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Herbal Ally – Mysterious Mushrooms

As summer nights lengthen into autumn, the forests of the Catskill mountains in upstate New York fill with magical, mystical, medicinal mushrooms. “Toadstool” is a quaint name for the many mushrooms that spring forth between rains, while “fungi” is the more technical term. Fungi are plants, but plants without flowers or roots or chlorophyll (which makes plants green). Strange shapes (some quite sexually suggestive), the ability to grow (and glow) in the dark, and psychedelic colors make mushrooms an obvious addition to any witch’s stew. But you will want some other reasons to make mushrooms a steady part of your diet. Is outwitting cancer a good enough reason?

It’s true. All edible fungi – including those ordinary white button mushrooms sold in supermarkets – are capable of preventing and reversing cancerous cellular changes. We aren’t exactly sure why. Perhaps it’s because fungi search out, concentrate, and share with us the trace minerals we need to build powerful, healthy immune systems. Or perhaps it’s because of their wealth of polysaccharides – interesting complex sugars that appear to be all round health-promoters. It could be because mushrooms are excellent sources of protein and B vitamins with few calories and no sodium. penis envy dosage Or we could single out the anti-cancer, anti-tumor, and anti-bacterial compounds found in the stalk, caps, gills, and even the underground structures (mycelia) of every edible mushroom.

Be sure to cook your mushrooms though; avoid eating them raw. Scientists at the University of Nebraska Medical School found that mice who ate unlimited amounts of raw mushrooms (Agaricus bisporus) developed, over the course of their lifetimes, significantly more malignant tumors than a control group.

Everywhere I go in August and September – whether walking barefoot on vibrant green mosses or stepping lightly across the deeply-scented fallen pine and hemlock needles; whether climbing rocky outcrops festooned with ferny whiskers or skirting swamps humming with mosquitoes; whether following the muddy bank of a meandering stream or balancing on old stone walls inhaling the scent of righteous rot – I am on the lookout for my fungi friends.

My woods are especially generous to me withchanterelles, beautiful cornucopia-shaped mushrooms with a delectable taste. I find both the delicious little black ones – jokingly known as “trumpet of death” due to their eerie coloration – and the very tasty and much bigger orange ones. Sometimes we return home naked from our mushrooms walks – if we find more ‘shrooms than we have bags for, we have to use our shirts and pants as carriers to help haul dinner home.

The bright orange tops and sulfur yellow undersides of sulphur shelf mushrooms (Polyporus sulphuroides) are easy to spot in the late summer forest. Growing only on recently-dead oaks, these overlapping shelves make a great-tasting immune-enhancing addition to dinner. I have harvested the “chicken of the woods” in oak forests around the world. In the Czech Republic, I saw a particularly large example as we drove a country lane. Stopping, I found a portion of it had been harvested. I took only a share, being careful to leave lots for other mushroom lovers who might come down the lane after me.

5 Reasons Why You Need to Eat Goji Berries

First things first, let’s answer the question you obviously want to know the answer to… what is a goji? Well, that’s simple! The goji berry is a super-duper superhero superfood. A greatly underrated superfood at that but well appreciated in ancient Chinese medicine.

Goji berries are normally sold dried and are tiny and wrinkly in appearance, resembling little red raisins. By fruit standards they’re pretty ugly! The real beauty of the goji, is the goodness contained inside the berry. So here for you now, the top 5 things that make the goji berry a super-duper superhero superfood:

 

    1. Like other superfoods it is packed full of antioxidants. Antioxidants literally slow down the ageing process, helping keep wrinkles at bay and allowing you to lie about your age and get away with it. What makes the goji berry so special compared to other superfoods packed with antioxidants is that it packs in more antioxidants than the other superfoods e.g. it contains 5 x the antioxidant power of blueberries.

 

    1. The goji berry has many medicinal properties, as exploited by many ancient Chinese remedies and can help kidney and liver problems as eye problems, goji strain skin problems, allergies, insomnia, chronic liver disease, diabetes and cancer. (Of course do not substitute medication for serious illness with goji berries, merely use them as a preventative measure or along side conventional medicine to give your body a natural helping hand).

 

    1. The third super thing about this superfood is that it breaks down fats stored in the liver because is contains the right digestive enzymes betanine which can make you calmer, improve your memory, and help with muscle growth.

 

    1. They may not be pretty but there’s still something a little bit seductive about them. It is a Chinese belief that the goji is a little bit of an aphrodisiac, promoting virility and sexual health. If that doesn’t leave you screaming for more goji’s then nothing else will.

 

  1. Finally, contained within goji berries are phytochemicals which help to reduce blood pressure. High blood pressure can strain your heart and contribute to heart disease, so be good to your heart and have a goji. Phytochemicals are also wonderful at preventing cervical cancer, the second most common cancer in women under 35, so let goji’s love your cervix too.

Baby Toys – What Will You Give?

A parent should give a plaything or a toy to a baby. Toys are the babies company if you are busy with your chores at your home. Toys are the baby’s first best friend. But what kind of toy are you giving to the baby? There are lots and lots of toys for you to choose from. But what is the perfect toy that you should give to a baby. Before scanning the stores when you buy a toy for your baby, remember to buy toys that cannot be easily broken. A broken doll or toy can be dangerous since the parts will let the baby imagine that it is food and might try to swallow it. This is not really good if he swallowed something from a broken doll or toy.

There are lots of perfect toys or dolls to choose from and it is up to you to decide what kind of toy you will give to your child. You can search toy stores or even the internet for the perfect friend for your baby. But first let us know the types of toys you might choose from. And here they are.

The first one on the list is the teddy bear. Xe trượt scooter 3 bánh Teddy bears have been great toys to children for years. That is why the teddy bear is the one toy that you might consider giving to a baby. Teddy bears are cute and you can choose the right size that fits your baby. A small teddy bear is a good idea. You baby may cuddle and play with it or it can be his sleeping partner.

The second one are the rattlers. These sound makers are the baby’s favourite sometimes they hold on to it tightly and shake it to their delight. This is a good thing to give to a baby because they make noise that the baby isn’t aware of. That is why they tend to shake it and listen to where the noise comes from. But careful though babies can throw these things and might break something.

The third one that you might give to a baby is a soft ball. Babies love to see rolling balls and chase it until they tire themselves out. The ball is soft like a pillow so when it bounces back to the baby, the baby will not get hurt. They can throw it enjoy fully or the babies can use it as a pillow when they sleep.

These are the types of toys that you might remember when you buy a special toy for your baby. Just remember that the toys that you bought when the baby is done playing with it you have to put it away. Arrange the toys of the baby inside the box to avoid accidents.