The 3 Most Common Turmeric Side Effects and How to Avoid Them

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You have likely have heard that the spice turmeric is amazingly beneficial for your health, and it really is! However, with the power it has to alter how your body functions, it can lead to side effects in some people. The good news is that most of these side effects can be prevented, so read on to find out how to make sure taking turmeric only improves your health and doesn’t have any unsuspected negative impact on it.

1. Turmeric Can Cause Hypoglycemia Episodes Due to Its Ability to Lower Blood Sugar

Turmeric can lower blood sugar levels in diabetics and prevent insulin resistance (which is the main cause of diabetes) in non-diabetics. Like the other health benefits of turmeric, this effect is so great that the medical community is continually researching ways to turn the main medicinal compound, curcumin, into the next diabetes medication.

However, this means that with turmeric’s huge power to lower blood sugar, it can cause hypoglycemic episodes if you don’t have diabetes and take it when you haven’t eaten in many hours or are a diabetic on diabetes medication.

If you don’t have diabetes, be aware of how you feel if you decide take turmeric when you haven’t eaten for a few hours. If you get lightheaded, nauseous, or notice any signs of hypoglycemia after your dosage, begin taking it with meals only. Or better yet, just take it with a meal to be safe to begin with. If you do have diabetes, be sure to speak to your doctor when you begin taking turmeric, so they can let you know if you need to reduce your medication to keep your blood sugar from getting too low.

2. You Can Have a Turmeric Allergy and Not Notice It at First

Some people are allergic to turmeric, but unlike some allergens, it doesn’t always immediately cause negative symptoms after your first dose of it. Some people report having enjoyed turmeric in curry occasionally for many years, then they start taking turmeric daily as a supplement and notice signs of an allergy after several days or even weeks of daily usage. The most common symptom of a turmeric allergy reported is a skin rash.

Just like when eating any new food or taking a new supplement, take cues from your body. If you notice anything unusual occurring with your skin or any other area of your body, take a break from your daily turmeric to see if the symptom goes away. If it does, then that is a sign of a turmeric allergy, which means you should not take it any more. (There are other powerful spices you can try, though!)

3. Taking Too Much Turmeric Can Cause Diarrhea And/Or an Upset Stomach

Turmeric is so great for you that it can be tempting to take a couple of tablespoons daily. The truth is that you don’t need to take that much, and if you overdo it, turmeric can cause diarrhea, nausea, or even stomach cramping if you suffer from a digestive disorder that you are taking turmeric to improve.

Most health experts agree that about a teaspoon per day is plenty of turmeric, and to give it more power, you want to increase its bioavailability and not just take more. The most research behind increasing turmeric bioavailability naturally concludes that adding a bit of black pepper (just a pinch is plenty) to turmeric increases its absorption. Yes, just adding some black pepper to your daily turmeric increases its ability to be utilized by your body by a whopping 2000 percent. Eating it with a meal that contains fat can make it even more powerful.

Turmeric can be great for your health, but beware of these three potential turmeric side effects and how to avoid them.

3 Amazing Health Benefits of Simple Lemon Water

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Could improving your health really be as simple as squeezing a little fresh lemon into those eight glasses of water you drink daily (or should drink!)? It almost sounds too simple, but drinking lemon water daily is really one simple way you can improve your health greatly. What’s so great about lemon water? Read on to learn why adding a little lemon to each glass of water you drink can be so good for you.

1. Natural Acids in Lemon Water Improve Digestion and Help Unlock Nutrients from Your Food

Many people today suffer from ill digestion due to either naturally low stomach acid levels or taking proton pump inhibitors, like Prilosec or Nexium, daily, which completely shut off stomach acid production. Stomach acid is very important for your health, and if it is low, then the acids in lemon juice can act as supplemental stomach acid!

Even if you don’t drink it all day long, the most important time to drink lemon water is before, during, and after meals. The healthy acids can help unleash nutrients in your food and improve your digestion.

Unlike the unhealthy acids added to sodas that can damage your stomach and even leach calcium from your bones, lemon contains several natural, healthy acids, including malic acid and ascorbic acid. You likely know ascorbic acid by its household name, Vitamin C, and malic acid is present in many other fruits, including apples.

The malic acid in lemon juice also stimulates saliva production, and it is a little known fact that digestion begins in your mouth when saliva begins to break down your food.

2. Lemon Water Can Help Kill Unhealthy Food Bacteria Before It Makes You Ill

Stomach acid also plays another important role in your health, and that is killing any unhealthy bacteria that may be on your food, such as e.coli, before it hits your intestines where it can replicate and make you extremely ill. However, when you eat a meal, the pH level in your stomach actually becomes higher, which means your stomach is less acidic when you eat.

When you accompany your meals with lemon water, you keep your stomach from becoming so basic (meaning non-acidic) when you eat, and this can help your body naturally kill any bacteria that could potentially cause food poisoning before it makes its way to your colon.

3. Lemon Juice is Filled with Healthy Antioxidants and Vitamin C

As mentioned, lemon juice is a great source of vitamin C, which is not only a vitamin, but also an antioxidant. Few people know that lemon juice has as much vitamin C as orange juice! Antioxidants kill those free-radicals in your body that can cause cancer and other diseases and make you age faster.

The malic acid in lemon juice is also very beneficial to your body, and it has been shown to boost energy energy levels and reduce body pain. This acid even acts a slight appetite suppressant, so if you are trying to lose weight, a glass of lemon water before your meal can even help you stick to your goal of eating less.

When choosing the lemon you add to your water, remember that fresh lemons are best. If you do opt for bottled lemon juice in a pinch, make sure you choose one sold in a glass bottle, because the acid in lemon juice can easily break down and those endocrine-disrupting chemicals in plastic that you don’t want to consume.

Start drinking lemon water today, because it is such a simple, affordable way to improve your health!

6 Affordable Raw Dog Food Recipes and Homemade Cooked Dog Food Recipes

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If you are like many dog owners, you face a dilemma every time you hit the dog food aisle – should you buy that budget dog food or splurge on the more expensive kind that you know is a bit healthier, but costs a fortune? You will no longer have to worry about feeding your dog a healthy diet on a budget when you make your own dog food at home! Just like the food you eat, healthy dog food doesn’t have to be expensive, even if you want to feed your dog fully raw! Read on to find raw and cooked dog food recipes that are great for your dog and easy on your wallet.

Homemade Dog Food Nutritional Requirements

One of the biggest worries you may have about making dog food at home is satisfying all of your dog’s vitamin, mineral, and macronutrient requirements. First, realize that standard dog food requirements were set by the AAFCO, or American Feed Control Officials, and you can see a full chart of them here.

But, just like RDAs set for adults, these guidelines are highly debated.

However, realize that any packaged food you have fed your dog has met these requirements, and this is what your dog is used to eating. If you stray too far from them and your dog becomes ill, you will have to live with the suspicion that you may have caused the illness by feeding him the wrong food (even if the illness does not stem from the food he is fed).

In the end, it is best to start making a food that meets the official requirements to give you peace-of-mind. Later, you can alter the recipe if you find your dog is not thriving on your first recipe!

Affordable Raw Dog Food Recipes

There are so many great raw dog food recipes created by pet chefs, and here are some of the best:

1. Here are two great raw dog food recipes created by dog food chef Barbara Laino. Both do require a meat grinder and make very large batches. Remember that you can always cut recipes in half or even smaller as long as you perform your calculations correctly. If you have a powerful high speed blender, you can likely prepare a small batch in it as long as you purchase a dedicated canister to avoid cross-contaminating your foods with any raw meat residue.

2. This article is a great resource to help you create your own affordable raw dog food recipe. It states why all raw dog food recipes should be about half meat, include some fish, and include some liver. It also gives you a list of supplements you should include in your recipe to meet your dog’s nutritional needs that are difficult to meet with raw food sources alone.

Affordable Cooked Dog Food Recipes

When you are on a tight budget, homemade cooked dog food recipes are the way to go. You can meet your dog’s nutrient requirements more affordably when you are wiling to include cooked potatoes and/or grains in it.

1. This Puppy Stew recipe is based on affordable chicken cuts, rice, and sweet potatoes.

2. Another recipe from Thebark.com, Fido’s Fricasse lets you take advantage of the protein and fat in super-affordable eggs, so you can keep meat minimal, which saves you money.

3. Here is a super-affordable home made dog food recipe that includes no supplements. Notice egg shells are used to fulfill calcium requirements, which is something you can add to the above recipes instead of the recommended calcium supplements. This recipe was calculated to cost less than even budget brand dog foods!

Remember to always transition your dog slowly when switching dog foods, and this is important even when transitioning him to a homemade dog food diet. Start by feeding him ¾ of his standard food and ¼ homemade food for a while, then go to half and half, etc. until you have him fully switched over.

You can have a happy, healthy dog and a healthy wallet when you make your own dog food at home. Try one of these raw dog food recipes or cooked dog food recipes and see how your little buddy likes his new tasty homemade dog food!

 

Can’t Buy Organic Fruits, Vegetables, and Herbs? Follow These Two Tips on How to Eat a Healthy Diet when You Can’t Buy Organic!

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As mentioned in the last post, eating healthy doesn’t have to be more expensive than eating unhealthy foods! If you can’t buy organic fruits, vegetables, and herbs due to lack of local availability or a tight budget, then you can still eat plenty of produce and healthy herbs when you follow these tips. Also, learn why it is so important to choose organic herbs and spices and how to grow your own!

1. Choose Conventionally Grown Fruits and Vegetables That Are Naturally Lowest in Pesticides

A diet filled with healthy fruits and vegetables is always better than one without them, even if you can’t buy organic. There are fruits and vegetables that are naturally pest-resistant, so even traditional farmers don’t have to spray them with dozens of pesticides to produce healthy crops.

When you can’t buy organic produce, then these are the items to choose that are typically grown with fewer pesticides than others:

Onions, Pineapple, Asparagus, Mangoes, Frozen Peas, Bananas, Broccoli, Eggplant, Sweet Potatoes, Watermelon, Blueberries, Cauliflower, Tomatoes, *Honeydew, *Cantaloupe, *Lemons, *Grapefruit.

The items with the * by them are typically a little higher in pesticide residues than the others, but as long as you don’t eat the rinds (which harbor the most pesticides), they are still relatively safe. Frozen corn is also relatively low in pesticides, but look for corn that is Non-GMO project-certified when not opting for organic. None of the other items on the list are yet grown GMO in the US!

2. Grow a Windowsill Herb Garden

Organic herbs and spices can be such a great asset to your health, and you may not even realize how important it is to choose organic varieties – the pesticides sprayed on non-organic herbs can destroy some of the medicinal compounds in them that are so great for your health. However, you don’t have to pay extra for those organic herbs and spices when you start your own indoor, windowsill herb garden!

You may not have the land or time to tend to a vegetable garden, but virtually everyone has a windowsill, and that is all you need along with a few affordable supplies to grow your own healthy organic herbs!

And, yes, you can grow them year-round, even if you live in a part of the world with a long, dreary winter. Good herbs to grow indoors include basil, chives (green onions), oregano, thyme, rosemary, and sage.

To begin your project, all you need is a small terracotta pot for each herb you want to grow, a bag of organic soil from your local gardening store (a bag that says “seed starting potting mix” is best; it is lighter than typical garden soil), and a packet of seeds for each herb variety.

Fill each pot with soil, moisten the soil with a little water, then add just a few seeds under the surface of the soil. Each herb has slightly different watering needs, so check out some basic herb watering schedule guidelines here; some like it more moist than others.

Cat owner? Plant your garden on a windowsill in a room where you can keep the door shut and kitty out. If you can’t do that, then plant cat grass in an extra pot and direct kitty to it if she tries to nibble on those herbs!

You can include plenty of healthy, low-pesticide fruits, vegetables, and herbs in your diet, even if you are on a very tight budget when you follow these two tips!

Think Healthy Food Is Expensive? 3 Healthy Food Swaps That Cost Less Than Their Unhealthy Alternatives

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There is one huge myth that many people believe about eating healthy, natural foods – that healthy foods are more expensive. This belief likely stems from the myth that all people who eat healthy load up on premium-priced packaged foods sold at stores like Whole Foods. Just like unhealthy packaged, gourmet foods, yes, packaged healthy gourmet foods can be expensive. However, when you shop wisely and prepare most of your meals at home, you can actually save money when switching to a healthier diet –really! Here are three swaps you can make in your diet today that will improve your health and save you money!

1. Eat Ice Cream for Dessert? Whip Up a Quick Fruit Smoothie Instead

Do you eat ice cream for dessert (or feed it to your family) because it is a cheap way to satisfy your sweet tooth? You can make healthy sweet treats, like fruit smoothies, that are even more affordable than those packaged treats.

A simple, healthy cheaper-then-ice-cream smoothie can be made with just one frozen chopped banana and a cup of homemade or store-bought nut milk (homemade is cheaper, but the stuff you buy at the store is no more expensive than dairy milk), ¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract, and a natural sweetener of your choice.

This is delicious on its own, but you can personalize it to your tastes by adding other flavors. Like chocolate peanut butter cups? Add some cocoa powder and a tablespoon of peanut butter to the base (both cheap). Love coconut? Add ¼ cup coconut.

Grand total for one smoothie? Less than $1. Really!

2. Love Fast-food or Frozen French Fries? Make Baked Sweet Potatoes Fries Instead

If you love french fries, then you can make baked white potato fries at home that are cheaper and healthier than even those budget frozen fries. However, sweet potatoes pack a bigger nutritional punch, and baked sweet potato fries are just as super-easy to make.

To begin, just rinse your sweet potatoes, and cut the into slices about ½ inch thick. Boil the slices for about 10 minutes (you can skip this part, but it will help them cook faster in the oven), drain, and then cut the slices into fry-shaped sticks. (Optional: sprinkle a little cornstarch on them and coat them well to make the final fries even crispier!)

Place them on a baking pan and cook in a 400-degree F oven for 20-30 minutes.

You then have super-easy and healthy fries that cost less than $1 for a huge serving (probably even less).

3. Skip That Expensive Cut of Dinner Meat and Eat Protein-packed Veggies and Grains Instead!

One huge way you can save while eating healthy is cutting the meat and cheese out of your diet. Both are filled with hormones, antibiotics, unhealthy fats…the list goes on.

And, no, you don’t have to buy those expensive organic meats and cheeses when you can just eat protein-packed vegetables and grains instead. There are so many meat-free recipes that are very affordable, but here are a couple of ideas:

Buckwheat pancakes. Buckwheat is a grain that is packed with complete protein (although you don’t have to eat complete protein at every meal, as explained here). Top with a little fruit and/or real maple syrup, and you can eat pancakes for dinner with no guilt!

Veggie Stir-fry. White rice is extremely affordable and healthy, and you can make it the base of a stir-fry loaded with any veggies you like. Peas are a great addition if you want a protein-packed meal, because they are so filled with protein that even bodybuilders drink pea protein powder!

Think veggies and grains don’t contain enough protein to keep you healthy? Click here to read about the new studies showing that protein should be kept under 20-percent of your daily macro-nutrient intake for good health.

If you think eating healthy is too expensive, then realize that there are affordable ways to eat healthy, and you can even save money switching from unhealthy processed foods to healthy, whole foods. Swap one unhealthy food item from your grocery cart for a healthy one each week, and before you know it, you will be eating a healthier diet.

HCG Diet Drops: What Do Those Numbers with Xs After Them Mean?

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It’s baa-ackk – the HCG diet. Every spring, people try the HCG diet to try to lose a few pounds. We’ll discuss whether or not this is healthy in a later post, but if you are buying HCG drops off the internet then you may wonder what those numbers with the big Xs after them on the ingredient list mean. I was recently asked this by someone after they purchased the drops, and they were surprised by the answer and even felt scammed. Read on to find out what is really in those bottles of liquid HCG drops sold on the internet, so you know what you are paying for.

What is Really in Those HCG Diet Drops?

The good news is that if you are taking HCG drops you bought off the internet, then there is likely nothing in them that will harm your health. What is in them? Homeopathic HCG. If you believe in homeopathic medicine and know those drops are homeopathic, then there is no need to read more. However, if you think you are taking the actual HCG hormone or are not sure what homeopathic really means, then you are in for a big surprise.

Look at the ingredient list on your bottle or package of your HCG drops. Do you see a number that has a big “X” next to it after the word HCG or the words Human Chorionic Gonadotropin? Does it say 12X 60X 30X or any other number followed with an X? If you see a number like that, then you are taking homeopathic HCG, whether the bottle says the word “homeopathic” or not.

If you already know what homeopathic medicine is all about, then now you know what you are taking. If you are unfamiliar with this field of medicine, then here is a short explanation of it and what those numbers with the big X s after them on your HCG drop bottles mean.

What Does 12X 30X 60X Mean in Homeopathic Medicine?

You can read more about homeopathic medicine principals here. However, the concepts are a bit complicated, so we’ll explain it how it relates to those drops you are buying. First, take a look at the number on your bottle. If it says 6X, for example, then that means that that for every one drop of real HCG that was in the main batch of product it was dispensed from, there were a million drops of water in it. So, your product contains 1/1,000,000 HCG.

If it says 60X, then that means that contains less real HCG and not more. The higher the number before the X (or sometimes C) in homeopathic medicine, the more diluted the final product is. When a homeopathic medication is labeled 60X, it means that you would have to administer “two billion doses per second to six billion people for 4 billion years to deliver a single molecule of the original material.”

In layman’s terms, it is very, very, very diluted.

Final Thoughts

If you take homeopathic HCG diet drops, know they are homeopathic, and know what homeopathic means, then great! You are getting the product you knowingly paid for and hopefully you hit your weight loss goals and improve your health.

However, if you bought HCG drops that were not labeled as “homeopathic”, but they just have those 12X 60X 30X numbers after the ingredients on the list and you didn’t know what they meant (like I have heard so many people don’t), then now you know.

Did you get scammed? If your drops were not labeled as homeopathic and you thought you were taking a product with real HCG hormone in it, then it can be easy to see why you would feel scammed. Did the seller break the law? The truth is that there are no laws requiring a homeopathic product to actually have the word “homeopathic” on the label, so technically, no laws were broken when they sold them. However, if you asked the maker directly if the product was homeopathic and they said “no,” or then that would be a case of deceptive advertisement.

New Study Links Cancer to Low Vitamin D Levels: Can Daily Sun Exposure Reduce Your Risk of Skin Cancer?

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Talking about soaking in some good, all-natural sunshine is always controversial due to the never-ending warnings from dermatologists that sunshine=skin cancer. However, the detrimental effects of low vitamin D levels in a nation that has been told to wear sunscreen anytime they are out in the sun are becoming exposed one-by-one. Read on to find out about the new study that reveals that getting enough vitamin D prevents most types of cancer and why taking vitamin D supplements are not as effective as getting some natural sunshine daily.

New Study Shows High Blood Levels of Vitamin D Can Prevent Cancer

Along with all of the detrimental effects of low vitamin D levels already covered in a past post you can read by clicking here, a fresh new study reveals that low blood levels vitamin D in the body are now being linked to all types of cancer, other than skin cancer, which they purposely exclude from the study. They actually found that people with low vitamin D levels experienced all types of cancer 67 percent more than those with high vitamin D levels.

Why did they exclude skin cancer from a the study? The study didn’t find that there wasn’t a link between low vitamin D levels and skin cancer, but they purposely just didn’t evaluate it at all. There could be many reasons, but could it have been because they wanted to avoid the controversy that would result if the study proved that getting sunshine actually prevented many types of skin cancers?

The truth is that while more and more people have been slathering themselves with sunscreen daily to avoid allowing their skin to be exposed to any sun, skin cancer rates have continued to skyrocket in the United States. Your body cannot produce natural Vitamin D when your skin is covered in sunscreen, like it can when your bare skin is exposed to the sun. Is widespread sunscreen use actually causing skin cancer rates to rise as well as all other types of cancer? Something to think about.

Why Vitamin D Supplements Cannot Replace the Sun for Health

Vitamin D supplements have always been advised for people who are suffering the detrimental health consequences of not getting enough sun, but recent studies show that supplemental Vitamin D may not be as helpful as thought and may even cause more health problems.

In fact, many health professionals today advise people to get more natural sunlight for health, but the only group of medical professionals who advise against it are dermatologists.

How Much Sunlight is Safe and Effective for Health Benefits?

You don’t want to begin basking in the sun for hours daily to prevent cancer. In fact, once you develop a tan, your body actually creates less vitamin D than when your untanned skin is exposed to the sun.

Most health professionals advise that 20 to 30 minutes of skin exposure to natural sunlight is safe, unless you burn quickly and need to limit it to just 15 to 20 minutes. The goal is to get just enough natural sun that you don’t tan, and some skin types tan quickly and some more slowly. If you have been covering up head-to-toe in sunscreen for years, then it may take some experimentation to figure out your personal delicate balance.

How Many Meals a Day Are Best for Health and Weight Loss?

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Everyone has heard the saying that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” at least a time or two (or a thousand times!) in their lives. Many people also believe that eating five to six small meals every day is best for health and weight loss. Are these widespread beliefs true? Read on to take a look at the research behind meal timing and how many meals are best to eat each day for generally healthy adults and people trying to lose weight.

Is Breakfast Really the Most Important Meal of the Day?

Since the bodies of children and adults are vastly different, we are going to focus on adults in this entire post. Breakfast is great for children to ensure that hunger pangs do not get in the way of their concentration in school. But, when it comes to adults, there is no real research that confirms that eating breakfast is all that important if you are not hungry in the morning. If you, as an adult, also feel huger pangs when you skip breakfast that get in the way of performing well at work or performing your other important morning tasks, then by all means, eat a healthy breakfast.

However, if you are not hungry in the morning, don’t feel guilty about skipping this meal, because there is no reason to force yourself to eat when you are not hungry (especially if you are trying to lose weight).

Is Eating Five or Six Meals a Day Better Than Eating Three?

One theory behind eating five meals a day that is mostly false is that it “speeds up your metabolism.” Any time you eat, your metabolism is boosted slightly just to help your body digest and utilize the nutrients in your meals. However, it doesn’t sky-rocket to the point where it will really affect your weight gain or weight loss.

What eating five or six mini-meals a day instead of three larger meals can do for you is keep you from getting so hungry between meals that you make bad food choices at lunch and dinner due to being so ravenous. If eating this way helps you fight cravings, then there is no reason to stop.

However, if you are happy with eating three (or even one or two, which we will get into next) meals a day and this eating schedule doesn’t leave you so ravenous that you overeat during your meals, then switching to five or six mini-meals really won’t benefit you unless you suffer from diabetes or hypoglycemia and need to spread out that food to keep your blood sugar steady.

What is Intermittent Fasting and is It Healthy?

If you are unfamiliar with intermittent fasting, there are several variations, but the most popular version of this eating schedule involves eating just one meal or a meal and a snack within just a six hour window of the day. Most people who follow this eating plan tend to keep their food window during dinner or lunch hours. Some people allow small sources of calories, like creamer in their coffee, outside of this designated “eating window.”

This is one way of eating that does have some good research behind it, and studies show it can help prevent insulin resistance, which can ward off diabetes and metabolic disorders. Intermittent fasting can also reduce inflammation in your body and ward off many types of diseases. This may be due to the ability of your body to focus on repairing itself much more when it is not constantly distracted with the task of digesting food.

Many people limiting their intake to lose weight also find that by eating one large meal a day instead of several smaller ones, they feel more satisfied and are more easily able to stick to their daily caloric goals.

While this may sound strange, think about how a 1600 calorie diet would be split up among five or six meals – every meal would have to be relatively small and may not seem like enough to be satiating. However, by eating the same 1600 calories in just one meal and a large snack, suddenly many more old favorite dishes, like large plates of pasta or even a healthy, yet high calorie hearty portion of nuts or other favorite snacks can be enjoyed with no guilt.

Like all of the other eating schedules, however, it all comes down to what works best for you and makes you feel your best. No one should force themselves to follow an eating schedule for weight loss that doesn’t make them feel good, because at the end of the day, as long as you are eating healthy foods, when you eat them doesn’t really matter!

GMO Salmon FDA Approved: GMO Salmon 101 and How to Keep Frankenfish out of Your Grocery Store

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If you haven’t heard the news, GMO salmon was FDA approved in November of last year, but it hasn’t yet hit stores in the US. It is produced by a company named AquaBounty, and if you want to keep genetically modified salmon, aka Frankenfish, from coming to a grocery store near you, there are easy ways to help keep this fish from being sold in the US. First, let’s take a look at some GMO salmon facts so you can get caught up if you haven’t yet heard of what they are all about.

What is GMO Salmon and How are GMO Salmon Made?

Here is a quick, simple overview of what GMO salmon is all about: A company called AquaBounty decided to take a healthy, wild salmon and introduce new DNA into them to make them grow faster. Typical wild salmon take about two to three years to reach adulthood. The new DNA they introduced into the fish encourages the salmon to grow faster and reach adulthood in just 18 months or so.

Why is GMO Salmon Bad? 3 Reasons

1. GMO Salmon Could Damage the Delicate Ocean Ecosystem and Even Lead to Extinction of Wild Salmon

One huge reason genetically engineered salmon are bad is due to the potential detrimental effects they could have on the whole ocean ecosystem. That is why environmental agencies are suing the FDA as we speak due to the fact that the FDA never even consulted anyone about how this fish would affect the environment!

While the fish are not currently bred in oceans, but instead in their own little special bodies of water created for them, mistakes happen (and humans are prone to making mistakes). If the GMO salmon entered the ocean, they could breed with wild salmon and/or eat of all the wild salmons’ food. This could lead to wild salmon becoming extinct and create many more problems within the ocean.

2. GMO Salmon Hitting the Supermarkets Would Encourage the Creation of More GMO Animals

It is important to realize that this is the first FDA approved GMO animal. That means that if this fish enters the market, it opens the floodgates for companies to begin trying to modify more and more animals. That would lead to even more potential environmental disasters and even more difficulty avoiding GMO food consumption among people who choose to avoid them.

3. Potential GMO Salmon Health Hazards

Are there proven health hazards of GMO salmon? Not yet, but they have also not been proven to be safe for long-term human consumption. The public has already acted as “guinea pigs” for GMO crops, and no one wants to be the subject of an “experiment” as to whether GMO salmon could have long-term hazardous health consequence when eaten.

What Can You Do to Keep GMO Salmon out of Your Supermarkets?

You don’t have to take time away from your already busy life to stand around with picket signs in protest to prevent GMO salmon from being sold in your country. First, it is important to spread the word that this salmon is out there, so you can help others become informed about GMO salmon and how they are detrimental to society in many ways.

Then, simply email your local supermarkets (email the company headquarters if it is a large chain) and let them know that you will no longer be a customer of theirs if they choose to sell this fish (if introduced to the market).

You can also email your state legislators to voice your concerns. Vermont voters were recently able to pass a state bill requiring all GMO products to be labeled in the state, and this has led to many companies deciding to label GMOs on all products sold in the country (is is just easier for them to do that then to label products sold in one state differently). So even if you live in a small state, realize that your voice can have a huge impact on the state which can lead to impact on the entire country.

Foods and Spices That Lower Blood Pressure Immediately (Part 1)

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If you just found out that your blood pressure is getting a little high, then now is the perfect time to start eating foods and spices that lower blood pressure. If you have had high blood pressure for a while, then along with losing a bit of weight (only if you are overweight) and taking steps to manage your stress in a healthy way, eating foods and spices that lower your blood pressure naturally is the best way to be able to reduce your blood pressure to a level where you don’t need that medication (and its side effects) any longer. In part 1, we are going to focus on spices. Here are the top spices to lower your blood pressure that you can begin adding to your diet TODAY!

Top Spices that Lower Blood Pressure

The great thing about spices that lower your blood pressure is that they can also help you decrease your salt and sodium intake. Losing the salt shaker along with the flavor it adds to foods can be difficult when you don’t have a game plan for adding flavor to them without adding sodium. Add these spices to your food instead of salt, and you can “kill two birds with one stone” as they say.

1. Basil Lowers Blood Pressure Immediately After Eating

Basil has been shown in studies to immediately lower your blood pressure after eating it, and it great for those moments when you are stressed out and you can feel that blood pumping through your body. Its effects are short-lived when it comes to blood pressure, but have it on hand and shake it onto a small snack after a stressful event.

Even better, to take advantage of the power of fresh basil, make a batch of Caprese salad, which is very easy to make and contains tomato slices, fresh basil, and optional mozzarella cheese, every few days and keep it in the fridge to grab a bite of when you are feeling stressed. As an added bonus, tomatoes have also been shown to help reduce blood pressure!

2. Ginger Battles High Blood Pressure in a Tasty Way

Fresh ginger is very flavorful and just a little packs a large punch. Unlike basil, its blood pressure lowering effects are not short-lived, and it is a great spice to include in your diet every day to lower your blood pressure. One great aspect of ginger is that it tastes great in savory dishes as well as sweet ones, so it is easy to include in your diet no matter what your favorite foods are.

Add fresh ginger to healthy stir-fries, include some in your morning smoothie. In addition, you can often find organic ginger candies (yum!) online made to combat nausea. Just be sure to check the ingredients and ensure that real ginger is in them and not artificial flavors.

3. Garlic Lowers Blood Pressure and Protects Your Heart

Yes, garlic always ends up on lists of foods that fights all types of illnesses, and that is because it is truly great for your health. Garlic contains a hefty dose of allicin, and this component is what gives it many of its medicinal qualities. It is especially effective at lowering systolic blood pressure, which is the top number on your blood pressure reading, but it helps reduce diastolic blood pressure as well.

As an added bonus, garlic is also great for your heart, and high blood pressure increases the chance of heart attacks and other heart problems. It is best to eat fresh garlic, but if you must cook it or use powder, you will still get some of the benefits.

It is easier to include fresh garlic in your diet than you may think. Just think of those favorite foods you put garlic in, like tomato sauce, stir-fries, and salads, and instead of cooking the garlic as instructed, just wait to add crushed garlic until after the dish is has already been cooked.

Start adding these spices that lower blood pressure to your diet today, and along with takings steps to manage your stress in a healthy way and working toward a healthy weight, you can take control of your health, so you don’t have to take blood pressure medications for the rest of your life.