An Apple a Day

912Apples are one of the top-ranked fruits to eat for your health, thanks to their disease-fighting antioxidants and vitamins. Eating apples has been known to decrease the risk of chronic diseases like dementia, cancer, type 2 diabetes and even heart disease. High in fiber, apples also can help you keep off excess weight while fixing problems like constipation.*

For the best health benefits, consume whole apples (with their skin), rather than juicing them. Have fun experimenting with all of the different kinds of apples; currently there are more than 7,500 varieties of apples worldwide!

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*http://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eating/stories/10-reasons-to-eat-an-apple-a-day
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Licorice Root to Prevent Flu

909Glycyrrhizin (GR) is the active ingredient in licorice root. Studies show that by creating T cells, GR can protect you from infections. As helpful as GR can be, you should avoid long-term use because it can increase your blood pressure.*

The next time you are starting to feel sick or just think your immune system could use a boost, have a dose of GR. You can make your own hot tea at home by brewing some licorice root.

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*http://www.homeremediesweb.com/licorice-root-health-benefits.php
Photo | Glycyrrhiza glabra | submitted by Erin Silversmith | Used under a GNU Free Documentation License

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How to Make Natural Toothpaste

908We all need to brush our teeth with toothpaste in order to maintain healthy teeth and gums, but some of the ingredients in manufactured toothpaste can be harmful. Luckily, natural toothpaste can provide you with all of the cleaning benefits of mainstream toothpastes without the harmful additives like saccharin, sodium laurel sulfate and fluoride.*

Have fun making your own natural toothpaste at home. Just mix 1 drop of peppermint extract with 1/8-cup baking soda and 1/4-teaspoon lemon juice; add water until a paste forms, brush and enjoy!

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*http://www.livestrong.com/article/167101-what-are-the-harmful-ingredients-in-toothpaste/
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Apple Cider Vinegar for Diabetes

907Good news for people with diabetes, apple cider vinegar may be able to help keep blood sugar levels under control. One study showed that two tablespoons of ACV taken at night helped lower glucose levels by 6% the next morning. Another study proved that after eating a high carb meal, ACV kept blood sugar from spiking.*

Apple cider vinegar is highly acidic, so protect your esophagus by diluting your doses. Also, for best results, be sure to only ingest ACV that is organic, unfiltered and raw.

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*http://www.dlife.com/diabetes-food-and-fitness/diabetes-superfoods/special_nutrients/spoonful_of_vinegar
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Dehydration Slows Down Metabolism

904Your cellular function slows down when you are dehydrated, causing you to experience concentration issues and fatigue. When you’re in a dehydrated state, your body has trouble utilizing fat as fuel. In fact, your metabolism experiences a 3% drop just from mild dehydration.*

When you drink enough water, your metabolism has the ability to increase and so do your energy levels. Women should try to drink 9 cups of water a day, while men should strive for 13.

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*http://www.livestrong.com/article/409152-does-dehydration-slow-metabolism/
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Clean Humidifiers and Air Conditioners Frequently

903Clean your humidifiers and air conditioners in your home often. Dirty filters can cause bacteria and mold to grow; and breathing in that dirt can trigger allergies and asthma. Even if you aren’t prone to those issues, bacteria and mold can bring on flu-like symptoms or even lung infections in otherwise healthy people.*

Clean your air humidifiers and air conditioners according to their manual. If you have central air, consider hiring a professional to rid your ducts and hoses of mold spores. Breathe healthier today!

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*http://www.bhg.com/home-improvement/remodeling/eco-friendly/how-to-improve-your-indoor-air-quality/
Photo | pc richards – installation gone amuck of air conditioner – Nova Scotia July 4 wknd 2008 362.jpg | ©Scott | Used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

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Amazing Health Benefits of Coconut Water

902After your next workout, reach for some anti-inflammatory coconut water. Not only does coconut water help balance your glucose levels, but it is also packed with electrolytes, vitamins, phytonutrients and minerals. Drinking coconut water will promote a healthy immune system, and you might even notice an improvement in the appearance of your eyes and skin.

You can purchase whole, fresh coconuts at most grocery stores. Carefully push a metal skewer though the “soft eye” found on every coconut, drain it’s sweet water into a cup and enjoy!

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*http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/amazing-benefits-of-coconut-water-for-skin-hair-and-health/
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More Melatonin for Your Health

899Melatonin is a hormone commonly linked to proper sleep, but did you know that it can help fight off cancer, diabetes and heart disease too? Melatonin increases “beige fat” which is a fat that promotes your body to burn calories rather than store them. Studies also find that melatonin calms reproductive hormones; and as a result, melatonin is being linked to protecting you against sex hormone driven cancers (like ovarian, breast and prostate cancer). *

Since turning on the lights stops your body’s production and release of melatonin, keep lights dim in the evening and completely off when you go to sleep. You can find melatonin in supplements, but for a natural dose, eat some cherries, which are packed with this healthy hormone.

Visit www.vitamanna.com to order the SleepManna supplement. SleepManna contains cherry which has natural melatonin.

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*http://www.sleepfoundation.org/article/sleep-topics/melatonin-and-sleep
Photo | Sleep Manna | ©Dr. S. Don Kim

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Nutritional Powerhouse Pumpkin Seeds

The pumpkin seeds we roasted after carving pumpkins for Halloween
The pumpkin seeds we roasted after carving pumpkins for Halloween

Pumpkin seeds are nutritional powerhouses that can help fight off both cancer and diabetes. Packed with antioxidants and phytosterol (plant compounds), pumpkin seeds can also help your liver, immune system and heart health. Also, these tasty seeds offer up a dose of copper, zinc, magnesium and protein too!*

You can find raw pumpkin seeds in most specialty markets or in the health section of some grocery stores. Sprinkle some seasonings (like rosemary or garlic) and roast your seeds at 400 degrees until golden (usually between 5-20 minutes, based on the size of your seeds).

*http://www.care2.com/greenliving/13-health-benefits-of-pumpkin-seeds.html
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Organic Butter for Arthritis and Joint Stiffness

897Raw, grass-fed butter can keep your joints from feeling stiff. This is because raw butter contains Wulzen factor, which is a hormone-like substance that makes sure calcium does not go into your joints and is instead absorbed by your body. Only raw butter packs this powerful benefit; the Wulzen factor is destroyed by pasteurization.*

Try to buy organic raw, grass-fed butter to help protect your joints from arthritis caused by calcium buildup. Cooking and melting methods are the same as with pasteurized butter, however, you may enjoy a creamier, smoother taste with this healthy raw variety.

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*http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/12/07/why-is-butter-better.aspx
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