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  5 Easy to grow vegetables
Posted by: magnolia - 12-21-2020, 11:26 AM - Forum: Everything Organic - No Replies

We all scroll through the internet looking at others growing vegetables and herbs in their kitchens and balcony and wonder, how? Another fact that keeps us from starting a vegetable garden of our own is not knowing what to grow. Here are 5 vegetables that you can easily grow. 

Tomatoes

To grow tomatoes you don’t need to buy seeds you can use the seeds inside the tomato and grow your plant. Extricate the seeds using a toothpick on a tissue paper or simply just bury half of a tomato. The decomposition of the rest of the tomato will help the plant to grow.

Spinach

Spinach can be easily grown in containers from seeds or starts. Smaller varieties of spinach are better suited to pots and containers. To start growing spinach, sow seeds into the soil an inch apart; after three weeks, you can move the containers outdoors. Spinach requires regular moisture to grow, so consider watering them frequently. 

Bell Peppers

Bell pepper more commonly known as capsicum, is a popular addition to cuisines across the Asia and European continent.

Just like tomatoes, capsicums can also be grown from the seeds in the fruit. They grow well in clay, plastic or terracotta containers that have a good draining system. Collect, dry and plant capsicum seeds about 2-3 centimetres into the soil and keep the pot in a dry and humid area. 

Potatoes

Potatoes are one of the easiest vegetables to grow at your home. Simply bury a whole potato in some soil and place the pot in a position where it receives at least six to eight hours of sunlight. The potato will bear root and a new plant will show itself in no time.  

Coriander

Coriander can be used as flavouring in a variety of curries and dips. It can be easily grown in a pot or your backyard. You can either grow them from seeds or plant the stock with the roots in the soil and leave them to grow. Dampen the soil with water lightly daily.

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  Plant nutrients
Posted by: thegreensoul - 12-19-2020, 10:24 AM - Forum: Everything Organic - No Replies

Just as we require vitamins and nutrients to grow and be healthy, so do plants. Plants require six major nutrients to grow, and out of these six, the main nutrients they require is Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium which are absorbed through the soil. Without these nutrients, growth and survival would not happen.

Nitrogen:

Nitrogen is responsible for plants having their green colour by helping with chlorophyll production. Nitrogen is also vital for good stalk growth and foliage growth by affecting the plant’s leaf development.

Phosphorus

Phosphorus is responsible for assisting with the growth and strengthening of the root system, capacity of seed creation, resistance to disease and pest prevention. It also Improves flowers and blooming. Also strengthens tissues and flavours in edibles and veggies.

Potassium

Potassium or potash is essential for root and seed production. This affects the disease and insect suppression of plants, its ability to tolerate extreme temperatures and helps retain water.

Calcium

Calcium aids in the development and growth of cell walls; well-developed cell walls are key to helping plants resist disease. It also helps neutralize acidity, both within the plant and in its surrounding soil, for optimal health.

Magnesium

This nutrient helps increase intake of phosphorus and boosts the production of chlorophyll. Lack of magnesium can contribute to poor colouring and an anaemic appearance.

Sulfur

Sulfur assists plants with opposing illness just as adding to the plant development and the arrangement of seeds. They additionally help in the creation of amino acids, proteins, compounds and nutrients.

While plants need these nutrients for their ideal wellbeing, higher quantities of some are more vital at certain occasions than others. And, adding a well balanced organic fertilizer is an easy way to increase nutrient levels in the soil.

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  Banana peel for the skin
Posted by: Shadowfaxx - 12-18-2020, 09:55 AM - Forum: Everything Organic - No Replies

Our usual thing to do with banana peel is to throw it away. But, banana peels have certain benefits that have been overlooked. This peel has multiple applications both in the kitchen and as part of your beauty routine. 

Help keep acne at bay

Rub the insides of the banana peel over your face for ten minutes and leave it for some time. The vitamin A, B, C, E, potassium, manganese and iron present in the skin of the banana will help reduce acne marks. The anti-inflammatory nature of the peel also helps to reduce the inflammation of pimples and in turn help cleanse them from the skin.

Heals bruises

Banana peel is the best remedy to heal bruises. Just plaster the banana peel over the bruise and leave it overnight and you will see the bruise lighten and pain reduce.

Lighten dark spots

Rubbing a banana peel over the scarred area every day will lighten the dark spots and scars.  Antioxidants and potassium can help heal scars.

Oil control

Oily skin can cause pimple breakout and leave scars. Banana peel will work as an exfoliator and help control the secretion of oil. The peel provides necessary nourishment leaving the skin feeling soft.

So the next time think twice before you decide to throw that banana peel away.

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  Benefits of Garlic
Posted by: Shadowfaxx - 12-17-2020, 10:28 AM - Forum: Everything Organic - No Replies

Garlic has been used all over the world as a flavouring in food throughout history. It has also been to treat a variety of conditions and diseases.

This bulbous plant has many benefits and here are a few common benefits.

Helps purify blood

Allicin found in garlic is a compound that gets activated when raw garlic is crushed, chewed or chopped. It is an amazing natural remedy to cleanse your blood. Garlic has also been proven to detoxify the blood by protecting the liver from toxic agents.

Helps relieve cold & flu

Consuming raw garlic has the potential to shoo away cough and cold infections. Eating two crushed garlic cloves on an empty stomach has the maximum benefit. hanging garlic cloves in a thread around the necks of kids and babies, is supposed to relieve congestion symptoms.

Applied topically it is good for skin

The application of garlic juice helps prevent acne and lightens acne scars. Cold sores, psoriasis, rashes, and blisters can all also benefit from the application of garlic juice. It also prevents ageing by protecting against UV rays.

Improves digestion

Digestive troubles improve with the inclusion of raw garlic in the diet. It reduces inflammation and benefits the intestines. Eating raw garlic helps to clear out intestinal worms. The good thing is that it destroys the bad bacteria and protects the good bacteria in the gut.

Boosts immunity

Zinc present in garlic promotes immunity. Vitamin C present in garlic helps to fight off infections and is very beneficial against eye and ear infections as it has antimicrobial properties. Garlic also protects against free radicals and prevents damage to the DNA.

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  Eco friendly Vs. green Vs. sustainable Vs. organic
Posted by: magnolia - 12-16-2020, 11:46 AM - Forum: Everything Organic - No Replies

Eco friendly? green? sustainable? organic ?

Do these terms confuse and annoy you? Well, not to worry because L2F2 has got you covered. Today we are doing definition

Green: going green is simple. It refers to anything that is good for the environment, this can refer to business practices, manufacturing, construction, etc.. If it's good for the environment, then it's good for you.

Eco-friendly: Eco-friendly or environmentally friendly means something that doesn’t harm the environment. Take for example recycling. It’s one of the most environmentally friendly and a thing that you can do at home.

Sustainable: Sustainability refers to using a small amount of resources, doesn’t need a lot of energy to create, and is biodegradable without causing pollution during the process.

Organic: Organic products, including clothes and food that are made without the use of genetically modified crops, pesticides and other harmful chemicals.

Hopefully, the next time you are at the store these terms won’t be a sight for sore eyes.

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  How to start living organically - Part 5
Posted by: thegreensoul - 12-15-2020, 09:42 AM - Forum: Everything Organic - No Replies

Part 5 of our how to start living organically thread is: 


Growing your own food

With the advancements in the field of home-gardening space has become irrelevant. A little space would be more than enough for you to gown a few vegetables to feed your family. When you grow your own vegetables, you know exactly what goes into your food so you can be sure that you are not consuming anything that is harmful to you.



Part 1: [/url]How to start living organically - Part 1 (livelifefarmfresh.com)
Part 2: [/url]How to start living organically - Part 2 (livelifefarmfresh.com)[url=https://livelifefarmfresh.com/forum/showthread.php?tid=351]
Part 3: How to start living organically - Part 3 (livelifefarmfresh.com)
Part 4: How to start living organically - Part 4

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  Benefits of sabja seeds
Posted by: thegreensoul - 12-14-2020, 11:10 AM - Forum: Everything Organic - No Replies

Basil seeds or sabja seeds are black seeds that look very similar to chia seeds. These seeds are rich in protein, essential fats, carbs, and are packed with fiber.

These seeds need to be soaked before consumption as they are hard and cannot be consumed raw. Sabja seeds typically come from sweet basil, and are commonly referred to as sweet basil seeds.

The benefits of sabja seeds have only been recognised in the recent past. Sabja seeds include a lot of benefits, a few are listed below.

1. Aids with Weight Loss
Sabja seeds are full of fibre; they keep you full for a long time, preventing unwanted hunger pangs and aid in weight loss.

2. Controls blood sugar levels
It controls the conversion of carbs into glucose by slowing down the metabolism of your body.

3. Helps relieve constipation and bloating
It contains a volatile oil that helps in relieving gas from your gastrointestinal tract and acts as a stomach cleanser.

4. Good for skin and hair
Adding crushed sabja seeds to coconut oil and applying it on the affected area helps in treating skin ailments such as eczema and psoriasis. Eating sabja seeds regularly helps your body secrete collagen, which is required to form new skin cells.

Sabja seeds are full of iron, vitamin K and protein that is needed for long and strong hair. The antioxidant properties of sabja seeds also benefit your skin and hair.

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  Healthy eating at a young age
Posted by: magnolia - 12-12-2020, 01:50 PM - Forum: Everything Organic - No Replies

Children are like sponges. They usually tend to absorb everything from words said around them to the mannerisms and habits they see.

Consumerism has taken over so much of our lives that we have shifted our effort from cooking a healthy meal from scratch to cooking ready to eat meals. We have moved far away from cooking healthy to cooking for convenience.

These recent habits that we have developed are the habits that we are incorporating into our children; that it’s ok to eat unhealthy just because we have no time to cook a proper meal.

Is this how we want our children to grow up? To be unhealthy and have bad eating habits? No! We don’t.

A few ways in which you can teach your children to eat healthily are:

1. Make food fun for them

Children are the fussiest eaters, they would rather choose a bucket of ice cream over a carrot. Parents are having to get innovative to make children eat healthy by making food look funny.

2. Grow a garden

Children learn by doing and what better way to teach and pique their interest in healthy eating by growing a home garden.

3. Make grocery shopping a game

If you aren’t picking the sugary good stuff, grocery shopping is one snooze fest for your children. So while you are populating your trolley you can send your kids on a mission to pick the freshest vegetables and fruits you need. This will give them a chance to see and understand the different varieties of food and also equip them with the skill to eventually be able to go out grocery shopping and not pick the vegetables that are near their expiry.

4. Be the example

Parents are role models for their children. They are always trying to imitate them and as you eat healthy so will your children imitate you and eat healthy themselves.

We are living in a golden age of fast food. You have restaurants popping up on every corner of the street and if we don’t teach our kids about the importance of nutritious eating then we may be looking at a generation that is riddled with health issues.

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  An Apple a day keeps the doctor away. Why?
Posted by: Shadowfaxx - 12-11-2020, 10:11 AM - Forum: Everything Organic - No Replies

We have all heard the phrase, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. We know that apples are good for our health. But, quite specifically why? Today, I’d like to discuss a little bit more about why it’s important to make apples a part of your daily meal plan.

Apples contain potassium, Vitamin A & C, fiber, sugar, protein, calcium and Iron. Apples should always be consumed along with the skin as they are loaded with vitamin C and insoluble fiber, which is the type of fiber that doesn't absorb water. This helps food move quickly through the digestive system as it provides bulk in the intestinal tract.

Consuming apples also benefit you in other way such as:


Healthier heart

Extensive research has linked the intake of high soluble fibre with a reduced buildup of cholesterol-rich plaque in arteries. Apple skin which contains the Phenolic compound prevents the cholesterol that gets into your system from solidifying on your artery walls. When plaque builds inside your arteries, it reduces blood flow to your heart by clogging your arteries, leading to coronary artery disease.

Brighter smile

Apples contain fiber and water that act as cleansing agents. It contains malic acid that boosts saliva production. The production of saliva from biting and chewing will reduce tooth decay by reducing the level of bacteria in the mouth. They are also packed with vitamins and minerals that promote healthy teeth. The fibrous texture of apples also promotes healthier gums.

Helps in weight reduction

Several health problems such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and sleep apnea are linked to being overweight. And a diet rich in fiber will help to manage weight and improve overall health.

One medium apple which contains less than 100 calories can help fill you up and can help with weight loss. Eating a whole apple rather than applesauce, apple juice or no apples at all will make you feel fuller.





Decrease the risk of type 2 diabetes

Apples contain polyphenols, a plant-based compound known for protecting against type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Polyphenols also reduce the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream, which in turn prevents the rapid increases in blood sugar. A medium-sized apple contains 25gms of carbs out of which 18gms is sugar. Most of the sugar found in apples is fructose and has very little effect on blood sugar.

Beat diarrhoea and constipation

Constipation has become an everyday problem. Apple contains a high concentration of pectin fibre which not only aids digestion but also regulates bowel movements.

Prevention of high blood pressure

Antioxidants such as flavonoids found in apples’ act as inhibitors and quercetin have protective effects on blood vessels to boost their elasticity.

So the next time you are at the supermarket make sure to pick yourself up some apples.

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  Organic food for diabetics
Posted by: magnolia - 12-10-2020, 10:48 AM - Forum: Everything Organic - No Replies

It can be difficult to find the right foods to consume when you have diabetes. 

It is also necessary, however, to eat foods that help prevent complications of diabetes, such as heart disease. 

In preventing and controlling diabetes, the diet will play a major role.

Eating organically grown food is particularly essential for people with diabetes who likely have a compromised immune system. 

The risk of diabetes can be increased by the pesticides used to cultivate traditional food. New research has shown that five different pesticides have been related to causing diabetes. The only way to stop eating these pesticides is to eat organic food.

Here are a few foods for people living with diabetes.

  1. Leafy greens
Leafy green vegetables are extremely nutritious and low in calories. They are also low in carbs that can be digested by the body, so they won’t affect the blood sugar level. 

Spinach, kale and other leafy greens are good sources of various vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C. 

Some research shows that people with diabetes have lower levels of vitamin C than people without diabetes and may have higher needs for vitamin C.

Vitamin C acts as a powerful antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory qualities as well.

Increasing the intake of food rich in vitamin C can help people with diabetes increase their serum vitamin C levels while reducing inflammation and cellular damage

  1. Avocados
    
Since avocados have less than 1 gram of sugar, a high fiber content, few carbohydrates, and healthy fats, so you can eat them without raising your blood sugar levels, they make an ideal snack for people with diabetes, especially since obesity increases your chances for developing diabetes.


  1. Beans 
Beans are budget friendly, nutritious and healthy. 

They are rich in B vitamins, minerals such as calcium, potassium, and magnesium, and fiber.

They also have very low glycemic index, which is important for managing diabetes.

  1. Strawberries
Strawberries are high in antioxidants known as anthocyanins, which give them their red color.

Anthocyanins have been shown to reduce cholesterol and insulin levels after a meal. They also improve blood sugar and heart disease risk factors for people with type 2 diabetes.

  1. Garlic
For its tiny size, garlic is incredibly nutritious and low on calories. Research has shown that garlic can help regulate cholesterol and improve management of blood glucose. 

When diabetes is not controlled it puts you at risk for many other diseases. Eating the right food to help manage your diabetes can greatly reduce your risk factor. 

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