Category Archives: Health

How I’m Curing My Acne With One Ingredient

Let’s face it… Almost everyone gets a blemish at sometime. There isn’t a person reading this that enjoys having it! It’s one of those harsh realities we have to deal with and it’s known to plague teens like me. Besides, it’s not like there’s some kind of magic wand out there you can wave to help stop the acne from occurring. Or is there? Continue reading How I’m Curing My Acne With One Ingredient

Are These Five Toxic Ingredients In Your Care Products?

We’re always so cautious when it comes to what we feed our bodies, but are you that cautious about what you put on it? Nine out of ten of us won’t think twice about the toiletries that we have in our cabinets. The deodorant, shampoo, and makeup that we use each day seems like safe hygiene, when really we’re being fooled! Here are five toxic ingredients that you need to be looking out for in your care products:

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The Not So Sweet Truth About Soda

It seems we have a soft drink crisis! If you’re like many out there, you probably gulp down some kind of sugar-filled beverage. Studies show that the average American consumes 597 cans of soda a year. Other polls found out that half of Americans drink at least one can of soda a day, and seven percent say they drink four or more a day!

 

With this much consumption, it is important that we educate ourselves on how soda can dramatically change our health. When we do our homework, we see the dangers of drinking such beverages. Here are only a few of the many dangers of soda:

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Picking The Right Produce

We’ve always been told to eat our fruit and vegetables. But before we consume them, we need to keep our eyes peeled for any kind of bad pesticides and GMOs that could be lurking around in our produce! I recommend to buy as much organics as possible, but sometimes it can cost too much and not be as affordable.

That’s why I want to share with you the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen. It can help consumers, who might be concerned, make better choices. This way, you can still have all of your fruits and vegetables and still reduce the amount of pesticides going into your body.

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Go Gaga for Goji Berries

Goji berries are a type of fruit that we can use to boost our health. They are said to help stimulate the immune system, give us energy, and help us fight off diseases. These berries have a great nutritional content and bright red-orange pigments, the Chinese have been growing the goji plant for about five thousand years.

 

WHAT DO THEY HELP WITH?

Goji berries are said to help with many things regarding our health, including:

  • Promotion of weight loss
  • Strengthening eyesight
  • Fighting and preventing cancer
  • Helping our mood
  • Helping increase longevity

Health expert David Wolfe talks about goji berries in his book Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future.

He calls them one of the best antioxidants on the planet. And he’s right!

These small berries are PACKED with a protein source, nineteen amino acids (eight of which are essential to the body), zinc, iron, B vitamins, and vitamin E. However, dried goji berries are not a rich source for vitamin C.

 

HOW DO I USE GOJI BERRIES?

A reasonable amount of goji berries to consume is about a handful (0.5 ounces). People have used these throughout history to make soups and teas. You can easily snack on them like raisins or mix them into your recipes.

 

HOW DO THEY TASTE?

When dried, they have a soft and chewy texture. Their taste is like a cross between a cherry, a cranberry and a raisin. The taste is pleasant and is slightly bitter. I like the taste and I hope that you will too!

 

WHAT DO I LOOK FOR WHEN PURCHASING GOJI BERRIES?

  1. You should try to make sure that you buy your goji berries from an organic brand. As nonorganic berries are often sprayed with pesticides and are sometimes dyed to have a richer shade of red. And that’s not good!

2. When it comes to these berries, size does not matter. There isn’t a link between the size of them and their quality.

3. This is what your selected goji berries should look like:

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They should also be moist but not too moist, as some companies soak their goji berries in sugar waters to rehydrate them!

 

In conclusion, goji berries, among other superfoods, are a great way to improve our health. If not this berry, than any organic berry is a great source of antioxidants. Try goji berries today, your body will thank you!