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Latest Research news: Substitute Nuts for meat

Protein from nuts and seeds is beneficial for the heart, but consuming large amounts of meat protein can cause a sharp increase in the risk of cardiovascular diseases, a study has found.
Researchers from Loma Linda University in the US and Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique in France studied data from more than 81,000 participants. The study, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, found that people who consumed large amounts of meat protein experienced a 60 per cent increase in cardiovascular disease, while people who consumed large amounts of protein from nuts and seeds experienced a 40-per cent reduction in cardiovascular disease.


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Try these 16 handy household and beauty uses for coconut oil.

1. Treat cuts

Coconut oil is a great antiseptic, and can be used in place of traditional over-the-counter pharmacy treatments to help a cut heal faster.

Simply dab a bit over the area and cover with a bandage.

2. Brighter, whiter teeth

Coconut oil has been found to stop tooth decay, and can also be used for a brighter smile.

Simply swish the oil in your mouth for 15 minutes, four to five times per week.

3. Eliminate odors

Coconut oil can be transformed into an easy, homemade deodorant.

Take 1/4 cup cornstarch, add 6 tablespoons coconut oil and mix well with a fork.

4. Insect Repellent

Coconut oil is a natural insect repellent.

Mix 8 ounces of coconut oil with 40 to 50 drops peppermint essential oil and apply on your skin.

5. Soothe sunburn

Coconut oil can also be used to soothe a sunburn.

Put the oil in the fridge allowing it to cool, then rub over your skin.

6. Relieve constipation

One of coconut oil’s main benefits is its laxative effects. Get things moving again by ingesting 1 tablespoon in the morning on an empty stomach.

If you don’t see a difference in a couple of days, up your dose to 2 tablespoons.

7. Healthier hair

Coconut oil can be used as a rich hair treatment.

Simply combine 2 tablespoons melted coconut with 2 tablespoons raw honey and 1 large egg yolk.

Whisk the ingredients together and apply to dry hair, covering it completely.

Let it sit for as long as possible then rinse with warm water.

8. Face Cleanser

Use coconut oil to wash your face.

It can help draw out dirt, oil and toxins.

To reap the benefits, mix 2 teaspoons coconut oil with 1 teaspoon castor oil, massage into the skin and apply a warm, wet facecloth over your face until it cools.

Wipe the salve off. Use more coconut oil for dry skin and less for oily skin.

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Use baking soda for a urinary tract infection

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), urinary tract infections are the single most common infection that people contract.

Proponents of the baking soda method for treating a UTI claim that baking soda neutralizes the acid in your urine, which allows your body to take care of the bacteria on its own.

They also claim that baking soda helps detoxify your kidneys, which stops the infection from spreading there and causing damage.

To use baking soda as a treatment for a UTI, it’s recommended that you dissolve 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of baking soda in water and drink it on an empty stomach.

Baking soda is high in alkaline, preventing harmful bacteria from multiplying.

However, be careful, as one review by the California Poison Control System found that out of 192 cases of baking soda poisoning, 4–7 percent of cases were caused by people trying to use baking soda as treatment for UTIs.