Naturally Healthy: Natural Products That Are Perfect For KeepingYou Healthy

A lot of people are understandably skeptical about pharmaceutical companies, or “big pharma” as they like to call the industry. They feel like there are a lot of unnecessary chemicals and additives that go into our medicines just to justify the increasing costs of these goods. This makes having something as simple as a cold or a mild fever a potentially expensive illness!

Fortunately, there are natural remedies that can help you out with some of these ailments, making getting sick not such a daunting foe (financially at least). What we need to emphasize, however, is that many of these cures can deal with aches, pains, and minor illnesses like coughs and colds. If your illness gets worse, however, always be sure to consult your doctor!

Ginger

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Ginger is a surprisingly useful and hardy plant. It contains a substance called Gingerol, which is the primary element of ginger that aids that contains its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. This makes it a useful cure for toothaches and other aches that are caused by swelling. It’s also good for dealing with muscle pain and soreness, which is why it’s such a popular ingredient in energy drinks.

In addition to aches and swelling, ginger is also highly effective at reducing nausea, from seasickness to pregnancy morning sickness. It’s worth noting, however, that while ginger can reduce the nausea that comes with pregnancy morning sickness, it won’t prevent the vomiting which is usually part of the morning sickness. Beyond birthing, ginger also helps reduce menstrual pains!

Apple-Cider Vinegar

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Apple cider vinegar is one of the most useful things to have in your home. From cleaning wounds, to killing bacteria, treating nail fungus and lice, and disinfecting ear infections, apple cider vinegar is an incredibly versatile household item. Health-wise, it has quite a few applications as well. Science has shown that having vinegar with a high carb meal increases the feeling of fullness and reduces caloric intake by up to 250 calories.

Apple cider vinegar in particular has also been shown to be highly effective in lowering blood sugar levels. In addition to this clear benefit, apple cider vinegar has also been seen to improve insulin sensitivity, making it a highly helpful supplement to the diet of people suffering from type 2 Diabetes. The double-punch of lowering blood sugar and boosting insulin is a massive boon to them.

Turmeric

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The ingredient that gives Indian curry its distinct yellow color, turmeric has been proven to have quite a few health benefits, making it more than just an essential ingredient in a delicious curry dish! Curcumin, the element of turmeric that provides its health benefits is also available as a supplement for people who aren’t fond of the strong flavors associated with Indian curry.

Curcumin has high anti-inflammatory properties. In fact, its properties are almost equivalent to the properties of some anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects associated with those drugs. It also boosts the body’s antioxidant capabilities while being itself an antioxidant. In addition, it has also been found to reduce risk of brain disease and improve memory.

Ending The Chemical Romance: Natural Alternatives To Household Chemical Products

When people talk about getting rid of chemicals and other unnatural elements from their food and water, they tend to forget that their homes are also full of these unnatural chemicals. While synthetic materials are often useful, and to a point irreplaceable, such as the plastics and alloys that go into our technology and appliances, there are some products that can be used as alternatives for other household products. Here are some of our favorites:

Lemon Juice/Oil

If you follow our site’s articles, you’ll remember this handy disinfectant from our post about keeping your car clean. Well, Lemon juice and lemon oil can also be used to clean and disinfect your household surfaces! This is especially useful in the kitchen and bathrooms where a fresh-scented disinfectant is really needed!

Additionally, it’s great for gutting through grease on pots and pans, polishing glass and mirrors, and as lemonade when you need refreshment while cleaning your home! There are a ton of recipes online about what to mix with lemon juice and how in order to get cleansers for specific products. We’d share our favorites, but that’s for a different article down the road!

Coconut Oil

While many of you probably already have coconut oil at home as a hair or skin product, it can also find other uses in your home as a useful tool. Combined with lemon juice, for example, it can be used as wood polish. One of the best aspects of this combination as a wood polish is that rather than the harsh wax scent most polishes have, this mixture has a fresh, mellow scent.

While it doesn’t have the disinfecting properties that lemon does, coconut oil can be used to handle some tougher tasks that lemon can’t. Coconut oil can be used as a rust remover for small items such as scissors and blades. It can also be used as a stain remover for carpets and upholstery. It can even be used to polish leather furniture and leather accessories such as belts and leather watchstraps.

White Vinegar

White vinegar, with it’s milder scent compared to other vinegars, has quite a few applications in the house beyond as a cooking ingredient. For example, if you remember the show Mythbusters, they had an experiment on deodorizing feet. Compared to the other products, vinegar did the best job of eliminating food odor. The good news: it works on deodorizing other things as well!

Other than as a deodorant, white vinegar can also be used around the house as a stain remover and glass cleaner. One of its most useful applications, however, is as a mould remover, eliminating the health hazard without having to resort to chemicals or poisons.

What are your favorite natural products for cleaning the household? How effective are they and how often do you use them over their chemical counterparts? Let us know!

The Green Mile: Natural Products You Can Use To Keep Your Car Clean

With the state of pollution the way it is now, people are trying to find ways to be more and more environmentally friendly through the use of natural products and other green alternatives. Unfortunately, we can’t do it with every aspect of our lives. There are simple things made of plastic and steel that we use daily like our phones and gadgets, and more complicated things like the vehicles we use to get to and from work each day.

While there are some options for environmentally friendly vehicles, not all of them are affordable. Given that not all of us can afford a Tesla Car, there are other things we can do to help the world through the use of natural products to take care of the cars we do have. While there are certain things we can’t change, like the oil and fuel, there are some other things we can use instead of chemical based goods:

Lemon Juice

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A natural anti-bacterial that also smells great, lemon juice can be used to disinfect and shine up solid surfaces of your vehicle, like the dashboard and steering wheel. One of the best things about natural lemon products is that they’re all essentially the same. If you don’t have lemon juice fresh lemons on hand, for example, lemon oil can also be used to fill the same purpose.

You may want to steer clear of artificial lemon juice or lemon juice mix, though. Given that those types of lemon juice have sugar mixed in, they’ll end up messing up your car and attracting pests like ants. While ants may be “all natural”, you definitely don’t want them moving into your car at all, right! Especially if you go for something extravagant, like hire a supercar in Dubai! There are some natural things that don’t belong in your car at all!

Castile Soap

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A vegetable based soap that’s practically vegan (that’s right, no animal components in this soap!), it’s also a highly versatile soap that it can be used to wash virtually anything from you to your car to your hair and body. There are quite a few brands out there as the market is slowly growing. Don’t worry about application as well as it does come primarily in liquid form.

What’s important to note here is that as a wholly natural product, unlike other soaps that have heavy chemical components, the runoff from castile soap does not have the same potentially damaging effects on the environment that regular soaps will have. Not only are you keeping your car clean, but you’re also keeping the environment clean as well. Two for one!

Your Self

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We’re not saying you should render yourself down into soap to clean your car, or to use yourself like a giant sponge to wipe your car clean, so don’t worry! What we’re referring to here is the human element of washing your car: the more work you put into the washing, the better it is for the environment. This means ditching the fancy hose attachments, the pressure washer, and the other gadgets.

When it boils down to statistics, hoses, especially high-pressure ones end up wasting far more water than is necessary to wash your car. Instead of worrying about that, you could also simply enjoy a limo ride in Dubai in an awesome luxury car. While you may want to consider still using the really high pressure pumps to only clean out the finer areas that really need the high pressure to get the built-up dirt out, but in the long run, a bit of elbow grease and dedication are the best way to clean your car while helping the environment.

Mean And Green: Natural Products That Aren’t As Useful As Advertised

Natural is better for you. It sounds really catchy, doesn’t it? We’d like to think that a product that centers on natural ingredients will provide all sorts of benefits that can cure what ails us. While this notion isn’t harmful in itself, it is important to remember that while natural products can provide benefits, they are rarely magical cure-alls.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of brands out there that are pushing natural products as being able to do things for you even though they can’t, or wording things in a way that makes it seem like what they do is more significant or unusual that what it actually means. This is the point where we draw the line as we feel overselling can hurt natural products when those promises aren’t fulfilled. Here are some to watch out for:

The Implant-O-Rama

Pushed by actress Gwyneth Paltrow’s “health and luxury” brand, Goop, the Implant-O-Rama is a product that supposedly “supercharges your detox” through, believe it or not, a coffee enema. Keep in mind that while a coffee based colonic cleanse is not a new idea, it IS an idea that science has proven has no evidence to support its claims to aiding in detoxification of the body.

It’s products like these where you have to be very careful, as they will try to mislead you by presenting claims by “experts in the field”. More often than not, these so called experts are not scientists and don’t use proper scientific methods to reach their conclusions. Instead, they’re closer to snake oil salesmen, using pseudoscience and circumstantial evidence to support their claims.

Slimming Teas

Tea is an amazing thing. Coming in a wide variety of flavors, tea has been proven to help relax, energize, or detox you, depending on the tea that you take. With most commercial teas being made up of leaves or fruit, it’s hard to imagine that this product can be harmful to somebody, much less potentially deadly. Unfortunately, there are teas out there that can be dangerous.

Often advertised as slimming teas to help lose weight, these teas don’t help you lose weight through detoxification or natural means. More often than not, these teas have purgatives as well as illegal substances in trace amounts that cause the body to purge hard, as well as burn through calories faster. While it may indeed help you lose weight, it can also be potentially dangerous, especially over prolonged usage.

Anything That Is Marketed As “A Cure Doctors Don’t Want You To Discover”

The Internet is a wonderful place. It provides us with a treasure trove of information, helps us stay connected with our loved ones, and brings our businesses to a digital realm of experience. Unfortunately, one of the costs of this virtual playground is the army of advertisements. One ad that I’m sure you’ve seen is the “natural cures doctors don’t want you to know about”.

Always keep in mind that if it’s something your doctor didn’t tell you about as a cure to what ails you, chances are it either won’t heal you, or it is potentially harmful to you. The natural cures being talked about in those ads most definitely fall into either of those two categories. With this in mind, trust your doctors recommendations and ask for any natural alternatives they can recommend instead of trusting a random ad on the internet.