It’s becoming more widely known that we should stop using plastic containers but why? Here are 7 freaky reasons why we should avoid them in our every day lives…
“Why is it that in a natural world our society has become so attached to unnatural products? People surround themselves with processed materials that require large machines and complicated pollution-producing processes when there are simple natural alternative all around them – and plastic is the worst offender.
Plastic poses a threat to humanity simply because it’s so versatile and used almost everywhere. Every year shoppers use more than 500 billion plastic bags – enough to wrap around the planet more than 4000 times. Over ten thousand pieces of plastic are flushed into the ocean every day, worsening water acidification and killing hundreds of thousands of animals every year.
Plastic doesn’t only harm our distant environment but it also impacts our everyday routines in ways that we hardly realize. The most common health threat of plastic use stems from an overlooked source – what we eat. As a matter of fact, the Subway franchise was only just recently forced to remove a plastic chemical from their bread!
Plastic Invades our Food and Drinks
Let’s suppose you’ve got your diet fine-tuned with healthy habits. Organic vegetables next to non-processed foods and plenty of vitamins and minerals. If you’re carrying the food in plastic containers and guzzling your water from a plastic bottle you’re eating habits might not be as safe as you thought.
Here are a few reasons for you to separate plastic from your eating habits ASAP: Read More→
Have you ever wondered if you had poor blood circulation? It is something that can easily be overlooked but can immensely affect your health. This article shows you the 14 warning signs of poor blood circulation, both physical and visible signs!
From the day you were born your body has worked constantly to circulate more than five liters of blood through your body. Your arteries and veins are like highways for blood transportation. This helps your organs function, delivers nutrients and hormones, regulates your PH, and contributes to essentially every bodily process. Like highways, they require maintenance and care to function properly.
What is Low Blood Circulation?
Somebody with poor blood circulation receives insufficient amounts of blood to certain parts of the body. Plaque buildup and other factors slow the blood down and limit the effectiveness of transportation to the legs, arms, heart, and other important areas.
There are several life habits, medical conditions, and behaviors that make an individual susceptible to this issue. Smoking, pregnancy, eating disorders, and weight gain are just a few of many ways someone can become vulnerable to this condition.
Poor circulation affects people of all ages and if left untreated can cause serious damage to your brain, heart, liver, kidney and limbs. It’s most common in elderly people but should be taken seriously at any age.
Poor blood circulation is a danger because of its silent nature. It can be easy to overlook in its early stage and only found once it has worsened. The following symptoms are common indicators of a weakened circulatory process. Read More→
So much of today’s focus is finding the cure after you have already gotten sick, but why not focus on staying healthy in the first place. EcoHealth & Wellness focuses on preventative medicine and what you can do daily to be the healthiest possible you. Dr. Tiffany Jackson, owner of EcoHealth and Wellness, specializes in private consults, offering you sage advice about possible options of achieving better overall wellness with small, but high impact life changes.
To learn more about her services visit her website at www.ecohealthwellness.com and click on the services tab. Many people have already discovered what it truly means to feel good thanks to her services and would recommend it to others.
One idea for helping yourself is to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet to receive their beneficial antioxidant properties. while we often here this statement it is not always easy to implement this change into your diet based on taste preferences, but here are two tasty recipes from the preventative medicine center, which taste great.
Sautéed Vegetables with Sweet & Sour Sauce
- Chinese cabbage, cut into thin diagonals
- Carrots, cut into thin flowers
- Lotus root, sliced matchsticks
- Kale, cut thin
- Yellow squash, sliced matchsticks
- Mushrooms, sliced thin
- Place a small amount of water into a hot skillet.
- Add vegetables and sauté on high heat until they are tender yet crisp and still remaining their bright colors.
Sweet & Sour Sauce
Ingredients: *What are these foods?
- 1/2 cup apple juice
- 1 tablespoons shoyu soy sauce*
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar*
- 1-2 tablespoons kuzu*, diluted in cold water
- Sprouts, as a garnish
- Mix apple juice, shoyu and rice vinegar together in a pot.
- Dilute kuzu with a small amount of water and add to the pot.
- Simmer juice until it thickens slightly into a sauce and becomes clear.
- Pour hot sauce over sautéed vegetables and mix to coat all vegetables.
- Add sprouts as a garnish.
Amasake Fruit Smoothies
- 1 quart amasake
- Strawberries, blueberries or fresh fruit of your choice
- Place amasake into a blender with fresh fruit to taste. Blend as is or you can add a few ice cubes and then blend.
- Garnish with a mint sprig and serve cool with a straw. Enjoy the refreshing all natural, dairyless milkshake.
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Being a vegan may have seem easier than it looked but there are many facets to transitioning to a healthy vegan lifestyle. Read this article to discover how to eat a healthy vegan diet, consume enough protein, and plan your diet.
“Congratulations! You are now a vegan! Now what? You, like millions of others, have taken a huge step in an effort to improve your health, minimize animal cruelty, and maybe become closer to religious beliefs and ideologies, or possibly all of the above. Making the decision to become vegan isn’t the challenging part for the majority.
It’s maintaining a vegan diet, especially a healthy vegan diet that can prove the most demanding for many. But if you’re thinking that it’s impossible to live without animal products, think again. All it takes is a little forethought. In order to make a lifelong switch to a healthy vegan lifestyle, several items need to be considered.
Eat a Healthy Vegan Diet
A vegan diet is free from any and ALL animal products including meat, milk, eggs, yogurt, cheese, even foods processed with animal products such as gelatin. What remains in the typical vegan diet and forms the basis for most vegan meals are whole grains, beans, legumes, vegetables, fruit and nuts. What a delicious and healthful existence this is! Just because your new vegan diet is void of animal products doesn’t mean that it may not be littered with poor food choices, void of all natural vitamins, that can prove even more harmful to your health, such as sugar, artificial sweeteners, white flour and processed food items. There is a high risk of a vegan diet going awry and morphing into an unhealthy hodgepodge. Some may justify, “Okay, no more steak” “But am I going to eat that box of cookies!” In fact, a vegan diet can be downright unhealthy if your diet consists of doughnuts and coffee for breakfast, a diet soda and French fries for lunch, and a frozen veggie burger with huge bag of chips for dinner. Diets like this can lead to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and strokes, to name a few. Not much different than our animal product eating counterparts. Diets such as this also undermine the true intent and lifestyle of the vegan diet. In order to reap the health benefits of a vegan diet sugar, sweeteners, bad fats and the like need to be kept to a minimum, and ideally, omitted. Otherwise, the substitution of animal products for more sugar and more processed foods will likely have little positive impact on your health. Read More→
As mentioned in this month’s newsletter, lycopene is helpful in the prevention of prostate cancer. Studies show that 15 mg of lycopene a day for six months proved helpful in prostate health. Read this article to discover the effects and benefits of lycopene on your body. EcoHealth and Wellness store also sells a supplement which includes 20 mg of lycopene for prostate health. Buy it here!
“Lycopene is an antioxidant carotene that is responsible for the red color of tomatoes, one of the primary food sources in people’s diets. Unlike beta carotene, lycopene does not potentially convert to vitamin A. Various studies have indicated that lycopene is associated with less occurrences of prostate cancer. Several new studies pinpoint precise mechanisms that explain why lycopene is a helpful nutrient for men who wish to reduce their risk for prostate cancer.
Almost two decades ago researchers showed that lycopene had potent anti-cancer properties, reducing insulin-like growth factors that are common driving forces in male and female hormone related cancers.
In 2002 researchers from Harvard Medical School evaluated the lycopene intake of 47,365 men over a 10-year period, looking at the relationship of lycopene intake and the risk for developing prostate cancer. They found a 16 percent risk reduction for tomato consumption in general and a 24 percent risk reduction for tomato sauce consumption, as lycopene is liberated from vegetable fiber in cooked tomato products. Several years later researchers at Harvard School of Public Health identified that higher blood levels of lycopene were associated with a 53 percent risk reduction for prostate cancer in men aged 65 and older.
One small human study showed that 30 mg of lycopene supplementation per day for 30 days, prior to prostate cancer surgery, shrank the growth of prostate cancer and reduced their prostate specific antigen (PSA) by 18 percent. Another study in men with prostate cancer showed that 30 mg of lycopene per day prevented their PSA from rising further, leading researchers to conclude that lycopene “may delay progression of both hormone-refractory and hormone-sensitive prostate cancer.” Read More→