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Understanding Thyroid & Helpful Supplements - Iodine & L-Tyrosine

Thyroid dysfunction is an intriguing subject because so many people suffer from it. One possible
cause is a lack of iodine in our diets. It is a fact that our soils are depleted of minerals and Iodine.
So the crops that are grown in this of soil will naturally be Iodine-deficient.

In addition to that, Iodine was removed from our food supply many years ago and replaced with bromine
and fluoride that block Iodine receptors. I never realized that eating bread containing potassium  
bromate may be harmful to your health. Obesity is also connected with iodine deficiency.
Potassium bromate is an additive that is also linked to cancer. It is banned in certain countries
and that should be somewhat alarming.

Iodine is a remarkable mineral that was used in the past to purify water but then got replaced with
chlorine that also blocks iodine receptors.

Iodine used to be a major component in wound healing and its capability to destroy bacteria and
viruses is miraculous. Research suggests that individuals with a higher intake of iodine encounter
less problems with thyroid disease, prostate, and breast cancer. Even diseases like Parkinson and
Alzheimer have been suggested to be connected to low iodine levels 
since iodine may be needed to produce certain neurotransmitters in the brain. 

Furthermore, L-Tyrosine, a natural amino acid, does not only help with thyroid hormone production 
but it also helps to produce dopamine which is being considered in the study of Parkinson's disease.

It may be important to your Thyroid function to include Potassium Iodide, Sodium Iodide and Molecular
Iodine. All three forms are important in various ways and together with L-Tyrosine and Selenium
a combination that can enhance proper absorption. Note that rare individuals may be allergic
to iodine!

Always discuss anything you take with your Physician before starting on any new supplements like Iodine.

By Caroleena Blass


Disclaimer - Always refer to your Medical Doctor before starting any diet or nutritional plan. 
This post is not a health plan or recommendation. You must determine your own Health Plan

The Importance of Vitamin D

Vitamin D indeed plays a crucial role in immune health and survival. It is vital for brain health, 
cardiovascular health, muscle and bone health, modulate blood sugar, thyroid function, 
respiratory health, and normal blood clotting. It also regulates calcium and maintains 
phosphorus levels in the blood.

If you are easily prone to sickness, you would benefit from getting your Vitamin D levels
checked. Interestingly, 3 in 4 people are low in Vitamin D in the U.S. Especially in the elderly,
Vitamin D deficiency is more widespread.

If you desire strong bones, a stable blood pressure and a good working immune system
then think about the importance of Vitamin D.

Should your job prevent you from getting enough sun exposure, your solution might be
supplementing with Vitamin D.  

Please make sure to use the natural D3 form because its absorption rate is higher than
Vitamin D2. The recommended daily dose is 5,000 IU according to many experts.

Our suggestion is to also supplement with Vitamin K2 in connection with Vitamin D3
because they work together by keeping calcium in the bones and out of soft tissues.
They are both fat-soluble and are involved in calcium metabolism. 

K2 may also reduce arterial calcification. Most people would definitely benefit from
supplementing Vitamin D3.

by Caroleena Blass

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Disclaimer - Always refer to your Medical Doctor before starting any diet or nutritional plan. 
This post is not a health plan or recommendation. You must determine your own Health Plan.

Water - The Essential Component to Survival



Water - The Essential Component to Survival - Importance of Drinking Water and Hydration

Freshwater is crucial for human survival! 

Our bodies are made up of nearly 60 % water. Surviving without food 
is a lot easier than surviving without water. 3 days without water is dangerous
to survival. Water is such an important component for survival due to the fact 
that it regulates our body temperature and also flushes waste from our bodies.

Water helps perform very important chemical reactions. It buffers the 
cell from threatening effects of acids and bases. The digestion process 
relies on water, so does the transportation of nutrients. Drinking enough 
water is not only healthy but also keeps you from overeating. 

You might think that you are hungry when in fact you are just thirsty or 
dehydrated. The risk for developing kidney stones may be significantly 
diminished by drinking enough clean water and staying hydrated. 
Supplementation of Vitamin B6 and Magnesium also plays a big role in this. 
In order for blood to travel without constraint to the kidneys, it must 
have water to keep your blood vessels open. So, water supports all life 
forms and this makes it a top survival priority.

Earth's ecosystem relies on clean freshwater, so do humans and animals.
It is estimated that over one billion people do not have access to safe
drinking water and struggle every day to survive. Sadly, many of them
die from water-borne diseases.

Wouldn't it then make sense to keep our rivers and oceans clean to promote
ultimate well-being for our beautiful planet Earth and its inhabitants?
We have
to become more aware of the consequences that do result from a lack of doing
the right thing or we will be facing more problems in the future. Water shortages
may be prevented through proper planning that helps secure our survival as well
as keeping water free of toxins and waste.

by Caroleena Blass

 Disclaimer - Always refer to your Medical Doctor before starting any diet or nutritional plan. 
This post is not a health plan or recommendation. You must determine your own Health Plan.


Benefits of Drinking Water

  • Boosts immune system
  • Promotes weight loss
  • Enhances skin complexion and health
  • Natural headache remedy
  • Flushes out toxins
  • Aids in prevention of cramps




LifeStraw Personal Water Filter for Hiking, Camping,
Travel, and Emergency Preparedness


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    chlorine, or other chemicals; does not require batteries and has no moving parts
  • Removes minimum 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria, 99.9% of waterborne
    protozoan parasites, and filters to 0.2 microns; surpasses EPA filter standards
  • An alternative to iodine tablets and bulky purifiers, it weighs 2oz for ultralight
    portability, and has a high flow rate for drinking from the source
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    gear supply kit; measures 9 x 1 x 1 inches.BPA Free materials



Natural Health Remedies Video - Powerful Anti Inflammatory Foods


Video by Natural Health Remedies

This video shows how anti inflammatory foods can improve your health.  This strategy can
be useful to minimize potential ignition due to stress, training, genetics and various lifestyle factors
that could impact on your health and your performance. 

Increase fiber intake that is found in fresh fruits and vegetables, especially berries and whole grains,
s also a good way to increase the amount of anti-inflammatory foods in your diet.  Try to eat colorful
fruits, berries, fruits and orange and yellow vegetables, and dark green leafy vegetables. 

Another tip: Add anti-inflammatory spices like ginger and turmeric in your diet.  Green tea and
dark chocolate are also great options.




Disclaimer - Always refer to your Medical Doctor before starting any diet or nutritional plan. 
This video is not a health plan or recommendation. You must determine your own Health Plan.


Surviving in the Wild

Surviving in the wild could be a challenge for those people who are not familiar with which plants are safe and edible versus the plants that look good but are poisonous. Interestingly in nature there are quite a few plants that taste unpleasant but are highly nutritious, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial.

Here are just to name a few:

1. Clover -

 Clover is easy to spot, plentiful and 100% edible. It is also a rich source of isoflavones, protein, and important minerals like potassium, calcium and magnesium.

2. Amaranth -

Amaranth seeds contain lots of minerals. They are highly nutritious even more than spinach. Its leaves are 
eaten throughout Asia.

3. Burdock -

Burdock is a plant that contains powerful antioxidants like quercetin. It partly consists of fatty oils and 

4. Dandelions -

This is a plant that is very beneficial for your health. You can boil the leaves and make tea from it which helps kidney function. Use the leaves early in the summertime otherwise its leaves have the tendency to turn bitter.

Dandelion root helps detoxify the liver and gallbladder. It has a positive effect on the immune system and has antioxidant  properties.

5. Chicory-

Chicory is a plant that boosts the immune system and supports the liver and gallbladder to get rid of toxins.

It contains healthy nutrients like magnesium and zinc. It also contains inulin, a healthy gut bacteria that helps to fight indigestion. May help with regularity of bowel movements.

6. Purslane-

 Purslane has a very high content of omega-3 fatty acids that makes it a great food in a survival situation.

The plant has thick leaves which allows it to retain moisture. Even though it is considered a weed, it is one of the most valued edibles around.

Knowing which plants are edible is critical to your survival. There is no reason to go hungry or to starve.
A little knowledge 
goes a long way.

by Caroleena Blass

\Disclaimer - Always refer to your Medical Doctor before starting any diet or nutritional plan. 
This post is not a health plan or recommendation. You must determine your own Health Plan.

Understanding Container Vegetable Gardening

Understanding Container Vegetable Gardening Quickly And Easily


Container Vegetable Gardening is a great way to grow your own vegetables if you don't have the garden space for it. Vegetable container gardening is also a useful introduction to gardening for beginners. You can grow just about any vegetable in containers, not only giving you pleasure in growing your own, but saving you money as well.

It is possible for most vegetables to be grown in a suitable container, there are some basic tips that apply to container vegetable gardening to ensure your crop survives. Most vegetables require full sun for at least six hours a day. So you will need to locate your vegetable container in a suitably warm, sunny position. Having said that, if you live in a particularly hot area, you may need to consider some shade for your vegetables in the middle of the day, otherwise they may scorch and die. For this reason metal containers are not advisable as the roots of the vegetables will cook. The same applies to dark colored plastic garden pots or ceramics.

It is very important to water your container vegetable garden. Your vegetables at the height of their growing season will need lots of water. You should aim to keep the soil moist but not wet. If unsure that your vegetables need water, the best way is to put your finger into the soil up to your knuckle. If the soil feels dry, add water, if it feels wet, leave for a day or two and test again. Adding too much water or leaving plants to sit in water will cause the roots to rot and the plant to die.

It is also worth thinking about the effect of heat on your vegetable container, you should also consider the cold. Many vegetables do not like the cold, especially frost. Placing your vegetable container somewhere where it can either be brought indoors or protected from the cold is a good idea. If you are unable to move your container, plants can be protected from the cold by using garden fleece.

When choosing your container, you are only limited by your space and imagination. Many containers make good vegetable container gardens. Garden planters and pots or even garden bags can all be used. Wooden garden planters and garden boxes are very popular and make very decorative additions to garden patios. Garden sinks and garden troughs make unusual vegetable containers.

Whichever container you decide to choose from it is important to consider drainage. Your pot or container needs to let excess water out of the bottom, so your plants won't sit in the water. Make sure your container has at least one large hole at the bottom and a few smaller ones for drainage.

Self-watering containers can be very useful when growing vegetables, especially if you are away. However, if it rains hard you need to make sure that the excess water can be easily poured away or it has an over-flow hole. Plastic garden pots and ceramic pots are fine as are terracotta. Terracotta pots are harder to keep moist as the clay dries out very quickly. So if you live in a very hot area this may not be the best choice. Large garden pots mean more space for growing, even buckets make good vegetable containers.

When you have chosen your container, it needs to be filled with a good quality garden potting soil. It is not advisable to use garden soil as it is too compacted and may contain weeds. Buying ready prepared soil will also make sure it contains all the right nutrients to grow your vegetables in. Adding a garden fertilizer every couple of weeks will also help give your vegetables the right amount of goodness they need.

Finally, you can start to plant your wonderful vegetables. These can be planted as either young plants or from seeds. Growing from seeds can be a lot harder than from young plants and they need a lot more attention. If you are a beginner to gardening, starting your container vegetable garden from young plants might be more successful.

The following are vegetables which are particularly suitable for container gardening are, peas, potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, radishes, lettuce, and zucchini. If you have enough height, runner beans grown in a large plastic tub with canes for support can yield a good crop in a very small space.

Container vegetable gardening can be very versatile not only giving you a lot of pleasure but by being an attractive addition to your garden, patio, roof garden etc. It will also produce a surprising amount of fresh vegetables easily and conveniently.


Understanding Container Vegetable Gardening Quickly And Easily
Post written by Paul H Jenkins  





Indoor Gardening 
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Herb Garden Indoor (White)



Creating A Beautiful Garden - Using the Right Hydroponic and Irrigation

Creating A Beautiful Superb Garden Requires The Right Garden Space and Hydroponic Supplies


Choosing the best supplies is the key determinant of healthy, quality and outstanding plants thus, giving your garden a more pleasant look. There are varieties of garden supplies that will help you give your plants all the necessary care required during growth. The hydroponic supplies are meant to improve your plant's performance as well as making your organic gardening work easier and fun.

The aim of this article is to provide you with more insight that will help you make better decisions based on the following gardening categories

Water Filtering Systems: It ensures that your plants remain healthy by pre-treating your water. Water that is used to water your plants is passed through these filters that remove any chlorine from water that can cause adverse effect to soil and plants in your organic gardening. Water filters eliminates the chlorine which could have otherwise killed soil microbiology in the soil. Therefore, purchasing a good water filter system will ensure that your garden soil remains fertile by providing the much needed minerals and vitamins that ensure your plants grow healthier in your garden.

Soil Treatment: Treating your gardening soil is the first step that you should emphasize on to ensure your plants get the required optimum soil conditions for proper growth. Major soil treatments in gardening usually focus on nutrients level, soil PH and mineral deficiencies.

Bud Trimming Machine: They are useful garden equipment that helps you prune the unwanted protruding leaves. You can as well use them to cut roots and in the preparation of flower petals. They ensure that you handle your plants safely without making any unnecessary damage. They are found in different varieties to suit your gardening preferences.

Grow Tent: Grow tents enable you to develop a perfectly controlled garden area a micro-environment Grow Room / Grow Cabinet where you can specifically control temperature and humidity levels and photo period lighting. They are made of light proof construction that does not allow light leaks which can lead to possible plant problems during the growth and flowering period.

Aeroponics Systems: Aeroponics systems have widely been used by many individuals in their effort of growing clones, veggies as well as herbs. The method entails growing of plants without use of any soil. Water with nutrient solutions is used where the roots of the plants are spread in order to absorb the essential nutrients. Aeroponics systems are available in different varieties at affordable prices.

Greenhouse Controllers: Use of a green house controller in your garden ensures that your plants are within the optimal environment for proper growth. All your crops will be protected from harmful pests and diseases as well as from harsh environmental conditions. Purchasing a greenhouse controller will ensure that your plants remains protected at all time and you are assured of better quality produce at the time of harvest.

PH/EC/TDS Meters: They are necessary equipment that every gardener must have. Whether you do indoor gardening, hydroponic gardening or green house gardening, they are equipment that will help you test for many issues. This equipment will enable you test your soil pH levels quickly so that you can know the best ways to adjust the soil Ph. In addition, they will also help you make calibrations on your Ph meters.

Plant Pots and Containers: Growing your plants in plant pots or containers is the most convenient form of gardening. There are many benefits that come with containers gardening. Plant pots and containers are easily movable and thus, you can even choose to grow your plants either on your balcony, courtyard, indoors and many other places. With containers, less weeding is needed and you also avoid using heavy gardening equipment. Plant pots and containers also give your plants an optimum environment for their growth because monitoring is easy.

Garden Accessories: Having proper accessories makes your garden appear more attractive and eco-friendly. These amenities will make your gardens a better place to visit and enjoy. Garden accessories such as furniture for gardens, lightning, outdoor cooking or outdoor heaters are some of the best garden accessories that you should consider purchasing so as to give your gardens an elegant look and style.

Hydroponic Nutrients: Use of plant nutrient in gardening is a modern trend that every gardener needs to embrace. It involves growing your plants without soil and instead uses solutions containing essential nutrients that your plants require for proper growth. Hydroponic nutrients provide an easy way of farming as it does not require any soil testing or much labor which saves you a lot of gardening costs. It supplies your plants with all the required nutrients thus ensuring that your plants are grown in the best conditions.

Pest and Disease Control: Controlling pests and diseases in your garden is very essential. For your plants to grow and thrive well, they require a disease and pest free environment. Therefore, you should ensure that you have set aside proper mechanism for your pest and disease control. In fact, pests are the ones that transfer diseases to your plants. Thus, purchasing the proper supplies will ensure that all your plants remains healthy and yields more at the harvest seasons.

Rooting and Propagation: This type product provides faster plants generation by rooting the stem cuttings and propagating the cuttings. They easily produce roots after a short while and you can use them to increase the amount of crops that your garden produces. This method saves you the cost of purchasing seeds and it also reduces the germination period of some plants. The process of rooting and propagation is not labor intensive because plants take less time to produce roots and develop.

Growing Media: Despite the fact that hydroponic gardening is a soil-free gardening, growing media are necessary as they provide support to your plants roots. They also help in maintain the necessary oxygen/water ratio so that your plants remain healthy. There are different varieties of growing media to choose from in the market that comes with different features according to your preferences.

Fans and Blowers: Are you having problems with frequent falling leaves in your garden? To maintain cleanliness and keep a good condition in your garden, fans and blowers are the best choice for all your landscaping needs. Blowers ensure that you remove fallen leaves from your garden with ease compared to using other tiresome tools such as hand rakes. Fan and blowers are available in the market with different features at affordable prices. They will help you conduct all your landscaping needs with ease.

Grow Lights: Grow lamps are the best choice for your indoor gardening. Especially when you want to start seeds, growing lights provides optimal conditions that ensure you get healthy green seedlings. Selecting an indoor lighting system that matches your preferred plants will ensure that your crops grow in a well controlled environment with the right light intensity required by plants.

Odor Remover: Bad odor smell in our gardens is something that can make them unpleasant for us to visit and work. That's why it's necessary for us to ensure that we get rid of all odors and make our gardens fresh and smart. Odor removers are found in different forms that you can spray to your garden and they eliminate any bad smell in your garden and you stay protected for up to one month. Charcoal filters are the preferred choice for indoor gardens.

Air Ducting: Air ducting equipment ensures that your gardening containers or greenhouses remain air-tight. They are designed to give you a tight waterproof and prevent unnecessary leakages. They are also primarily used for moving air in and out of your indoor garden or green house.

Garden Irrigation Systems: Garden irrigation systems have gained a lot of popularity in modern gardening today. They have been designed to ease the gardening work and make it enjoyable. By relieving the gardener of the hassles and legwork of irrigation, gardeners now spend little time when watering their plants. The other benefit of using the garden irrigation systems is improved efficiency through systems such as drip irrigation compared to traditional methods. Gardeners should embrace these irrigation systems for optimum gardening benefits.

Creating A Beautiful Superb Garden Requires The Right Garden Space and Hydroponic Supplies
Post written by Roy Buxbaum 



Vertical Vegetable Gardening in A City

Vertical Vegetable Gardens Offer Health Benefits and Increased Self-Sufficiency to City Dwellers


Do you live in the city and would love to have a vegetable garden, but are constrained by a small garden space? If you really want to grow your own fresh vegetables, then there is an answer for you. You may want to plant a vertical vegetable garden right there in your small area. A vertical vegetable gardening can easily produce as much vegetables as a normal garden.

Remember, you don't need to limit yourself to only growing outdoor vertical gardens. While caring for a vegetable garden in your apartment or other confined area could be a little tricky, it's not impossible and very rewarding. Gardening indoors will allow you to grow vegetables that aren't found in your region's climate, offer you better variety to choose from when planting. It has also been demonstrated that live plants can improve the air quality in small spaces. While it maybe necessary to have proper ventilation to prevent any possible odors, others felt that they can breathe better and are generally calmer because of the refreshing oxygen emitted by your plants.

Vertical vegetables gardens are not a new ideal however at times they are mistaken with a living wall. Since both living walls and vertical vegetable gardens could be used for producing vegetables and fruits, living walls are more focused on beauty than production of food. This form of gardening could be done either in your apartment or in your small backyard garden.

In vertical gardening you train the vegetable plants to grow upwards. They have designed specific structures that contain the entire garden within a small area. With the proper frames and cross shelving setups, you will find it's rather simple to train your plants to grow vertically.

There are ready-made vertical gardening kits you can buy that will eliminate the guess-work in constructing your setup, however if you want to you can do-it-yourself route. If you decide on a DIY method, be sure that the design structure you"re using to build your vertical vegetable garden is capable of holding the materials, soil, water, and the plants you want to grow in your garden as well as the vegetables it will produce. While you can find detail information online as to the weights of the different parts to your new garden. We have found that such ready-made kits can often save a lot of time - not only with setup, but also they prevented lost "growing" time that you may encounter with wilted plants that did not get the proper amounts of water or soil.

If you decided to build an indoor vertical vegetable garden, spend some time looking for the ideal location, as your plants will need enough sunlight to thrive. If you are in the city area where large buildings block most of the natural light coming from your patio or windowsills, you will need to buy lamps that produced specific light to help in growing plants and vegetables.

If you want a true organic garden, you will want to research how you can apply composting ways to the soil used in your vertical gardens. A proper drainage system is important, as well as good air circulation (whether indoors or out). NASA scientists have researched a variety of vertical gardening methods, which suggest that the supplies and processes of how to grow vegetables and herbs vertically will continue to get better with advance technology. While large grid systems and advanced hydroponic watering techniques may not offer possible solutions for your cement porch, we can use the concepts and the ideas they create and can scale them down to fit our own needs.

It would be good to stick to some simple steps to make sure your success as you begin to learn how to work with your space and your climate restrictions when you grow your first garden. For starters, consider growing peas, green beans, cucumber, squash, lima plants, and tomatoes, as they are great climbing plants in nature. As you become more comfortable you can grow other types of vegetables in your vertical garden.

Also, be sure you have the supplies you'll need before planting your garden. This is important for plants that need vertical support, because seeds begin germinating almost immediately and it is best not to disturb the dirt by adding supports at a later time. Also make sure that your vertical vegetable garden is not entwined with shrubs or other plants that may divert water away from your plants or block out their sunlight. Once again, after some time, these issues may not be of a primary concern, as a beginner looking to start their first vertical garden you should keep these issues in mind.

Vegetable and herb gardening has always been known to offer "green" ways to lower environmental footprint, but those opportunities has been limited by space and region. Fortunately, with the new fun trend of vertical vegetable gardening, those who live in urban area can enjoy a similar level of increased self-sufficiency as they raise their own, healthy, fresh grown vegetables.

Vertical Vegetable Gardens Offer Health Benefits and Increased Self-Sufficiency to City Dwellers
Post written by Rain Faye


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This video is not a health plan or recommendation. You must determine your own Health Plan.