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Making a commitment to healthy eating is a great start towards a healthier life. Beyond eating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and good fats, however, there is the question of food safety, nutrition, and sustainability. How foods are grown or raised can impact both your health and the environment. This brings up the questions: What is the difference between organic foods and conventionally grown foods? Is “organic” always best? What about locally grown foods?

There is now plentiful research findings that show that organic food – fruits, vegetables and grains – are far superior in vitamin, mineral and nutrient content, whilst, at the same time, are much lower or missing the harmful herbicide, fungicide, pesticide and artificial fertilizer chemicals that are present in non-organic produce. They are especially higher in antioxidants, vitamin C, iron, magnesium, calcium, and phosphorus, and lower in nitrates, and pesticide residues. Studies have shown that organically grown produce has less significantly lower levels of mercury than that grown by chemical farming methods.

Antioxidants are critical to human health. They keep free radicals, which can lead to cancer, under control. They also are immune system boosters and have anti aging properties. It has been shown that organic food is significantly higher in antioxidants than conventionally grown foods. The research suggests that pesticides and herbicides disrupt the production of these protective compounds, and that good soil nutrition appears to increase the levels of these natural compounds.

Organic foods have higher levels (up to six times) of salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is produced naturally in plants as a protective compound against stress and disease. Salicylic acid acts as an anti-inflammatory and helps combat hardening of the arteries.

Organic food production is free of antibiotics, anti-microbials, hormones and other growth promotants. Similarly, the processing of organic food must be free from the use of synthetic chemicals as preservatives, colourings, antioxidants etc.

Many studies have shown that conventionally farmed foods carry a cocktail of synthetic poisons, with pesticide and other chemical residues. Most living organisms now carry residues of synthetic human-made chemicals, and scientists are starting to understand the detrimental effects of even minute amounts of these artificial toxins. Children are more susceptible to adverse effects from even minute amounts. Many of these chemicals disrupt the hormone, nervous and immune systems. Further evidence of this can be seen in the escalating increase of certain types of cancers such as lymphoma, breast, uterine and prostate

cancers and leukemia, that have been linked to chemicals used in agriculture. Research has also found strong links between these chemicals and the dramatic increases in autoimmune diseases such as asthma and chronic fatigue syndrome.

One of the human impacts of conventional farming practices is the high nitrate content of food and drinking water. This has been caused by the use of soluble chemical fertilisers. Leafy vegetables can have the highest concentrations. When fertilisers are leached from agricultural soils the nitrate level in some drinking water systems increases. Nitrates can impair the ability of the blood to carry oxygen, and may pose a risk of methemoglobinemia. Once in our body nitrates can be converted to nitrosamines which are carcinogens. The nitrate content of organically produced food is usually significantly lower than in non-organically produced food.

Research shows that organic food has significant health benefits because it has negligible chemical residues and pathogens and has higher nutritional values when compared to conventionally produced food.

The benefits of buying organic produce extend to encompass our ecosystem, and not just our physical health:

  • Organic is good for the soil. Organic farming is based on scientific understanding of soil science and ecology, and on traditional knowledge of crop rotations etc.
  • Organic places emphasis on animal welfare. Organic does not use synthetic growth hormones or drugs.
  • Organic aims to reduce dependence on non-renewable resources and aims to ensure sustainability.
  • Organic produce has superior taste and smell.
  • Organic uses no synthetic chemicals and therefore doesn’t pollute the environment.
  • Organic does not use GMOs. GMOs are prohibited in the BFAs standards for organic food and farming.
  • Organic means there is no BSE (mad cow disease) in animal herds in full organic management.

Enjoying the benefit of fish

without harmful side effects

Fish is low in saturated fat and can be a good source of high-quality protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and other essential nutrients. Yet common toxins such as mercury are also found in fish. What does this mean? How much is okay? Which fish are safe?

Each year dangerous quantities of mercury are emitted into the air (an aspect of widespread industrial pollution). When it rains, this pollution goes into our lakes and oceans where it contaminates the fish and shellfish that live there. Eating fish contaminated with mercury, a poison that interferes with the brain and nervous system, can cause serious health problems. The top predators, such as sharks, contain the highest levels of these contaminants. Nursing mothers, pregnant women, and young children have the highest risk, so should avoid all large fish (shark, swordfish, king mackerel, tilefish, etc.).

In recent years there has been a huge decline in many species of fish, caused by unsustainable fishing and farming practices. This means that if changes are not made soon, many wild populations of fish may become extinct.

Sustainable seafood choices

Seafood can be part of a healthy diet if you know what type of fish to choose. There are a number of smartphone apps and downloadable wallet-cards for you to keep on hand to use in the grocery store or a restaurant. These guides are updated often and contain the latest information on healthful and sustainable seafood choices.

“Calamari” Super Food For Good Health

CalamariDo you like eating squid? Do you know what are the nutrients you will reap in every bite? Discover not only the nutrition facts but also the health benefits of this seafood.

Well, now there’s another reason to enjoy the bounty the sea has to offer. Squid is not only a sustainable source of seafood; research shows that, when prepared in the right way, it’s a pretty good source of omega-3 fatty acids. A 100g serving of squid can contain up to 0.6g of omega-3 fatty acids out of the recommended 7 to 11g you should be consuming each week.

And here’s why you really should be paying attention: omega-3 fatty acids can help lower your risk for heart disease, cancer and rheumatoid arthritis. Plus, preliminary research shows that these essential fatty acids can keep your memory sharp and improve your mood.

10 Health Benefits of Squid

Squid as food is prepared in different ways in different countries. It can be grilled, added to various cooking preparations including pasta, or fried in cooking oil either plain or battered and served with a choice of dips including lemon, ketchup, mayonnaise, olive oil, and soy sauce.

For every 3 oz (85 g) of cooked squid, these are some of the nutrients and health giving goodness it does to the body.

1. Helps the body absorb and utilize iron (copper – 90% DV)
Squid can provide the body with 90% of copper, a trace mineral which plays a role in the absorption, storage and metabolism of iron and the formation of red blood cells (RBC). Copper deficiency may show in the form of anemia.

2. Prevents arthritis (selenium – 63%)
Studies have shown that individuals with rheumatoid arthritis have low selenium levels in their blood. In addition, selenium is also an antioxidant which may help relieve symptoms of arthritis by controlling free radicals. Squid contains 63% of selenium.

3. Maintains healthy skin, muscles, hair and nails (protein – 30%)
Protein is one of the essential nutrients that the human body needs to keep it healthy. It has many health benefits, one of the most important is keeping the skin, muscles, hair and nails in top shape. Good sources of complete protein come from animals and that includes the squid.

4. May ease migraine headaches (vitamin B2 – 23%)
Squid is rich in vitamin B2 (riboflavin), a nutrient which several studies have shown lowers the frequency and duration of migraines. Although findings were preliminary, research data suggest that riboflavin supplementation may be a good addition to migraine prevention treatment.

5. Builds bones and teeth (phosphorous – 21%)
Just like fish and shrimps, squid is also packed with the mineral phosphorus. Phosphorus aids calcium in building bones and teeth.

6. Good for the heart (vitamin B12 – 17%)
Squid is a good source of vitamin B12, one of the nutrients which have shown to lower homocystein levels in the body. Individuals with elevated homocystein levels have shown to have higher rates of stroke, heart attack and death from heart disease compared to those with normal levels.

7. Regulates blood sugar levels (vitamin B3 – 11%)
Eating this marine cephalopods may help stabilize sugar levels with the help of its vitamin B3.

8. Boost immune system (zinc – 10%)
Individuals who are deficient in zinc have shown to be susceptible to a range of infectious organisms and squid is a good source of this mineral.

9. Relaxes nerves and muscles (magnesium – 8%)
Squid is a good source of magnesium called the “smoothie mineral” because of its ability to relax nerves and muscles.

10. Reduces blood pressure levels (potassium – 7%)
Trying to keep your blood pressure levels within normal range? Have some squid and then a banana or avocado to supply your body with potassium, a mineral best known for its blood pressure lowering power.

Cholesterol alert
If you’re watching your cholesterol intake, you should consider moderating your squid consumption as this cephalopod contains one of the highest cholesterol content among seafoods at 221 mg or 74% for every 3 oz serving size.

Nutrient data source: USDA.

 

 

Calamari Stir-Fry with Red Peppers & Lemon

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound cleaned calamari, (see Note)
  • 1 small lemon
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 large red bell pepper, cut into 3/4-inch squares, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper, divided
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Cilantro leaves for garnish

PREPARATION

  1. Slice squid bodies into 1/2-inch-thick rings; leave tentacles whole. Rinse carefully inside and out and pat dry. Set aside. Scrub lemon and cut crosswise into 1/8-inch-thick slices. Cut each slice into quarters and set aside.
  2. Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a large heavy skillet over high heat. Add half of the peppers and 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper; sauté until barely tender, 1 to 2 minutes. Add half of the squid and sauté until opaque, 30 to 45 seconds. Add half of the lemon pieces and sauté until the lemon is just heated through, 30 seconds longer. Transfer the squid mixture to a serving dish and keep warm.
  3. Add the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil to the pan and heat over high heat. Cook the remaining peppers, crushed red pepper, squid and lemon in the same manner.
  4. Transfer to the serving dish. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve immediately.

TIPS & NOTES

  • Note: Calamari, also known as squid, is sold frozen or fresh in the seafood department of the grocery store. Look for cleaned calamari, with its cartilage and ink removed; otherwise ask at the fish counter to have it cleaned.
Add Fish To Your Diet

Add Fish To Your Diet

Fish Dish There are numerous known benefits in including fish in our diet.
Physicians and dietitians recommend we eat 2-3 serves of fish per week due to the enormous health benefits as a result of its high omega 3 content. This is known to help protect you from heart disease/stroke as well as assisting numerous other normal body functions such as controlling blood clotting, building cell membrane in the brain.
Many other people identify benefits in the control of inflammatory bowel, autoimmune diseases such as Rheumatoid, Psoratic arthritis, lupis, diabetes and joint pain.

Cultures such as the Inuit people who have a diet rich in fish including whale, seal and salmon and cardiovascular disease, prostrate cancer, diabetes and arthritis are extremely rare.
Another contributing factor in their diet is that other meat eaten is wild game that is normally low in fat as opposed to farmed animals that are bred to carry fat and are often treated with antibiotics, growth hormones and other forms of medicinal products used externally and internally to control ticks and parasites.

Salmon is an excellent and delicious fish due to it’s high level of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats that will not raise your cholesterol levels and is suitable for baking, grilling or broiling.

Other popular fish include Grouper, Catfish, Sea bass, Mahimahi and Mackerel which all contain numerous antoxidants and vitamins.

So Put More Fish on Your Dish.

VEGETARIAN DIET

VEGETARIAN DIET

Many medical studies have showed that a vegetarian based diet is healthy enough to sustain an active and clean life-style, and many suggest even that it’s better to quit entirely eating meat, thing that would improve health significantly. freenaturalmedicine.com brings you with some useful insight on what does “vegetarian” mean.

The most important aspect  in vegetarian diets it’s not, contrary to general opinion, the lack of meat in one person’s nutrition, but the presence of plants in a manner that can cover all the basic needs of a human body and its daily activities. So this brings a more responsible approach on “what” and “how much” you are eating, with definitely only positive aspects on one’s health.

The reasons behind a vegetarian diet choice are numerous. I’ve been a vegetarian for more than a year now and I personally chose this diet just to prove that it’s possible to live a healthy and active life. Some consider eating meat as a barbarian practice and cannot stand the suffering animals are put to when slaughtered, while some just follow religious imposed rules. Many are taking under consideration the increasing voice of many nutritionists and doctors who often recommend switching to vegetarian based diets to avoid hearth diseases while others are viewing vegetarian diets as a relief to our already heavy loaded and industrialized planet (some studies have shown that livestock is a heavy load on Earth’s resources, contributing to water scarcity, pollution and soil degradation). No matter the reason, any vegetarian brings about a healthy lifestyle and a closer link with nature and what nature has to offer to us.

Does going vegetarian influence  our health? Well, it definitely does, both positively when nutrition is treated in a responsible manner and negatively when certain aspects of a balanced nutrition are being ignored. Vegetarian diets are not only about eating vegetables but intelligent mixture of so many plants that are available around us to create a well-balanced nutrition that serves even the most active and sportive among us. Proper vegetarian diets are known to have positive effects on many common health conditions such as obesity (weight loss – of course!), heart diseases, certain skin diseases (like acne), rheumatoid arthritis and many others. But the lack of knowledge can make a person who chooses to become vegetarian  become a victim of malnutrition.

On the long run vegetarian diets will decrease the body mass index, the level of cholesterol and blood pressure and the chance of heart diseases, hypertension, type 2 diabetes or renal disorders will also decrease.

ACUPUNCTURE NATURAL REMEDIES

ACUPUNCTURE NATURAL REMEDIES

Free Acupuncture Natural Medicine

Acupuncture-Natural-Remedies Acupuncture consists of puncturing certain points on the skin, for maintaining health, or, in the conception of traditional medicine Chinese for balancing energy.

Along the main meridians, whose headquarters is located in the skin, there are acupuncture points, which stimulates them to various media specialists:

  • acupuncture needles
  • massage
  • Special currents (electropuncture)
  • heat (moxibustie),  consists of the bottom near the point that the lights of a small stick, made of dried wormwood leaves.  It is used for those who fear the needle.
  • magnetic fields
  • sound vibrations
  • injection of vitamins, etc. saline.

Free Natural Medicine Advertising provides all the information’s about Acupuncture Natural Remedies, Acupuncture treatment cabinets and acupuncture specialists, information’s about diets through acupuncturean many more.

Remember that  Acupuncture treats a wide range of neurological, internal, rheumatic diseases, metabolic diseases and gynecological problems.

 

Aroma Therapy Natural Medicine

Aroma Therapy Natural Medicine

Aromatherapy is the treatment of diseases with herbal essences.
- Used since ancient times, aromatic oils and herbal preparations have returned to become a topical therapeutic method often used in conjunction with other complementary herbal therapies such as homeopathy, acupuncture or Apitherapy.

Were found in nature whose essence plants may have a therapeutic effect on the human body and can even treat cardiovascular diseases, digestive, and endocrine.
Moreover aromatherapy practice stabilizing action on the human body, giving a feeling of relaxation and balance.

Free-AromaTherapyRemove Cellulite with Aroma Therapy

Aromatherapy combined with  Aromatherapy massage, is an effective method of removing cellulite even in your home.
- There are three natural oils whose action is recommended for treating cellulite. They are lavender, juniper and rosemary.
Also very good for treating cellulite are:
- Avocado oil
- Grape Seed Oil
- Jojoba oil
- Rosehip oil

Aromatherapy for cuts, scrapes and burns

- You can cure many cuts with antiseptic oils. These oils not only ease your pain, but also heal the wound instantly.

Some aromatherapy oils to treat wounds, burns and scrapes:
-Oil of lavender, eucalyptus,  frankincense,  Geranium,  Lavender,  Lemon, Myrrh,  Rose and Tea Tree Oil,  Aloe Vera.

Don’t forget that aroma therapy is currently being used and highly recognized for his achievements.

Chinese Herbal Traditional Remedies For Various Diseases

Chinese Herbal Traditional Remedies For Various Diseases

- Europeans perceive spices as culinary additions for seasoning and flavor. But there are few people who know that  Chinese use nutmeg in preventing and treatingabdominal pain and bloatingindigestion and vomiting, ordiarrhea, but it is very dangerous for those with toothache and piles.

- Chinese use spices and other plants as medicine for almost every disease as for example  fevercold preparations, vomiting, diarrhea, hepatitis, malnutrition in children, rashedemacoughingnephritis, abdominal pain, upset stomach,  or food poisoning.

- Chinese spices used in medicine are various as nutmeg, marjoramginger,corianderblack pepperwhite pepper etc.

- The Chinese spices and plants can be used fresh or dried, as teas or asdeconctions. We can use all the parts of a plant: the stem, the roots, the herb, theflowers, the fruits or the leafs.

ACNE HERBAL REMEDIES

ACNE HERBAL REMEDIES

It’s probably a teenager’s worst nightmare.  Acne can be a problem even for adults, and aside the obvious visual discomfort it creates it can get quite painful as well. There are a lot of treatments out there butfreenaturalmedicine.com brings you some of the best herbal remedies for acne.

Honey and cinnamon – mix 3 spoons  honey and one tea-spoon cinnamon and apply it every night before going to bed. Results show that acne will disappear completely in not more than 2 weeks.

Heartsease infusion- Add one tea-spoon of graded heartsease plant (viola tricolor) in one cup of hot boiled water. Cover the cup with a plate and leave it for 10 minutes. Drinking 2-3 cups per day will reduce acne in no time and will prevent it from reappearing.

Masks – there are a lot of plant combination for masks against acne. A good natural remedy is  a mixture of yeast, honey and wheat bran or rice flower. Add a little yeast in a bowl with cold boiled water then add wheat bran or rice flower until you get a homogeneous paste. Apply the mask and wash it away with warm water after 3o minutes. Additionally you can apply a Propolis or marigold based creme after the mask has been washed away. There are many other mixtures of plants for masks against acne. Most common ingredients are: honey, wheat bran, clay and mint.

A Healthy Diet – one of the supposed causes for acne could be an unbalanced diet. Although it has been scientifically proven, many say that chocolate, milk and carbohydrates diets in excess are the cause of some people’s acne. So try drinking more water, eat more vegetables and cut on those fried foods and “fuzzy” drinks from the stores.