By Andrea Harper and Dr Akilah El
Hydrogen peroxide is the only germicidal agent composed only of water and oxygen. Like ozone, it kills disease organisms by oxidation! Hydrogen peroxide is considered the worlds safest all natural effective sanitizer. It kills microorganisms by oxidizing them, which can be best described as a controlled burning process. When hydrogen peroxide reacts with organic material it breaks down into oxygen and water.
Whiten Clothes – An Alternative to Beach
Add a cup of Peroxide to white clothes in your laundry to whiten them. Peroxide is great to get rid of blood stains on clothes and carpets. If there is blood on clothing, just pour directly on the spot, let it sit for about a minute, then rub and rinse with cold water. Repeat if necessary.
Your body makes hydrogen peroxide to fight infection which must be present for our immune system to function correctly. White blood cells are known as Leukocytes. A sub-class of Leukocytes called Neutrophils produce hydrogen peroxide as the first line of defense against toxins, parasites, bacteria, viruses and yeast.
Rejuvenating Detoxifying Bath:
Use about 2 quarts 3% hydrogen peroxide to a tub of warm water. Soak at least 1/2 hour, adding hot water as needed to maintain a comfortable water temperature.
To cure a foot fungus, simply spray a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water on them (especially the toes) every night and let dry.
Add 2 capfuls of 3% hydrogen peroxide in warm distilled water once to twice a week to remove even chronic yeast infections.
For an enema, add 1 tablespoon of 3% H202 to a quart of warm distilled water.
Soak any infections or cuts in 3% for five to ten minutes several times a day. Even gangrene that would not heal with any medicine has been healed by soaking in hydrogen peroxide. Put half a bottle of hydrogen peroxide in your bath to help rid boils, fungus or other skin infections.
Bird Mites Infections:
Patients infected by tiny mites report that hydrogen peroxide effectively kills the mites on their skins. They spray it on their skin a couple of times (with a few minutes in between the applications) with amazing results.
A tablespoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide added to 1 cup of non-chlorinated water can be used as a nasal spray. Depending on the degree of sinus involvement, one will have to adjust the amount of peroxide used.
3% H2O2 is used medically for cleaning wounds, removing dead tissue, and as an oral debriding agent. Peroxide stops slow (small vessel) wound bleeding/oozing, as well.
Some sources recommend soaking infections or cuts for five to ten minutes several times a day. However, washing and rinsing action is sufficient. You shouldn’t leave the solution on open tissue for extended periods of time as, like many oxidative antiseptics, hydrogen perioxide causes mild damage to tissue in open wounds. Therefore it is important to use with caution.
Mouthwash / Tooth Care:
Healing Properties: Take one capful (the little white cap that comes with the bottle) and hold in your mouth for 10 minutes daily, then spit it out. You will not have canker sores and your teeth will be whiter. If you have a terrible toothache and cannot get to a dentist right away, put a capful of 3% hydrogen peroxide into your mouth and hold it for 10 minutes several times a day. The pain will lessen greatly.
Mouthwash: Many people don’t realize that hydrogen peroxide makes a very effective and inexpensive mouthwash. Use 3% H202 – add a dash of liquid chlorophyll for flavoring if desired.
Toothpaste: Use baking soda and add enough 3% H202 to make a paste. Or, just dip your brush in 3% H202 and brush. Soak your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide to keep them free of germs.
Toothbrush: Soaking your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide will help keep them free of harmul germs.
Tooth Ache: Hydrogen peroxide is not a pain killer; however, as an anti-viral, antibacterial and anti-fungal agent, it is effective at treating the pathogen that is causing the infection. The following is from my own personal experience: My dentist wanted to give me a root canal some time ago as one tooth was inflamed and, in her opinion, would die. I felt some discomfort but told her that I would give it chance to heal. I rinsed with hydrogen peroxide (several times a day) as well ascoconut oil (once a day). The discomfort went away and I have had no further problems with the tooth.
Tooth Whitening: Having used 3% Hydrogen Peroxide as a mouth wash for sometime ago, I am thrilled to note that my teeth have been beautifully and effortlessly whitened. I used to pay so much for professional whitening, those silly strips and uncomfortable trays. Live and learn.
NOTE: Do not swallow any peroxide. When the peroxide rinse is done, be sure to rinse out your mouth with water.
Colonic or Enema:
For a colonic, add 1 cup (8 ozs.) 3% H202 to 5 gallons warm water. (Do not exceed this amount) For an enema, add 1 tablespoon of 3% H202 to a quart of warm distilled water.
Peroxide is a bleaching agent and is used for lightened hair. Dilute 3% hydrogen peroxide with water (50 / 50) and spray the solution on your wet hair after a shower and comb it through. You will not have the peroxide burnt blonde hair like the hair dye packages, but more natural highlights if your hair is a light brown, faddish, or dirty blonde. It also lightens gradually so it’s not a drastic change.
Hydrogen peroxide is used as a disinfectant in CIBA Vision’s Clear Care no rub contact lens cleaning solution, due to its ability to break down the proteins that build up on the lense from the eye’s immune response, resulting in increased comfort for those with sensitive eyes.
Sanitizing / Disinfectant / Cleaning
Straight or Diluted Hydrogen Perioxide:
Clean your counters and table tops with hydrogen peroxide to kill germs and leave a fresh smell. Simply put a little on your dishrag when you wipe, or spray it on the counters. Use hydrogen peroxide to clean glass and mirrors with no smearing.
Keep a spray bottle of 3% (straight) to disinfect the interior of the refrigerator and kids’ school lunch boxes.
In the Dishwasher: Add 2 oz. of 3% hydrogen peroxide to your regular washing formula.
Fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 mixture of 3% hydrogen peroxide and water and keep it in every bathroom to disinfect without harming your septic system like bleach or most other disinfectants will. After rinsing off your wooden cutting board, pour or spray hydrogen peroxide (and then vinegar) on it to kill salmonella and other bacteria.
I use peroxide to clean my mirrors with, there is no smearing.
Combination of vinegar and hydrogen peroxidemake a cheap, effective and non-toxic disinfectant agent and is said to be more effective at killing pathogens than bleach. As it is non-toxic, you can use it to disinfect fruits and vegetables, as well as pet toys, equipment and cages. In tests run at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, pairing Vinegar and Hydrogen Peroxide mists, kills virtually all Salmonella, Shigella, or E. coli bacteria on heavily contaminated food and surfaces.
You need TWO spray bottles. DO NOT MIX the solutions together. Put straight vinegar in one and straight hydrogen peroxide in the other spray bottle. NOTE: Light destroys peroxide rather quickly. It’s best to leave it in its original bottle and screw in a spray head. DO NOT DILUTE THEM.
Remember for any sanitizer to work properly, the surface has to be clean before you use it.
When you want to sanitize a surface (vegetables, cutting board, counters, sink, cages, toys. toilets, floors, etc.), spray one (it doesn’t matter which one you use first) on the surface, then you spray on the other. When they mix, for a brief time the chemical action of the two make a very powerful sanitizer. You can rinse off the surface afterwards, if you want, but the result is non-toxic.
Fortunately it is cheap. BTW, we use it in the bathroom to sanitize the counters, toilets, floors, etc.
Sanitizing Drinking Water
Clean with hydrogen peroxide when your house becomes a biohazard after its invaded by toxic mold, such as those with water damage.
Use 1 pint 3% hydrogen peroxide to 1 gallon of water.
Laundry / Stain Removing:
3% Hydrogen Peroxide is the best stain lifter if used fairly soon – although blood stains as old as 2 days have been successfully lifted with Hydrogen Peroxide. Although it will bleach or discolor many fabrics. If a little peroxide is poured onto the stain it will bubble up in the area of the blood, due to a reaction with catalase. After a few minutes the excess liquid can be wiped up with a cloth or paper towel and the stain will be gone.
3% H2O2 must be applied to clothing before blood stains can be accidentally “set” with heated water. Cold water and soap are then used to remove the peroxide treated blood.
You can also add a cup of hydrogen peroxide instead of bleach to a load of whites in your laundry to whiten them. If there is blood on clothing, pour directly on the soiled spot. Let it sit for a minute, then rub it and rinse with cold water. Repeat if necessary.
Peroxide is a perfect alternate solution to keep those clothes white. Also, when chlorinating clothes, they tend to wear out faster – peroxide won’t do that.
Use as a vegetable wash or soak to kill bacteria and neutralize chemicals. Add 1/4 cup 3% H202 to a full sink of cold water. Soak light skinned (light lettuce) 20 minutes, thicker skinned (like cucumbers) 30 minutes. Drain, dry and refrigerate. Prolongs freshness.
If time is a problem, spray vegetables (and fruits) with a solution of 3%. Let stand for a few minutes, rinse and dry.
You can also use it to rinse off your meat before cooking.
Leftover tossed salad:
Spray with a solution of 1/2 cup water and 1 Tbsp. 5%. Drain, cover and refrigerate.
Place meat, fish or poultry in a casserole (avoid using aluminium pans). Cover with a dilute solution of equal parts of water and 3% H202. Place loosely covered in refrigerator for 1/2 hour. Rinse and cook.
Add 1 ounce 3% hydrogen peroxide to 1 pint of water and soak the seeds overnight. Add the same amount of hydrogen peroxide each time you rinse the seeds.
Grades of Hydrogen Peroxide
A) 3.5% Pharmaceutical Grade: This is the grade sold at your local drugstore or supermarket. This product is not recommended for internal use. It contains an assortment of stabilizers which shouldn’t be ingested. Various stabilizers include: acetanilide, phenol, sodium stanate and tertrasodium phosphate.
B) 6% Beautician Grade: This is used in beauty shops to color hair and is not recommended for internal use.
C) 30% Reagent Grade: This is used for various scientific experimentation and also contains stabilizers. It is also not for internal use.
D) 30% to 32% Electronic Grade: This is used to clean electronic parts and not for internal use.
E) 35% Technical Grade: This is a more concentrated product than the Reagent Grade and differs slightly in that phosphorus is added to help neutralize any chlorine from the water used to dilute it.
F) 35% Food Grade: This is used in the production of foods like cheese, eggs, and whey-containing products. It is also sprayed on the foil lining of aseptic packages containing fruit juices and milk products. THIS IS THE ONLY GRADE RECOMMENDED FOR INTERNAL USE.
G) 90%: This is used as an oxygen source for rocket fuel.
Only 35% Food Grade hydrogen peroxide is recommended for internal use. At this concentration, however, hydrogen peroxide is a very strong oxidizer and if not diluted, it can be extremely dangerous or even fatal. Any concentrations over 10% can cause neurological reactions and damage to the upper gastrointestinal tract. There have been two known fatalities in children who ingested 27% and 40% concentrations of H202. Another reports tells of a 26 month old female who swallowed one mouthful of 35% H202. She immediately began vomiting, followed by fainting and respiratory arrest. Fortunately, she was under emergency room care and although she experienced erosion and bleeding of the stomach and esophagus, she survived the incident. When she was re-examined 12 days later, the areas involved had healed (J Toxicol Clin Toxicol 90;28(1):95-100).
|Personal note: As with ANY food, drug, or supplement, using the product according to instructions is key to safety. If someone uses too much, then of course ramifications may be felt. We’ve NEVER heard of ANY harmful side effects from the correct usage of Food Grade hydrogen peroxide.In dire cases of disease, intraveneous use may be recommended. If you would like to find a doctor in your area trained in the use of intravenous H202 infusion, contact the International Bio-Oxidative Medicine Foundation (IBOM), P.O. Box 13205, Oklahoma City, OK 73113 at (405) 478-4266. They can provide names and addresses of doctors using the procedure in your area.|
35% Food Grade H202 must be….
1) handled carefully (direct contact will burn the skin- immediate flushing with water is recommended).
2) diluted properly before use.
3) stored safely and properly (after making a dilution the remainder should be stored tightly sealed in the freezer).
One of the most convenient methods of dispensing 35% H202 is from a small glass eye dropper bottle. These can be purchased at your local drugstore. Fill this with the 35% H202 and store the larger container in the freezer compartment of your refrigerator until more is needed. Store the eye dropper bottle in the refrigerator. The generally recommended dosage is outlined in the chart below.
The drops are mixed with either 6 to 8 ounces of distilled water, juice, aloe vera juice or gel.
(Don’t use chlorinated tap water to dilute the peroxide!)
1. Acidophilus Enema
This simple enema will give a gentle cleansing of the colon and also replenish beneficial bacteria. When the live culture is administered directly into the colon there is a better chance for survival and propagation of the beneficial bacteria than when it is taken orally.
A yoghurt or acidophilus enema is very helpful for those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel diseases, constipation, hemorrhoids or colon cancer.
Because regular enema usage can deplete the population of beneficial bacteria in the colon, if you take regular enemas, it is a good idea to use an acidophilus enema from time to time. Either follow your regular enema with a small acidophilus enema, or substitute your regular enema with an acidophilus enema once in a while.
Acidophilus Enema Recipe:
- 4 Tbsp. probiotic yoghurt or 4-5 capsules dry acidophilus (break open the capsules) or 1 tsp. Powdered acidophilus
- 2 litres warm filtered water
2. Coffee Enema
While it might seem a little strange to inject your morning brew into your colon, the coffee enema is famed for it’s detoxification effects. The palmitates in coffee (kahweol and cafestol) enhance the action of glutathione S-transferase, a family of enzymes which play an important role in the bodies detoxification process.
Coffee administered via enema does not go through the digestive system, and will not effect the body the same way as drinking coffee does. When coffee is administered rectally the hepatic portal veins carry the caffeine directly to the liver.
Coffee contains caffeine, theobromine, and theophylline, substances which cause a dilation of the blood vessels and encourage the flow of bile. Bile is the means through which the liver eliminates stored toxins. Usually bile (including toxic bile) is reabsorbed 9-10 times by the intestinal walls before it is eliminated in the stool. By taking a coffee enema, which also flushes the contents of the colon, one can ensure the elimination of toxic bile from the system.
The coffee enema is one of the most famous types of enema. It has become well known due to its promising effects in alternative cancer treatment. The coffee enema was used extensively in the 1940′s, by Dr. Max Gerson, in the treatment plan of his cancer patients. There has been more recent research on the use of coffee enemas in cancer treatment through the work of Dr. Nicolas Gonzalez. Some of the coffee enema’s fame can also be attributed to the 1930′s Actress Mae West, who attributed her healthy and youthful appearance to her enema regime. Nowadays coffee enemas have become popular by those wishing to maintain a good state of heath by assisting the bodies detoxification process.
Coffee Enema Recipe:
- 3 Tbsp organic coffee
- 1 litre filtered water
Add the coffee to the water and boil for 3 minutes, then reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Cool the mixture to the appropriate temperature, filter and administer. Retain the enema for 12-15 minutes.
Cautions and Considerations:
- To ensure the most thorough cleansing you may want to perform another enema 4-6 hours later. This will remove more of the bile that was released into the small intestine, as there may be some left over which was not eliminated in the first enema.
- The coffee administered via enema goes directly to the liver and so do any chemicals that were used in the cultivation of that coffee. To lessen the toxic load, use only organically grown coffee in your enema.
- Although the coffee administered via an enema is not absorbed in the same way as when one drinks coffee, it is not advisable to administer a coffee enema in the evening, as some individuals can still experience side effects of caffeine. Those with a sensitivity to caffeine should not take a coffee enema.
- Do not use coffee enemas for more than 4-6 weeks. Regular usage of coffee enemas can deplete the body’s stores of iron as well as other vitamins and minerals.
3. Epsom Salt Enema
Epsom salts are available in most pharmacies and can also be found under the name magnesium sulfate. Epsom salts are commonly used in baths for relief of muscle aches and pains, but are often taken internally for relief from constipation. The high concentration of magnesium in epsom salts causes a relaxation of the smooth muscles of the intestinal tract and promotes elimination of the colon’s contents.
Using epsom salts in an enema is a faster and safer way to achieve effects than when taking the salts orally. An epsom salt solution will increase the amount of water in the intestine because it draws water into the colon. This results in a more thorough cleansing of the intestinal tract. An epsom salt enema is a good solution to use when suffering from stubborn constipation.
Epsom Salt Enema Recipe:
- 4 Tbsp epsom salts
- 2 litres warm filtered water
Add the epsom salts to warm water and mix well until all salts are dissolved. Administer the solution and retain for a comfortable amount of time.
Cautions and Considerations:
- Do not administer an epsom salt enema if you have stomach pain, nausea, or vomiting.
- One tablespoon of epsom salts contains approximately 35grams of magnesium sulfate. This is a a lot! The recommended daily allowance for magnesium is around 300-400 milligrams. Excessive or improper use of epsom salts can result in hypermagnesemia, a condition which can lead to death. These cases are extremely rare and such dangers are usually related to the oral ingestion of epsom salts. Still, the risk of toxicity must be noted as some absorption of magnesium sulfate can occur while retaining the salts in the colon.
4. Lemon Juice Enema
Lemon juice is a good cleansing enema which rids the colon of excess feces and helps to balance the pH levels in the colon. Relief from the discomfort and pain associated with colitis may be achieved by taking a lemon juice enema once per week.
When used on a weekly basis, a lemon juice enema can provide relief from chronic constipation. A lemon juice enema is more effective at cleansing the colon than a plain or salt water enema, but generally not as comfortable to hold due to the nature of the lemon juice.
Lemon Juice Enema Recipe:
- 2/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (the juice of about 3 lemons)
- 2 litres warm filtered water
Squeeze the juice from the lemons, filter and mix with 2 litres of warm water. Administer and retain for a comfortable length of time.
- A lemon juice solution is mildly irritating to the intestinal lining and may cause more cramping than other enema solutions. If you have a sensitive tract, you may want to use less lemon juice in your first enema to see how you react before using the full strength of this recipe.
5. Milk and Molasses Enema (M+M)
A milk and molasses enema is an efficient way of ridding the colon of excess fecal matter. This old school remedy was actually used in nursing until it was replaced by more convenient pre-made formulas.
A milk and molasses enema may produce “explosive” results, but this will vary from person to person depending on the concentration of bacteria in the colon. The high sugar content of this enema rapidly feeds the bacteria. The bacteria in the colon create gas as they metabolize the sugars present in the milk and molasses solution. This gas helps the enema to move further up the colon. Also, the high concentration of sugars in this solution creates and osmotic gradient which draws water into the colon, increasing it’s cleansing potential. The evacuation produced from a milk and molasses enema will generally be large and thorough, but this also depends on the amount of matter in ones colon.
The milk and molasses enema is very effective because it is formulated to stimulate peristalsis. For this reason it may produce cramping. It is also quite difficult to retain for long periods of time because of the gas produced by the reaction happening between the milk, molasses, and the flora in the intestines.
Since this is a strong evacuative enema, you do not need much volume for it to be effective. You can use anywhere between 1 and 2 cups of each milk and molasses, but make sure that they are in equal proportion.
Milk and Molasses Enema Recipe:
- 1-2 cups whole milk
- 1-2 cups blackstrap molasses
Warm the milk in a saucepan and bring to a slight boil, do not overheat the milk because you do not want it to curdle. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the molasses until the milk and molasses are mixed thoroughly. Cool to the appropriate temperature and administer. Retain for as long as possible.
- The M+M is one of the messier enema solutions out there. Use a disposable bag or an enema can with replaceable tubing, as it can be difficult to clean the bag after this enema. Also make sure you have a thick towel below you to soak up any leaks or spills.
- The consistency of a milk and molasses enema is much thicker than a water enema. In order for the solution to flow through the tube you need to hang the enema bag much higher than you usually would for a water-based enema.
- Administer this type of enema as fast as you can. Because this solution will cause cramping almost immediately, it will be difficult to hold your M+M enema for a long duration. Try at least to take in the entire amount of solution before you run to the toilet for an evacuation.
6. Salt and Soda Enema
Baking soda is a very alkaline substance, using it internally can help neutralize acids and in enema form it will be beneficial for people with conditions involving excess acidity. This enema can also help restore the acid alkaline balance in times of illness.
A salt and baking soda enema may be useful in people suffering from colitis as it helps to prevent and heal ulcers in the colon caused from excess acidity.
Salt and Soda Enema Recipe:
- 2 tsp pure sea salt
- 1 Tbsp baking soda
- 2 litres warm filtered water
Mix well until the salt and soda are dissolved. Administer and retain the enema for at least 10 minutes.
- Use salt and soda enemas in moderation; regular use of baking soda enemas may lead to excess alkalinity.
7. Salt Water Enema
A salt water enema is the most comfortable solution one can use. If you are doing enema for the first time, the salt water enema is the best choice. A saline solution has a neutral concentration gradient; it does not draw electrolytes from the body (which can happen with plain water enemas) and it does not draw water into the colon. Because the salt reduces the amount of water absorbed into the bloodstream, you will also experience less need for urination while holding this enema.
Because a salt water enema does not draw water in or out of the colon it is also a good solution to use when a longer period of retention is desired. Since a salt water enema can be retained for longer periods it is also very effective for softening old fecal impaction.
Salt Water Enema Recipe:
- 2 tsp pure sea salt
- 2 litres warm filtered water
Mix well until all salt is dissolved. Administer and retain for as long as possible, or up to 40 minutes.
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1. Make room for magnesium
This power-nutrient plays an important role in how (and how much) insulin is released. A magnesium-rich diet abundant can substantially reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a report from Harvard University.
Researchers followed 85,000 women and 42,000 men for 18 and 12 years respectively, during which time 5,400 participants developed type 2 diabetes. Those with the highest levels of dietary magnesium intake reduced their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by up to 34 percent — even when their weight, physical activity and lifestyle habits weren’t anything to brag about.
Bottom line: Reach for magnesium-rich foods like raw spinach, three cups of it boasts 72 mg. Adding half a cup of nuts and seeds can render more than 600 mg of magnesium, a cup of cooked beans or lentils can give you almost 150 mg while a six ounce serving of fish brings 91 mg. I recommend taking 200-800 mg of magnesium citrate or glycinate to bowel tolerance daily.
2. Master your metabolism with iodine
Chances are you’ve heard of iodine in connection with the master of your metabolism, your thyroid. However it also plays a role in helping you lose your love handles, by improving insulin levels.
Research published in the Ukrainian journal Lik Sprava suggests iodine insufficiency plays a major role in type 2 diabetes and insulin control. Another study published in theEuropean Journal of Endocrinology (2009) found a link between metabolic syndrome and iodine deficiency.
Bottom line: These studies show why it’s a great idea to top your salads with dried seaweed flakes (1/4 ounce has 4.5 mg of iodine), lima beans (1/2 cup gives you 8 mcg) or cottage cheese (1 cup for 65 mcg). A dosage of 150 to 200 mcg per day has also been found to reduce the amount of insulin a diabetic patient may require.
3. Reveal a flatter stomach with zinc
While you may associate this nutrient with flu season, it can also protect you against diabetes. When zinc-concentration levels drop, so does your level of insulin sensitivity which leaves more glucose in your bloodstream, causing high blood sugar and eventually fat gain.
A study of Spanish school children discovered a direct relationship between low zinc levels, increased body fat, and insulin resistance. Children who were zinc deficient had poor insulin sensitivity and increased glucose intolerance.
Bottom line: You can bump up your zinc levels with the following foods: lamb, grass-fed beef, scallops, oysters, sesame seeds and pumpkin seeds.
4. See yourself skinny with vitamin C
You may be surprised to learn that vitamin C has a similar chemical structure to glucose, which means that spending too much time at the donut counter will reduce your body’s levels of vitamin C — as glucose goes up, vitamin C goes down.
A study published in the Indian Journal of Medical Research (2007) looked at 84 patients with type 2 diabetes who randomly received either 500 mg or 1,000 mg of vitamin C daily for six weeks. The researchers discovered that the group supplementing with 1,000 mg of vitamin C experienced a significant decrease in fasting blood sugar, triglycerides, cholesterol (LDL) and insulin levels. For more on how vitamin C can help slim your waistline click here.
Bottom line: Know that you don’t have to load up on oranges alone. Raw kale provides 120 mg per 100 gram serving of vitamin C, which is twice the amount that oranges do. Surprisingly, fresh herbs like thyme and red and green hot chili peppers pack a serious-C punch. I also recommending adding 1000-2000 mg in supplemental form daily.
5. Pack in the potassium
Potassium, an important electrolyte, helps maintain the balance between the contents of a cell and the fluid surrounding it, which is why it can help you shed excess water weight. However, it also has a clinically important effect on your waistline because high blood sugar can use up our stores of potassium and magnesium. Essentially, high insulin can lower potassium levels in the blood and leave you feeling like the Pillsbury doughboy.
Bottom line: While everyone thinks of bananas as being high in potassium, they’re also high in sugar, so not always the best choice to boost levels. My favourite way to boost potassium is simply a cup of unsweetened coconut water. Incorporating dark leafy greens and a three-ounce serving of salmon are also great sources.
6. Lose more with calcium
Got milk? Get slimmer. A two-year study completed at Purdue University found that adequate amounts of calcium slowed weight gain, possibly by accelerating the burning of fat for energy. The researchers found that the women who consumed at least 780 mg of calcium either had no increase in body fat or lost body fat over the two-year period. Researchers found that the high-calcium group showed decreased insulin levels and a significant increase in insulin sensitivity.
1. Aloe Plant
Not only is the aloe plant readily available to soothe sunburns, stings, or cuts, it can also detoxify the body and is great for purifying the air. Aloe can help clear the air of pollutants found in chemical cleaning products. An intriguing aspect, when the amount of harmful chemicals in the air become excessive, the plant’s leaves will display brown spots.
2. English Ivy
According to NASA, English Ivy is the number one houseplant to grow indoors due to its incredible air filtering abilities. It is the most effective plant when it comes to absorbing formaldehyde, and is even easy to grow. An adaptable plant, it can be hung and perched on the floor and prefers moderate temperatures and medium sunlight.
3. Rubber Tree
If your green thumb is less developed, the rubber tree may be for you. It easily grows in dim lighting and cooler climates. Plus, the low-maintenance plant is a powerful toxin eliminator and air purifier.
4. Snake Plant
A wonderful corner plant, the snake plant can thrive without much light or water. It’s also efficient at absorbing carbon dioxide and releases oxygen during the night (while most plants do during the day), therefore one in the bedroom may help you in experience better sleep.
5. Peace Lily
This beautiful flower is a wonderful low-maintenance plant to keep in the home. Peace lilies do well in shade and cooler temperatures, and they can reduce the levels of a number of toxins in the air.
The heart-shaped philodendron is a popular plant choice for indoor areas, as they’re easy to care for and can grow decorative vines. Similar to the English Ivy, they are particularly good at absorbing formaldehyde.
If properly cared for, they can last for many years and grow with your family. The philodendron prefers moderate water and some sunlight.
7. Bamboo Palm
An attractive and soothing plant, the bamboo palm also made NASA’s list of top-ten clean air plants with a purifying score of 8.4. The palm is also quite effective at clearing out benzene and trichloroethylene. Well watered and placed in shade or indirect sunlight, they’ll flourish and intensify the peace in your home.
8. Spider Plant
Spider plants are easy to grow and are a popular house plant for many. Not only are they decorative, but they’re also on NASA’s list of the best air-purifying plants. Effective at fighting off pollutants (including benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, and xylene), they’re a beautiful addition to any home seeking cleaner air.
9. Golden Pothos
The pothos is a simple -yet beautiful – plant which also made NASA’s list. It grows best in cool temperatures and in low levels of sunlight. Able to clear formaldehyde from the air, it’s a beneficial plant to have in your living room or as a hanging plant, as the leaves will grow down in cascading vines.
10. Red-Edged Dracaena
This vibrant plant can grow to be ceiling height (15 foot dracaenas are common), making it a great plant for decorating and filling up space. It’s beneficial for removing toxins, such as xylene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde from the air. It flourishes in sunlight and will be a welcome addition in your home.
Plants offer many amazing benefits; grown indoors, they’ll easily allow you to experience better health, create lush living quarters, and be content in a healthier atmosphere.
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