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Health benefits of onions

Try to add some raw onions to your salad or sandwich.  Enjoy some fresh salsa or guacamole loaded with onion to enjoy the great flavor and positive effects on your health that onions have to offer!

Grilled or sauteed onions are delicious but the best way to have onions is raw when it comes to reaping the natural healing rewards.  Onions can help with lung function, especially for people who have asthma.  Onions are known to protect against infections and even cancer.  Onions can even contribute to cardiovascular health by reducing the risk of blood clots.

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Health Benefits of the Humble Oat

Oats have been made into nutritious and delicious meals for hundreds of years.  Some of the health benefits that eating oats can provide are:

  • Lower cholesterol levels in the fight against heart disease
  • Contains its own unique antioxidant compounds avenanthramides, known to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Enhance immune response to infection by aiding the body to respond more quickly and eliminate bacteria
  • A great natural breastfeeding aid which can help increase milk supply
  • Whole grains are renowned in the prevention of heart failure
  • Beta-glucan and magnesium, found in oats, have been reported to stabilize blood sugar and substantially lower type 2 diabetes risk
  • The fibre contained in oats is thought to protect against breast cancer
  • Studies have shown that children who consume whole grains significantly decrease their risk of childhood asthma
 There are many different ways to include them in your diet.  They are ideal as a breakfast cereal, in cookies, bread recipes, soups, stews, casseroles and face masks.

Benefits of Coconut During Pregnancy

 Coconuts are packed full of essential nutrients which is why they are so beneficial to pregnant women

Here are some of the reasons why coconuts can boost a woman's health during pregnancy:

  • Rich in anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, it can help prevent colds, flu and other viruses and strengthens the immune system.
  • It has been known to relieve heartburn and constipation.
  • It contains high amounts of electrolytes which can hydrate and  help combat exhaustion during pregnancy.
  • Coconuts are naturally sterile and free from any chemicals.
  • Coconuts are fat free and can help lower cholesterol levels.

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Cinnamon and honey, super healing duo!

Both honey and cinnamon are, by their selves, helpful for natural healing.  Mix the two, and you may have some surprising benefits.

Try making some toast and spreading coconut oil over it, then sprinkle some cinnamon on it, and finally add some honey on top.  You can also make some hot tea and add both raw honey and cinnamon to it.  Cinnamon and honey also can be combined and worn as a mask to help with skin surface problems like pimples and acne.

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Lower cholesterol naturally

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in several countries around the world.  Take the preventative rout by including some food in your diet that will help you manage your good and bad cholesterol.

Here are some natural choices for help with maintaining healthy cholesterol levels:

-Soluble fiber:  Consuming ten grams of soluble fiber daily can lower harmful, or LDL, cholesterol by around 5%.  Broccoli, sweet potatoes, apples, carrots, and oats are all good sources of soluble fiber which helps slow the abosorption of cholesterol in the intestines.

-Green tea:  A Brazillian study on green tea conducted by giving participants extract from green tea in capsules concluded that LDL cholesterol levels dropped approximately 4.5%. 

-Artichoke leaf extract:  This extract could help increase the flow of cholesterol secretion from the liver, and may limit cholesterol synthesis in the body.

-Nuts:  Many nuts contain healthy fats which help to lower levels of LDL cholesterol in the body.

-Niacin:  Niacin is not without side effects and should be taken carefully with doctor supervision but could lower harmful or LDL cholesterol by as much as 10% and raise healthy or HDL cholesterol levels by between 15% and 30%.

-Red yeast rice:  Red yeast rice contains natural compounds called monacolins which are converted to a chemical that inhibits the production of cholesterol in the body.  Consuming red yeast rice as part of an overall diet can help to maintain normal cholesterol levels.

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Strawberry Face Mask for Acne

Treat Acne and Feel Great with a 

Face Mask made with Strawberries

Strawberries are well known for their antioxidant properties. The flavanoids from this fruit contain anti-inflammatory properties. Using them as a face mask can help treat acne and soothe skin.
Strawberry face masks are simple to make at home and a great alternative way to enjoy this super fruit.

For the perfect treatment:
 1/4 cup fresh strawberries
1/4 cup sour cream or natural yogurt (without any added flavorings)
Allow the strawberries and the yogurt/cream to get to room temperature. Mix together in a blender or mash up with a fork. Spread on face and wash after 10 to 15 minutes. 

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