Natural Cures Not Medicine: 05/08/13

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Healthy sweetener: it exists!

Not just a natural sweetener, but a wonder herb all in itself!

Beware sugar free items at the grocery store.  Lowering your sugar intake is a good idea, but you must be careful to avoid toxic artificial sweeteners.  Stevia not only is without negative side effects, but it may actually make you healthier in addition to sweetening up your dessert or beverage.

     With obesity rates going up and major illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, and depression being linked to sugar people are looking for an answer.  Knowledge of the harm caused by chemically synthesized sweeteners such as aspartame, which was originally formulated in a government bio weapons lab, is spreading and even some natural sweeteners like agave syrup are turning out to be not quite as healthy and safe to consume regularly as once thought.  The natural answer is stevia, a leafy plant that has been cultivated and used for centuries in South America.
     The problem for most people is the fact that stevia tends to have an aftertaste that is not suitable to the discerning pallet.  There are extracts and powdered forms of stevia that can be used instead of the crushed leaves and supposedly offer more of the sweetening effect without adding flavor.  The best feedback has been from people who use the liquid extract, which is several times sweeter than table sugar but passes very little flavor of the plant on to your food or beverage.

- Tooth decay, mouth sores, and gingivitis can be treated using stevia.  Add a few drops to your toothpaste or take a cup of room temp water and add a few drops and use it to gargle as a mouthwash.  This can be a great alternative to commercial mouthwashes that actually contain harmful ingredients and toxic flouride which can be absorbed systemically and cause harm throughout the body.

-Adding stevia to your tea or other beverages daily can potentially help with bone health and may benefit people who suffer from osteoporosis.  Tests on chickens have shown that, when given stevia regularly, egg shells from the chickens had a much higher calcium content.  It is believed that the presence of stevia in the blood stream aids in the absorption of calcuim from our daily diet.

-Applying a mask of crushed stevia leaves and coconut oil for about 15 minutes before going to sleep can help slow aging and repair damaged stressed skin.  Powerful antioxidant and antiseptic properties make for significant skin rejuvenation.

-It is believed that adding stevia to your daily routine can help to naturally lower blood pressure.

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Surprising health benefits of sesame seeds!

One of the oldest culinary and medicinal seeds known to mankind does more than you might think.

Here are some impressive facts about sesame seeds:

Heart health:  Rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, sesame seeds promote a healthy lipid profile which can naturally reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering harmful LDL cholesterol and raising healthy HDL cholesterol.

Brain health:  Sesame seeds are loaded with the B-vitamin complex niacin which helps with brain activity, helping to reduce neurosis and anxiety.

Antioxidants:  Within these seeds are abundant amounts of phenolic antioxidants, such as sesamol and sesaminol, which protect tissue in the body from exposure to free radicals and harmful toxins resulting from metabolism and exposure to a toxic environment.

DNA:  Folic acid is found in sesame seeds.  Folic acid is an important part of the creation and maintenance of you DNA and pregnant women are recommended to maintain a good intake of folic acid to prevent birth defects.

Natural Protein:  100 grams of sesame seeds contain more than 30% of the daily value of protein needed by the human body.  Along with amino acids, these plant based proteins are a vital part of growth, especially in early life.

Blood health:  Rich in vitamins and minerals, sesame seeds provide the needed nutritional payload for red blood cell production as well ass several other vital body functions.  Several B-vitamins, zinc, magnesium, iron, and copper can be found in these seeds.

Add sesame seeds to your breakfast omelette, smoothie, or fried rice to experience some of these health boosts.  You can also cook with sesame seed oil instead of butter or heavily processed oils from GMO crops as a healthy substitute that will have you feeling top notch!

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Health boosting seasonings for your food

Garlic and Onions:  These contain phytochemicals that break down fat in the body.  They also break down LDL cholesterol,raise HDL(good) cholesterol.  They even eliminate viruses, bacteria, fungi, and protect against heart disease!  Quercetin found in onions is a strong anticancer and the allicin found in garlic fights several types of cancers as well.

Turmeric:  This spice has more beta carotene than any other source.  Beta carotene is an antioxidant that helps protect the liver against free radical damage.  Turmeric also allows your liver heal while it helps the body metabolize fat by reducing the rate of fat storage in liver cells.  Several studies have shown that turmeric protects against brain damage, including diseases like alzheimer's and parkinson's.  Turmeric also has astounding anti cancer effects!

Cinnamon:  Research from the USDA showed that 1/4 to 1 teaspoon of cinnamon with a meal helps to metabolize sugar up to 20 times more effective!  Limiting the amount of sugar in the blood can help to curb excess fat storage and thus help to avoid other various weight-related illnesses.  The fact that it balances sugar levels also makes cinnamon useful for stabilizing mood and energy levels.

Chilies:  These delicious peppers can add a kick to any meal but did you know they also kick your metabolism into gear?  Chilies also lessen pain and inflammation in the body.  A cancer research study conducted in 2006 concluded that the capsaicin in chilis helped stop the spread of prostate cancer.

Remember that when adding some flavor to your next dish, you can add some years to your life also.

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Using Lemons To Detox

Lemons are another powerful food.

If you're up for a natural detox - 

check out some of the health benefits of a lemon detox:

- Aids in digestion
- increases concentration
- Flushes liver and kidneys
- Suppresses the appetite
- Boosts the immune system
- Makes hair shiner and stronger
- Cleansing the blood
- Removing radiation from the body

Dosage is important so make sure to do your homework before choosing any method.
Here you can learn a lot more about lemon detox

Here is one way to make a Lemon Detox Drink:

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