Natural Cures Not Medicine: 03/23/13

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Naturally restore your magnesium levels

Many people are magnesium deficient.  Are you among them?

In the U.S., 75% of people do not have enough magnesium in their diets.  Here are a few symptoms of magnesium deficiency. 




-Excess body odor

-Muscle cramps


-Impaired memory function



Magnesium deficiency can seriously diminish your quality of life.  Here are some natural sources of magnesium and tips that you can begin to work into your diet so that you can reach your daily value and prevent discomfort.

Avoid caffeine and alcohol:  Alcoholic beverages and those containing caffeine are appetite suppressants and deplete the body's supply of magnesium.

Eat organic green veggies:  The Chlorophyll in green leafy vegetables contains magnesium but be sure to choose organic as these types of vegetables tend to be the most contaminated with chemical residues from pesticides.

Take probiotics:  Fermented beverages and foods along with probiotics help maintain the proper balance of beneficial bacteria withing the stomach, allowing the body to better absorb magnesium.

Absorb sunlight:  Sunlight tends to be the primary source of vitamin D intake for the body and vitamin D is essential for the body to absorb magnesium.

Avoid sugar:  Sugar leeches nutrients out of the body and should be cut out of the diet to help rebound magnesium content in the blood.  It takes 54 magnesium molecules to process just 1 sugar molecule.

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Health benefits of sage

Add sage to your list of super herbs!

Sage can be added to a smoothie or incorporated into several different dishes.  Do to its flavanoid content, sage has many positive impacts on your health and can be used to prevent and treat several different ailments.  Here are a few reasons why you should consider eating sage more often:

-Natural antiperspirant 

-Increases bile flow and liver detoxification

-Natural cough suppressant 

-Aids in digestion

-Anti inflammatory

-Boosts memory

-Fights gum and mouth disease

-Natural cold remedy

-Relieves cuts, scrapes, and bruises.

-Natural soar throat remedy

-Anti swelling

-Diarrhea relief

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Eat well, feel well!

Natural ways to fight and prevent colon cancer

Several things in our environment are becoming increasingly toxic, even the food we eat.  To naturally prevent colorectal cancer, turn to these food items.

Colon cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the U.S.  In 2009, 136,717 patients were diagnosed with colorectal cancer.  Among cancers that effect both men and women, this variety is the 3rd most common type and the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in the United States with 51,848 deaths reported in 2009.  Screening is recommended to reduce the risk of cancer, but a nutritional preventative approach could save time, money, and most importantly your life.

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Health benefits from green tea

It could be time for you to replace harmful beverages like soda and sugary sports drinks with the healing wonder green tea!

A great deal of research has gone into the effects of green tea on the human body.  Some data shows that green tea could prevent heart disease, fight cancer, prevent diabetes, stroke, and dementia.  Green tea extract, in a recent study, was shown to shrink existing tumors when administered directly to the mutated tissue.  This lends more hope to the possibility that green tea not only protects the body from DNA damage but may be able to fight off cancer resulting from living in a toxic environment.

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How to make your own raw almond milk

Make your own almond milk.

More and more information comes out about the negative health effects of dairy consumption.  People are looking for alternatives to milk, not just because of lactose intolerance but also to avoid the hormones and antibiotics present in commercial dairy.  You can buy almond milk but some contains preservatives and other ingredients.  Almond milk is high in calcium and contains vitamins A, D, and E.  Maybe it is time to make your own almond milk!

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Beets protect the body

The health benefits of this vegetable are un-beetable!

Other than their amazing flavor, here are some reasons you may want to start including fresh beets or beet juice into your diet.

-Beets are low in calories, fat, and have zero cholesterol.

-Beets contain glycine betaine, a phytochemical compound that lowers homocysteine levels in the blood.  High levels of homocysteines result in heart disease.

-Beets are loaded with potassium.  Potassium counter acts sodium and lowers the heart rate.

-The top greens of beets contain vitamin A, antioxidant flavanoids, and carotenoids.  Vitamin A helps to prmote eye health and skin while consuming flavanoids helps to prevent certain types of cancer.

-Folates contained in beets are necessary for DNA synthesis in cells.

-Beets contain minerals such as manganese, copper, magnesium, and iron.  

-Vitamin B complexes can be found in the roots of this plant.  Among them are pyridoxine (B-6), pantothenic acid (B-5), and niacin (B-3).

-Beets contain vitamin C which is known as the detox vitamin because it removes harmful free radicals from the body which helps to prevent heart disease and cancer.


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Surprising brown rice facts

White rice is all the craze, but if you don't try switching to brown rice you could be missing out.

When rice is "refined," most of the important nutrients are removed.  The reason most white rice is labeled as "enriched" is because synthetic vitamins and iron are added to it in order to sell it as a food with nutritional value.   Here are some health benefits of choosing brown rice.

Packed with antioxidants:  Some may not know that brown rice has good amounts of antioxidants.  Antioxidants help prevent tissue damage and some cancers by removing harmful free radicals from the blood.

Contains selenium:  Selenium helps to lower the chances of developing arthritis, heart disease, and even cancer.

Promotes weight loss:  Fiber is important to not just the digestive system, but also for heart health.  Fiber makes you feel fuller so usually leads to smaller portions.  It can help with managing cholesterol levels and helps move toxins out of the body.

Great for baby food:  Turn to brown rice cereals for your baby rather than white rice products because, while they are growing rapidly, babies need a nutrient dense food.  The fiber present in brown rice is good for the little ones also.

Rich in manganese:  Manganese plays a role in the body's ability to synthesize fats.  It helps the reproductive system and the nervous system too.  Just 1 cup of brown rice yields about 80% of the daily needed amount of manganese.

Full of fiber:  Brown rice is loaded with fiber which may help to prevent colon cancer.  Fibers help to flush out carcinogenic substances and toxins and flush them out of your system.

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