Brussels Sprouts

The high fiber content (over 15% of our RDA) of Brussels sprouts lowers our cholesterol by binding with bile acids that the liver produces from cholesterol for digesting fat. Because many of these bile acids are coupled with fiber, the liver is charged with producing more bile acid to digest fat, and therefore requires more cholesterol to do so, ultimately lowering the cholesterol amount within our bodies.

What Can You Do For a Headache?

Recently, I went to teach an event, and as I arrived, the host apologized for being a little behind because she was suffering with a migraine headache. I proceeded to get out my bottles of oils and handed her our blend (for pain and tension), suggesting she rub some on the back of her neck and temples, which she did. By the time we started the class – 20-25 minutes later – she exclaimed that her headache was almost gone! She was amazed! I suggested she reapply it, which she did, and during the class she enthusiastically exclaimed that her migraine was completely gone! 

Because PastTense is a tension blend, it’s also great for neck stress, shoulder stress, and other types of tension and pain issues!

Apples

An apple won’t replace your toothbrush, but biting and chewing an apple stimulates the production of saliva in your mouth, reducing tooth decay by lowering the levels of bacteria. A new study performed on mice shows that drinking apple juice could keep Alzheimer’s away and fight the effects of aging on the brain. Mice in the study that were fed an apple-enhanced diet showed higher levels of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine and did better in maze tests than those on a regular diet.

What Do You Do For Burns?

We all get burned at times – whether it’s minor sunburn, or an other skin burn. So what do you do? 

Aloe Vera used to be my first go-to for burns but I’ve learned there’s something that works many times more effectively, even for the worst of burns. My personal favorite is the doTERRA Lavender essential oil. Just after I got my first set of oils, I stuck my hand in the oven and burned my wrist. I was told that Lavender was amazing for this, so I applied it topically. Immediately my pain went away, and by morning not only was there no blister but absolutely no redness either.

Mango

Research has shown antioxidant compounds in mango fruit have been found to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers. These compounds include quercetin, isoquercitrin, astragalin, fisetin, gallic acid and methylgallat, as well as the abundant enzymes. The high levels of fiber, pectin and vitamin C help to lower serum cholesterol levels, specifically Low-Density Lipoprotein (the bad stuff). Can be used both internally and externally for the skin. Mangos clear clogged pores and eliminate pimples. One cup of sliced mangoes supplies 25 percent of the needed daily value of vitamin A, which promotes good eyesight and prevents night blindness and dry eyes.

Cayenne Pepper

Hot and spicy, cayenne pepper adds zest to flavorful dishes around the world and health to those brave enough to risk its fiery heat. The hotness produced by cayenne is caused by its high concentration of a substance called capsaicin. Technically referred to as 8-methyul-N-vanillyl-6-nonenamide, capsaicin has been widely studied for its pain-reducing effects, its cardiovascular benefits, and its ability to help prevent ulcers. Capsaicin also effectively opens and drains congested nasal passages. 

Asparagus

It's not surprising to see asparagus being heralded as an anti-inflammatory food because it provides a truly unique combination of anti-inflammatory nutrients. Among these anti-inflammatory nutrients are asparagus saponins, including asparanin A, sarsasapogenin, protodioscin, and diosgenin.

Grapes

Few fruits have garnered as much attention in the health research literature as grapes. Part of the reason may be their widespread presence in diets worldwide. With the exception of Antarctica, grapes are cultivated on all of the earth's continents, and researchers from many different countries have been especially interested in this food. But an even greater part of the reason involves the amazing nutrient composition of grapes themselves. Every year, it seems like the list of health-supportive grape nutrients grow longer, and it can be challenging just to keep up with the many phytonutrients provided by this popular food.

Eggs

Eggs have long been recognized as a source of high-quality protein. The World Health Organization (WHO) and other public health authorities actually use eggs as their reference standard for evaluating the protein quality in all other foods. Egg protein is usually referred to as "HBV" protein, meaning protein with High Biological Value. Since eggs are used as the reference standard for food protein, they score 100% on the HBV chart. The high quality of egg protein is based on the mixture of amino acids it contains.

Top Foods For Breast and Prostate Cancer

Certain foods can help win the battle against two of the leading killers in America today. These key super foods are known to significantly reduces the chances of occurrence. This new study from Harvard shows us that we need to start educating our kids on the importance of quality nutrition now, rather than “eat whatever you want, you’re young” mentality. Remember the seeds that we sow now will create the harvest that we will have tomorrow. Cancer and other health challenges are created in 10 year increments. What you do in your twenties will show up in your thirties, and so on. 

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