Health

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It’s not all that hard to grow lemons from seed. They love being outdoors in warm areas, but they can also remain indoors as houseplants that bear fruit. pretty neat, huh? Not just that, but it’s a good looking indoor plant too. Here’s how to do it.

Step 1

Slice up the lemon and pick out the seeds. Rinse those seeds with warm water and use a towel to wipe off as much of the pulp as you can to prevent rotting. The seeds will need to be planted immediately afterward. Do not dry them out.

Step 2

Plant the seeds about a half inch deep in potting soil. Moisten the soil a bit. Cover the pot with plastic wrap and keep it moist. Check the moisture level daily.

Step 3

Once sprouted after about a month or two, keep the plant in sunlight. As much sunlight as you can. It’ll take time to outgrow the cup. Let it do its thing.

Step 4

As the tree outgrows its pot, plant in a new, larger one.

After that, you can decide how large you want the tree to get based on the size of the pot. They’ll grow fairly large even in a smaller pot. You’ll want to do a fertilization of the plant once or twice a year too to keep it healthy. I recommend fish emulsion.

Enjoy!

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A new study shows that prescription pharmaceutical drugs cause more overdoses and deaths than all illegal drugs on the market combined. The government’s own statistics, listed on the CDC website, asserts that deaths related to pharmaceutical drugs rose by about 23,000 last year alone, which accounts for half the total overdose deaths for that period of time.

Another recent study conducted at the Universities of Virginia and Arkansas, as well as with the Partnership for Drug Free Kids, found that:

Teens need help before they reach these tipping points for prescription drug abuse. Adults spotting teens with very high levels of anxiety and at least moderate use of other restricted substances should realize that these are students with a high likelihood of prescription abuse. Male teens with a high need to be popular and teens in general appear to be at exceptional risk. Campaigns must target parents as well, since they clearly underestimate both the physical risks of prescription drugs and the likelihood that their children will abuse these drugs.”

The study notes that teens often first encounter these drugs to treat the high stress environment created by schools and our culture. These students are prescribed drugs to cope with stress, as well as amphetamines like Adderall or tranquilizers like Xanax.

Another study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) highlighted this phenomena, pointing out that:

Prescription drugs are seen as blessed by a trusted institution, the FDA, while increasingly aggressive advertising by drug companies simultaneously floods parents and children with messages that these substances are safe, popular, and beneficial.”

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Tilapia is America’s universal go-to for fish. It’s inexpensive, it lacks a particularly fishy taste, it’s boneless, skinless, and you really can’t mess it up overcooking it. But could there be a dark side to tilapia? Forget the foreshadowing. Yes.

In the wild, tilapia eat a delicious diet of algae and various plants, but most of the tilapia in the store doesn’t come from the wild – they come from factory farms. At these farms, tilapia are fed an unnatural, unhealthy diet of GMO corn and soy pellets. But what’s the big deal?

For starters, farm-raised tilapia has been shown to cause aggravation in the body like asthma, joint inflammation, coronary disease, and a host of other problems. Tilapia has been found to be even more disastrous for your health than some of the more notorious meats like beef and pork.

Additionally, farmed fish contain ten times the normal amount of carcinogenic, or cancer causing, agents as fish found in the wild. It’s no different for tilapia. Plus, chicken poop is one of the primary ingredients in ranch fish feed. Do you really want to eat chicken sh*t in your fish? Because if you buy it from the store, you basically are.

Farm-bred fish also have higher amounts of pesticides in them. These pesticides are used to treat the fish for infections while being farmed and often remains contained in their bodies after harvesting.

Most concerning is the high level of Dioxin in farmed fish. Dioxin is a lethal substance that, once in your system, can take up to a decade to leave your body. Dioxin levels are 11 times higher in farmed fish than in wild fish.

So next time you’re at the store, it might be best for you to leave the tilapia on the shelf.

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Did you know that the bottoms of your feet are a direct entryway into your body through what Chinese doctors call meridians? Meridians are pathways to each organ in the body. Some argue that meridians don’t actually exist, but those who understand Chinese medicine recognize that meridians are closely related to the nervous system. And you have one of those, right? It’s basically the same thing.

The bottoms of your feet have a variety of different nerve endings. 7,000 to be precise. Those nerves link to a variety of different organs in the body. The electrical signals sent across these meridians often become dormant when you wear shoes. Stimulating those meridians is important. You can do so by grounding yourself with the earth’s negative ion field (stand outside without shoes on) or using onions.

One of the coolest ways to stimulate these meridians is with cut up onion or garlic in your socks (at the bottoms of your feet) while you sleep. Both bulbs are known as air purifiers and when applied to the skin, they kill germs and bacteria. Phosphoric acid also enters the blood stream and helps purify the blood. We don’t recommend reusing onions as they collect the germs and bacteria. We also don’t encourage eating the foot onions.

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It seems a little bit old fashioned, doesn’t it? Drinking from copper cups seems to be a dated practice. But it might be time to bring it back.

A study conducted back in 2012 revealed that water stored in copper cups has impressive health benefits, including antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-cancer, and anti-inflammatory properties. The study found that storing contaminated water in copper pots for 16 hours at room temperature reduces the presence of harmful microbes. This revelation has many talking up the usefulness of copper cups.

Another study showed that copper surfaces had 97% less bacteria that cause infection in humans, which resulted in a 40% reduction of infections caused by the hospital itself. Indian yogi, mystic, philanthropist said, “If you hold water in a copper bowl, preferably overnight or for at least four hours, the water takes certain qualities from the copper that are primarily good for your liver, but also for your health and energy in general.”

Other benefits include:

  • Digestive aid
  • Weight loss
  • Faster healing
  • Slows aging
  • Maintains better cardiovascular health
  • Fights cancer
  • Stimulates the brain
  • Regulates the thyroid
  • Protects melanin
  • Helps absorb iron
  • Cleanses kidneys

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Does your child often play with laptops, tablets or your smart phone? You might want to rethink that. Research is showing that exposing young children to these technologies actually harms them by keeping them from immersion into critical factors for development, behavior and learning. What else do we have to be concerned about?

Tablets impact brain growth. 

Between birth and the age, the brain triples in size and continues to rapidly develop until the age of 21 years. This requires a wide array of stimulation that doesn’t involve exposure to the technologies mentioned above. In some cases, these technologies cause cognitive delays, impaired learning and increased impulsivity.

Delayed social development. 

Toddlers who use things like iPads often have delayed social skills development like talking and academic achievement.

Obesity. 

This one should be a no-brainer. 1 in 4 Canadian children and 1 in 3 American children are overweight or obese. These devices often make our kids live more sedentary lives. That equals weight gain.

Sleep deprivation. 

Also not surprising. It’s not uncommon for kids to stay up too late playing computer games.

“Digital Dementia.” 

High speed media content contributes to attention deficits and decreased concentration. This is caused by “brain pruning” of neuronal tracks in the frontal cortex.

Increased addiction risk. 

These technologies often detach parents from children. It’s been shown that when parental attachment is absent, the chances of addiction grows, particularly to the technology they’re addicted to.

Radiation exposure. 

The WHO classified cell phones as a possible carcinogen due to the radiation they emit. In 2013, Dr. Anthony Miller from the University of Toronto’s School of Public Health recommends that based on research, radio frequency exposure should be reclassified as probably carcinogen.

Eye strain. 

Spending too much time in front of screens can be a strain on the eyes of anyone, but kids especially. Kids can develop computer vision syndrome, which is a type of eye strain. If your kids do use these technologies, restrict them to 30 minutes at a time.

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If you’re going to keep eating sugar, there are some health risks you should know about. Sure, sweet stuff sometimes is fine, but there’s a lot of research that indicates that sugar is not good for our health. Here are some things to consider about sugar.

1. Sugar isn’t food

It offers your body calories but has a low nutritional value and your body doesn’t need it in order to survive.

2. Sugar is loaded with calories

Those calories often times will be stored on your body as fat.

3. Sugar increases anxiety

There is a real connection between the amount of sugar in your body and anxiety and depression.

4. Sugar causes diabetes

Among other ailments like heart and kidney disease. Excess sugar hinders the ability of the pancreas.

5. Sugar slowly wears down your teeth

Sugar can wear down your enamel and cause cavities.

6. Sugar hinders the immune system

This is especially bad during winter cold and flu season.

7. Sugar creates wrinkles

Or at least high amounts of sugar. Sugar destroys collagen.

8. Sugar upsets the mineral relationships that take place in your body.

9. Sugar causes imbalances with your body’s enzymes.

10. Sugar can weaken your tendons. 

11. Sugar can cause hormonal imbalances 

For example, increased estrogen in men. Sugar also aggravates PMS in women.

12. Sugar increases your blood pressure.

13. Too much sugar damages the pancreas over time.

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Getting enough sleep is profoundly important to our overall health. When you don’t sleep enough, your memory can be impacted, you’re more likely to be involved in an accident, and you’re not as sharp as you might otherwise be. But there’s more to it than just getting sleep, but you should consider the position in which you sleep and the impact it has on your health.

What way do you usually sleep?

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Your liver is a tenacious, hard working organ. It’s responsible for vital functions that are essential to a healthy life, like making bile, filtering toxins from the body, building protein, and producing all of the biochemicals needed for digestion. And it doesn’t even take a day off! Your liver is quite the trooper.

But as tough as the organ is, it’s not immune to damage and disease. Liver damage occurs fairly gradually over the years. Some of the most common causes of damage are:

  • Excess drinking
  • Malnutrition
  • Hepatitis
  • Exposure to chemicals
  • Overuse of medication
  • Iron and copper disorders
  • Liver cancer
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes

I don’t recommend trying to self diagnose problems, which is why you should always consult a physician. if you suspect you have a problem with your liver, don’t hesitate. Here are some of the signs to look for:

  1. General abdominal pain where the liver is located; upper right of the belly under the ribs.
  2. Fatigue and confusion.
  3. Blood in the stool, diarrhea or constipation.
  4. Unusually itchy skin.
  5. Jaundice, or a yellowing of the eyes.
  6. Dark yellow urine.
  7. Nausea and vomiting
  8. Loss of appetite and weight loss
  9. Swollen abdomen or legs
  10. Bleeding and bruising more easily than normal
  11. Sex hormone imbalances

Seek medical attention if you feel fatigued or weak and have lost weight suddenly or if you have jaundice, a persistent fever, abdominal pain and vomiting. Don’t mess around with liver disease.

Meanwhile, what can we do to make sure our livers stay healthy? A lot, as it turns out.

  1. Cut back on your drinking to start with. Limit your alcohol intake.
  2. Limit your caffeine intake as well
  3. Quit smoking if you do smoke.
  4. Drink plenty of water to help flush toxins from the body.
  5. Drink herbal teas and fruit smoothies. Green tea is especially helpful.
  6. Eat berries.
  7. Avoid fatty, processed and junk foods.
  8. Maintain a healthy body weight.
  9. Eat more garlic.
  10. Don’t abuse over the counter or prescription medication! Follow the instructions for dosing.

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Did you know that some 60 million Americans suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome, which is basically a blanket term to describe a variety of bowel issues? Conventional medicine has yet to come up with a definitive cure, but you certainly can treat the underlying causes of of your stomach distress. Dr. Mark Hyman outlines 5 steps you can take to overcome IBS and heal your digestive system.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a fairly common gut disorder. The cause of it is unknown and the symptoms are typically varied. Some experience abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea or constipation, and overall feelings of unwellness. It depends from person to person Additionally, 1 in 5 people in the United Kingdom also develop IBS at some point in their lives.

Taking steps to live a healthy, active life and eating the right foods may also help you in preventing and treating this disorder.

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