What’s abrasive, gritty, and absolutely belongs in your medicine cabinet (but probably isn’t)? I’m talking about activated charcoal, which manufacturers create by reheating and oxidizing regular charcoal (yep, the same stuff you barbecue with in the summer), giving it a rough surface area.

Activated charcoal’s extremely porous surface holds a strong negative charge that attracts positively charged toxins and other chemicals, nixing them in your bowel movements. Think of activated charcoal as a magnet that binds unwanted substances to its surface and then releases them through elimination, yet its unique makeup doesn’t irritate or harm your gut.

This workhorse supplement can help your body detoxify, but it can also benefit other problems like burns, heavy metal poisoning, and drug overdoses. Far from being the latest fad, activated charcoal has been used for centuries; ancient Egyptians used it to treat intestinal issues, and Hippocrates used it to treat serious illness like epilepsy. Beginning in the 1960s, hospitals used activated charcoal to remedy alcohol and drug overdoses.

Today, activated charcoal can be a serious help if you get food poisoning, suffer toxic overload, or take too many over-the-counter remedies. On those rare occasions when you imbibe more than you wish or have a mild food sensitivity, activated charcoal can be a lifesaver. To get its benefits, take activated charcoal about an hour after the problem originates, before the ingested substance can do any damage.
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We’ve been sold a bill of goods, namely that periods are something that we're stuck suffering through. Menstrual pain is generally due to the overproduction of inflammatory chemicals called prostaglandins, which cause your uterus to get all up in a bunch with spasms and pain. Sadly, we’re pretty much all living in a sea of inflammatory triggers. One of the biggest sources is EDCs (endocrine-disrupting chemicals) and processed foods; added sugars, poor-quality oils, artificial ingredients, artificial sweeteners (and much more) also cause excess inflammation. Not getting enough of the nutrients your body needs to support detoxification and elimination, fatigue, and stress can also contribute to inflammation and the painful periods many of us have been experiencing for years.

But periods don’t have to be painful; in fact, they can actually be totally pain-free. I’m not saying you’re going to enjoy your period, but it can become a normal part of your life that doesn’t leave you curled up with a bottle of Midol, a heating pad, and the TV remote; you can live entirely sans ibuprofen and other pain meds that run the risk of wrecking your gut. Here's how:
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Americans spend nearly $11 billion in hot pursuit of happiness. By rights, they really should be the happiest people on the planet. But in reality, almost the complete opposite is true. International comparisons consistently show that people in the United States are some of the least happy (the United States is 19th among OECD countries, down from third in 2007), most stressed, and anxious people in the developed world.

So what is going wrong? Why Our Search for Happiness Is Driving Us Crazy and How to Find It for Real. How to get off the happiness-seeking treadmill and find genuine contentment.
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Need a more natural alternative to antibiotics? Here are seven powerful essential oils that naturally fight off bacteria.

Many essential oils are powerful enough to fight off infections and kill harmful bacteria, making them a great natural remedy for keeping yourself and your home healthy.

Studies have referred to essential oils as “the new antibiotics,” and show that certain essential oils are just as powerful as OTC medication for treating infections such as bacterial vaginosis (BV), and conditions caused by the staphylococcus bacteria, such as skin infections and urinary tract infections. With antibiotic resistance on the rise, using essential oils to treat bacterial infections may be a healthier, more effective option.

You may have heard about prune juice for babies or older adults, but this purple-colored drink is breaking old stereotypes and gaining a whole new following. Don’t be mistaken, the health benefits of prune juice still include constipation relief, but that is not all it can offer. Made from prunes (also known as dried plums), prune juice is packed full of beneficial nutrients, antioxidants, and phytochemicals that can support your health from head to toe.

If you are looking for natural ways to support healthy digestion, bone growth, colon function, heart health, and more, then you need to give prune juice a chance. Below, we will explore all the health benefits of prune juice, who should drink it, and how to make your own organic prune juice at home.
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Proteins are known as the building blocks of life: In the body, they break down into amino acids that promote cell growth and repair. (They also take longer to digest than carbohydrates, helping you feel fuller for longer and on fewer calories—a plus for anyone trying to lose weight.) You probably know that animal products—meat, eggs and dairy—are good sources of protein; unfortunately, they can also be high in saturated fat and cholesterol. What you may not know is that you don't need to eat meat or cheese to get enough protein.
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Chlorophyll refers to the phytochemical that gives plants their green color and pigmentation. This chemical is responsible for absorbing solar energy to facilitate photosynthesis, a process in which plants convert energy from sunlight into sugars. You can get chlorophyll from green vegetables or through liquid supplementation purchased from vitamin stores. Chlorophyll provides nutritional benefits to the body and helps keep you healthy.Chlorophyll is linked to natural cancer prevention, blocks carcinogenic effects within the body and protects DNA from damage caused by toxic molds like aflatoxin — very similar to way in which chlorophyll-rich chlorella has anticancer effects.
And that’s just one of the major chlorophyll benefits for human health, all of which help cleanse the body and allow it to function at an optimal level.
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Did you know that some of the foods in your kitchen may very well be anti-aging foods that can improve your quality of life?
That’s right, you may have the fountain of youth in your kitchen.
Modern culture is so obsessed with remaining youthful that people pay extreme amounts of money to have operations performed to make them appear younger.
However, what most people don’t understand is that youth and vitality are a side effect of good health, and there’s no operation that can help you maintain that as well as proper self care will.
Actually, one of the best ways to keep yourself vibrant and youthful is to eat a diet rich in anti-aging foods.
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Probiotics are live microorganisms that have health benefits when consumed
These are usually beneficial bacteria that serve some function in the body.
Probiotics have all sorts of powerful benefits for your body and brain.
They may improve digestive health, reduce depression and promote heart health
Some evidence even suggests that they may give you better looking skin
Getting probiotics from supplements is popular, but you can also get them from foods that are prepared by bacterial fermentation (fermented foods).
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