Combating Iron Deficiency and Anemia Naturally

At one time or another, almost everyone develops a deficiency in iron. This is especially true of women, since they lose a large amount of blood every month, if they are pre-menopausal. Iron is needed for producing red blood cells, though vitamin C is also required for the body to absorb iron. Having a low red blood count is what anemia is and it can be deadly. Some of the most common symptoms of anemia are lack of energy, dizziness, trouble concentrating, vertigo, difficulty sleeping, poor memory, pale skin and muscle weakness. When it becomes severe, a person can even hallucinate. It is best to prevent the anemia from happening to begin with, by boosting your iron intake. People who eat lots of meat tend to have the least problem with iron deficiency. It isn’t hard to figure out that this is because meat is not only very high in protein, it is also high in iron. Red meat is especially high in iron and most seafood is as well. Not everyone is able to have plenty of meat in their diet, though, and some choose not to. Thankfully there are many vegetables and fruit that are all high in iron, though normally not as high as in red meat. Here are a few vegetables you can eat to boost your iron intake: Chard Spinach (chard is actually higher in iron than spinach) Broccoli Peas Kale Mustard greens Beets Dried beans Lentils Fruit that is high in iron includes: Tomatoes Strawberries Grapes Continue Reading →

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Health and Nutritional Benefits of Pigweed

Pigweed (Amaranthus blitoides) is also known as amaranth and it is now found on most continents except Antarctica. The plant is often considered to be an invasive weed, but like many weeds, it is quite edible and healthy to eat. This edible wild plant originated in North America and has become naturalized in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. The plant can be found in all US States and Canadian provinces. It has such great benefits that survivalists would be doing well to recognize it and to learn of its medicinal properties. Pigweed appearance Some species of pigweed grow more than three feet in height, but Amaranthus blitoides is low growing and sprawling, seldom growing taller than a few inches tall, with the branches laying upon the ground. It sometimes forms dense mats and the stems can be over a foot in length. The leaves are small, rarely over a half-inch in length and oval-shaped. The flowers are tiny and inconspicuous. The stems usually contain some reddish coloration and the leaves are normally dark green. Pigweed in general This annual grows well in sandy soil and doesn’t like clay soils that don’t drain well and which can become compacted. It is common in waste places, along fence rows, in fields and in lawns. Some species are purposely grown as a food crop, particularly in Asia and parts of Africa. Besides the wonderful nutritional benefits, pigweed is easy to grow and all parts of the plant are edible. Native Americans primarily Continue Reading →

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Healthy Homemade Tuna Fish Cat Food Treats

If you are the proud slave to a cat or know someone who is, a really great idea for a gift is to make homemade tuna fish cat food treats. It isn’t difficult to do and the result is something that is healthier for the cats than the store-bought treats that are available. Best of all, you will know exactly what went into the treats. It is best not to skimp on the quality of the ingredients with this recipe, unless it can’t be avoided. The blend is specifically meant to be healthy for cats. Where people are most likely to try to cut corners are with the oil and dry milk, so these should be explained. You should note that most cats have problems digesting cow’s milk or products made with cow’s milk. Cow’s milk will often give cats diarrhea, which can cause abrupt dehydration. For this reason, the recommendation is to use powdered kitten milk supplement rather than powdered nonfat milk. Powdered kitten supplement is much more expensive, but it is easily digested. Powdered milk is a last resort, though the treats would still be healthier than those you can buy in a store. In regard to the oil, you’ll see that the ingredient list specifies fish oil. Most often, this is cod liver oil, though most fish oils will work, as long as they are edible. The point is to avoid vegetable oil if possible. Most pet cats get far too many vegetables, grains and corn in Continue Reading →

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How to Keep Western Toads as Pets

The cute little guy in the picture is a male western toad named Chirpy. He is an interesting little pet and it is enjoyable having him around. He was rescued from the middle of a busy road in the middle of the night. Even though toads are often not considered as a potential pet, they can be quite entertaining and since they tend to be docile by nature, they can become quite tame. Western toads are of a species that can be a great and interesting pet and they are quite common in many areas, though they might not be observed all that often. This means that western toads can be fairly easy to come by, however like most pets, they do require proper care if they are going to flourish. Legalities One of the first considerations regarding keeping a western toad as a pet is the legality involved with keeping it. It may not be legal to have this kind of toad in captivity, in all areas. Before one is kept, it is worthwhile to check state and federal laws. This is often easy to do, since the laws can often be found online. In some places, this species of toad is being considered for placement on the endangered species list because of declining numbers. Adequate tank These toads don’t normally get enormous, however they are also not small when they are full grown. They get close to the size of a fist. This means that when selecting a Continue Reading →

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Reasons to eat locally grown produce

Have you ever stopped to think of the benefits of eating locally grown foods? There can be many benefits of eating locally grown foods. For many people, one of the first that comes to mind, and which can be related to other benefits, is freshness. Probably most people who have tried produce right out of the garden and compared it to the same sort of produce purchased at the store will notice this difference in the form of flavor. The moment fruits and vegetables are harvested they begin to break down. This is totally natural. The longer the interval of time is since they were harvested, the greater the amount of decay. Many markets ship in their produce, sometime from great distances. This means that from harvest, to store, to the table, the produce may be up to a couple weeks old. Many stores get around this by purchasing under ripe fruits and vegetables from their supplier. This allows the produce to either ripen in transit or in the storeroom at the store. The problem is, since the food wasn’t allowed to naturally ripen, it lacks much of the starch, sugars and other substances that give the best flavor to the fruits and vegetables. This is why a store bought tomato tends to taste bland compared to one freshly picked out of the garden. The benefits of locally grown food don’t end at the far more robust flavor, though. Still tied to freshness, they are also far healthier for the Continue Reading →

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