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Unusual Uses For Baking Soda

Unusual Uses For Baking Soda
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As plain as it looks, baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is actually a versatile compound with tons of possible uses. The inexpensive household staple is typically used for baking as a leavening agent but could do a lot more – if you’re willing to be adventurous.

⦁ Oral Health: Baking soda can be used as a natural toothpaste to freshens your mouth, remove plaque, whiten teeth, and fight harmful bacteria. [1][2]

⦁ Non-Toxic Deodorant: You can make DIY non-toxic deodorant by putting baking soda on your armpits or stinky feet. This makes the sweat less acidic and eliminates the odor. [3]

⦁ Neutralize Bad Odors: Unlike conventional fragrances, baking soda does not mask bad odors – it interacts with them and eliminates the odor. [4]

⦁ Remove Stains: As an alkali, baking soda helps removes stains and dirt. It can be used to clean your bathroom tubs and tiles, wash your dishes, clean floors, clean furniture, clean shower curtains, clean baby clothes, clean cloth diapers, clean batteries, clean cars, and clean brushes. [5]

⦁ Clean Fruits: Research shows that placing fruits in a solution of water and baking soda reduces the number of toxins. [6] With this in mind, the compound can be used to clean dirt and residue off fresh fruit and vegetables.

⦁ Health Uses: Baking soda may be used topically to treat insect bites and itchy skin, make a hand cleanser and softener, exfoliate, make a bath soak, and soothe your feet. Similarly, it alkalizes the body when consumed and may help treat colds and the flu, absorb radiation, and absorb heavy metals. [7][8]

Please note that this content should ever be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified clinicians.

References:

[1] The use of sodium bicarbonate in oral hygiene products and practice. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12017930.

[2] Antibacterial activity of baking soda. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12017929.

[3] SODIUM BICARBONATE: AN EXCELLENT DEODORANT http://www.jidonline.org/article/S0022-202X(15)50079-1/pdf.

[4] Homemade Household Cleaners http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/FY/FY144900.pdf.

[5] Gels: Novel Detergents for Laundry Applications https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/jos/55/11/55_11_555/_pdf.

[6] Effectiveness of Commercial and Homemade Washing Agents in Removing Pesticide Residues on and in Apples https://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/acs.jafc.7b03118.

[7] Soothing Your Summer Skin Problems https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.3810/psm.1998.07.1617?journalCode=ipsm20.

[8] Topical treatment of ichthyoses https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1529-8019.2012.01526.x.

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12 Foods To Eat For Energy

12 Foods To Eat For Energy
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1. Honey: As a carbohydrate filled substance, honey is a truly natural energy snack.

2. Apples: Apples are a great source of carbohydrates and fiber, and contain antioxidants that slow carbohydrate digestion. This results in energy release over a longer period.

3. Eggs: Eggs are full of protein, which provides a steady source of energy.

4. Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes are filled with complex carbohydrates and fiber whose slow digestion provides a steady energy supply.

5. Salmon: Salmon and other fatty fish like tuna are great sources of protein, B vitamins, and fatty acids. Omega-3 reduces inflammation within the body, which is a source of fatigue. [1] Vitamin B12 works to produce red blood cells and optimize the working of iron. Red blood cells can increase energy.

6. Oranges: Oranges and other citrus fruits are well known for their vitamin C content. They also have antioxidants, which decrease fatigue by fighting oxidative stress.

7. Bananas: Bananas are a great source of vitamin B6, potassium, and carbohydrates, which help boosts energy levels in your body. [2]

8. Oats: Oats are rich in B vitamins and minerals like manganese and iron, which aid in sustained production of energy

9. Beans: Nutrients present in beans include proteins, fiber and carbohydrates – all of which are essential for energy production in the body.

10. Spinach: These leafy greens are high in minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, and vitamins. They also have fiber and antioxidants, with iron helping in fighting fatigue with the production of RBC.

11. Yogurt: Yogurt is a popular snack, and a great source of energy thanks to its carbohydrates content. These are in the form of sugars that are broken down to provide energy. Yogurt also contains proteins that help the slow digestion of carbohydrates.

12. Almonds: Almonds contain magnesium and B vitamins, which aid in converting food to energy.

Please note that this content should never be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified clinicians.

References:

[1] Molfino, A. et al. 2014. The role for dietary omega-3 fatty acids supplementation in older adults. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25285409.

[2] Nieman, D. C. et al. 2012. Bananas as an energy source during exercise: a metabolomics approach. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22616015.

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15 Foods That Have (Almost!) No Calories And Have Many Nutrients

15 Foods That Have (Almost!) No Calories And Have Many Nutrients
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1. Brussel Sprouts: These are highly nutritious vegetables. They can be prepared raw or cooked. Studies have shown that the high vitamin C content1 in Brussels sprouts protects against DNA damage. [1] They have only roughly 38 calories per cup. [2]

2. Onions: Onions are either white, yellow, or red – but all have few calories. For about 110 grams of an onion, there are roughly 44 calories. [3]

3. Watermelon: A well-known source of good taste and hydration, watermelons provide almost every nutrient one would need, including vitamin C. Over 150 grams should contain 46 calories. [4]

4. Celery: Celery is well known for having low calories. [5] It has high water content, with a calorie count of just 18 calories in over 100 grams.

5. Cabbage: Either purple (yes they exist) or green, cabbage is a staple of many salads. This would probably be because of its calorie count of around 20 per 90 grams. [6]

6. Mushrooms: Mushrooms, specifically white mushrooms, is often used as a replacement for meat by vegetarians and vegans. For all the nutrients they offer, they have a low-calorie count of 15 for every 70 grams or so. [7]

7. Cucumber: Another staple in salads, cucumbers are very low in calories, with 8 for 52 grams. [8] They are high in water content.

8. Zucchini: Zucchinis are low in calories with 18 for every 124 grams. They have become increasingly popular, especially as a replacement for noodles, which are high in calories.

9. Apples: An apple a day, right? For one cup of apple slices, there are 57 calories. [9] However, digesting apples in itself requires energy, reducing the calorie count even further.

10. Cauliflower: For one cup, cauliflower has 25 calories and roughly 5 grams of carbs. [10] Cauliflower has substituted other high-carb foods and has enjoyed a surge in popularity.

11. Asparagus: Asparagus, especially the purple variant, has compounds that help prevent heart disease. [11] There are 24 calories in 134 grams of asparagus.

12. Carrots: Associated with good eyesight, carrots are a good source of vitamin A. For one serving of about 128 grams, there are 53 calories. [12]

13. Kale: These leafy sources of nutrition have only 34 calories per serving.

14. Oranges: Oranges and other tropical fruits are very nutritious and a great source of vitamin C.

15. Broccoli: One serving has 31 calories and more vitamin C than a human’s daily requirement. [13]

Please note that this content should never be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified clinicians.

References:

[1] Hoelzl, C. et al. 2008. Consumption of Brussels sprouts protects peripheral human lymphocytes against 2-amino-1-methyl-6-phenylimidazo[4,5-b]pyridine (PhIP) and oxidative DNA-damage: results of a controlled human intervention trial. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18293303.

[2] Brussels sprouts, raw Nutrition Facts & Calories https://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2362/2.

[3] Onions, raw Nutrition Facts & Calories https://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2501/2.

[4] Watermelon, raw Nutrition Facts & Calories http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/2072/2.

[5] Celery, raw Nutrition Facts & Calories https://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2396/2.

[6] Cabbage, raw Nutrition Facts & Calories http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2371/2.

[7] Mushrooms, white, raw Nutrition Facts & Calories https://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2482/2.

[8] Cucumber, with peel, raw Nutrition Facts & Calories http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2439/2.

[9] Apples, raw, with skin [Includes USDA commodity food A343] Nutrition Facts & Calories http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/1809/2.

[10] Cauliflower, raw Nutrition Facts & Calories http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2390/2.

[11] He, J., & Giusti, M. M. 2010. Anthocyanins: natural colorants with health-promoting properties. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22129334.

[12] Carrots, raw [Includes USDA commodity food A099] Nutrition Facts & Calories http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2383/2.

[13] Broccoli, raw Nutrition Facts & Calories http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2356/2.

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