Wellbeing Tips and Tricks – 10 Plants That Clean Your House and Improve Your Health
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reveals that the levels of air pollutants found inside homes at times exceed the levels of outside air pollution- even as much as 5 to 10 times more!
This indoor pollution is mostly caused by common household cleaning products, heating systems and electronic devices.
Long term exposure to these toxins can drastically affect our health and well-being. It can cause breathing problems, allergies, immunity disorders and even lung cancer.
However, a few studies have revealed that detoxifying your home is as easy as adding a few common indoor plants to your décor.
These plants use their roots, leaves and a soil bacteria to eliminate indoor home pollution.
The most common indoor pollutants are dust mites, carbon monoxide, high amounts of carbon dioxide, formaldehyde (colorless gas mainly found in household cleaners) and benzene (found in tobacco smoke).
Environmental toxins like formaldehyde, in high quantities, irritate the eyes and nose and can even induce asthma attacks.
The most powerful natural air cleaning indoor plants are:
• Corn Plant
• Mother-in-Law’s Tongue
• Janet Craig Dracaena
• Pot Mum
• Bamboo Palm
• English Ivy
• Chinese Evergreen
• Gerbera Daisy
• Peace Lily
The recommended amount of indoor plants is at least 5 to 10 plants per every hundred square feet of the home.
Indoor plants are not just great air cleaners. Having them at home helps create a peaceful and serene atmosphere, greatly contributing to our health and well-being.
Another great tip to reduce the air pollution is regularly air out your home by increasing ventilation, removing the dust, and regularly cleaning your carpets and rugs (with natural, organic methods).
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Written by Julissa Clay
Wellbeing Tips and Tricks – The Magical Healing Power of This Cinderella Fruit
This popular all-over-the-world bright orange fruit is often used as a seasonal decoration.
Pumpkin is a widely grown fruit in most climate zones throughout the world.
Its unique color and shape make it a great decoration for Halloween and other celebrations.
Nevertheless, this brightly colored fruit also offers unique health benefits. Pumpkin flesh is loaded with antioxidants, beta-carotene, vitamin A, vitamin B, and potassium. These nutrients are known to counteract the effects of sodium, which in turn, lowers blood pressure and supports cardiovascular health.
A recent study done on pumpkin’s health benefits revealed that it has a remarkable ability to control blood sugar levels.
Researchers found that the compounds in pumpkin improve insulin levels in the blood by helping promote regeneration of damaged insulin-producing beta cells.
The full research published in the “Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture,” concludes that including pumpkin to the diets of participants suffering from type 2 diabetes could significantly improve this dangerous health condition.
Another great health benefit of pumpkin is the ability to lower total blood cholesterol and regulate triglyceride levels. Eating this amazing fruit helps maintain healthy weight and support cardiovascular health.
Even more powerful are pumpkin seeds:
• Pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of dietary minerals like zinc, phosphorus, magnesium and manganese.
• They are rich in vitamin E. This essential vitamin supports cardiovascular health and helps maintain healthy bodily functions.
• These unique seeds have the powerful combination of heart health-promoting nutrients like phytonutrients, antioxidants and phenolic acid.
• There is no better support to promote healthy prostate than a handful of Pumpkin seeds.
A 100 g serving of pumpkin seeds provides 559 calories, 30 g of protein, 110% RDA of iron, zinc (71 %), and selenium (17 %); it also contains a very important health-promoting amino acid called tryptophan.
You can use cooked pumpkin pulp for various dishes; for example, muffins, cakes, soups or stews.
To prepare pumpkin pulp, remove the stem end of a pumpkin with a knife. Cut it in half and discard seeds. Cut pumpkin halves into wedges, peel them and cut the pulp into medium size chunks. Boil the chunks in a small amount of water until they become soft.
Vegetarian Pumpkin Soup Puree- recipe:
• 1 cooked pumpkin
• 2 tablespoons of butter
• 2 medium potatoes, washed, peeled, chopped in small pieces
• 2 cups cold water
• 1 litre Veggie stock
• 1 medium leek, trimmed, washed, sliced
• 1 tablespoon of cream
• 1 tablespoon of fresh chopped chives
• 3 cloves garlic
• Black pepper to taste
• toasted Italian bread slices for serving
Squeeze 3 garlic cloves. Reserve for later. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add leek. Cook, stirring, for 4 minutes or until leek becomes softened. Add potato. Cook, stirring, for 7 minutes.
Add stock and 2 cups cold water. Add some black pepper. Cover and bring to boil.
Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 10-15 minutes or until potato is tender. Stir in pumpkin and garlic. Bring to a low boil. Set aside for 5 minutes to cool slightly.
Blend pumpkin mixture, until smooth. Return to pan over low heat. Cook, stirring, for 2 to 3 minutes or until heated through. Drizzle with cream and sprinkle with chives. Serve with toasted Italian bread.
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Wellbeing Tips and Tricks – 10 Serious Health Conditions Your Eye Exam Can Reveal
Today, we’ve a little different angle to your natural health discovery.
You see, a recent survey of 120,000 patients by the insurance company VSP Vision Care concluded that an eye exam first revealed 34 percent of diabetes cases, 39 percent of high blood pressure cases, and 62 percent of high cholesterol cases.
An eye examination by a qualified and informed eye specialist can reveal as much (and sometimes more) about your health as your general health checkup.
For 10 more reasons not to skip that regular eye exam, check out these 10 health conditions that your eye specialist can detect very early on:
1. Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. People with these mental illnesses track patterns differently from people in the general population. Schizophrenics, for example, struggled to track slow moving objects.
2. Brain tumors. Poor coordination between your two eyes can indicate a brain tumor. For example, if one eye remains fixed while the other moves, or if one eye dilates when the other contracts, you might be in trouble as it shows that the optic nerve that connects your eyes to your brain is not working normally.
3. Multiple sclerosis. This abnormal hardening of body tissue and nerve tissue in the brain and spinal cord should ideally be detected early, as it is progressive. Eye ticks, the blurring of vision in and out of the full visual field, and a banana-shaped visual field defect below your macula caused by damage to your optic nerve are the best indications.
4. Liver disease. If your eye doctor says that the whites of your eyes are yellow, it might indicate hepatitis, obstruction of the bile duct, or some more serious liver disease.
5. Stroke. If you have already had a small stroke, you are obviously in danger of having more. An eye exam can reveal disturbances in your field of vision. Stroke sufferers often struggle to coordinate their eyes or see objects in their full visual field because of damage to their brains.
6. A brain aneurysm. When the blood vessels in your brain swell, they are in danger of bursting, killing you almost instantly. Drooping eyelids, increased eye pressure, crossing eyes, and retinal bleeding are all signs that your life might end soon.
7. Vitamin A deficiency. Some of the first signs of vitamin A deficiency are loss of night vision and damage to the surface of your eyes. Your grandmother was right, eat your carrots!
8. High cholesterol. If you have white rings around your eyes or yellow bumps on your eyelids, you’d better get your cholesterol tested. These are signs of plaque in your arteries.
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9. Diabetes. If your blood sugar is high, small blood vessels in your retina burst, which eye specialists pick up as small red spots on your retina. Since it indicates high blood sugar rather than diabetes itself, it can even be used for early diagnosis while the condition is still easily treatable.
10. High Blood Pressure. If your blood pressure is too high, the blood vessels at the back of your eyes struggle as much as those in the rest of your body. An eye specialist can detect burst arteries, tiny hemorrhages, and hardened and narrowed arteries, all signs that the blood vessels in the rest of your body might be damaged and undermine comfortable blood flow too.
Bonus number 11: studies show that your optometrist or ophthalmologist can even detect early melanoma cancers from your eye exam…before your dermatologist even has any indication. Certain, specific changes in the retina can be seen during a slit-lamp exam that will tell your eye doctor if you need to follow up, many times while it is still early enough to treat.
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Written by Julissa Clay