Do You Know About Activated Charcoal?

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Charcoal, huh?

That’s weird to think that it has become a fab nowadays. It’s even strange to think that it’s healthy for you or that it’s even edible.

Did I really see an “activated charcoal” ice cream on Instagram? Yup, it’s definitely trending.

Activated charcoal has become a health craze. Yet, no one really knows it’s benefits and where it came from. This has been used since the 19th century. By using carbon with different gases it gets its activation name. The carbon helps developed pores that has the ability to catch toxins in the body. In the medical frame, activated charcoal is used in hospitals and emergency situations to treat poison. The World Health Organization has listed as activated charcoal as one of the essential medicines – meaning you’ll see them everywhere.

And they are not wrong.

Keeping one in a first aid kit is recommended. In case of an emergency dealing with toxins and chemicals. HOWEVER, you should call 911 first and let the operator know you have charcoal in reach. Then, the administer would know procedures that can help those intoxicated – the number of doses depends on the number of toxins. The health professionals will know what is enough to take the toxins out of the body.

Though, there are other ways you can use activated charcoal. Here are some benefits:

Brightens smiles: With the properties of activated charcoal, absorbs plaque and tidbits that stain teeth – leaving you with your white shiny teeth.

NO Hangovers: Since it’s magical powers are to trap toxins and chemicals until it is safely carried out of the body. Therefore, you won’t feel a massive headache after a night of drinking.

Burns and bug bites: This is great to know for South Florida where bug bites and sunburns are always occurring on the body. With a mix of coconut oil, it is a great reliever for those itchy and peeling spots.

Unfortunately, this activated concoction does have it’s side effects. For example, when used for treating a poison or overdosage, it needs to be administered ONLY by a healthcare facility. The side effects are vomiting. diarrhea, black stools or tongue, and constipation. It may even cause some gastrointestinal blockages.

When it comes to medical reasons, it’s best to talk to a health professional before consumption – to know if it’s suitable and how much is enough.

This Summer Aloe Vera Is Your Best Friend!

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If the sun ever decides to peak through the clouds in South Florida – it would create a wonderful beach atmosphere. With the wonderful beach atmosphere, the sun’s rays leave people with sun-kissed skin. Unfortunately, at times these rays decide to leave a mark called, a sunburn. Even with sunscreen on your back, it may not be enough to protect you from the sun.

What can you turn to when you get a sunburn?

Aloe Vera.

Aloe vera is known to have many healing properties – so many that the Egyptians believed it to be an immortality plant. There are two parts of aloe vera that can be beneficial. One of them is the yellow residue called, latex – which is found underneath the leaf of the plant. The other one is the famous gel – found in the core of the plant.

Aloe latex:

The latex from the aloe plant has strong laxative properties that are proven to have helped with constipation. Unfortunately, since the properties are so strong it is not sold as an over-the-counter medication in the US. If taken in strong doses it can cause a person to have stomach cramps or weak muscles, but it also can have long-term effects such as kidney failure and diarrhea.

Aloe Gel: 

Aloe gel is the best-known benefit from the aloe plant. Many beauty gurus and food enthusiasts use this part of the plant for beauty benefits and food ingredients. For example:

Sunburn: As we said in the beginning, your new best friend this summer will be aloe vera. That’s because the oil from the plant can moisturize the burns and rashes that will also help prevent peeling of the skin. With it’s moisture and properties, it has a soothing sensation that relieves the burn or rash.

But aloe gel has multiple uses such as for your hair.

Hair conditioner/gel: When you mix the gel with other essential oils, you can use it as a hair masque. With the enzymes and vitamins it holds, it can strengthen your hair and make it look silky smooth. The gel properties have enzymes that can help rid dead skin cells in the scalp and regenerate skin tissue  Other people will tell you, it’s a great ingredient to use if you want to grow your hair out.

Let’s not forget about health.

Immune system: The enzymes also helps breaks down protein in the body. It also carries zinc, which helps defeat zinc deficiency since it’s an essentially part to boost immune system.

 

Which Milk Fits Your Taste?

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Ahhh milk!

A primary component for cookie-eating. Before, milk boys would go door-to-door delivering fresh glass milk straight from the cows’ utters. With its freshness, it was easy to have a nice drink or an ingredient to a person’s recipe. It is said it helps build strong and bones. That’s why it’s in tune with people’s system that milk is essential. As time goes on, the milk choices grew. What was considered fresh glass milk from milk boys, turned into cartoon and jugs in the grocery stores.

What’s your choice of milk?

Funny enough, milk doesn’t just come from cows. Those that do are whole, low-fat(1%), reduced-fat(2%) and skim milk (also known as fat-free or nonfat milk).  These go types of milk go through a similar process. They go through pasteurization, homogenization, and separation in order to make it safe for consumption. If these steps are skipped it may lead to diseases. No one wants that!

So what’s the difference?

The difference comes from the cream that goes into the milk. That will consider the amount of fat in the milk carton. When the milk is going through the processes-milk processors skim out the cream from the product. In order to create 1-2% milk, they add cream back into the box until it reaches the required amount. So what about whole milk you may ask? Well, it’s not all cream! That’s mostly heavy cream for you! Whole milk is just a name for milk that has about 3.25% of cream inside its carton. Therefore, you’re not getting the extra cream to your drink. Skim milk. however, does not have cream inside of it. In result, milk processor skims out the cream and leave it out.

What about the almond milk?

Again, as time goes on, changes occur. Different lifestyle blooms and we learn that some people are lactose-intolerant. Therefore the future inventors had a solution: nut milk! The famous almond milk bloomed. Almond milk is mostly made with almond nuts blended with water, or it can be made with water and almond butter.

But is there another choice?

Macadamia is coming through the US slowly! Macadamia is a kind of nut mostly grown in Australia. It’s dairy-free, soy-free, and GMO-free. That spells HEALTHY! Like almond milk, macadamia is created with a similar process. The best part about this is that they can actually be homemade – money saved!

 

Can Flying Effect Your Body?

what-do-long-flights-do-to-your-body_path_webTraveling is great for your mental health, but it can come with some consequences.

Booking flights will bring you to places where you can reflect and take you on a journey that can open your mind a little bit. Besides, it’s always a great idea to take some time out of your comfort zone. Unfortunately, paradise can pour some rain. When you are flying, it can effect your – whether or not you feel it. We know, it’s not ideal – especially for all those travel lovers out there. Though, when you are in economy class you would understand the back pain you will feel after you have traveled to the other side of the world. So it’s not surprising to say, that with traveling comes some health risks.

Blood-clotting

Long flights are atrocious, but being seated for numerous hours can take a toll. Many people recommend to get up every 2-3 hours to get your blood flow going as you fly. If not, it can lead to blood clots in your leg which is called, thrombosis. In a rare case scenario, this can lead to clogging your lungs. However, to decrease the risk – take a walk. With the little space, you have on a flight try pumping your legs or change position, if can. Blood clots can become a long-term issue.

Sickness

Unfortunately, being up in the air can lead to symptoms of the flu. A low immune system can lead to gathering up germs re-circulating through the cabin. Plus, when you’re up in the air you’re most likely to get dehydrated and more tired than usual. In order to keep yourself from getting any sickness, drink a lot of fluids – not alcohol- but water. Take some vitamins before you take off to boost your system. Also, a small hand sanitizer can do you some good. Washing your hands regularly can help prevent any germs you may come into contact with while you’re on board.

Radiation

Sadly, this is a factor. But it’s very rare. When you fly more than 30k into the air you get exposed to radiation. The atmosphere is thinner and the risk of radiation is higher. Fortunately, it comes in small doses – but it does build up if you become a frequent flier. A person may be prone more to receiving cancer or chronic illness. Again, this happens in small doses and generally doesn’t need any worrying.

Before getting on a plane, make sure you’re 100% ready. Eat a good meal, drink enough fluids and take some vitamins. The better the immune system, the more you will get off the plane feeling ready to take on the world.

How To Deal With Carpal Tunnel

how-to-deal-with-carpal-tunnel_path_web-1When you’re texting on your phone or typing on the computer, do your fingers get tired?

Your hands in generally feel the pain, right? At some point, your hands might feel paralyzed from the pain and you kept help but feel like you’re getting too old. Even though it may be because of age, it’s probably because there is so much pressure on your wrist when you’re doing the daily activities that you don’t notice you might get carpal tunnel. Never heard that word before?

What is carpal tunnel?

Carpal tunnel is basically the tingly feeling you get in your hand because of repetitive pressures from your palm and your wrist. In the anatomy of the hand, the median nerve runs from the forearms to the wrist through the passageway called, the carpal tunnel. Anything that irritates the nerve can cause this sensation. Unfortunately, it can show a few symptoms because of daily activity such as typing and texting. So here are a few tips for keeping your wrist stress-free.

Rest is needed!

Many stress comes from inflammation of the body part. To avoid a lot of inflammation on the wrist, it’s best to avoid flexion movements as much as possible. For example, if there is a day where you don’t have to work with a typing board, it’s best to give your hand a rest and avoid the flick of the wrist. It’s recommended to take regular breaks – for yourself and for your hands. If you use the keyboard a lot you would understand the struggle is real. Plus, you wouldn’t think hands can feel as painful as your back, did you? Take a few minutes every hour to rest or have microbreaks every 10 minutes to keep your hands relaxed.

Keep In Mind Posture!

Pay attention to your work area and keep your hands in a neutral position with your fingers line with your forearms and try not to overextend your wrist while typing. This will minimize the pain and risk of catching the syndrome. You can also mix up the posture to have other muscles work. Just like at the gym, it’s recommended to mix up routines to hit different muscles – but this time it’s just for your hands.

If you think about it, do you really pay attention to your hands or does it pass over your head? Before you get on that computer to write, keep in mind you should probably do some stretches and remind yourself to give yourself a pause to keep your wrist happy and avoid a terrible tingly sensation.

 

 

Vegetarian, Vegan, Or Pescatarian?

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NO MEAT ALLOWED!

Most people have gone through it or has tried to get into the lifestyle of veganism – or at least avoiding meat. When you see the words “vegan” and “vegetarian” wouldn’t you think it’s the same thing? If you think so, you’re wrong. Though these are similar in many ways they are slightly different. And while we are at educating the differences between vegan and vegetarian, we’ll throw in one more word for you: Pescatarian.

Have you heard that word before? Just in case you haven’t it’s another term for a person who doesn’t consume meat – but first, let’s start with the basics.

Vegetarian

This might be the most popular practice since cheese is a favorite to many. People who practice being vegetarian avoid meat products but generally consume dairy. Though the practice depends on the type of diet. Yes, there are different types of diets in this section so you can pick to your liking.

  • Lacto-Ovo: those who don’t consume meat, but accepts eggs and dairy products.
  • Lacto: those who avoid meat and eggs, but still consumes dairy
  • Ovo: those who avoid meat and dairy products, but still consumes eggs.

Vegan: 

Even though we are speaking of vegan as a diet, it is also seen as a type of lifestyle. Think of it as a strict version of practicing being vegetarian – but only consuming fruits, vegetables and grains. That means no eggs, dairy or meat. Vegan also excludes animal-derived ingredients such as honey and carmine. The majority of people who practice is to protect and preserve animal life. Therefore, it’s a good thing that their diet is strictly down to those that are not animal-based products. You can differentiate two types of vegans depending on the practice. Maybe, one fits you if you want to start saving animals by your lifestyle choices.

  • Raw vegan: a practice that is combining vegan and raw foodism – which is food that is uncooked or unprocessed. This means they don’t eat food that needs to be cooked under 118 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Paleo vegan: it’s like the paleo diet but without the meat. If you don’t know about the paleo diet then it’s basically how the Paleolithic ancestors used to feast like. They don’t eat processed food just fresh meat, but in this case, the paleo vegan is strictly on fresh fruits and fresh veggies.

What about pescatarians?

Pescatarians are people who practice a vegetarian diet but unlike vegetarians, they substitute their meat with seafood. Yup, simple. So if you’re looking for another source of protein, you can substitute it with some seafood!

Beauty Tip: What You Can Do With Some Expire Foods

beauty-tip-what-you-can-do-with-some-expire-foods_path_webWe know that the grocery stores can be like a second home.

Statistics show that a person visits the grocery store at least twice a week – leaving food retailers with billions of dollars each year. Usually, people go to the store because they are hungry and low on food. Shopping while you’re hungry makes you more in-tune with your stomach. Instead of filling up your belly, you’re just filling up your cart. And if you’re trying to be healthy – most of the foods would be produce or sometimes dairy. Unfortunately, most foods that are thrown out are produce and dairy. Why? It might be because people tend to forget they have these foods or crave something else. How many of produce and dairy have you thrown away? Well, what happens if we tell you that some of these foods have an alternative purpose? It’s not to fill your stomach, but to make your skin and hair glow.

We know you may feel weird about it. So here are a few foods you can be a little resourceful with to save you some money before you hit the store again.

Bruised fruits: These fruits are known to be a big no-no. Usually, when a  is bruised it means that there is a bit of cell damage. This is known to be more susceptible to infection. However, bruised berries can help keep your face hydrated. The acid and enzymes they carry can help get rid of the dead skin and blocked pores — leaving you to feel refreshed.

Chocolates: Chocolates are known to last long – maybe even a few years. But if you’ve been hiding chocolates and you have a feeling that they are expired you can bathe in chocolate. Literally. Cocoa has a plant-based substance called, flavonols. Flavonols are antioxidants that can protect the skin from UV rays, and improve hydration and thickness of the skin.

Avocados: Too ripped avocados don’t have to go to waste! They make a perfect face mask, but also a great hair conditioner. Avocado oil has amino acids and protein that helps soothe your scalp and moisturizes your hair.

Therefore, before you trash it — think about the possibilities it can benefit your body.

B-Pollen Good For Pollen Season

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It can be from allergies. The pollen count that surrounds you might be at a high, which makes you feel like you are developing the common cold – when actually you’re not. Even though some of the pollen is produced in these plants, the ones that are the real culprits are grass. Grass pollen is known to give people the sickness symptoms.

The more up north you are located, the later the spring season starts to bloom. Also, the more up north you are residing in, the higher the pollen count. Keep in mind pollen thrives in dry and windy weather rather than in rainy weather. During the dry seasons, it’s easy for pollen to travel. In the rain, pollen gets stuck between the droplets – preventing them from traveling. Many people believe that pollen comes mostly from flowers. The local pollen count sometimes is issued during the daily forecast. So what can help you defeat the symptoms?

Fight pollen with pollen!

Did you know bee pollen can help relieve your pollen allergies? A weird thought, we know! Bee pollen is the food from young bees. Many people have described it to be sweet and crunchy. How is it made? When they go from flower to flower scraping off the pollen, they create their own powder for the honey hive – in which we can consume as well. Many people have used it in their smoothies, oatmeals, and yogurt to add a little hint of sweetness and crunch. Bee pollen contains antioxidants, minerals, protein and vitamins that are helpful to our immune system. It can fight against allergies by preventing histamine (a factor of allergic reactions) from releasing from cells. Not only does it have that benefit, but bee pollen has other benefits. Their properties help with inflammatory systems, boost the immune system, and speed up healing.

Note To Self:

If you know that you are allergic to bees, it’s best to stay away from bee pollen. If consumed, a person can go into anaphylactic shock. If you are not sure if you are allergic, check with your doctor. If a woman is pregnant or breastfeeding, it’s best to consume bee pollen at a low or not at all because it might affect the child. If a person is on blood thinners it’s also best to check with the doctor before consuming.

 

Stand Up Against The Stigma!

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In honor of Mental Health Awareness month, we would like to educate readers about the “Break the Stigma” movement. The stigma is a negative attitude towards mental health conditions. Stigma, itself is a mark that identifies an unwanted person. In recent years people have been more aware of their mental health conditions, and younger generations have been more acceptable. However, it’s still difficult for most people to tell their boss they need a day off for their mentality. The reason may be because of the thought of the person being unstable to work — which may not be the case. Due to this stigma, many people who want to seek treatment may feel ashamed or in denial that they do. According to the Break The Stigma Organization, “many people with mental disorders believed the stigma was placed on them by society.”

The stigma can lead to discrimination that is obvious and direct, but even more so, avoidance can lead to negative thoughts of failure and misunderstanding for those who do have a mental condition — leading them to self-stigma.

The social stigma plays a factor in the prejudicial attitudes with mental problems, while the self-stigma plays the role of the attitudes towards a person’s perception of themselves. Majority of the people that are aware of their mental illness are also aware of the environment they surround themselves with. Even though mental conditions are being recognized, many people have a negative idea. Those who have mental issues can still function as a contributing person in the world and understand others attitudes and beliefs. The difficult part is finding the support and understanding in society.

How can you help?

In order to break the stigma, a person would have to have an understanding of mental illness. Since there is no defined age, gender or race it can create conflict in people’s behaviors. You can start with a friend or family member. Tell them you are there for them, be positive, but most importantly show them that you support them. If you have a friend or family member with a mental condition the attitude that shows towards them will make or break the relationship.

What’s The Tea On Kombucha?

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It’s deemed to be the elixir of drinks. 

If you never heard of kombucha, it’s a healthy drink that is fermented before it was bought. It’s not wine or beer like many fermented drinks. It’s actually a tea called, kombucha. But it does contain a wee bit of alcohol. Shocking, right?

Kombucha is becoming a niche in the nation. With health gurus spreading the word of its benefits, people can get their hands on some sweet tea. But is kombucha actually worth the hype, or are they just claims? If you ask. people where did kombucha come from, you would get different answers. Though many people would relate back to the practices in ancient China (most likely during the time of the Qi Dynasty). It was popular during the beginning — detoxifying and energizing those who consume it. It’s popularity started to bloom in Japan and by the silk road trade, it made its way to the European countries. Now, it’s a well-known drink that is making its way in the U.S. a few millennia later.

How does the alcohol come in?

Well, kombucha is a mixture of fermented black, green and oolong tea. There is a mixture of yeast and bacteria that gets broken down during the fermentation process by consuming sugar. This will create carbon dioxide and ethanol and converted into acetic acids. There may be alcoholic particles still within the drink, hence the conclusion of an alcoholic drink. Yet, it’s not as strong as beer. There has been a study that kombucha can carry 0.5-2.4% of alcohol depending on the process. The FDA requires age requirements on alcohol containing drinks that have higher than 0.5%pf alcohol.  That’s why stores that sell this drink have the products to go through a testing process before it hits the shelves.

What is all the buzz about?

There is no research to back up kombucha’s benefits. But it does contain probiotics, antioxidants, and minerals that are good for your body.  During its prime in ancient China, it was known for detoxifying the body and aid gastrointestinal health. Since of its background, people who consume the drink has claimed that it influences the immune system and cancer prevention. Again, there is no background research. The only results a person can use is the studies of animals and their link to kombucha — which is the health benefits to the drink’s antioxidant contents.