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How to Use Baking Soda to Wash Off 90% of All Toxic Pesticides from Your Fruits and Vegetables

Baking soda is one of the most versatile products in our kitchens, and despite its numerous other uses, research has shown that it is one of the most effective ways to eliminate up to 90% of pesticides from fruit and vegetables.

The study conducted at the University of Massachusetts on gala apples whose aim was to analyze its efficacy in cleaning the produce gave amazing results.

The team of researchers applied two of the most common pesticides to the gala apples, thiabendazole, and phosmet. The first one is a fungicide which has been shown to penetrate the peels of apples, while the second is an insecticide.

The apples were washed with three different liquids:  tap water, a one percent baking soda/water solution, and the most commonly used commercial bleach solution, approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

The apples soaked in the baking soda solution for two minutes before the pesticides were removed. Yet, the solution needed about 15 minutes to entirely get rid of the pesticides.

Baking soda is an alkaline salt that cleanses the pesticide residue from the skins of produce in a completely harmless and eco-friendly way.

All you have to do is to add a few tablespoons of it to a bowl of water and submerge the fruits and vegetables in the solution for several minutes.

You can also scrub the produce with some baking soda using a brush. This is especially useful in the case of muskmelons since the nooks and crannies in the rinds tend to accumulate dirt and microbes.

While in the kitchen, baking soda can be used in various other ways as well, such as:

  • Clean grease stains on stovetops
  • Clean an automatic coffeemaker
  • Clean cast-iron cookware
  • Bake better beans
  • Fluff your omelets
  • Tenderize meat
  • Remove fish smells
  • Reduce acids in recipes
  • Reduce the taste of vinegar
  • Remove the bad odors from hands
  • Improve the effects of the dishwashing liquid
  • Make your own dishwashing detergent
  • Deodorize the dishwasher
  • Clean the refrigerator
  • Clean the microwave
  • Shine stainless steel fixtures and chrome trim
  • Clean baby bottles and accessories
  • Clean a cutting board
  • Clear a clogged drain
  • Deodorize your garbage pail
  • Eliminate coffee and tea stains from China
  • Clean the thermos

List of 20 Foods You Should Eat Daily for Clean Arteries

Cardiovascular issues affect millions of people around the world, and clogged arteries are one of the main causes of these problems. Blood vessels carry nutrients and oxygen from the heart to the rest of the body, so they need to be strong, flexible, elastic, and free of deposits.

Yet, when they get clogged and narrowed due to the accumulated deposits of cholesterol and fat, and condition known as atherosclerosis, the flow of blood that goes through the arteries is significantly reduced. This is usually caused by a poor diet and bad lifestyle habits.

To prevent such issues, you should increase the intake of the following foods that maintain the flexibility and function of the arteries:

  1. Asparagus

Asparagus cleans the arteries, prevents the formation of blood clots, and lowers the blood pressure. The high vitamin B content lowers the levels of homocysteine and C-reactive protein. Moreover, it stimulates the production of glutathione, which fights inflammation and prevents damaging oxidation that might cause to clogged or blocked arteries.

Asparagus also contains vitamin K which prevents hardening of the arteries and ensures calcium is out of the arterial linings.

  1. Garlic

Garlic is a rich source of antioxidants that prevent free radical damage and effectively cleanses the arteries. The regular consumption of garlic lowers the LDL cholesterol levels in the blood, boosts the blood circulation, prevents the hardening of the aorta, and widens the blood vessels.

According to the findings of a 2016 study published in the Journal of Nutrition, aged garlic extract helps in reducing coronary plaque volume in patients with metabolic syndrome. Therefore, add it to various meals, and eat 1-2 cloves of raw garlic every morning on an empty stomach.

  1. Turmeric

The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, supports heart health and offers powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Curcumin prevents blockages in the arteries and lowers the LDL cholesterol levels.

  1. Pomegranates

Pomegranates are rich in antioxidants, reduce the fatty deposits in the arteries, and stimulate the body’s production of nitric oxide, which keeps the healthy flow of blood and the arteries open.

This prevents the accumulation of plaque and the formation of blood clots in the arteries.

Their powerful atheroprotective effects reduce oxidative stress and inflammation in the vessel walls. You should eat a few fresh pomegranates on a daily basis, and drink a glass of freshly extracted pomegranate juice once daily.

  1. Salmon (or Other Fatty Fish)

Fatty fish like tuna, salmon, mackerel, herring, are abundant in omega-3 fatty acids, and their regular consumption lowers the risk of heart disease by decreasing inflammation and lowering triglyceride levels. Moreover,  it may even elevate the HDL levels.

  1. Persimmons

Persimmons are rich in polyphenols that lower the levels of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.

  1. Green Tea

Green tea is high in catechins, which are antioxidant plant phenols which inhibit the absorption of cholesterol during digestion.  The regular consumption will reduce the blockage of the arteries, improve the blood-lipid levels, support cardiovascular health, boost metabolism, and help the weight loss process.

  1. Avocados

Avocados are rich in healthy fats and other important nutrients which lower LDL and elevate HDL levels. Moreover, they are also high in vitamin E, which prevents cholesterol oxidization, folate, which lowers homocysteine levels in the blood, and potassium, which lowers blood pressure.

  1. Broccoli

Broccoli is loaded with vitamin K, which prevents calcification or hardening of arteries. Broccoli is rich in antioxidants and vitamins that prevent oxidation of LDL cholesterol, and fiber, which stabilizes blood pressure and lowers stress that might cause tears in arterial walls.

  1. Spirulina

This blue-green algae relaxes the artery walls and normalizes blood pressure. Moreover, it supports the function of the liver to balance the blood fat levels.

  1. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is rich in antioxidants that lower bad cholesterol levels, reduce fats in the bloodstream, and prevent plaque buildup in the arteries.

  1. Cheese

Cheese lowers blood pressure and the consumption of three servings a day of low-fat dairy effectively lowers the systolic blood pressure, as found in studies.

  1. Watermelon

Watermelons contain a powerful amino acid, L-citrulline, that lowers blood pressure and helps the production of nitric oxide, that widens blood vessels.

  1. Apples

Apples are rich in pectin, which is a type of fiber that lowers bad cholesterol levels in the bloodstream. Moreover, they are high in flavonoids that lower the risk of heart disease and other cardiovascular conditions. Magnesium and potassium in levels lower high blood pressure.

  1. Spinach

Spinach is abundant in nitric oxide, which prevents contraction of the arteries,  plaque, and blood coagulation, and thus lowers the risk of strokes and heart attacks.

Spinach is rich in vitamins C and A, which prevent bad cholesterol from adhering to the arterial walls, as well as potassium and folic acid, which lower high cholesterol and blood pressure.

  1. Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are the richest source of omega-3 fatty acids. They are also high in fiber, and lower high blood pressure and bad cholesterol levels, and keep the arteries clean.

  1. Cranberries

Cranberries are rich in antioxidants that lower LDL and elevate HDL cholesterol levels. The cranberry juice is actually the richest fruit juice in terms of antioxidants.

  1. Olive Oil

Olive oil has been found to lower the risk of stroke and other health issues. However, according to Megan Madden, a registered dietitian in New York, NY,  ” although it’s a healthier option, remember to use these oils sparingly, as all fats still contain the same number of calories.”

  1. Nuts

Monosaturated fats in nuts lower the levels of bad cholesterol in the blood and reduce the risk of strokes and heart disease. Madden says: “Almonds are very high in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, vitamin E, and fiber, while walnuts are a great plant-based source of an omega-3 fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid.”

  1. Orange Juice

Studies have shown that the consumption of two daily cups of 100-percent orange juice lowers diastolic (resting) blood pressure and improves blood vessel function.

  1. Flaxseeds

Flaxseeds are loaded with alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), and clean the arteries, lower blood pressure, fight inflammation, and improve heart health.

The Magic Onion: Things You Didn’t Know Onions Could Do

Onions are commonly added to numerous traditional meals all around the world, and despite their distinctive flavor and delicious taste, they have powerful medicinal properties.

Onions are rich in sulphur, which provides strong antibiotic and antiseptic properties, boost the immune system, and are one of the best natural vomiting remedies.

They treat common colds and the flu and relieve coughs, bronchitis, and respiratory infections. Moreover, the high amounts of the antioxidant Quercetin in onions prevent free radical damage, and along with sulphur, regulate blood sugar, cholesterol levels, and prevent arthritis, and heart disease.

Here is how to use onions to treat various ailments and health issues:

Vomiting- Grate a white and yellow onions, squeeze the juice, and wrap them in a cheesecloth. Brew some peppermint tea, and leave it to cool. Next, drink 2 teaspoons of the onion juice and wait 5 minutes, and then drink 2 teaspoons of the cool peppermint tea. Repeat several times to treat the vomiting, and you will need about 15 minutes to soothe nausea as well.

Fever- Rub some coconut oil on the bottom of the feet, and then place onion slices on the foot arch. Wrap the feet, and put on socks. This will detoxify the body and treat fever.

Breakup chest congestion- Prepare a paste by mixing crushed onions with some coconut oil, and apply it on the chest. Cover with a towel, and put on your top.

A cough- Peel the onion, slice it in half, and cover the halves with brown sugar. After an hour, you can eat the halves to relieve a cough.

Cuts- The transparent film of the skins of onions has powerful antiseptic properties, and immediately stops the bleeding

Make Skin Glow- Mix 2 tablespoons of gram flour, 1 1/2 tablespoons of onion juice (freshly extracted), 1/2 teaspoon of milk, and a pinch of nutmeg, and apply the paste on the skin and neck to make it glow.

Fight The Effects of Aging-Massage the skin with fresh onion juice to boost blood circulation and

Reverse Gray Hair- add 5 onions to a liter of water and boil for about 10 minutes. Then, strain, leave it to cool, and apply the mixture to the scalp along with the shampoo.

Treat freckles- Rub onion slices on the freckles to reduce their appearance and eliminate them

Hair loss- To stop hair loss, and stimulate the growth of the hair, rub some onion juice on the scalp

Purify the air- On several plates, place onions slices, and put them all around the house to cleanse the air from viruses and bacteria.

Ear pain/infection– In a sock, place the chopped chunks of an onion, tie it, and place it on the painful ear.

Colic- The Cherokee Indians boiled some diced yellow onion in water, left it too cool, strained it and gave the babies a teaspoon on every hour to treat the symptoms.

Here are some of the health benefits of the consumption of onions:

--    Improve Immune System

--    Promote Respiratory Health

--    Improve Heart Health

--    Enhance Eye Health

--    Lower Blood Sugar Levels

--    Improve sleep

--    Helps digestion

--    Improve bone health

--    Increase energy levels

--    Relieve menopause symptoms

--    Reduce oxidative stress

--    Boost brain health

--    Improve oral health

--    Prevent the formation of blood clots

--    Improve Sexual Health

Start consuming and using onions on a daily basis, and you will reap all their benefits!