Does Fluoridated Water Really Help Reduce Cavities?

Most adults today grew up believing that fluoride was the answer to preventing dental issues like cavities.  So it was never questioned once it was added into city tap water.  About two-thirds of Americans are currently drinking and cooking with tap water, which contains fluoride. While fluoride is said to be a benefit for teeth, it’s not the reason why it’s added to water municipalities.  Instead, it is used to treat the water, not the people consuming it.  Those with a family are worried about the care of their loved ones and are turning to naturopathic doctors for assistance.

In Europe, fluoridation of water has been rejected because the practice is considered a form of mass medication.  Imagine – every sip of water you take from your faucet is filled with this chemical, which affects your brain and body in various ways.  The CDC and American Dental Association both advertise fluoridation as being nature’s way of preventing tooth decay.  However, this simply isn’t true.

Not All Fluoride is Natural

Fluoride is a mineral that naturally occurs in nature, however, the fluoride being used inside of your tap water isn’t the same. It is a byproduct from the phosphate fertilizer industry.  The fluoride you find in nature is very toxic to people because it exists in high levels (arsenic is one example).

Folks who are exposed to high concentrations of natural fluoride end up with severe diseases.  About 49 million people are currently living in cities where the levels of fluoride are beyond the permissible level (according to data taken from India’s Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry).

The World Health Organization regulates the levels of fluoride that’s supposed to be in drinking water, which is set at between 0.8 and 1.2 milligrams per liter, and should not go over 1.5 mg per liter.  When levels are higher than this, it can lead to pitting in the enamel of your teeth.  It can also lead to fluoride being deposited into your bones.  If levels reached 10 mg per liter, it could cause crippling skeletal fluorosis, abdominal pain, vomiting, nausea, muscle spasms and seizures.

You can visit a naturopathic doctor in your area regarding obtaining the proper water filters for your family’s care.

Tooth Decay Evident Among Lower Income Children

It’s surprising to learn that people living in the city, where fluoridated water is widely used, are still suffering from tooth decay.  This is especially so among lower-income children of Mexican American and African American descent.

Numbers were revealed in November 2016 that show 40 percent of children between three and five years old who are living below the federal poverty level have tooth decay, while 69 percent of children between six and nine years old and 74 percent of children between 13 and 15 years old have tooth decay.

It’s becoming apparently clear that fluoride is not the answer to our cavity problem.  If you are looking to improve the dental care of your family, consult with a naturopathic doctor about water filtration and diet improvements.  You can also obtain nourishing iv vitamin therapy sessions. medical health center is based out of Phoenix AZ and offers wide range of holistic integrative medical care to people of all ages.  Our expert physicians are well respected within our industry to guide patients toward optimal health using the best of both naturopathic and conventional medicine solutions.  Longevity medical is a leading prostate cancer facility in the USA.

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Dryness Taking Over Your Life? Treat Eczema With Organic Oils And Butters

With the first chilly breeze of fall in September and the thick feet of snow piling up in December, you know the season of frost is upon you as your body begins to respond to seasonal changes.

Static hair, chapped lips, dry skin and cracked ankles, we’re all familiar with the signs of winter, so we do what we can to protect ourselves from its biting presence.

Creams, moisturizing lotions, body butters and lip-balms, new products make their way into our homes, providing instant relief and a layer of protection from cruel weather.

But what about those of us who suffer from dry skin throughout the seasons?

What do you do about skin so utterly flaky and parched that it’s frequently subjected to blisters and bleeding?

Finding a Cure

If you’re diagnosed with dermatitis or eczema, you’ll no doubt be prescribed a host of medication, most of which will include topical gels.

And people stuck in those circumstances suffer tremendously from the pain and inflammation of highly sensitive skin.

If you or someone you know suffers from eczema or any kind of dermatitis, frustrated from the long-term ineffectiveness of prescription gels and soothing creams, turn to nature for an answer.

Nature is a dynamic nurturer and protector of life, birthing cures in the womb of the earth and delivering miracles in the shape of exotic fruits.

One of these is cupuacu-a tropical tree native to the thick Amazonian rainforest.  From this tree comes the cupuacu fruit which is cold-pressed to produce highly moisturizing butter with astonishingly effective skin-conditioning properties such as oleic acid.

It also provides a vegan alternative to lanolin, which is derived from animals.

The rich, soothing properties of cupuacu cast a shadow on commercial moisturizing creams that last no more than a couple of hours.

In comparison, organic cupuacu butter is actually known to heal chronic dryness, including eczema!

Separating the Real from the Fake

With a number of products on the market claiming to be a solution to dryness, it’s difficult to distinguish between those that work and those that don’t.

As a skin care expert, I advise all my clients to be wary of companies that make extensive use of chemicals or altogether withhold information about animal-testing.

This is why organic products are the safest and most reliable solution to dry skin, and my recommendation to all with dermatitis.

Skeptical about the claims?  Give it a try and see for yourself!  It certainly beats buying another tube of a cream you already know doesn’t work!

Natural Bliss is my labor of love, a company I co-created with my sister to promote the riches of organic skin care products for people suffering from sensitive skin.

Check out our selection of natural plant oils and butters, including passion fruit and guava seed , and heal your skin with nature!

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Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

I’ve known about Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company since 2000.  I have friends that live in that area and through conversation learned about this company.  In 2002, another friend and her daughter attended the Spring Planting Festival.  I was already receiving the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Catalog, but hearing first-hand how amazing this company was convinced me even more that this is where I want to purchase my heirloom seeds.

You might ask yourself, why is heirloom seed so important?  As G2N has mentioned in previous articles, genetically modified organisms (GMO) pose a risk to ourselves and the world around us.  Neonicotinoids that are now coating seeds are killing our bees and hybrid seeds cannot produce seed that will reproduce food.  These are just couple of examples of why it is important to preserve our future by using heirloom seeds.  Seed companies like Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds have committed themselves to preserving our plant history and future with heirloom seeds.  They have taken a pledge along with others to ensure the safety of our future generations.  “Agriculture and seeds provide the basis upon which our lives depend.  We must protect this foundation as a safe and genetically stable source for future generations.  For the benefit of all farmers, gardeners and consumers who want an alternative, we pledge that we do not knowingly buy or sell genetically engineered seeds or plants.  The mechanical transfer of genetic material outside of natural methods and between genera, families or kingdoms, poses great biological risks as well as economicc, political, and cultural threats…”

I would have to say that one of the most appealing attributes about Baker Creek is that it was founded in 1998 by a 17 year old young man, Jere Gettle, who had a mission to share his passion about heirloom seeds with others.  Currently they offer over 1800 varieties of heirloom seeds and have been featured in the The New York TimesThe Associated PressOprah MagazineMartha StewartThe Wall Street Journal, and many others.  The company promotes and preserves agricultural and culinary heritage through their publications as well.  Jere and his wife Emilee have published several books and Baker Creek hosts several events throughout the year to bring “gardeners, homesteaders and natural food enthusiasts together.”  Baker Creek provides educational opportunities as well with seed expeditions, trial gardens and promotional exhibits.  They also donate seeds to school gardens and other educational projects.

If you have the opportunity to visit Baker Creek’s little village in Mansfield, Missouri, you will step back into time and experience the beauty of the Ozarks.  They have the Baker Creek Seed store, a speaker barn, restaurant, mercantile, herbal apothecary, a natural bakery, garden museum and blacksmith shop, music barns, a Western jail, a native rock oven, a windmill, seed warehouses, and many breeds of historic poultry and livestock.  You can bring the family and visit for free (except for the two days in May during the Spring Planting Festival).  You can also visit the Baker Creek on the west coast at the Seed Bank store in Petaluma, California, or on the east coast at Heirloom Market at Comstock Ferre in Wethersfield, Connecticut.  If you are able to visit one of the three locations, be sure to order a free Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Catalog to check out the rare seeds, books and products this company has to offer and educate yourself on the importance of heirloom seeds.

DIY Magazine Footstool Breast Cancer Themed

Hi everyone!  I found another recycled art project to try.  This recycled magazine footstool is a cute one!  The magazine footstools  I’ve seen on the internet are made using  stacked magazines.  I’m fashioning my own little stool with my own style.  I ordered one digital magazine and then I started receiving all of these paper magazines in the mail.  I couldn’t bring myself to just throw them away since I’m a recycling artist/crafter.  I got a container and after I thumbed through and collected whatever I thought was useful from the magazines then I put them away in the container.  You would be so surprised at how fast the paper magazines accumulate.  I was getting overwhelmed with them so I decided it was time to do something with them.  Yay!  I didn’t give into my urge to throw them away!

Through my research I discovered that paper takes a lot longer than other organic waste to biodegrade.  Paper in turn takes up a great deal of space in the landfills.  That of course takes up the space that could be used for other unrecyclable trash.  I try to craft things that are recycled/upcycled to create something that is continually reusable.  We really need to take our recycling seriously!

The supplies for this footstool

  • Pink shoe fabric
  • Black spray paint glossy
  • Magazines
  • Caulk (any caulk will do)
  • Rubber bands (large)
  • Slip Ties/Zip Ties (large)
  • Hard Cardboard tube (you can upcycle them from hardware stores, carpet/flooring roll centers)
  • Foam or other Padding for the cushion
  • Wood Caulk or Gorilla Glue
  • A belt in a coordinating color (optional)
  • 2  Plywood circles 12″ in diameter
  • Hacksaw
  • Staple Gun (optional)


  1. First roll up all of the magazines and use two slip ties/zip ties to secure each of them.
  2. Next place one of the rolled magazines next to the cardboard tube and placed a mark even to the top of the magazine.  Do this again on the three other sides.  Use a piece of paper or slap ruler to measure and mark the height with a line all the way around.
  3. Use a hacksaw to cut the cardboard tube at the line that was marked in the last step.
  4. Caulk the first row of magazines to the paper tube and secure it with rubber bands.  Once caulk is set, remove rubber bands.
  5. Continue this process until you complete three tight rows of magazines around the paper tube.
  6. Next center the cluster of magazines and the paper tube over one of the plywood circles. Once you are satisfied with your placement use the wood glue to attach it the plywood circle.
  7. While that part is drying use the other plywood circle to trace and cut the foam/padding to construct the top of the stool.
  8. Cut the fabric with 2-3 inches larger than the circle plywood. 
  9. Glue the padding to the plywood.  After glue has set place padding side facedown onto fabric.  Center, then pull fabric taut and secure
    onto underside with either monkey glue or using a staple gun.
  10. Spray paint the books and the lower plywood circle.
  11. After the paint has thoroughly dried adhered the completed top onto the footstool with caulk.
  12. This is when you put the belt around the books of the stool in a color that matches the top fabric and pulls it all together.
    You should really enjoy your magazine masterpiece!

Are Spiders A Bird’s Best Friend?

I know what you’re thinking–creepy, crawly spiders–YUCK!  The little ones don’t bother me, but the larger field spiders, and those that have bright colors give me pause.  I don’t mind them so much as long as they are outside.  That’s why I have a dedicated ‘bug jar’.  I have become adept at capturing them and returning them to the wild from whence they came!

But to the birds they are an essential part of their lives.  Spiders provide an important and constant protein source, especially when birds are raising young.  Did you know that it is estimated there are up to a million spiders per hectare (equal to approximately 2.5 acres) of land? That’s a huge food base in and of itself, not to mention all the beetles and other bugs that birds hunt down and ingest, or feed to their young.

Even in the wintertime, birds seek spiders that have tucked themselves under the bark of trees, and hunkered down beneath leaf litter, or hidden themselves inside spent flower and weed seed heads.  Spiders contain a secret ingredient coveted by wild birds.  That ingredient is taurine, which is an amino acid that affects how baby birds develop.  Taurine helps them stay calm when all around them is in chaos, plus it leads to improved eyesight.

Another benefit of taurine is, and this is a biggie, increased intelligence!  Wild birds have learned over the millennia that by feeding spiders to their babies, their youngsters grow up to be smarter and more courageous than the previous generation.  The term ‘bird brain’ is a misnomer when it comes to wild birds.

Many passerine (singing, perching) birds use spider silk as a soft lining for their nests. Hummingbirds come to mind as a major consumer in the spider silk industry. They quite often pluck the insects from the spider webs as well.  In that regard, webs are like convenience stores for our feathered friends.

Because webs have a sticky quality, they are used to ‘glue’ birds’ nests to branches.  Outer camouflage becomes possible when birds ‘paste’ lichens, moss, dry leaves, etc. to their constructions.  Nests then blend in with their backgrounds very efficiently, helping to make baby birds less vulnerable to predation.

So you see, as much as spiders may revile most of us humans, our avian friends depend upon them for super-food, quick snacks, and hiding their nurseries in plain sight.  Understandably, it is of the utmost importance not to use toxic insecticides.  Don’t take away this valuable food source for your wild birds!

Connie Smith is the proud owner and manager of Grandma Pearl’s Backporch, LLC, and the expert author of many online articles about easy and unique ways you can create the best bird-friendly habitats to help wild birds survive and thrive.

Discover how to create fun and safe backyard habitats for wild birds using their preferred plants and foods, while adding color, fragrance and beauty to your landscape.

Find simple how-to projects for making your own unique bird feeders; and learn how easy it is to attract a variety of birds to your yard and gardens.  Join the fun and visit today!

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The Truth About The Leather Industry

Most people who refuse to purchase and wear leather do so because of compassion for animals, myself included.  As a lifelong vegetarian I cannot justify wearing leather, it just isn’t right.  Of course there is an argument that “the animal is going to be slaughtered anyway, so why not use it’s skin?” which is true to a point – the leather and meat industries do go hand in hand, with skin sales an important income for slaughterhouses.  Breeding cattle solely for skin is unusual (but not unheard of) because who could justify throwing away the meat?  Even dairy cattle are ultimately slaughtered for their skin – such is the demand for leather.

The general conception is that skin, whether it be leather or fur, is synonymous with quality and luxury.  Take this from the description of a Bentley Motors “Mulsanne” Interior Specification – “The attention to detail on show is befitting of a flagship Bentley.  Take the sumptuous leather, hand picked from herds in cooler climates where the lack of insects means blemish-free hides.  Soft and supple, they are then tanned in a traditional process, originally used during the construction of fine furniture pieces that optimizes their natural aroma.”

Yet there is myth and ignorance surrounding its production.  Most leather in the UK is made from the skins of cattle, calves, sheep, lambs, goats and pigs.  The younger the animal at the time of slaughter, the smoother and finer the grain structure and the less likelihood of damage due to scratches, parasite damage, ringworm, dung contamination, improper flaying or inadequate salting.  The skin of a female is usually finer grained than that of a male and has a looser fibre structure giving a softer, stretchier leather.  Although the UK has some animal welfare practices in place, we shouldn’t delude ourselves that animals reared and slaughtered here feel no stress, panic or even pain.  Would you spend the day in a slaughterhouse and witness what happens there?  As with most of us, the answer is most probably no, yet generally speaking we stick our heads in the sand and only see the finished item – the steak on our plate or the jacket in our wardrobe.  The situation abroad is even worse – India is one of the world’s leading exporters of leather, yet with virtually no animal welfare regulations in place, what really happens to the “sacred cow” does not make for good reading.  Should you really want to know how it is however, visit and see for yourselves.

Leather & the Environment

The amount of waste and pollution generated by the leather manufacturing industry is phenomenal and wreaks havoc on the environment. The stench from a tannery is overwhelming.  Not only do they pollute the air however, they also pollute the rest of the environment with the use of a multitude of harsh toxic chemicals.  One estimate puts the potential cost of an effluent treatment plant in a tannery at 30% of the total outlay proving just how much of a major problem it is.  The Indian leather tanneries around the Ganges (of which there are literally tens of thousands) have been cited for dumping toxic metals such as chromium into the river.  All waste that contains chromium is considered hazardous.  Tannery effluent also contains large amounts of other pollutants, such as protein, hair, salt, lime, sludge, sulphides and acids.  Groundwater near tanneries has been found to contain highly elevated levels of lead, cyanide and formaldehyde.

The leather industry also uses a tremendous amount of energy.  In fact on the basis of quantity of energy consumed per unit produced, the leather-manufacturing industry would be categorised alongside the paper, steel, cement and petroleum manufacturing industries as a gross consumer of energy.

So is it worth it?  Really worth it?  Is the quest for perceived luxury and quality really so important in that NOTHING is considered inappropriate?  In these times of heightened environmental awareness I would hope that there is a gradual move away from the use of any animal for it’s skin, but I feel we have a long way to go.  Thankfully there is some hope on the horizon – quality vegan leathers, made from vegetable and plant-based materials are starting to be used in the manufacture of clothing and footwear.  It has to be the way forward, as surely our fragile planet cannot sustain much more.

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Versatile And Eco Friendly Bamboo

What can you use for building a house, making the furniture in the house, the clothing and linens, and also as part of your supper?  Bamboo. Asians have long used it to make bridges and scaffolding.  Bamboo fabric makes luxuriously soft sheets, towels, and clothing.  Grocery stores carry bamboo shoots for stir-fry.  All that versatility, and it’s eco-friendly, too.

Bamboo looks a little like a tree when it’s growing, but it’s really a grass.  It grows from a rhizome, or underground stem.  What looks like a whole forest may be a single plant!  Culms, or groups of poles, can grow four feet per day.  They are ready for harvest in two or three years. Harvesting a culm of bamboo does not kill the plant.  Soon enough, another culm springs up in its place.

Contrast bamboo with trees.  The trees must grow for 40 or 50 years before they are ready to become lumber.  Improper harvesting, deforestation, leads to loss of soil, erosion, and water pollution.  An acre of bamboo provides unimaginably more lumber than an acre of trees with minimal environmental impact at harvest.

Contrast bamboo with cotton.  Growing cotton requires fertilizer and irrigation.  Farmers must replant cotton every year.  Bamboo requires little or no fertilizer or irrigation.  And an acre of bamboo provides ten times as much fiber as a comparable sized field of cotton.

Bamboo wood can be made simply by cutting poles to the proper length, or splitting them lengthwise.  Anything made from this wood looks like bamboo.  Alternatively, bamboo wood can be made as a laminate by cutting the poles into thin strips and gluing them together. Anything made from this wood looks like hardwood.

Bamboo wood can therefore form the frame, walls, floors, and roof of a building and a fence around it.  The building can have cabinetry and all manner of furniture from bamboo wood, not to mention vases, lamps, cooking utensils, serving dishes, and dinnerware.

There are two ways to make bamboo fabric for clothing and linens, called bamboo linen and bamboo rayon.  Rayon is not exactly a synthetic fabric, because it starts with natural plant fibers.  It is not exactly a natural fabric, either, because of the chemicals required to make thread from the fibers.

The chemicals used to make bamboo rayon so luxuriously soft must also be applied to cotton in order to make it soft.  Bamboo rayon maintains the antimicrobial properties of natural bamboo.  It does not hold static electricity and therefore causes no static shock.  It also has advantages over other fabrics for temperature regulation and moisture control.

Bamboo fabric also makes curtains, rugs, and furniture.  Bamboo is suitable for making products for either indoor or outdoor use.  For a more detailed description of bamboo products, see my article Bamboo: a Versatile and Sustainable Resource.

David M. Guion writes four blogs, including Sustainable Green Homes, which specializes in presenting sustainability and green living to the majority of Americans who are not motivated by the specter of climate change.

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DIY Patriotic Stump Seat

I have become deeply committed to making the majority of my DIY, arts and crafts projects with as much recycled material as possible.  I swear it seems like I see a project in just about everything that most people just throw away.  It’s my loving tribute out of the respect I have for this beautiful, amazing planet that we live on.  Besides it’s fun and much less expensive than purchasing everything you need from an expensive craft store.  However, it’s a double-edged sword.  My family is very supportive of what I do but sometimes they get a little puzzled by some of the supplies I find to use.  My latest sustainable supply is trees,  I live in the south-east part of the country and right now there are trees everywhere here.  They always seem to be cutting down trees to build things or make space in their yards here.  My sweetheart is a tree climber/trimmer for a living.  He actually wears a harness and spikes and climbs to the top of these really tall trees to trim them!  It’s very dangerous work as you might imagine.  Anyway in doing this kind of work I noticed that a lot of trees get wasted.  So…I started asking if I could have some of these beautiful stumps to make something out of them.  They cut down all kinds of trees.  The only tree that they protect in this area are the historic oak trees.  I have managed to get some cherry wood, cedar, water oak and of course pine so far.  This particular stump was a salvaged from a cedar tree.

The supplies needed for this project are:

  • A leveled stump of cedar
  • A piece of plywood larger than the circumference of the cedar stump
  • A pencil
  • Glue
  • 1 yard of American flag fabric (at least)
  • 2 Foam Cushion Circles shaped like the stump top ( I used the foam that is normally used for installing carpeting)
  • A staple gun
  • Staples for the staple gun
  • 7  screws that are long enough to go through the plywood seat cushion you make and at least a 1/2 inch into the stump
  • Screwdriver or Power Drill
  • Hammer and Chisel
  • Sander or sandpaper
  • Grinder
  • Jigsaw
  • Wood stain of your choice
  • Varnish
  • Water Sealant (such as polyurethane)


  1.  Choose a stump that is your desired height.
  2.  Using the hammer and chisel remove the bark from the stump.  Try not to gouge the stump with the chisel.  You want to try to remove  only the bark if possible.  This part is really time-consuming so be patient.  After you remove as much as you can using this method  move on to the next step.  Remember now, you are creating this work of art to your personal style so you can leave some or all of the  bark on the stump if you’d like to.
  3.  After you have removed as much of the bark as you can with the hammer and chisel, use the grinder to remove the rest of the bark  from the stump.  Then with the sander or sandpaper smooth down the wood.  This should bring out the natural grain of the wood.
  4.  This step is where you beautify the wood.  I chose to get some wood stain to add color to the wood.  There are many solutions sold to  preserve the wood as well.  Apply the stain and or wood preservative according to the directions on the label.  I decided to add a water  sealant on the stump ends to keep it from drying or cracking.  I mostly protected the bottom in case someone decided to use it outside.  I  wanted to maintain as much of the natural look as possible.
  5.  Cut the plywood into a piece that is  slightly larger (2″-3″ larger) than the circumference of the stump.  Then lay it on top of the stump  to trace the exact shape of the stump using a pencil.
  6.  With a jigsaw cut the plywood along the pencil markings.
  7.  Using the plywood piece trace the shape onto the carpet foam.  I cut 2 pieces of foam for a thicker seat cushion.
  8.  Glue the two foam pieces together and then glue them onto the piece of plywood.
  9.  Iron the American flag fabric.  Spread the fabric out and lay the cushion padded side down onto the fabric.  Cut around the cushion with a 2″-3″ allowance.  Make sure the seat is centered on the fabric for best results.
  10. Pull the fabric taut and using the staple gun, staple the material to the underside the plywood seat cushion.
  11.  Attach the upholstered seat cushion onto the stump using the screws in a decorative tufted pattern.


The Benefits Of Drinking Butter Coffee

Coffee is known to be the most common drink individuals take before they go to work since it provides numerous benefits.  But, there are some individuals who wish to make coffee more beneficial.  That is why, individuals now prefer butter coffee.  This may be weird for some folks, but butter coffee provides numerous benefits below are some of the following.

Good source of healthy fats

One of the main benefits of drinking butter coffee is a good source of healthy fats.  Most individuals think that fat is dangerous to their health and can cause diseases like coronary artery disease, arthritis, inflammation, cancer and high blood pressure.  However, the body needs fat in order to have plenty of energy.  In addition, the body also needs fat to improve body composition.  Luckily, butter coffee is known to provide omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids, which can help individuals to attain such benefits.

Improve cognitive function and hormonal system support

The next benefit individuals can obtain when drinking butter coffee is they can improve cognitive function and hormonal system support. This is possible since it helps prevent neurodegenerative diseases and heart disease.  This drink also provides the most concentrated source of energy and prolongs emptying of the stomach after eating.  Plus, butter coffee is also known to feature vitamin K.  Vitamin K helps in blood clotting and keeping the bones strong into old age.

Good alternative for sugar

Sugar is commonly added in coffee drinks.  However, adding too much sugar can cause serious health problems like obesity, tooth decay, fatty liver disease and diabetes.  Fortunately, butter is a good alternative.  With this, individuals can get rid of these issues and stay healthy.

Reduce caffeine sensitivity

Another amazing benefit of adding butter in your coffee is it can reduce caffeine sensitivity.  Some individuals may feel pain when drinking coffee due to its acidic feature.  By adding butter, individuals can reduce these effects as the fat content lines the stomach, protecting you from shakes and nausea.

Better weight loss and balanced cholesterol levels

Finally, butter coffee also helps in losing weight.  Losing weight can be achieved when drinking this product since it features MCT (medium-chain triglycerides) oil.  This type of oil has been observed to cause fat loss over time.  Because of losing weight, individuals can also regulate cholesterol levels.

All these benefits can certainly help individuals to become healthy and stronger to deal with daily tasks they need to accomplish.

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4 Ideas For Upcycling Your Older Curtains

There’s nothing better than hanging brand new curtains but many homeowners are unsure what to do with their old curtains.  Often they’re still in great shape but simply don’t fit in with the décor anymore.  Half Price Drapes is here with four ideas to help you upcycle your old curtains.

1. Rope off a little privacy

You can use curtains to create unique little private areas within your home.  Do you have a corner that’s not being used?  Part of a room that’s just empty space?  Use curtains to create your own reading nook, an office nook, or even turn one large room into two small rooms. All you need to do is hang your curtains between your private space and public space.

2. Top off a table

Curtains can make an incredible table even more amazing.  Depending on both the size of the table and the size of the fabric it may work as a tablecloth or a simple table runner.  Some may require sewing to get them the perfect shape but with others you can simply drape a drapery panel over your table and bask in how perfect it looks.

3. Rethink your bedroom

Canopy beds are amazing but creating a similar look with ceiling curtains can be even more dramatic and fantastic.  The end result is whimsical, cozy, and a unique style.  This works for both adults and little girls and is especially fun with sheer curtains.  Just install a curtain rod from the ceiling and hang your sheets around your bed.


4. Conceal clutter

Don’t you wish you could magically get rid of clutter?  What if you could hide the shelf that holds your laundry detergent and dryer sheets? What if your craft room could look organized without buying a billion shelves?  Just cover these cluttered areas with curtains!  It’s a very simple solution.  When you’re using these areas you can keep the curtains open but when company comes and you want to give them the idea that your home is an organized oasis, just pull them closed.

Half Price Drapes has hundreds of options in everything from patterned drapes to sheer panels. Buy brand new curtains – for less – and then find your own unique ways to upcycle your current curtains.  You can even order free swatches to check out our fabrics before you buy them.

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Suffering From Post-Viral Arthritis? Physiotherapy, Yoga Can Help

Suffering From Post-Viral Arthritis? Physiotherapy, Yoga Can Help

Most viral fevers cause joint pains (called arthralgia), usually affecting the small and large joints of the patient’s upper and lower limbs.  If the pain persists long after the fever is gone, then the condition may be called post-viral arthritis.  Yoga and physiotherapy (hydrotherapy in particular) can help alleviate the pain.

Post-viral arthritis may be caused by the dengue virus, enteroviruses, alphaviruses, hepatitis viruses including, cytomegalovirus, HIV virus, rubella and mumps viruses, Epstein Barr virus, herpes simplex virus, or variants of these.  The condition should last no more than a few days.  However, it may cause crippling symptoms and may even mask more serious types of arthritis.  Proper diagnosis is, therefore, important.

Most patients exhibit symptoms of post-viral arthritis in the later phase, usually when the fever has long subsided.  They may experience swelling and pain in the joints in the legs and hands.  Some patients also feel uncharacteristic stiffness in their joints, most notably in the mornings.

In most cases, the blood’s parameters remain normal except for mild decreases in platelet and white cell counts.  This is why post-viral arthritis is a clinical diagnosis, in most cases.  Some patients exhibit elevated ESR and CRP.  If symptoms last more than a few days, the doctor needs to rule out rheumatoid arthritis, undifferentiated arthritis, and other such conditions.

In typical cases, doctors need to reassure the patient that the post-viral arthritis symptoms are unlikely to progress into a serious condition because they are self-limiting.  Arthritis associated with viral infections do not lead to currently recognised forms of chronic diseases and is therefore non-destructive.

Physiotherapy and yoga have been shown to be useful in many cases of post-viral arthritis.

Mobilising, strengthening, and stretching exercises are often effective in keeping the joints working optimally.  Post-viral arthritis causes muscle weakness and joint stiffness, thereby affecting a patient’s day-to-day activities.  A physiotherapist can assess the muscle strength as well as the range of movement in the patient’s joints, and then advise on exercises and techniques to resolve the condition.

A hydrotherapy pool is typically used so that the patient can perform the guided movements in warm water.  Most patients find it easier to exercise in the water.  The warmth soothes the muscles, and the water supports the weight of the patient, facilitating the movement of joints and muscles without strain.  Hydrotherapy is also beneficial for those who have back pain, psoriatic arthritis, or osteoarthritis.

This article is written by Arjun Viswanath, the Clinic Director ofLondon Physiotherapy and Wellness Clinic.  London Physiotherapy and Wellness Clinic is an outpatient rehabilitation centre.  Their staff includes clinical specialist physiotherapists and sports therapists.  Their therapists have worked with all age groups and successfully helped them to recover from their injuries easily.  They also offer special programs for youth athletics as well as for pregnant women.


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Communities Sustain Us

Lately, we’ve seen Americans striving for self-improvement, especially in regards to health.  This can be noted throughout G2N’s website pages, in trending practices like yoga and meditation, veganism and even working to reduce one’s carbon footprint.  All of these practices require looking inward, however health can also come from precisely the opposite: looking outward, to your community.  A community happens when we extend ourselves into the physical world around us and engage with the people we encounter there.  Whether community for you sees fruition through vegan potlucks or by always saying hi to the same homeless man on the corner everyday.  We strengthen the bonds between us, we fortify our self-esteem and we understand how meaning is harvested, when we intentionally open ourselves to our surroundings.

Here are a few scenarios where I realized the importance of having a community.  Each experience is remote from the other, yet they all share the same principle: Communities sustain us.


Every Sunday I head to the same church, not to attend the service, but to take care of the children of the parents who do.  One Sunday the daycare was low on caretakers.  I, As a former preschool assistant director, knew that Texas had come up with its own definition of safe standards and required there to be a certain adult to child ratio.  I mentioned this to the woman-in-charge and she replied that the church was not under the same rules, i.e.  They didn’t have a set ratio.  My realization at that moment was that trust among members in this community was stronger than the compulsion to follow arbitrary rules or standards.  In this situation, I saw extensions of everyone’s trust forming one community.  The community was full enough to replace the rule, the scapegoat, for accountability and shared importance.


In Austin, Texas I work with the homeless population that crowds the shelter downtown.  In the interviews, friendships and networks I’ve created, I’ve found, ironically, that housing or lack of housing isn’t the only driver at force.  After solidifying housing, many homeless people of Austin still spend their days on the street outside of the homeless shelter.  Through no research other than my own experience, I have seen that the homeless, just like any one of us, manage to sustain themselves through the connections they’ve made with others in similar situations.  It’s the social ties, the shared experiences, and a person who knows what they’ve been through that empowers their sense of community.



In my volunteer work I have come to know my city at a new level.  From volunteer work with the homeless downtown, to events in the park with children, to driving a senior to her doctor’s appointment, I have become closer to my location/area/neighborhood/city by experiencing life in many different lights.  The physical side to community actually makes a difference too.  My land, my city, is something I understand.  I feel connected to it; knowing the walls, roads, and street corners of my community gives me confidence, security and pride.  Objects, buildings and blocks become memories that feed my soul.


This life is meaningful, from the garden in my front lawn to the garden at my favorite café.  I am better off when the people and the places in my life are better known.

Community sustains me in all aspects of my life.  It is my sustenance, my medicine and my will.


Gluten Free Sopapillas Cheesecake

If you’ve had sopapillas before, than you know what I mean when I say they are addictive.  If you haven’t, they’re similar to a churro or sugar and cinnamon fried doughnut.  The fantastic thing about this recipe, if you’re trying to staying away from fried foods but still love Sopapillas, you’ve hit gold!  You might have to do a few more crunches to work off the extra calories and carbs, but it’s will be worth it in the end.  This dessert would be a great end to a yummy Mexican themed dinner, or the main course, I won’t judge.  The other plus it’s way more simple to make than it looks like!


  • 4 Cups of Namaste Foods, Perfect Blend Flour (All-Purpose)
  • 2 Tsp Aluminum-Free Baking Powder
  • 1 Tsp Pink Himalayan Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Organic Butter or Shortening (1/4 softened, 1/4 melted)
  • 1 1/2 Cups Room-Temperature Filter Water
  • 1 1/2 Cups (12oz) Organic Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 1/4 Cups Organic Cane Sugar (set aside the 1/4 cup)
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp Cinnamon


  • In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, salt and 1/4 softened butter.
  • Add in warm water to mixture and mix batter until smooth and no clumps.
  • Cover and let sit for 20 minutes
  • Preheat oven 350°F.
  • In a medium bowl mix together softened cream cheese, 1 cup sugar, vanilla until smooth and slightly fluffy.
  • Grease with butter or oil of choice a 9×13 glass pan (casserole dish).
  • Once dough has sat for 20 min, split dough in half.
  • Take one half of the dough and press into the bottom of the 9×13 pan and make it go up the sides slightly.
  • Put the cream cheese and sugar mixture on top of the bottom layer and spread out until it covers the entire bottom of top of dough.
  • Roll out the other half of dough to the same size as the pan and transfer to the top of the cream cheese and push the edges up to the side of the pan.
  • Take the 1/4 cup melted butter and brush over the top of the dough next sprinkle 1/4 cup sugar over butter then add the cinnamon on top last.
  • Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown on top.
  • Take out of oven and allow to cool, if you eat it right away it will be a hot mess, but still delicious.
  • Or you can place in the refrigerator for 2 hours to chill.
  • Enjoy!

7 Steps To A Better Lifestyle

A zillion people will have gazillion fitness tips to offer.  And fitness is indeed very important, but it isn’t just about physical fitness.  If you are looking to being a fit person, then be your own workout trainer/fitness trainer.  Incorporate these steps into your lives and let a better life step in and fill your inner soul with the joy of positiveness and tranquility.

1. Early Riser

Allow your day to start early and blend yourself into the feeling of positiveness.  Studies have proven that early risers are happier than night owls and isn’t that what all of us want?  To be happy?  Waking up early lets you experience most parts of the day and experiences make a person who they are.

2. Eat more yet less

Like they say it in ‘The Devil wears Prada’, I don’t eat anything, just a cube of cheese when I’m about to faint.  There are many around us who are willing to give up almost everything to achieve that perfect figure.  And ready to take up different kinds of routines including weight loss exercises.  But are you sure letting it all go is actually giving you ‘it all’ in return?  If yes, do you think it’s going to last forever?  Well, the answer is no.  Skipping meals is not going to do any good instead it is only going to cause you harm.  Hence, switch to more meals a day but let the quantity be less.  Convert your otherwise 3 meals to 6, but make sure not to switch those proteins with Pringles.

3. Put on that Smile

Being happy is one of the best ways to treat your body.  Research has proved that being happy can strengthen your immune system, protect your heart, combat stress and can also lengthen your life.  Aren’t these the things that we always strive to achieve?  Well then just put a smile on and experience all that is happening to you.

4. Be grateful

Being grateful will bring out the optimism within, while at the same time, it will also bring you an improved physical health.  An analysis published in the journal “Personality and Individual Differences” proved that higher levels of gratitude were related to improved physical health.

5. Be an information bank

Like the saying goes, ‘true education is a kind of never-ending story’.  Help yourself know something new every day, education being the neverending story, information is the journey.  So travel through this path as much as you can.

6. Creativity

Creativity could be referred as to a way of exploring yourself.  Let it be anything from jewelry making to cooking to even pottery, they all permit you to enjoy the true essence of life.

7. Sleep early

An average sleep of 8 hours is essential for every human.  Sleep deprivation can further lead to problems such as high blood pressure, stress and even stroke.  So do not keep yourself sleep deprived because sleep deprivation keeps you illness prone.

Find yourself in a better world, living a better life with these tips.  From the gazillion tips people offer choose the ones that fit your routine the best and be your own fitness trainer.

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Saturated Vs. Unsaturated Fats – What’s The Difference?

Fat cannot and must not be removed entirely from the diet chart.  A healthy and balanced diet must include both saturated and unsaturated fat, since both these play different roles in the body.  Any fat primarily is called fatty acids.

The ones that contain palmitic acid and stearic acid are classified as saturated fat.  It stays solidified at room temperature.  The unsaturated fat, on the other hand contains omega fatty acid and are liquid at room temperature and thus, several times used as oils.  Let’s first understand what the difference are between these two types of fat, according to various aspects.

Medical Effects

Most of the dieticians recommend to consume these fats daily to maintain body function.  The proportion of unsaturated fat should be more than that of saturated ones.  This is because it promotes the good cholesterol and thereby aids in preventing several heart ailments.  It also moves bad cholesterol to the liver from where it directly process for metabolism.

In contrast, high consumption of saturated fat promotes bad cholesterol and has been linked to cause clogged arteries and several cardiovascular diseases.


The saturated fats, mostly comes from animal based products, such as meat, eggs, milk, butter, etc.  Coconut oil and palm oil are exceptions, which comes from plants.  The unsaturated fats, on the other hand, comes primarily from vegetables such as olive oil; from nuts and avocados.  The exception is fish.

Daily consumption

According to dieticians, one should not consume more than 30 percent of daily calories from any fat, of which saturated fat must not exceed more than 10 percent.  Thus, in a daily consumption of 2000 calories, one should include roughly 60 to 65 grams of fat, out of which the saturated fat must not exceed more than 20 grams.

Several people prefer vegetarian diet over non-vegetarian believing it to be more beneficial for health.  While others prefer to opt for low carb and low saturated fat diets.

Dishes such as pasta using olive oil contains both saturated and unsaturated fat.  Since the olive oil is a rich source of unsaturated fat, but, the pasta itself contains traces of both of it and thus, it can be considered as a source of both kinds of fat in a single serving.  But, having it on a regular basis will do more harm than good.  Thus, various other options should be considered as well.

Often people lose the count of fats they are consuming and end up eating a lot more than they should.  Thus, giving birth to the problem of obesity.  Thankfully, one can get several dietician and doctors to guide towards a healthy life.

The author of this article is Sagarika Das who is a fitness freak.  She loves to share her views about obesity and its treatment through articles and blogs.

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Rejuvenating Facial Scrub

Sometimes, you just need to slow down and pamper yourself, especially after a busy holiday season of spoiling the other people in your life. When getting yourself and your skin back to homeostasis after a dry winter, a too busy to moisturize schedule, or just a home spa day, try this refreshing DIY sugar facial scrub to rejuvenate and restore the beauty of your most sensitive, and overexposed, skin.

In this scrub, sugar acts as a natural exfoliant, helping to slough off dead skin cells.  Almond oil softens skin, prevents skin spots, and cleans and nourishes your skin.  Vitamin E oil helps your skin retain its elasticity.  Both oils moisturize skin and reduce the effects of aging.  Adding essential oils can help with a myriad of conditions and skin problems, as well as leave you smelling wonderful and feeling refreshed.


Base facial scrub recipe:


  • 1 Cup Sugar (Use brown sugar for more sensitive skin)
  • ½ Cup Sweet Almond Oil (Coconut or olive oil works too)
  • ½ Cup Vitamin E Oil
  • 20 – 40 Drops total of Essential Oils (Single or in combinations)


Essential Oils

While you can certainly use the scrub without any essential oils, they are extremely beneficial to combat acne, reduce signs of aging, regenerate skin cells, and promote healthy and vibrant skin.

Be sure to stay away from citrus oils, as they can be too harsh on the delicate skin of your face.  Try these essential oils instead, one at a time, or in combinations, such as vanilla lavender, lavender mint, or rose geranium.

  • Vanilla – Combats acne, reduces signs of aging, antioxidant
  • Lavender– Regenerates skin cells, is great for all skin types
  • Peppermint – Reduces acne, brightens skin, acts as a toner
  • Tea tree – Combats acne, antibacterial, regulates oil production
  • Geranium oil –Regulates oil production, reduces acne, promotes skin elasticity, reduces effects of aging
  • Frankincense-Anti-inflammatory effects, antibacterial, combats acne, acts as a toner, promotes new cell growth, is good for chapped, dry skin
  • Myrrh – Reduces aging, anti-inflammatory effects, improves skin firmness
  • Rose – Combats aging, anti-inflammatory, great for dry skin

To use, gently rub a tablespoon or two of the scrub on your face.  Store your facial scrub in an airtight container between uses.  Scrubs with essential oils should be used within 3 months for best results.  This mix should fit a half pint size mason jar, or any 1 cup sized container.



4 Healthy Reasons For Drinking Warm Water

We all know that drinking sufficient water during the day is essential for health.  However, many people don’t know about some of the health benefits that can be derived from drinking warm water.  At Aussie Natural we have a hot and cold water dispenser available that is ideal for this purpose.  Most of us start the day with a hot beverage, such as tea or coffee, but should we consider a different breakfast drink?  Here are four healthy reasons for drinking warm water to heal your body.

1. Aids in Digestion:

A cup of very warm (not hot) spring water with a slice of lemon can aid in digestion and the removal of toxins.  Many liquids help the body to break down food in your stomach, but warm water is the best solution.  Many people drink cold water before and after eating a meal, but this can actually harden oils and fats contained in our food.  Hard substances are much harder to digest, and fat deposits in our intestines are created.  Iced water is even worse, as it actually strips out some of the mineral content in the water that keeps the digestive tract in a healthy condition.

2. Pain Relief:

This may come as a surprise to some people, but warm water is an excellent natural remedy for certain types of pain.  The heat from drinking warm water can have a dramatic effect on painful conditions, such as stomach cramps, menstrual cramps, muscle spasms and abdominal distress.  Another reason for this is that warm water increases blood flow to our skin and this can relax muscles that are cramped or in spasm.

3. Constipation Relief:

Constipation is an all too common stomach issue that can cause considerable distress.  There can be a great deal of strain involved when attempting to eliminate waste and bloating can occur.  One of the key reasons for this condition is a lack of adequate hydration in the body. A drink of very warm water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach will aid in rehydrating the body, and it will break down any food left there.  This will improve bowel movements by ensuring that any remaining food moves smoothly through the intestines.  One may find that normal bowel function is restored quite quickly and any bloating will go away.

4. Improving Blood Circulation:

Drinking a glass of warm water will break down fat deposits and improve the nervous system.  The warm water flushes out toxins that have accumulated in the body and improves blood circulation.  The muscles in your body will be more relaxed as a result of better blood flow and a reduction in any inflammation.

If you’re looking for a hot water dispenser for home use, contact us at Aussie Natural.  We have a wide variety of water-based products for sale and rent, including an excellent hot and cold water dispenser.  All of our products can be delivered direct to your home or business, and all of our spring water is locally sourced.  If you have any further questions, we will be happy to discuss your needs in greater detail.

Alan Scott Aussie is a writer across several reputed industrial web posts.  He writes for many online journals and portals that are related to water dispenser .

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Gluten Free Molten Lava Cake

Are you an extreme chocolate lover?  If you’ve had a molten lava cake before, you’ll know what I mean when I say it’s like eating something heavenly.  The bonus to this recipe is that it’s gluten-free, the downside is that you’re still going to have to do a few more laps to walk off the calories.  Don’t let that keep you from trying this amazingly delicious recipe!  There are few real pleasures in life such as sweets, chocolate to be more exact, is one of the few you cannot pass up.  The nice part about this dessert, is that one mini cake is enough to last you quite a while.  Get out your apron and baking supplies and let’s get baking!


  • 1/2 Cup Organic Butter, softened (+more for greasing)
  • 1/2 Cup + 2 Tbsp Organic Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bark, chopped into small chunks
  • 4 Organic Free Range Eggs
  • 4 Organic Free Range Egg Yolks (8 eggs in total)
  • 1/2 Cup Organic Cane Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla 
  • 1/4 Cup + 2 Tbsp Namaste Foods, Perfect Blend Flour (All-Purpose)
  • 2 Tbsp Organic Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Pink Himalayan Salt


  • Preheat Oven to 425°F.
  • Grease/Butter eight (8) 4oz ramekins (Soufflé) dishes.
  • Using a double broiler, place chopped chocolate and butter into pan and let melt until chocolate mixture is smooth.
  • In a mixing bowl, add in eggs, egg yolks, sugar and vanilla and whisk (you can use an electric mixer) until it becomes a pale yellow and has thickened up.
  • Slowly pour melted chocolate and butter mixture, into the egg mixture and whisk thoroughly while slowly pouring.
  • Once they are both well combined add in flour, cocoa powder and salt then whisk/mix batter until smooth.
  • Batter should be smooth and thin enough to pour but not exactly “runny”.
  • Pour batter into prepared ramekins, filling 3/4 full.
  • You’ll need a 9×13 glass casserole pan, place the ramekins in the 9×13, use cool water to fill up the 9×13 pan until the water reaches half way up the side of the ramekins.
  • You may want to do this on the oven rack so you don’t have to carry the pan and possibly spill water.
  • Close the oven and bake for about 15 minutes, or until the top of the cakes have set.
  • Take out of oven, use tongs to remove the ramekins from the water and place on wire racks to cool.
  • Let them cool for about 10 minutes.
  • Using a clean plate, turn ramekin upside down on the plate and it should slide out, if not, use a butter knife to slide around the outside of the cake to release it from the ramekin, then turn over on the plate.
  • Dust the top of lava cake with organic powder sugar.
  • Enjoy!


The Many Names Of Sugar Hiding In Food Labels

Of course, not all sweeteners are bad.  There’s honey, coconut sugar, agave and others which serve as healthier alternatives to the real culprit-refined sugar.

Because the public are now aware of the many diseases caused by refined sugar, they avoid it like the plague.  They look at food labels more closely to determine if what they are about to buy contains sugar or not-or at least, how much of it is contained in the food.  The question is do they really know what to look for?

You will see the term “added sugar” on these food labels, a term which has been defined as sugar that doesn’t occur naturally in food.  The thing is there are so many names for sugar.  Perhaps this is an attempt to try to fool the public into thinking these products do not contain significant amounts of additional sweeteners.  Maybe, this is true enough if there is only one kind of sugar in the product.  However, when these different sugars are added up (especially since you don’t know if there’s only one kind of sugar in the product), the amount is pretty staggering.

If you don’t want it in your cereal, yogurt or bread, it’s up to you to find out the other pseudonyms of sugar.

Blackstrap Molasses

There are two kinds of blackstrap molasses: the sulfured and the unsulfured kind.  Unsulfured blackstrap molasses is actually healthy.  It is rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.  The sulfured kind on the other hand is devoid of nutrients and high in empty calories.  The problem is, food products do not indicate if the blackstrap molasses is sulfured or not.  You will usually find blackstrap molasses in gingerbread and baked beans.  But it could be in other products as well.


Sounds delicious, right?  Well, which sugar isn’t?  Also known as buttered sugar, buttercream can be found in frostings, icing and cookies. Why should you avoid it?  Because it is a mixture of fat, caloric and cholesterol-content of butter combined with powdered sugar.  Need we say more?

Diastatic malt powder

If you think table sugar has a lot of calories, diastatic malt powder-which is produced from barley-contains about two-thirds as that of table sugar.  It is found in most baked goodies, ice creams, flavored syrups and milkshakes.

Caster Sugar

Also known as superfine sugar, why is caster sugar bad?  It’s because the table sugar we are all trying to avoid IS caster -only more finely granulated.  It can commonly be found in mixed drink and baked products.


This type of sugar, which can be found in most baked products and soft drinks, has strongly been linked to obesity.  It has been shown that eating food with fructose accounts for 10 percent of our daily caloric intake.  Moreover, it can only be metabolized by the liver and when eaten excessively, can damage it much like alcohol does.

Malt Syrup

Malt syrup is tremendously high in carbohydrates with a high glycemic index and can radically spike up your blood levels.  It provides as many calories as table sugar so do avoid bread and pastries that contain malt syrup.


Also known as grape, glucose is linked to several health issues: raised blood acidity, increased intra-abdominal fats and obesity, high cholesterol levels, heart disease and decreased insulin sensitivity among others.  Most fast foods and baked goodies contain glucose.

Rice bran syrup

This sugar in disguise might sound harmless, even healthy.  But the truth is, it contains a whopping 63 calories per teaspoon.  One of the reasons why you should avoid it at all cost.


One of the major reasons why you should avoid treacle is because it is extremely high in all types of -glucose, fructose, sucrose…you name it. Commonly found in desserts like meringue and tarts, treacle contains as much as 146 calories per serving, but totally devoid of nutrients.

There are so many other names of sugar hiding in your food: ethyl maltol, brown rice syrup, rice malt, cane juice, corn sweetener, crystalline fructose, date sugar, dextran, fruit juice concentrates, panela, sucrose, galactose, golden syrup, maltodextrin, oat syrup, maltose and more.

The deal

The recommended daily intake of sugar is only about 6 teaspoons per day according to World Health Organization.  However, people consume about 20 teaspoons per day on average.  That might be consciously or unconsciously consumed.  But if you are trying to cut down your sugar intake and you know these synonyms, you won’t be tricked by ingredient list that make a product look like it has less than it actually does.

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Minimalism Benefits Natural Living

Minimalism goes hand in hand with a healthy lifestyle and sustainability.  A healthy lifestyle includes eating organic, whole foods and using products that are not harmful to people, animals, or the environment.  Unfortunately, organic and sustainable products tend to be more expensive than their conventional counterparts.  In order to afford the more expensive items, it’s helpful to make cuts in other areas of the budget.  A healthy and sustainable lifestyle requires that we rethink what we use and what we waste in order to help preserve our planet and to ensure that everyone has enough.  In addition, too much clutter and too many things in general can add to stress.  Living a more minimalist life can help in all of these areas.



Eating whole, organic food and choosing organic and sustainable products can be challenging when you live on a budget.  While cooking from scratch can be cheaper overall than the Standard American Diet, organic food and healthy meat can be significantly more expensive. The same is true for household items.  For example, vinegar is a significantly cheaper alternative for cleaning, but sustainable food storage products are more expensive to initially purchase than disposable ones.  In order to afford to live healthier, you will probably have to sacrifice in other areas.  Rather than breaking the bank to feed yourself and your family healthy food, learn to choose your purchases wisely.  Ask yourself if you really need that item or not.  Make each purchase count by only buying things that are important to you or necessary.  If you don’t need that new shirt, then don’t buy it, even if it’s on clearance.  Purchasing fewer items will also help to reduce waste in your home and help minimize clutter.


Minimalism is all about simplicity, and that means less waste.  Humans, especially those in the United States, produce waste at an alarming rate.  This waste has adverse effects on the planet and people because of the chemicals in it.  Purchasing items you don’t need leads to unnecessary waste, especially packaging waste.  By purchasing only items that you will use, you can reduce waste and be more sustainable. Minimalism is a sustainable practice because it requires us to consider if we really need to purchase something or not.  By purchasing only needed items, we are reducing waste, even if only on a small-scale.  Another aspect of sustainability is to consider alternatives to mass-produced items.  If there is a purchase you need to make, then seek out items that are recycled, use less packaging, or are made from biodegradable materials.


What happens when your house is a mess and you need to get work done?  If you’re anything like me, you have a hard time focusing on your work because part of your mind is stressing about how much housework needs to be done.  The same is true of having too many things. When you use most of your available space to store items, you can feel stressed and overwhelmed.  Clutter can lead to anxious feelings, making it difficult to relax or focus on a task.  Adopting a more minimalist mindset will help your home to stay organized and reduce your clutter.  It will also free up money you might not have even realized you wasted, since you won’t be buying items you don’t need.  Having fewer things to clutter up the house will lead to a happier and healthier life.