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Guayusa Tea

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Ever wanted to drink something that was just as stimulating as coffee but even healthier than green tea? Look no further. Guayusa comes from the dried leaves of the ancient and revered Guayusa tree in the South American rainforest. And it’s a marvel in a cup.

I’m sure that a lot of you like the taste of coffee and its stimulating effect. I do too. But the fact is, coffee is irritating to the stomach’s inner lining. It’s also hard on the liver. Tea, on the other hand, and especially green tea, contains L-theanine, a compound that has stimulating properties similar to those of caffeine. But it’s not exactly like caffeine. Green tea is also great because of its antioxidative property. It’s healthy for the heart and the cardiovascular system. But Guayusa takes tea to the next level.

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Radical Remedy: Echinacea

Echinacea can be used for many more things than just the flu.

With increasing resistance of bacteria to antibiotics; the growing resistance of the influenza virus to vaccines, and the often ineffective prescription medications for the common cold, it is no wonder that many people are looking to natural alternatives to strengthen their immunity.

The body of evidence in favor of Echinacea to do just that is quite convincing. This amazing plant contains compounds called Cichoic Acid and Echinacoside. The first one has been shown to eliminate (by a process called phagocytosis) bacteria and viruses by immune cells called phagocytes. It also inhibits the ability of the HIV virus entering into and thus infecting immune cells. Echinacoside on the other hand provides antibiotic activity against Staphylococci and Streptococci; both very common bacteria that cause numerous infections.

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Binaural Beats

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This one is literally wild. Binaural beats are sounds that are introduced into each ear at different sound frequencies. They are usually mystical in their tone as to facilitate deeper creative thinking and relaxation. Whatever the difference between the two sounds in each ear, your brain wave patterns will move towards that difference. Or so at least the theory goes.

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Radical Remedies: Propolis

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Propolis is a compound that bees use to seal and stabilize their hives. It also protects the hives from bacterial and fungal infections. Bees also use Propolis to mummify carcasses of small mammals and reptiles when they are too large to carry out of the hive. The bodies of these animals are preserved, preventing rotting and disease. Pretty incredible, right? It’s all thanks to the antibiotic nature of Propolis. Bees manufacture this compound by collecting resins on trees and flowers, as opposed to collecting pollen for honey production.

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Radical Remedy: Food as Medicine

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You really are what you eat. The British Journal of Medicine states that a Mediterranean diet keeps people genetically younger, with their cells showing fewer signs of aging. The study was conducted on 5000 nurses over a decade. Specifically, scientists looked at structures called telomeres. These are protective caps at the end of chromosomes that protect our DNA from losing genetic information during cellular division. With each consecutive division, the telomeres shorten. When they reach a critical length, they signal cells to stop dividing, which essentially leads to aging.

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Kava-kava

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Anxiety and sleep disorders are on the rise. Long working hours, competitive jobs, social media overload and the higher performance and appearance expectations of our big-city lifestyles are taking their toll. Add to this the stress of raising children and making sure the bills are paid on time and there you have it: anxiety bordering on paranoia, and the inability to fall asleep or get enough quality sleep each night.

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