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Cayenne peppers are medicinal powerhouses that deserve a spot in your emergency medical kit

Natural News – February 23, 2019 by: Ellaine Castillo

Add some spice to your emergency medical kit with cayenne peppers. This small but highly nutritious superfood packs a punch against various health problems. Some examples of its health benefits include the following:

  • Stopping a stuffy nose — Cayenne peppers are effective against nasal congestion due to the common colds, flu, and allergies. It contains capsaicin which breaks up and expels mucus from your sinuses. To enjoy this benefit, just add a teaspoon of cayenne pepper to hot water and drink up. Do this three times a day to dilate blood vessels in your nose and drain your sinuses.
  • Suppressing fungal growth — The CAY-1 compounds in cayenne peppers have potent antifungal effects against 16 different strains of fungi. Moreover, it was shown to induce this effect without harming animal cells.
  • Relieving migraines — Capsaicin in cayenne reduces the amount of substance P, a chemical involved in the delivery of pain signals to the brain. This helps relieve migraine pain. In addition to this, capsaicin reduces platelet aggregation factor (PAF), which causes migraines by interfering with blood circulation in the head.
  • Promoting healthy digestion — Cayenne works as a natural digestive aid. It stimulates the production of digestive enzymes and gastric juices. As a result, the body finds it easier to metabolize food in your system. This superfood also helps with gas and bloating by stimulating the movement of the intestines. Moreover, the capsaicin in cayenne has been shown to protect against stomach ulcers.
  • Preventing dry mouth — Saliva is important for proper digestion and maintaining oral health. Unfortunately, some people don’t produce enough of it, which makes them have a dry mouth. By eating cayenne pepper, you can enhance the production of saliva.
  • Preventing blood clot formation — People with atherosclerosis have a high risk of forming blood clots. These can interfere with normal blood flow and increase the chances of having a heart attack or stroke. Cayenne pepper works by enhancing fibrinolytic activity, which prevents blood clots from forming.
  • Aiding in detoxification — Cayenne pepper is commonly used with lemons to detoxify the body. This superfood helps by heating up the body and enhancing the body’s natural detoxification process. It also makes you perspire more. This allows toxins to be eliminated from your body through sweat. (Related: Detoxing Cleanse Water With Lemon and Cayenne Pepper – Why You Should Drink It Every Day.)
  • Alleviating joint pain — The pain-relieving property of capsaicin is also effective against joint pain and arthritis. But aside from this, capsaicin has potent anti-inflammatory properties that help alleviate pain.
  • Promoting longevity — A study involving more than half a million people showed that people who consume spicy foods like cayenne pepper can increase their lifespan by 14 percent. This is possible because of the protective effects that cayenne peppers have against various health problems.
  • Supporting weight loss — Eating cayenne peppers during breakfast can reduce your appetite for the day. This helps reduce your calorie consumption, which consequently promotes weight loss. In addition to this, cayenne can boost metabolism and help burn off excess fat.
  • Enhancing heart health — Cayenne pepper is known for its ability to improve blood circulation. It is also effective against irregular heartbeat and palpitations. One study even showed that cayenne pepper can stop a heart attack in just 30 seconds.
  • Inhibiting the growth of cancer cells — The capsaicin in cayenne interferes with the different pathways involved in cancer cell growth. It has been observed to work against prostate, pancreatic, and skin cancer.

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Unusual foods that you can pickle now, for use in an emergency

Natural News – Feb 9, 2019 by: Zoey Sky

Pickling is a handy skill to have, especially when SHTF – and you don’t need expensive equipment or a large work area to start pickling. Pickling can easily extend the shelf life of many perishable food items like fruits or vegetables. (h/t to ApartmentPrepper.com.)

Pickling, one of the oldest methods of food preservation, involves submerging your food of choice in either a salt or vinegar brine to keep it from spoiling.

Here are some of the many benefits of pickling your own food:

  • Consuming pickled foods regularly is good for your overall well-being.
  • It’s a cost-effective way of preserving food.
  • Pickling food helps prevent bad bacteria from growing.
  • You can pickle the same food in different ways.

Brine and vinegar pickling

Controlled fermentation is encouraged in brine pickling, like when you make kimchi or sauerkraut. This allows beneficial bacteria to grow in the mixture and crowd out any bad bacteria that can make the food spoil. With brine pickling, you may notice that the flavor, look, and texture of the food changes. (Related: How to quickly pickle a variety of veggies.)

When you use vinegar to make pickles, its high acidity prevents most bacteria from growing in the food. Food pickled in vinegar remains preserved as long as it is submerged in the solution.

Kosher pickles are cucumbers preserved in a vinegar solution. Meanwhile, most dill pickles are preserved in brine. Dill pickles may include vinegar, but it is preserved in a mixture that includes dill and other pickling spices and salt.

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How Going Organic Benefits Your Body

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The word organic is perhaps the word of the decade in regards to the evolving world of food. What does it mean? Why is it important? Why is it more expensive than non-organic food?

“Organic” is the word used to describe plants that have been grown free of pesticides, herbicides, chemicals and genetic manipulation. As big-box companies have been increasingly greedy, these practices has become less popular with mainstream brands and food corporations because they require more diligent care and money by farmers.

These large corporations and brands pay farmers to grow in soil that has been prepped with powerful weed killers, and plants that have been coated with insect/bug resistant toxic agents. All of these things are done in an effort to maximize the size of their harvest.

What they neglect to make a priority is what these practices mean for the health of those that consume them. These greed monsters have put health on the back burner and have focused their attention on profit margins. They spending as little as possible to grow and produce these fruits and vegetables and then charging the masses for their contaminated plants.

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Documentary: ‘Call Of The Forest – The Forgotten Wisdom Of Trees’

The science and enchantment of the global forest provides us with answers to modern dilemmas.

‘Call Of The Forest – The Forgotten Wisdom Of Trees’ is a documentary featuring scientist and acclaimed author Diana Beresford-Kroeger. The film follows Diana as she investigates our profound biological and spiritual connection to forests. Her global journey explores the science, folklore, and restoration challenges of this essential eco-system.

Beresford-Kroeger explores the most beautiful forests in the Northern Hemisphere from the sacred sugi and cedar forests of Japan to the great boreal forest of Canada. She shares the amazing stories behind the history and legacy of these ancient forests while also explaining the science of trees and the irreplaceable roles they play in protecting and feeding the planet.

Along the way we meet some of the world’s foremost experts in reforestation.

Website: Call of the Forest

Video Trailer for ‘Call of the Forest’ (2 min)

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