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Top 9 supplements to stop cancer naturally
(NaturalHealth365) Cancer, second only to heart disease as a cause of death in the United States, claims over 591,000 lives per year. Now, a groundbreaking study conducted at Stony Brook University in New York shows that 90 percent of all cancers – many more than had been previously thought – may be caused by environmental and lifestyle factors, such as smoking, drinking and diet.
The findings, which suggest that cancer is more preventable than previously believed, inject a note of hope into the battle against this devastating disease.
In this special report, you will discover nine of the most potent anticancer nutrients in existence – an all-star lineup of protective foods, herbs, vitamins and minerals that can help to stop cancer in its tracks. Of course, you should first consult with a trusted, knowledgeable healthcare doctor before supplementing with vitamins, minerals or herbal remedies.
Stop cancer with the strategic advantage of selenium + 8 other powerful health tips
Research has shown that supplementing with selenium, an essential trace mineral, can cut your risk of dying from cancer by a very significant margin – as high as 50 percent, in some studies. Selenium has multiple methods of action against cancer, including detoxifying carcinogens in the body and preventing tumor invasion and growth.
It also helps recycle glutathione, an important natural antioxidant that helps neutralize dangerous free radicals. You can take selenium as part of a vitamin and mineral supplement, obtain it in an antioxidant formula, or take it as a separate supplement.
Go for ginger to help make cancer cells commit suicide
This piquantly-flavored spice has a secret weapon: the ability to target cancer cells and induce them to commit suicide – all without harming healthy cells. Researchers believe that compounds called gingerols are responsible for much of the herb’s anticancer properties, which have been demonstrated against cancers of the breast, colon, liver, lung, prostate, ovaries and pancreas.
An Arabian study found that ginger extracts suppressed the growth of breast cancer cells, while an animal study at University of Minnesota showed that mice with colorectal cancer that received gingerols had 75 percent fewer tumors than the control group. You can take ginger in capsule form, use the fresh grated root in recipes, or even brew fresh or powdered ginger into a refreshing tea.
Seek out sulforaphane
Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cabbage, kale and mustard greens, are packed with sulforaphane, an organosulfate compound with anticancer effects. Extensive studies have shown that increased consumption of cruciferous vegetables is strongly associated with lower rates of lung, bladder, breast and prostate cancer.
In fact, one particularly exciting epidemiological study showed that women who eat cruciferous vegetables daily can slash their risk of breast cancer in half – and researchers say sulforaphane gets the credit. This amazing phytochemical destroys cancer cells, reduces inflammation that contributes to cancer, helps to prevent DNA changes that can lead to cancer, and even helps neutralize an enzyme that coverts procarcinogens into active carcinogens – pretty impressive benefits to be gained from a daily helping of humble Brussels sprouts.
Call on colorful quercetin
A flavonoid and natural pigment that gives color to fruits and vegetables, quercetin is a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant that fights disease-causing free radicals, enhances the immune system and helps to block DNA damage in cells. It also interferes with the formation of lung cancer lesions.
In one study, participants with diets high in quercetin-rich foods had an impressive 51 percent lower overall risk of dying from lung cancer. Quercetin is found in grape skins, red onions, apples, tomatoes, red wine and all citrus fruits, as well as dark berries and green tea. For maximum protection, you can also supplement with quercetin in capsule or liposomal form.
Unleash the power of high-dose vitamin C
A powerful antioxidant and immune system booster, high-dose vitamin C fights cancer by a variety of methods: fighting free radicals, reducing inflammation, and even metabolizing into novel compounds that destroy cancer cells. Experts recommend taking the liposomal form of vitamin C, which is easily absorbed by the intestines, thereby keeping blood concentrations high.
For maximum benefit, look for a formula that contains phosphatidylcholine, with the liposomes under 300 nanometers in diameter or a high-quality (Non-GMO) powder.
Let the sun shine in with vitamin D
When it comes to cancer prevention, vitamin D is impressing researchers around the globe. Studies have shown that improving vitamin D status causes reductions of 30 to 50 percent in risk of colorectal and prostate cancers, and a recent study published in PLOS One concluded that having optimal levels of vitamin D is associated with a dramatic 67 percent decrease in cancer risk.
To ramp up – and maintain – healthy levels of vitamin D, experts advise getting at least 20 minutes of direct sunlight several times a week. You can also obtain the “sunshine vitamin” from wild-caught cold -water fish, organic mushrooms, free-range eggs and organic soy. Because it can take 5,000 to 10,000 IU of vitamin D a day for an adult to reach optimal vitamin D status, supplementation is a wise choice.
Time for turmeric
Literally hundreds of studies have confirmed the cancer-fighting effects of curcumin, the active constituent in turmeric. Not only does this flavonoid slow the proliferation of cancer cells, but it blocks carcinogens from forming in the body. In several scientific studies, researchers found that curcumin increased death of tumor cells, reduced inflammation, improved free radical scavenging and protected cell DNA in colorectal cancer patients.
In another extremely promising study, curcumin drastically reduced tumor size in pancreatic cancer patients – and led to increased survival times. You can obtain curcumin via turmeric supplements, which are available in capsule or liposomal form.
Turn the tables with olive oil
A key ingredient in the healthful Mediterranean diet, olive oil has been shown in studies to reduce the risk of cancer, especially breast cancer. Not only is it high in beneficial monounsaturated fats, but olive oil has a sneaky cancer-fighting ingredient called oleocanthal.
According to a 2015 Rutgers University study, oleocanthal actually has the power to rupture cancer cell walls – causing the malignant cells to then be killed by their own enzymes. Remember to choose organic, extra virgin olive oil.
Harness the power of grape seed extract
Grape seed extract, which contains potent antioxidants called proanthocyanidins, has been shown in studies to both reduce the risk of developing cancer and to slow the growth of cancer cells. In a study published in Carcinogenesis, researchers found that grape seed extract killed squamous cell carcinoma cells, while not harming nearby healthy cells.
The benefits of grape seed extract seem to increase with more advanced stages of cancer – and researchers say it shows promise in helping to prevent damage to the liver caused by chemotherapy medications.
Researchers find regular physical exercise cuts the risk of 13 different cancers
Although it’s not a nutrient, no list of cancer-fighters would be complete without a nod to exercise. A recent review of pooled research demonstrates that higher levels of aerobic exercise can significantly lower the risk of over a dozen different forms of cancer – with as little as 20 minutes a day providing cancer-fighting benefits.
Whether walking, jogging, cycling, dancing or swimming, physical activity pays off in a big way when it comes to cutting cancer risk.
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Catechins Are Key to Good Health
- A new study examining EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate) in green tea determined it may counteract some of the ill effects of eating a high in unhealthy fats and high-fructose diet, commonly known as the “Western diet”
- Antioxidant catechin compounds can help prevent heart disease and oxidative stress, improve skin, promote exercise recovery and help prevent high blood sugar, among other benefits
- A toothpaste formula made from green tea could also help prevent cavities and ease pain for people with sensitive teeth
By Dr. Mercola
If not for the fact it's been scientifically proven, you might say the health advantages of green tea are legendary. You may have heard the proverb "History became legend, and legend became myth." This is certainly something that could be said about green tea, as unfortunately it's shifted far into the background for most Americans, undoubtedly because it pales in comparison in popularity to the bold brew known as coffee and the derivatives thereof.
It's unfortunate because green tea contains a particularly powerful ingredient researchers have recognized for some pretty spectacular benefits. However, many of them have been known to ancient healers for millennia. The latest studies indicate a new interest that shouldn't be taken lightly. To unpack the benefits, there's one compound in particular — antioxidant catechins — with potential for your mind as well as your body. As study author Xuebo Liu explains:
"Green tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world after water, and is grown in at least 30 countries. The ancient habit of drinking green tea may be a more acceptable alternative to medicine when it comes to combating obesity, insulin resistance and memory impairment."1
Study: How Green Tea Compound Can Protect Your Body and Brain
How sad is it that a meal regimen loaded with sugar and all the wrong fats is often referred to as "the Western diet?" But a new study shows that epigallocatechin-3-gallate, or EGCG, is a catechin that may help counteract the negative effects of this notoriously nutrition-deficient approach to food. While the initial study2 was done on mice, scientists believe the same antioxidant effects would apply to humans.
The researchers' goal was to investigate the protective effects of EGCG treatment on insulin resistance and memory impairment induced by a high-fat and high-fructose diet (HFFD). The researchers divided 3-month-old mice into three groups and gave each group a different diet: the control group, a high-fat and high-fructose diet, and a HFFD plus EGCG. Although3 more research is needed to know exactly how much ECGC is needed, here's what they found four months later:4
- EGCG prevented HFFD-elicited memory impairment and neuronal loss
- EGCG significantly ameliorated insulin resistance and cognitive disorder by upregulating the insulin receptor response having to do with brain-signaling pathways
- Long-term HFFD-triggered neuroinflammation was restored by EGCG supplementation, in part by inhibiting the expression of inflammatory mediators
- EGCG also reversed high glucose and glucosamine-induced insulin resistance in neuronal cells by improving the oxidized cellular status and mitochondrial function
Those are some pretty dramatic improvements — and to think the same may be available to humans simply by consuming EGCG is extremely compelling. In addition, the mice eating the HFFD were heavier than those eating the regular diet, and significantly heavier than the HFFD mice supplemented with EGCG. Further, the HFFD mice showed greater memory impairment than the others.
These aren't the first positive results; one study highlighted the effect of drinking green tea on breast cancer due to the high catechin content.5 Additionally, green tea aficionados who drink at least five cups per day were shown in another study to have a 28 percent decrease in their heart disease risk6 (the black tea also tested in the study reflected no such benefit).
Forbes noted that most studies on green tea have been done on people in Asia, or at least on people eating what is considered an Asian diet, which is quite different from what is typically consumed in the U.S. However, believing the findings to be a sort of green light to gastronomical cart blanche is a move in the wrong direction, Forbes noted. "It's more an exploration of how powerful the effects of dietary antioxidants can be."7
10 Benefits of Green Tea Extract
If drinking green tea has those kinds of benefits for your health, you can imagine what else the catechin compounds can do for you. Authority Nutrition8 lists several possible advantages of green tea extract and/or supplementation, connected to a number of clinical studies:
Health benefits range from promoting heart, liver and brain health to improving your skin and reducing your cancer risk9
Green tea is high in EGCG, which may reduce oxidative stress by fighting cell damage caused by free radicals10
Benefits exercise and recovery beyond exercise as it can reduce cellular damage and delay muscle fatigue11 and provide enhanced antioxidant protection and exercise performance12
Helps with weight loss due to the combination of catechins and caffeine,15 regulating thermogenesis hormones16
May reduce your cancer risk, as EGCG helps balance cell production and death,17 and may lower risks of prostate and breast cancers18
Improves skin, including dermatitis, rosacea, warts, skin aging and acne,19 improves elasticity, reduces sun damage
Helps lower blood sugar by enhancing insulin sensitivity and regulating blood sugar production20 and decreasing fasting blood sugar levels21
Benefits liver function by reducing inflammation from nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), liver enzyme levels22 and fat content, and inflammation23
Antioxidants promote heart health by reducing blood fat levels,24 blood pressure, inflammation and triglycerides,25 and burns more calories26
Interestingly, another study showed that individuals with higher than average waist sizes (central obesity) experienced a weight decrease after drinking green tea for 12 weeks, as well as lowered waist circumference and body mass index.27Green tea extract can increase the antioxidant capacity in your body. Regarding cell damage from free radicals, another study notes their nefarious association with several serious diseases, as well as aging, which is another reason why drinking more green tea is a good idea, or even taking green tea supplements.28
Another Toothsome Advantage of Green Tea Consumption
Sensitive teeth often prevent people from drinking hot or cold beverages, but this is another problem green tea may help with. A green tea formulated toothpaste addresses the problem, and is said to ease the pain of sensitivity in teeth and preventing cavities as a bonus. This bit of research presents a remedy for a related dilemma, as existing toothpastes for sensitive teeth haven't had the best track record in retaining their effects for very long. Daily Mail notes:
"Dental erosion is often the most common cause of pain or discomfort to the teeth. A phytochemical in the herbal drink has previously been shown to fight a bacteria which causes tooth decay. The new mixture combines this with an ingredient commonly used in sensitive toothpastes and an essential mineral for strong teeth."29
Erosion that attacks tooth enamel exposes a bony tissue known as dentin, which contains microscopic hollow tubes that, when exposed, allows foods and hot and cold liquids to make contact with underlying nerve endings in the teeth, exacerbating the pain. Unprotected dentin can also speed up cavity formation.
Dentists generally approach the problem by plugging the tubes with a mineral called nanohydroxyapatite, but brushing, teeth grinding and acid produced by bacteria and erosion over time breaks the material down, further exposing the dentin and causing resumed pain.
Chinese researchers used both nanohydroxyapatite and green tea extract (which, incidentally, has been shown to successfully combat streptococcus mutans, which forms biofilms on teeth that can cause cavities) along with the nanoparticles of the mineral silica, which resists damage from acid. Additionally:
"The team tested this on extracted wisdom teeth and found that the formula plugged the dentin tubules. It also released EGCG for at least 96 hours and stood up to tooth erosion and abrasive brushing and prevented biofilm formation (and) showed low toxicity."30
Green tea also serves to freshen your breath due to its natural ability to keep sugar-based plaque from forming on teeth, and captures sulphur-containing compounds that can cause odor. Here are another couple of benefits from green tea that you can sink your teeth into: One or more cups of green tea a day can increases your chances of keeping your teeth as you age, a Japanese study reports, although sugar added to your tea may negate the effect. And say no to artificial sweeteners.
Ditch the 'Western Diet' — Here's a Better Way of Eating
Contrary to conventional advice, a ketogenic diet — which is very low in net carbohydrates and high in healthy fats — is actually a vital key to boosting mitochondrial function, thereby suppressing disease and supporting healing.
The importance of avoiding unhealthy fats and using healthy fats in your diet simply cannot be overstated. When your body is able to burn fat for fuel, your liver creates water-soluble fats called ketones that burn far more efficiently than carbs, thereby creating fewer reactive oxygen species (ROS) and secondary free radicals that can damage your cellular and mitochondrial cell membranes, proteins and DNA.
Ketones also decrease inflammation, improve glucose metabolism and aid the building of muscle mass. Healthy fats also play an important role in maintaining your body's electrical system. As mentioned, a ketogenic diet focuses on the three keys to achieving nutritional ketosis: minimal carbohydrates, moderate amounts of high-quality protein and high amounts of healthy fats. Green tea can also be included as a healthy beverage option to boost your overall health and well-being.
How to Reduce Lectins in Your Diet
- Many lectins are proinflammatory, immunotoxic, neurotoxic and cytotoxic. Certain lectins may also increase blood viscosity, interfere with gene expression and disrupt endocrine function
- Among the most problematic lectin-containing foods are corn, corn-fed meats, casein A1 milk, peanuts, cashews and unfermented soybeans. These are best avoided altogether
- High-lectin foods such as legumes and grains can be made safe to eat by proper soaking and cooking. Sprouting, fermenting and removing skins and seeds will also help reduce lectins in your diet
By Dr. Mercola
Lectins1 — sugar-binding plant proteins that attach to cell membranes — may be a hidden source of weight gain and ill health, even in an otherwise healthy diet. In fact, since lectins are present in most plant foods, if you're eating a whole food diet yet find yourself still struggling with weight gain and/or stubborn health problems, lectins may well be a hidden culprit.
Many lectins are proinflammatory, immunotoxic, neurotoxic and cytotoxic. Certain lectins may also increase blood viscosity, interfere with gene expression and disrupt endocrine function.
The problem with recommending an altogether lectin-free diet is that this would eliminate most plant foods,2 which should ideally make up the bulk of your diet. Moreover, in small amounts, some lectins can be quite beneficial,3 so 100 percent avoidance is likely neither possible nor ideal. They key then becomes finding a happy medium where the worst lectins are avoided, and the effect of others are tempered through proper preparation and cooking.
How Lectins Can Wreck Your Health
Before we get into strategies to reduce lectins in your diet, let's review the reasons why. As explained in Dr. Steven Gundry's4 book, "The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers in 'Healthy' Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain," some plant lectins can contribute to leaky gut by binding to receptor sites on your intestinal mucosal cells, thereby interfering with the absorption of nutrients across your intestinal wall.
As such, they act as "antinutrients," and can have a detrimental effect on your gut microbiome by shifting the balance of your bacterial flora. Among the worst culprits are wheat germ agglutinin (WGA), found in wheat and other seeds in the grass family.5
Compared to WGA, gluten is a minor problem. According to Gundry, WGA is actually one of the most efficient ways to induce heart disease in experimental animals. Lectins in general are strongly associated with autoimmune disorders, so anyone struggling with a dysfunctional immune system may want to seriously consider experimenting with a low-lectin diet.
One way by which lectins causes harm is through molecular mimicry. By mimicking proteins in your thyroid gland or joint spaces, for example, lectins can cause your body to attack your thyroid and contribute to rheumatoid arthritis. Part of these disease processes is the penetration of the gut wall by lectins and their co-travelers, lipopolysaccharides (LPSs), also known as endotoxins, which tend to elicit very strong immune responses.
Lectin-Rich Foods Best Avoided Entirely
While it may be near-impossible to avoid all lectins, seeing how they're found in most plant foods, your first step would be to eliminate the worst offenders. If you have any kind of health problem in which lectins are a suspected contributor, it would be wise to eliminate the following entirely:6
• Corn-fed meats. This includes most meats sold in grocery stores. To avoid factory farmed, corn-fed meat, make sure the meat you buy is certified grass fed by the American Grassfed Association.
• Casein A1 milk. Casein A2 is the normal protein in milk, present in sheep, goats, water buffalos and some Jersey cows' milk. Unfortunately, most cows today are casein A1 producers. Most store-bought milk will be A1, even if it's organic. The A1 protein is metabolized in your gut to make beta-casomorphin, which can attach to the beta cell of your pancreas and incite an autoimmune attack.
Many who believe they're lactose intolerant are actually just responding to the casein A1 in the milk. If you're going to drink milk, make it raw milk from organic, grass fed casein A2-producing cows. Jersey cows may produce either A1 or A2 casein, so you'll need to confirm the type of milk produced with the farmer. Holsteins are A1 producers and should be avoided.
• Peanuts, cashews and unfermented soybean products. If you want to eat soy, make sure it's traditionally fermented.
High-Lectin Foods to Eat Sparingly
The following foods are also high in lectins, but at least here you have a choice: You can either avoid these foods or eat them sparingly, and when you do, make sure you prepare and cook them properly. Research demonstrates that by sprouting, fermenting, soaking and cooking high-lectin foods, lectin content is dramatically reduced, making them safe to eat for most people. This group includes:7,8,9,10
- Legumes (plant seeds in pods, such as peas and beans11)
- Grains, especially whole grains
- Nightshade fruits and vegetables (such as tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants, bell peppers and goji berries, just to name a few)
- Curcubita (gourd) family fruits such as squash, pumpkin and zucchini
Among the legumes, some beans are also lower in lectins than others, making them a safer bet.12 Among the moderate-to-low lectin varieties are rice beans, cowpeas, broad beans, lupin seeds, Great Northern beans and Pinto III cultivars. Among the lowest, and therefore the safest, are Polish pea varieties, cooked and raw green beans and lentils.13
High-to-moderate varieties best avoided if you're susceptible to lectins are white kidney beans and soybeans. Red kidney beans are among the highest of all. For comparison, white kidney beans contain one-third of the hemagglutinating units of toxic phytohemagglutinin found in raw red kidney beans, and broad beans contain just 5 to 10 percent of the lectins found in red kidney beans.
Beans — Proper Prep and Cooking Guidance
If you choose to eat beans, be sure to prepare and cook them properly. While absolutes are rarely called for, a warning is appropriate here: NEVER eat raw or undercooked beans, as they can have acute, toxic effects. As little as five beans can cause a reaction reminiscent of food poisoning. To make beans safe to eat, be sure to:
- Soak the beans in water for at least 12 hours before cooking, frequently changing the water. Adding baking soda to the soaking water will boost the neutralization of lectins even further.14
- Rinse the beans and discard the water used for soaking.
- Cook for at least 15 minutes on HIGH heat. Cooking beans on too-low a heat can actually increase toxicity levels up to five times or more.15 Avoid any recipe calling for dry bean flour, as the dry heat of your oven will not efficiently destroy the lectins. The best way to destroy lectins is to use a pressure cooker like the InstaPot.16,17
How to Optimize Health Benefits of Potatoes
The lectin content in potatoes (a member of the nightshade family) will also be reduced by cooking, although these lectins tend to be more resistant to heat than those in beans. In the case of potatoes, cooking will reduce the lectin content by 50 to 60 percent. You can also boost the nutritional value of potatoes by chilling them after cooking.
This increases the digestive-resistant starch in the potatoes — fibers that resist digestion in the small intestine and slowly ferment in your large intestine, where they act as prebiotics that feed healthy bacteria.18
As an example, roasted and cooled potatoes contain 19 grams of resistant starch per 100 grams, whereas steamed and cooled potatoes contain 6 grams and boiled, cooled potatoes contain a mere 0.8 grams.19,20 Additionally, since they're not digestible, resistant starches will not result in blood sugar spikes. In fact, research suggests resistant starches help improve insulin regulation, reducing your risk of insulin resistance.21,22,23,24
Of the plant foods that are the safest, in terms of lectin content, are asparagus, garlic, celery, mushrooms and onions. Other excellent choices that you can eat without restrictions are:
- Cooked tubers (root vegetables) such as sweet potatoes, yucca and taro
- Leafy greens
- Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower and Brussel sprouts
- Avocados (while avocados contain high amounts of lectins,25 these lectins are safe and healthy. Research26 shows that the specific type of lectin found in avocado, persea Americana agglutinin,27 is devoid of specificity for carbs; it interacts with proteins and polyamino acids instead)
- Olives and authentic extra-virgin olive oil
Other Ways to Reduce Lectins in Your Diet
Aside from eliminating the worst offenders and cooking certain high-lectin foods properly, other ways to reduce lectins in your diet include:
• Peeling and deseeding your fruits and vegetables, as the skin or hull and seeds tend to contain the highest amounts. For example, if you're on a lectin-restricted diet, you may be able to eat deskinned almonds, but not almonds with the skin on.
• Opting for white grains over brown. This tip, suggested by Gundry, does run contrary to most recommendations that say brown varieties are healthier than white, but in this case, white rice and white bread may actually be preferable.
Keep in mind, though that the only way to make bread safe to eat on a lectin-restricted diet is by raising the bread according to traditional methods, using yeast or sourdough, which effectively breaks down the gluten and other harmful lectins. You'd be hard-pressed to find this in your local grocery store, so you'd either have to buy it from a traditional artisan or bake it yourself.
You'll also want to make sure the grain is organic, as most non-organic wheat grown in the U.S. is desiccated with glyphosate. This herbicide, which is toxic in and of itself, also potentiates gluten in people who are not even gluten-sensitive and interferes with your liver's ability to manufacture the active form of vitamin D. It also chelates important minerals, disrupts the shikimate pathway, decimates your microbiome and increases leaky gut, which allows more of the LPSs into your bloodstream.
• Sprouting seeds, grains and beans will deactivate lectins, although there are exceptions. For example, lectin content is actually enhanced when sprouting alfalfa.28
• Fermenting will also effectively reduce harmful lectins.29 When it comes to soy, fermented soy products are the only ones worthy of consumption. Sourdough is another example of a fermented product that makes bread safe to eat, in part by deactivating lectins. Of course, all sorts of vegetables can be fermented, thereby boosting their health benefits.
• Using a pressure cooker. Plant lectins are most effectively neutralized when cooked in a pressure cooker, so this handy kitchen gadget may be a worthwhile investment. Many swear by the InstaPot,30 which is a multipurpose pressure cooker. Avoid slow cookers, as they will actually increase lectin content due to the low temperature used.
A study31 that compared the phytic acid content of soaked peas that were then either boiled regularly or cooked in a pressure cooker found pressure cooking reduced phytic acid content by 54 percent, compared to 29 percent through regular boiling. Pressure cooking may also preserve more nutrients than other cooking methods.
Limit But Don't Eliminate All Lectins
In summary, while I believe lectins have the potential to wreak havoc on health, complete avoidance is neither possible nor ideal. Conducting an online search for "lectin-rich foods" will yield lists that are so long, they basically encompass the entire vegetable kingdom. You cannot eliminate them all, and since SOME lectins have health benefits, you wouldn't want to, either.
The key is to identify the worst culprits, cut those out, and make sure you prepare and cook certain high-lectin foods properly to make them safer to eat. Naturally, your individual situation will determine just how strict you need to be. Many people, especially those with autoimmune disorders, tend to be particularly sensitive to specific lectins found in specific foods.
So, experimentation may be needed to identify them. As a general rule, I recommend paying particular attention to lectins if you are currently eating a healthy, whole food diet yet continue to have health problems. While not a guarantee for success, eliminating or reducing lectins just might be the missing key to your healing.
Sunday, August 13, 2017
8 Awesome Uses For Activated Charcoal
Imagine this: You’ve got one hour to pack for your dream vacation, and all you can take with you is a carry on – what do you toss in your bag? I can tell you one item that would definitely be in mine, whether I’m headed to Iceland’s hot springs or a beach in Bali. Activated charcoal.
Activated charcoal is basically the Swiss Army knife of natural living – one bottle serves as first aid, a portable spa treatment, and tooth whitener. And those are just a few of it’s uses. (Coconut oil, honey and apple cider are also multi-purpose. We’ll cover them in another post!)
What is activated charcoal?
This is not the stuff you throw in your BBQ grill to make dijon rosemary marinaded shish kabobs. Activated charcoal is made by burning natural materials – sometimes hardwood or coconut shells – until they transform into a highly adsorbent powder or granules. Now, you know what ABsorption is – when fluid is dissolved into a liquid or solid, like water being absorbed by a paper towel.
ADsorption is a little different – think of it more like a magnet binds strongly to the surface certain substances, grabbing onto them so they can’t get away.
Now imagine that magnet had millions of micropores that made it able to grab on to a lot of stuff, including certain types of bacteria, heavy metals, viruses, poisons and other substances . . . that’s activated charcoal.
Just two grams (about 4 capsules of coconut-derived activated charcoal) has a larger surface area than an entire football field. (Dillon et al.)
So what’s it useful for? Great question!
7 Ways To Use Activated Charcoal
Before we dive in, I want to say that “Best Boo-Boo Kisser South Of Puckett’s Gas Station” is about as official as things get for me professionally. I am not a doctor, this is not medical advice, these statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not meant to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease, and your medical decisions are completely up to you. If you need some convincing on this, read my full disclaimer where I say it over and over again. Also, it’s a good idea to discuss any home remedies you consider with your healthcare provider. Okay, moving on!
1. Food Poisoning & Stomach Bug Recovery
Activated charcoal is so good at binding with toxins that it’s often used in hospital emergency rooms for poisoning. According to WebMD,
Activated charcoal is sometimes used to help treat a drug overdose or a poisoning.
When you take activated charcoal, drugs and toxins can bind to it. This helps rid the body of unwanted substances.
People take activated charcoal to manage a poisoning or overdose.
When used along with other treatments, activated charcoal may be effective for an acute poisoning. But it is not useful in some cases, including poisoning from:
- Iron tablets”
While serious situations need to be addressed by a doctor or local ER, activated charcoal is also considered helpful in situations that can often be managed at home – mild cases of food poisoning or a stomach bug, for example.
In Prescription for Natural Cures: A Self-Care Guide For Treating Health Problems With Natural Remedies, which was written James F. Balch, M.D., Mark Stengler N.M.D, and Robin Young Balch, N.M.D, recommend activated charcoal for food poisoning. Here’s what they suggest:
Take 3 capsules every two hours for three doses. Activated charcoal doses taken internally can help to absorb toxins from food poisoning. Charcoal works best when taken in the first stages of food poisoning (when you first realize you have food poisoning).”
I’ve also found activated charcoal to be extremely helpful for stomach bugs. Activated charcoal is used in many water filters to remove bacteria and viruses, so it makes sense that it supports the body in flushing out what’s not supposed to be there. Interestingly, this study found that activated charcoal bound more strongly to e. coli than the normal (beneficial) bacteria found in the digestive tract.
2. Calms Itchy Bug Bites
It’s not the most discreet way to calm an itchy bug bite – a clear bug bite balm might be better if that’s an issue – but activated charcoal is a great option stings and bites. Just mix with a little water and dab on the area.
3. Soothes Digestive Discomfort (Gas, Bloating, Diarrhea)
“Activated charcoal is used to reduce digestive flatulence and also to absorb harmful toxins, including infectious agents that cause diarrhea,” write James F. Balch, M.D., Mark Stengler N.M.D, and Robin Young Balch, N.M.D. (source)
Many people say it helps immensely with bloating as well. Studies which have examined this issue are mixed, which isn’t all that surprising. We know from research on SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth) that there are two types of microorganisms that typically cause bloating – ones that produce hydrogen and ones that produce methane. They don’t usually respond to the same interventions, so it makes sense that activated charcoal might help in some cases but not others.
For this purpose, James F. Balch, M.D., Mark Stengler N.M.D, and Robin Young Balch, N.M.D. recommend the following:
Take it with a glass of water, two hours away from other medications and supplements.
Dosage: Take 500-1,000 mg three times daily for up to three days.” (source)
4. Whitens Teeth Naturally
Activated charcoal binds strongly with tannins and other compounds that stain teeth, and is traditionally used in Tanzania to clean teeth. (Sarita et al.) Here’s how to whiten teeth naturally with activated charcoal. Or if you don’t have charcoal, turmeric whitens teeth, too!
5. Non-Toxic Face Paint
I developed a recipe for non-toxic face paint after the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics reported that 10 out of 10 face paints they tested were positive for lead and 6 out of 10 tested positive for other toxic heavy metals (source 1, source 2). It’s super easy to make!
6. Face Mask
For deep pore cleansing, mix 1-2 capsules with enough water to make it spreadable and apply to the face area for about 10 minutes before rinsing. Follow with a moisturizer like this rosehip seed oil or my homemade hydrating skin repair serum recipe.
7. Armpit Deodorizer
Activated charcoal is fabulous at absorbing odors, which is one reason it’s used in air filters and even in certain wound care situations where odor becomes an issue. (recipe for non-toxic face paint) It’s sometimes incorporated into natural deodorants like this one, but I haven’t tried it personally since I love my homemade deodorant recipe.
However, I do know that for some people who find that natural deodorants don’t quite cut it, adding a charcoal armpit mask to the routine as needed can be really helpful. Just dump 4-5 capsules into a small bowl, mix with water until you reach a spreadable consistency, apply and let sit for 5 minutes, then rinse.
8. Water Filtration
You can’t use activated charcoal capsules for this one, but it’s still worth mentioning. Although I don’t love that they’re plastic, I keep a couple of portable water bottles like these on hand because they have built in activated charcoal filters. They’re my “go to” when we travel and don’t have access to the lovely spring water we have at home.
Does activated charcoal prevent hangovers?
Human studies have shown that taking activated charcoal with alcohol does not reduce alcohol absorption. (Minocha et al., Hulten et al.) However, I’ve found that taking it after sipping a glass of wine at a social gathering prevents me from feeling icky the next morning. My guess is that it helps by soaking up certain additives I’m sensitive to – there are currently 200 different approved additives in the United States. (source)
Interestingly, I’ve found that when I drink Dry Farm Wines, which are grown with organic practices and don’t contain added sulfites or other ingredients that are commonly used (like sawdust and food coloring), I don’t have the issues I do with most wines.
Because activated charcoal binds with a lot of substances, including many medications and vitamins, it’s best not take it within two hours of any supplements or medicines. (source)
Where to buy activated charcoal
I buy this brand because it’s made from coconut shells, which is more porous (meaning it adsorbs better) than hardwood derived activated charcoal, and is also considered environmentally friendly.
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Nearly 100 percent of the food coming from China is fraudulent or counterfeit, warns “food spies” expert
Saturday, August 12, 2017 by: Isabelle Z.
Tags: China, counterfeit, counterfeit food, E. coli, fake food, fake meat, food fraud, food safety
Tags: China, counterfeit, counterfeit food, E. coli, fake food, fake meat, food fraud, food safety
(Natural News) Many of us have heard horror stories about fake food incidents out of China, but the problem is far more widespread than the occasional sensational headline might imply. Just ask Mitchell Weinberg, the founder of global food spy network Inscatech.
Weinberg’s firm is hired by multinational food producers and retailers to uncover fraud and malpractice in the food industry. He says that China is a hotbed of food fraud.
“Statistically we’re uncovering fraud about 70 percent of the time, but in China it’s very close to 100 percent. It’s pervasive, it’s across food groups, and it’s anything you can possibly imagine,” Weinberg told Bloomberg.
Melamine-laced baby formula was one of the bigger scandals in China in recent years. In 2008, more than 6,000 babies in China were sickened after drinking contaminated milk formula, and an investigation found that one fifth of the country’s formula producers made powder that was tainted. Many of those babies suffered from acute kidney failure and developed kidney stones, and several of them died. To add insult to injury, it was later discovered that local officials were aware of the problem for at least a month before alerting central authorities. Melamine, which is banned in food, makes the formula appear to have a higher protein content when tested.
The melamine problem even made it to American shores; around 1,500 cats and dogs died in the U.S. after consuming a pet food ingredient that was tainted with melamine that had been manufactured in China.
Fake meat, sauces and spices putting countless lives at risk
There’s far more to it than that, however. In 2013 raids, authorities arrested more than 900 people and seized 20,000 tons of illegal meat products after meat from rats and foxes was found masquerading as lamb. In that incident, counterfeiters treated the meat from rodents and foxes with gelatin, food coloring and nitrate and then passed it off as mutton. In addition, a fake beef and lamb jerky that was made out of duck meat and sold in markets across the country was found to have E. coli levels that dramatically exceeded standards.
The meat drama didn’t end there; in 2015, 800 tons of smuggled frozen meat bound for supermarkets and restaurants were seized by Chinese authorities, and one of the batches in question dated back to the 1970s. Experts told China Daily that customers would not be able to tell the difference between the decades-old meat and fresher batches if it didn’t show any signs of thawing. These meat products were not inspected and could contain serious viruses. Moreover, smugglers often use regular trucks instead of refrigerated ones to cut costs, which means the meat was likely kept at unsafe temperatures.
Earlier this year, authorities busted around 50 underground factories in northern China that were creating counterfeit versions of popular products like spice mix and soy sauce and selling the products under popular brand names like Nestle and Knorr. These fake foods were produced with dirty tap water, recycled spices that they bought at a discount from other factories, and industrial salt that is considered unfit for human consumption. They often stored their materials out in the open next to dumpsters. Authorities discovered the operations after being tipped off by a whistleblower.
It is becoming increasingly clear that when you consume food from China, you are risking your health. CNN reported that during the first three quarters of 2016 alone, Chinese Food and Drug Administration officials had uncovered more than 500,000 incidents of illegal behavior. Some of the outrageous food fraud cases that have been reported out of China include cadmium-laced rice, fake eggs, plastic pellets passed off as rice, carcinogenic recycled cooking oil, and glow-in-the-dark pork.
Oranges and Lemons Prevent Heart Disease, Liver Disease and Diabetes
By Erin Elizabeth - September 12, 2016
Higher intake of citrus fruits like oranges and lemons can help keep you healthy as well as prevent harmful effects of obesity-related heart disease, liver disease and diabetes, a study has found.
Citrus fruits protect the body through their antioxidant properties (via flavanones) and by strengthening the immune system, inhibiting tumor growth and normalizing tumor cells.
When humans consume a high-fat diet, they accumulate fat in their bodies. Fat cells produce excessive reactive oxygen species, which can damage cells in a process called oxidative stress.
These oxidative stress coupled with inflammation in obese individuals increases the risk of developing heart disease, liver disease and diabetes, the researchers said.
Oranges have the highest level of antioxidants of all fruit, with more than 170 different phytochemicals, including more than 60 flavonoids shown to have anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor and blood clot inhibiting properties. The diversity of applications for lemons also far exceeds general knowledge.
“Our results indicate that in the future we can use citrus flavanones to prevent or delay chronic diseases caused by obesity in humans,” said Paula S. Ferreira, a graduate student at Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP) in Brazil.
However, “the study did not show any weight loss due to the citrus flavanones,” added lead researcher Thais B. Cesar from UNESP.
Even without losing weight, citrus fruits can help become healthier with lower oxidative stress, less liver damage and reduce risks of other obesity-related diseases, the researchers noted.
“The study also suggests that consuming citrus fruits probably could have beneficial effects for people who are not obese, but have diets rich in fats, putting them at risk of developing cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance and abdominal obesity,” Ferreira explained.
For the study, the team conducted an experiment with 50 mice, treating them with flavanones found in oranges, limes and lemons, or a high-fat diet.
They focused on flavanones such as hesperidin, eriocitrin and eriodictyol. For a month, researchers gave groups either a standard diet, a high-fat diet, a high-fat diet plus hesperidin, a high-fat diet plus eriocitrin or a high-fat diet plus eriodictyol.
The group who consumed high-fat diet without the flavanones showed increase in the levels of cell-damage markers called thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS) by 80 per cent in the blood and 57 per cent in the liver compared to mice on a standard diet.
But hesperidin, eriocitrin and eriodictyol were found to decrease the TBARS levels in the liver by 50 per cent, 57 per cent and 64 per cent, respectively, compared with mice fed on a high-fat diet but not given flavanones.
Eriocitrin and eriodictyol also reduced TBARS levels in the blood by 48 per cent and 47 per cent, respectively, in these mice.In addition, mice treated with hesperidin and eriodictyol had reduced fat accumulation and damage in the liver.
The findings were presented at the 252nd National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), held in Philadelphia, recently.
*Article originally appeared at Prevent Disease.
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Updated: 12 August 2017. Air travel is already stressful enough on your body. To make matters worse many airlines are rolling out WiFi in planes. So how can you fly low EMF?
Radiation and Flying
Firstly, airline travel subjects you to significant levels of cosmic rays or ‘cosmic radiation’. When I say cosmic radiation I’m referring to a collection of different types of radiation from many different of sources – the most important being cosmic background microwave radiation.
This is quite different to the electromagnetic fields (EMFs) I usually I talk about.
Cosmic radiation is a naturally occurring form of ionizing radiation produced by the sun and other stars and planets. The earth’s atmosphere and magnetic field protects the earth from most of this cosmic radiation. But when you fly, because of the altitude, this protection is greatly diminished.
For instance, flying from New York to Los Angeles exposes you to approximately 6 times as much radiation as a typical dental x-ray. A 10-hour flight across the North Atlantic exposes to more than double that amount.
EMFs in Planes
Not surprisingly airplanes emit significant levels of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) and always have done.
Basically there are two types of EMFs present : low-frequency EMFs and radio frequency or WiFi radiation – I’ll speak about WiFi radiation in planes more fully below.
On the low frequency side, electric and magnetic fields are created in a similar way to in a home setting, except it’s way more complicated. In airplanes electrical engineers are given free reign. Transformers, rectifiers and inverters are used liberally to change the voltage or type of current.
Sources Of EMFs In Planes
Here are some sources of EMFs in planes :
- communications equipment
- jet engines
- cockpit computers
- electrical wiring
- electrical sensors
- static electricity in the fuselage
Why Are EMFs In Planes Dangerous?
Firstly, a planes metallic structure can intensify the effects of EMF exposures, particularly radio frequency radiation (aka wireless). It’s called the Faraday cage effect. This radiation is trapped in a metal enclosure which exacerbates the effects of this radiation. Would you consider sticking your head inside a microwave oven when it’s turned on? I don’t think so.
Secondly, it’s not just a about airplanes. It’s about EMFs per se. There is a significant amount of research that points to numerous adverse biological effects of these man-made EMF exposures, including:
- single and double strand DNA breaks
- breaks down the blood-brain barrier
- major organ damage
- compromises cell membranes
- immune system suppression
These exposures are linked to a number of serious diseases including multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disease, brain tumors and cancer.
WiFi Radiation In Planes
In addition to the cosmic radiation and EMFs generated from the planes’ electrical and communication system, over the last few years WiFi radiation has also been introduced into the toxic soup of airline travel.
When we talk about WiFi radiation we are actually talking about devices that use radio-frequency or microwave radiation to send data back and forth through the air, wirelessly. The problem is that this WiFi radiation can penetrate pretty much everything that stands in it’s path, including you.
If you’re still unclear about the dangers of WiFi radiation click here.
How To Choose A WiFi Free Flight
According to a survey conducted by Routehappy, a company that evaluates in-flight amenities, 39% of airlines worldwide now have WiFi fully rolled out. Using the data from their survey I’ve compiled a WiFi radiation in planes analysis in the form of a bar chart, see below:
To compile my bar chart I took the data from Routehappy.com which shows for the worlds top airlines the percentage of ASMs (number of seats multiplied by number of miles flown) with at least a chance of WiFi, and inverted it.
When I first did this analysis, in 2016, the data was showing that only one airline, Scoot, was offering 100% WiFi coverage. Now there are three airlines offering 100% WiFi coverage; Scoot, Virgin America and Icelandair.
So in my bar chart, because in principal there is zero chance of booking a WiFi free flight with Scoot, Virgin America and Icelandair they are shown as 0% – meaning, if you are concerned about in-flight WiFi radiation exposures you should avoid booking with these airlines.
Airlines To Choose If You’re Concerned About WiFi Radiation – Currently
My bar chart shows that your best chance of flying WiFi free is to book with Philippine Airlines followed closely by Iberia and Air Europa.
Three points to note:
- You’ve less chance of flying WiFi free on U.S. airlines – 80% of their seat miles offer a full chance of WiFi as opposed to non-U.S. airlines, for which only 28% of seat miles offer at least a chance of WiFi
- 61% of available seat miles worldwide still have no Wi-Fi compared to 69% last year
- This data is changing fast as Airlines are eager to offer WiFi to seduce their clients
From Regular WiFi To Super WiFi
This analysis masks the level of radio frequency radiation emissions you are being subjected to. Most airlines, if they do offer WiFi, currently offer fairly low download speeds which implies lower radiation exposures. But Fortune.com reports that “passengers now demand a home broadband-like experience….so far only a few airlines meet that standard”.
The worst offender is JetBlue which is reported to be nearing completion of a fleet-wide broadband roll-out that would allow passengers to access streaming services – which implies higher wireless radiation emissions.
This WiFi roll-out is clearly demand driven. A 2016 survey of airline passengers by Honeywell Aerospace reveals that travelers now “expect a reliable connection to stay in touch with their friends and family, get work done, or be entertained.”
But airlines are not totally blamed. The Honeywell Survey found that over 20% of passengers have already abandoned their preferred airline for another company with better in-flight WiFi.
Tips For Flying Low EMF
Here are my tips for flying low EMF. Try to avoid:
- booking with airlines that have 100% of their fleet equipped with WiFi
- sitting in close proximity to the jet engines
- sitting near the WiFi routers – ask the stewards where these are, they might not know but you can ask
- the window seats, which expose you to higher levels of cosmic radiation
- flying during the daytime to minimize your exposure to cosmic radiation – prefer nighttime flights
This might seem like a lot of things to avoid and you’re probably thinking, where do I sit? Well, you’ve really got to do your best within these parameters. And then relax…
Thursday, August 10, 2017
EWG's 2017 Dirty Dozen List: Which New Fruit Made It To The List?: The 2017 Dirty Dozen list is a great remind that we still have a long way to go when it comes to our current food system! Discover EWG's key findings and which fruit is new to the list!
Ingredients Found In These Razors Potentially Linked To Alzheimer’s and Organ Toxicity
It seems that virtually every razor on the market today, especially women’s disposable razors, includes a “moisturizing strip.” Moisturizing is necessary for shaving, but it’s worth looking into these strips and examining what they contain and how they affect your body.
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The addition of these moisturizing strips results in the need for an ingredients label on your razor. Since razors are hard goods, you might not think about looking for an ingredients list. But razors with moisturizing strips have long lists of synthetic ingredients that you should be aware of.
What is in Your Razor Moisture Strip?
Different lubricating razors have different ingredients. You should always look closely at ingredient labels and research items you’re unfamiliar with. Here are some common ingredients in top razor brands’ moisturizing strips:
Polyethylene Oxide (also known as Polyethylene Glycol or PEG)
Manufacturers maintain that this is non-toxic, but official warnings say it is not to be used in cosmetics. Regardless, polyethylene glycol is commonly used in cosmetics, despite often being contaminated with ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane. This is one of the ingredients to avoid in skincare and should not be used in hair removal, either.
Many moisturizing strips contain products with soy in them. If you are allergic to soy, you may experience skin irritation and itchiness promptly after shaving with a lubricated razor.
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Most of us avoid deodorants with aluminum, as it is known to clog your lymph nodes and mainly affect the risk of breast cancer in women. But did you know your razor’s lubricating strip might have aluminum salts in it?
Not all lubricating strips contain the same ingredients. Check your labels, and if the ingredients aren’t listed, take your search online. You can often find ingredients in a patent for a product, or by contacting the company directly.
How Do These Ingredients Affect Your Body?
You may wonder if these hair removal ingredients have a long lasting effect on your body. The answer, of course, depends on your body, how often you shave, and a variety of other factors. It is telling, though, that standard warnings for these ingredients state that they are not appropriate for skin care use, and recommend washing thoroughly if they come into contact with your skin.
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Combine that with the fact that hot water opens up your pores and allows outside particles to enter your bloodstream more quickly, and you have some compelling reasons to watch the ingredients list of your shaving products closely. You might say “well then don’t shave with hot water”, but not only is warm water more comfortable than cold, it decreases the chance of skin irritation.
The polyethylene glycol mentioned above is often contaminated with carcinogens. They are also known to cause irritation on the broken skin, which improper shaving can lead to. Polyethylene glycol also increase your skin’s permeability even more than hot water, meaning you absorb more of the ingredients in your shaving cream and/or razor than you would otherwise.
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What Are Natural Hair Removal Alternatives to These Strips?
The idea behind these lubricating strips is a valid one. Shaving can cause skin irritation and dryness, so you do need to moisturize your skin if you plan on shaving. Here are some tips for keeping your skin soft and irritation-free without exposing it to potentially harmful additives, and for a more natural hair removal experience:
Before shaving, use a natural sugar or salt scrub to sluff off dead skin. This keeps your razor sharper longer because it’s not picking up as much extra gunk. This, in turn, prevents razor burn and other uncomfortable side effects of shaving.
Coconut Oil Shaving Cream
Coconut oil is one of the best natural products for your skin. It’s super easy to make a natural shaving cream using coconut oil, shea butter, and essential oils. Simply whip the ingredients together and keep a jar in your shower. See this one-step shaving cream recipe here.
As with all skin products, I recommend adding Vitamin E oil, as it helps nourish your skin. This particular shaving cream doubles as a post-shaving moisturizer if you don’t rinse it off, or if you add more to your skin after you’re done shaving. You can scent it with any essential oils you want or leave them out altogether.
In the summer, you want to stay away from citrus oils, as they are photo-sensitive and can cause skin irritation if exposed to sunlight. Certain oils, like juniper essential oil, have specific benefits like improving your circulatory system and detoxing your body. This is perfect for shaving, since as mentioned above, shaving opens up your circulatory system to more quickly absorb whatever you’re putting on your skin. Juniper also evokes feelings of love and peacefulness, which is perfect for an act of self-care like shaving.
As mentioned at the beginning of this article, most commercial razors today have these moisturizing strips. You can, however, find plain stainless steel razors that don’t have any additives. Looking for double side safety razors is a good place to start. If you’re avoiding moisturizing strips, you may also want to avoid razors with plastic, as there is the possibility of leaching BPA. Again, the reality of this risk depends on how often you shave, as increased exposure increases risk.
A note when looking for razors: ignore gender marketing. Shaving, especially women shaving, is a society-created activity made purely to sell products. But the marketing industry wasn’t done yet. They then created the need for men’s razors and women’s razors. This is completely unnecessary.
The only real function a razor has is to cut short hairs off of human bodies. Women’s hair and Men’s hair have no real differences. Of course, some people have coarser or final hair, but this is not gender-specific, as societal stereotypes will have you believe. Find a well-made, affordable razor and don’t worry about what color the packaging is.
Alternatives to Shaving
Of course, you can find alternatives to shaving altogether. Maybe you’ve never cared about a bit of fuzz and will use this newfound knowledge to fuel a new dedication to going all natural and let your hair grow as it will. If that seems extreme, you might consider sugaring. This hair removal process is much like waxing.
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You simply make a paste of sugar, lemon juice, and water, then spread it on your body hair and pull off with a washcloth or other reusable strip. This is more eco-friendly than waxing as it does not produce paper waste, and the mixture is all natural ingredients (depending of course on the quality of your sugar and lemon juice). Read more benefits of sugaring here.
Does your razor have a moisturizing strip? Have you noticed irritation after shaving? Share your experiences in the comments below!