Dherbs - Herbal Supplements, Herbal Remedies, Natural Healing Remedies, Full Body Detox » General Topics https://www.dherbs.com Buy herbal supplements, natural remedies, and herbal remedies from Dherbs, the #1 alternative medicine product store. Tue, 18 Sep 2018 17:45:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 DIY Whitening Toothpaste For Sparkly Teeth https://www.dherbs.com/articles/diy-whitening-toothpaste-for-sparkly-teeth/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/diy-whitening-toothpaste-for-sparkly-teeth/#comments Tue, 18 Sep 2018 17:45:51 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=85377 Tea, coffee, and other beverages and foods can stain your teeth over time. Keep your teeth white by using this DIY toothpaste.

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Don’t you wish you could use a whitening toothpaste that didn’t harm the body with harsh chemicals? The majority of commercial toothpastes, especially the varieties with whitening agents, are filled with an assortment of harmful ingredients. Xylitol (made from GMO corn), fluoride, glycerin, GMO soy lethicin, and sodium laurel sulfate can collectively have detrimental effects on organs, the brain, the reproductive system, and hormones.

 

One of the things that may leave people skeptical about this DIY toothpaste is the color. How can a black toothpaste help to naturally whiten your teeth? Don’t let the color steer you away because it is filled with some powerful ingredients that are superstars in the DIY health world. Let’s check them out below.

 

Organic Virgin Coconut Oil:

One of primary oral health benefits of coconut oil is that it works to fight the Streptococcus mutans bacterium, which can cause cavities, gingivitis, or other oral health issues.

 

Activated Charcoal:

Activated charcoal helps to promote great oral hygiene by balancing the pH levels in your mouth. It also helps to whiten your teeth, removing coffee, tea, or berry stains.

 

Bentonite Clay:

Bentonite clay is like a sponge, in that it expands and alters its electrical charge to absorb toxins and heavy metals. In oral care products, bentonite clay helps to neutralize bad bacteria and deliver and array of minerals that help remineralize teeth.

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons bentonite clay
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon melted virgin organic coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons filtered water
  • 1 dropper full of liquid stevia
  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil
  • ½ teaspoon activated charcoal
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

Instructions:

  • Combine all of the ingredients in a glass container and mix well with a wooden or rubber spoon.
  • Store this in a cool, dark place.
  • When you are ready to use, place a small amount on your toothbrush and brush your teeth for about two minutes. Rinse and spit out the toothpaste.
  • Don’t use this toothpaste every day because it can be harsh on sensitive gums.

 

Sources:

https://www.faithful-to-nature.co.za/blog/how-bentonite-clay-benefits-oral-health/

http://areturntosimplicity.com/whitening-toothpaste-recipe/

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These Short H.I.I.T. Workouts Can Improve Endurance https://www.dherbs.com/articles/these-short-h-i-i-t-workouts-can-improve-endurance/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/these-short-h-i-i-t-workouts-can-improve-endurance/#comments Tue, 18 Sep 2018 11:30:43 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=85286 High-intensity workouts can help you improve endurance & burn a lot of calories in a short amount of time. Try these short workouts and see!

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Some people claim that they don’t have enough time in the day to squeeze in a workout. Those people have obviously never heard of high intensity interval training (H.I.I.T.) because these short workouts can have you sweating bullets within ten minutes. This type of exercise has science-backed proof and you don’t have to dedicate hours out of your week to experience the benefits.

 

H.I.I.T. 101:

This training alternates between short bursts of strenuous exercise and low-intensity recovery periods. Essentially, you are packing the benefits of a 30-minute jog into a few minutes. H.I.I.T. can save you from spending hours in the gym, which is beneficial for those who don’t have a lot of time. The best part is that H.I.I.T. can be applied to any activity you enjoy, including swimming, running, biking, jumping rope, walking, skipping, or climbing. Be prepared to push you body to the limit, though!

 

Many people turn to H.I.I.T. because they can burn a lot more calories in a shorter amount of time. In fact, studies show that people who did H.I.I.T. burned 25-30% more calories than other forms of exercise. Additionally, your metabolic rate is higher for a longer period of time after you complete the workout. This can shift the body’s attention to using fat for energy, as opposed to carbs and sugar.

 

Obviously, H.I.I.T. isn’t a walk in the park, but it isn’t a go-until-you’re-dead type of exercise, either. Essentially, you shouldn’t be able to be a Chatty Kathy during your high-intensity workout. You are doing it right if you can only utter a few words at a time.

 

If you Have 10 Minutes…

If you like to run, swim, row, or bike in small doses, then this is the workout for you. You’ll experience a total of one minute of intense exercise over a ten-minute period. A study found that people who did this ten-minute workout three times a week improved endurance by 12%. To do the workout:

  • Warm up for 2 minutes.
  • Pedal, run, or swim all-out for 20 seconds
  • Pedal, run, or swim slowly for 2 minutes
  • Pedal, run, or swim all-out for 20 seconds
  • Pedal, run, or swim slowly for 2 minutes
  • Pedal, run, or swim all-out for 20 seconds
  • Cool down for 3 minutes.
  • Do this three times a week (a total of 30 minutes of exercise)

 

If You Have 7 Minutes…

This workout uses your body weight, a wall, and a chair…that’s it. You’ll be breathless, not winded, after this regimen. Perform each exercise for 30 seconds, resting for only 10 seconds between each one. To do the workout:

  • Jumping jacks for 30 seconds
  • Wall sit for 30 seconds
  • Push-ups for 30 seconds
  • Abdominal crunches for 30 seconds
  • Step-ups onto the chair for 30 seconds
  • Squats for 30 seconds
  • Triceps dip on the chair for 30 seconds
  • Plank for 30 seconds
  • High knees for 30 seconds
  • Alternating lunges for 30 seconds
  • Push-ups with rotation for 30 seconds
  • Side plank, each side for 30 seconds

 

Whatever H.I.I.T. workout you decide to do, you’ll always have time to fit it into your busy day. Remember to keep it interesting in order to look forward to your workout. Change up the music, location, and exercises so that you aren’t always doing the same things. The body can become used to complacency, meaning you won’t necessarily experience the same results every time if you do the same workout. Try to do an H.I.I.T. workout three times a week for at least ten minutes each time to get the best results. Have fun!

 

Sources:

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/benefits-of-hiit#section4

https://www.nytimes.com/guides/well/really-really-short-workouts?mc=contentPinDom&ad-keywords=auddevgate&pp=1&dclid=CjkKEQjwlejcBRDr64efna2Y44kBEiQA5qe1wVhyzmYu8Znetqbnm0in8_o8ZVovEy6PtQWGI82mS5Tw_wcB

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Ground Yourself: How Earthing Benefits The Body https://www.dherbs.com/articles/ground-yourself-how-earthing-benefits-the-body/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/ground-yourself-how-earthing-benefits-the-body/#comments Wed, 12 Sep 2018 11:25:34 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=85040 Did you know that you could fight free radical damage by being barefoot in nature? Learn how you can reap the benefits of earthing.

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When was the last time you walked barefoot through a field or across a beach? Do you remember how amazing it felt? People don’t get to connect with nature as much as they should, but research studies have indicated that there should be more of an incentive to make “being in nature” a priority.

 

In case you haven’t heard of grounding or earthing, let us bring you up to speed. This holistic health trend basically entails having the soles of your feet make direct contact with the earth. Whether it is dirt, sand, or grass, connecting your feet with the earth’s surface has been shown to reduce free radical damage, stress, overall pain, and inflammation.

 

How Does Earthing Work?

The earth has a subtle electric charge, which is present in the ground. As your bare feet touch the earth, free electrons are taken up into the body. These electrons can be referred to as nature’s biggest antioxidants. This may sound a bit “out there” or “hippie-esque,” but the earth’s negative charges create a stable bioelectrical environment for all of the body’s systems. The brain, neurotransmitter activity, and heartbeat rely on electrical signals. Given that people rarely go barefoot in nature anymore, they aren’t being supplied with earth’s natural electricity. When you cut off the power supply, so to speak, things can start to shut down.

 

The Key To Earthing is Vitamin G:

The body needs natural sunlight to produce adequate amounts of vitamin D. Holistic practitioners believe that we also need some vitamin G, which is the natural energy we absorb from the ground (hence the “G” for ground). Just as we can experience symptoms of vitamin D deficiency, so can our bodies be affected by a lack of connection to the earth. Connect yourself to nature via swimming in the ocean or lakes, laying in the grass, gardening with bare hands, or walking barefoot in nature and experience the following benefits.

 

Improved Circulation:

Earthing helps to improve circulation by helping to deliver oxygen and nutrients through bodily tissues. Studies have shown that significant facial blood flow improved within a half-hour of grounding.

 

Better Sleep:

The Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine published a study in 2007 demonstrating that earthing helped to normalize cortisol rhythm and sleep patterns. The study revealed that people who practiced earthing had cortisol levels that paralelled the natural rhythms of the earth and sun. The earth sends electrical rhythms that reset the biological clocks for regulating sleep activity.

 

Reduced Inflammation:

Grounding yourself has been known to help reduce inflammation. The electrons from the earth help to reduce oxidative stress, which in turn decreases acute and chronic inflammation. Because chronic inflammation is recognized as a cause of a variety of diseases, it is best to help reduce inflammation any way you can.

 

Remember that earthing only works if you are walking on the earth’s surface. Walking barefoot in your house, swimming in a pool, or laying on AstroTurf doesn’t count as earthing. You have to be on the REAL ground or in actual nature to reap the benefits of earthing.

 

Sources:

https://chopra.com/articles/grounding-the-human-body-the-healing-benefits-of-earthing

http://www.barefoothealing.com.au/v/what-is-earthing/22

https://draxe.com/earthing/

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Beginner Essentials For Making DIY Beauty Products https://www.dherbs.com/articles/beginner-essentials-for-making-diy-beauty-products/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/beginner-essentials-for-making-diy-beauty-products/#comments Mon, 10 Sep 2018 11:30:20 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=84906 If you want to make DIY beauty products, there are certain items that are beneficial to have. Keep these on hand for you DIY beauty needs.

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For those of you who have recently entered into the DIY beauty game, we applaud your decision to be free of chemical beauty products. With this step in a healthier skin care direction comes the need for some essential ingredients. The last thing you want is to have to seek out an ingredient when you are ready to make a recipe.

 

A lot of health food stores carry many ingredients that you will find in this article; some can also be ordered online. The difficulty of the DIY beauty product you decide to make will determine how easy or difficult it is to find the ingredients. Some may only require coconut oil, an essential oil, and a spice or two, while other recipes may call for a long list of ingredients. Take note of the following essentials for your DIY beauty needs.

 

Beeswax:

Not everyone has a local beekeeper to talk to about the location of the finest beeswax in the land. If you do have that info, call us. It is best to get organic beeswax that comes in small pellets, as opposed to a giant block, because it is easier to melt and measure the pellets.

 

Essential Oils:

Essential oils are absolutely necessary, if not the most important ingredients in DIY beauty products. Always opt for high-quality, therapeutic-grade essential oils because you are putting them on your body. Many essential oils help to relieve stress, promote better sleep, reduce inflammation, and reduce acne scarring. Rosemary, eucalyptus, peppermint, tea tree, and lavender essential oils are great ones to start with.

 

Virgin Coconut Oil:

Virgin coconut oil is the best variety to buy because it is free of bleach, deodorizers, and it is unrefined. It usually tops the list in many DIY beauty recipes. From soaps to salves, and creams to conditioners, virgin coconut oil helps to moisturize and hydrate the skin, and can even help to reduce cellulite.

 

Epsom Salt:

Keep Epsom salt in your DIY beauty arsenal for cleansing detox baths! Because Epsom salt can help you naturally exfoliate, it helps to deep clean your pores, working to clear your face of oils and bacteria. The antimicrobial content of sulfate helps Epsom salt naturally fight off acne bacteria.

 

Extra Virgin Olive Oil:

While we endorse having this for culinary uses, olive oil easily finds it’s way into many DIY beauty products. It has beneficial properties for healthier hair and it is a great natural moisturizer. All olive oils are not created equal, so make sure to buy organic extra virgin olive oil.

 

Bentonite Clay:

Bentonite clay has many uses. You can add it to a bath to help extract toxins from the body, or incorporate it into a facial mask. Bentonite clay is beneficial for those who have clogged pores, oily skin, or acne, but it can also be used to calm dermatitis or other skin infections.

 

Containers:

You’ll need mason jars of all sizes for your DIY beauty products. Not only are they extremely affordable, but they are also available everywhere. You’ll need them for salves, scrubs, or lotions, whereas metal tins may be more useful for balms or deodorants. You can also purchase dropper bottles for face serums or hair treatments.

 

Sources:

https://helloglow.co/natural-beauty-essentials/

https://thepaleomama.com/2014/12/08/beginners-kit-making-diy-beauty-recipes/

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These Edible Water Pods Could Eliminate Plastic Bottle Waste https://www.dherbs.com/articles/these-edible-water-pods-could-eliminate-plastic-bottle-waste/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/these-edible-water-pods-could-eliminate-plastic-bottle-waste/#comments Thu, 06 Sep 2018 17:45:45 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=84777 There is a serious plastic problem on Planet Earth. Did one company find a way to get rid of plastic bottle waste? Find out here.

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According to statistics, Americans used about 50 billion plastic water bottles during 2017. That doesn’t even account for worldwide plastic bottle use. That number requires 17 million barrels of oil and the sad part is that less than a quarter gets recycled. A lot of people grab plastic bottles and take them to go. Rather than carrying an empty bottle around when they are finished, the average Americans just throws it away or discards it somewhere. What if water came in an edible container?

 

A London-based startup has been working on a way to help eliminate plastic bottle waste. Skipping Rocks Lab is a sustainable packaging company that uses plant extracts and seaweed to create eco-friendly packaging. The end goal is to inhibit one billion plastic bottles from reaching the ocean each year, and to stop 300 million kilograms of CO2 emissions. The company recently developed Ooho, an on-the-go water pod, with the hopes of decreasing plastic waste. Not only is the edible packaging great for water and cheaper than plastic, but it can also be used for certain cosmetics, juices, and other liquids.

 

The reality is that these water pods probably won’t replace commercial water bottles anytime soon, but it is a step in a greener direction. While the company is still in the beginning stages, you can take other measures to help reduce plastic bottle waste. Carry around a reusable, stainless steel bottle! Not only are these readily available, but most of them are also insulated, which means that your water can remain cold or your tea can remain hot for hours and hours.

 

You could purchase a Berkey filter to avoid purchasing plastic bottles for consumption at home. These filters help to get rid of most toxins in water that commercial filters cannot. If you still buy plastic bottles, make sure that you are buying bottles made from recycled materials. And don’t forget to recycle when you are done using it!

 

Sources:

http://www.konbini.com/us/lifestyle/edible-water-pods-plastic-bottle-waste/

https://www.iflscience.com/chemistry/how-make-edible-water-bottles/

http://www.skippingrockslab.com/

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DIY Shaving Cream For Sensitive Skin https://www.dherbs.com/articles/diy-shaving-cream-for-sensitive-skin/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/diy-shaving-cream-for-sensitive-skin/#comments Tue, 04 Sep 2018 18:00:23 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=84771 Tired of spending money on shaving creams that don’t leave you skin feeling soft? Use this DIY shaving cream for smoother skin.

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Some men need to shave every day, while others only shave a two to three times a week. Men will inevitably nick themselves from time to time, which means that the toxins and synthetic chemicals from shaving gels or creams enter the body via the cuts. These chemicals can enter your bloodstream and cause serious damage.

 

Rather than risking self-contamination through the simple act of shaving, why not use a DIY, toxin-free shaving cream that hydrates and moisturizes the skin. Guys like having soft skin, too! Soft skin isn’t reserved for a specific gender or sex. This is why we recommend whipping up a batch of this shaving cream as soon as you can.

 

Not only does this shaving cream contain shea butter, it also contains coconut oil, which helps to moisturize the skin as you shave. The shaving cream also has vitamin E oil, which helps support the natural production of healthy skin cells. Additionally, you can customize the shaving cream by adding some essential oils. While we support peppermint, eucalyptus, or tea tree essential oils, you can use whatever scent your nose desires.

 

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup organic shea butter
  • 2/3 cup organic virgin coconut oil
  • ¼ cup sweet almond oil
  • ¼ cup baby-mild castile soap
  • 3 drops vitamin E oil
  • 10-20 drops essential oil(s) of your choice

Instructions:

  • Melt the shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler over low heat. Mix well before removing from heat and transferring the mixture to a ceramic/glass bowl. Place in the fridge until it is solid.
  • Take the mixture out of the fridge and add in the sweet almond oil, castile soap, and essential oils (optional). Use a hand mixer to whip the mixture until it is fluffy.
  • Store in a glass jar and use whenever you shave. Don’t apply too thick of layer. It is meant to be thinly spread across your face or shaving area.

 

Sources:

https://realfoodrn.com/diy-shaving-cream-sensitive-skin/

https://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/homemade-shaving-cream

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Have A Delicious Labor Day Weekend With These Recipes https://www.dherbs.com/articles/have-a-delicious-labor-day-weekend-with-these-recipes/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/have-a-delicious-labor-day-weekend-with-these-recipes/#comments Fri, 31 Aug 2018 12:05:20 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=84655 For the last holiday weekend of summer, you have to make some tasty food! Impress your guests using the vibrant flavors in these recipes.

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As many of you know by now, holidays are just another excuse to get together and eat with friends or family. We fully support communal eating, especially when the food fulfills two things: 1) it supplies you with tons of nutrients; and 2) it tastes amazing.

 

People use Labor Day Weekend or Memorial Day Weekend to justify excessive meat and carb consumption. This is not called justification; this is called overeating. When you overeat on Labor Day Weekend, it almost sets you on an unhealthy, weight-gaining path that continues through the fall and winter, which is prime holiday (i.e. eating) season. If you need guidance for how much to eat, click here to learn how to control your portions.

 

Most of the food that people eat over Labor Day Weekend can be rough on the digestive system. The amount of meat and carbs people eat is much greater than the vegetables or fruit that is consumed, save for the watermelon or pineapple slices and the lettuce and tomato on burgers. Let’s change that! Below, you’ll find five delicious plant-based recipes that will excite your taste buds and liven the party.

 

Mango Lime Cabbage Slaw:

cutting-red-cabbage

Add a little zest to your life when you eat this vibrantly colored slaw. It is crunchy, a little sweet, citrusy, and just spicy enough to keep you awake!

Click here to make the recipe.

 

Grilled Vegetables With A Basil Vinaigrette:

grilled-vegetable-plate

The char from the grill adds another level of flavor to this dish. The inherent flavors of each vegetable are brought out by the basil vinaigrette. This is definitely a recipe to keep for the books.

Click here to make the recipe.

 

Grilled Cauliflower Steaks With A Fresh Herb Sauce:

cauliflower-steak

If you don’t have a grill, you can also use a grill pan to get those desirable char marks. Make sure that the “steaks” are generously covered in spices. You want those flavors to be bold!

Click here to make the recipe.

 

Hearty Eggplant Burger:

eggplant-burger

These are really easy to make and the vegan mayonnaise perfectly complements the burger. Add a bit of your favorite hot sauce to the mayonnaise for a nice kick!

Click here to make the recipe.

 

3-Ingredient Peach Sorbet:

raw-peach-ice-cream

We had to give you a dessert recipe. Peach season is about to be over, so get your hands on them while they’re still available. This sorbet is refreshing, sweet, and super easy to make.

Click here to make the recipe.

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Mix It Up On National Trail Mix Day 2018 https://www.dherbs.com/articles/mix-it-up-on-national-trail-mix-day-2018/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/mix-it-up-on-national-trail-mix-day-2018/#comments Fri, 31 Aug 2018 09:30:13 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=84763 We love a filling, healthy snack. There’s nothing quite like trail mix, so we have some delicious information for National Trail Mix Day.

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Trail mix is a great snack, if you make it right. Most people like the ease of grabbing a handful or a small bag of trail mix to snack on. The reality is that most trail mixes are high in calories, contain high amounts of sodium and sugar, have chocolate or candy-coated pieces, or have dried fruit that contains sulfur dioxide and added sugars. Most trail mixes are full of trans fats, refined carbohydrates, and simple sugars. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

 

It is very easy to prepare your own trail mix. Preparing your own snack packs can keep you full and keep cravings away. If you want to get sufficient amounts of calcium, try including raw nuts (excluding peanuts because they are hard on the digestive system), raw seeds, and dried fruit (without added sugars or sulfur dioxide), and figs in your trail mixes.

 

The Origins of Trail Mix:

According to the origin, two California surfers created trail mix by blending peanuts and raisins together for an energizing snack. However, ancient nomadic tribes mixed dried fruits, nuts, and dried meats together to sustain them when they moved. While it wasn’t called trail mix then, they stumbled on one of the greatest snacks of all time.

 

If you are feeling sluggish, trail mix is a great snack that provides you with a lot of energy and nutrients. However you combine your dried fruit, nuts, and seeds, make sure to not overdo it. If you need a little inspiration for making your own trail mix, check out the recipe below.

 

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup raw pecans
  • ¾ cup raw cashews
  • ½ cup raw sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup unsweetened, unsulfured cherries
  • ½ cup unsweetened, unsulfured raisins
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg (optional)

Instructions:

  • Combine all the ingredients together in a large bowl or airtight container. Give it a good mix and enjoy.
  • This will keep in an airtight container or Ziploc bag for about a month.

 

Sources:

https://www.aol.com/article/2015/08/31/national-trail-mix-day/21229421/#

https://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-trail-mix-day-august-31/

https://www.thehealthymaven.com/2015/08/how-to-build-a-healthy-trail-mix.html

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7 Ugly Foods That You Should Be Eating https://www.dherbs.com/articles/7-ugly-foods-that-you-should-be-eating/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/7-ugly-foods-that-you-should-be-eating/#comments Wed, 29 Aug 2018 11:35:33 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=84641 Some fruits & vegetables look better than others, but it’s what’s on the inside that counts. Eat these “ugly” foods that are perfectly good.

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We always encourage people to eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. A lot of people reach for the familiar or “pretty” looking produce items to use in recipes they know and love. What about the other nutrients from all the other produce items you aren’t eating? We understand that every single produce item isn’t available to everyone, and we understand that people have certain taste preferences, but “uglier” foods that seem intimidating often contain a plethora of health benefits.

 

While you may have heard of the ugly food movement, where people are eating misshapen or slightly bruised produce, the “ugly” foods we are talking about are the foods that seem slightly off-putting or unattractive. The fact is that you can do a lot of things with these foods that we perceive as ugly. Let’s take a look at some of these foods, and hopefully you will seek some of them out for future use.

 

Jackfruit:

In addition to being rich in healthy flavonoids, jackfruit has plenty of vitamin C and the sweet yellow flesh is replete with a group of B-complex vitamins. Jackfruit also contains saponins, which increase white blood cell activity and help to prevent cancer cell proliferation.

 

Celery Root:

This bulb, which is also known as celeriac, is rich in vitamin K and dietary fiber. Vitamin K helps to support bone health and may help prevent osteoporosis. Celery root is also rich in potassium, phosphorus, and vitamins C & B6. You can roast it or use it as a healthy mashed potato substitute.

 

Jerusalem Artichoke:

Commonly known as sunchokes, Jerusalem artichokes are not actually related to artichokes; they don’t even taste like artichokes. In fact, they can be treated as potato substitutes! They are full of potassium, magnesium, and fiber, all of which help to maintain a healthy immune and digestive system.

 

Daikon:

The daikon is a member of the radish family and it contains a ton of health benefits. The high vitamin C content helps to stimulate white blood cell production, which works to boost the immune system. Daikon is also beneficial for the digestive system and it works to eliminate bacteria and pathogens from your airways.

 

Mangosteen:

This fruit might be hard to come by, but specialty or ethnic supermarkets may have them when they are in season. The inside may look like a brain, but the edible peel is what you want because it contains xanthones, which are phytonutrients that have been linked to cancer prevention and improved cardiovascular health.

 

Bitter Melon:

While bitter melon may look like an alien cucumber, it can actually help to lower blood sugar and burn more fat. It got the name based on the taste because the more it ripens, the more bitter it becomes. Bitter melon is not approved as a treatment or medication for diabetes, despite the evidence that it can manage blood sugar. More studies must be conducted.

 

Wakame:

Wakame forever! This sea vegetable is a great source of iodine, which is beneficial for keeping the thyroid healthy. Wakame is also a rich source of magnesium, calcium, iron, B-vitamins, zinc, manganese, and vitamin C. Additionally, it helps to support blood clotting and bone health because it contains a lot of vitamin K.

 

Sources:

https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/ugly-fruits-and-vegetables-health/

https://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/diet-tips/ugly-foods-you-should-be-eating?page=23

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3 Awesome Watermelon Rind Recipes https://www.dherbs.com/articles/3-awesome-watermelon-rind-recipes/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/3-awesome-watermelon-rind-recipes/#comments Tue, 21 Aug 2018 11:40:05 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=84349 Watermelon rinds are not to be neglected because they have amazing health benefits. Make them taste good by using these three recipes!

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The watermelon rind is probably the most neglected edible part of any fruit. The rinds get thrown away because people have been conditioned to throw them away. While it is possible, encouraged even, to crunch on raw watermelon rinds, they are a bit more appetizing when you incorporate them into recipes.

 

Important Note: The bright green exterior should not be eaten because it typically is covered in a wax coating and pesticides. The rind is the light green flesh that often has bite marks in it.

 

Much like watermelon seeds, the rind is loaded with health benefits. The rind contains a surprising amount of citrulline, which gets converted into to arginine in the body. This compound is vital for healthy circulation and heart health. The rind is also beneficial for the prostate, it may help reduce blood pressure, and it contains a lot of anti-inflammatory properties. Some of our favorite watermelon rind recipes are listed below. We hope you enjoy them!

 

Pickled Watermelon Rinds

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup watermelon rinds, cut into bite-size pieces
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp rice vinegar
  • ½ tsp coconut aminos

Instructions:

  • Put the salt, rice, vinegar, and coconut aminos in a bowl and whisk until the salt is dissolved. Place the watermelon rinds in a Ziploc bag, pour in the liquid mixture, and seal the bag.
  • Make sure that the liquid is coating all of the pieces.
  • Let the rinds sit in the marinade for at least 10 minutes, or 20 minutes for a spicier pickled flavor.

 

Watermelon Rind Kimchi

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups watermelon rind, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 Tbsp sea salt
  • 1 bunch chives, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1-inch piece of ginger, peeled and julienned
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbsp Korean chili flakes
  • 1 Tbsp raw honey

Instructions:

  • Place the watermelon pieces in a large bowl and toss with the salt. Cover the bowl and let this sit at room temperature for an hour.
  • If you don’t want the kimchi to be salty, rinse the watermelon rinds after they are finished soaking in the salt. If the salty flavor doesn’t bother you, don’t worry about rinsing.
  • Combine the rind with the chives, ginger, garlic, chili flakes, and honey in a mixing bowl. Stir well and transfer to a glass jar with a tight fitting lid.
  • Put the jar on the counter and let the kimchi ferment for two days before placing it in the fridge for another three days. It will be ready by then!

 

Watermelon Rind Coleslaw

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups watermelon rind, grated
  • 1 red/orange bell pepper, julienned
  • 1 medium carrot, grated
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  • Combine the grated watermelon rind, bell pepper, grated carrot, green onion, and cilantro in a large bowl and mix well.
  • Whisk the apple cider vinegar, mustard, oil, and a little sea salt and pepper in a small bowl.
  • Pour the dressing over the slaw and mix to coat all the ingredients. Enjoy!

 

Sources:

https://www.countryliving.com/food-drinks/a35807/why-you-should-eat-watermelon-rinds/

https://www.fannetasticfood.com/watermelon-rind-coleslaw/

http://www.halfyourplate.ca/recipe/watermelon-rind-kimchi/

https://www.pickledplum.com/pickled-watermelon-rind-bites/

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