How to Prepare Organic Pesticide at Home

say to pesticidesPests are very harmful for the growth of plants. They can cause severe damage to the flowers, fruits and vegetables. Using chemical pesticides is not the best option as they cause harm to the environment. They also leave behind pesticide residues on the fruits and vegetables, rendering them unsafe for healthy as well as for human consumption.

However, there are many organic pesticides that can be prepared at home to control the menace of pests. Let us read about one such home-made pesticide.

An easy way to prepare organic pesticide at home is by using vegetables.

  • Take 113 grams (1/2 cup) of hot peppers with 113 grams of onions or garlic cloves.
  • Chop the vegetables and blend them together in an electric blender to form a thick, chunky paste.
  • Warm 500 millilitres (2 cups) of water and add the vegetable paste to the water.
  • Mix the ingredients thoroughly and transfer the contents to a glass or plastic container.
  • Allow the solution to stand undisturbed in a sunny location for the next 24 hours.
  • Strain the mixture with the help of a strainer and collect the water of the solution in a neat container. This vegetable-induced water is the pesticide.
  • Transfer the pesticide into a clean spray bottle.
  • Spray your plants with this organic pesticide once in five days.

This pesticide generally causes the pests to scatter after using it for three to four times on them and prevents them from returning during the rest of the season.

Know How to remove Pesticides from Fruits and Vegetables

Eating healthy food is the key to a healthy body. But most fruits, vegetables and other food items today are laden with pesticide residues. These residues can cause several diseases in our body. So, it is necessary to remove them from our food as much as possible. Let us take a look at the steps that we can follow at home to get rid of the pesticide residues in our fruits, vegetables and other food items.

 Washing

  • Washing is the first step towards the removal of traces of pesticide in our food items. Wash with 2 percent salt water to remove the residues from the surface of food items.
  • Wash fruits and vegetables with cold water for two to three times.
  • Wash the green leafy vegetables thoroughly to minimize the residues on them.

Blanching

Steaming or treating most vegetables in hot water for a short while is effective in the removal of pesticide remains.

Peeling

Peeling of fruits and vegetables can remove both systemic and contact pesticides to a large extent. Concentration, dehydration and extraction from the raw product are also effective against the problem.

Cooking

Cooking different types of food in the proper manner helps in removing pesticide remains from them.

  • Pressure cooking, baking and frying of animal products removes the pesticide residues from animal fat tissues.
  • Boiling of milk results in destruction of such residues present in the liquid.
  • Proper heating of vegetable oils before cooking helps to remove the residues from the oil.

Top 5 Foods for your Kidney Health

A balanced diet is one of the most essential requirements for a healthy body. Eating the right food often helps in controlling certain ailments. If you are suffering from kidney disease, you will be glad to know about certain foods that are good for your kidney health. These super foods are helpful for your overall health as well. Let us have a look at 5 such kidney-friendly foods.

Red bell peppers

Red bell peppers are one of the most helpful foods for promoting kidney health. They contain low amount of potassium but are rich in vitamins A, C, B6, folic acid and fiber. These peppers are known to contain the antioxidant lycopene that is effective against certain kinds of cancer.

Apples

We all know that apples are one of the best foods for a healthy body. This fruit has high fiber content and possess anti-inflammatory properties. It is effective against constipation and heart diseases. It also acts to decrease the risk of cancer in your body.

Egg whites

Egg-white is very effective for your kidney health. This food is rich in protein and amino acids. Egg-whites also contain low amount phosphorous as compared to other sources of protein.

Fish

Fish is another super food that is good for your kidney. It is a rich source of protein and anti-inflammatory fats called Omega-3s. Fish also prevents heart disease and cancer.

Cauliflower

Cauliflower contains a lot of vitamin C, folate and fiber. It carries compounds that facilitate the liver to act against toxic substances.

Fizzy Drinks can Cause Hypertension

Across the world carbonated drinks have become staples with meals and even otherwise. Despite numerous studies that show the sugary carbonated drinks as having adverse effects on general health and wellbeing, the drinks are very popular.

Along with the popularity of carbonated drinks, hypertension has become an equally recurrent disease. There might be a possibility that drinking soda is related to the occurrence of high blood pressure.

Study

A study conducted by the American Medical Association reviewed how caffeinated beverages affected blood pressure on a group of 155,594 white women. At the beginning of the study all the women had normal blood pressure readings. Over a period of 12 years, 21 percent of the women reported hypertension diagnosis.

Is coffee just as dangerous as soda?

The same study concluded that women who drank anywhere between one and several cups of coffee were no more likely than somebody who drank no coffee at all to get hypertension.

However, when the consumption of caffeinated sodas increased, whether diet or regular, the risk of hypertension also increased proportionately. Women who drank more than four cups of soda per day faced a 60 % risk of contracting high blood pressure.

Alternatives

While the study is not conclusive in any way, it does add to the fact that caffeinated and carbonated drinks are not a healthy choice to make. So next time instead of reaching for a soda, think about organic cane juice, you may be making a healthier choice.

Fighting Kidney Disease at Home

Despite being one of the most crucial organs in our body, the kidneys are often overlooked. Diseases like kidney stones can easily cripple and bring Hercules to his knees. Chronic kidney disease is a fatal disease that will gradually stop renal function.

Home remedies at the onset of the symptoms can help you manage your kidney health without expensive drugs and hospital care.

Home remedies

  • Salt – Convenience foods and frozen foods tend to have high salt content. Fresh, organic produce is a better choice as they are minimally processed.
  • Parsley – Known as a kidney cleanser, organic parsley is a perfect solution for healthy kidneys. Organic parsley is free from pesticides and other processing chemicals and safer than normal parsley.
  • Herbal teas – Certain blends of green and herbal teas are known to be beneficial to health.
  • Cranberry juice – When the kidneys are inflamed or irritated, cranberry juice is known to restore health to the kidneys, preventing any further infection from developing.
  • Aloe Vera juice – Packed with healing and antioxidant properties, Aloe Vera can be grown at home and used for a wide range of remedies.
  • Extra virgin olive oil – Is known to soothe inflammation and is therefore best used to slow the progression of renal disease.
  • Water – Nearly all kidney issues in their juvenile stage can be remedied simply by drinking more water.

While all these remedies can help you regain complete kidney health, serious and chronic diseases should be treated by a professional doctor.

Organic Food Choices During Winter

Winters can be cold and grueling, especially with cloudy and gray days. Most people turn to fried food and hot caffeinated drinks to stay warm. Fortunately, there is a better way to beat the winter blues.

The availability of fresh fruits and vegetables during winter is significantly reduced. While the word seasonal is slowly going out of fashion, owing to the introduction of GMO and chemicals that have made growing anything in any season possible. Instead of choosing produce that is riddled with chemicals and engineered to be different, organic food is definitely better.

Best seasonal winter produce

Winter gives us the opportunity to savor some refreshing fruits and vegetables. Most of these are readily available. What is usually missing is the knowledge that they are in season during winter. Here is a list of a few fruits and why there are healthy choices.

  • Guava – Loaded with vitamin C, guavas are a tasty alternative to most snacks that mark winter. (Think rose cookies for example.) The fruit also boasts of a high lycopene content, known to help fight against heart diseases.
  • Oranges and other citrus fruits – The organic fruits have a far higher Vitamin C content and are natural immunity boosters.
  • Kiwi – Another fruit with a high Vitamin C content makes facing the cold of winters easier.

Eating healthy and taking care of yourself does not have to be a seasonal choice. Where there is a will there is a way to find organic food.

Organic Food Lives up to the Hype

organic foodIt is no secret that organic food is hailed as a healthier food choice. Consistently overtaking traditional food, organic choices have lived up to the hype of better health. The following points are a few testimonials.

  • They have a higher nutritional content including vitamin C, calcium, chromium, magnesium, iron and antioxidant levels.
  • They contain no neurotoxins. Commonly used chemical pesticides are still classified as neurotoxins.  Organic food therefore, is better suited to children’s diets as they are more susceptible to the toxins.
  • Genetically modified food is engineered so as to produce its own pesticides. They continue to produce them in the stomach. Organic food has no such pesticide factories.
  • The chemical pesticides are a major factor in water pollution across the world. Eating organic helps reduce a portion of the pollution. It is a sustainable food choice.
  • Food grown without the use of chemicals is bound to taste better than traditional choices.
  • Organic food is ripened naturally, without the aid of chemicals and/or gas.
  • Farms that rely on organic methods are safer for farmers. The potential health risks of getting Parkinson’s and other diseases is greatly reduced with organic choices.
  • Wildlife is also saved from harmful exposure to chemicals.
  • A large number of chemicals used in traditional farming are known to cause cancer.
  • Organic meat is not exposed to antibiotics and growth hormones.

All the reasons listed above fall short in describing the raging popularity and celebration that organic food is enjoying globally.

 

Eating Heart Healthy

imagesExercise and weight control is known to keep the heart healthy. The chances of a stroke with a healthy diet can be reduced by 80%. While there is no magic food that can cure all ailments, there is a combination of healthy patterns that can take an individual to the pinnacle of health.

There are several changes that one can make to stay healthy. Here are some healthy changes that experts recommend.

  • Cut saturated and trans fats from diet – These fats raise the LDL levels. Solid fats like butter and dalda should be avoided where possible. Use olive, safflower or sunflower where oil is required.
  • Make smart food choices – Eat organic where possible. They have a lower pesticide levels and are often not genetically modified making them a healthier alternative. Instead of potato chips, one can choose to snack on fruits and vegetables.
  • Cook at home – This way you can control everything that goes into your food, especially the level of sodium. Cut down on processed foods as much as possible as they have salt additives at some stage of processing.
  • Rely on healthy cooking methods – Try to forego deep frying food where possible. Baking and steaming are healthier choices of cooking methods.Cinnamon Bark

While the benefits of eating organic food have not been scientifically evidenced, several experts believe that it is a healthier alternative. Organic food tends to have higher levels of vitamin C, antioxidant phytonutrients and trace minerals, all of which contribute to heart health indirectly.

How Pesticides are Slowly Killing Rural India

Happy Organic FarmerRural India is facing deadly diseases or death itself, thanks to the residue of harmful chemicals like Endosulphan in the soil and water. This often happens wherever these chemicals are used as pesticides or fertilizers in farmlands. The residue is even affecting the babies who are not yet born. The seeds of cancer, kidney malfunction and nervous disorders are already sown even before life begins.  Researches done by the European Union proves that pesticides used on fruits, vegetables and cereals can have extremely harmful effect on fetuses and young kids.

Children with long term exposure to pesticides might develop serious shortcomings with brain development. This fate often reaches the children of poor farmers in rural India more than any other children who do not have bigger risk of exposure to chemicals. Traces of lindane, heptachlor, benzene hexachloride, aldrin and endrin were found even in the breast milk of mothers in these regions. Pediatricians suggest that the toxic effects of pesticides will adversely affect the nervous systems in children. Exposure to pesticides is also considered to be a key reason to have attention deficit hyperactivity disorders in children.

The only possible way out to save our children is to promote and support organic farming. Studies conducted among school children proved that when the kids switched to organic produce, the effect was drastic and immediate in the urine samples collected. The level of pesticides were reduced considerably right after the shift to organic foods.

Pesticide exposure happens even in homes and public and private gardens where any form of chemical pest control is used. Pesticides can enter the body through lungs mouth and even skin. The saddest part is that the group most affected by pesticides is little children.

Is Eating Raw Food A Path To Good Health?

With the launch of raw food restaurants in global metropolis’ like London, one has to wonder if it is a passing fad or a true path to good health for life.

What is a raw food diet?

The diet as the name suggests is eating uncooked or unprocessed foods. The food is usually organic as it is considered a better alternative to the diet rather than the chemical laden in-organic food.Y3OG100Z

The diet usually includes fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts, seaweed, algae and sprouted legumes. The food can be warmed.

Benefits of the diet

Followers of the diet sing unending praises about the mood-boosts and the high energy boosts that they receive from the food. They also talk about four hour sleep cycles that they can function perfectly on with the diet.

Not eating any food over the temperature of 42 degree Celsius means that the enzymes, the amino acid, vitamin and mineral content of the food is perfectly preserved. This also means that the body gets ample nutrition from the food, eliminating the need for supplements entirely.

Is cooking unhealthy?

While cooking is known to make some of the vitamin and mineral content more volatile, it also makes the food easier to digest and some of the nutritional content more available to the body. Refined or extremely processed foods can be unhealthy. It is best to choose middle ground and avoid eating extremely processed foods before embarking on the diet.