We can get so caught up in life that we do not take the time to realize how blessed we are. 2015 was a year of trial and blessing for my family. I am thankful for my faith because without it the trial would have left a lot of hopeless feelings. But instead there were blessings at every turn.
Did you know that wild Ginseng in some cultures was almost as precious as gold? History reveals that the harvest of wild ginseng created vast wealth for some.
In research of my chosen subject I always try to find something that is a bit different than the normal information out there on the web. I mean why should you read the same old stuff over and over again? So whenever there is a different angle on a subject, if possible I will try to bring that out. It becomes more interesting and I'm hoping this article will help you to truly see the value of ginseng that you may see every day sitting on the shelf at your local health food store or online. (And always remember, quality is very important too. Just because it's cheap doesn't mean it is good for you).
You may or may not know about the healing properties of Ginseng but did you know that in some cultures wild Ginseng is very precious? If you know where to find it and harvest it correctly, in today's market you can get about $300 per pound for this hard to find coveted wild root. What makes it so special?
Our history lesson of Ginseng starts in China where it was discovered over 5000 years ago in the mountains of Manchuria, China. The mixed forests of pine and deciduous broadleaf trees cover extensive, low-lying hills of Chinese Manchuria and the Amur region of the Russian Far East. The diverse forest supported several species that are today severely endangered, including the Siberian tiger and the valuable medicinal root, Panax Ginseng. In ancient China, Panax Ginseng was widely treasured and sought after almost similar to digging for gold was in America. Chinese Emperors knew of it's great health and spiritual benefits to man and would pay extremely high prices for wild ginseng. They did this until it was almost impossible to find in the wild any longer. Because of this demand, by the third century AD. China's demand for ginseng created international trade. This afforded Korea the opportunity to trade with China for silk and medicine in exchange for wild ginseng. The actual cultivation of Ginseng started in Korea in the 16th century.
The "Ginseng Rush" Comes to America in the 1700's
The "ginseng rush" came to America in the 1700s. In North America, several Native American nations were also well versed in the use of Ginseng and once the Chinese's plunder of their own land for this precious commodity caused it to become increasingly scarce, the hunt eventually came to the Americas. Apparently in the 1700's vast fortunes were being made in the harvesting of any wild ginseng that could be found. By the end of the 19th century, due to overharvesting the wild root also became increasingly harder and harder to find. The good news is that America did eventually learn the cultivating techniques and today there are several farms that specialize in growing ginseng.
Today's Modern Hunting of Wild Ginseng
Like a modern day gold rush, the quest for wild ginseng has not ended. Do a quick search on wild ginseng hunting to see what I'm talking about. Wisconsin, used to be known as the "cheese state", is now also known as the ginseng state. In 1998 a team of West Virginia University researchers counted 30 ginseng populations across New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Indiana, Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia. There are also many Canadian locations. The harvest of wild ginseng is regulated in 19 states (Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin), and is restricted or prohibited in all other states where it occurs.
And it that is not enough, there is even poaching ginseng poaching going on. If you have a mind to you will definitely want to research further as to not commit any crime in harvesting illegally. Check out this video of proper care that should be taken when hunting ginseng.
10 Ailments That Red Ginseng Heals
The old Chinese Canon of Medicine states that ginseng strengthens the soul, brightens the eyes, opens the heart, expels evil, benefits understanding and if taken for prolonged periods of time will invigorate the body and prolong life.
The healing benefits of red ginseng are still be studied by western science, but this does not hinder it's popularity. The most expensive Ginseng is still sold to It is used for improving thinking, concentration, memory and work efficiency, physical stamina, and athletic endurance.
Here is a (short) list of some of what ginseng is used for in medicine:
Loss of Appetite
Help with focus
Help with memory
Fights against Cancer
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Ginseng is quite the food & medicine. It has such wonderful healing and nutritional value that it's no wonder it is in such demand.
The truth is if I could I would grow all of the superfoods in my garden to have them fresh in kitchen and medicine cabinet, but realistically, it's just not possible. and it becomes quite expensive trying to purchase all the fantastic superfoods, (ginseng included) if I have to purchase them separately. I can take red ginseng or other superfoods & herbs separately and sometimes I do, but I really hate to take pills and capsules. What I've searched and searched for and have finally found is an all in one supplement. Have you heard of Zeal for Life? Just check out all the different superfoods that it has. I am very happy with this. If you're like me and you hate capsules, this drink formula is the bomb! Check out ZEAL FOR LIFE here.
5 Herbs Honored For Reproductive Health
Does this sound like you? You have anxiety, depression, cold one minute, hot the next, happy one minute, tearing someone's head off the next, laughing, then for some odd reason, about to burst into tears and you just can't take it anymore!
This is a subject I never thought I would write about, but at the age of 50 + as my body is changing I am now having to adjust my thinking as well. It's sad, I was going through life feeling fairly healthy and normal, then at about 46 all that began to change. Now nearly 8 years later, I'm still having symptoms, and I'm wondering, will it ever get better? It seems at times I'm losing my mind! Plus I just don't feel like a "vibrant woman" half the time, I just feel like...., hmmmmmh, not now, not ever!!!
I refused years ago to use hormone replacement therapy. I had heard all the stories and so after having to have a hysterectomy at age 48 I determined I was going to look for natural alternatives. It's been a long long journey and sometimes I feel like I'm almost through it, but sometimes I feel like this ride never ends.
If you are an older woman who has similar challenges, perhaps we can learn from each other. This is what I've learned so far. And for any younger women reading this, my hope is to pass on a bit of wisdom. As a woman, this is a MUST DO - Take Care Of Your Body! Here are some herbs that will help.
Is Fenugreek Really A Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)?
Fenugreek is treasured for it's akin-ness to the female hormone estrogen. It has a long history of use for treatment of reproductive disorders in women. Diosgenin, a steroid sapogenin found in Fenugreek is a phytoestrogen compound that seems to mimic the effects of the hormone estrogen. It is used by the pharmaceutical companies to create synthetic estrogen.
It seems that this herb has a lot of healing properties, especially for women. Apparently Fenugreek is also used to help increase milk production in lactating women and it has been used to also increase breast size in women as well. Quite the interesting herb. I've been taking this for a while and it seems to help level my hormones out a bit.
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Dong quai has been used in Asia for thousands of years
Dong quai - (Angelica sinensis) Dong quai has been used in Asia for thousands of years as a tonic for the female reproductive system. It is as popular in China and Japan as is Ginseng; used exclusively for women's health. Known as a blood builder. It is not so good with menopausal symptoms by itself but has been proved beneficial when used in conjunction with Siberian ginseng and Chasteberry or Black Cohosh.
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Black Cohosh to calm the savage beast of menopause!
Black Cohosh - to help calm menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, insomnia and mood swings. Also good for younger women to help with premenstrual syndrome and for those who have trouble with regular cycles.
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Evening Primrose Oil Helps with Mood Swings
Evening Primrose Oil - When I was younger, I had severe mood swings due to my cycle and I had to find something to alleviate them. I used Evening Primrose Oil so I know it works. It contains around 25% essential fatty acids, including linoleic acid and gamma linolenic acid.
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Red Raspberry Leaf For When You're Young
Red Raspberry Leaf - I have heard that this is something that should be incorporated in every young woman's diet during the reproductive years. Drinking red raspberry leaf tea on a regular basis helps to tone the uterus thereby helping with morning sickness during pregnancy and to quickly bounce back after giving birth. It also helps with an easier birth.
When you're young you feel invincible, you're too busy to care about your reproductive health. You're always on the go, you party, you eat the wrong foods, drink too much coffee; you go through your cycles and take your health for granted. It's when you get older that it all catches up to you. I wish I would have been more informed and active in pr_eventive care of my health when I was younger, especially my reproductive health. I would have drank red raspberry leaf tea every day. I had someone tell me that this is what I should be doing, but I was stubborn and lazy. It may have saved me from having such heavy blood flow. At about age 48 I almost bled to death 2 times. I believe my uterus would have been much healthier had I taken better precautions.
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Advise For Your Hormonal Health
If you're young and already experiencing some early signs of heavy bleeding, please, please seek out your healthcare provider for some natural advice first. And also look into some natural time tested remedies. You will thank yourself when you are older! Don't do what I did and ignore your health. These days people are becoming more health conscious, by staying fit and eating less fast and processed foods; but while you're doing that, also remember to take care of your reproductive organs as well.
Other Recommended Herbs
Best Natural Healing For Sinus Infections
It's not flu season, but for those who suffer from sinusitis it's always time to look for relief no matter the time of year. The causes of sinusitis are various and many including infections from common cold, allergies, nasal polyps. Bacteria may also be the villain here and some strains of fungus have been reported to be a factor for Sinusitis as well. Did you know that if you have a compromised immune systems you will be more susceptible to sinus infection? So when you are stressed, overworked and not getting enough sleep you'll probably notice you're getting sick easier? This could lead to chronic sinus issues as your immune system is being compromised.
If you're like me, you're probably not looking at the drug store OTC medicine or a prescription that doesn't work, you want to get something that is more natural and perhaps a cure rather than a cover up. I've put together a few natural cures that I've researched since sinus issues seems to be a problem for many in my own immediate family. There is one cure here that has helped me tremendously, which I will add to the list, it may be one that you have overlooked.
Apple Cider Vinegar helps treat Sinus Infection
What isn't apple cider vinegar good for? I must admit, a few years ago I was completely oblivious to all of the healing properties of apple cider vinegar with mothers. This is one amazing food that every household should have in it.
When it comes to sinus infection you can use ACV as a nasal rinse, or as part of a tonic to loosen mucus build up. It's the acetic acid that kills off bacteria, and the potassium in ACV thins the mucus. To clear your nasal passages add 1 tsp ACV to a glass of water use a nasal spray bottle or neti pot to administer.
Although no preference is mentioned as to what works best, I always recommend apple cider vinegar with mothers at least for taking internally since it provides probiotics as well.
Silver Hydrosol Excellent for Treating Chronic Sinus Infection
I have a personal testimony in using Silver Hydrosol. Several years ago, I had a chronic cough and also severe allergies. After doing several tests the doctors just said I had Rhinitis and Gerd. They prescribed me medicine for allergies and acid reflux but this really didn't help much. After suffering for many years and being sick all the time, my allergies were out of control and taking over my life.
In 2012 I was introduced to Silver Hydrosol and it changed all of that. No longer do I suffer from acute allergy symptoms and I've been experiencing incredible health. I also attribute this to a change in diet as well, but for the most part the I have to rave on the health benefits of silver since it has really helped me tremendously. I have written a few more articles about the healing qualities of silver hydrosol here and here.
Other Natural Cures For Sinusitis
A Prayer For America
A Prayer For America
The news this week about the decision and power of the Supreme Court of the United States hit very hard. We knew it was coming and expected it because it has to happen, after all we are living in the end days. Knowing this doesn't make it easier, especially if you think of all the children out there who are doomed to believe a lie. And then - - there's the matter of those loved ones who have walked away from their faith and have also believed the lie. Will they come to their senses? Will they wake up before it is too late.
I tear my garments and pour ashes on my head in mourning for the great folly that has overtaken us as a nation. What shamefulness is upon us! What dread we as a nation are facing! What destruction is rushing towards us! They don't see it! They believe we have won a victory for equality and freedom. If it is freedom they were after, it was the freedom to cast off the restraints of morality, common sense and decency. Has everyone lost their minds??
I'm crying and the tears are for our once great country.., oh her beauty, her purity, was it only an illusion? But no., we were once a nation of lawfulness and morality. Look at our great history. We were never perfect, but we welcomed - embraced, and held dear God's law to govern our souls,, we cherished the loving mercies of our Saviour to guide our steps. The blessed name of that Saviour Jesus Christ was revered and not a swear word. Once a nation known as the Friend of God, now as a whorish licentious lost son we have cast off our righteousness, running as a wild man away from our Maker, headlong unto the gates of Sodom and are licking at the flames of hell. STOP!! TURN BACK!!
My minds eye sees vast multitudes of souls running down a slippery slope into the ever widening mouth of hell. I hear screaming and anguish as mothers and fathers cry "...turn back..., turn back...., look.., don't you see where you're headed..?"
Lord God - have mercy on us, have mercy on us, We have sinned against your law Lord., we have shed innocent blood, our nakedness and shame is ever before us, who can help us now? Only You can Lord, only You. Have mercy on me Lord for the time I've wasted, for the souls I didn't reach for you, for the children - my children who I allowed to slip away! Lord forgive me for compromising my integrity. Oh Dear Saviour I know I could have done more, I could have loved more, reached more, made more time for Your work here on earth. Lord have mercy on our nation. We have gone so far away, we are a whorish woman stripped of our beauty, as a bald ugly woman, no longer vibrant but as an opened sore, smelling with the stench of sinfulness and lawlessness, but for now this whorish women is smiling at herself as she sits in her own waste, her own blood! Oh that some would hear these words, that some would feel what I feel, that they would feel their need of God!
A Prayer For The Sleeping Christian - Wake Up!
Sleeping Christian Wake Up!
And help us as Christian believers to seek Your face in repentance - if there is time left and fill us with your Holy Spirit once again in fullness as at the day of Pentecost so that we will be ready in this midnight hour., as we wait for Your soon return. Help us Lord to come out from this world, to no longer partake in her banquet of sin. For her time is at hand, her judgement is set!
A Prayer For Israel
A Prayer For Israel
Oh for the days of old when our nation America loved Your beloved Israel. Once known as her friend and protector, now it seems we like the rest of the world are turning our back on her as well, and even this was foretold. You alone God are her Saviour! Lord forget not those who have prayed and continue to pray for her., keep her safe Lord, and open her eyes so she can call upon your name. Remove her blindness and rescue her from all her enemies as you always do.
Lord God, I thank You in Jesus' name for Your great mercies, Your long suffering, You have held Your peace and have given time to repent. You created Yourself a body, robed Yourself in flesh and became the propitiation for our sins, shed Your sinless Holy blood for us to remove the stain of sin from our lives, restoring us unto a right relationship with You our Maker; imputing Your righteousness unto us so that we could be with you always. You destroyed the work of Satan so that he would no longer have power over us. You triumphed over death and rose from the dead so that we as believers could do the same. This is how much You love us.
A Prayer For One Last Revival
A Prayer For One Last Revival
Lord, if or is possible, let there be time enough for one last revival, one last call to repentance. Let there be one last time for the great work of salvation to be shouted from the roof tops, as in days of old., one last call to repentance. Let backsliders wake up, let them heed the warning of this hellish hour. Let your beloved church not keep silent, but to awake out of slumber, to shake out of complacency to emergency! For as a natural disaster wakes people up to action, let us be woke up to action now as never before. In Jesus precious name I ask these things. Amen
1. Pepper Spray made from Cayenne and Garlic As Pest Control
How do you control pests in your garden? I'm still new at this so I've been researching a bit and thought I'd share what I've found, plus it's a good place for me to refer back to. If you have any other tips for organic pest control, please add them to the comment section below.
Works on some bugs
7 crushed garlic cloves,
1 tbsp of powdered cayenne pepper
3 cups of water
1 small onion
1 tablespoon liquid dish soap
Heat on the stove to combine all (except soap) but not to a boil. Turn off heat and let seep for about 48 hours. Strain through a cloth then put "pepper tea" into a spray bottle add the soap. Applying evenly to the plants. Reapply after watering or rain. Warning: remember to wash produce off thoroughly before consuming. Avoid contact with eyes or skin.
2. Make a Baking Soda Spray To Control Mildew
This is good for managing mildew. The vegetable oil acts to help adhere the baking soda onto the plants once it dries.
1.5 TBSP baking soda
1 TBSP vegetable oil
1.5 gallons of warm water.
Mix all in large 2 gallon jug then add to spray bottle and use right away while warm.
3. Make a Compost Tea to Control Garden Pests.
1 part compost or manure
4 parts water
Use a burlap type material or cheesecloth material to create a teabag. You'll add your compost material into the material then dunk into the larger container with water. Let sit for covered for about 3 days then add the "Tea" to a spray bottle and spray onto the plants to provide extra nutrients and also to kill certain garden pests and diseases.
4. Use Pet or Food Grade - Diatomaceous Earth For Pest Control
Can be used to effectively control these bugs:
Caution: there is also a pool-grade DE, make sure not to use that one, but use pet or food-grade DE only.
*Use in a spray bottle
Mix 1 part DE with 3 to 4 parts water in a spray bottle. Be sure to shake the spray bottle vigorously until the DE is evenly distributed throughout the mixture.
*Use Diatomaceous Earth in powder form; make sure to wear a mask. You can get a sprinkle jar (like large salt or flour shaker or try this duster here) and dust on your plants, ie roses, vegetables etc; that should work.
Watch the video below to find out the proper way to use DE when treating in home and for bed bugs.
5. Use Essential Oils for Pest Control in the Garden
There are many essential oils that will work for pest control. Those that work best for pest control in the garden are:
When you look in the mirror do you like what you see?
When you look in the mirror do you like what you see? Oh.., really?? Is that why you're putting all that makeup on? Hmmmmh... What's wrong with the picture to the left? In my opinion, I do not really know what that person looks like, but after all the make up is applied, she will look similar to so many other people, her uniqueness is now swallowed up.
Be honest., you really don't like what you were born with and that's why your intentions are on "fixing" it to make it better, right? But how much of this "fixing behavior" is learned and really how much of it is actually needful or helpful? Let me just get on my soap box and tell you my opinion here. I believe that part of this behavior is probably healthy but for the most it is not necessary; in fact it's likely very unhealthy emotionally.
Think about it., you have your unique dna, your own set of identifying fingerprints, your own signature, your own unique hair texture and color, all provided by our Creator. This is what makes you so divinely unique, why would you want to change that?
People listen way too much to the media and are being programmed to think a certain way, prodding you into believing you are lesser somehow as the true you, causing you to be unsatisfied with the 'natural' you.., always trying to make you "better', 'younger', 'thinner'.., you know..., like those super models, or super humans toted on media we are bombarded with every day. But all the while, behind the scenes, you see most of it is fake, even photoshopped, so relax, they're all a bunch of fakes, true beauty has always come from within!
We are bombarded daily, with images and dialog about a superficial sense of what beauty truly is. With a warped sense of values the media and Hollywood are not able to appreciate the beauty that already exists in nature so they are always trying to fix things. Why do people always have to fix things? Okay I'll get off my soap box now and back to the real subject of this post. You need to get in touch with your true reflection, only then can you make process. Without an honest appreciation of yourself, personal growth is difficult, to say the least.
Truth be told we would all like to live a less toxic lifestyle if we could. Here's some more tips to help you get there without breaking the budget.
I'm always looking for ways to get rid of toxic chemicals in my home. Truth be told we would all like to live a less toxic lifestyle if we could. There are so many products now that are marketed to help you live with less of these toxins, ie earth friendly cleaning solutions, eco-friendly laundry detergent, organic natural body and hair care products. But did you ever consider the price tag for some of these? it's a bit too much for my pocket book sometimes. I was very happy to learn that there are still inexpensive alternatives and here is a list of a few you may have missed.
Vinegar is your new best friend Vinegar is the workhorse of DIY natural cleaning. It's a food, so you already know it's non-toxic. It doesn't smell like your average cleaning product and that's actually a good thing. Synthetic perfumes in cleaning products aren't healthy. They just trick you into thinking things smell clean. Using pure vinegar in a spray bottle for heavy-duty cleaning keeps pests at bay and deodorizes. Create another bottle with a mixture of equal parts vinegar and water for everyday surface cleaning. Be sure to label your bottles.
Of course we know baking soda is used for baking; it's also great for brushing teeth, getting rid of a sour tummy and for controlling odors in the frig. Here's a few more thing that baking soda can do. Baking soda is an excellent and gentle abrasive agent. Use it like soft scrub for cleaning sinks, toilets bathtubs; pot & pans. The gritty texture works to scrub, and when combined with vinegar, baking soda foams up to help carry away dirt and grime. Mix with salt and tomato paste to clean the bottom of your copper bottom pans. Leave the paste on the pan for about 1/2 hour; scrub and watch the shiny copper come back! Mix baking soda with organic castile soap for a thick paste you can use to clean tile and grout.
This is a cool idea. I just learned something new about essential oils. Did you know essential oils are also good at killing germs, viruses and bacteria on surfaces? What a great find! So if you are serious about removing toxic cleaning products including bleach from your home, you may want to stock at least a few of these basic essential oils to your cleaning cabinet; you may even find you already have some of these:
For best results add about 40 drops of your favorite essential oil to a spray bottle full of equal parts water and vinegar. Keep this mixture out of the reach of children, as you would any household cleaner.
There are many health benefits derived from Diatomaceous Earth, including supporting healthy skin, strengthening the hair and supporting heart health. According to http://www.processedfreeamerica.org Diatomaceous earth is the fossilized shells of microscopic water-dwelling organisms known as diatoms. These plants have been part of the earth's ecology since prehistoric times, yet their species still exists today in both salty and fresh waters all over the world. The other benefits of Diatomaceous Earth is that It is an excellent natural pest control, so this is great for killing bed bugs, roaches, ants fleas and other pests naturally.
Zote Soap still natural choice for laundry
I was excited to hear that ZOTE an inexpensive laundry product from Mexico is made from only a few natural ingredients, coconut oil, tallow and brighteners, and natural citronella as fragrance. It's a bar soap so great for hand washing but is also excellent for stain removal. There are other uses for ZOTE soap and some people even use it for bathing, which seems fine since it is all natural. What I like about it is it is not so high priced as other natural laundry agents.
After researching many sites this is a "sort of" comprehensive list of ingredients to use to make natural cleaning supplies.
Of course there are probably dozens of various recipes. I will writing about those in another post. For now this post provides for me a list of ingredients all together that I can keep in a handy place. This is one reason why I keep my own blog so I can write about and keep record of topics I'm passionate about and know where to find them if I need the information in the future.
For now I did find a recipe for a safe non toxic pesticide here you go:
Another Great DIY Organic Pesticide and Vegi Wash Idea From http://www.callmepmc.com
Organic Pesticide and Vegetable Wash 1 and 1/3 cup 3% hydrogen peroxide
Inflammation - it's something that occurs naturally in the body as an indicator that something has gone wrong.
Inflammation - it's something that occurs naturally in the body as an indicator that something has gone wrong. If you were to cut your finger your body's immediate response is inflammation of the red and white cells to that area as the body's immune system goes to work to heal the wound.
Inflammation is painful. When inflammation is in the cells for no apparent reason, like a cut or sprain, it is called hidden inflammation. Most doctors & scientists agree that the initial sign of virtually every illness known to man is inflammation in our cells.
A typical 55 year old man with symptoms of arthritis, heart disease and Acid-Reflux will go to the doctor who in turn refers him to 3 specialists. Each of these specialists make their diagnosis and provide their separate treatment plan for the patient. What you may not know is that all 3 specialist have found inflammation of the cells is part of the diagnosis. When you can reduce inflammation you are better able to stay healthy and pain free. We can do this by simple changes to our diet. The western diet is far from healthy. We eat too much fast food, to many refined foods to many foods that cause inflammation. Here is a short list foods that can help reduce inflammation.
Foods to Reduce Inflammation
Basil, Cayenne Peppers/Chilli Peppers, Cinnamon, Cloves, Cocoa (at least 70% cocoa chocolate), Licorice Mint, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Thyme, Turmeric
Bell Peppers, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Broccoli Sprouts, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Chard Collards, Fennel Bulb, Garlic, Green Beans, Green Onions/Spring Onions, Kale, Leeks, Olives, Spinach, Sweet potatoes, Turnip Greens - See more at: http://www.niftyenterprise.com/#sthash.djobbYMr.dpuf
Acerola Cherries, Apples, Avocados, Black Currants, Blueberries, Fresh Pineapple, Guavas, Kiwifruit, Kumquats, Lemons, Limes, Mulberries, Oranges, Papaya, Raspberries, Rhubarb, Strawberries, Tomatoes
Almonds, Flaxseed/Linseed, Hazelnuts, Sunflower Seeds, Pumpkin seeds, Walnuts
Cod, Halibut, Herring, Oysters, Rainbow Trout, Salmon, Sardines, Snapper Fish, Striped Bass, Tuna, Whitefish
Avocado Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Green tea, red wine, water
Foods That Cause Inflammation:
highly processed foods, highly processed meats, bacon, sausage, refined white flour products like pastas, white bread, baked goods, white sugar products, candies, sodas, pastries, pre-sweetened cereal, desserts,, saturated fats, trans fat foods
Fructooligosaccharides is a scary word to me; it looks like a combination of fructose and saccharin - that nasty artificial sweetener, said to be harmless by some, or is it?
Most of my research on the subject of any food compounds are always interesting because I am not a scientist or biologist and it is always a challenge for me to understand much of the scientific jargon or theory behind why our current society always wants to "break up" our food into small molecules. For the sake of discovery and research, I can see that there is an innate need to continue in this path, but for me personally there is always a big yellow sign that says "NOTE - not in natural form, proceed with caution." I do have a vested interest for writing on this subject, however I am not an expert which is why I post resources. So from the onset, please excuse my lack of professional writing on the subject.
In laymen's terms Fructooligosaccharides or (FOS) also know as oligosaccharides are compounds occurring naturally in plants such as onion, chicory, garlic, asparagus, banana, artichoke, among many others. They are non-carcinogenic and are used by the body as a Prebiotic. In there natural form, I am quite comfortable eating these foods, as they are some of my most favorite, but what about after it has been synthetically derived in a laboratory? I have a hard time stomaching this idea; plus if this ingredient now shows up in some of my favorite "health food" choices what should I do? And how will my actual stomach be affected by this? These are the kinds of questions that need to be asked by someone who is trying to live a more "back to nature" lifestyle, no?
Is Fructooligosaccharides an Ethical Food Additive Choice?
What health benefits are derived from Fructooligosaccharides?
What benefit are (FOS)? Research is always going on to find "safe" sweeteners for those suffering from diabetes or other diseases so for some as a food additive this is a good "safe" alternative. It is also being researched as an alternative dietary fiber for those wit IBS, but more research needs to be done.
While some deem it to be the "next generation" of healthy food additives, some are asking if the synthetic form of a food should be consumed at all or if it proves to cause more harm than good.
As a conclusion, whether or not it is ethical to include a synthetic form of a food compound depends on the individual. Although more research needs to be done, it is clear for now, that for those who are healthy and health minded, choosing to adhere to an all natural food nutrient diet, this food additive would be one to avoid, and obviously not needed. However for those who are not so strict in their dietary choices (FOS) may prove fairly safe as a sweetener and fiber, and for some it may even prove to be a better option where there is a need to find better alternatives than what is currently offered.
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Food As Medicine is a beginners prospective on converting from a toxic lifestyle of eating unhealthy, grocery store chain, fast food, to learning to live a detoxing lifestyle. We explore all avenues of natural health and diet, through food, recipes, nutritional supplementation, super foods, specialty foods, organic gardening, converting to non-gmo foods, and the how and where and when to do this, right in your own back yard! It's a work in progress,