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Is Propylene Glycol Safe?

Propylene glycol, also known as PG, PEG and propanediol, is a petroleum derivative that acts as a solvent, surfactant or wetting agent. It’s used as a humectant to help retain moisture and keeps things from drying out. It’s used in pet foods to keep them chewy. Found in cosmetics and personal care products, including baby wipes, it keeps the products…

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Seaweed Superfoods? What are the benefits of eating seaweed?

Kelp Kelps are large seaweeds, which grow along the coastlines of the world and there are about 30 different genera. They’re classified as algae. They grow in underwater kelp forests and are known for their high growth rate. They can grow as much as two feet a day.Because kelp derives their nourishment from the oceans and the oceans contain minerals…

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What Causes Heartburn?

Many doctors believe that when patients complain of heartburn that the cause is gastric hyperacidity and they need to prescribe medication to suppress the stomach acid. In reality there is no such thing as too much stomach acid. It’s a fact that if you suppress stomach acid the symptoms of heartburn will disappear. But this can cause damage and put…

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What Are the Benefits of Papaya Enzyme?

Papaya belongs to the family Caricaceae, with only 4 genera and 31 species. Its genus is Carica and its species is Carica papaya. It’s a large, single-stemmed herbaceous perennial growing up to 30 ft tall, but less than 20 ft in cultivation. The leaves are very large, being up to 2 ½ ft wide, palmately lobed or deeply inscised, with…

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Fermented Food & Benefits in Digestion

Microorganisms dominate the world. They can adapt and thrive in almost any environment. Bacteria have been found in the cold icy region of Antarctica or near the hydrothermal vents in the Atlantic Ocean. They have become experts in adaptation. They are constantly disrupted by changes in environment, a shifting food supply and attacks by specialized viruses. Some microbes have cooperated…

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High Fructose Corn Syrup

Recently I’ve been seeing a commercial telling me that high fructose corn syrup is as good as sugar. They say sugar is sugar. I thought, as I watched, that someone is worried about the image of HFCS and I wondered why. The woman claims to have done research. I decided to do my own research to see if my results…

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Can Probiotics Heal Your Gut?

Why are probiotics important? Our intestinal tract contains bacteria, which are vital to our health. There’s trillions of them and some estimate there are more than 500 different species. They make up from between 30 to 50 percent of the total weight of our intestinal tract. These bacteria are in a symbiotic relationship with us. The friendly microflora protects us…

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Is Kefir really good for you?

Kefir is a cultured, enzyme-rich food that’s filled with friendly microorganisms.The word kefir means “feel good” in Turkish. Kefir grains are a combination of bacteria and yeasts, which are in a matrix of casein or milk proteins, lipids, and sugars. These symbiotic matrix grains resemble cauliflower. The matrix is a complex and highly variable community of microorganisms called probiotics. The…

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Biker Enzymes

I was asked to write a page on enzymes for my biker friends. Although I don’t personally own a motorcycle I know lots of people who do and there is something about motorcycles that have always appealed to me. I love to see them driving down the highway and the bikers get special respect from me as a driver. Heartburn…

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What is Lactose Intolerance?

Lactose intolerance is defined as the body not quickly digesting lactose, which is a natural sugar found in milk and dairy products. The lactose moves into the large intestine or colon. Since it’s not absorbed correctly, it can cause gas, abdominal pain, and bloating. It’s a condition, which is quite common in adults,  the majority being Native Americans, Asians, Africans,…

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