Nutraceuticals are health-giving substances derived from food or part of a food and are used to prevent and treat diseases. An article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal defined these substances as “foods that provide more than simple nutrition; they supply additional physiological benefit to the consumer.”
Nutraceutical labels list many beneficial ingredients, including soy protein, dietary fiber, probiotics, and phytoestrogens. Like pharmaceutical drugs and vitamins, each individual nutraceutical has particular uses and benefits. Several popular nutraceuticals are ALA, glucosamine, and red rice yeast. Let’s consider these three substances, and the benefits of nutraceuticals will become clearer.
ALA or lipoic acid is a naturally-occurring antioxidant found in every cell of the body. The body manufacturers ALA itself, and it is also found in red meat, yeast, and organ meats. This popular nutraceutical creates energy by converting the glucose in the body. This lowers blood sugar, alleviates the pain of (Read More....)
Keep Stray Cats Away With Natural Outdoor Repellents-By Ray Carboni
The growing number of stray and feral cats in the United States is becoming a serious problem. The Feral Cat Coalition estimates that the number of stray cats exceeds 60 million. In addition to the tens of millions already roaming the streets, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that another 5 million domesticated cats are abandoned each year. With more than 65 million stray cats on the loose; it’s important to protect your home and garden.
The Difference Between a Stray Cat and a Feral Cat:
A stray cat is a cat with a home, somewhere. Some owners allow their cats to wander about freely; other strays have traveled too far and don’t know how to get home. Either way, theses types of cats are domesticated. Feral cats, however, are usually abandoned cats. The offspring of abandoned cats are not domesticated, but they are comfortable living near human populations.
Common Problems Associated With Stray and Feral Cats:
Lawn and Garden Destruction: It’s hard to keep a flowerbed clean or healthy when it’s being used as a litter box. Stray cats are also notorious for digging through garbage cans, shredding trash, and emptying coy ponds.
Reduction of Bird Population: The overpopulation of undomesticated (Read More....)
The importance of supporting local organic farms to promote community health
By Scott Humphrey
Consumers have many health concerns about food today. Food products can be genetically modified, irradiated or covered in pesticides. Fortunately, consumers can use food product labels to make sure that their food is safe. By shopping at local organic farms, buyers are guaranteed safe and healthy food while contributing to a vibrant and healthy community.
Local organic farms are by far safer than food that has been shipped from larger farms. Local organic farms will not use dangerous pesticides, and their crops will be diversified to control potential threats and to ensure quality. You can support local farms by investing in a Community Supported Agriculture farm, where you pay a regular fee to “subscribe” to baskets of fresh produce delivered to your door. You could also shop at local farmers’ markets if you want more freedom in what you can buy. These fruits and vegetables will be fresh and healthy.
Many households these days are going green and putting systems into place to reduce the household’s impact on the environment. Even after you’ve started recycling and doing some small things to run a greener home, there are always more changes you can make. In addition to reducing your environmental footprint, many changes save you money as well, which is a big added perk.
Cleaning With Green Products
Most conventional cleaning products include synthetic chemicals that not only harm the environment when you use them, but also require complicated processes to create the cleaners in the first place. There are actually several natural cleaners that work well and reduce your environmental impact. Baking soda is a great deodorizer and works well as an abrasive cleaner for tough jobs. Plain white vinegar has antibacterial properties and, when diluted with water, is a perfect multi-purpose cleaner to use on countertops, floors, windows and other surfaces. If you want to add a little bit of scent, use natural essential oils rather than synthetic fragrances.
Avoiding Unnecessary Plastic and Paper Use
Rather than just recycling the plastic and paper (Read More....)
Finding the best organic food products can be a challenge. But, with due diligence and a dogged refusal to take anything for granted, you can make wise choices when purchasing organic products. Here are nine tips for ensuring the quality of the organic products you buy:
1. Look for the USDA Certified Organic seal on the food label. Seeing the word “Organic” on the label isn’t enough. According to the National Organic Program’s Organic Standards, products bearing the USDA Certified Organic seal must contain at least 95% percent organic ingredients.
2. Look beyond the food manufacturer’s front-label claims. An article in Organic Lifestyle Magazine, entitled, “How to Read and Understand Food Labels: Ingredients to Avoid,” cautions readers, “The first thing to remember when it comes to reading labels is to read the whole thing. Ignore labels on the front of the packaging that say natural or organic. Read the actual ingredients.” The ingredient label should state which ingredients are organic.
3. Make sure the products contain zero trans-fats: hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils. Partially hydrogenated fats are, in fact, even worse, health-wise, than fully hydrogenated fats – a fact that would seem rather counterintuitive. Adding trans-fats to organic products (Read More....)