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  • The Amazing Healing Power of Aloe Vera

    The aloe vera plant is one of the most popular botanicals in the world. Its soothing gel takes the sting out of sunburn and acts as a natural healing balm for cuts and scrapes. Aloe vera’s healing magic isn’t just confined to external use. This amazing succulent has a vast array of active compounds that provide essential nutrients to help keep your organ systems functioning at their best.

    Here’s a quick rundown on the nutritional components found in aloe vera.

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  • How to Cleanse Your Colon the Natural Way

    If you have more than an occasional bout of constipation, chances are your diet is lacking in proper nutrition. In the case of your digestive tract, that means fresh foods that keep you regular, cleanse your colon and provide the important phyto-chemicals that neutralize harmful ingested pathogens and toxins.

    For those of you that are new to natural colon cleansing, here are ten great foods that will put you on the right track to comfortable bowel movements and a healthy colon.

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  • Why Your Digestive System is Smarter than You Think

    Whether you eat on the run or take your time to enjoy every mouthful, the process and ultimate goal of digestion is the same: to change food into a form that the body can absorb and use as energy or as the raw materials to repair and build new tissue. To that end, digestion is a process that is part mechanical and part chemical.

    Once your hungry stomach starts demanding nourishment or your sensory receptors pick up the tantalizing aroma of your favorite food being prepared, your digestive system is primed and ready to begin the process of providing your body with the energy and raw materials it needs.

    Here’s a look at the amazing work your digestive system performs with each bite of food you take.

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  • Why These 12 Natural Herbs are Growing in Popularity

    Why These 12 Natural Herbs are Growing in PopularityNatural herbs have had a long and rich history of use for medicinal purposes long before recorded history began. Even now, the World Health Organization estimates that 80% of the population worldwide still rely on herbs to treat a variety of medical issues. It’s not simply developing countries that turn to herbs for healing. In Germany for instance, 70% of physicians prescribe herb-based medications for their patients, with over 600 herbal preparations being used to treat a variety of ailments. The trend is growing too, as populations in industrialized nations become dissatisfied with prescription medications and their skyrocketing costs.

    To show you the multitude of benefits from natural herbs, here’s a look at 12 different herbal species and how they can be used in healing.

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  • 5 Herbal Teas to Relieve Digestive Discomfort

    Ginger If you enjoy a daily cup of two of brewed tea, you’ll be pleased to know that this pleasant-tasting herbal beverage has been highly regarded for centuries due to its natural properties that gently soothe and relieve a variety of health concerns.

    Take digestion for instance. For a few lucky souls with an “iron stomach,” digestive discomfort is rarely a health concern. Most of us however, fall into another category, with occasional bouts of constipation, gas, bloating and indigestion causing some degree of distress.

    This is where healing tea comes in, specifically herbal tea, with active ingredients that can soothe inflammation, relieve gas and encourage gentle bowel movements. If you need help for occasional digestive issues, Blessed Herbs suggests that you reach for a cup of all-natural herbal tea to relieve your discomfort.

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  • Native Americans had Constipation Too. Here’s What They Learned…

    Constipation is a problem that has been plaguing mankind since the beginning of time. In every culture on earth, native healers have sought out natural herbs to help fellow tribesmen move their bowels and relieve the misery of constipation. In North America for instance, Native Americans found that the dried, aged bark of the buckthorn tree when brewed as a tea, was an effective laxative to be taken as needed.

    When the Spanish later came to the Americas, they called this herbal remedy Cascara Sagrada, meaning sacred bark. So effective was Cascara Sagrada in relieving the universal problem of constipation that it became accepted by Western medicine in the 19th Century, becoming a popular herbal remedy prescribed by local doctors.

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  • Superfood Avocado Smoothie Bowl with Cashew Cream

    Avocado  Health enthusiasts everywhere are starting their day with smoothie bowls, a thicker, creamier version of the traditional smoothie that you eat with a spoon and garnish with your favorite healthy toppings. We love the idea of smoothie bowls. Their versatility allows you to be creative with the healthy foods you like best for an endless variety of textures, flavors and crunch. The recipe we feature here provides a delectable array of natural ingredients to boost your intake of fiber, healthy fats, beneficial bacteria, lean protein and disease-fighting antioxidants.

    Ingredients

    For the cashew cream:

    1/2 cup cashews + additional for garnish

    6 tbsp light coconut milk

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  • 10 Foods that are Ruining Your Digestion

    If you are living with chronic indigestion, irregular bowel movements, gas or bloating, it’s time to take stock of your diet. That’s because certain foods, especially if they are highly processed or full of fat and sugar can actually damage your digestive tract, killing off healthy bacteria, irritating your stomach lining and interfering with healthy bowel movements.

    What you should understand is that your digestive system may be just fine. The symptoms you experience could be a warning that you need to cut out certain unhealthy foods and replace them with foods that will nourish your entire body including your digestive system.

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  • Need Stress Relief? Try These 4 Natural Stress-Busters

    Stress can affect our eating habits in strange ways. A high-stress day may cause you to skip food altogether… or perhaps you think there is no time for a relaxing lunch or dinner so you grab a bag of chips and a soft drink and run out the door.   You know already that this is about the worst thing you can do on days you’re feeling stressed, especially when you consider that eating nutritionally sound foods can actually help you deal more effectively with the stress you are under.

    Let’s take a look at some great food choices you can make that may actually help to reduce those feelings of stress while providing your entire body with the nutrition it needs to fight off illness and stay energized throughout the day.

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  • Celebrate Summer with Guilt-Free Watermelon Salad

    Nothing quite says summer like ice cold watermelon on a sizzling summer day.   Watermelon is more than just the ultimate refresher to compliment your favorite barbecued fare, it’s quickly gaining superfood status as one of the most nutritious fruits around.

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