Zika Virus
Diseases and Conditions

A Comprehensive Guide to Zika Virus: Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment

Zika Mosquitoes

Zika Mosquitoes

Zika is one of the members of the flavivirus group of viruses. The other includes dengue, West Nile, yellow fever and the tick-borne encephalitis viruses. It is transmitted by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes but unlike dengue fever, it causes milder signs and symptoms with the infection lasting for about a week. Since the mosquito carrying this virus is found worldwide, the risk of Zika virus infection is real and can occur in any part of the world under favorable circumstances.

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Apricot Smoothie
Recipes

Antioxidant Supreme Smoothie Recipe

Apricot Fruit

Apricot Fruit

Where Can I Get Apricot Kernels?

Apricot kernels are significantly rich in amygdalin, or vitamin B17, which may play a role in reversing cancer and other such illnesses. The kernels can be purchased through various online retailers. Or, you can break open your own apricot pits to have fresher, more potent seeds.

Antioxidant Supreme

2 cups fresh orange or tangerine juice
1 cup blueberries
1 cup raspberries
1 cup cilantro (or more, to taste)
3–4 tablespoons carob powder
5 apricot kernels, soaked or unsoaked (see page 79)
1 tablespoon raw honey (optional)

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Chickweed Smoothie
Recipes

Anti–Allergy Super Star Smoothie Recipe

Chickweed

Chickweed

Benefits of Chickweed

Chickweed is a common “weed” that is high in vitamins and minerals and can help relieve ovarian cysts, kidney problems, sore throats and more. Consumed in salads or made fresh into a tea, glycerite, tincture, succus (expressed juice), its demulcent properties soothe the digestive system, kidneys, bladder, urinary tract, sore throat, lungs and bowels. It is useful for people with stomach and duodenal ulcers to use regularly. Because chickweed is cooling and moistening, ingesting it reduces hot and dry conditions, such as fevers and dry, red, itchy, scaly skin conditions (including eczema or psoriasis). Its moistening properties help relieve constipation, and its cooling and anti-inflammatory properties ease arthritis and nonspecific joint and muscle pain.

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vegetable-smoothie
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Abundant Vegetable Smoothie Recipe

Zucchini

Zucchini

Benefits of Zucchini

Zucchini is well known to reduce weight, yet still boosting the nutrient value of your diet. Moreover, it helps to promote eye health, and prevents all the diseases that occur from vitamin C deficiency like scurvy, sclerosis, and easy bruising. It helps to cure asthma and has a high content of vitamin C, carbohydrates, protein and fiber. Zucchini contains significant quantities of potassium, folate, and vitamin A, all of which are important for general good health. Even though zucchini is a fruit, it is usually cooked as a vegetable because it is best when eaten in cooked dishes.

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tropical-tango-smoothie
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Tropical Tango Smoothie Recipe

Taro Root

Taro Root

About Fruit Smoothie:

Fruits smoothies can be an easy way to nourish your body with essential nutrients. The best way to know the exact ingredients in your smoothie is to make them yourself. All you need is a blender, fruit and a base, such as water, milk or yogurt. Making your own smoothies can help prevent fruit from going to waste, while providing benefits that will keep you on the right track towards good health.

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papaya-smoothie
Recipes

Tropical Pineapple Papaya Smoothie Recipe

Papaya fruit

Papaya fruit

Papayas

Papayas offer not only the luscious taste and sunlit color of the tropics, but are rich sources of antioxidant nutrients such as carotenes, vitamin C and flavonoids; the B vitamins, folate and pantothenic acid; and the minerals, potassium, copper, and magnesium; and fiber. Together, these nutrients promote the health of the cardiovascular system and also provide protection against colon cancer. In addition, papaya contains the digestive enzyme, papain, which is used like bromelain, a similar enzyme found in pineapple, to treat sports injuries, other causes of trauma, and allergies.

Tropical Pineapple Papaya Smoothie

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thai-coconuts-smoothie
Recipes

Thai Passion Smoothie Recipe

Thai Coconuts

Thai Coconuts

What is Thai Coconut?

Thai coconuts, or young coconuts, are commonly available at many health food stores and generally cost a few dollars each. If in their unaltered state, they’re quite a bit larger than what you might expect and are green on the
outside. More commonly, the green outer casing is trimmed to facilitate packing and transportation. In this case, you’ll want to keep an eye out for a large white fruit, commonly cut to be flat on the bottom, round along the sides, and conical/pointed at the top. A good substitute for Thai coconut water is any coconut water in a tetra pack. Popular brands are O.N.E, VitaCoco, and Harvest Bay, which you can find in a health food store or online. If raw is a priority for you, make sure to read the labels to find out which ones are unpasteurized.

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Royal-Jelly-Smoothie
Recipes

Sweet Rejuvenation Smoothie Recipe

Vitamin C

Vitamin C

Buying Vitamin C

The immune system uses vitamin C for many of its routine functions, and a lack may reduce effectiveness of basic immune chores. Be sure to buy vitamin C as corn-free, alcohol-free, highest purity ascorbic acid; nothing should be added during the manufacturing process.

What is Royal Jelly?

Royal jelly is a rich concentrated food that contains remarkable amounts of proteins, lipids, vitamins, hormones, enzymes, mineral substances, and specific vital factors that act as biocatalysts in cell regeneration processes within the human body. It is a honey bee secretion used in the nutrition of the larvae. If a queen is needed, a larva is chosen and will receive only royal jelly to stimulate growth. Sometimes honey or beeswax is added to the royal jelly to aid in preservation. There is no replacement for royal jelly.

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SunWarrior Protein
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SunWarrior Dreamsicle Smoothie Recipe

SunWarrior Protein

SunWarrior Protein

What is SunWarrior brand Protein?

SunWarrior protein powder is a raw, completely vegan, hypo-allergenic superfood protein that is made from a combination of the sprouted endosperm and the bran from raw sprouted whole grain brown rice. This natural, holistic protein is unique because, unlike most protein powders, it is extracted using a bio-fermentation process. It has a full spectrum of amino acids, and addition, it blends well and is easily assimilated. You can replace the SunWarrior protein with your favorite protein powder.

SunWarrior Dreamsicle

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News Wrap-Up

Health News Wrap-Up: January 29, 2016

Health News Wrap Up

Health News Wrap Up

Every Friday we will be doing a health wrap up of what has been happening during the week. Here is this week Health News.
FDA Approves New Hepatitis C Pill

The Food and Drug Administration announced that it had approved Merck’s Zepatier, a once-daily tablet that combines elbasvir and grazoprevir for the treatment of genotypes 1 and 4. Genotype 1 is the most common form of HCV and represents about 70% of all diagnosed cases. In the 12- and 16-week clinical studies that led up to the approval of Zepatier, it demonstrated sustained positive responses with and without a ribavirin of between 94% and 97% in genotype 1 patients and 97% to 100% in genotype 4 patients.

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strawberry-smoothie
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Strawberry Smoothie Recipe

strawberries

strawberries

Organic Vs. Conventionally Grown Produce

This strawberry smoothie recipe provides a good place to discuss the issue of organic versus conventionally grown produce. The word ‘conventional’ indicates that commercial pesticides were used while growing. According to a
recent study by Food News, foods were tested for their pesticide load. Strawberries ranked 6th highest on the produce list, surpassed only by nectarines, celery, bell peppers, apples, and peaches. If eating organic is important to you (as it is to me!), then check out Food News’ list of the ‘worst’ 43 foods to consume, in terms of their pesticide load (visit www.FoodNews.org). You’ll definitely want to avoid those that are at the top of the list.

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