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5 Household Uses For Coconut Oil

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Chewing gum in hair

Coconut oil is an amazing substance that can be used in many different ways. This article will show you some handy household uses for coconut oil. Please enjoy the video or read below for more info.

De-stick chewing gum

Chewing gum in hair

Chewing gum stuck in hair or in the carpet can be a very tough to remove. Put a dollop of coconut oil on the gum and around the affected area. Then let it sit for about 30 minutes. The oil breaks down the gum, and it will be a lot easier to remove.

Remove rust

remove rust

If you have a some rust spots on your pan and you don’t have time to re-season it, rub the area with a little coconut oil then wipe it clean with a paper towel. The rust will come right off.

Polish Furniture

polish wooden furniture

Mix 1 tablespoon of warm coconut oil with half a teaspoon of lemon juice. Mix well and buff onto the surface of your wood furniture. It works amazing, but if you’re worried, try it out in an inconspicuous spot first.

Remove Crayon

remove crayon

If your child decides to decorate the walls with crayon, dab a little coconut oil on a cotton ball or a cotton swab and use it to wipe down the area. The oil breaks up the wax and removes the marks from the wall, no problem.

Remove Ink, too

ink and pen

 Coconut oil also removes ink off of various surfaces, like vinyl, plastic and walls.
These simple yet effective tricks add to the many things you can do with coconut oil. If you haven’t done it yet start adding coconut oil to your shopping list today. You won’t regret it.

10 Amazing Superfoods For Health and Energy

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super foods

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Check out this video to find out about these amazing superfoods or if you’d rather read check out the text below. 

Along with sleep and exercise, good nutrition is one of the 3 components of optimal health. The current lifestyle many of us lead is one that does not stop. 

Excessive stress, overworked and constant overstimulation from every angle (think tv, news, internet…) we deplete ourselves of the one life force we try to preserve…. our energy!  

Choosing the right foods, particularly in times of stress, can make a huge difference. These powerful foods pack an energizing punch and should be eaten in some form every day.  

1. Apples contain naturally-occurring chemical compounds known as phytochemicals, polyphenols, or flavonoids, some of which have been proven to have antioxidant activity that inhibits, or scavenges, the activity of free radicals in the body. Cell damage from free radicals can be a factor in certain cancers, heart disease, strokes, and other conditions.  

2. Blackberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, StrawberriesAntioxidant compounds found in blueberries, sweet cherries, strawberries, and blackberries may fight arterial disease by preventing the oxidation of LDL (‘bad’) cholesterol, according to a team of researchers at the University of California, Davis.  

3. Fish and Omega Fatty Acids found in fish help prevent blood clots, heart attacks and improves the ratio of good to bad cholesterol. Salmon and tuna are great sources of Omega-3. By using high potency Omega-3 from flaxseed and canola, Omega-6 from primrose and black currant and Omega-9 (or Oleic acid, a non-essential fatty acid) from Canola and Flax, you can create the right balance, while minimizing any chance of reoccurring imbalances.  

4. Flaxseed is rich in Omega-3 and fiber. You can increase the benefits of flaxseed by having it cracked or ground. By doing this you can take full advantage of the rich oil and fiber inside the seeds. Sprinkle the seeds over cereal or bake them into your favorite foods.

5. Grains are the staple of most diets all over the world. A rich source of vitamins and minerals, grains can be used for a variety of ailments. Grains such as oatmeal and buckwheat reduce blood lipids, decreasing heart disease, colon cancer, alkalizing, balances over-acid conditions.  

6. Grapes, Juice, Red Wine are rich in antioxidants called flavonoids and have been shown to prevent clogging of the arteries, blood clots and they also contain water-soluble vitamins that strengthen tiny blood vessels, which can help swollen feet or ankles, speed up the healing of bruises and promote healthy collagen for fewer wrinkles.  

Remember, drink in moderation moderation with red wine. Two glasses for women, three glasses for men are the beneficial amounts. Anything more than that and you lose these benefits. 

7. Greens are an excellent source of vitamin A and a good source of vitamin C.

For a bigger boost of vitamin A, buy greens that are medium to dark green (the darker the leaves, the more vitamin A).  

Many greens, such as spinach, kale, and collards are known for their mineral content, especially iron, calcium, magnesium-as well as the vitamins folate, riboflavin (B2) and vitamin K. Leaves are very rich  in antioxidants– the carotenoids and beta-carotene, the tocopherols (vitamin E) and of course, vitamin C.

8. Milk is a great source of calcium for strong bones and helps reduce the risk of fractures and osteoporosis. Start by using milk with less fat such as 2% or 1% milk. Other great sources of calcium include reduced fat cheese, salmon, sardines, and yogurt. Calcium supplements can also help. Take with a 3:1 ratio of Vitamin D for better absorption.  

9. Nuts such as almonds, pecans and walnuts are great sources of protein. They make an amazing snack and have been found to reduce heart attacks by 50% compared to those who did not enjoy these crunchy snacks. Again, do not overdue it. A couple handfuls of each are all you need and try to avoid those that are covered in too much salt.  

10. Soy makes a great meat substitute and can significantly reduce your saturated fat intake. Some research has shown that soy keeps arteries flexible and bones stronger and benefits the heart and in 20% of pre and post-menopausal women, helps reduce hot flashes.  

Eating these foods will not only boost your energy, but will improve your overall health. Try and include these in your diet today!  

Make Your Own Apple Cider Vinegar in 13 Easy Steps

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apple cider vinegar

If you prefer to read the instructions are below:

Apple Cider Vinegar is an all-natural product that is has a number of healthy benefits such as increasing stamina and boosting your immune system. It takes approximately 7 months time, but this Apple Cider Vinegar recipe is an inexpensive way to make it at home. Just follow these step-by-step instructions.

Step 1 – Wash 10 organically grown apples.

apples being washed

Step 2 – Cut apples into 1/4 size pieces.

cutting apples

Step 3 – Have apples sit at room temperature until brown.

brown apples

Step 4 – Put brown apples into a large wide mouth glass jar.

apples in jar

Step 5 – Pour water into jar until apples are covered.

water and apples in jar

Step 6 – Cover jar with a paper cloth. Allow the cloth to rest lightly on top without securing it to allow more oxygen into the mixture.

apples in jar with cloth

Step 7 – Put the covered jar in a warm, dark place. An attic or cupboard where it will not be disturbed are ideal.

jar with apples stored

Step 8 – Let the jar sit for 6 months, stirring once per week.

apples in jar

Step 9 – After 6 months retrieve the jar. There will be a layer of scum on top of the liquid. This forms from bacteria as alcohol turns to vinegar.

fermented apples

Step 10 – Filter the liquid through a paper towel into another wide mouth glass jar. It can be done by holding the paper towel securly onto the first jar. Then tip the jar until liquid flows through the paper towel into the second jar.

filtering vinegar

Step 11 – Cover the new jar of liquid with the same paper towel.

filtered vinegar

Step 12 – Let stand again in a warm dark place. Leave for another 4 to 6 weeks.

fermented apples in jar

Step 13 – Transfer the fully fermented apple cider vinegar into smaller containers and store covered in the refrigerator to preserve the freshness.

apple cider vinegar

That’s all you need to do to create DIY home made apple cider vinegar. After this you can explore the many healthy and amazing uses that apple cider vinegar can bring.

Top 10 Natural Hangover Remedies

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natural hangover remedies

natural hangover remedies

Feeling rough after a fun night out? Soothe your stomach with honey and ginger, absorb toxins with activated charcoal, replenish your energy with B vitamins and eliminate inflammation with turmeric. These 10 natural hangover remedies will have you feeling like yourself again. Watch the video below or if you prefer to read scroll down for the text version.

Water and Turmeric Before Bed

turmeric

Alternate your alcoholic drinks with a glass of water, and drink some more before you go to bed, along with some anti-inflammatory medicine. It’s still uncertain if dehydration causes hangovers, but drinking water helps you pace yourself, and staying hydrated certainly won’t hurt. Recent studies have shown that the true culprit might be inflammation. Just don’t overdo it on the Advil if you’re a heavy drinker, to avoid potential damage to the lining of your stomach. Want a more natural alternative? Try turmeric, a liver-protecting Indian spice with powerful anti-inflammatory effects. Add 1/4 of powdered turmeric to a cup of boiling water, let it simmer for 10 minutes and add honey to taste before drinking it like tea.

Ginger

ginger

Ginger is among the most effective natural remedies for an upset stomach. Many ginger ales don’t contain actual ginger, so using the fresh root or keeping some candied ginger in the cupboard is a better hangover relief tactic. Grate it or chop it finely and simply chew on it, or add it to the honey lemon concoction below.

Honey, Lemons and Hot Water

honey lemon tea

Honey naturally breaks down alcohol in the body, neutralizing the toxins created when it’s consumed. The fructose raises blood sugar levels, helping the body rapidly metabolize all of that booze. Add some lemon, which boosts liver function, but don’t overdo it – acidity can irritate the stomach lining. Try mixing both into a cup of hot water (with ginger and turmeric, for extra hangover-busting power).

Fresh Juice

juice

Freshly squeezed juice that’s light on the acidic fruits can help soothe your stomach, raise your blood sugar and replace essential nutrients. The ‘hair of the dog’ theory of drinking a little more alcohol in the morning to help a hangover remains controversial, but have a Bloody Mary if that’s what makes you feel better.

Bananas

bananas

Bananas are soft, bland and packed with potassium, which is easily depleted after a night of drinking. That makes them an ideal food to eat first thing in the morning when you’re feeling queasy. Once your stomach is settled, try a few of the foods that are next on this list.

Bland, Salty Foods

bland salty foods

There’s a reason why chicken noodle soup is so often prescribed as a remedy when you’re not feeling well. It’s easy on the stomach, comforting, and salty enough to help replenish electrolyte and sodium levels. Plain white rice, broth, bread and crackers are also good options.

Peppermint Essential Oils

peppermint essential oils

If nausea is making you miserable, try this trick. Pour a few drops of peppermint essential oil onto a handkerchief and hold it up to your nose, inhaling the scent, whenever you feel the heaves coming on. You could also mix it with some coconut oil or unscented lotion and apply it to your chest or temples.

Activated Charcoal

activated charcoal

Incredibly absorbent and  safe to consume, activated charcoal can help absorb alcohol in your system if you take it at night before going to bed, and reduce excess bile in your stomach the next morning. Just don’t take it within two hours of taking any kind of medication or vitamins, as it will prevent your body from absorbing them.

B Vitamins and Milk Thistle

b vitamins

Drinking alcohol depletes the levels of B vitamins like thiamine, B6 and B12 in your body, slowing down metabolism and making you feel sluggish. Try a liquid B-complex for maximum re-absorption. Likewise, milk thistle has a powerful effect on the metabolism of alcohol and is known to protect the liver. While science hasn’t put the latter to the test when it comes to helping hangovers, many people swear by popping a couple pills after a night of drinking and before going to sleep.

How Are Foods Affecting Your Brain Infographic

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Infographic image about how to keep your brain healthy with the foods you eat

We all know that many things can affect our brains. These include stress, which has a lot of other effects on the body, our diet, which are the foods we consume, oxygen levels in the blood and even environmental factors such as lack of sunlight. So, one way to help prevent or reduce the effects of these things on the brain is to change your diet. For example, if you eat too much fat you should eat more protein and if you eat too much caffeine you should try to reduce or cut it from your diet. Keeping your brain healthy means that your brain also makes the most of what it has and gets more energy out of it than just taking in. There are other ways to enhance the quality of your brain. 

How are foods affecting your brain is one of the most important things to look at. What you eat is what your brain consumes. Studies have shown that we could lose our mind if we drink alcohol every day. Even drinking it regularly can increase the level of certain brain chemicals that can cause havoc in your brain cells. So, not only is it damaging the body but also the brain. 

That is why you need to look at the things you are doing to keep your brain healthy so you can keep it running at its best. Most of the time people believe that someone’s age is linked to the way their brain is functioning. Well, this is not the case. Each brain cell is unique, they all work at different speeds. Some may run at the top speed, while others may run at the bottom. What you can do is take regular exercise and eating healthy foods to keep your brain running at its fastest rate. 

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Tips On How To Stay Inspired Infographic

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We can get to a place in our lives where we just stop trying and give up, but this is not the way to stay inspired. Plan your day by focusing on what makes you happy. Keeping that focus will allow you to stay healthy, focused, and living your life without regrets. After all, it’s not always about what you are going to do or achieve; it’s about your mental attitude. Plan your day by keeping this in mind.

If you just make a list of what you hope to accomplish each day, and you write it down, even though you might fail at the end of the day, you will keep your motivation. By this, I mean that you don’t have to do everything perfectly every day. If you go through the list and think “okay that is something I want to accomplish today” then go ahead and do it. If you cannot, then you can do it tomorrow and then the next day. But by doing things the day before, you know you are really on track with the goal you set for yourself.

Remember, the success of your life is all about how you feel in your heart. It is so easy to not see this when you are focused on the material things of life. So plan your day by staying healthy, focused, and happy. Stay motivated, be well-fed, rest well, and grow spiritually. These things are all ways to stay inspired.

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Importance Of Drinking Honey Water On An Empty Stomach Infographic

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Honey is a natural product that is a great source of the nutrients you need and want. It has a unique substance that acts as an antibiotic. When honey is pressed from the fruit, the inner material is crystallized and most of the components are separated from the liquid. Honey is made from the sugar attached to the plant itself. For centuries people have used it for different purposes like baking cakes, beverages, food, and cosmetic products.

One of the most common and most commonly used treatments for a wide range of health problems is honey water. Honey water is made by mixing honey with distilled water, which is stored in glass containers or bottles. Since it contains the essential nutrients like B vitamins, phosphorous, manganese, magnesium, potassium, and calcium, it becomes a very important factor in the treatment of many health-related issues like; weight loss, cleansing the intestinal tract, preventing gastrointestinal illnesses, infection control, and all sorts of nutritional support. Honey water is always considered as the finest and most advantageous form of therapy in the long run because it is healthy, convenient, and cost-effective.

In the name of goodness and health, why not drink honey water? Everyone in the world knows that honey has incredible healing powers. It works wonders on the body and is available for all who wish to consume it. The benefits of drinking honey are quite evident in honey water and it is therefore imperative that you include honey in your diet for maximum benefits.

When it comes to purest honey water, this is how you can get to know the benefits of drinking honey water. There are a lot of people who think that drinking honey water is not really a good idea. Well, these people are the ones who were wrong. In fact, honey water has the healthiest benefits for you.

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Knowing What is Myth or Fact Infographic

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You’ve heard this line before, but is it really true that the difference between myth and fact is as hard to make as the difference between the sun and the moon? The simple answer is no. Sure, there are differences between myths and facts. But in truth, they are merely differences between falsehoods and lies.

So, let’s get started. A myth is simply a falsehood, which is still believed by a large portion of the population. This could be an urban legend, a sports story, a political or religious doctrine, a self-help claim, a product testimonial, or any other non-factual statement that isn’t rooted in reality. These are all myths. Truth is never in question, just as it never was when we lived in the caves and had to rely on what other people told us. At least when we had cave-men to tell us the truth, there were those humans who loved to tell the stories of their exploits, but many of those stories were just fairy tales and they didn’t last very long.

Now, in order to make the difference between myth and fact, you must start with the truth. Let’s examine the truth. A myth is based on a myth, which is basically a human’s understanding of something that doesn’t actually exist. To make the difference between fact and fiction, you have to find the core myth or lie and pull it apart until you can pin it down to its most basic foundations and determine the reality of it.

Below, you will learn some of the things that differentiate a myth from a fact.

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A Guide to MCT Oil Benefits Infographic

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MCT Oil (Medium Chain Triglycerides) is a fat found in palm kernel and coconut. It is unique because it has twice the density of regular fats. MCT Oil is different than most other fats because of its ability to replace both conventional or traditional fat with an almost equal amount of fat. MCT Oil is superior to conventional fat because of its ability to store better and it is a great way to lose weight, especially if you’re diabetic.

It is important to note that MCT Oil benefits from the same reduction as olive oil and other saturated fats. The key is not replacing saturated fats with MCT Oil but rather using it to burn more calories, thereby promoting weight loss. This is where MCT Oil benefits come in. By helping to burn more calories and by replacing fat cells with MCT Oil, the body will begin to purge the fat and the body fat can be flushed out of the body through sweat. MCT Oil really does work and it is now being used in all sorts of products and health supplements.

It may be hard for some people to believe that it is possible to use a fat substitute to replace traditional fats and that it might be better for you. But, the truth is, this fat is all-natural and very healthy. It is also very tasty and the taste is also very good. When making ice cream, for example, you can add MCT Oil to it to make it a little healthier. This fat is going to replace refined sugar and refined oils, which means that you will not have any guilt from it. In fact, it can even benefit your cholesterol levels. MCT Oil is known to reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol and raise HDL (good) cholesterol levels.

Below, you can then get more information about MCT oil and its benefits.

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Getting a Nut Infographic

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Nuts are one of the best sources of carbohydrates. The reason why it is such a good source of carbohydrates is that they are easily digested, making them ideal as an energy source. They also have lots of essential vitamins and minerals such as B-vitamins, C, E, iron, and iodine, which are required for good health. For example, the B-vitamins that one gets from nuts can help the body in various important processes, including the regeneration of red blood cells, brain function, glucose metabolism, and the production of thyroid hormones.

These are just some of the benefits of nuts that you will experience when you eat them. However, it is important to remember that while most nuts contain high amounts of nutrition, some may have different benefits. To get the best value, one should choose nuts based on the level of nutrition they have compared to other sources and thus select the best nuts available. Some examples are almonds, pecans, macadamia nuts, peanuts, cashews, walnuts, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, macadamia almonds, sunflower seeds, and others.

In addition to being a great source of nutrition, nuts are also a very good source of fiber, and the one that is most beneficial is the macadamia nut. It has a lot of dietary fiber, and this is the reason why it is a very important food source for maintaining a healthy body. People who consume nuts may also benefit from regular exercise. As previously mentioned, nuts are a good source of iron, and these are important nutrients for people with anemia. And just in case you are concerned about having too much iron in your body, having too little or too much iron in your diet is actually unhealthy, and this is why nuts can be used as an excellent supplement to a healthy diet.

Below, you can learn how different nuts are getting.

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