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God loves us so much that He has given us precious creations in nature from the beginning of time to help us live healthy and productive lives! I love God and believe in utilizing everything He created for us. His food is miraculous! I am married to a wonderful man and have two beautiful daughters. I homeschool and have a health ministry for friends, family, and health lovers world-wide. I'm totally into all-natural and avoid chemicals, food additives, etc. even in my cosmetics. I am working toward eating Vegan, Organic, and raw as much as possible (my family too). Optimal Health - God's Way ".....and the fruit thereof shall be for meat (FOOD), and the leaf for MEDICINE." Ezekiel 47:12 KJV

Friday, September 28, 2012

What are Collagen Boosting Foods?

Fortunately, I get tons of these nutrients in my diet, and some of them in very highly concentrated amounts. I can tell you from experience that it does work! Please be sure that if you choose to consume soy as recommended in the list below that you get the organic, fermented kind as the others can cause more harm than good.
Miriam
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What are Collagen Boosting Foods?

BY ADMIN – AUGUST 28, 2010
POSTED IN: WRINKLES BASICS

The most vital element needed to maintain a young skin is collagen. It provides firmness and support to the skin. It depletes as age progresses. However, by taking collagen boosting foods you can maintain a youthful and radiant skin. Given below are a few foods that increase the production of collagen in the body

Foods That Aid in Collagen Boosting

Green leafy vegetables like kale, spinach are vital sources of antioxidants that help in increasing collagen level in the body. These vegetables improve skin tone and texture by increasing moisture content and elasticity in the skin.
Salmon fish provides the essential fatty acids for the body. These omega 3 fats help in collagen boosting within the body. Thereby, resulting in a toned and smoother skin within a short period. If you do not like fish then you can opt for almonds, cashews, flax seeds or brazil nuts as they also provide the essential fats.
Beans are rich sources of fiber and have higher levels of hyaluronic acid in it. They are made of proteins that are important for skin. About half cup of beans when taken daily aids in providing skin benefits.
Avocados are widely used in many skin care products as it has the ability to replenish moisture and makes the skin look toned and firm. These are packed with essential minerals and vitamins for the skin. About two to three servings of avocado slices will help in regenerating collagen.
Citrus fruits serve as the best source of vitamin C. This vitamin is essential for cell growth and healthy maintenance of cells.
Tomatoes contain lycopene in it. Lycopene acts as an antioxidant and inhibits collagenase enzyme that is known to damage collagen. So, take tomatoes to prevent damage to collagen in the body.
Garlic has sulfur which is important for producing collagen in the body. Two most important constituents of garlic lipoic acid and taurine aid in providing support to collagen fibers that are damaged.
Soy and tofu foods are best for slowing down the aging process and increasing collagen in the body. Soy has enzymes that are important for skin’s elasticity and make skin more resilient. So, if you want a healthy skin include soy products regularly in your diet.
Antioxidants are vital for protecting against free radicals that damage the supporting structure of the skin. So, include high amounts of antioxidant foods in your diet.


http://wrinkles.ygoy.com/2010/08/28/what-are-collagen-boosting-foods/

Avocado Salad Wrap recipe





Ingredients
  • 2 avocados, cubed
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 2 Tbsp red onions , diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 14 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 6-8 romaine lettuce, roughly chopped

  • Directions
  • Mix all ingredients in a bowl
  • Scoop out approx. 1/2 cup into gluten free wrap and roll.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

How to Use Coconut Oil: There are Hundreds of Uses of Coconut Oil!

I love coconut oil! I use it to cook everything! If you are not a fan of coconut flavor in your food, there is a neutral flavor from Jarrow available.
Miriam



How to Use Coconut Oil: There are Hundreds of Uses of Coconut Oil!

There are hundreds of uses for coconut oil in the kitchen, with multiple ways of incorporating coconut oil into a healthy diet. As a cooking oil, replace polyunsaturated oils, "vegetable oils" such as corn and soy, with coconut oil. Coconut oil should be your main cooking oil, as it is heat stable, and will not become toxic in uses that require high heat.

Use coconut oil for frying:

Use coconut oil for baking:

Use coconut oil for making your own mayonnaise:

Use coconut oil in dips:

Use coconut oil to make your own salad dressings:

Use coconut oil to make your own ketchup:

Use coconut oil to make the best pie crusts:

Use coconut oil in your soups:

Use coconut oil to make fudge:

Use coconut oil to make pudding:

Use coconut oil to make cookies:

Use coconut oil to make muffins:

Use coconut oil to make brownies:

Use coconut oil to make chocolate cake:

Use coconut oil to make chocolate candy:

Use coconut oil in gluten free and dairy free recipes:

Add coconut oil to your coffee:

Use coconut oil in hot chocolate:

Use coconut oil to add energy to your smoothies:

Use coconut oil in your protein shakes for extra energy:

Use coconut oil in chocolate milk:


For hundreds of more uses of coconut oil, visit FreeCoconutRecipes.com where other coconut oil users submit their kitchen-tested coconut recipes. We post new recipes every week!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

How to stop heart attacks and irregular heart beats in their tracks


Wednesday, September 05, 2012 by: Tony Isaacs


(NaturalNews) Each year, 1.5 million heart attacks occur in the United States resulting in over 500,000 deaths. Another common, though usually less fatal, cardiovascular problem is irregular heart beat. Though irregular heart beats are not as serious as heart attacks in most instances, they can lead to serious complications if not treated. Fortunately, nature has potent herbal solutions for each condition which will usually stop them in their tracks in short order.

Cayenne pepper will stop a heart attack in under two minutes

Sometimes called "the king of herbs," cayenne pepper has the ability to stop a heart attack in its tracks in under two minutes. Famed herbalist, Dr. John Christopher frequently used cayenne pepper to treat patients for heart attacks and reported that it never once failed to stop a heart attack in only a couple of minutes or under.

The best form of cayenne pepper to use to stop a heart attack is cayenne pepper tincture (extract), and it only takes a couple of droppers full to do the trick. Regular cayenne pepper powder, such as is found on the grocers spice aisle, can also be used and the recommended amount is at least two teaspoons full. Either way, anyone who is concerned about the possibility of a heart attack is well advised to keep a bottle or vial of cayenne pepper extract or powder close by at all times.

Cayenne pepper is renowned for its overall cardiovascular benefits and is considered by many herbalists to be the top herb for overall heart health. Among its many healthy properties is its ability as a natural blood thinner. It also strengthens, stimulates, and tones the heart, balances circulation and blood pressure, and calms palpitations.

Hawthorn berry can put a quick end to irregular heart beat

Irregular heart beat, also known as heart flutter or atrial fibrillation, is a condition where an abnormality of the heart rhythm results in a rapid and sometimes irregular heartbeat. The herb, hawthorn berry, is particularly potent in normalizing an irregular heart beat in short order. Often a person with irregular heart beat will find their heart rhythm beginning to normalize in just a few minutes after taking hawthorn berry. Like cayenne pepper, the best form of hawthorn berry is extract. One of the most popular extract forms is known as hawthorn berry syrup. Hawthorn berry also comes in supplemental capsules and the raw plant can be used to make hawthorn berry tea.

Also similar to cayenne pepper, hawthorn berry is widely known for its overall cardiovascular benefits. Hawthorn was also one of famed herbalist Dr. Christopher's favorite herbs for the heart. Hawthorn is rich in flavonoids which protect small capillary vessels from free-radical damage. It normalizes blood pressure, lowers cholesterol and fat deposits in the liver and aorta. In addition to arrhythmia, hawthorn also helps conditions such as angina, arteriosclerosis, blood clots, and hypertension. Though a dropper of hawthorn berry extract may settle irregular heartbeats in short order, it may take months to realize hawthorn's full benefits.

Note: In the event of a heart attack, regardless of how soon it is stopped, one should seek immediate medical attention. Likewise, one should seek medical attention for severe and prolonged irregular heartbeats.

For more information about building and maintaining a healthy heart, see:

"12 top food choices for a healthy heart"
http://www.naturalnews.com/034966_heart_health_food_disease.html

"Heal and Prevent Heart Disease with Nutrition, Part I"
http://www.naturalnews.com/028582_heart_disease_nutrition.html

"Heal and Prevent Heart Disease with Nutrition, Part II"
http://www.naturalnews.com/028657_heart_disease_nutrition.html

"Heal and Prevent Heart Disease with Nutrition, Part III"
http://www.naturalnews.com/028664_heart_disease_nutrition.html

"Heal and Prevent Heart Disease with Nutrition, Part IV"
http://www.naturalnews.com/028674_heart_disease_nutrition.html

Sources included:

http://www.cdc.gov/Features/HeartMonth/
http://www.allheartattack.com/statistics.php
http://www.naturalnews.com/034966_heart_health_food_disease.html
http://www.naturalnews.com/026869_cayenne_pepper_health.html

About the author:
"See all articles by Tony Isaacs"

Tony Isaacs, is a natural health author, advocate and researcher who hosts The Best Years in Life website for those who wish to avoid prescription drugs and mainstream managed illness and live longer, healthier and happier lives naturally. Mr. Isaacs is the author of books and articles about natural health, longevity and beating cancer including "Cancer's Natural Enemy" and is working on a major book project due to be published later this year. He is also a contributing author for the worldwide advocacy group "SANEVax Inc" which endeavors to uncover the truth about HPV and other vaccine dangers.

Mr. Isaacs also hosts the Yahoo Oleandersoup group of over 2600 members and the Utopia Silver Supplement Company and he and his partner Luella May recently began hosting The Best Years in Life Radio Show" on Wolf Spirit Radio.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/037069_heart_attacks_cayenne_pepper_hawthorn_berry.html#ixzz25jC0IRuX

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

‘Outbreak’ of Bacterial Infection from Tainted Tattoo Ink

‘Outbreak’ of Bacterial Infection from Tainted Tattoo Ink
September 04 2012
Image courtesy of Comstock / Thinkstock

Contaminated ink has instigated a number of bacterial infections of the skin in and around the location of tattoos.

According to a research study published in the New England Journal of Medicine1, a certain type of tattoo ink was found to contain nontuberculous mycobacterium chelonae, bacteria the study describes as “atypical” and “uncommon.” The bacteria caused a bumpy red rash at the site of the tattoo design within three weeks of getting the tattoo, affecting people from 18 to 48 years old.

The specific ink, known as gray wash, is diluted with water to provide shading or a three-dimensional feel to tattoo designs. Gray wash can be diluted to varying degrees, but the real issue is how it is diluted.

These bacterial infections were not due to a contaminated environment, as the tattoo parlor passed all health inspections. Rather, the ink manufacturer diluted the gray wash with unsterile water prior to distributing the ink, according to the study.

“Premixed ink contaminated before distribution poses a risk to public health, which may suggest the need for enhanced oversight of not just tattooing, but also the inks used in tattooing,” the study said.

Unfiltered tap water contains trace amounts of poisonous chemicals and substances that can cause harm at the cellular level.

Though legally deemed safe to drink, tap water still directly contributes to an elevated level of toxicity in the human body. Filtered, boiled and triple-distilled water are always the safest options.

The Arizona-based manufacturer voluntarily recalled the ink upon hearing of the outbreak, but this is not the first instance of such a rash of infections.

Since 2003, a number of studies have linked tainted ink to tattoo-related skin infections. Unsterilized water (used for dilution) was commonly the source of tattoo ink contamination. This recent study was the first to test opened bottles of ink along with unopened bottles to help determine the cause of the contamination. Often, these infections have resulted from bacteria closely related to M. cholenae, the specific bacteria found in the current study.

Somehow, these “outbreaks” of infection do not affect everyone exposed to the contaminated substance. This tattoo artist intermittently used the toxic gray wash for more than three months, yet only a handful of clients became infected.  Why does one person get infected while the next two people exposed to the same toxin do not?

The answer: Those with stronger immune systems and better functioning bodies overall are able to resist. You don’t “catch” disease or infection because it happens to be nearby. Healthy, high-functioning bodies resist infection, stave off disease and tend to stay well—even when painted with tainted ink.

Not sure what toxicity is or how abundant toxins are?  Want to maximized your immunity, get well and stay well?  Ask your nearest Maximized Living doctor for more information. Maximized Living doctors are experts in the field of commonly found environmental and household toxins.


1: http://www.nejm.org/doi/pdf/10.1056/NEJMoa1205114

Sunday, September 2, 2012

No-Bake Coconut Crack Bars recipe

I made these today! Yum! So easy and fast.
Miriam


No-Bake Coconut Crack Bars

by CHOCOLATE-COVERED KATIE on AUGUST 30, 2012
This could be your new favorite snack:
coconut bars
And you can make them in under 10 minutes.
Addictive, no-bake, easy.
As if I needed yet another addictive no-bake recipe on the blog. Oh but one can never have enough no-bake recipes, especially when they taste as good as these chewy coconut bars. (P.S. This is a variation of another recipe that’s going in my cookbook: Healthy Magic Squares!)
coconut crack bars
You know what else one can never have enough of? 
Obviously I would say chocolate. (The eleven different types of chocolate bars in my kitchen pantry attest to that.) My roommate would say makeup, as her collection could stock three separate branches of Sephora. My sister would probably say shoes. Although she might say nailpolish. She really does have a lot of nailpolish.
And one can never have enough coconut. Except maybe my crazy boyfriend who just yesterday informed me that he doesn’t like coconut. I think I stared at him blankly for over five minutes, trying to comprehend that statement. You know, I also once dated a guy who didn’t like chocolate… :-?
5 Minute Coconut Crack Bars

Coconut Crack Bars
Makes 6-8 bars
  • 1 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened) (80g)
  • 1/4 cup agave or pure maple syrup (or 1/4 cup water and 2-3 nunaturals stevia packs)
  • 2 tbsp virgin coconut oil (See nutrition info link below, for all substitution notes on this recipe.)
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt
Combine all ingredients in a food processor. (Perhaps you can mix by hand if you don’t have a food processor, but I haven’t tried.) Squish into any small container (I used a 7×5) and fridge for an hour before trying to cut. (Or freeze for 15 minutes.) Can be stored in the fridge or freezer, for at least a few weeks.

Amazing and Disturbing Facts About the Hidden History of Medicine

Warning: This document is only for hard-core health researchers with an open mind. Some of this information may seem outrageous, but it is extremely informative!

http://www.naturalnews.com/specialreports/25-Amazing-and-Disturbing-Facts-About-the-Hidden-History-of-Medicine.pdf

Raw cookie dough bites recipe


Raw cookie dough bites

Happy twenty-eleven! Now that it’s the beginning of a new year, it seems the holiday hoopla is already becoming a distant memory. The big meals and decadent desserts have been devoured, the wine bottles have been emptied, and the gingerbread house has been picked clean. After so much excess, I would feel a bit guilty if I tempted you with more sweets. And yet here I am, with a recipe for cookie dough bites.
But wait, don’t go! I promise you, this one is different. If you have a health-related New Year’s resolution still fresh in mind, a sugar and calorie laden treat likely won’t be passing your lips anytime soon. Or, perhaps your body is craving healthy greens and whole foods after too much Christmas cake and cocktails. It’s time for a fresh start, right?
While it’s nearly impossible to attest to giving up all sweets in January without caving before the start of February, one thing I have learned is that nutritious, whole food options are the keys to success. So, basically, you can have your [unrefined, whole grain, sugar-free] cake and eat it, too. Even that hidden desire to eat raw cookie dough can be fulfilled! Here, raw cookie dough bites—”raw” in the good sense of the word, not a raw batter of flour, sugar and eggs—are filled with nutrient-dense nuts and oats and sweetened with raw agave nectar. They are super easy to make, and they can be stored in the freezer for those times when you want to satisfy a sweets craving without feeling bad about it. Enjoy!
Raw cookie dough bites
Raw cookie dough bites
Ingredients
  • 2/3 cup raw almonds
  • 2/3 cup raw walnuts
  • 2/3 cup raw oat flakes (see note below)
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup raw agave nectar
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp cacao nibs or dark chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. In a food processor, process the almonds, walnuts, oats, cinnamon and salt to a fine meal.
  2. Add the agave nectar and vanilla and process to combine.
  3. Next, add the cocoa nibs (or chocolate chips) and pulse just to combine.
  4. Roll the cookie dough into balls (about 1 tbsp each) and place them on a cookie pan lined with parchment paper. Place the pan in the freezer for about an hour to firm up. Store balls in a tightly covered container in the freezer.
Notes
Raw oat flakes can be substituted for regular rolled oats (or certified gluten-free oats, if necessary), but if you want this treat to be truly raw, look for raw oat flakes, which haven't been steamed or toasted during processing. I buy mine locally from a company called Grainstorm.