Cayenne pepper

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Cayenne is one of the chili peppers and has been used therapeutically for thousands of years. Cayenne pepper belongs to the genus Capsicum. It was first grown in Central and South America thousands of years ago and now grows naturally in subtropical and tropical climates.

The medicinal properties are derived from the chemical capsaicin (kap-seyuh-sin), which is the ingredient that gives chili peppers their heat. The more capsaicin present, the hotter the pepper is. Cayenne peppers contain vitamins E, A, C, K, B complex, calcium, manganese, and potassium plus carotenoids which are plant pigments that are powerful antioxidants.

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Walk to Health

I am a walker.

I used to be a runner. I started running in 2000 at age 48, doing 5k on asphalt pavement in our neighborhood – 3 or 4 times a week. My best time was about 28 minutes, but that got longer as I got older. At the end of 2013 I suffered a ruptured disc, and an MRI showed that some of the discs in my lower back were “shot” as my doctor put it. It certainly seemed to me that the pounding my discs had endured in the 7,000-plus miles I had logged over 13 years didn’t help them.

Although I had been in severe pain, I did recover, but reluctantly decided that it was time to retire my running shoes.

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Sauerkraut

Sensational Sauerkraut

Naturally fermented foods have been around for millions of years. Foods were routinely fermented to help with digestion and to preserve them for long term storage. With the advent of refrigeration in the 1800s and up until today, the need to ferment for preservation has pretty much vanished.

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Surprising Aspirin

Most have heard taking an aspirin a day will keep the heart attacks away, but did you know that aspirin can prevent certain cancers and treat other illnesses? Young adults can benefit from taking aspirin daily too, and studies have proven it. Research has shown a 37% reduction of death in those people who take low dose aspirin daily.

Aspirin is an NSAID – a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. It is also an antithrombotic (reduces clotting) and antipyretic (reduces fever). It is a stable drug that’s been around for a long time.

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Omega-3s at a Glance

Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fats that are essential nutrients for health and life. They are needed to support numerous body functions such as blood clotting and building cell membranes in the brain. Our bodies can’t make them so we must get them from the food we eat.

There are three types of Omega-3s; the first two, EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) are found in fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, and halibut, and other seafood including algae and krill.

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Being grounded, earthing

Earthing

There is a disconnection between us and the earth. We have little direct physical contact with the ground anymore. We wear rubber-soled shoes and our cars have rubber tires. We sit in front of computers, televisions, and we’re around electrical devices all day. Our bodies, mostly water, are a good conductor of electricity and build up positive charges all day. These charges can be harmful. They disrupt our nervous system, create inflammation throughout the body, and raise blood pressure.

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Natural Pest Control

The man-made chemical compound called N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide, also known as DEET, is found in most insect repellents. It’s been proven to deter insects such as mosquitoes, black flies, ticks, and fleas. Repelling these insects means a significant decrease in your chances of contracting malaria, West Nile virus, Lyme disease and many other insect-borne illnesses.

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