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4 Reasons to Enjoy Olive Oil

4 Reasons to Enjoy Olive OIl

Olives and olive oil have been a delicious part of many cuisines and meals for centuries. But does olive oil offer more value than just being a delectable presence in a dish? Although it is rich in fats, there are many health benefits to consuming olive oil.

Cholesterol Management

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Debate Intensifies Over Genetically Modified Food

Debate Intensifies Over Genetically Modified Food

Beginning in the mid 1990’s, a few small companies began using genetically modified food ingredients in their products. The trend started small; the FDA initially only approved certain ingredients like corn, rice, canola oil, and soybeans. However, the cost benefits of using these GMO’s soon became too tantalizing for other corporations to ignore. Larger companies like PepsiCo, General Mills, and Nestle began integrating GMO’s into their products, and shortly thereafter fruits and vegetables were approved for genetic modification as well. And just like that, it became clear that the entire landscape of the food industry was being altered.

Today, the Grocery Manufacturing Association estimates that 70% of items in American grocery stores contain genetically modified organisms. The FDA has endorsed over 40 seeds and plants for genetic modification, further enlarging the role GMO’s play in the development of American produce. Proponents of genetically modified crops argue that they are potentially more resistant to harmful bacterial growth, easier to produce in harsh conditions, and can be engineered with additional vitamins and minerals. All of this sounds pretty beneficial, so what’s all the fuss about?

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Kale: 3 Ways to Bring Health into Your Life

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Kale is one of those superfoods that you will hear endlessly about—and for good reason. The green leafy vegetable is rife with healthy nutritional benefits. Whether it’s the vitamins A, C, and K, or the antioxidants, or even the added calcium, Kale has a way of winning over hearts. Just once cup of kale has: 2.5 grams of protein, 2.6 grams of fiber, 1.6 grams of sugar, 0.5 grams of fat, and 7.3 grams of carbohydrates all for only 36 calories.

Although kale is undisputed for its incredible health benefits for such a leafy vegetable, finding savory ways to prepare and enjoy it have been a challenge for some. But now, look no further. The following are three easy ways to bring all of the kale’s glory into your life: Read More

5 Minute Meditation: Give the Mind the Rest it Needs

Regaining your inner calm

When most people think of meditation, robe-swathed yogis on mountaintops come to mind. However, slowly but surely meditation has been coming to the West as a means for rest and relaxation. More than that, science has been studying the curious practice only to discover a variety of benefits.

The first and most noticeable benefit of meditation is stress reduction. Stress literally shrinks your brain and prevents the formation of new neural connections. It also hampers access to memories, which is why it is hard to remember ever being happy when you are in a stressful state. Daily meditation not only eliminates stress over the past but also helps to maintain calm when advancing into the future.

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10 Superfoods

10 Superfoods

Superfoods pack a surprisingly large amount of vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids into small servings. By incorporating more superfoods into your diet, you could have more energy, improve your digestive health, lower your risk of cancer, improve your blood pressure, and lose weight.

Hemp Seeds

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Five US Cities With High Life Expectancies

Five US Cities With High Life Expectancies

When it comes to finding a permanent settling spot, there are a lot of factors to consider. Where will jobs be available? What kind of weather do I want to live in? How close to (or far away from) my family do I want to move? Long-term planning is an important component of any sound moving strategy, but just how long-term should you be planning for? If you’re considering settling somewhere for the duration of your life, then wouldn’t you want to move somewhere with a high life expectancy?

Granted, average life span is probably not very high on the list of metrics you look to when examining a city as your next potential home base. It might not even be all that important in the grand scheme of things given all the other circumstances that determine long-term health and well-being. But just in case you’re interested, here are the US cities with the highest average life expectancy according to data gathered by The Daily Beast. Now, we’re not saying you should all rush out and move to one of these cities as soon as possible. Of course that’s not what we’re saying. If you want to live a long and prosperous life, but you live outside of one of these five areas, then that is totally in the realm of possibility. We’re just reminding you that you can’t always get what you want, ok? Read More

Making Compost from Household Waste

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Whether you grow flowers or you are an avid vegetable gardener, compost is great for your garden for a number of reasons:

•  It adds nutrients to your soil.
•  It improves drainage.
•  It makes soil more breathable for beneficial microbes.
•  It enables sandy soil to hold water.
•  It helps prevent soil erosion.

The simplest way to ensure you have a constant supply of nutrient-rich compost is to make your own from household waste. Though you may not realize, you have all the essential ingredients close to hand. The important thing to remember when making compost at home is to maintain a balance between nitrogen-rich organic ingredients and carbon-rich organic ingredients.

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The Gift of Honey and the Threat of Humanity

The Gift of Honey and the Threat of Humanity

Honey has permeated the history of humanity. Its sugary taste led it to be humankind’s first sweetener and its golden globular hue made it a popular metaphor among poets through the ages. But there is more to honey than taste and literary devices.

Firstly, the honeybee is the only insect from which humans cultivate a food. Honey is the only food that has pinocembrin, an antioxidant that correlates with developed brain functioning. And finally, scientists have referred to honey as the only food that doesn’t spoil. While honey will ferment when exposed to high temperatures and air over time, it otherwise will remain safe to eat. There have been edible samples found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs that have been tasted by archeologists and found to be uncompromised by time.

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Eucalyptus for Cooling Relief

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The eucalyptus tree has a long tradition of use by the aboriginal inhabitants of Australia. It provided seemingly divine relief from fevers as a result of its antimicrobial attributes. Commercial cultivation began in the 1880s, primarily for medicinal use. Many used it to treat colds, congestion, wounds, and UTIs. Today, Eucalyptus trees are grown and harvested in many tropical climates outside of Australia.

Eucalyptus oil is extracted by distillation of the plant’s leaves. The key ingredient that comprises the essential oil is Eucalyptol, also known as cineole. Eucalyptol gives the oil its spicy but minty fresh scent. As such, it is recognizably present in mouthwashes and cough suppressants.

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Why Look to Tai Chi for Health and Wellness

Why Look to Tai Chi for Health and Wellness

Tai Chi is like the yoga of China. The two physical practices share many similarities. They both put a focus on syncing breath with movement and they both entertain a concept of life-energy in the body. However, while yoga was first adapted to aid spiritual practices, Tai Chi evolved from the martial arts. Today Tai Chi is practiced as a means of honing steadiness and balance, yielding many health benefits.

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