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Basil: Subtle Kitchen Herb with Powerful Health Benefits

Basil: Subtle Kitchen Herb with Powerful Health Benefits

Diana Herrington   November 17, 2013   “A man taking basil from a woman will love her always.“ Sir Thomas Moore   Basil, “the oldest herb,” is one of my favorites for cooking and health. Discover its balancing health benefits, its amazing history and trivia and many delicious recipes.   7 Health Benefits of Basil   1. Powerful anti-inflammatory from essential oils: Eugenol, citronellol, linalool, citral, limonene and terpineol are a just few of the oils in basil. The enzyme-inhibiting effect…

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5 Ways to Combat Flu in Your Home

5 Ways to Combat Flu in Your Home

By Ted Myatt, Special to CNN      Fri November 15, 2013 Editor’s note: Ted Myatt is a senior scientist at the leading consulting firm Environmental Health and Engineering, Inc. and Director of Research Compliance at University of Rhode Island. He is also a lecturer in Environmental Sciences at Brandeis University. (CNN) – Now that we are in the height of cold and flu season, it’s time to defend yourself against the flu virus, starting with your home. Your home…

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Foods That Fight Heartburn

Foods That Fight Heartburn

By R. Morgan Griffin         WebMD Feature Reviewed by Michael W. Smith, MDYou’ve heard about the foods that can make your heartburn worse, from coffee to chocolate to tomatoes. But what about foods that could make your heartburn better? Check out some key eats you should add to your diet.Eat More Low-Acid FoodsWhen acid and other liquids in your stomach back up into your esophagus, you get heartburn. The acid that’s already in your stomach isn’t the…

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11 Common Words With Very Specific Meanings on Food Labels

11 Common Words With Very Specific Meanings on Food Labels

One of the responsibilities of the Food and Drug Administration is to assure that foods are labeled properly. It provides regulations on what, where, and how prominently information should be placed on packaging. The idea is that consumers should not be misled by what they read on the groceries they buy. However, the labels should also be written in plain, understandable language. This means that sometimes regular English words—words that have commonsense but slightly fuzzy meanings—must be defined more precisely…

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“Hidden Caves” in the Brain Open Up During Sleep to Wash Away Toxins

“Hidden Caves” in the Brain Open Up During Sleep to Wash Away Toxins

A new study published in the prestigious journal, Science, has found that the brain may wash away toxins built up over the day during sleep. The research discovered “hidden caves” inside the brain, which open up during sleep, allowing cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) to flush out potential neurotoxins, like β-amyloid, which has been associated with Alzheimer’s disease. To reach their discovery, researchers injected mice’s brains with a dye and monitored the flow while they were awake, asleep and anaesthetised (Xie et…

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5 Gluten-Free Flours

5 Gluten-Free Flours

Mel, selected from Natural Solutions magazine     April 25, 2010 By Matthew Kadey, RD, Natural Solutions Going gluten free doesn’t have to mean forsaking your favorite flour-filled foods. Thanks to the growing popularity of gluten-free flour, baking and cooking without wheat is easier than ever. Alternative flours also have higher amounts of protein, vitamins, minerals, and fiber than white and wheat flours, increasing food’s nutritional value while adding new tastes and textures. Whether you’re avoiding gluten or simply looking for…

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How to Treat Cold and Flu Symptoms

How to Treat Cold and Flu Symptoms

Natural Ways to Kick a Cold WebMD Feature     By Paige Axel      Reviewed By Brunilda Nazario, MD Trying to get over a cold? There are lots of things you can do to ease the symptoms as you get better. Here some easy ones. Turn Up the Heat When a cold strikes, chicken soup and hot tea can ease your symptoms. The reason: heat. As the warmth moves down your throat toward your stomach, it helps loosen mucus, making it easier to…

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Exercise may not only treat but prevent depression: study

Exercise may not only treat but prevent depression: study

Published Tuesday, October 29, 2013 While prior research has found that exercise goes a long way in boosting your mood, a new scientific review suggests that regular activity can even prevent episodes of depression. Researchers from the University of Toronto analyzed more than 26 years’ worth of research on the subject, finding that low levels of physical activity, such as walking and gardening for 20-30 minutes a day, can ward off depression in people of all age groups, regardless of…

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Eight Ingredients You Never Want to See on Your Nutrition Label

Eight Ingredients You Never Want to See on Your Nutrition Label

By David Zinczenko with Matt Goulding – Mens Health The year was 1950, and The Magic 8-Ball had just arrived in stores. It looked like a toy, but it wasn’t. It was a future-telling device, powered by the unknown superpowers that lived inside its cheap plastic shell. Despite a bit of an attitude—”Don’t count on it,” “My reply is no”—it was a huge success. Americans, apparently, want to see their futures. A few decades later, Congress passed the Nutrition Labeling…

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Eat More Mediterranean Foods Now: Your Later Self Will Thank You

Eat More Mediterranean Foods Now: Your Later Self Will Thank You

By Alexandra Sifferlin    Nov. 04, 2013        Sticking with a Mediterranean diet throughout most of your life may pay off with a disease-free old age, according to researchers in Boston. Replacing red meats with bean-based protein, and saturated fats with olive oil are are familiar ways to avoid chronic diseases such as heart problems and diabetes. And studies have linked the Mediterranean diet to longer life. But how good is the quality of those extra years? To…

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