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  1. Obesity is a common and costly disease in America. The Center for Disease Control estimates over one third of Americans are obese which is defined as having a BMI of over 25. This third of Americans also cost our healthcare system an additional $147 Billion in 2008. The best way to lose weight and improve your health is through a combination of diet and increased physical activity which always should be started and managed under a healthcare providers supervision. Ways to improve your diet Simplify – Avoid diets that require complicated recipes or including more than 5 ingredients per m
  2. Research on human behavior has shown that we make rapid visual judgments about others within just a few seconds of our first meeting. One of the biggest influences on this initial judgment is the style, color, and overall health of our hair. A person with thinning or graying hair can be assumed to be up to 10 years older than their actual age. If maintaining a youthful image is important for your professional or social life, it is important to know your options to keep your hair looking young. What can cause thinning hair Alopecia is an autoimmune condition where your body attacks its
  3. The mason jar has become a trendy decoration and hip glassware. While there are many cheap mason jars available, the original Ball Company Mason jars continue to be the most popular with consumers wanting to show off their timeless script logo whether they use a pressure canner or not. How the Company Started Five brothers (Edmund, Frank, George, Lucius, and William) started the Ball Company in 1880 with a $200 loan from a family uncle. For the first decade, the brothers manufactured wood jacketed tin containers for non-food items like paint and kerosene. It was 1890, when the brothers
  4. Dehydrating food is the original form of food preservation. Today modern techniques focus on pasteurization and artificial additives to prolong our food supply. While this has greatly improved our food supply stability, it has come at a cost of dangerous chemicals whose long-term implications have not been well studied. Fortunately, dehydrating your own food has never been easier. The modern food dehydrator significantly cuts down the drying time and has improved the quality and consistence of results. A good all purpose food dehydrator can purchased for about $50. If you are just getting st
  5. Sunflowers are in full bloom right about now in most of the United States. If you are lucky enough to grow them or live by someone like me who grows them, they are tall beautiful plants that add a great early fall contrast to your yard. However, there are many additional ways you can use sunflowers which people often miss out on. Here are my 3 favorite ways to my fall sunflowers. Eat the Sunflower Seeds I like to roast them in the shell. It’s simply a classic. They provide a great healthy snack that also keeps your hands busy trying to get the next seed so it’s also a great natural curb
  6. Are you starting to feel like you are the only person in the world who hasn’t tried juicing? Have you done some research and want to give it a try but just aren’t sure where to start? Well today, I’m going to break it down into 6 easy digestible steps to help those that need a little push down the path of juicing. Step One: Selecting a Juicer The great news is there are several great juicers but that’s also the bad news as you can easily get overwhelmed with the styles, options, and price differences between models. Before picking a juicer you should consider 2 important questions that w
  7. Freshly squeezed juices have become increasingly popular with Americans. Americans have been drinking more and more fresh juice as a way to improve their health and daily nutrition. While the trend is growing quickly, one of the biggest barriers to wide mainstream adoption is also what makes juice great. The short shelf life makes traditional big distribution channels inappropriate. Currently, most people either use a home juicer or purchase juice at local juice stores as fresh squeezed juice will lose most of its vitamins, mineral, and enzymes within 72 hours and even worse will become a
  8. Smoothies are a great easy way to provide your body with the correct daily nutrition. Making them at home also lets you control and know exactly what you are drinking. Unfortunately, it’s easy for us to let unhealthy ingredients sneak into a healthy smoothie. Remember why smoothies are healthy Vitamins and Minerals Our primary source of vitamins and minerals are fruits and vegetables but it can be challenging to eat the recommended 8 servings per day. A single fruit and vegetable smoothie can pack in 3 servings. Great super fruits to include are pomegranates, papaya, and mangoes. Fib
  9. A post-workout smoothie is a quick and effective way to help your body recover from a workout. One of the best things about smoothies is that you can easily add powder supplements to give yourself an extra boost. These powders easily dissolve into your smoothie along with any unpleasant tastes that would be present if you simply added water. The perfect post-workout boosts should provide you extra protein to help the muscle repair necessary after a hard workout and something that will help relive pain through reducing inflammation. Two Super “Extras” Spirulina Spirulina is often mi
  10. "Take Two and Call Me in the Morning" is the classic doctor line given to patients who call complaining of vague (but real to them) aches and pains. In 2014, the updated phrase should be 'Juice this and Call Me in the Morning'. Many of us experience chronic pain which may or may not have been diagnosed with a treatable root cause. The most common solution is self management with over the counter pain medication. OTC medication becomes a short-term solution with long-term concerns with extended and heavy use of aspirin, Tylenol, or ibuprofen. A great alternative pain management strategy is se
  11. Research from the 2014 American Society of Clinical Oncology provided some new data about natural plants and herbs that might help patients and doctors in their fight against prostate cancer. In 2014, cancer.org estimates 233,000 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed and nearly 30,000 men will die from prostate cancer. This also translates into about 1 in 7 men having prostate cancer sometime in their lifetime. Great improvements in care have improved patient outcomes however the current treatments can also cause many side effects. Current treatments include: Surgery Radiation Horm
  12. Hello gabmcgowan, welcome to Green Blog! :)

    1. gabmcgowan


      Thanks. Just found my activation email... It was in my spam folder!


    2. Simon


      Yep, that happens sometimes. :/

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