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10 Things You Need To Stop Using Or Throw Away

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Article By Dr. Mercola – Each and every day, you come into contact with a large number of items—many of which have health risks that can accumulate over time. Many chemicals appear safe yet aren’t, and are not likely to be suspected when your health starts failing.

But other items that are part of the “standard” of contemporary living—such as electronics and even your office chair—can also do more harm than good in the long run.

The list of offending items can certainly be made exceedingly long, but here I will list 10 everyday items that you’d be better off without. A recent article in Time Magazine1 lists even more items you should throw away for better health.

#1: Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners such as aspartame and sucralose (Splenda) trick your body into storing fat and raise your risk of diabetes, so if you’re looking for health benefits, you’d be better off throwing those colorful little packets in the trash. Additionally, you can take the Artificial Sweetener Challenge from Naturally Savvy to help identify and remove artificial sweeteners from your diet.

The same goes for any food or beverage containing artificial sweeteners, such as diet soda. Besides worsening insulin sensitivity and promoting weight gain, artificial sweeteners also promote other more serious health problems, including heart attacks, stroke2,3,4 and Alzheimer’s disease.

One of the mechanisms by which artificial sweeteners promote obesity and disease is by disrupting your intestinal microflora.5,6,7,8  Specifically, artificial sweeteners alter metabolic pathways associated with metabolic function.

Decreased function has been observed in pathways associated with the transport of sugar in your body, for example. Artificial sweeteners have also been found to induce gut dysbiosis and glucose intolerance in otherwise healthy people.

14 Reasons Why Witch Hazel Should Be In Every Home

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Derived from the leaves and the bark of the North American witch hazel shrub (Hamamelis virginiana), witch hazel is one of the components of various commercial healthcare products, and for very good reasons. [1] Aside from being a natural astringent, there are numerous reasons why this versatile herb should be a staple in every home’s medicine cabinet. [2]

#1 – Natural Astringent. One of the most popular uses for witch hazel is for skincare by using it as a natural astringent. As a hydrosol (essential oils obtained from herbs using steam distillation),[1] it reduces redness, oiliness, bleeding, and inflammation of the skin. Since it also tightens the skin when it is topically applied, witch hazel can also help stop excess oil production and the development of blackheads and whiteheads. [3]

#2 – Reduces Bruises and Blemishes. Witch hazel can also help in minimizing the appearance of bruises and blemishes, and speed up the healing process. Using a cotton ball applied with witch hazel on the bruised or blemished area to reduce the discoloration.

#3 – Brightens Around The Eyes. In lieu of eye creams and other cosmetic containing chemicals and perfumes, use witch hazel to treat dark and puffy under-eyes. Pat it gently using a cotton ball to avoid sagging of the skin under your eyes. [4]

#4 – Shrinks Swollen Veins. To prevent varicose veins from developing, soak a cloth or swab in witch hazel and rub it into the skin. Prop up the treated areas as high as possible to decrease the blood pressure in these parts.

#5 – Stops Bleeding. Since witch hazel tightens the skin, applying it on minor cuts and scrapes will stop the bleeding and promote faster recovery. Some store-bought witch hazel contains isopropyl alcohol which can also disinfect the wound while healing it.

#6 – Prevents Ingrown Hair. Applying witch hazel after shaving and waxing will slow down bleeding from cuts and nicks. It will also prevent bacterial infection within the hair follicles, soothe razor burns, and hinder the formation of ingrown hair. [3]

#7 – Hemorrhoid Relief. Witch hazel is also an excellent natural treatment for hemorrhoids. Applying witch hazel water to the affected skin will help the pain, itching, swelling, and bleeding to subside.

#8 – Soothes Sore Throat. For a natural sore throat relief, make a pure witch hazel tea with honey. It will greatly help in reducing the swelling, drying up excess mucus, and easing the discomfort of an inflamed throat. [3]

#9 – Protects Your Lips and Gums. Witch hazel can also be used as a treatment for bleeding gums, mouth blisters, sores, and bad breath. Apply witch hazel extract to the affected part, or gargle with an alcohol-free witch hazel mouth rinse. [3]

#10 – Treats Ear Infection. Using an eye dropper, insert several drops of witch hazel extract into each ear to dry up pus and break up wax debris that may be clogging the ear canal.

#11 – Soothes Diaper Rash. The anti-inflammatory properties of witch hazel make it an excellent treatment for diaper rash without irritating the baby’s delicate skin. Apply it on the affected areas to reduce the discomfort brought by diaper rash.

#12 – Cools Down Sunburn. To treat sunburn, mix witch hazel with Aloe Vera gel and apply generously on the sunburnt skin. Witch hazel will help the skin heal faster, while the aloe will help cool down the burn.

#13 – Neutralizes Contact Dermatitis. Witch hazel can be used to combat the effects of poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac which irritate the skin of those who come in contact with it.

#14 – Treats Insect Bites and Stings. Applying witch hazel cream will also ease the pain and itching caused by insect bites and stings. [3]

References:
[1] Witch hazel (Astringent)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Witch_hazel_(astringent)
[2] 14 Reasons Why Witch Hazel Should Be In Every Home
http://www.naturallivingideas.com/14-reasons-why-witch-hazel-should-be-in-every-home/
[3] Axe, Josh. How to Use Witch Hazel to Clear Up Your Skin Fast
http://draxe.com/witch-hazel/

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Alarm As 44% Of Bee Colonies Reported DEAD In ONE Year

Alarm As 44% Of Bee Colonies Reported DEAD In ONE Year
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Recent news on the ongoing problem of bee colony collapse disorder has been bad: The Bee Informed Partnership (http://beeinformed.org), in collaboration with the Apiary Inspectors of America (AIA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), recently released numbers for the honey bee die-off: Beekeepers lost an average of 44 percent of their colonies in the 2015-2016 winter season – even more than the year prior. Other research out this year indicates that native bee numbers are also in decline.

This is serious news – but the pesticides widely held to be responsible for this catastrophe are still legal. People are however waking up and an astonishing reaction – 4 million signatures were delivered to the EPA this week at their headquarters – one of the largest environmental petition responses ever.

The question you must be asking by now is obvious: What’s stopping the EPA from taking action?

Answer: The pesticide industry.

The pesticide industry will do everything in its power to protect its profits. We know the EPA is hearing from Bayer, Syngenta, and other major agro-chemical companies that spend millions of dollars on PR campaigns to shift the blame away from pesticides – despite an overwhelming body of research linking pesticides to bee declines.

The tide is starting to turn but the lobby is powerful tell EPA to stop dragging its feet and take strong action on bee-killing pesticides and protect pollinator species.

In January, the EPA finally acknowledged that one neonicotinoid, imidacloprid, poses risks to honey bees. The EPA is also assessing the impact of the chemical glyphosate and its toxicity to monarchs from residues in milkweed (the only food young monarch butterflies eat—and a necessary component to their survival).

The EPA is starting to listen to the strong body of independent science because activists have drawn attention to it. But nothing the EPA has done so far will do enough to address the bee-toxic pesticides currently on the market.

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