healthy tips

Cold Feet? Natural Remedy Failure

As the weather is getting chillier, I was excited to try this interesting and easy natural remedy — If your feet tend to be on the cold side, try sprinkling some cayenne pepper inside your socks. Supposedly this should help your feet warm up because it encourages increased blood flow.

So this morning I finally remembered to put a little cayenne pepper in my socks because of course, I had to see if it actually worked and how messy it was (it’s SO messy), etc before I recommended it to you. Well, I would definitely NOT recommend this. My feet are not even feeling a little bit warmer 1.5 hours after spicing up my socks, BUT the sole of my right foot is currently on fire.  And not in a warm, pleasant way. It feels like my foot just ate a way too spicy hot pepper.

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Bottom line: I would keep the cayenne pepper out of your socks, but I would put it in your next stir fry or soup because it will help to get the circulation going and warm you up internally.

Ok, I gotta go, my right foot needs a glass of milk. This is bad news. Have a great weekend!

 

Healthy Grilling Basics

With the summer unofficially starting this weekend, I thought this would be a perfect time to share some easy tips to keep your BBQs both tasty and healthy:

  • Reduce PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) and HCAs (Heterocyclic amines) - These are the two carcinogens produced via the char (HCAs) and smoke (PAHs) associated with grilling. To reduce carcinogens, cook meat at lower heats (hence producing less char). Also, cook meats over a base of perforated tinfoil to prevent meat drippings from becoming toxic smoke.
  • Keep it Clean – After cooking, make sure to dry-scrub the grill with a wire bbq brush so you don’t leave any charred bits behind for your next grilling session.
  • Add herbs - Don’t forget to add herbs to meat while marinating and grilling to up the antioxidant factor and lower carcinogens. Some great herbs to add include rosemary, basil, mint, sage, savory, marjoram, oregano, garlic and thyme.

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Happy Memorial Day

How Fresh is that Egg?

I don’t think any of us think about the freshness of eggs like we do about other things (milk, meat, etc), but the following simple test will help you figure out when to fry and when to toss…

How to:

  • Place egg in a bowl of cold H20 and observe if it…
  1. drops to the bottom of the bowl & lies on its side = really fresh egg
  2. stands on end & bobs in the water = somewhat fresh
  3. clearly floats = it’s definitely old – toss it!

Photo Credit: Charles Schiller

Some Natural Prevention – Breast Cancer

Here are several relatively easy ways to maintain and improve breast health:

  1. Exercise!
  2. Maintain a healthy weight – obesity and breast cancer often go hand and hand
  3. Eat more fruits & veggies
  4. Limit alcohol consumption
  5. Avoid exposure to radiation
  6. Have babies and nurse them – pregnancy and breastfeeding lower the levels of estrogen in the bloodstream and therefore decrease your risk of breast cancer
  7. Minimize your use of antibiotics
  8. Drink more green tea
  9. Avoid or discontinue long-term Hormone Replacement Therapy
  10. **Avoid toxic cleaning and beauty products
  11. Go organic more often, especially when it comes to these fruits & veggies

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