Food storage 101: DIY pickling tips and tricks

Pickling is a process that involves soaking foods like fruits and vegetables in an acid or brine, which prevents harmful bacteria from growing. Considered one of the oldest forms of food preservation, this process is a fantastic way to extend the shelf life of any fresh produce, especially if you plan on stocking up for the winter with summer vegetables or vice versa. In fact, almost any produce can be pickled, as long as you know how to do it properly. (h/t to PrimalSurvivor.net) Continue reading

Ginger Improves Symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis, Enhances Quality of Life

Bowel and digestive problems like ulcerative colitis can be among the most discomforting and disruptive affronts to a person’s lifestyle and overall well-being. What if adding a healthy dose of ginger to your diet could prevent indigestion, inflamed insides and even protect you from colon and rectal cancers? The evidence says, it can 

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You May See a Vitamin B12 Deficiency in Your Eyes

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  • Vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to liver enlargement and jaundice; some with a deficiency report eye twitching or spasms
  • Low levels of vitamin B12 may easily be missed as many physicians don’t routinely test for it, and symptoms may appear gradually
  • Symptoms include anemia, mental fogginess, muscle weakness and fatigue; left untreated it may cause severe or permanent neurological disease, blood disorders or death
  • Low stomach acid, needed to absorb the vitamin, contributes to insufficiency. Consuming conventionally grown meat can also contribute to a deficiency; you may need a supplement

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Can Chili Peppers Prevent Heart Attacks and Strokes?

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  • Chili pepper consumption may significantly reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke
  • Chili peppers contain capsaicin, which is known to help with a variety of health issues from digestion and inflammation to weight management and even cancer
  • Chili pepper consumption is not a one-stop solution, however, and it may not be the best choice for everyone. Consult with your doctor for the course of treatment that’s right for you 

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Asafoetida: Why This Stinky Herb Is so Beneficial

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  • The Indian cooking spice asafoetida is a gum obtained from a type of giant fennel. It has an offensive smell akin to that of rotting garlic and sweaty feet, but an appetizing savory, umami taste
  • With its onion-garlic flavor, you can use it as a substitute for either of those ingredients. Many recommend using it in bean-based dishes, as it helps prevent gassiness
  • Asafoetida has antibacterial, antiparasitic and antiviral properties. In 2009, researchers discovered certain compounds in the herb were more effective at killing the H1N1 influenza virus than the commercial antiviral drug amantadine
  • Asafoetida also has antispasmodic, carminative, expectorant, laxative and sedative properties, just to name a few. Historical uses include the treatment of nervous conditions, bronchitis, asthma, whooping cough and more
  • This smelly herb can also be useful for the prevention and treatment of various gut ailments, and for feminine health issues such as sterility, premature labor, painful and excessive menstruation and leucorrhoea 

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New Proof the Ketogenic Diet Plan Fights Cancer

Since ancient times, healers have known that food can be medicine – even if our conventional medical establishment has stubbornly resisted this fact. Continue reading

Real Risk of a Sneaky Deficiency for Vegans and Vegetarians

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  • Although there are several reasons people choose to stop eating meat, experts warn it’s important to understand your nutritional needs and include a vitamin B12 supplement to reduce real and permanent risks linked to deficiency
  • Moving into a new year more people consider lifestyle changes to affect physical, mental and emotional health. January has been dubbed “Veganuary,” as the number who choose to be vegetarians grows dramatically after the first of the year
  • There are some plant sources of active B12, but they also have B12 analogues blocking the uptake of true B12, potentially lowering your vitamin levels even further
  • Other conditions placing you at risk for deficiency are eating or absorption disorders, regular alcohol consumption, diabetes and long-term antacid use
  • Your heart and nervous system are dependent on vitamin B12. Consider using a quality supplement with the naturally occurring methylcobalamin form of the vitamin

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Documentary: High Mowing Organic Seeds for a New Food System

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  • High Mowing Organic Seeds has become one of the only companies producing organic seeds from organically grown plants
  • Their mission is to grow organic seeds that came from an organic source that have high disease and insect resistance, high yield and that produce high-flavor crops
  • They now grow over 600 heirloom, open-pollinated and hybrid seeds, including vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers, for home gardeners and commercial growers
  • Ninety-five percent of the acreage of organic vegetable farms are planted with conventional seeds
  • Choosing organic seeds is important for avoiding pesticides and growing the heartiest, most resilient plants

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Vigorous Exercise Leads to Lower Mortality for Women

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  • Heart disease and cancer are the two top reasons people die in the U.S.; data show women who can exercise vigorously have a reduced risk of mortality from heart disease, cancer and other causes
  • Women who have high cardiovascular fitness also enjoy a reduced risk of dementia, which may be related to higher levels of a protein responsible for improving mitochondrial biogenesis
  • Combining intermittent fasting with the ketogenic diet plan may boost the health benefits and improve mitochondrial health. This includes not eating within three hours of going to bed to reduce free radical damage
  • Lack of exercise is globally responsible for nearly 5 million deaths each year; the more you move and exercise the lower the potential rate of death. Aim to sit as little as possible during the day 

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Berries Drive Brain Health, Keep Aging at Bay

In an analysis of data on berry intake, mental decline has been slower for women over age 70 who regularly consumed strawberries or blueberries. These findings aren’t alone in vouching for berries’ longevity-promoting and cognition boosting properties, as previous studies reflect similar therapeutic actions  Continue reading

A “butter” alternative: Adding ghee to your diet can improve gut health

When it comes to food products that one would normally label as “healthy,” butter isn’t the first thing that would come to mind. It is, after all, near-synonymous to excess, and has been linked to hypertension and even obesity. Continue reading

Understanding the difference between simple and complex carbs is the key to healthy eating habits

When it comes to eating, it’s important to understand what goes inside your food – especially when it comes to carbohydrates. Carbohydrates, which most people refer to as “carbs,” are divided into two categories: simple and complex carbohydrates. Understanding how each interacts with the body can help a person choose which foods to eat. Continue reading

US Upholds Ban on Brazilian Beef Imports

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  • June 22, 2017, the U.S. suspended imports of fresh beef from Brazil, the fifth largest beef exporter to the U.S. In October 2019, the U.S. informed Brazil it will continue to maintain the ban
  • The USDA began inspecting 100% of Brazilian meat imports in March 2017. Among the problems discovered were abscesses in the meat, which Brazilian deputy agriculture minister Eumar Novacki attributed to rare adverse reactions to vaccines that prevent foot-and-mouth disease
  • According to Novacki, the reactions pose no risk to public health, but their presence still highlighted widespread quality control problems. It’s a commonly used vaccine around the world, and other beef imports do not have these abscesses. The slaughter plant also should have caught and removed them before export
  • The USDA allows multinational meatpackers to label imported beef as “Product of USA” as long as it has undergone processing in the U.S., even if minimal. This misrepresentation has significant ramifications for American farmers, who have to compete with lower-priced imports
  • Contamination with pathogens and drugs is another widespread problem plaguing the conventional meat industry. Contaminants are also found in nonorganic collagen products, which makes sense since they’re a byproduct of the meat industry

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Mighty Broccoli Sprouts Rapidly Detox Pollutants

Air pollution is associated with a long list of health problems including cardio-respiratory deaths, pulmonary disease, and chronic respiratory conditions. And the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified air pollution as carcinogenic to humans. Continue reading