by Terry Vanderheyden, ND
Goat milk is recognized worldwide as a health-promoting beverage. Whey, the liquid that remains once cream and protein are removed from milk, contains much of the nutritional value, having a very high mineral content. Consuming goat milk whey is acknowledged as a contributor to the longevity of Balkan centenarians, for example. (Wellmann 2005)
Pure Dehydrated Goat Whey
St. Francis Herb Farm®’s Mineral Matrix® is pure, low-temperature dehydrated goat whey – a highly concentrated whole-food source of more than 25 natural macro and trace minerals. Dr. Bernard Jensen, in his book, “Goat Milk Magic” professes that, “One of the best natural mineral supplements I know is pure dehydrated goat whey”. Minerals are divided into macro minerals (calcium, sodium and potassium), and trace minerals (zinc, selenium, manganese, etc). Mineral Matrix® contains a broad array of more than 20 naturally occurring minerals in a highly complex whole food form that our bodies recognize and utilize with ease. Because of its easy assimilation, Mineral Matrix® goes a long way towards helping correct diet-caused mineral deficiencies and pH imbalances,
especially excess acid accumulations, that contribute to disease and ill health. It is known that mineral requirements increase in pregnancy; specifically, iron, zinc, magnesium and selenium are all needed in greater quantities (Ladipo 2000).
Mineral Matrix® is from goats that are raised without pesticides, antibiotics or hormones on the pristine slopes of the mountainous Pacific Northwest. Hippocrates once said: “If you want to be well, get yourself a goat and live on the south side of the...
Do you want to be happier, healthier, and smarter? I have just the prescription for you: add a daily dose of nature to your routine.
Outdoor physical activities can increase energy and fitness levels while reducing fatigue, depression, and obesity.
Over the past decade, researchers from fields as diverse as biology, psychiatry, engineering, horticulture, neuroscience, and medicine have realized what most of us know intuitively: nature is good for our health and wellbeing. These experts have discovered countless links between time spent outdoors and cognitive, physical, and emotional development.
Studies show that enjoying a natural setting—like a park, beach, wetland, or forest—can reduce blood pressure, anxiety, and stress levels. Exposure to nature can help you sleep well and increase vigour and liveliness. It can even boost your immune system.
In their new book Your Brain on Nature, naturopath Alan Logan and Harvard physician Eva Selhub cite dozens of studies that demonstrate the health benefits of the natural world. They even refer to outdoor physical activity as “exercise squared” because it can increase energy and fitness levels while reducing fatigue, depression, and obesity.
Melissa Lem, a family doctor and member of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, says exposure to nature is vitally important for kids. She suggests that time spent with flora and fauna is essential for healthy psychological and physical development in children. In a recent Docs Talk column she points to studies that show daily doses of “green time” can be used to prevent and treat conditions like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder,...
By Dr. Mercola
Your diet certainly has an impact on your appearance; your weight, complexion, muscle mass, nail strength, hair luster, and even your susceptibility to wrinkles and other signs of premature aging are all influenced by the foods you eat.
So your food choices can certainly lead to a sexier you.
But now researchers have revealed that beneficial bacteria known as probiotics may impart even more sexiness to those who consume them — eating probiotic-rich yogurt, in fact, gave mice far more than shiny fur … it gave them “swagger.”
Can Eating Probiotics Give You “Swagger”?
Writing in the journal Scientific American, researchers noted that mice fed probiotic-rich yogurt had a certain “swagger,” which was caused by the males projecting their testes outward. This was done, the article notes, because the testicles of the yogurt-consuming mice were 5 percent heavier than those of mice fed typical diets, and 15 percent heavier than those of mice fed a junk-food diet.i
This wasn’t only an aesthetic effect, as the yogurt-eating males also inseminated their partners faster and had more offspring. The female yogurt-eating mice also experienced a benefit; they gave birth to larger litters and were more likely to raise their pups successfully. The probiotic-rich diet also impacted the mice fur, leaving it shinier and silkier, with 10 times the active follicle density compared to the other mice. The researchers noted:
” … the probiotic microbes in the yogurt help to make the animals leaner and healthier, which indirectly improves sexual machismo.”
Harvard researchers are currently investigating the impact...
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Indigestion….it seems like a simple and harmless symptom that we may suffer from occasionally, but for some it has become a daily annoyance. In my practice I help people who’s indigestion is more than just an annoyance…it effects every moment of their day. Ranging from heartburn to painful bloating and diarrhea, my clients are desperate to find relief. Can you believe that over 30% of us suffer from one or multiple digestive issues? This may seem like a surprisingly high number, but indigestion isn’t usually seen as proper dinner conversation (except in my house) and most suffer in silence.
Over the next few months I’m going to highlight different forms of indigestion and we’ll look at how they develop, how they affect the body, and how to reverse these symptoms. Let’s take it from the top and start with heartburn…otherwise known as Acid Reflux or GERD.
Many of us suffer from heartburn, and sadly, we’re led to believe that our acid levels are too high and we need to reduce the acid to find relief. The problem is the majority of heartburn symptoms are actually from having too little acid in the stomach.
There is a sphincter at the top of the stomach that closes when the stomach becomes very acidic (around a pH of 2). What happens to many of us is our stomach contents stay at a higher pH (i.e., around 4), which is still quite acidic, but not acidic enough to close this sphincter. All it takes...
Right off the bat I need to admit to something – I tend to become, well, I guess “passionate” is the polite way of describing it, when discussing food. I get quite frustrated with all of the media and advertising surrounding what is healthy and what isn’t.
But you might be thinking, this product has the “Health Check” symbol on it so it must be healthy? No, no it does not.
If a food says it’s healthy, it probably isn’t.
I say this quite a lot, and it pretty much sums up all my frustration with the food industry. What do I mean by this? Let me explain with a few examples:
The next time you’re at the grocery store, swing by the Kraft Dinner section and check out the new addition to the pretty blue box. Yup, that’s a “Sensible Solutions” symbol on it. Kraft has let us know that if you make this incredibly processed food product with skim milk and margarine (2 more incredibly processed food products), then according to their standards, it’s a healthy choice! Or, as they like to call it, a “better-for-you” choice. Wow, thanks for letting us know Kraft!
This processed food product is a pet peeve of mine, especially the “healthy” margarines. You know, the ones with the “Health Check” symbol on it. That symbol costs a lot of money and they’re very proud of it. (btw, the standards aren’t nearly as high as the price paid for that symbol). The healthy margarines claim to...
10 tips for companion planting for natural pest control and organic sustainability – Increase vegetable yields and improve flavour
Sunday, May 13, 2012 by: JB Bardot
Companion planting for pest control and to encourage plants to grow with more vigor has fascinated men for centuries; however, few backyard gardeners know how to use these natural methods for organic sustainability and how to improve your garden. Plants that work together to help one another grow; plants that repel insects for organic pest management; and plants that repel other plants for natural herbicide control are of great value to both small backyard gardeners and commercial growers.
Certain protective botanicals don’t always act instantaneously, and must be planted several years or seasons in advance to be of utmost cumulative effect. For example, companion planting pest control using marigolds to prevent nematode growth should be done at least one season ahead before expecting to see great results.
It’s important to remember that both secretions and odors from various plants are valuable traits for organic pest control and companion planting where repelling or attracting certain aspects and effects is attempted.
Ten easy companion planting tips for to use now
Companion planting for chemical free pesticides and organic sustainability is a huge subject that can take years to master; however, there are a few easy things you can do in your own garden right now to make use of this intriguing method of gardening.
1. Protect carrots by planting them with leeks to repel both carrot and onion flies. They won’t even lay their eggs and your yield will increase tremendously.
2. Growing radishes or kohlrabi? Plant them with lettuce to repel earth...
What is Food Revolution Day?
Food Revolution Day on 19 May is a chance for people who love food to come together to share information, talents and resources; to pass on their knowledge and highlight the world’s food issues. All around the globe, people will work together to make a difference. Food Revolution Day is about connecting with your community through events at schools, restaurants, local businesses, dinner parties and farmers’ markets. We want to inspire change in people’s food habits and to promote the mission for better food and education for everyone.
Why Have a Day of Action?
Worldwide, obesity has more than doubled since 1980. For the first time in history, being overweight is killing more people than being underweight, and at least 2.8 million adults around the world die each year as a result of being overweight or obese. This has to change, and it’s down to us. We need to get back to basics and start thinking about where our food comes from. We need to become a conscious community and understand the food choices we make on a daily basis. We can do this by improving food education.
Encouraging people to cook from scratch at home is at the heart of this. We all have family and friends who could make better food choices. On Food Revolution Day we can work together to empower people with the skills to improve their diet. Making simple changes to our food choices will improve our quality of life and our children’s. Forty-two million...
Seasonal allergies are the result of the body’s over reaction to environmental stimulants, such as pollen, airborne fungi, grass, or even certain foods. In addition to these triggers, there is a plethora of chemicals existing in the environment we must face daily that can be incredibly irritating to our immune system. When confronted with an allergen, the body’s response is to produce histamine or other inflammatory chemicals which are responsible for symptoms like a runny nose, watery eyes, or sneezing.
Over the counter antihistamines block the action of histamine, however they do not prevent the production of the chemical, so while they can be a helpful band aid solution, they do nothing to address the underlying cause of the reaction. Additionally, antihistamines tend to cause drowsiness, dizziness, and even depression. Because seasonal allergies are the result of the immune system’s reaction to environmental stimulants, immunity must be increased in order to reduce the effects of the allergies.
There are a number of natural supplements that can help strengthen the immune system and, over time, reduce, or even eliminate, seasonal allergies.
Quercetin is a naturally occurring flavonoid found in foods such as apples, berries, grapes, red onions, and capers. Quercetin may help to reduce seasonal allergy symptoms by preventing the body from releasing histamine.
Carotenoids are a family of plant pigments, the most common being beta-carotene. A lack of carotenoids in the diet may lead to inflammation in the airways, so during spring and fall it can be helpful to increase daily intake of carotenoids.
Omega 3 fatty...