Thursday, July 25, 2013

Odd, Sticky, Nasty But Worth Every Gag And Penny - Shilajit

Meet your new best friend with a hard to pronounce name, a deeply unpleasant almost unbearable odor and a price that will set you back $80/month. I’m warning you it is odd, sticky and nasty; LITERALLY the worst tasting supplement I have ever tasted, but I promise you it will worth every gag and penny.
Shilajit or mumijo is a blackish-brown powder or an exudate from high mountain rocks in the Himalayans mountains between India and Nepal, although it has been also found in Russia, Tibet, Afghanistan, and in the north of Chile. Used for centuries by the Ayurvedic medicine, as a rejuvenator and as antiaging compound.
Shilajit is extremely rich in plant-source ‘organic’ minerals. Most assays show that Shilajit, depending on its source, contains between 70 and 85 complex minerals and trace elements. The main active components in Shilajit are macromolecules known as fulvic acids. It is composed of humus and organic plant material that has been compressed by layers of rock and mixed with microbial metabolites. This humus and organic plant matter then oozes from the rocks of the Himalayas as they become warm in the summer months. Shilajit is extremely rich in fulvic acids. Fulvic acid is considered to be one of the most powerful natural electrolytes known to man. It enhances the permeability of cell membranes, and can improve the healthy permeability of the digestive tract, renal membranes and capillaries.
Shilajit is a thick, syrup-like substance that forms on rock. It is created by the various plants that grow in the surrounding area and is extremely high in minerals and other nutrients.  It forms infrequently and is therefore highly valued; it can take up to a month to collect a pound raw shilajit
Shilajit Uses:
   As a powerful immune system booster
   Treat diabetes
   Treat respiratory conditions
   Treat coughs
   Sexual enhancer
   Potent vitamin and mineral source
   For longevity
   For anti-aging
   As an energy booster
   As an adaptogen
   Treat arthritis and joint pain
   Reduce inflammation
   Aid memory and thinking
   Reduce stress
   Reduce physical and mental fatigue
   Treat anxiety and depression
   For better powers of concentration
   Maintain heart health
   Treat high blood pressure
   Improve digestion
   Treat gastritis, constipation and indigestion
   Protect the liver and pancreas
   Increase blood circulation
   Protect and maintain the thyroid gland
   Increase metabolism
   For proper enzyme secretion
   For it’s anti-microbial properties
   Increase physical strength and endurance
   Treat premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction
   Treat urinary problems and kidney stones
   To detoxify the body and remove toxins
   Treat anemia
   Treat ulcers
   Increase natural growth hormone production

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Coconut oil - The best 15 dollars you'll ever spend!

Imagine a miracle edible product you can use as medicine, moisturizer, lubricant, hair conditioner, shoe and furniture polish while it has the capability to heal your children and pets. Well, it’s not only edible, but it’s known as one of the wonder foods, renowned for aiding weight loss and limiting the risk of diabetes. What’s more, it’s known as an anti-microbial, making it perfect to control skin conditions, which are caused by bacteria or fungi. Meet the ultimate multitasking powerhouse super food: COCONUT OIL.

Coconut oil can help our bodies mount resistance to both viruses and bacteria that can cause illness. Coconut oil can also positively affect our hormones for thyroid and blood sugar control. People who take coconut oil also tend to have improvements in how they handle blood sugar since coconut can help improve insulin use within the body. It can boost thyroid function helping to increase metabolism, energy and endurance. It increases digestion and helps to absorb fat-soluble vitamins.
This tasty super food is beneficial for the heart. It contains about 50% lauric acid, which helps in actively preventing various heart problems like high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. The saturated fats present in coconut oil are not harmful as you commonly find in vegetable oils.

Weight Loss
Coconut oil is very useful for weight loss. It contains short and medium-chain fatty acids that help in taking off excessive weight. It is also easy to digest and it helps in healthy functioning of the thyroid and endocrine system. Further, it increases the body’s metabolic rate

Coconut oil helps to improve the digestive system and thus prevents various stomach and digestion-related problems including Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The saturated fats present in coconut oil have antimicrobial properties and help in dealing with various bacteria, fungi, and parasites that can cause indigestion.
Coconut has been shown to prevent and even cure candida.

The presence of medium chain triglycerides and fatty acids helps in preventing liver diseases because those substances are easily converted into energy when they reach the liver, thus reducing the work load of the liver and also preventing accumulation of fat.

Coconut oil helps in preventing kidney and gall bladder diseases. It also helps to dissolve kidney stones.

Coconut oil is also believed to be useful in treating pancreatitis.

Stress relief
Coconut oil is very soothing and hence it helps in removing stress. Applying coconut oil to the head, followed by a gentle massage, helps to eliminate mental fatigue.

Coconut oil helps in controlling blood sugar, and improves the secretion of insulin. It also promotes the effective utilization of blood glucose, thereby preventing and treating diabetes.

As mentioned earlier, coconut oil improves the ability of our body to absorb important minerals. These include calcium and magnesium, which are necessary for the development of bones. Thus, coconut oil is very useful to women who are prone to osteoporosis after middle age.

Dental care
Calcium is an important component of our teeth. Since coconut oil facilitates absorption of calcium by the body, it helps in developing strong teeth. Coconut oil also stops tooth decay.

Hair Care:
Coconut oil is one of the best natural nutrients for your hair. It helps in healthy growth of hair and gives your hair a shiny quality. It is an excellent conditioner and helps the re-growth process of damaged hair. It also provides the essential proteins required for nourishing and healing damaged hair. Run a small bit through your wet hair – pea-size for short hair, bean-size for long or use it as a mask before shampooing.

Skin Moisturizer:
Coconut oil delays the appearance of wrinkles and sagging of skin, which normally accompany aging. It also helps in treating various skin problems including psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin infections. From dry feet to a flaky forehead, coconut oil is a great way to nourish your skin without the heaviness and chemicals of moisturizing lotions.

Makeup Remover:
Just takes one swipe some coconut oil on a cloth to use removing makeup and cleansing your precious face.

Use it as a substitute for shortening, butter, or other types of oil, and get a sweeter, lighter tasting dessert. Even better mixing it in raw desserts.

Add To Beverages:
It’s easy to bring a kick of coconut to hot chocolate, coffee or fruit smoothies. Sounds like a strange combo, but it tastes great!

Leather Shoe Cleaner:
Rub your shoes/boots down with a dab of coconut oil to keep them clean and soften the leather.

Remove Stickers From Merchandise:
No more mess and broken nails. Sticky labels and price tags are easy to remove with this miracle oil. Just mix with some baking soda, spread it on the sticky area, and leave for 10 minutes.

Furniture Polish: 
Some coconut oil and lemon juice is all it takes to bring a beautiful shine to your furniture.

Combine coconut oil with baking soda to make your teeth whiter.

Lip Balm:
Coconut oil makes lips shiny and moist on its own.

Buying Coconut Oil

Cooking/Refined Coconut Oil
Weight Loss/Virgin Coconut Oil
As a Carrier Oil/Virgin Coconut Oil, Fractionated Coconut Oil
Good Health/Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Coconut Oil
Massaging/Pure Coconut Oil, Refined Coconut Oil
Hair/Pure Coconut Oil, Refined Coconut Oil
Medicinal uses/Virgin Coconut Oil, Virgin Organic Coconut Oil

For edible and therapeutic uses, refined coconut oil is the best as it is hygienic and clean. Unrefined coconut oil is good for external applications like hair care and skin care.


Tuesday, July 2, 2013


I'm sick of people getting sick around me... Being diagnosed with cancer in your mid 30's shouldn't be the norm. Is it just me or it really seems like precious people around us are dropping like flies due to this horrible disease. Chances are you know someone who has battled cancer or heart disease recently. While there's no miracle food or herb that can guarantee to keep us 100% safe, there are certainly some bad habits worth losing that may improve our chances of staying disease free.
At this day and age it is crucial to read the ingredients label before buying anything. If what you are buying contains more than 5 ingredients and includes a lot of unfamiliar, unpronounceable items you may want to reconsider before buying. Any food which has been canned, frozen, boxed or bagged is classified as processed food. Studies have shown that close to 90% of an average American's food budget is spent on these frankenfood items. Ingredients found in these foods which should be avoided include colourants, emulsifiers, preservatives, artificial sweeteners, stabilizers, texturizers and even bleach products.


1. Artificial Sweeteners
Aspartame, (E951) more popularly known as Nutrasweet and Equal, is found in foods labeled "diet" or "sugar free". Aspartame is believed to be carcinogenic and accounts for more reports of adverse reactions than all other foods and food additives combined. Known to affect short-term memory, the components of this toxic sweetener may lead to a wide variety of ailments including brain tumor, diseases like lymphoma, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue, emotional disorders like depression and anxiety attacks, dizziness, headaches, nausea, mental confusion, migraines and seizures.
Found in: diet or sugar free sodas, diet coke, coke zero, jello (and over gelatins), desserts, sugar free gum, drink mixes, baking goods, table top sweeteners, cereal, breathmints, pudding, kool-aid, ice tea, chewable vitamins, toothpaste

2. High Fructose Corn Syrup
High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a highly-refined artificial sweetener which has become the number one source of calories in America. It is found in almost all processed foods. HFCS packs on the pounds faster than any other ingredient, increases your LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels, and contributes to the development of diabetes and tissue damage, among other harmful effects.
To spot fructose on a food label, look for the words “corn sweetener,” “corn syrup,” or “corn syrup solids” as well as “high-fructose corn syrup.”

Found in: most processed foods, breads, candy, flavored yogurts, salad dressings, canned vegetables, cereals

3. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG / E621)
MSG is an amino acid used as a flavor enhancer in soups, salad dressings, chips, frozen entrees, and many restaurant foods. MSG is known as an excitotoxin, a substance which overexcites cells to the point of damage or death. Studies show that regular consumption of MSG may result in depression, disorientation, eye damage, fatigue, headaches, and obesity.

Found in: Chinese food, chips, cookies, seasonings, most Campbell Soup products, frozen dinners, lunch meats

4. Trans Fat
Trans fat is used to enhance and extend the shelf life of food products and is among the most dangerous substances that you can consume. Found in deep-fried fast foods and certain processed foods made with margarine or partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, trans fats are formed by a process called hydrogenation. Numerous studies show that trans fat increases the risk of heart attacks, heart disease and strokes, and contributes to increased inflammation, diabetes and other health problems.

Found in: margarine, chips and crackers, baked goods, fast foods

5. Common Food Dyes
Animal studies have linked food colorings to cancer. Watch out for these ones:

Blue #1 and Blue #2 (E133)

May cause chromosomal damage

Found in: candy, cereal, soft drinks, sports drinks and pet foods

Red dye # 3 (also Red #40 – a more current dye) (E124)

This dye continues to be on the market until supplies run out! Has been proven to cause thyroid cancer and chromosomal damage in laboratory animals, may also interfere with brain-nerve transmission

Found in: fruit cocktail, maraschino cherries, cherry pie mix, ice cream, candy, bakery products and more!

Yellow #6 (E110) and Yellow Tartrazine (E102)

Increases the number of kidney and adrenal gland tumors in laboratory animals, may cause chromosomal damage.

Found in: American cheese, macaroni and cheese, candy and carbonated beverages, lemonade and more!

6. Sodium Sulfite (E221)
Preservative used in wine-making and other processed foods. According to the FDA, approximately one in 100 people is sensitive to sulfites in food. The majority of these individuals are asthmatic, suggesting a link between asthma and sulfites. Individuals who are sulfite sensitive may experience headaches, breathing problems, and rashes. In severe cases, sulfites can actually cause death by closing down the airway altogether, leading to cardiac arrest.

Found in: Wine and dried fruit

7. Sodium Nitrate/Sodium Nitrite
Sodium nitrate (or sodium nitrite) is used as a preservative, coloring and flavoring in bacon, ham, hot dogs, luncheon meats, corned beef, smoked fish and other processed meats. This ingredient, which sounds harmless, is actually highly carcinogenic once it enters the human digestive system. Sodium nitrite is widely regarded as a toxic ingredient, and the USDA actually tried to ban this additive in the 1970's but was vetoed by food manufacturers who complained they had no alternative for preserving packaged meat products. This chemical just happens to turn meats bright red, it's actually a color fixer, and it makes old, dead meats appear fresh and vibrant.

Found in: hotdogs, bacon, ham, luncheon meat, cured meats, corned beef, smoked fish or any other type of processed meat

8. BHA and BHT (E320)
Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydrozyttoluene (BHT) are preservatives found in cereals, chewing gum, potato chips, and vegetable oils. This common preservative keeps foods from changing color, changing flavor or becoming rancid. Effects the neurological system of the brain, alters behavior and has potential to cause cancer.

Found in: Potato chips, gum, cereal, frozen sausages, enriched rice, lard, shortening, candy, jello

9. Sulfur Dioxide (E220)
Sulfur additives are toxic; adverse reactions include: bronchial problems particularly in those prone to asthma, hypotension (low blood pressure), flushing tingling sensations or anaphylactic shock. It also destroys vitamins B1 and E. Not recommended for consumption by children. The International Labour Organization says to avoid E220 if you suffer from conjunctivitis, bronchitis, emphysema, bronchial asthma, or cardiovascular disease.

Found in: beer, soft drinks, dried fruit, juices, cordials, wine, vinegar, and potato products.

10. Potassium Bromate
An additive used to increase volume in some white flour, breads, and rolls, potassium bromate is known to cause cancer in animals. Even small amounts in bread can create problems for humans.

Found in: breads


11. GMOs

Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food, including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system. There is more than a casual association between GM foods and adverse health effects. The experience of actual GM-fed experimental animals is scary. When GM soy was fed to female rats, most of their babies died within three weeks. When male rats were fed GM soy, their testicles actually changed color—from the normal pink to dark blue.
GM corn and cotton are engineered to produce their own built-in pesticide in every cell. When bugs bite the plant, the poison splits open their stomach and kills them.
The gene inserted into GM soy transfers into the DNA of bacteria living inside our intestines and continues to function.
Scientists at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had warned about all these problems even in the early 1990s. According to documents released from a lawsuit, the scientific consensus at the agency was that GM foods were inherently dangerous, and might create hard-to-detect allergies, poisons, gene transfer to gut bacteria, new diseases, and nutritional problems. They urged their superiors to require rigorous long-term tests, but the White House had ordered the agency to promote biotechnology and the FDA responded by recruiting Michael Taylor, Monsanto's former attorney, to head up the formation of GMO policy.

Found in: corn, soy, sugar, aspartame, papaya, dairy, canola, zucchini, squash, rice, potato, tomato, peas and the list can go ON and ON
GMOs may be hidden in common processed food ingredients such as: Amino Acids, Aspartame, Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Ascorbate, Vitamin C, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Flavorings (“natural” and “artificial”), High Fructose Corn Syrup, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Lactic Acid, Maltodextrins, Molasses, Monosodium Glutamate, Sucrose, Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), Xanthan Gum, Vitamins, Yeast Products. lists the Non GMO certified brands and will help you to navigate through the GMO madness