Almonds are not only delicious, they’re also effective for managing blood sugar levels for Type 2 diabetics.

Almonds Benefit Type 2 Diabetics

A meta-review of 12 similar studies showed a daily intake of about ½ cup (2 ounces) of tree nuts over an eight week time period significantly reduces HemoglobinA1c and fasting glucose in individuals with type 2 diabetes. Tree nuts include almonds, Brazil nuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pistachios, pecans, and cashews. This is not only great news for diabetics, but also non-diabetics since blood sugar spikes aren’t healthy for anyone.

A Few Reasons Tree Nuts Benefit Type 2 Diabetics

Tree nuts may be effective at helping diabetics for a few reasons.

First, the nuts replace simple carbohydrate choices which are known to spike your blood sugar.

Second, tree nuts are digested and absorbed more slowly due to their fat, fiber, and protein content. This slower absorption in turn slows down the conversion to blood glucose. This is a good thing! Go her...

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Are You Eating Parabens?

8/24/2014 12:02 AM

If you’ve been reading the product labels when shopping, you might have encountered parabens; if you use cosmetics, you almost certainly have. They're quite common in shampoos, makeups, and conditioners, but you might not be aware that they're used as a food preservative as well.

What Are Parabens?

Parabens, primarily methylparaben, propylparaben, and butylparaben, are artificially created compounds used in small amounts as a preservative in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and, yes, some foods and beverages. Chemically, parabens are esters of p-hydroxybenzoic acid.

Parabens possess bactericidal and fungicidal properties, and they’re inexpensive to produce, which makes them popular as preservatives. This effectiveness and cheapness makes they attractive as food preservatives, and their use in American foods has grown almost thirty-fold since 1970.

Some parabens do occur naturally, such as those found in grapefruit seed extract and some wines, but as a rule, they're man-made.

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What Are Cell Salts?

8/22/2014 6:00 AM

What are Cell Salts??? Great question!

Cell salts are made from the twelve minerals essential to your body's functions. They include forms of calcium, potassium, magnesium, sodium, iron, and silica, which work at the cellular level. There are 12 individual cell salts and each is geared toward healing specific emotional and physical symptoms and ailments. There is also a combination of 12 cell salts available which is called “Bioplasma”. It has all 12 cell salts in each tablet to provide overall cell support. Very cool, right?! Another great thing about cell salts is they are natural and considered homeopathic. 

What is Homeopathy? 

It is a natural approach to medicine that stimulates the body’s curative responses so the body heals itself. It has been proven effective for 200+ years!

Safety, Interactions, Age?

Homeopathic medicines are generally considered safe, generally lack side effects, and can be taken by nearly anyone at any time, from infants to the elderly, including people taking o...

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Honey is one of those amazing things that nature and bees provide. The golden sweet-smelling stuff doesn’t just taste great, it also contains a wealth of health-promoting properties. Its minerals, vitamins and antioxidants make honey a wonderful topical treatment for healthy skin and hair. Check out some of these uses below. Whenever possible, purchase locally produced honey that is raw, meaning it hasn’t been heated, which can kill its active ingredients. Most farmers’ markets offer local, raw honey.

Pimples and acne. The naturally occurring antibacterial benefits of honey can help kill bacteria and work to quell inflammation. Apply raw honey to freshly washed pimples and leave on overnight.

Intense pimple treatment. The UK Honey Association offers this treatment for pimples: Blend 2 teaspoons honey, ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt and 1 teaspoon turmeric to a thick paste. Apply only to the pimple and leave overnight. Wash your face as usual.

Minor wounds. Honey actually emits bacteria-killing ...

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Cell Salt #12: Silicea

8/19/2014 6:00 AM

Do your nails break easily? Do your you have horrible foot sweat?! Have an infection you need help with? If YES, then Silicea is for you! 

Silicea is the twelfth of twelve cell salts. It is also known as Silicic acid or silica. This cell salt is made from rock crystals.

Where is Silicea found?

It is found in our bones, teeth, hair, nails, glands, skin, and mucus membranes.

What is Silicea used for? 

HOMEOPATHIC LANCET:

#1 remedy for removing foreign objects from the body. Silica has a reputation as the “homeopathic lancet” because it hastens the pus-formation process. For example, boils or abscesses that are painful but not discharging yet. Give after a splinter has become embedded, and it will help the foreign body to be “evicted!” It helps with infections and post-surgical scars that are inflamed, painful, and slow to heal. Helps with acne with a lot of pus, leaving pock marks. Dental abscesses and infections of the gums.

STAMINA:

Use after surgery to help get strength back. Someone who has ...

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Does cold, damp weather often make you sick? This is just one of the many symptoms Nat Sulph can help with! Nat Sulph is the eleventh of the twelve cell salts.

This cell salt is associated with the color GREEN! Whether it be a greenish coating on the tongue, green mucus, or green stools, Nat Sulph will help.

Where is Natrum Sulphuricum found? 

Natrum Sulph is found primarily in the head and liver.

Here are some of the many uses for Natrum Sulph:

LIVER:

Toxic Liver, liver problems, acute and chronic Hepatitis, and bile flow problems in the liver and gallbladder. Someone who has never been well since Hepatitis. Diarrhea in the morning after getting up.

ASTHMA:  

Asthma which worsens with dampness; awakening at night with asthma attacks. Asthma in children. Yellow-green sinusitis. Must hold chest when coughing.

HEADACHE:

A good remedy for headaches...headache from sunlight, headache after head injury (after swelling is gone).

EMOTIONAL SYMPTOMS:

Feelings of confusion, feelings of periodic sadness, fe...

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