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Bamboo is Amazing

the path of bamboo, revisited #16 (near Tenryuu-ji temple, Kyoto)Photo by:Marser – click picture to link to this great photographer!

Kyoto, Japan

 Bamboo is one of nature’s most valuable gifts to mankind. Its remarkable growth rate and versatile properties have made it one of the most sought after materials, especially in tropical countries.

Because of the destruction of forest land and many other ecological problems, man has been looking for an answer to the heavy usage of timber for paper and other materials. In the ancient product of bamboo, we may have found it, from bamboo paper, to bamboo clothing. Easy to produce and environmentally friendly, bamboo is becoming more and more popular with businesses and consumers alike.

Bamboo has some amazing antibacterial capabilities. It’s antibacterial property is commonly referred to as “bamboo kun”. It is because of this antibacterial, antifungal agent, that bamboo does not require the use of pesticides or herbicides for growth. To put it simply, pests and pathogens do not like bamboo.

The Green School, located in Bali, Indonesia has set a new standard for living off the grid. Please take a few minutes to watch this video and see just one example of how Bamboo is changing our world!

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Did You know….

  • Quick growth– Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on the planet. It grows to full maturity in a matter of months or years, while traditional timber wood takes decades to do so.
  • Reduction of CO2 – Bamboo is shown to absorb more carbon dioxide than other plants, and puts out 35% more oxygen than trees, according to Johnson’s article.
  • Rejuvenates soil – As a plant, bamboo rejuvenates soil because removal of the plant isn’t necessary for successful harvesting. The thick root systems keep the soil in place, and the litter it produces rejuvenates soil that has been damaged by over farming.
  • Grows almost anywhere – One of the best features of bamboo is that it grows almost anywhere that isn’t too cold. Surviving in rain forests as well as deserts, bamboo needs very little water and no pesticides to survive.
  • Heals – Bamboo holds natural healing powers beyond your imagination. Yes, it’s true. Bamboo has long been a medicinal plant used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for over 3,000 years.
 

Trying to Lose Weight? Mother Nature Lends a Hand

Three supplements for healthful slimming down

By Kathleen Finn

Whether you’re struggling to lose your last 5 pounds (2.3 kilos) or embarking on a more ambitious plan to shed 20 (9 kilos) or more, start with the basics: consume fewer calories, exercise more, don’t skip meals, and start your diet with a stamp of approval from your healthcare provider. Combining these recommendations with the moderate use of safe, natural supplements may help you in your quest toward a slimmer self.

* Hoodia—Ward off hunger

Used by the Kalahari bushmen to ward off hunger on long treks, hoodia has piqued the interest of the dieting public.

Made from the South African succulent—a cactus-like plant—hoodia theoretically affects nerve cells in the hypothalamus—a part of the brain that governs appetite—by responding to blood glucose levels. In a sense, it may trick the brain into thinking you are full. Unlike many purported weight loss herbs, hoodia is not a stimulant.
* Sesamin—Help the liver burn excess fat

Nuts and seeds have long been hailed for their nutritional achievements of providing fiber, good fats, and protein. Now scientists have isolated sesamin—a part of sesame oil believed to play a role in encouraging weight loss.

Sesamin shows promise for its possible action of enhancing fat burning. It increases the activity of several liver enzymes that break down fatty acids. It is believed that optimizing the liver’s fat-burning capacity may promote fat loss.

* Relora—Balance your hormones

Some researchers believe that achieving hormone balance holds the key to the weight-loss dilemma, and products such as relora, a product derived from Magnolia officinalis and Phellodendron amurense bark, claim to help in this area, though more research is needed for confirmation.

Prolonged stress raises blood levels of cortisol, a hormone produced by the adrenal gland. In high amounts, cortisol stimulates deposits of fat in the abdomen. Manufacturers of cortisol-lowering products maintain that by keeping cortisol levels low, one can avoid weight gain around the middle. According to the manufacturers, relora is supposed to maintain healthy cortisol levels.

Kathleen Finn is a freelance writer and marketing consultant in the natural health industry. She tries to avoid prolonged stress and its attendant high cortisol levels.

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I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas…may your holidays be filled with love & Joy:) I found this picture on Flicker; a beautiful scene reminiscent of my childhood and the days growing up in the country.

Happy Holidays!

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