The Heart

The heart is a great machine that pumps blood starting at 16 days after conception and for the rest of a human’s life. Every minute, the heart pumps about five quarts of blood through a system of blood vessels that’s over 60,000 miles long, according to the Cleveland Clinic. That is the equivalent to around 2,000 gallons of blood every day.

We should really take care of this powerful machine that works so hard. I came across a good and practical article on how to keep a healthy heart. Just a few changes can go a long way. I have attached the link at the bottom of this post.

It’s said that the heart is the center of emotions. If this is true, Blue whales must be very sensitive. They have the largest heart, close to the size of a golf cart. Having a large heart or a small one may be interesting, but most important is that we take good care of it. The Bible gives us some advice on the subject.

“Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.” Proverbs 4:23

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5

You can find good tips on how to keep a health heart on this link:

http://www.prevention.com/health/health-concerns/lower-your-risk-of-heart-disease-in-28-days

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Honey – The Golden Nutrient

Did you know bees are the only insects that produce food for human consumption? There are 20,000 species of bees but only four can make honey.   Bees pollinate about 80% of all fruits and vegetables in the United States, making them a huge contributor to our food supply. They travel as far as 3 miles from their hives in search of nectar.

Bees have two stomachs, one for food and one to store the nectar they collect. Once this second stomach is full, the bee returns to the hive and regurgitate the nectar into honeycomb cells. Then, the bee “buzzes” her wings over it to eliminate the excessive moisture. That is how honey is made.

The benefits of using honey goes further than just substituting sugar. Honey is very beneficial to health and beauty, especially raw honey; it hasn’t been heat-treated or pasteurized, thus keeping all its properties intact. Honey contains enzymes, water, vitamins, amino acids, minerals, antiseptic and antibacterial properties, as well as anti-oxidants. It is the only food that contains pinocebrin – an anti-oxidant that improves function of the brain.

No wonder the Bible talks about honey in quite a few passages. King Solomon, the wisest man ever, wrote, My son, eat honey, for it is good, and the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste” Proverbs 24:13. Jonathan, King Saul’ son regained strength when he ate honey, “ … my eyes have become bright because I tasted a little of this honey” 1 Samuel 14:29.

For consumption, local raw honey is the best way to go. Since the bees will collect their nectar close to your area, the honey produced will help you build resistance to local pollen and fight seasonal allergies. Local honey would work like an “antidote” against pollen. Besides health benefits, honey is a good agent to improve beauty.

Here are a four ways I personally use this golden substance to enhance my skin and hair:

1. Honey draws moisture from the air into the skin because it is a natural humectant, thus making it a great moisturizer. Apply on skin and leave for 10 minutes. Wash with tap water. Its anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties will calm redness, speed healing of inflammations, and help in the prevention of future breakouts.     

2. If you want to have a more radiant skin, exfoliate using honey. Mix together 1 tsp. honey, 1 tsp. coconut oil, and 1 tsp. baking soda. Apply the mixture in gentle circular motion and leave it on for 10 minutes. Wash with tap water. It will eliminate dead cells and revive new ones.

3. Honey is known to strength the hair follicle, which leads to a healthy grow. Besides, being a great natural moisturizer, honey will leave your hair soft and shine without weighting it down. Mix 1 tsp. honey with 2 tsp. coconut oil and apply to wet hair, massaging the ends. Leave it on hair for 15-30 minutes and rinse well.

4. Dry skin is more disposed to develop uneven tone. Honey has some properties that act as a natural bleaching agent all the awhile moisturizing the skin. Mixing 1 tsp. honey, ½ tsp. lemon juice, and 1 tsp. almond oil can do an excellent mask. All three ingredients have natural bleaching properties. Apply the mask to face or other affected areas and leave for 15-20 minutes. Wash off to reveal a glowing skin. Do this mask once or twice a week and you will see a good improvement in your skin tone within a few weeks. This mask will help fade dark spots and diminish the appearance of scars.

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Garlic Veggie Medley

Would you like to eat a conscious free meal? Well, that is as simple as just mixing some veggies together.

For this recipe, all you have to do is pour couple spoons of olive oil into a fry pan, add some minced fresh garlic and chopped onions.

Over high heat, keep stirring until you see the onions and garlic staring to become slightly golden, add some veggies and seasoning to your preference.  Stir vegies for 1 to 2 minutes and pour into a serving dish.  They will be crisp and keep their individual flavor.  If you like Parmesan cheese, sprinkle some on top and voilà.  Delicious!

For this one I had eggplant, cherry tomatoes, green and yellow squash. Sometimes I substitute olive oil with coconut oil for a different taste.  Also, I usually have plenty of dry seasoning, like parsley, oregano, and thyme that I add to practically every dish I prepare.

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Collard Greens

Collard Green provides more than enough of your daily need of vitamin K (858%) and A(80%). It’s also very rich in vitamin C (58%).

It’s considered the fourth greatest provider of antioxidants.   It’s well proven that antioxidants limit the production of free radicals that are so damaging to skin.  It also reduces inflammation, reduces the appearance of scar tissues, improves circulation, and prevent the signs of aging.

If you like to eat it raw, just add olive oil, lemon and a pinch of sea salt, and you have a delicious, practically no calorie salad.  Or you may prefer it slightly cooked with or without other veggies.  Anyways, being so good for your health and beauty, and so low in calories, you can’t go wrong with this green on your plate.

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