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Five Health Measures That Will Prompt Insurers To Lower Your Life Insurance Rates

Health insurance is an expensive necessity. And for some of us, life insurance is more expensive than for others. Since the late 80s, health insurance companies have been charging people with certain avoidable risk factors more than others. The logic makes sense from an insurers point of view. Those habits will cause you to develop more illnesses that doctors will have to pay for. Here are a few changes that you can make in your life to lower your blood pressure.

Lower Your Body Mass Index

One way that health insurance companies calculate your insurance premium is by your Body Mass Index or BMI. In the United States, you are considered overweight according to the United States government. If your BMI is over 30, then you are considered obese. People with BMIs over 40 are considered morbidly obese.

The higher your BMI, the more weight-related medical problems your health insurance will have to cover. Different insurance companies have different scales for raising rates according to BMI. But the general rule is that people with BMIs over 30 pay higher premiums. If you can reduce your BMI to a health number through diet and exercise, your insurance (Read More....)

6 Natural Treatments for Indigestion and Heartburn

Flavorful food is always appreciated. However, many times that delicious taste treat can leave you with a feeling of distress and discomfort–indigestion and/or heartburn–that last far longer than the pleasure you got when you ate it. If not treated, that sensation can even approach the level of actual pain. Following are a few natural treatments for indigestion and heartburn.

Avoid Spicy Foods

One of the best natural treatments for indigestion and heartburn is probably the best advice you can give or get for anything that is potentially dangerous or painful–avoid it. Spicy foods are apt to cause indigestion and heartburn. Not eating the type of food that could cause you the misery associated with indigestion and heartburn is the best way to avoid the pain. Of course, people react differently to various foods. Some people can eat the spiciest food you can imagine, on a regular basis, and not experience any discomfort. Others suffer greatly from nothing more than a few small bites, or from foods that others don’t think have any taste at all. If you are one of the people who fall into the (Read More....)

Natural Ways To Reduce The Risk Of Diabetes

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 25 million American children and adults suffer from diabetes. This alarmingly common disorder comes with a host of side effects that may include poor circulation, uncontrollable weight gain, fatigue, reduced immunity to illness and even cancer. At the very least, untreated diabetes can dramatically shorten one’s lifespan. Fortunately, diabetes also happens to be one of the most easily treated diseases in this modern age.

Here are five natural ways to reduce the risk of diabetes….

An Apple a Day 

While many people consider apples to be bland and boring, these humble fruits offer significant diabetes help. Apples contain large amounts of the mineral chromium, which is essential for healthy glucose levels. When blood sugar levels get too high, an apple will help bring them back to a reasonable level. It also does this when blood sugar gets too low.

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How Turning To Organic Can Benefit Your Family

Changing towards organic food can be a big step when you’ve got a family. Organic food is often harder source, and may require that extra bit of effort to locate – although most small and large supermarkets are now including more organic ranges on their shelves.
For many of us, the benefits of turning organic are confusing, or we just overlook them. We’d rather opt for convenience than spend the extra few minutes searching for the organic counterpart on the shelf. But the benefits of using and buying organic products shouldn’t be overlooked at all. Here we’ll outline just a few of ways your family can benefit from turning organic.

1.    You’re setting a good example

Buying organic food, and explaining to your children why you’re doing so – is a great way to introduce these good eating habits to them gently. Make it into a game with them, when you visit the supermarket. Set them challenges to find the organic label or the organic products

– it’ll be fun whilst also setting a great example to follow as they get older. I think buying organic or free range is especially important when ordering meat of (Read More....)

How to Make Organic Baby Food

Making your own organic baby food is a lot easier than you might think, and what could be better for your baby than good, wholesome, pesticide-free food prepared by a parent’s loving hands? In very little time, you can prepare an entire week’s or month’s supply of organic baby food with everything on the menu–a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and grains. If you want to give your baby the best of the best when it comes to baby food, follow these step-by-step instructions on how to make it yourself–it can be done right in your very own kitchen.

Select Organic Ingredients

Before you get started making baby food, you need to gather an assortment of organic foods including fruits, vegetables, meats or other proteins, and grains. Check out your local supermarkets, health food stores, and farmers markets to find organic foods to feed your baby.

Do Some Prep Work

Now that you have a variety of organic foods to work with, you’ll need to do a little prep work. Wash all fruits and vegetables, taking care to remove all seeds, pits, peelings, stems, or any other parts that you don’t your baby to eat. Rinse all beans and grains that you’ll be using, and remove the skin and trim the fat away from meats. Cut vegetables and meats into smaller chunks to speed up cooking time.

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Buy Local, Buy Organic, Join a CSA

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has been a viable alternative model for food production and acquisition for many years. Begun in the 1960s in Europe and Japan under the influence of Rudolf Steiner, CSAs provide consumers with ready access to farm-fresh produce and products while building strong community ties that foster shared risks and benefits.

Picture Credit-Grant Family Farms CSA

Benefits for Farmers

For farmers, the benefits of offering shares in the form of weekly produce boxes for member subscribers are multiple. With the opportunity to market the product early in the season, the farmer can focus on production during the peak season, secure in the knowledge that she has already sold the majority of her produce.

CSAs also build a strong community tie for farmers who not only become personally acquainted with (Read More....)