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Benefits of Juicing

Juicing Benefits…

Fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of a wide range of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and other nutrients, including, phytochemicals – compounds that have been shown to combat cancer.

Since more of the healthful substances found in fruits and vegetables are being discovered all the time, no supplement pill can contain all of theses compounds. Also, because each plant appears to produce particular phytochemicals that work against cancer in particular ways, it is suggested that a rich assortment of fruits and vegetables be included in your diet.

It is also recommended that you consume two glasses of live juices a day for health maintenance. Four glasses a day is recommended if you want to speed healing and recovery from illness.

Juicing is an excellent means of adding fruits and vegetables to your diet. Since juice contains the whole fruit or vegetable, except for the fiber, which is the indigestible part of the plant – it contains virtually all of the plants’ health-promoting components.

Because fresh juices are made from raw fruits and vegetables, all of the components remain intact. Vitamin C and other water-soluble vitamins can be damaged by overprocessing or overcooking.

Enzymes, which are proteins needed for digestion and other important functions, can also be damaged by cooking.

Fresh juice, however, provides all of the plants’ healthful ingredients in a form that is easy to digest and absorb. In fact, it has been estimated that fruit and vegetable juices can be assimilated in twenty to thirty minutes.

Ideally, juicing should be made fresh in your kitchen and consumed immediately. Many commercial juices are heat-treated to lengthen shelf life. As previously discussed, this process can destroy important nutrients. In addition, preservatives may have been added. Even pure, freshly made juices can lose some of their nutrients by being allowed to sit for long periods of time. By buying the best products available, properly preparing it for juicing, and processing it in your own juicer, you will produce the most healthful, nutrients-rich drinks possible.

Green Juices or “Green Drinks”

Benefits of Juicing

Green juices cleanse the body of pollutants and have a rejuvenating effect. Made from a variety of green vegetables, green juices are rich in chlorophyll, which helps to purify the blood, build red blood cells, detoxify and heal the body, and provide the body with fast energy.

Green juices can be made with alfalfa sprouts, barley grass, cabbage, kale, dandelion greens, spinach, and other green vegetables, including wheatgrass. Wheatgrass juice is particularly important in any cancer treatment, especially when radiation therapy is involved. To sweeten and dilute your green juices, try adding fresh carrot and apple juice. (No other fruit juice should be added.) Steam distilled water is another good addition.

Although green juices have great health benefits, they should be consumed in moderation. Try drinking about 8 to 10 ounces a day.

You owe yourself a healthier life

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Posted by Fay B. Castro - February 18, 2015 at 9:52 am

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Toxic Free Living

Toxins are poisonous substances harmful to the body

Home toxins can be divided into three categories:

  • Airborne
  • Biological
  • Chemical

Airborne – Consist of small air borne particles such as lint, dust mites, human skin, and pet dander.

These toxins are more dangerous than they sound because their small size enables them to travel deep into the lungs.

Biological – Such as bacteria and viruses, attach themselves to airborne particles, increasing the likelihood of lung infections. Mold is also part of this category.

Chemicals – Come into our home in the products that we buy to improve the look, smell, and cleanliness of both ourselves and our home.  There are over 80,000 Chemicals out there used to make cleaning and personal products.  Many have never been tested for toxicity by themselves let alone in combination.  Every year 1,800 are introduced in North America, with little to no toxicity test.

 

 

 

GermGuardian AC4825, 3-in-1 Air Cleaning System with True HEPA, UV-C and Odor Reduction, 22-Inch

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Posted by Fay B. Castro - February 11, 2015 at 11:50 am

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How to Clean Vegetables

How To Make An Organic Fruit And Vegetable Wash

It’s always a good idea to thoroughly wash all your fruits and vegetables before consuming them. You never know what kinds of pesticides or dirt may still be attached to the skin.

Although washing with plain water can accomplish quite a lot, adding a natural sources of acid (namely lemon and vinegar) to the wash can provide a much better natural disinfectant.

 

Things You’ll Need:

  • 1 organic lemon (Recommended)
  • 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar (Purchased at any Supermarket.)
  • 1 spray bottle
  • 1 cup tap water
  • Kitchen knife & chopping board

Prepare the organic lemon. You can use a normal lemon, which would be slightly cheaper, but the wash couldn’t be called “organic”, just “natural”. Regardless, both kinds of lemons will be fine for this task.

Follow these few simple steps to make your own organic and inexpensive lemon and vinegar cleaning recipe.

Step 1: Squeeze Your Lemon
Slice your lemon in half and squeeze out one tablespoon of lemon juice and pour it into your spray bottle. The lemon juice is a natural disinfectant and will leave your fruits and vegetables smelling fresh.

Step 2: Vim And Vinegar
Pour the vinegar into your spray bottle along with one cup of water. The acid in the vinegar will neutralize most pesticides. Screw on the top and shake the mixture vigorously. Spray your wash on all your fruits and vegetables then rinse with filtered water if possible.

Recommendation: You might still want to choose a spray bottle that does not contain phthalates or bisphenol: Plastics with recycling numbers 1 and 2 are acceptable choices, and number 4 or 5 should also be alright.

Below is a video on “How To Make An Organic Fruit And Vegetable Wash.”

You never know what kinds of pesticides or other toxic chemicals may still be attached to your produce. Protect your health by following some of the steps provided in Wikihow videos and throughout this website. To better health!

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Posted by Fay B. Castro - January 13, 2012 at 2:04 pm

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House Insulation

Insulation Types

Insulation slows heat transmission to the buildings floors, walls and ceiling or roof. Heat transmission is the average homes leading cause of winter heat loss. Both single-family homes lost three to six times as much heat through transmission as through air leakage.

Why insulate?

When you say that insulation and resists heat transmission, we mean it resists conduction, convection, and radiation heat flow through a buildings component. In the case of a uninstall wall cavity, convection and radiation dominate heat transmission through the wall’s empty cavity. Insulation, installed in the wall cavity, forces the heat conduct from fiber to fiber and through the insulation’s tiny air pockets- a slower heat- transmission process than convection and radiation.

Insulation performs the following thermal functions:

  • Conserves energy by slowing heat transmission.
  • Enhances comfort by reducing temperature variations within the conditioned space.
  • Reduces the size of heating and cooling equipment needed by a building in direct proportion to R value.
  • Prevents wintertime condensation by improving low interior surface temperatures.

Insulation may also offer the following non-thermal benefits:

  • Adds structural strength.
  • Reduces noise and vibration.
  • Impedes air leakage and water vapor transmission.
  • Improves the building’s fire resistance.

Conductivity of Building Materials

Aluminum is the most conductive common building material. It’s thermal conductivity is more than five times greater than steel, 1000 times greater than wood, and 10,000 times greater than air. One square foot of steel, the next most conductive building material, conducts as much heat and 50 ft.² of concrete, 200 ft.² of wood, or 1000 ft.² of glass wool, assuming all are of the same thickness.

Insulation characteristics

Insulation is installed in building cavities, attached to a building’s structural frame, or attached to the building shell’s exterior surfaces.

Insulation slows heat transmission in two important ways:

1. By forcing the heat to conduct through air or some other gas. Gases are generally poor heat conductors.

2. By reducing heat radiation and air convection within cavities where it is installed.

Insulating materials are not as continuous or dense as other building materials which are heat conductors- they harbor millions of tiny air pockets within their fibers of bubbles ( in plastic foam insulation). Heat transmission proceeds slowly through insulation, having to cross this myriad of slow conducting their pockets.

If air from inside or outside the building leaks into a insulated cavity, the effectiveness of the insulation is further reduced. This reduction typically varies from 15 to 50%. Air can even flow-through fibrous insulating materials such as loosely install fiberglass. Installation’s installed density an important issue, especially in cold climates.

Wind also affects insulation performance. Wind convects heat away from the surfaces of a building. If voids and edge gaps exist, wind can push outdoor air through building cavities around the insulation or push air through insulation. These effects increase heat transmission.

Moisture Condensation:

Absorbed water decreases the R-value of insulation. Water fills the insulation’s air spaces, and conducts heat far better than air. Water and ice also can damage insulation. Wet insulation can help corrode metals and supply water to insects and microorganisms that rot organic building materials.

Air leakage is the most potent moisture carrying mechanism affecting condensation in building cavities. Vapor diffusion is water vapor traveling through permeable materials like drywall and masonry. Low-R building materials combined with water-absorbent building materials create the largest potential moisture problems.

Types of insulation:

Insulation materials are made of mineral organic materials that trap air. Plastic foams also use other gases that conduct heat more slowly than air. Mineral insulation include: mineral and glass fibers, vermiculite, and perlite. Organic insulating materials include plastic foams and cellulose.

Insulation comes in various product types: flexible materials, such as batts and blankets; rigid materials, such as foam-board; and fiberboard; sprayed on materials, such as polyurethane; and loose fill insulation, such as cellulose. Batts are narrow blankets sized to fit between wall studs, floor joists, and ceiling joists.

Fiberglass is the most popular insulation material; it is manufactured in batts, blankets, loose fill and rigid boards. Cellulose insulation is also popular for residential buildings it is manufactured as a loose- fill insulation from wood fiber on recycled paper. Plastic foam insulation is manufactured in 4-by-8 foot sheets in thicknesses from 1/4 inch to 4 inches.

Cellulose and fiberglass loose-fill insulation are good air sealers for inaccessible building cavities providing air-leakage pathways. Cellulose is superior to fiberglass because it packs tighter and has smaller fibers that are driven into small gaps during installation. However, cellulose can absorb water from leaks and high humidity. Technicians can seal areas where they can’t crawl or reach by using fill tubes to blow tightly packed insulation into the cavities.

Loose-fill insulation has particular importance to energy retrofits because of its ability to fill spaces inside closed cavities, such as walls. Sprayed insulations are often used to retrofit masonry walls, especially those with irregular surfaces.

It’s important to know each insulation materials temperature, toxicity, fire and moisture characteristics. Foam insulation can be damaged by high temperature and sunlight. Fiberglass irritates skin and lungs. Cellulose absorbs water in humid conditions. Kraft paper batt facing is flammable. And foam insulation produces toxic smoke when burned.

Fiberglass batts and blankets

Fiberglass batts and blankets are the most common and widely available, American insulation products. Mineral wool have a small market in the U.S. but it is common in Canada and popular in Europe.

Batts are most commonly installed into building cavities during construction. Batts a commonly sized to fit between framing members that are spaced on 16 inch or 24 inch centers. As a retrofit, batts are applied most often to ceilings with an attic and below the floor when there is a crawlspace.

Blown Cellulose

Blown cellulose is usually ground-up newspaper or wood wastes, treated with fire retardants. Cellulose for plowing is packed in compressed 24-to-40 pound bales.

It blows quickly and easily, achieving a high density in wall. Cellulose usually contains a lot of small fibers that tend to pack into cracks and crevices of closed building cavities, retarding airflow through these cavities. This characteristic is of cellulose is used extensively for air sealing older homes. Cellulose has better resistance to air convection than fiberglass act is commonly installed density.

Blown Fiberglass

Blown fiberglass is manufactured in two types: chopped-up batt waste and virgin short fibers. The batt waste type as long fibers and binder, so its R-value per inch is slightly lower than the virgin fibers, which are thinner and shorter. The shorter thinner fibers create smaller and more numerous air spaces.

Fiberglass for blowing is packed in compressed 24-to-40 pound bales. The compressed fiberglass requires a blowing machine with an agitator that tears it up into small pieces that travel fluidly through the blower hose.

It is easy to over-fluff fiberglass in attics, leading to low-densities and excessive air permeability. Cellulose insulation is superior to fiberglass at resisting convection as attic insulation because it blows at higher density.

 

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Posted by Fay B. Castro - January 10, 2012 at 1:33 pm

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