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“Food is Medicine”

We have all heard this saying before, but do we really understand what this means?

Therapeutic dietary practices continue to prove their worth. Researchers now refer to foods with therapeutic applications as “functional foods”—they offer an easy and powerful way to take control of our health, and some of them have been right under our noses all along.

For example, researchers have found that parsley is much more than just a flavoring or garnish—this humble herb can offer powerful protection against some of the most common serious diseases, including cancer.

Your herb garden and spice drawer are medicine cabinets

In past articles, we’ve discussed the healing properties of varied herbs and spices. It turns out that turmeric is one of the most effective anti-inflammatories ever discovered, that ginger can fight cancer as effectively (or more so) than chemotherapy, that cilantro can chelate heavy metals from the body, and that oregano is a powerful natural antibiotic.

Research has proliferated around the use of common herbs and spices to prevent or treat cancer. Many of the most common herbs in backyard gardens are potent and sophisticated cancer fighters: oregano, rosemary, thyme, mint, sage, and last but certainly not least…parsley.

Parsley isn’t normally regarded as a health powerhouse—it’s usually used as a disposable garnish, or at most as a secondary flavoring spice. This is a far cry from ancient times, when it was valued as a sacred adornment for tombs, as well as a powerful and versatile medicine.

Modern research has now shown us that parsley deserves every bit of high regard. In order to understand how this underestimated herb can be useful for preventing or treating cancer, we’ll look at a few of its foundational health-supporting properties.

Nutrient density. We’ve written before about the great importance of a nutrient-dense diet, especially in this time of junk foods and depleted soils. Parsley checks plenty of boxes in this category, offering three times more vitamin C than oranges, as well as vitamin A, vitamin K, folate, and a variety of essential minerals. Providing your body with clean, nutrient-dense foods like parsley is always the first foundational step of preventing cancer and other health conditions.

Antioxidant activity. If there’s any principle of healthy eating that’s as critical as nutrient density, it’s oxidative stress prevention. Oxidative stress is one of the main culprits behind the development of nearly every major disease, including cancer. It’s a normal part of biological functioning, but is dramatically exacerbated by inflammatory foods, environmental toxins, unhealthy lifestyle choices (like smoking and drinking), and stress.

While the body does produce its own antioxidants endogenously (such as glutathione and melatonin), managing oxidative stress also requires an antioxidant-rich diet. Studies demonstrate that the flavonoids in parsley effectively increase the antioxidant and chelating capacities of the blood.[1]

Direct anti-cancer properties. Parley’s benefits aren’t limited to preventing cancer before it develops; research also demonstrates that it contains powerful compounds that fight cancer directly. Phenolic compounds such as apigenin, apiin, myristicin, and apiol have been shown to suppress various cancers by “triggering cell apoptosis and autophagy, inducing cell cycle arrest, suppressing cell migration and invasion, and stimulating an immune response.”[2]

These compounds appear to be especially beneficial for the lungs, and as such can protect against the cell-damaging, cancer-causing effects of smoke and other inhaled toxins.

How to use parsley medicinally

In order to enjoy the full health benefits of parsley, you’ll need to consume more than the usual decorative sprig or dash from the spice jar. Think of it as a whole food rather than a side addition. You can add loosely chopped fresh parley to salads, stir fry dishes, chilis, and soups. It’s also an excellent ingredient for homemade dips and salad dressings.

Adding parsley to smoothies is another easy way to integrate it into your life. The wide possibility of flavors and ingredients will allow you to blend up lots of parsley at once—sweet fruits like bananas and blueberries, astringent fruits like lemon and lime, and healthy nuts and seeds (or nut butters) are all great for balancing out the pungent flavor of parsley. For an extra healthy smoothie, add nutrient-dense greens like kale or spinach to the mix! Experiment with different recipes and combinations to see what works best for your palate.

While both fresh and dried parsley offer benefits, it’s usually best to choose fresh whenever possible. Levels of a few nutrients (such as potassium) appear to be more concentrated in dried parsley, but otherwise, fresh parsley is nearly always more nutrient-dense. It’s also much more flavorful, and it has the intangible benefit of being living food.

 


References

[1] https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308814605004073

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5629766/

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Melatonin is critical for optimal regulation of sleep and circadian rhythm, but researchers are finding that it’s much more than just a sleep aid. It plays a complex role in the maintenance and regulation of the endocrine system, and thus offers a number of underappreciated benefits, including antioxidant activity, inflammation control, immune system support, and disease resistance.

For example, studies show that melatonin exhibits an extraordinary brain antioxidant capacity—one study even acknowledged how undervalued it is by stating that melatonin “under promises but over delivers” with regard to oxidative stress protection.[1]

Another study found that melatonin outperforms amitriptyline, the leading pharmaceutical drug for preventing the onset of migraine headaches—and that it does so without any side effects.[2]

Due to the wide-ranging therapeutic potential of melatonin, scientists are examining what aid it may offer for one of the leading health issues of our time: the prevention and treatment of cancer.

Melatonin, hormone health, and the development of cancer

Melatonin is an endogenous hormone predominantly produced by the pineal gland, which acts as a sort of “master control system” for the body’s endocrine processes. It influences nearly every cell in the human body, and has even been shown to safeguard mitochondrial function (mitonchrondria are the “powerhouses” of your cells that regulate energy metabolism and healthy cell growth).[3]

We’ve written before about the myriad health consequences of endocrine dysfunction, most notably in the context of chemical-induced endocrine disruption. Imbalances in melatonin levels can lead to similarly disastrous consequences (we’ll discuss some of the most common causes of melatonin deficiency later in this article).

The mechanisms behind endocrine function, cellular health, and cancer development are enormously complex, but we do know that insufficient levels of melatonin are linked with a higher incidence of cancer.[4]

And the anti-cancer benefits of melatonin aren’t just indirect; this miracle molecule is also classified as a directly cytotoxic hormone and anti-cancer agent. Studies have referred to melatonin as a “full-service anti-cancer agent” due to its ability to inhibit the initiation of cell mutation and cancer growth, and to halt the progression and metastasis of cancer cell colonies.[5]

Researchers attribute these incredible benefits to the fundamental mechanisms mentioned above: protection against oxidative stress, optimization of cell detoxification, regulation of mitochondrial function, and endocrine system maintenance.

How to optimize melatonin levels

Melatonin may have benefits that extend far beyond sleep, but its regulation of circadian rhythm is still central to its therapeutic potential.

It’s important to note that “disruption of normal circadian rhythm” and melatonin deficiency are inextricably tied to one another.[6] Researchers believe that sleep issues undermine health because they lead to melatonin deficiencies—and yet melatonin deficiencies can make it even more difficult to correct sleep patterns (thus maintaining a vicious cycle that increases the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases).

The obvious first step to optimizing melatonin levels, then, is to ensure that you’re getting proper sleep. You can check out our past article for more details on optimal sleep hygiene, but here’s the basics.

  • Any less than seven hours per night is technically considered sleep deprivation by leading sleep researchers.
  • While everyone’s circadian rhythm will vary slightly, it’s generally best to be in bed by 11:00pm. If you’re still awake much later, the endocrine system initiates a cascade of “alert” hormones, which can make it more difficult to fall asleep.
  • Consistency is key; the less radical variation in your day-to-day sleep schedule, the easier time your body will have falling into an optimized melatonin production schedule.

Another critically important (and often overlooked) element of sleep hygiene is proper interfacing with devices that produce blue light and electromagnetic fields (EMFs), both of which can disrupt the production and release of melatonin.

If at all possible, avoid contact with any such devices a minimum of an hour before bed. Try to ditch the electronics a maximum of two hours after the sun sets, and you’ll find yourself getting sleepy much earlier. Last but not least, remove all sources of blue light and EMFs from your bedroom, and sleep with an eye mask.

If you already struggle with insomnia (despite all attempts to integrate the above sleep hygiene practices into your everyday life), it’s often possible to break the cycle by supplementing with melatonin.

If you choose to take this route, though, remember that it’s very important not to take melatonin everyday for an extended period of time (doing so can cause a dependency on exogenous melatonin, which further decreases natural, endogenous melatonin production). Always take a break after a maximum five nights of taking melatonin supplements (taking a two-day break at least every three nights is ideal).

Use plant-derived (rather than synthetic) melatonin, which is more easily implemented by the body, less likely to cause dependency, and highly effective.

Remember that the goal should be to boost internal melatonin production, so that you can maintain an ideal sleep schedule without supplemental melatonin. Optimizing your body’s own melatonin production not only promotes deep, restorative sleep, but also protects the body against cancer and other serious chronic diseases.

 


References

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27500468

[2] https://jnnp.bmj.com/content/early/2016/05/10/jnnp-2016-313458.long

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3100547/

[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4233441/

[5] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5412427/

[6] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4233441/

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Cancer is the number two cause of death in United States, and among the leading causes of death worldwide—more than 600,000 people die each year from cancer in the United States alone.[1]

Diagnoses (and even morality rates for some cancers) are on the rise, so it’s imperative that we seek a comprehensive understanding of the disease’s risk factors.

We’ve written about many of these risk factors in previous articles: processed foods, refined sugar, and other poor dietary choices; being overweight and having metabolic syndrome; nutrient deficiencies, especially in vitamin D, vitamin C, and endogenous antioxidants like glutathione; a lack of exercise and regular detoxification practices; exposure to industrial and environmental toxins, and more. Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption obviously belong on this list, and even genetics have a role to play.

One cancer risk factor that is often overlooked, though, is parasitic infection. We tend to think about the acute dangers of pathogenic infection rather than the long-term risks and repercussions—but research is revealing a startling connection between parasites and the development of cancer.

Cancer as a parasitic disease

In 1890, the Scottish microbiologist and pathologist William Russell reported the presence of parasitic spores within cancer cells. He published his findings in the British Medical Journal,[2] and went on to formulate a comprehensive hypothesis explaining how cancer is a parasitic disease. Like many pioneers whose ideas are not aligned with the momentum of conventional medicine, he and his supporters were utterly dismissed.

However, more recent data presented by oncologists and cancer researchers is making it increasingly difficult to dismiss Russell’s hypothesis. Doctors have noted for some time that a high percentage of cancer patients exhibit some kind of parasitic or pathogenic infection. In 2012, one study examined the correlation more deeply, and concluded that parasitic infection “seems to play a crucial role in the etiology of cancer.”[3]

Other studies have strengthened the theory that parasites have a causative role in the development of cancer. For example, the tick-borne T. parva has been shown to cause a condition nearly identical to lymphoma,[4] and the C. parvum parasite suddenly and unexpectedly causes colon cancer when mice are inoculated with it.[5]  

In 2015, a doctor documented a disturbing case in which tapeworm infection allowed cancer to become its own form of transmissible parasite. The effected immunosuppressed patient suddenly exhibited cancer cell invasion in the lymph nodes, and when researchers analyzed the lymph node tissue, they found tapeworm DNA in the cancer cells.[6]

While tapeworms and the similar organisms mentioned above are usually what come to mind when we think of parasites, the truth is that parasitic infection takes many other forms. Perhaps the most common parasite of all is Candida albicans, a pathogenic yeast that leads to a wide array of gastrointestinal ailments and far-reaching health issues when allowed to proliferate. It’s estimated that up to 70% of the population is affected by Candida.[7]

As we discussed in a past article, there are many reasons why yeast overgrowth can lead to (or worsen) cancer. Studies have conclusively shown that “Candida infection can significantly increase overall and some individual cancer risks,”[8] and even that Candida yeast can “induce cancer development of progression.”[9]

Parasite cleansing as a vector for cancer treatment

Since researchers are finding that parasites can be a cause of (or at least a risk factor for) cancer development, it stands to reason that clearing the body of parasites could effectively prevent or treat cancer.

During one cancer research project, researchers actually stumbled onto this connection accidentally. They screened 2,000 different common drugs for anti-cancer activity, and they found that an anti-parasitic drug called mebenzadole (Vermox) was by far the most promising one.[10] The converse is also true: chemotherapy drugs have been shown to be incredibly effective antiparasitic agents.[11]

Luckily, though, you don’t have to subject your body to antiparasitic or chemotherapy agents to ensure it remains clear of parasites (though these interventions can be necessary in cases of severe infection).

For starters, be very cautious when consuming meat. While the major parasites mentioned above are less common in the United States, infection can still occur through consumption of undercooked meat, especially pork. Tapeworms (particularly Taenia solium, a species known as the “pork tapeworm”) are the most common parasite reported in the United States.

Parasites will thrive on a diet high in sugar, processed foods, alcohol, wheat, and pork, so avoid these foods and drinks altogether if you want to rid your body of these carcinogenic organisms. Instead, eat lots of healthy fats (especially coconut oil, which has antiparasitic properties), leafy greens, garlic and onions, pumpkin seeds, papaya juice, oregano, ginger, and lots of probiotic foods.

For strong, acute parasite clearing, start a regiment of oregano oil, clove oil, black walnut, wormwood, and grapefruit seed extract. These powerful natural products can also kill beneficial gut bacteria, though, and therefore should only be used for a limited period of time (after which you should increase your probiotic intake to help repopulate your gut flora).

 


References

 

[1] https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/understanding/statistics

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2208600/

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3671432/

[4] https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1877959X16300152

[5] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4036476/

[6] https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/nejmoa1505892

[7] https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2004-06/ru-bid062504.php

[8] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5609943/

[9] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24963692

[10] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24160353

[11] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16472182

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People are finally starting to acknowledge the many dangers of sugar. We’ve written at length about how processed sugar promotes chronic inflammation, feeds the growth of cancer, [1] and contributes heavily to the development of heart disease, [2] diabetes, obesity, [3] liver disease, [4] high cholesterol, [5] and other serious health conditions.

This doesn’t mean, however, that anything sweet-tasting has to be bad for your health. For example, honey not only lacks the dangers and health risks of processed sugar, but also actively helps heal and prevent the very conditions caused by sugar consumption.

Amidst the anti-sugar frenzy in recent years, honey has often been lumped into the same category and derided as just another health-sapping sweetener—but nothing could be further from the truth.

Other than its sweetness, honey shares very little in common with processed sugar (just make sure you’re using raw, unprocessed honey).

In another article, we discussed the subtleties of sugar versus honey: how sugar is a glucose isolate, whereas honey is a complex whole food containing over twenty-five different types of sugars, as well as an abundance of other nutrients, prebiotics, probiotics, enzymes, and more.

As researchers delve deeper into exploring honey’s therapeutic properties, it’s reputation as “just another sweetener” is quickly disappearing. The chemistry is so complex that we still don’t quite know how it all works—but we do know that, as long as honey is consumed as an unprocessed whole food, it does not have the same metabolic effects as sugar (and thus doesn’t lead to any of sugar’s negative health consequences).

Studies have demonstrated that raw honey can boost immune function, combat allergies, improve glucose response and the function of appetite hormones, [6] lower inflammatory biomarkers and triglyceride levels, [7] and prevent fat accumulation. [8]

Specific honey varietals such as Manuka honey have even been shown to function as an anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antibiotic (it even works against MRSA, without disrupting your microbiome), and healing agent for the digestive system. [9]

Now researchers have added another therapeutic application to honey’s already impressive list: the ability to fight cancer.

Could honey be better than chemotherapy?

An exciting study published in the journal Molecules examined the role that honey can play in inhibiting the growth and spread of cancer. The researchers found that a number of honey’s compounds function like phytoestrogens, which are known to work therapeutically against cancer via estrogenic activity.

Additionally, they found that some honey varietals even go a step further by directly killing cancer cells. These types of honey are therefore said to exhibit “selective cytotoxicity,” by which they induce cancer cells to destroy themselves (this process is called apoptosis or programmed cell death). [10]

It’s extremely important to note that honey exerts this cancer-fighting effect without harming the body’s healthy cells in any way. Chemotherapy, on the other hand, kills healthy and cancerous cells alike, severely weakening the body in the process.

But can honey stand up to the cancer-killing efficacy of chemotherapy? Another team of researchers pitted a specific honey varietal called Tualang against tamoxifen, the leading chemotherapy drug. They found that the effectiveness of Tualang honey against breast cancer cells was entirely comparable to that of tamoxifen, and that no damage was done to healthy tissues.[11]

Another limitation of chemotherapy is its inability to target a wide variety of cancers. Pharmaceutical companies have had to develop many different drugs for different treatment protocols, and even this approach falls short.

Honey, on the other hand, has been shown to fight many kinds of cancer, including liver cancer, colorectal cancer, prostate cancer, bladder cancer, endometrial cancer, cervical cancer, skin cancer, renal cell carcinoma, lung cancer, mouth cancer, and bone cancer. Analyses of many studies conclude that honey is “antiproliferative, antitumor, antimetastatic, and anticancer,” and that it can benefit cancer patients without the risk of side effects. [12]

Everyone can benefit from honey

Whether you’re struggling with health problems or simply want to optimize your well-being (so as to prevent future problems), honey is an all-star food to include in your diet.

Remember: always choose raw, organic honey. Commercially processed honeys bear little resemblance to their wild cousins—they’re stripped of their beneficial enzymes and nutrients, and often contain toxic fillers, coloring, and even unhealthy sweeteners like sugar or corn syrup (that’s right, manufacturers add more sweeteners to honey).

For acute therapeutic purposes, seek out special types of honey like Manuka or Tualang. For general maintenance, or if you’re focusing on alleviating allergies or immune issues, choose a locally produced honey (which will modulate your immune response by exposing you to trace amounts of the offending allergen).

When using honey as a functional food to treat illness and disease, it’s best to absorb it under the tongue. Tea with honey is another match made in heaven, but be aware that boiling water can break down some of honey’s beneficial components.

 


References

[1] https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0306987783900956

[2] http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/86/4/899.short

[3] https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/199317

[4] http://www.journal-of-hepatology.eu/article/S0168-8278(07)00427-8/abstract

[5] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2673878/

[6] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21504975

[7] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15117561

[8] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21310307

[9] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3609166/

[10] http://www.mdpi.com/1420-3049/19/2/2497

[11] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5387200/

[12] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3865795/

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Adaptogens are some of nature’s best kept secrets—despite growing popularity in niche communities, these powerful “adaptation-generating” plants are still highly underutilized.

Adaptogenic plants and herbs have been used medicinally for thousands of years, especially in Ayurvedic medicine and folk herbalism. They were traditionally given as tonics for longevity, vitality, and fortitude—now modern research is rediscovering them as perfect tools for supporting both overall wellness as well as acute health issues.

We gave a primer on adaptogens in a past article, and explained how they function as an ideal antidote to the constant stress of the modern world. They help the body learn stress resistance, the process of coping with environmental stressors in a sustainable and optimized way. This translates into a strengthened immune system, balanced hormones, enhanced performance, and increased disease resistance.

In other articles, we’ve provided more in-depth overviews of several of the top adaptogens, like ashwagandha, turmeric, cordyceps mushroom, maca, and tulsi (which is also known as Holy Basil). Another fascinating adaptogen that deserves the spotlight is rhodiola rosea (it’s usually referred to simply as rhodiola).

Rhodiola: A natural performance enhancer, antidepressant, and so much more

Rhodiola, a perennial herb also referred to as golden root, arctic root, and rose root, is an adaptogen par excellence. Like other prominent plants in its class, it continues to impress researchers with the versatility of its benefits and therapeutic applications.

Here’s a taste of what we’ve discovered about this powerhouse herb so far…

Perfect immune modulation. Rhodiola is incredibly effective for immunomodulation—this means that it works to balance immune function, whether it’s underactive or overactive. Research suggests that this property makes rhodiola a promising treatment for a variety of health conditions, including autoimmune disorders, cancer, and more.[1]

Improved sexual and reproductive health. Folk usage and modern rhodiola research both suggest that rhodiola can balance hormone levels (once again, boosting or lowering depending on what is needed) and can help with infertility, libido, erectile dysfunction, and more. Unlike many herbs and remedies for addressing sexual health concerns, it has been shown to be equally safe and beneficial for both men and women.[2]

Relief from anxiety and depression. Rhodiola really began to garner attention in research circles when studies uncovered its profound antidepressant and anti-anxiety properties. Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials have demonstrated that 340-1,360mg daily afforded “significant improvements” in symptoms of depression[3] and anxiety,[4] that its efficacy could be favorably compared to that of pharmaceuticals, and that the benefits offered come without any side effects.

Endocrine support. Endocrine imbalance caused by continual environmental stress can lead to all sorts of serious health problems, including chronic fatigue syndrome and “burnout.” Researchers have demonstrated that, after taking 400mg of rhodiola per day for 12 weeks, 83% of study participants reported a dramatic improvement in the symptoms and impairments of chronic fatigue or burnout syndrome.[5]

Enhanced athletic performance. Rhodiola has been used for centuries as a tried and true vitality elixir. Studies have confirmed that it improves numerous markers for athletic performance, including inflammatory biomarkers, time to exhaustion during exercise, C-reactive protein levels, heart rate, endurance, blood lactate levels, recovery time, and markers of neuromotor fitness.[6] And whether or not you’re a die-hard athlete, rhodiola has also been shown to prevent stress-induced cardiac damage and to improve overall markers of cardiovascular health.[7]

Antiviral effects. In case you still need more incentive to try out this incredible herb, rhodiola also exhibits potent antiviral properties. It’s particularly good at building innate immunity and protecting against infection with influenza, respiratory infections, and other common viral ailments. One study even demonstrated that it prevented infection and stopped viral replication in marathon runners, who are especially susceptible to viral infection about prolonged exertion.[8]

How to get started

While rhodiola may still be underutilized, it has become popular enough that it’s fairly easy to source. Well-stocked grocery stores, health food stores, and herb supply shops will all very likely have some on hand, and there are plenty of reputable online sources, as well.

Working with 10:1 concentrations of rhodiola can amplify and accelerate its effects, but loose herb capsules (which is what you’ll find in most stores) are powerful and effective enough for most applications.

Note that some people find rhodiola to be quite stimulating (though it’s not a stimulant in the traditional sense), so don’t take it in the evening unless you’re sure it doesn’t have this effect on you.

When working with rhodiola or any other adaptogen, it’s often helpful to “cycle” your doses—namely, take it every day for a certain length of time, and then take a break for that same length of time (most people choose one or two weeks). This process helps keep rhodiola acutely effective in the long-term, and gives your body time to integrate in between cycles.

 


References

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27224273

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3541197/

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4297663/

[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18307390

[5] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28367055

[6] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4590898/

[7] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7756969

[8] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4521101/

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ginger-benefits

After reading one of our many articles about the healing marvels of turmeric, you may have headed to your local health food store or coop to pick up some raw root. If so, you probably noticed that it’s very often displayed alongside ginger.

These botanically related roots are similar in many ways—they share the same strange gnarled appearance, and they both boast vibrant colors. Most importantly, though, they’re both veritable panaceas. Turmeric has really stolen the show in this arena, but researchers and natural health experts alike are finally recognizing that the medicinal potential of ginger is just as profound.

Like turmeric, ginger has been used medicinally for thousands of years. Nevertheless, mainstream medicine is only just beginning to “prove” its effectiveness for aiding and treating a huge variety of ailments and conditions, as well as its efficacy as a general longevity tonic.

Ginger is one talented little root

Ginger is one spice that we recommend keeping on hand in your kitchen at all times. Not only is it a wonderful addition to your cooking (especially paired with garlic) but it also has enough medicinal properties to fill several books.

If you find yourself nauseous or with an upset stomach, mince up a small amount (about the size of your fingernail) and swallow it. You’ll be amazed at the relief it provides. Yet this is only the beginning…

The most commonly used medicinal part of the plant is the rhizome, the root-like stem that grows underground. It’s a rich source of antioxidants including gingerols, shogaols, zingerones, and more.

Here’s a small sampling of ginger’s healing and life-enhancing applications, as revealed by both modern research and ancient practice.

It’s a “universal” microbial agent. Ginger is wildly effective at combatting all four major categories of microbial pathogens: bacterial, viral, fungal, and parasitic. It’s more effective than pharmaceutical antibiotics at treating staph infections and antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and it can even wipe out parasitic worms with 90% effectiveness in less than a day.[1]

These are feats which no prescription drug can boast—and ginger accomplishes them all without harming your body’s cells, beneficial bacteria, or immune system (all of which are significantly compromised by conventional antimicrobial protocols).

It’s more effective than chemotherapy at treating cancer. As we discussed in more detail in a previous article, ginger is also an incredibly potent cancer treatment. Studies have revealed that it’s able to target both cancer cells and cancer stem cells (CSC’s), without harming healthy cells. And the efficacy with which it targets CSC’s has been demonstrated to be up to 10,000 times that of chemotherapy.[2]

It’s a powerful weight loss aid. Despite marketers’ attempts to brand any herb possible as a cutting-edge weight loss supplement, ginger somehow still managed to slip through the cracks. The irony is that ginger is a legitimate metabolism booster and appetite suppressant, and thus it’s a powerful and healthy ally for anyone struggling with weight management.

It’s a superior detox enhancer. Unlike conventional antibiotics, cancer treatments, and weight loss aids, ginger supports the body rather than taxing it. It does so by boosting immune function and supercharging your body’s natural detoxification mechanisms.

It’s even a natural source of melatonin, one of the most potent endogenous antioxidants and detox agents of all (it even has the added benefit of providing deeper, better sleep). Ginger is even able to detox radioactive materials from your body.

It’s a perfect natural anti-inflammatory. As we’ve written about in the past, inflammation is the root of nearly every disease. NSAID’s, steroids, and other conventional anti-inflammatories suppress the immune system and cause all sorts of nasty side effects, including severe gastrointestinal issues.

But ginger has been shown to be effective at relieving the aches and pains of acute inflammation and controlling the chronic inflammation that leads to degenerative diseases and conditions.[3]

And that’s just the beginning. The deeper researchers dig into ginger’s medical applications, the more they become convinced that there’s nothing it can’t treat. Studies demonstrate its ability to treat (and prevent) ulcers, diabetes (and its complications), gastrointestinal conditions, liver disease, menstrual pain, gout, nausea, heart disease, and more.[4]

If this powerful root isn’t already a part of your ongoing dietary or supplement regimen, you’d be wise to include it.

How to use ginger

Many of the studies being conducted on ginger employ isolated extracts of specific beneficial compounds. While the results of such applications have been impressive in their own right, the benefits of ginger are dramatically amplified when you consume either the raw root or a full-spectrum extract.

An increasing amount of evidence suggests that the full spectrum of a medicinal plant’s compounds nearly always works better than an isolated compound—in short, it suggests that Nature got it right the first time.

Nevertheless, it seems like conventional medicine will need to tinker with their “precise” and “scientific” chemical isolates for a while longer before they accept that the original, natural version of a plant’s composition is optimal just the way it is.

To that effect, try to include lots of raw ginger root in your diet if you want to take advantage of its many benefits. I even enjoy juicing ginger root or throwing a 1-2 inch piece of peeled root into my morning smoothie. If you want to try using ginger as a supplement, be sure to find a full-spectrum extract.

Here is an easy, basic recipe for ginger tea, a great way to get fresh ginger!

Easy Ginger Tea Recipe

Makes 1 serving

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon of grated or finely chopped ginger root
  • 1 cup of boiling water
  • honey (optional)

How to Prepare It:

Place the ginger in a teapot. Add the boiling water and allow it to steep for 5-10 minutes.

Regardless of which route of you choose, this under appreciated super-healing root is bound to facilitate big changes for your overall health and vitality.

 


 

References

[1] http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/ginger-herb-everything

[2] http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0137614

[3] http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/jmf.2005.8.125

[4] http://www.greenmedinfo.com/node/83545

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It’s no secret that mainstream oncology is in desperate need of new treatment strategies. Cancer is now the second leading cause of death in the United States. In this year’s “Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer,” analysts warned that while overall cancer mortality rates have decreased, our progress is “very limited.”[1]

Meanwhile, the incidence of cancer continues to increase every year, at a rate that some experts believe eclipses the decline in mortality rates.

Chemotherapy and radiation therapy still dominate the landscape of cancer treatment, and despite the trust that mainstream doctors place in them, they’re far from perfect. In numerous past articles, we’ve outlined their dangers and limitations.

A wealth of research now demonstrates that many functional foods and natural remedies perform on par with chemotherapy without any of its side effects (they also ameliorate negative effects when used in conjunction with conventional treatments). Prominent examples include turmeric and ginger, but you can also check out the full list of top cancer-fighting foods here.

The road of reforming oncology will be a long and bureaucratic one, but new possibilities are beginning to gain traction. One natural cancer fighter that’s increasingly proving its worth is vitamin C.

If you’ve read any of our past vitamin C articles, you already know that we’re big believers in its healing capacities. We’ve said it before, and it’s worth saying again: vitamin C is one of the underrated and underutilized nutrients in existence.

Luckily, researchers are finally putting it to work against one of America’s biggest killers.

Vitamin C fights cancer from every angle

Conventional cancer treatments function according to a simple principle: remove or kill cancer cells at all cost. And sadly, the cost is usually exorbitant—tumor removal surgeries are invasive and risky, and both chemotherapy and radiation therapy kill much more than just cancer cells.

Natural cancer fighters like vitamin C are different. Throughout every stage of its metabolism in the body, vitamin C helps battle cancer in unique ways. Instead of working via the “shotgun” approach of killing cancer cells, ascorbic acid targets them directly, without harming your body’s normal, healthy cells. It also works with your body to boost natural immunity and cancer-fighting capacity.

Let’s look at a more detailed exploration of why vitamin C is such a perfect ally for those battling cancer.

Inflammation reduction. Chronic inflammation underlies a large number of chronic and degenerative diseases, and cancer is no exception. In fact, one study even refers to inflammation as “a key event in cancer development.” The researchers report that oncologists can predict the survival chances and timelines for cancer patients solely based on inflammation biomarkers, and that patients with the lowest levels of inflammation are expected to live up to two years longer, even in the absence of conventional treatment.[2]

High-dose vitamin C improves two of the most prominent inflammation biomarkers, pro-inflammatory cytokines and C-reactive protein tumor markers.[3] Lower levels of inflammation also allow your immune system to focus its energy on fighting cancer (rather than maintaining inflammatory response).

Cancer cell gene mutation. Vitamin C also directly targets cancer cells with remarkable accuracy. When researchers looked more deeply into how ascorbic acid is able to kill cancer cells, they found that it’s able to exploit a genetic mutation shared by many cancer cells.

Due to this mutation, the uptake of vitamin C and its metabolites deactivates an enzyme necessary for processing glucose, thus effectively starving the cancer cell.[4] This incredible specificity allows ascorbic acid to destroy cancer cells without harming healthy cells.

Reactive oxygen species. In an attempt to explain how vitamin C exhibits such impressive selectivity (i.e. the ability to target a certain type of cell while leaving others untouched), researchers also discovered that even the metabolites of vitamin C are toxic to cancer cells. Vitamin C easily breaks down into hydrogen peroxide, a reactive oxygen species against which normal cells can easily protect themselves—cancer cells, on the other hand, will absorb the hydrogen peroxide and be weakened or killed by oxidative stress.[5]

How to experience the benefits of high-dose vitamin C

During most of the studies cited above, vitamin C was administered intravenously. While an increasing number of doctors and clinicians are offering IV vitamin C therapy to the general public, the process can be expensive, time-consuming, and invasive. It has been the choice of mainstream doctors and researchers, despite these drawbacks, due to its superior bioavailability compared to oral supplementation.

Fortunately, a category of drug delivery methods known as liposomes is finally making it possible to achieve high blood levels of vitamin C without resorting to injections.

Research demonstrates that liposomal vitamin C approaches the bioavailability of intravenous administration,[6] and evidence suggests that a combination of micelle and liposome encapsulation may even surpass the efficacy of IV vitamin C.

New Purathrive Micelle Liposomal Vitamin C encapsulates natural vitamin C in a phospholipid sphere – a tiny bubble made from lecithin – called a ‘liposome.’

Because regular vitamin c pills, liquids and foods have an upper limit of bioavailability due to absorption speed and the amount that could be handled by your digestive system without causing irritation and diarrhea… Purathrive Liposomal C is buffered so you can absorb more through the gut.

If you want feel the benefits of vitamin C, we suggest trying out PuraTHRIVE’s new micelle liposomal formula. It’s even made with l-ascorbic acid, a fermented form of ascorbic acid that more closely resembles natural, plant-derived sources.

 


References

[1] https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/878035

[2] http://mcr.aacrjournals.org/content/4/4/221

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3480897/

[4] http://science.sciencemag.org/content/350/6266/1391

[5] https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170109134014.htm

[6] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4915787/

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Chances are you’ve had your fair share of cranberry sauce on Thanksgiving. While this popular dish is appreciated for the sweet and tart addition it makes, it’s not usually regarded as a health food—but studies on cranberries reveal that we’d do well with eat more of these tart little treats.

We’ve written in the past about the virtues of antioxidant-rich berries: they scavenge free radicals, support the body’s immune and detoxification systems, and even fight cancer. Foods like goji berries have been continuously used and revered as a health and longevity tonic for thousands of years.

It should come as no surprise, then, that cranberries live up to their cousins’ healing capacities. They’re brimming with beneficial nutrients, and research has proven their worth as a powerful functional food. Let’s take a look at a few of the therapeutic applications that will keep you reaching for more of these super-berries.

Antioxidant support. We’ve written before about the importance of eating an antioxidant-rich diet, especially in today’s world of ever-present environmental toxins and stressors. Antioxidants help your body protect itself against the ravages of oxidative stress—and cranberries are positively packed with them. In fact, they have five times the antioxidant capacity of broccoli, and outrank most other fruits and vegetables too.

Studies have shown that three servings of cranberry juice per day can increase blood levels of antioxidants by up to 121%. High blood levels of antioxidants decrease the risk of myriad diseases and conditions, including cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and more.[1] And cranberries treat as well as prevent disease—mounting evidence demonstrates that they’re effective at fighting cancer,[2] lowering cholesterol, and healing the heart.[3]

Urinary tract infections. If you’ve heard of one acute therapeutic application of cranberries, this is probably it (perhaps you’ve even tried cranberry juice as a natural remedy for UTIs). The hype is real: studies have conclusively shown that compounds in cranberries called proanthocyanidins aid in the treatment of UTIs and help maintain general urinary tract health.

We still have a lot to learn about these phytochemicals, but we do know that they exhibit “bacterial antiadhesion activity.”[4] This means they help clear the urinary tract of harmful bacteria (such as E. coli, which is usually the culprit behind urinary tract infections).     

Digestive support. The anti-bacterial benefits of proanthocyanidins extend to the entire digestive tract, as well. Further research has demonstrated that daily servings of cranberry juice inhibits growth and adhesion of the bacteria Helicobacter pylori in the digestive tract.[5]

This nasty bacteria can cause chronic inflammation and ulcers, damage the stomach, and even increase the risk of gastric cancer—it’s also notoriously difficult to combat, so cranberries are a godsend in this regard.[6]

Kidney support. Cranberry juice has also been shown to support kidney health, specifically by increasing the excretion of oxalic acid in urine, and thus decreasing the risk of kidney stone formation.[7] Cranberries perform a sort of pH-balancing magic trick: they have an alkalizing effect on the body, yet simultaneously increase the acidity of urine because of their quinic acid content (a compound that is excreted wholly unmetabolized by the body).

This acidity breaks down calcium in the kidneys and prevent stone formation, while preserving a healthy pH throughout the rest of the body.

Treatment for viral infections. Cranberries even have the power to take on viral infections, which are generally immune to antibiotics and notoriously difficult to combat. Researchers have found that when the viral species E. coli and rotavirus SA-11 (which tends to reside in the gut) are exposed to 20% undiluted, unsweetened cranberry juice, they are completely neutralized.[8]

Another study even demonstrated that cranberry juice can fight the flu by decreasing the “adhesion and infectivity” of the virus.[9] The peak of flu season doesn’t begin until December, so keep including cranberries and cranberry juice in your diet even after Thanksgiving!

How to get the most healing out of cranberries

It’s not too tricky to enjoy the many health benefits of cranberries, but there are a couple simple principles that you should follow.

First and foremost, always buy organic cranberries. While organic produce is always better than conventional, it’s especially important to buy organic when it comes to berries, as their porous, water-rich nature makes them more susceptible to absorbing pesticides and other toxic agro-chemicals.

Never buy sweetened cranberry juice (especially not Ocean Spray and similar products, which are packed to the gills with sugar and made with conventionally grown cranberries). If you need to sweeten cranberry juice or a cranberry dish, try stevia or coconut sugar instead.

Cranberry sauce is the obvious dish to choose this Thanksgiving week, but once the holiday passes, make an effort to keep cranberries integrated into your diet…they’re worth eating all year round!

Throw them in smoothies and salads, use them to make salad dressings and sauces, or just eat them raw with nuts as a delicious and healthful snack. As evidenced by the studies cited above, cranberry juice is also a healthy choice, as long as it’s at least 20% undiluted and completely unsweetened.

 


References

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12517117

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12358448

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12058989

[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12058985

[5] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12058986

[6] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2952980/

[7] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12373623

[8] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17140784

[9] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15781126

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We’ve written before about the therapeutic potential of essential oils. Like most “folk remedies,” essential oils are often regarded as ineffectual at best, and quackery at worst.

Maybe aromatherapy can offer a sense of enjoyment that improves quality of life for patients, says mainstream medicine, but surely essential oils shouldn’t be considered on par with “real” medicines.

An increasing body of research is revealing that essential oils are powerful and sophisticated medicines capable of healing feats that outshine even those of allopathic medicine.

But the tide is turning, and an increasing body of research is revealing that essential oils are powerful and sophisticated medicines capable of healing feats that outshine even those of allopathic medicine.

For example, lavender essential oil kills MRSA and other antibiotic-resistant bacteria, lemon essential oil perfectly balances digestion and metabolism, and citronella and mint essential oils (as well as many other) act as powerful and toxin-free insect repellants.

That’s just a small taste of the full-spectrum healing that all of these oils have to offer. After all, essential oils are the distilled essence of Nature’s most medicinal plants, so the sophistication of their healing qualities should come as no surprise.

The art of essential oil distillation also dates back to over 5,000 years ago, so it’s fair to say that the practice has been refined to perfection (imagine the potential of some modern medical practices if they were given thousands of years to evolve).

Another essential oil that’s picking up steam in the medical community is clove essential oil.

In another article, we wrote about the many health benefits of cloves—the primary among which being their potent cancer-fighting ability. So if raw cloves are that powerful on their own, just imagine how this potency is amplified when they’re made into an essential oil.

Amplifying the power of cloves

Researchers have discovered that cloves contain a plethora of highly medicinal compounds (eugenol being the one that is of greatest interest to scientists)—and all of these healing chemicals are present in high concentrations in the essential oil of cloves. Here’s a sampling of this oil’s healing wonders, as revealed by recent studies.

The high levels of eugenol and oleanolic acid in cloves fight cancer on every level

Revolutionary cancer treatment. The high levels of eugenol and oleanolic acid in cloves fight cancer on every level. They exert a direct causative effect upon cancer cells (by increasing apoptosis and even by directly attacking the cells), inhibit tumor growth, and support the body in the process (by boosting the immune system rather than suppressing it, like chemotherapy and radiation).

Clove extracts appear to be near universal anti-cancer agents, meaning that they’ve been successfully used to treat a wide variety of cancers[1]—and clove essential oil was found to be the most successful of all, when compared against clove extracts using water or ethanol (there’s that ancient distillation technique hard at work).

Fight pathogens naturally. Clove essential oil also exhibits remarkable efficacy as an anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal agent. Big Pharma has a hard time formulating products that adequately address even one of these mechanisms, let alone all three at once. And unlike antibiotics and other pharmaceuticals, clove oil works without disrupting beneficial bacteria or compromising immune function.

It even works against antibiotic-resistant bacteria,[2] as well as supposedly incurable and hard-to-treat viruses and fungi, such as Herpes simplex[3] (applying it as a diluted solution to cold cores will instantly inhibit the replication of the virus) and Candida[4] (take a few drops of the oil in a gel capsule).

You can also apply it to teeth and gums for fast healing of abscesses and relief from the pain of toothaches (this is why clove oil is often used in mouthwashes, and why it’s been a staple of the dental industry for decades).

Full-spectrum microbiome and digestion support. Clove oil has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for disorders of the stomach, spleen, and kidneys. By soothing these organs and balancing the microbiome and overall gastrointestinal system, it provides powerful relief from indigestion, gas, diarrhea, and other stomach ailments.[5]

You can mix clove oil with warm coconut oil and rub it on the abdomen, or take it in a gel capsule for even stronger relief. And this soothing quality isn’t limited to the stomach either—applying it to areas affected by arthritic pain can also work wonders.

How to use clove essential oil

While clove essential oil is free of the many worrying side effects that accompany traditional cancer treatments, antibiotics, and other pharmaceuticals, it should still be considered a strong medicine and used with care.

Dosage is key—because of its incredible potency, too much can be harmful. A little goes a long way; in most cases, a few drops is plenty. When using internally, drop the undiluted oil into a gel capsule (just be sure to obtain medicine-grade oil).

It can also be irritating to the skin, so don’t apply it directly to the face or other sensitive areas (and always dilute it with a carrier oil like almond, jojoba, or coconut). Lastly, it acts as a natural anti-coagulant, so be very careful if you’re taking blood thinners.

As long as you follow these simple precautions, you’ll find clove essential oil to be a safe but powerful addition to your medicine cabinet.

 


References  

[1] http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/cog/or/2013/00000021/00000005/art00003

[2] http://www.ijppsjournal.com/Vol5Issue1/4863.pdf

[3] https://www.researchgate.net/publication/279710777_Effect_of_essential_oils_on_the_enveloped_viruses_Antiviral_activity_of_oregano_and_clove_oils_on_herpes_simplex_virus_type_1_and_Newcastle_disease_virus

[4] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19589904

[5] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21140134

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There’s perhaps no better illustration of modern medicine’s absurdity than conventional cancer treatments.

In its allopathic quest to target and destroy “enemy” cancer cells, chemotherapy and radiation therapy wreaks havoc on the rest of the body too, killing countless healthy cells, destabilizing the immune system, and weakening the body’s overall functioning.

This kind of warfare treatment ignores the fact that cancer cells are the body’s own cells that have mutated because of systemic imbalance. Just as allopathic medicine refuses to focus on lifestyle strategies for preventing this imbalance in the first place, it also chooses to target cancer cells as isolated foreign agents rather than attempting to restore overall balance throughout the body.

What is unacceptable is that modern medicine promotes chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgical intervention to the exclusion of all holistic and lifestyle-based treatment methods. Meanwhile, the world is full of healing foods that powerfully fight cancer without harming the body in the process.  

We’ve written at length about some of these cancer-healing foods: turmeric, ginger, olive oil, and more. But there’s two even more common food items (both of which are probably in your kitchen right now) that are extraordinary anti-cancer foods: lemon juice and baking soda.

The cancer-healing power of alkalinity

Lemons have all sorts of cancer-fighting tricks up their sleeves. They’re full of vitamin C (a dramatically underrated nutrient that’s been shown to cure a staggering array of diseases if taken at high enough doses), as well as other antioxidant phytochemicals called limonoides. Studies have even shown that lemon extracts directly kill cancer cells and inhibit the spread of cancerous tumors.[1]

Studies have even shown that lemon extracts directly kill cancer cells and inhibit the spread of cancerous tumors.

Thus, this simple fruit fights cancer just like chemotherapy and radiation, but without any of the horrendously toxic side effects.

What really sets lemons apart, though, is their ability to invigorate, strengthen, and alkalize the body (this is where baking soda comes in too). While the ability to kill and inhibit cancer cells is nothing to scoff at, the real secret to beating cancer is much more complicated: the body must be restored to its natural and ideal condition, within which cancer can never flourish. This is exactly what happens when the body is brought into a perfectly alkaline state.

A huge movement has grown up around eating an alkaline diet, and for good reason. It’s universally understood that the body simply functions more optimally when an ideal pH level is maintained (on the pH scale from 0-14, anything above 7 is considered alkaline, and the sweet spot for your body is right around 7.45). Studies have shown that individuals who maintain this slightly alkaline pH over time are at much lower risk for cancer, as well as many other chronic diseases.[2]

The “alkaline diet” trend has been criticized as overblown, with opponents arguing that too much alkalinity is just as bad as too much acidity.While this is true, it’s very difficult to over-alkalize the body with lifestyle choices like alkaline food and water consumption.

The majority of the American diet is extremely acidic, so it takes a concerted effort to balance the effects of eating in this way for an extended period of time. Caffeine and alcohol also strongly acidify the body. And even if you abstain from all these acidifying substances, the experience of stress (which is nearly impossible to avoid in our crazed modern society) will drop your pH into the acidic range.

Nearly everyone could stand to alkalize their bodies—and lemon juice and baking soda is an excellent way to do so.

By their very nature, baking soda and lemon are a powerful food science combination that works against chronic disease, inflammation and cancer. Once inside the body, these two therapeutic food agents begin to help create a more alkaline environment.

Here’s the bottom line: nearly everyone could stand to alkalize their bodies—and lemon juice and baking soda is an excellent way to do so. Baking soda is alkaline by nature, and while lemon juice is technically acidic, its ability to raise pH once metabolized by the body is well-documented.

Baking soda creates a more alkaline environment within

Sodium bicarbonate (known as baking soda) is a natural occurring mineral that provides many profound healing benefits. Baking soda is extremely powerful for reducing or balancing acid in the body, which is at the source of many illnesses including cancer.

The many benefits of lemons

Because alkalinity is a condition that balances the body on every level of being, the benefits of lemons extend far beyond cancer prevention and treatment (though this ability alone should be enough to prove that they’re a superfood).

They’ve been shown to act as potent antibacterial, anti-parasite, and antifungal agents (again, without harming your body’s healthy cells and gut flora like antibiotics).[3] They even calm stomach ailments (everything from bloating and constipation to more serious chronic conditions), soothe heartburn, regulate blood pressure, and balance mood disorders like anxiety and depression.[4]

Ready to reap the benefits of Lemon + Baking Soda?

By combining these two powerful foods, you not only help the body detoxify, but you also provide yourself with way to overcome the problem of cellular acidosis that might lead to serious disease.

One cup of purified water, combined with the juice of half a freshly squeezed lemon and one half teaspoon of baking soda a day is a great way to keep the fear of cancer away!

Try it today!


References

[1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22126498

[2] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3195546/

[3] https://www.researchgate.net/publication/223417498_Antifungal_activity_of_lemon_Citrus_lemon_L_mandarin_Citrus_reticulata_L_grapefruit_Citrus_paradisi_L_and_orange_Citrus_sinensis_L_essential_oils_Food_Control

[4] http://www.naturalnews.com/054329_lemon_juice_baking_soda_cancer_prevention.html

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