The Health Benefits of Mushrooms

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Not all that people call, or recognize as "mushrooms" are edible. It is important not to confuse mold and other fungi with actual edible mushrooms. But, those that are the correct, edible variety, have a great many nutrients that are very beneficial! Dr. Mercola has an article on his web site that is very revealing! The "Antioxidant Superstar" Chinese People Eat Daily In short: "Virtually all mushrooms provide excellent nutrition, such as protein, vitamins and enzymes, and many have potent medicinal value. Mushrooms are excellent sources of antioxidants in general, such as polyphenols and selenium, but they also contain antioxidants that are unique to mushrooms, such as ergothioneine, which is now starting to be recognized as a 'master antioxidant.' Whole organic mushrooms and whole food-derived mushroom supplements offer potent immune-boosting…
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Pure Water

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Pure water, organic foods, no preservatives or chemicals... sounds good, right? A good pathway to healing and health! Well, pure water is getting harder to come by, so I would like to recommend something I use, (and I have no personal financial stake in, by the way!) I use a "ZeroWater" pitcher at home to filter tap water and reduce dissolved solids. It may not be the "be all and end all," and I know may will say I should just use distilled water, but Zerowater is easier, and I have found that in my case, at least, if it isn't easy to do, I sometimes just won't do it! So, check out Zerowater... I can personally recommend it, and it is the only water filtration system that has been…
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High Fiber Diet and Your Colon

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In a story that makes me say, "Well, we could have told you that!" WebMD has a note about the benefits of a high fiber diet and colon disease. High-Fiber Diet Linked to Lower Colon Cancer Risk - Research Shows Fiber From Whole Grains and Cereals Associated With Reduced Colon Cancer Risk "Nov. 10, 2011 -- Eating a high-fiber diet is linked with a reduced risk of colorectal cancer, according to new research that analyzed 25 different studies. Total fiber intake, as well as fiber from whole grains and from cereals, was most strongly linked with a reduction in colorectal cancer risk, the researchers say. The evidence was weaker for fiber from fruits, vegetables, and legumes, says study researcher Dagfinn Aune, a research associate at Imperial College London. 'It doesn't…
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Coconut Water Reduces Blood Pressure Effectively!

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I am always pleased to see articles like this! A natural food that reduces Blood Pressure as well as any pharmaceutical drug! When my own BP was higher than I liked, I started taking an Ayurvedic herb called, Coleus Forskohlii. Now, it is important to point out that I am not on ANY pharmaceutical drugs! Coleus Forskohlii is very effective at lowering blood pressure, so it would NOT be appropriate to take it while on a blood pressure reducing drug! Anyway, my blood pressure came down to textbook normal levels, with NO side effects, or adverse interactions. To me, this is a great example of using an herb, which is basically just a food, to address an issue in the body. Now, coconut water shows just as much promise! This…
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The Benefits of Alpha Lipoic Acid

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Alpha Lipoic Acid is a supplement that I take regularly. I fell a few years ago, and damaged my sciatic nerve. I was prescribed Gabapentin for the nerve pain, but as soon as possible, I got off that, and I am now taking ALA in place of the pharmaceutical drug. Better long term results, no side effects... a "win-win!" Plus, I get the added benefits mentioned in this article! New reasons discovered for supplementing with alpha lipoic acid "(NaturalNews) Alpha lipoic acid - a.k.a., ALA, linolenic acid, or a-lipoic acid - is a potent, versatile antioxidant that also serves to convert blood sugar into metabolic energy. Recent research has shown lipoic acid's power to help repair nerve damage and possibly protect against Alzheimer's as well as declining vision. And there…
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Ginger Helps Relieve Inflammation Markers in the Colon

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I have always been fascinated by Ginger as an herb. It has remarkable properties! It is well known as a remedy for travel sickness, nausea, and indigestion. Due to it's antispasmodic characteristic some people have used it to help ease menstrual cramps. In her book '10 Essential Herbs' author Lalitha Thomas describes the properties: 'The major active ingredients in ginger are terpenes (quite similar to the chemical action of turpentine) and an oleo-resin called ginger oil. These two, and other active ingredients in ginger, provide antiseptic, lymph-cleansing, circulation-stimulating, and mild constipation relief qualities along with a potent perspiration-inducing action that is quite effective in cleansing the system of toxins.' Ginger root reduces digestive inflammation markers to lower colon cancer risk "(NaturalNews) Since ancient times, ginger has a long tradition of…
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Yoga As a Treatment for Lower Back Pain

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Yoga may be beneficial in the treatment of lower back pain. A major study from the U.K., published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, saw a real improvement in movement, and a reduction of pain. Yoga Is Better for Back Pain Than Standard Medical Care, Study Finds "Yoga is better at treating lower back pain than conventional medical treatment, according to a large-scale British study published Tuesday. People with long-term back pain who undertook a 12-week course of yoga experienced more improved back function than those who received standard medical care, researchers from the University of York found. The study, published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, saw 156 patients take part in yoga classes while a control group of 157 patients received standard care from the U.K.'s…
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A Daily Cup of Coffee Might Help Fight Skin Cancer

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Once again, what we eat and drink can be a huge factor in determining our health. Coffee, in its most basic form, may be considered a food, or, an herb. And, it appears that among its many effects on our health, it might be protective when it comes to skin cancer. Daily coffee may lower your skin cancer risk Your morning coffee might do more than jump-start your day. Researchers say that daily caffeine jolt might also reduce your risk of developing a type of skin cancer. 'Our study indicates that coffee consumption may be an important option to help prevent basal cell carcinoma,' aid lead researcher Fengju Song, a postdoctoral fellow in the department of dermatology at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, 'Our study…
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Green Tea Fights Obesity

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Add to the many great benefits of Green Tea... helping reduce body fat! Green tea shown to fight obesity "(NaturalNews) Pennsylvania State University researchers have discovered yet another impressive property of green tea - it can slow down weight gain and counter obesity. This recent study analyzed the health development of a test group of obese mice that were fed a high-fat diet mixed with green tea extracts, and compared it to that of a control group of obese mice that were fed the same diet, without the green tea compounds. The mice in the test group gained weight at a much slower rate than the mice in the control group, and they appeared to be in better health overall. Assistant professor of food science in agricultural sciences, Joshua Lambert,…
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Psyllium for Cleansing the Colon

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The husk of the Psyllium plant (that surrounds the seeds) is a beneficial cleansing agent. If you want to clean out your colon, then psyllium is the way to do it! Psyllium expands to several times its original size when mixed with water. As it moves through your colon, it bulks up and softens your stool. In fact, you may notice that your stool will become darker, and thicker, when using psyllium. Natural health practioners believe that this is due to old fecal matter being dislodged and cleansed from your colon. Psyllium does not taste very good, but, fortunately, it can be combined with juices, to help make it more palentable. Some people can have allergic reactions to psyllium, so be careful using it! Start slow, and see how your…
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