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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What Is The Ketogenic Diet?

8/17/2014 6:00 AM

Do you feel hungry all the time or have an irrefutable craving for sweets? Do you need to lose weight? Do you or someone you know suffer from autism, epilepsy, or type 2 diabetes? If so, the ketogenic diet may be worth considering.

What Is the Ketogenic Diet?

Believe it or not, the ketogenic diet has been in use since the 1920’s, so it definitely isn’t a fad diet.

It emphasizes foods rich in natural fats, is adequate in protein, and restricts foods high in carbohydrate (sugars and starches). While the standard American diet (SAD) contains 45-65% of calories from carbohydrate, ketogenic diets restrict carbohydrate intake to about 2-4% of calories (this is 20 grams of carb per day on a 2000 calorie diet).

This nutrient spread may sound a lot like the Atkins diet, and although they are both low carbohydrate diets, a ketogenic diet is NOT a high protein diet. It's a high fat diet with a moderate protein intake and a very low carbohydrate allowance—lower than the Atkins diet. A typical ketogeni...

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Anti-inflammatory foods may have the capability to reduce inflammation when they're eaten as part of an overall health diet.

Of course, the opposite of that is true, too -- inflammatory foods might trigger your body's inflammatory response, potentially increasing your risk of chronic disease. Especially if you eat too much heavily processed, non-nutritious foods on a regular basis.

Okay, so how exactly do you get started on an anti-inflammatory diet?  

The quick start method is simply to double up your servings of fruits and vegetables at every meal -- you can't go wrong there. Divide your plate into quarters -- at least half should be filled with green, and other colorful veggies or fruits.

Here's a quick look at the fruits and vegetables that have anti-inflammatory potential:

Fruits and Vegetables. Whole fruits, berries and vegetables, are all rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants and phytochemicals. Choose green and brightly colored vegetables and whole fruits, including these:...

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How To Soak Nuts

8/11/2014 6:00 AM

Eating a handful of nuts is a quick, tasty snack that’s convenient and easily portable. Nuts are also a great way to boost your energy and suppress your appetite, while also providing a healthy dose of protein and fat. But what many people don't know is properly preparing nuts can drastically improve the nutrition and digestibility of nuts. Is it better to soak nuts? Absolutely!

Benefits of Soaking Nuts

Soaking nuts is valuable for several reasons.

  • It neutralizes the natural enzyme inhibitors found in nuts, which are difficult for us to digest. 
  • Soaking also breaks down phytic acid and tannins which are “anti-nutrients” that bind to minerals like zinc, iron, magnesium, and calcium in our intestinal tract. Eliminating these anti-nutrients through soaking allows for greater absorption of the nut’s valuable nutrients and improves digestibility. 
  • Soaking also activates good enzymes that allow the full nutritional potential of nuts.
  • Advocates of soaking nuts will tell you an additional benefit of...
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If you suffer from red, scaly, dry patches of skin that are extremely itchy, you may have eczema. Also known as atopic dermatitis, eczema is an allergy-related skin condition common in young adults, children and infants. Simple measures can often help to minimize symptoms and provide relief. Instead of turning to the topical steroids often prescribed for eczema, which I believe suppress the problem and may worsen it over time, try the six suggestions below and see if they work for you. 
1. Eliminate cows' milk and all cows' milk products from your diet, as well as foods that contain partially hydrogenated vegetable oils which are a common source of trans fats. If this does not seem to improve the condition, you may consider a trial of gluten elimination.

2. Take 500 milligrams of black currant oil or evening primrose oil twice a day (half that dose for children younger than 12). These are sources of gamma-linolenic aid (GLA), an essential omega-6 fatty acid that promotes healthy growth ...
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Sea vegetables are a great source of vitamins, fiber, protein, and they offer a broad range of minerals. Here's a quick overview:

Nori is most often used as  sushi (or vegan sandwich) wrappers. It's usually dark green, or black in color. Nori is the Japanese term for various edible seaweed species of red algae.

  • It's made by shredding the sea vegetables and making them into what resembles sheets of paper. Japan, Korea, and China are the world's largest producers of nori, which grows very rapidly, and can be harvested within 45 days of its seeding. 
  • How to Use: Toasted nori makes a great snack or by using it as a wrap for a range of delicious fillings like cultured vegetables, quinoa salad, or various nut patés.

Kombu - Great for Soup. Kombu is an edible large seaweed that actually belongs to a family of brown algae. Over 90 percent of it is cultivated and harvested in Japan.

  • It's used extensively in Japanese cooking, particularly for dashi, which is a soup stock used to make miso soup.
  • How to...
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