10 Good Reasons Why You Should Eat Sweet Potatoes 

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Oct 272014
 

 

1. At the top of the list is the fact that sweet potatoes contain large amounts of antioxidants. Antioxidants include beta-carotene, lycopene and lutein, which help protect healthy cells from damage caused by free radicals. According to WebMed,com: An apple slice turns brown. Fish becomes rancid. A cut on your skin is raw and inflamed. All of these result from a natural process called oxidation. It happens to all cells in nature, including the ones in your body. The body fights free radicals with substances that neutralize them. Think Vitamin C and E as well as beta carotene and to a lessor degree–lutein. These antioxidants fight inflammatory problems like arthritis, asthma and a host of other bodily annoyances.

2. Diabetics must follow a low carbohydrate diet and sweet potatoes are a great alternative to the white foods such as white potatoes, rice, refined wheat and sugar. Sweet potatoes are fibrous roots that actually help regulate your blood sugar level and they are known to prevent resistance to insulin. Ever tried a slice of sweet potato pie? Yummm…

3. As I mentioned above, sweet potatoes are a fibrous root, which means an abundance of dietary fiber. Fiber in the diet is a suggested cholesterol preventative that provides numerous benefits to the digestive tract as well. Some studies suggest that the fibrous content of sweet potatoes prevents constipation and may even help in the prevention of colon cancer.

4. While many people depend on supplements to make up for limitations in their regular diet, but sweet potatoes are literally jam-packed with some of the most important vitamins and other nutrients—all of which are major boosters of our body’s immune system.

5. Ecver wondered what folate is necessary for? Well if you are attempting to get pregnant or you are pregnant, then folate is a must to help with healthy development of fetal cells and tissue.

6. Sweet potatoes are considered vital in the quest for methods for preventing heart disease. The sweet potato is high in the essential mineral–potassium. The task of potassium is that it fills a maintenance role by establishing and maintaining the fluid/electrolyte balance. Good electrolyte balance stabilizes your blood pressure and heart function.

7. Another bonus provided by the potassium content is its ability to prevent muscle cramps like the Charley Horse we sometimes experience in the middle of the night. Potassium also gives us an energy boost when your lifestyle includes proper exercise. The added potassium will result in fewer physical injuries during exercise and a reduced frequency of muscle cramps.

8. Although the FDA won’t come right out and say it (nor will the major drug companies) sweet potatoes are good for treating stress-related symptoms. The body functions tend to burn a lot of potassium and other important  minerals during stressful episodes. This wonderful root provides many important minerals that will help maintain that electrolyte balance throughout the body during stressful times.


9. 
. Now that really says a lot. Imagine one vegetable that is an abundant source in dietary fiber, complex carbohydrates, natural sugar, protein, Vitamin C, potassium, calcium, and carotenoids.


10. And best of all—these sweets are abundant in the marketplace and therefore are low in cost.

Sweet potatoes vs. Yams: Don’t confuse the two. They are two totally different vegetables. Yams are native to Asia and Africa. They grow best in tropical regions. Yams are dark (almost black) skinned with a white or reddish purple flesh. We are often confused about these two vegetables because of government interference, but as usual, the government can’t always be counted on to get it right.

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New Sleep Aid Floods Amazon Website

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Oct 252014
 

What about this stuff called Somnapure?

(Boston) — Did you know that people who get enough sleep (about 7–9 hours a night) are more likely to have higher productivity, feel more energetic throughout the day, and experience less stress? Sleep is crucial for concentration, memory formation, and repairing and rejuvenating the cells of the body. Both mentally and physically, a good night’s sleep is essential for your health and your energy.

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Stop waking up at night.

The Problem — Waking Up at Night

Unfortunately, experts estimate that more than 70 million Americans have persistent trouble falling or staying asleep. If you are one of the millions of people who suffer, you know how frustrating it can be to lie awake in bed at night, tossing and turning.

Finding an effective remedy is difficult. Some sleep aids require a visit to your doctor, dealing with unpleasant side effects, and facing the possibility of becoming dependent on the drugs. Even over-the-counter sleep aids can be habit-forming. But don’t worry, you don’t have to suffer through another sluggish morning.

The Solution — Staying Asleep, and Waking Up Refreshed

In contrast, many sleep aid supplements are safe, natural, and quickly gaining popularity. They typically contain melatonin, a naturally-occurring compound that regulates sleeping cycles and also has value as a possible antioxidant. You should look for a sleep aid that contains more than melatonin alone. Essential herbal ingredients further promote calming effects leading to quality sleep. The better you sleep, the more energetic and awake you will feel in the morning and throughout the day. There are a variety of sleep supplements available to help promote relaxing and refreshing sleep, but not all brands are equal in quality.

The Benefits of Natural Sleep Supplements

  • Fall Asleep Faster
  • Stay Asleep Longer
  • Wake up Feeling Refreshed and Rejuvenated
  • Safe and Effective All Natural Ingredients
  • Non-Habit Forming
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Somnapure — A new Natural Sleep Aid

Introducing Somnapure

The top pick for sleep supplements is Somnapure, a new product from Peak Life scientists. Somnapure’s superior formula contains herbal ingredients such as chamomile, hops, and passionflower, which have a calming effect on the body, in addition to melatonin. This supplement is gentle but effective; it helps you get back into a healthy sleeping routine. Somnapure’s unique sleep blend will help you fall asleep faster, sleep through the night, and wake up feeling completely refreshed. Plus, samples of Somnapure are currently available so you can experience results risk-free.

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Somnapure has helped people just like you sleep better at night. These are real testimonials we’ve received from real customers across the country:

“I take Somnapure…It really works!!! I would highly recommend this to anyone and everyone that has problems sleeping.“ –Evelyn M., Edgewater, Florida

“The first night I tried Somnapure, it work exactly like it was supposed to. I fell asleep and when I woke up I was refreshed. I have recommended this to everyone who has trouble sleeping. I have tried chemical sleep aides and the side effects actually scared me one night. Thank you…Thank you…Thank you…“ –Cal M., Warner Robins, Georgia

If you’re ready to take advantage of all the health benefits that come with a full night of sound, deep sleep, choose Somnapure today. This safe and effective sleep aid will have you sleeping better and feeling better in no time!

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Washington Wastebook 2014

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Oct 252014
 

Senator Tom Coburn’s Washington Wastebook

CNN) — Monkeys taught how to gamble and play video games.

People paid to watch grass grow.

Swedish massages given to rabbits.

Half of $1 million spent on a video game that is now helping terrorists train for missions.

And $1 billion spent to destroy $16 billion worth of ammunition.

These are just a few examples from the 100 entry-long list in a book detailing government waste, compiled by retiring GOP Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma.

In the 2014 edition of the “Wastebook,” Coburn notes that getting rid of the practice of pork barrel spending is next to impossible.

“What I have learned from these experiences is Washington will never change itself,” he said.

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Massages for rabbits

Some of the worst offenses listed in the book:

— The National Institutes of Health spent $387,000 to give Swedish massages to rabbits with a mechanical machine. Coburn notes that the NIH has a $30 billion annual budget and that the director of the NIH claims an Ebola vaccine would “probably” be ready now but for a lack of funding.

— NASA pays Russia $70 million per passenger to send American astronauts to the International Space Station and back. The space agency is spending $3 billion on the ISS this year and will conduct studies, many proposed by elementary students, including one on the “design and creation of better golf clubs.”

— “Only someone with too much of someone else’s money and not enough accountability for how it was being spent could come up with” a $10,000 program paying people to watch grass grow. That grass — saltmarsh cordgrass, which can grow to be 7 feet tall — was being observed in New Smyrna Beach, Florida as part of a Fish and Wildlife Service program.

The National Science Foundation is a favorite target in Coburn’s book this year.

The foundation spent $171,000 to teach monkeys how to play video games and gamble in order to “unlock the secrets of free will,” according to the report.

Other examples include $5.2 million for “voicemails from the future that warn of a post-apocalyptic world,” $1.97 million for a Facebook page and P.R. for fossil enthusiasts and a $46,000 grant to support the annual Clean Snowmobile Challenge — a contest to determine who can make the most environmentally friendly snowmobile.

The National Science Foundation is also planning on spending $1.5 million to monitor Americans’ attendance at science festivals. Another $200,000 will go to a study meant to determine “why Wikipedia is sexist,” according to the Wastebook report.

The State Department spends $90 million a year on cultural exchange programs, including one such program which sought to dispel a Pakistani journalist’s perception that Americans are “fat, rude, and cold.” It worked.

The agencies could not immediately be reached for comment.

Expensive destruction

“The real shock and awe may have been the $1 billion price tag the Pentagon paid to destroy $16 billion worth of ammunition, enough to pay a full years’ salary for over 54,000 Army privates,” said Coburn.

The book cites Pentagon officials who said the surplus ammunition has become “obsolete, unusable, or their use is banned by international treaty.” The book notes a 2014 Government Accountability Office investigation which concluded poor record keeping was the reason the military purchased so much ammunition it didn’t need.

The Army spent nearly half a million dollars — $414,000 — to develop a video game called “America’s Army, ” a version of which terrorists have used to train for missions, according to National Security Agency e-mails sent in 2007 and leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

The Department of Defense is spending $80 million on a real-life “Iron Man” suit. The Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) would need 365 pounds worth of batteries to power the suit, according to the “Wastebook.”

Congress ended this fiscal year with a debt under a trillion dollars for the first time since 2008, according to the Wastebook report, but Coburn notes that the deficit still added $486 billion, or half a trillion dollars, to the national debt, which is “quickly approaching $18 trillion.”

Of the entries listed in his book, Coburn, who will retire in 2016 after serving two terms, asks, “Is each of these a true national priority or could the money have been better spent on a more urgent need or not spent at all in order to reduce the burden of debt being left to be paid off by our children and grandchildren?”

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