Cannas work well in containers- don’t spread that way!- & this one with the burgundy striped leaves really makes a great fall statement. I like the zinc looking container too. Great planting combo with the grass, coleus, & highlights of orange.
sorry what was wrong with the sunscreen video i didn't understand? also which types is better mineral, chemical or the other kind? and why does it have to be white are the clear gel ones like the glossie bad ?
The ONLY safe sunscreens are the ones which solely contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. I firmly believe that if you’re going to use chemical sunscreen you’re better off not using any. As mentioned in that question, they’re bioaccumulative and they disrupt your hormone levels. They’re also some of the most oxidising substances known to man (upon exposure to the sun). This means that they help in the formation of ROS (reactive oxidative species); ROS cause DNA damage and mutations which lead to melanoma and circanoma (=skin cancer) but also skin damage in the form of premature ageing. Really all this means is that chemical sunscreens actually age your skin, on top of posing serious health risks.
The Glossier sunscreen is being heavily talked about because it only uses chemical filters and the company seems to take pride in that. Similarly, my problem with that video was the fact that the only sunscreens that were praised were chemical ones. Mineral sunscreens almost always leave a white cast; which is the main reason as to why they’re disliked. You can’t really run away from that, at least with the technologies that are currently available.There are some gel ones sold in Asia which are mineral and don’t leave a white cast, but really you just have to check the ingredients.
In order to really ward off skin problems for good, you have to work with your whole body to make sure that it stays in balance, healthy and functioning. When we have imperfections of the skin (dryness, redness, itchiness, acne, flakiness, etc.), it is generally an indication of an internal imbalance. To create truly healthy and radiant skin, cleansing must begin from the inside.
Foods to Eat for Clear Skin:
Swiss Chard, kale, spinach and other leafy greens are full of vitamins A, E and K, which reduce inflammation and help to cleanse the blood and remove toxins.
Almonds contain vitamin E, which is one of your skin’s best friends when it comes to staying clear.
Chia seeds and pumpkin seeds both contain zinc, omega-3s and fiber, which fight inflammation, improve elasticity and ward off free radicals in the body.
Fennel aids in digestion, reduces swelling and flushes impurities and fluids out of the body. It’s a great cleansing root.
Garlic is full of a naturally occurring chemical called allicin, which kills off many harmful bacteria and viruses your body might be fighting.
Berries are antioxidant powerhouses!
Avocado is full of healthy fats, and its potent doses of vitamins E and C keep the skin moisturized and help with elasticity and improve its tone and texture.
Peppermint aids in digestion and relieves stress, a common cause of acne. Peppermint tea is calming, soothing and healing.
Green tea is full of antioxidants, which fight inflammation, and it balances the body’s insulin, creating a healthy blood sugar level.
Burdock is a natural antibacterial and antifungal herb, killing the source of acne from the inside.
Brown rice is a great source of skin-healing selenium and magnesium, as well as B vitamins.
Coconut oil is full of those fatty acids and is a wonderful skin moisturizer, and a healthier alternative to vegetable oils.
Lemon is one of the easiest and most effective ways to cleanse the body of toxins. I squeeze half a lemon into warm water first thing in the morning, sometimes coupled with ACV or cayenne, and it helps to kickstart digestion, cleanse the blood and liver, and remove impurities before they show up on your skin.
WATER is so vital to skin health, and overall health. Staying hydrated assures that your body is adequately cleaning itself, flushing out unwanted toxins and keeping the skin moisturized. Feeling thirsty is a sign that you are already dehydrated. It helps to keep a refillable water bottle with you at all times.
Raw apple cider vinegar is incredible for alkalizing the body and balancing its pH levels, which plays a major role in calming the skin. It works topically, too! Which brings us to…
Natural topical acne treatments:
Honey is naturally antibiotic and moisturizing. Great as a cleanser or mask.
Cinnamon cleanses pores and is a great exfoliant.
Essential oils like lavender and rosemary have anti-inflammatory and healing properties and are great to mix into moisturizers.
Neem oil is antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. It kicks acne’s butt topically, or taken as a supplement (I use both!)
Apple cider vinegar (again!) is a wonderful toner to tighten skin, kill lingering bacteria and remove excess oil. (Mix ACV, lemon juice and water for a perfect toner/ acne scar fading treatment!)
Aloe vera tones and hydrates the skin beautifully.
Bentonite clay removes impurities that are hidden deep in the pores, purging the skin of all that gunk that accumulates over time. Great for controlling oil long-term and shrinking the appearance of pores.
Supplements for Clear Skin:
Probiotics are something that everyone, acne-prone or not, should take. Supplying the body with beneficial bacteria is wonderful for digestion, and replenishing necessary bacteria that are destroyed with the use of antibiotics (which should be avoided unless absolutely necessary!)
Fermented cod liver oil (sounds gross, but it is a miracle for skin) is full of omega-3 fatty acids, and rich in minerals and vitamins that retain skin’s radiance and clarity.
Borage seed oil is moisturizing, contains omega-6 fatty acids, maintains a youthful complexion, and helps to restore damaged skin.
Antifungal supplements help to balance the body’s yeast count (candida), which can create acne when there is an overgrowth.
Things to avoid when dealing with acne:
I mentioned alkalizing the body. A balanced pH is so important when striving for clear skin (and health in general! Funny how the two go hand-in-hand). Acidic foods such as sugar and dairy are your skin’s WORST enemy, and acne’s best friend. Replacing simple white flour with rich whole grains or sprouted grains is a good idea, because foods like white bread and flour are broken down and digested the same way sugary snacks and candy are. It doesn’t benefit the body at all. Dairy has been linked to acne in many studies–specifically milk; the hormones the cows are fed are going into your body, too, and throwing your hormones off-balance, causing flare-ups. There are great alternatives to cow’s milk, like coconut milk, almond milk, rice milk and oat milk.
Many people often find that soy is a cause of their acne, because it acts like estrogen in the body, throwing off hormones the same way milk can. Not everyone has this reaction to soy, but oftentimes a food allergy can show itself in the form of acne and people don’t even realize it.
I hope this helps anyone who has been struggling with skin issues. Adopting these habits have benefited me greatly, and made me realize that slathering my skin in chemical products has done me no good over the years. Natural is the way to go!
In five years working at Beecraigs this is the first sabre wasp I have ever seen :) Soooooo excited to see it whizzing around a log today!! A massive 10cm long at least. But before you get all panicky, the wasp is entirely harmless to humans. That long tail isn’t a sting, it’s an ‘ovipositor’. The female uses it to drill into wood and lay her egg on the larvae of another wasp. When the egg hatches the sabre wasp larva has a meal in waiting ;-)
Amazingly, the ovipositor contains metals - zinc and manganese, which explains how a relatively small and delicate insect is able to drill again and again through solid wood. Nature is incredible!!
Before making any elixir or charging any water, it is a good idea to double check for any possible toxicity that may occur, if using several stones in combination, for elemental reactions between the stones. In fact, it would be best if each stone charges in its own container of water as opposed to putting four or five stones in the same container.
Crystals and chemical compositions to be aware of. -
Actinolite – Fibrous form is a type of asbestos. Not recommended for elixirs.
Adamite – Contains Arsenic (Arsenate) and trace amounts of copper which is toxic
Ajoite – Contains Aluminum, Copper
Alexandrite – Contains Aluminum
Amazonite – Trace amounts of Copper which is toxic
Amblygonite – Contains Aluminum
Andaluscite – Contains Aluminum
Atacamite – Contains poisonous/toxic Copper
Auricalcite – Contains Zinc and Copper which is toxic
Aventurine – Contains Aluminum
Axinite– Contains Aluminum, Iron
Azurite – Contains Copper, Toxic
Bastnaesite – The chemical makeup of Bastnaesite does contain toxic elements which can react when combined with water.
Beryl Group (Aquamarine, Goshenite, Heliodor, Morganite) – Contains Aluminum
Brazilianite – Contains Aluminum–not recommended to use in its raw form
Bronchantite – Copper Hydrated Sulphate, Toxic
Boji Stones (Kansas Pop Rocks, aka Concretin) – Contains Sulfur, Pyrite and/or Marcasite which is toxic (*also could be a fire hazard)
Chalcopyrite – AKA Peacock Ore contains copper and sulfur which can be toxic
Chrysoberyl – Contains Aluminum
Chrysocolla – Contains poisonous/toxic copper. Safe for handling but not for use in elixirs.
Cinnabar – Contains mercury which can be poisonous/toxic Wash hands after holding. Do not touch hands to eyes or mouth while holding.
Conichalcite – Contains poisonous/toxic copper
Copper – Poisonous
Covellite – Contains poisonous/toxic Copper
Crocoite–Contains poisonous/toxic levels of Chromium. Do not touch hands to eyes or mouth while holding. Do not ingest.
Cuprite– Contains poisonous/toxic copper. Wash hands after holding. Do not touch hands to eyes or mouth while holding.
Dalmatian Jasper – Contains Aluminum
Dioptase – Contains poisonous/toxic copper. Safe for handling but not for use in elixirs.
Dumortierite – Contains Aluminum
Emerald – Contains Aluminum
Epidote – Contains Aluminum
Feldspar Group – (Labradorite, Moonstone, Orthoclase, etc) Contains Aluminum
Galena – Contains high amounts of lead which can be poisonous
Gem Silica – Contains poisonous/toxic copper. Safe for handling but not for use in elixirs.
Halite – Unfit for elixir use – will dissolve in water
Hematite – Unfit for elixir use – will rust with prolonged exposure in liquid
Hiddenite (Spodumene)– Contains Aluminum
Idocrase – Contains Aluminum
Iolite – Contains Aluminum
Jadeite – Contains Aluminum and Iron
Kyanite – Contains Aluminum
Labradorite – Contains Aluminum
Lapis Lazuli – Contains Sulfur and possible Pyrite inclusions which are poisonous
Lazulite – Contains Aluminum
Lazurite – Contains Aluminum, Sulfur
Lepidolite – Contains Aluminum
Magnetite – Iron will rust, DO NOT use in elixirs or charging water
Malachite – Contains poisonous/toxic copper
Marcasite – Marcasite with time and exposure to oxygen, may form a white powdery substance/residue which is poisonous/toxic Sulfuric Acid.) If this occurs you should not wear next to the skin or touch. Not recommended for Elixirs.
Mica – Contains Aluminum
Moonstone – Contains Aluminum
Morganite – Contains Aluminum
Muscovite – Contains Aluminum
Orpiment – HIGHLY TOXIC levels of Arsenic. Wash hands after use, keep away from CHILDREN!! Do not put hands near eyes or mouth before washing hands.
Pargasite – contains Aluminum so it is not recommended for elixirs or immersing in water to charge it.
Pietersite – Similar to Tiger’s Eye. Fibrous form contains asbestos. Not recommended to use raw forms for elixirs.
Prehnite – Contains Aluminum
Psilomelane – Contains poisonous/toxic Barium
Pyrite – Pyrite may contain intermixed Marcasite. The Marcasite with time and exposure to oxygen, may form a white powdery substance/residue which is poisonous/toxic Sulfuric Acid.) If this occurs you should not wear next to the skin or touch. Not recommended for Elixirs.
Quantum stone/Quantum Quattro Silica – Contains poisonous/toxic copper
Realgar **– HIGHLY TOXIC levels of Arsenic. Wash hands after use, keep away from CHILDREN!! Do not put hands near eyes or mouth before washing hands.
Ruby – Contains Aluminum
Sapphire – Contains Aluminum
Scapolite – Contains Aluminum
Schorl – Contains Aluminum
Selenite – Unfit for internal ingestion–tiny shards may break off in water
Serpentine – Fibrous forms are asbestos. Wash hands after use. Not recommended in elixir preparation.
Smithsonite – Contains zinc and may contain copper (green Smithsonite) Safe for handling but may be Poisonous/toxic when used in elixirs.
Sodalite – Contains Aluminum
Spinel – Contains Aluminum
Spodumene – Contains Aluminum
Staurolite - -Contains Aluminum and Iron
Stibnite – Contains lead and antimony. Not recommended for elixirs.
Stilbite – Contains Aluminum
Sugilite – Contains Aluminum
Sulfur – Contains poisonous Sulfur
Sunstone – Contains Aluminum
Tanzanite – Gem variety of Zoisite. Zoisite contains Aluminum.
Tiger Eye – Fibrous form contains asbestos. Not recommended to use raw forms for elixirs.
Topaz – Contains Aluminum
Torbenite – Radioactive
Tourmaline – Contains Aluminum
Tremolite – Fibrous forms are asbestos. Not recommended for Elixirs. Wash hands after use.
Turquoise – Contains poisonous/toxic copper and Aluminum. Safe for handling but not for use in elixirs.
Ulexite – Contains toxic Boron
Unakite – Contains Aluminum and may also contain Zirconium (Radioactive)
Vanadinite – Contains poisonous Vanadium
Variscite – Contains Aluminum
Vesuvianite – Contains Aluminum
Wavellite – Contains Aluminum
Wulfenite – Contains poisonous Lead & Molybdenum. Safe for handling but not for use in elixirs.
6 frozen bananas, 250 g fresh spinach and a small amount of water. The frozen bananas easily overpower the spinach… but I actually really like spinach-flavoured ice cream, so I seem to be adding more and more spinach each time just to get the flavour to come through! :p
Key nutritional content for this meal:
PROTEIN: 15 g overall
LIPIDS: 0.5 g omega 3
VITAMINS: 0.4 mg B1, 1 mg B2, 6.5 mg B3, 2.5 mg B5 and 3.1 mg B6, 626 µg follate, 3975 IU vitamin A, 131 mg vitamin C, 5.8 mg vitamin E, 1210 µg vitamin K
Eat your way to good sex
Chili peppers can spice things up a bit. These fiery veggies increase your blood flow, which means more blood is flowing to all the right body parts. They can also increase your physical sensations.
The ancient Aztecs were on to something when they coined avocado trees “testicle trees.” The folic acid and potassium present in this food enhances sexual pleasure for men and women.
Raw cacao nibs are loaded with phenyl ethylamine, which is the hormone released during sex.
Goji berries possess the capability of enhancing the human libido. In Asian countries, these berries have traditionally been used as a sexual tonic, which helps to improve the sex drive in both women and men
The goji berry has properties which increase the testosterone levels in women as well as men which is extremely important for a better sex life.
Pumpkin seeds contain zinc, which is important in testosterone production for men and also helps to sustain sexual desire in women. Pumpkin seeds are also rich in the essential fatty acid omega 3, which acts as a precursor of prostaglandins, hormone-like substances that play a key role in sexual health. Word on the street is that a diet rich in pumpkin seeds will enhance potency, drive and fertility.
Though with a strong unpleasant odor, garlic has been a successful aphrodisiac from ancient times. The Chinese and the Indians were using it in their treatments for solving sexual problems and their medical systems are still making use of them for enhancing sex.
considered an excellent food to ramp up sexual stimulation
is known by many as Peru’s natural Viagra. Apparently this natural root has been known throughout Peru’s history as a sex enhancing root passed down by the Inca.
the maca plant is used by the Peruvian culture to increase strength, stamina, energy, fertility and libido.
Fruits like watermelon can increase your sex drive naturally. Watermelon’s flesh and rind contain a chemical called Citruline that not only helps your sex drive but also has health benefits for your heart.
ginger :increases blood flow, especially to the sexual organs. It also warms you up, and it smells a lot better than garlic
HAVE YOU SEEN COSMOPOLITANS ARTICLE ON VEGETARIANS ON SNAPCHAT??!?? Im so angry 😡😡😡😡😡
Omg ok I couldn’t help myself I had to look at it and now I’m raging
1. WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK ABOUT VITAMIN D?? Some absolute nutcase obviously wrote this article because I LOVE how there is absolutely no mention of the fact that our bodies synthesise vitamin D from sunlight?!?!?!?
2. Zinc and iron - OK the author is obviously assuming that when it comes to nutrients, more is better. Animal products are higher in these nutrients so therefore they must be better for us? NOT the case. Iron toxicity is extremely common in meat eaters, in fact Chris my boyfriend used to suffer from it himself before going vegan. It is also common for meat eaters to suffer iron deficiency (it is the most common deficiency world wide), so I don’t know where they get off assuming that only vegetarians and vegans are at risk.
ALSO, the author is not taking into consideration that our bodies absorb different amounts of nutrients depending on the source… The amount of zinc contained in beef and iron might be higher than in plant sources, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t absorb the plant source better??
3. The anxiety and depression thing is absolute bullshit. Hey, I’m not the one eating ACTUAL CORTISOL (the stress hormone) ingrained in the dead flesh of the petrified animal that was just murdered so you can eat it. And they also conveniently failed to mention that B12 is produced by bacteria, AND that farmed animals are often injected with or fed B12 supplements, so it is not a valid argument against vegetarianism and veganism.
4. Eating disorders?? Are you really gonna put that on vegos and vegan’s only? Most of the people I know with eating disorders and food obsessions still eat copious amounts of animal products, thank you very much. This is some Jordan Younger bullshit all over again
Skin myths… True or false? Fact or fiction? Find out here.
Skin Myth #43 True or False? You don’t need to moisturise oily skin.
FALSE: Most people think if they have oily skin they don’t need to use a moisturiser, but actually they need to use a moisturiser just as much as any other person. In fact, not using a moisturiser can make your skin even oilier, as your skin may start to produce more oil to combat any dryness.
It’s all about choosing the right product. Try using a light weight, oil free product like Simple® Clear Skin Oil Balancing Moisturiser so that your skin gets the necessary hydration it needs without adding unnecessary oil to your skin. It contains Zinc PCA (the fancy official name) to absorb excess oil and help keep skin shine-free all day long.
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How are those beans and rice healthy? There is nothing healthy about the white rice pictured in the photo.
Though brown rice is a better option, neither white rice nor beans are unhealthy.
White rice falls within the carbohydrate food group, with 85% of its makeup being carbohydrate, 7% fat and 8% protein, as well as offering a wide array of amino acids. White rice is very low in fat and has a higher protein quality at 66% than corn at 49% and whole wheat at 53%. One cup of white rice provides your body with 5 grams of protein and 205 calories.
Rice is a low cholesterol and low fat food that has been used as a part of many diet programs because of its nutritional makeup. Throughout Asia, white rice is a staple food that is eaten every day, and in many cases, at every meal.
Beans and other legumes offer many health benefits, but some people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) are especially sensitive to the fiber in legumes, and experience discomfort after eating them. So if you suffer from IBS and they’re problematic, you’ll want to limit them in your diet.
Most beans are high in soluble fiber, folate, magnesium, potassium, and protein. Common varieties of beans include black beans, kidney beans, lima beans, navy beans, pinto beans, white beans, soybeans (edamame), and garbanzo beans (chickpeas).
Black beans pack in a good amount of protein, soluble fiber, folate, iron, potassium, and other heart-healthy nutrients. They are also rich in magnesium, so they can help ward off migraine headaches.
In addition to their other heart-healthy nutrients, kidney beans contain vitamin C, an antioxidant that is responsible for the production of collagen, a component of cartilage. This vitamin helps prevent and manage arthritis and contributes to healthy skin and hair. Vitamin C has also been shown to help reduce the risk and progression of macular degeneration. Kidney beans also contain niacin, a B vitamin that may prevent cataracts. And like black beans, they are rich in magnesium, so they may have additional health benefits for people who suffer from migraines.
Garbanzo beans (aka chickpeas) and lima beans are high in zinc. Besides zinc, garbanzo beans contain migraine-fighting magnesium, vitamin B6, and they’re exceptionally high in folate.
Since white beans are a good nondairy source of calcium, they can help maintain strong bones and fight PMS symptoms. They’re also rich in quercetin, an anti-inflammatory antioxidant that helps prevent and manage arthritis and guard against memory loss.
I am Mexican and I grew up eating plenty of rice and beans. And I was a very healthy child, and I’m still am a very healthy adult.
I appreciate your opinion, but before you deem any food healthy or unhealthy