Organic Health and Broccoli

It’s hard to get kids to eat their greens these days. You can speak to organic health practitioners and they can tell you how important it is to educate the kids. My son loves broccoli and I’m glad it isn’t hard to get him to eat them.

Just the presence of so many good qualities helps broccoli to combat many health problems. It contains components which fight deadly disease like cancer. Broccoli sprouts contains more cancer fighting elements in comparison to well-developed broccoli. Eating broccoli sprouts on regular basis prevents stomach cancer. It also minimizes your chance of gastritis and peptic ulcer. Your sun-damaged skin gets a sigh of relief as it protects your skin. This saves you from diseases like skin cancer. Your heart problems are reduced and chances of heart diseases slope down to minimal. I have heard stories from friends in the roadside assistance business and they told me their experience with eating this super vegetable.

If you want to improve cataract problems, have broccoli sprouts at least twice a week. Your chances of having cataract are reduced immensely. It builds your immune system if you have broccoli in small amounts. It spikes your system due to the presence of zinc and other required minerals. It should be considered as a boon for many pregnant women because it contains folic acid. This folic acid is quite rare due to which broccoli becomes very important. It helps in proper development of the fetus without any defects. It is very good to help you with rheumatoid arthritis. The richness of vitamin C in broccoli saves you from suffering pain by polyarthritis. It is great for asthma patients due to its anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory factors. Many of your asthma problems are reversed by having broccoli. Deficiency of Vitamin C is the main cause of easy bruising. This deficiency is overcome by eating broccoli.

There are some home remedies for broccoli. I read that having par-boiled broccoli is very good to remove heartburn. Eating broccoli can help you to reduce the high sugar level too.

Celery as Natural Health Remedy

Lately, I have been making a point to drink at least one glass of fresh juice daily. Personally, I believe that fresh fruit juices are a fantastic natural health remedy for anyone.

Vegetable juices contain lots of vitamins and minerals and I’m making an effort to add a vege into my fruit juices each time. One of my favourite is celery which is known for its many natural health benefits. Celery is an excellent source of Vitamin C that is essential for promoting a healthy immune system. It also helps alleviate the symptoms of colds. Vitamin C inhibits free radical damage that may trigger inflammatory conditions like asthma and arthritis. This vitamin is also beneficial in promoting a healthy cardiovascular system.

Some women go on a fruit and juice fast so that they can lose weight. I read about brides to be doing that so that they can fit into their on their big day. Medical research shows that celery contains active compounds called pthalide that are essential in reducing the blood pressure. The benefits of celery in reducing blood pressure is also attributed to its high contents of potassium, magnesium, and calcium. High consumptions of these minerals have been associated with reduced blood pressure.

As far as natural health remedies are concerned, celery also contains important concentrations of plant hormones and other essential oils that may regulate the nervous system and promote a sense of relaxation Some studies also claim that the celery is may also promote stimulating and positive effects on the sexual system. Because of the many health benefits of celery, regular consumption of this vegetable is encouraged by many nutritionists and other health experts.

Natural Fruit Enzyme Household Cleaner

I was having a family gathering last week and during the lunch conversation, my cousin was sharing with us about her new found natural household cleaner using fruit enzyme. Previously, I had tried some enzyme from a local health store but didn’t adore the smell so I was really suspicious when she kept raving about how nice her natural household enzyme cleaner was.

After a little web research on cleaners and Anilox roll cleaner, I found out that many eco homes are jumping onto the fruit enzyme bandwagon too. Some call it ‘The Garbage Enzyme’ but the term ‘garbage’ makes your nose sniff a little. And after sampling a bottle of my cousin’s fruit enzyme cleaner, I don’t think the nice smelling ‘citrus waste’ deserves to be called ‘garbage’ at all. It does smell good and most importantly, it works well as a natural household cleaner. For those who are building an eco home, here are some wonderful uses of this natural and environmental friendly fruit enzyme:

1) Use it for your dishes and laundry. Dilution is necessary.

2) Use for washing bathrooms and getting rid of stubborn stains in the toilet bowl. Use it concentrated on the stain, leave it for 10 minutes then flush.

3) Mix a tablespoon with water to clean vegetables and fruits

5) Use the concentrate as a natural insect repellent (use undiluted) for ants, cockroaches..

7) Great as a floor cleaner – living your floors oil and grime free! (My favourite)

8 ) The residue from the enzyme works well as a fertiliser for vegetables, flowering and non-flowering plants

9) Use the citrus residue as a facial mask!

Here’s the recipe for the natural fruit enzyme household cleaner:

300 gms of lemon and orange scraps
1 litre of water
100 gms of brown sugar or molasses

Mix them up in a 2L jar or container (plastic or glass). Cover loosely to allow fermentation to take place. Make sure it’s covered tight or the container may ‘explode’! Label the bottle for reference. The natural enzyme cleaner requires three months to ferment. Once ready, just filter the enzyme with a piece of muslin cloth or fine sieve and store it in a bottle or container. The remaining ‘waste’ or residue can be used as a plant fertilizer or a natural body rub!