurodegenerative diseases and certain cancers.

A Hungarian study reached a similar conclusion when they compared the chemical composition and nutritional value of organically and conventionally grown plant foods, with the organic variety again coming out on top with significantly higher amounts of vitamin C, polyphenols, flavonoids and minerals (along with lower levels of pesticide residues, nitrate and some heavy metal contaminations).

Overall, if you must choose between which products to purchase organic, I recommend prioritizing organic animal foods first and then using EWG’s Dirty Dozen list for produce. For the nonorganic produce you consume, washing with a solution of baking soda may help to remove some of the pesticides on the surface of the fruit or vegetable, although it won’t remove chemical residues that have penetrated beyond the peel.

Peeling is another option to reduce pesticide residue, but this also means you’re removing the healthy compounds contained in the peel (and there can still be residues that have penetrated into the produce flesh). For these reasons, the best way to avoid pesticide residues in your food is to choose those that haven’t been exposed to them to begin with, i.e., go organic.

 

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