New Artificial Sweetener Neotame…Even More Toxic Than Aspartame

Neotame

is TOXIC…

It’s marketed as Equal and Nutrasweetaspartame is a well-known neurotoxic sweetener used in many food products.

This cancer-causing artificial sweetener is threatening the health of populations worldwide, and has even been found to be created using genetically modified bacteria.

While most individuals know about aspartame and its dangers, there is another, lesser known sweetener in the food supply that many people don’t know about –

Neotame.

Neotame:

An Unknown Artificial Sweetener Lurking in Your Food

Introduced by biotech giant Monsanto, Neotame was created as a new sweetener and flavor enhancer to be used in food products.

On July 9, 2002, the United States Food and Drug Administration decided that Neotame’s safety and functionality made it available for consumption, thus resulting in its approval.

What’s concerning is, while Neotame has a similar structure to aspartame, the chemicals used in its manufacturing process seem to make the sweetener even more toxic than aspartame.

Both aspartame and Neotame are made up of substances which metabolize into a highly toxic poison known as formaldehyde.

In addition, they contain an exctiotoxic amino acid that agitates, thereby damaging nerves. Although very similar to aspartame in chemical structure, Neotame has one chemical added that aspartame does not possess – 3-dimethylbutyl, which just so happens to be on the Environmental Protection Agency’s most hazardous chemical list.

HolisticMed reports:

Neotame has similar structure to aspartame – except that, from it’s structure, appears to be even more toxic than aspartame. This potential increase in toxicity will make up for the fact that less will be used in diet drinks.

Like aspartame, some of the concerns include gradual neurotoxic and immunotoxic damage from the combination of the formaldehyde metabolite (which is toxic at extremely low doses) and the excitotoxic amino acid.

Neotame’s manufacturing process involves combining aspartame with 3,3-dimethylbutyraldehyde, a chemical categorized as a highly flammable irritant.

The largest argument for the use of this sweetener, as well as aspartame, is that they battle against obesity, but it is well known that sweeteners like aspartame actually lead to obesity.

The worst part? Even if you wanted to avoid this sweetener, you may find it impossible to do so. Not only are there no labeling rules for Neotame, but it is even included in the USDA certified organic food! 

So what is the solution? If you are trying to avoid Neotame, the best thing to do is buy all organic items that have no or very little ingredients. The less ingredients, the less chance Neotame could be hiding out.

Given the history behind Monsanto and its other creations – Agent Orange, Roundup, and GMO crops – it seems quite clear that their Neotame is no exception for consumption.

Source: This article was written by Mike Barrett and first appeared at Natural Society, an excellent resource for health news and vaccine information.

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Top 10 Stress Relieving Herbal Teas

Stress

– the one thing none of us needs!

Are you stressed out? Are you suffering from insomnia, tension headaches or indigestion? A soothing and relaxing herbal tea may provide just the help you are looking for.

Tea may not sound like a great way to take the edge off a stressful day, but you’d be surprised. Herbal teas have been used for thousands of years for their medicinal properties. All the herbs mentioned in this article have been proven through various scientific studies to help alleviate a variety of

stress

related symptoms by simply bringing the stress hormones back to normal levels, easing tension in your muscles, and calm your nerves.

So if you’re feeling a little stressed, anxious, irritable etc…I highly recommend you give one of these herbal teas – technically called tisanes – a try and you’ll feel for yourself how effective they are.
The Top 10

Stress

Relieving Herbal Teas:

    1. Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)
      Chamomile is well-known for its abilities to reduce nausea and indigestion. It also soothes nerves and makes you calm. People who are hyperactive by nature will find it quite beneficial as it stabilizes their moods. If you have insomnia, a cup of Chamomile tea is just right to bring on that sound sleep.
    2. Ginseng (Panax ginseng)

One of the most popular herbal tea ingredients is Ginseng. Why? Ginseng tea clears out mental exhaustion and stress immediately.

You find yourself to be more peaceful and clam, after a cup of Ginseng tea. If you have trouble sleeping, try Ginseng tea to bring back that restive sleep.

  • Mint (Mentha spp.)
    Mint is well known for its aromatic flavor. If you add mints like peppermint and spearmint, your tea is not just well-flavored but it’s relaxes your mind. It’s also an excellent combating agent for an upset stomach.
  • Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora)
    Skullcap – despite it’s scary name – is known for its abilities to relax tense muscles, reduce muscle spasms, calm nerves, and reduce headaches. Women will find skullcap tea to be very relieving because it’s also know to bring down irritability associated with Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS).
  • Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)
    Everyone knows of those times when you get those tension headaches because of work stress. This is the perfect opportunity to try some Lavender Tea. Lavender is known for it’s abilities to reduce nervous exhaustion, headaches caused by stress, and anxiety. It also perfect for reducing indigestion problems. It’s a great addition to other herbal teas as well.

 

  1. Lemon Verbena (Aloysia triphylla)
    An herbal tea with Lemon Verbena is just the dose you need for an upset stomach and nausea. If you have insomnia problems, you’ll find it to be just right for helping you get a good nights rest. The lemon flavored leaves and stems also make a delightful addition to other herbal teas.
  2. Catnip (Nepeta cataria)
    Although catnip causes quite a bit of excitement in cats, it has the opposite effect on humans. Catnip is well-known for its properties to reduce excitement and palpitations. When your stomach is unable to digest properly, it results in digestion-related headaches. At such times, a cup of catnip tea is just the thing you need for relief. It’s also very good for quieting the mind.
  3. Linden (Tilia spp.)
    The aromatic flowers of this herb help relax muscles and nerves. It’s very good for making the mind calm and reliving headaches caused by stress. If you’re suffering from frequent nervous tensions, including Linden in your daily tea can bring down such problems and keep you calm.
  4. Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata)
    Passionflower is well-know for its ability to reduce headaches caused by anxiety and stress. It’s also know to bring down pain and irritability associated with Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). Drop this ingredient into your herbal tea and see problems like tensions and irritation vanish just as they came.
  5. Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)
    While this ingredient is not going to make your teas taste sweeter due to it’s bitter and musky taste, it’s definitely right for bringing on a rejuvenated and sound sleep. If you have insomnia and have trouble sleeping due to stress, drop this into your tea for a restive sleep.

Worth Mentioning:
Here are a few other herbs – not covered in this article – that can help to induce a restful nights sleep: Hops (Humulus lupulus), Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), Borage (Borago officinalis), Arabian jasmine (Jasminum sambac), and Lemon grass (Cymbopogon citratus).
Suggested Brewing Methods:
For each serving of tea desired bring 1 cup of water to a boil (preferable in an enameled or glass pan, I use this Glass Electric Kettle & Bodum YoYo Infuser). Remove the pan from the heat and add 1 teaspoon of dried or 1 tablespoon of fresh herbs to the pan or infuser. Let this mixture steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Place a lid on top of your container while it steeps to prevent the volatile essential oils from escaping. It is these essential oils which contain the medicinal properties that you are exploiting for use in your herbal beverage. Strain the herbs from the water and pour the tea into your favorite tea cup.

You could also use a French press or tea pot with a built in infuser basket. FYI: those little tea balls you find in some kitchen gadget stores don’t have enough room for the herbs to move around freely. If the herbs can’t move around freely in the water while they are steeping you will wind up with an inferior cup of tea.
MY THOUGHTS:
If you don’t already know, well, I love tea. Just the thought of my morning tea (green tea) gets me out of bed in the morning. I think most of us experience stress on a regular basis and consuming one of these teas might just help you relax as they have helped me.

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Strawberries As A Home Remedy

Strawberries

sure surprised me…

Many foods are valuable sources of antioxidants. But researchers have recently ranked the 50 best antioxidant sources among commonly eaten foods and found

strawberries

to be quite exceptional.

When total antioxidant capacity was measured,

strawberries

ranked 27th best among U.S. foods. In addition, when only fruits were considered, strawberries came out 4th among all fruits (behind blackberries, cranberries, and raspberries).

Since many foods (for example, spices and seasonings) are seldom consumed in amounts as large as 3.5 ounces, researchers also looked at common serving sizes for all foods and their total antioxidant capacity.

In this evaluation, strawberries came out 3rd among all U.S. foods including spices, seasonings, fruits, and vegetables!

Only blackberries and walnuts scored higher in total antioxidant capacity.

Research has shown strawberries to be a surprisingly fragile, perishable, and delicate fruit.

Food scientists recently took a close look at storage time, storage temperature, storage humidity, and degree of strawberry ripeness and found significant differences between different types of strawberry storage. On average, studies show 2 days as the maximal time for strawberry storage without major loss of vitamin C and polyphenol antioxidants.

It’s not that strawberries become dangerous to eat or invaluable after 2 days. It’s just that more storage time brings along with it substantially more nutrient loss.

In terms of humidity, 90-95% has been shown optimal. Most refrigerators will average a much lower humidity (between 80-90%).

Because air circulation inside the fridge can lower humidity, you may want to give your strawberries more storage humidity by putting them in your refrigerator’s cold storage bins.

If your fridge does not have storage bins, you can use a sealed container for refrigerator storage of your strawberries.

Optimal temperature for strawberry storage over a 2-day period has been found to be relatively cold, (36F) (2C).

Public health organizations only recommend refrigerator temperatures of 40F (4.4C) as the maximum safe level for food storage. But, if you are storing sizable amounts of fruits and vegetables, including strawberries in your refrigerator, you may want to set your refrigerator to a lower than maximum temperature setting in the range of 36-38F (2-3C).

In terms of ripeness, recent studies have found that both under ripeness and over ripeness can have an unexpectedly large impact on the phytonutrient content of strawberries, especially their antioxidant polyphenols.

Fortunately, optimal strawberry ripeness can be judged by color. Consume your strawberries when their pinkish red color is most vibrant.

Improved blood sugar regulation has been a long-standing area of interest in research on strawberries and health.

However, scientists have recently discovered a fascinating relationship between intake of strawberries, table sugar, and blood sugar levels. You might not expect this blood sugar spike to be reduced by simultaneous consumption of strawberries! Yet that’s exactly what researchers have discovered.

With the equivalent of approximately one cup of fresh strawberries (approximately 150 grams), blood sugar elevations from simple sugar intake can be reduced. Researchers have speculated that polyphenols in strawberries play a major role in helping regulate blood sugar response.

This finding is great news for healthy persons wanting to maintain healthy blood sugar levels, and also for persons with type 2 diabetes who enjoy fresh strawberries and want to enjoy them on a regular basis.

Given their amazing combination of phytonutrients, including anthocyanins, ellagitannins, flavonols, terpenoids, and phenolic acids, it’s not surprising to find increasing research interest in the anti-inflammatory properties of strawberries.

It’s exciting to see this remarkable fruit lowering level of inflammatory markers like C-reactive protein (CRP) when consumed several days per week, in everyday amounts of approximately one cup.

Research has now shown that several blood markers for chronic, unwanted inflammation, can be improved by regular intake of strawberries.

One study showed, consumption of strawberries did not display anti-inflammatory benefits until strawberries were consumed at least 3 times per week.

This research is why we recommend inclusion of berries at least 3-4 times per week in your overall fruit consumption.

Home Remedies for Heartburn

Home remedies for heartburn

and acid reflux are common problems that many people suffer from these days.

Natural Home Remedies For Heartburn

Because of this, there are several brands of over the counter medications people take for this problem.

However, there are also many great

home remedies for heartburn

that have been proven to sooth the annoying symptoms that come along with heartburn or reflux.

Many of these remedies are very inexpensive and you may already have many of the items on hand.

When the usual antacid tablets are no longer doing the trick, grab a stick of your favorite chewing gum. Yes, regular chewing gum has been shown to help decrease the symptoms of heartburn.

By chewing a piece right as the symptoms begin, your natural saliva that you swallow helps your body to naturally control the upsetting acid.

While any type of chewing gum will do the trick, a minty flavored gum would be even more beneficial.

Many people use mint and peppermint flavored candy or gum to relieve the common symptoms of heartburn. The oils in peppermint help to soothe the digestive tract. It has a calming effect that relaxes the muscles and helps to prevent nausea, anxiety, cramping and diarrhea.

Adding to the list of great home remedies for heartburn is natural honey.

Natural or organic honey also been shown to be one of the best home remedies for heartburn. Taking two teaspoons of pure, undiluted, unprocessed honey after a meal can help reduce the effects of heartburn and acid reflux. Honey is also known to be a great antibacterial, antioxidant and antiviral supplement.

More Great Home Remedies for Heartburn:

A mixture of baking soda, lemon juice and water is a great temporary fix and one of the quickest home remedies for heartburn.

In a tall glass, add two tablespoons of baking soda, then fill the glass halfway full of cold water. Pour some fresh squeezed lemon juice into the baking soda mixture and try to drink it all down as quickly as possible.

While the fizz of the baking soda will quickly relieve your heartburn symptoms, this method also puts a lot of sodium into your body so be aware of that, especially if you are on a low sodium diet.

Some other fast home remedies for heartburn include drinking vinegar or a glass of milk to relieve the burning in the esophagus.

Root beer, sweet lime juice and ginger have also been shown to help ease the pain.

A teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar is another great way to cure reflux when followed by a glass of water. If you can’t find organic apple cider, the regular kind will do.

These are just a few of the many

home remedies for heartburn

that people have used over the years.

Try using home remedies for heartburn or acid reflux, and see which cures work best for you.

Author: Steve Berchtold

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Home Remedies For Gout

Home Remedies For Gout

are available, but dietary changes help all home remedies for gout to be more effective.

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Gout is a type of inflammation of the joints and swellings of a recurrent type, but there are some good

It’s a disease that generally affects men; however, it’s also seen in post menopausal women and those who over-indulge in alcohol consumption. Diet is an important aspect in the list of home remedies for gout.

Gout is essentially a form of arthritis that is characterized with sudden bouts of severe pain, inflammation and tenderness in the joints. All of which home remedies for gout can be applied.

Because of the strong connection between diets and gout, the condition was regarded as an affliction of the wealthy in the past. With today’s rich diets, there is less disparity, particularly with regard to the foods we consume.

This condition has become much more common and the need for home remedies for gout is needed, since it can afflict almost anyone, although men and post-menopausal women are more susceptible.

The excruciating pain can cause a person to wake up in a sweat, often described as a feeling of fire or burning sensation in the afflicted joint.

One of the most effective home remedies for gout and the best form of treatment would be through a gout diet. Sufferers of gout need to be careful about their diet and home remedies for gout can help greatly.

Home Remedies For Gout include certain foods to avoid since they could trigger a higher frequency and increased severity of gout attacks. Excessive Alcohol, Heredity, Rich Foods, Lack of Exercise also Causes Gout.

The most common Gout symptom is acute pain in the big toe, which becomes tender, hot, and swollen very quickly. It is therefore also known as the toe/foot disease. It’s also known to affect other joints like the knees and wrists.

It’s important that these symptoms are not neglected since the absence of appropriate gout treatment could lead to other complications and also permanent damage to the affected joints.

Home remedies for gout diets suffice to control and reign in the condition most times, but it would still be important to consult with your doctor and keep him informed.

Higher than normal amounts of uric acid in the body increases your risk of gout. This excess uric acid tends to crystallize and accumulate in the joints, causing the swelling of the joints. This is what triggers the painful symptoms associated with gout.

The only way to experience gout relief is by following a disciplined diet for gout. Natural remedies for gout include a variety of fruits and vegetables that help to regulate the levels of uric acid in the body. Some of the home remedies for gout are as follows.
 
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Here are some home remedies for gout:

Dietary Habits: People who follow a diet that comprises of a high amount of red meats, oily fish, yeast and internal organs are very susceptible to gout. A regular or high intake of alcohol, particularly beer, is also known to increase the risk of developing gout. In the past it the consumption of red meat among the population was a rarity as it was more of a privilege for the wealthy and ruling classes, which is why it was often referred to as a disease of the rich.

Heredity: A family history of gout puts you at high risk of developing gout. Although there may be little that you can do to correct this, following a gout diet or exercising some amount of caution when it comes to diet and alcohol consumption could make a huge difference.

Home Remedies For Gout based On Age and Gender: Men tend to be more susceptible to gout at an earlier age because uric acid levels rise at puberty in men, while in women this occurs only at menopause.

Medical Conditions and Drugs: The presence of certain conditions could put you at a higher risk of developing gout.

Conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure are known to cause such complications at times, particularly if not treated appropriately.

High cholesterol levels and a narrowing of the arteries also contribute to the development of gout.

Certain drugs like diuretics used in the treatment of high blood pressure, as well as low dose aspirin drugs and many anti-rejection drugs prescribed for patients who have undergone transplant surgery.

This why I believe it’s so important to use home remedies for gout.

Home Remedies For Gout With Fruit

Cherries

The cherry, sweet or sour, is considered in effective treating gout. Consume about fifteen to twenty cherries a day, preferably as soon as you wake up.

Subsequently, you can begin to reduce the amount of cherries you consume. Research into the home remedies for gout effectiveness of cherries for treating gout, showed that an antioxidant in cherries called anthocyanins helps to relieve inflammation as well as reduce the frequency of gout flare-ups. It is best to consume fresh cherries and avoid the canned variety.

Vegetable Juices Home Remedies For Gout

Raw vegetable juices are used for gout treatment. A cocktail of carrot, beetroot and cucumber juice seems to be effective in treating gout. Add 100 ml of beetroot and 100 ml of cucumber juice to 300 ml of carrot juice and this must be consumed on a daily basis.

French Beans Home Remedies For Gout

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The juice of French or string beans has also proved effective in treating gout. About 150 ml of this juice should be taken daily by the patient suffering from this disease.

Apples Home Remedies For Gout

Apples are regarded as an excellent source for curing gout. The malic acid contained in them is believed to neutralise the uric acid and afford relief to gout sufferers. The patient is advised to take one apple after each meal.

Banana Home Remedies For Gout

Bananas have been found beneficial in the treatment of gout. A diet of bananas only for three or four days is advised for providing some relief from gout. A patient can take eight or nine bananas daily during this period and nothing else.

Lime Home Remedies For Gout

Lime is also used as a source in treating gout. Vitamin C is known to prevent and cure sore joints by strengthening the connective tissues of the body. The citric acid found in lime is a solvent of the uric acid which is the primary cause of this disease. The juice of half a lime, squeezed into a glass of water, should be taken twice daily.

Charcoal Home Remedies For Gout

One of the natural gout remedies is a paste of water and half a cup of charcoal powder. This remedy is perfect for gout of the foot. The infected foot can be soaked in this mixture completely for at least 30 minutes to an hour for effective pain relief.

Herbs Home Remedies For Gout

Some of the herbs that can be used for effective gout pain relief include devil’s claw root, white willow bark, ginger root and meadowsweet flower tops and leaves. All these herbs contain powerful anti-inflammatory properties which can relieve pain caused in gout. Other herbs like cayenne, licorice, boswellia and feverfew are also considered to be natural gout remedies.

Safflower Home Remedies For Gout

Safflower can be taken in capsule form for speeding up the healing process in the case of gout. Safflower has properties which help in improving circulation, cleansing the blood and also alleviating the pain caused in gout.

Ginger Home Remedies For Gout

If you suffer from gout in the toes, one of the natural gout remedies would be a mixture of water and 1/3 cup of ground ginger. The feet can be soaked in this mixture for 30 minutes which will cause sweating and therefore elimination of uric acid. It is important to bathe thoroughly after following this remedy as ginger could cause skin irritation once the skin dries.

Mustard Home Remedies For Gout

Prepare a paste by mixing one part whole wheat powder and one part mustard powder with water. This paste can be applied on the aching body parts and left overnight for effective gout pain relief.

Home Remedies For Gout Diet:

For an acute attack, there is no better remedy than a fast of orange juice and water. In severe cases, it is advisable to undertake a series of short fasts for three days or so rather than one long fast.

All Fruit Diet Home Remedies For Gout

After the acute symptoms subside, the patient may adopt an all fruit diet for another three or four days.

Natural Food Home Remedies For Gout Diet

Thereafter, he may gradually embark upon a well-balanced diet of natural foods, with emphasis on fresh fruits, raw vegetables, and sprouts.

Avoid Purine and Acid Producing Foods

The patient should avoid all purine and uric acid-producing foods such as all meats, eggs, and fish; tea, coffee, sugar, white flour and its products; and all canned, processed, and fried foods.

The home remedies for gout mentioned above will help to reduce the severity and frequency of the painful symptoms of gout. It would be a good idea to do a liver cleanse also, in your effort to stop gout. 

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Home Remedies For Gout will help ease the pain and help you live a much fuller life.

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