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Stevia – The Healthiest Plant Of The Future

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We are living in a time when medical research shows, for a hundred reasons, that sugar is bad!
Sugar produces high blood sugar, high levels of insulin and raises blood pressure. These effects are harmful to the circulatory system (arteries), and in response, we should give up the consumption of sugar and starch and return to Nature’s Pharmacy.

Stevia sugar – a high natural sweetener extracted from the leaves of the Stevia plant, which belongs to the Composite family, can successfully replace refined carbohydrates in food. Various scientific studies show that Stevia regulates blood sugar to its normal values.

The herb Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana) is a small plant native to Paraguay. Its delicious and refreshing leaves containing intensely sweet glycosides – Stevioside, Rebaudioside–A, Rebaudioside–C, Dulcoside A and Steviolbioside – are 30 times sweeter than sugar.

Pure Stevia sugar can be 70-400 times sweeter than cane sugar. Scientific research has found the leaf to contain proteins, fiber, carbohydrates, phosphorus, calcium, potassium, sodium, magnesium, iron, zinc, rutin, vitamin A, vitamin C and an oil reach in 53 other constituents.

Stevia known as “the third source of sugar in the world” after cane sugar and beet sugar is the future of sugar substitutes. In North America, Stevia users can rely on a record of thousands of years of safety from its users in South America. In Japan, where Stevia sugar has been in use for more than 20 years, now is rivaling Equal and Sweet’N Low. Stevia products are safe.

There has never been a reported case of any adverse reaction to Stevia in the 1500 years of use in Paraguay and about 20 years in Japan. Aspartame sweeteners, such as NutraSweet and Equal have been linked to complaints of adverse reactions such as blindness, brain tumors and even death.

Stevia leaves and whole leaf concentrate are one of the most health restoring natural dietary supplements. They offer amazing health benefits such as preventing hypertension, diabetes mellitus, obesity and heart diseases.

In many countries around the world, Stevia is sold as the most desirable sweetener for people with high blood sugar, high blood pressure and those with weight problems.

Because of side effects identified in experiments on animals (such as damage to metabolism, side effects on the female and male reproductive organs and cancer) in the United States, Stevia is approved just as a dietary supplement and a skin care product. In 2008, the United States approved rebaudioside-A extract as a food additive.

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Healthiest House Plants You Can Grow Easily

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It is a good idea to have a house plant or two in your home even if you are an apartment-dweller or simply do not have space for a garden in your home. Studies have shown that having a plant at home keeps you healthy and happy without you really being aware of it.

How do house plants do that? For one, house plants are natural air purifiers. They clean up the air that we breathe indoors by absorbing and processing the toxins present in our indoor air. When we have a house plant at home, we are pretty much assured that the air we breathe when we are at home is clean.

House plants also prevent us from having coughs and colds and other respiratory allergies. That is because they raise the humidity levels as well as decrease the amount of dust in the house. Most of all, house plants cheer us up and help us de-stress. How can you keep feeling sad or grumpy when there is a bright green plant alive in your house?

Four Easy-to-Grow House Plants

Some house plants do better than others in keeping our air clean. But even if these house plants are good at what they do, they will not maintain the cleanliness of the air in our homes if we do not know how to take care of them. So, what then? Here is a short list of the healthiest house plants that will thrive in your home even if you do not have a green thumb.

1. Dragon tree

There are actually many species of dragon trees or dracaenas. Some dracaenas are actual trees while some are just tall shrubs. Common characteristics of dragon tree shrubs include long, blade-like leaves growing from a central trunk, sometimes resembling bamboo. Among the most natural dragon tree plants that you can grow at home are the Janet Craig dracaena, the Chinese money tree (also known as corn plant) and the lucky bamboo (also known as ribbon plant or ribbon dracaena.

2. Ferns

Ferns are the oldest plants in the history of the world. They come in many shapes, sizes and forms, but most of us know them as plants with small and blade-like leaves growing from a central stalk, referred to as fronds. These fronds, in turn, are attached to a stem. The best ferns to grow as house plants are the Boston ferns, ribbon, ferns and maidenhair ferns.

3. Peace lilies

Peace lilies are considered to be one of the most popular plants for growing at home. They are evergreen plants that grow in a roseate formation and are characterized by their white, sail-shaped flowers that bloom from stalks shooting from the center of the plant. Peace lilies are also called spaths.

4. Rubber tree

The rubber tree, also known as ficus plant, rubber fig and Indian rubber plant, is a plant known for its sticky sap and its oval, brilliant green or burgundy leaves. It is a very hardy plant that grows quite big in the wild, but it can be kept at a certain height with constant pruning.

General Tips for Caring for House Plants

Even if you do not have a green thumb, you can make sure that these plants thrive in your home without exerting a lot of effort. Just make sure that you feed your plants with just enough water. Never over-water your plants. Also, make sure that your plants are placed in pots that drain out extra water.

In addition, place your plants in a spot where it receives enough sunshine, but not too close to windows where they can get a lot of direct sunlight. Most importantly, put them in a place where they will not be disturbed by doors or sudden drafts. These can quickly kill a plant no matter how hard it is.

If you want to breathe clean air at home, have a house plant or two in every room of your house. These plants will not only make your room look pretty but will also make you a lot healthier without you being aware of it.

Yes, organic living for better health!

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