Vitamins and Minerals: Are You Getting What You Need?

Vitamins and Minerals: Are You Getting What You Need?

Health
Vitamins and minerals are essential to support normal physiologic function. There are three characteristics of vitamins: they’re essential for physiologic function, are natural components of food, and when absent from our diet can cause a deficiency. They are either water-soluble or fat soluble, and they serve a variety of roles in our bodies. Their most important role is as coenzymes. Minerals are also essential and include a wide set of micronutrients. Micro minerals are required in just 15mg a day, while macro minerals should be in 100mg a day. In years gone by, medical professionals realized that many diseases were related directly to food intake. The diseases were found even when patients were consuming an adequate level of protein and calories. What they realized was these diseases were absent in…
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Crying over spilled milk-er-soup

Crying over spilled milk-er-soup

Homestead Stories
And, I woke up this morning with grand plans…and rolling out of bed I hit the floor running. Grabbing my coffee, I held it in one hand while busily putting away dishes with the other as I wanted a clean counter top to make Whoopie Pies which I planned to bring to my brother later in the morning. The dogs were circling my legs as they always do when they sense it’s going to be a baking morning…hoping for any little tidbit to fall from the table so they could scoop it up hungrily like a bunch of little beggers. The conversation sounded like a parody of chaos… ’Lucy! Get out from under my feet! Tara-belle don’t you dare jump up on that counter! Sadie! For the love of God!…
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The Connection Between Exercise And Brain Power

The Connection Between Exercise And Brain Power

Health
You shouldn’t begin engaging in regular physical activity only after you’ve already noticed a potential health threat. If you start exercising now, you’ll greatly reduce the risk of diabetes, stroke, and heart disease, amount other health problems. Other benefits of exercise include weight loss and lower blood pressure. However, regular physical activity won’t only keep your body healthy, but your brain as well. After all, your brain is no different than the muscles in your body. If you don’t stimulate and preserve it, you’ll be faced with certain problems. Although you’ll experience mental health benefits from almost any type of workout, aerobic exercise is especially known for improving your brain health. Here are some of the main health benefits of exercise for mental health. Exercise Improves Brain Growth As you…
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Rooted in Nature-Stories from Nancy Broadley

Rooted in Nature-Stories from Nancy Broadley

Homestead Stories
Good morning :) The human body fascinates me. It is strong, resilient and this working machine, if working properly, carries us day in and day out. Yet, one wrong move, one simple twist and the body will let you know who's in charge... As a homesteader my work starts at dawn and all through the day I am twisting, bending, reaching, lifting and putting my body through its paces... often pushing it further than it wants to go... so you would think something as easy as picking up a lawn chair and moving it would not be a big deal right? Wrong! It was a simple task. Pick up the lawn chair, fold it and bring it into the hallway so it doesn't get wet with the storm predicted to…
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Nancy Broadley-Rooted In Nature

Nancy Broadley-Rooted In Nature

Reading List
Please give a big homestead welcome to our newest contributor to FarmHomestead, Nancy Broadley, author of "Rooted in Nature, Stories of Hope, Healing and Feminine Wisdom! I met Nancy online in my herbal studies Facebook group. I kept thinking, "that sounds like OUR house". She made me laugh, she made me cry, she made me feel like, "hey! I'm not the only one going through this!". I asked her if I could share them with all my homesteading friends and now she's part of the FH team! You can read her first posted story about Peckerhead and the Chicken Mafia here. Nancy is an Author, Homesteader and Herbalist. A mother of two grown children and grand-mother to two beautiful girls. She is also Fur-mom to three girls, prison guard of…
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4 Ways to Make Better Compost

4 Ways to Make Better Compost

Soil & Compost
Whether you are a hobbyist or someone serious about gardening, the ability to make your own compost will be very helpful. This article will assume that you have the basics of composting down and give you a few tips on how to make better compost. Composting is one of the best ways to recycle food waste and scraps into a soil amendment your plants will thrive on. In fact, most gardeners are always looking for good compost to help their plants flourish. Making your own compost is the most sustainable, self-reliant option, but there are people who make good money selling compost to commercial farms and gardening enthusiasts. Look at these four ways to make better compost... The Location or Your Compost Bin Matters The composting process takes time and…
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Mindful gardening: 3 Tips You Should Know

Mindful gardening: 3 Tips You Should Know

Organic Gardening
In our increasingly hectic and crazy lives, more people are starting to realize that they need to take some time out from the hustle and bustle just to find some inner peace. Mindful gardening allows you to turn off your "autopilot" mode, and stop and experience life fully. You will taste food better. Your relationships will be more engaging... and your senses will be heightened. You will not be in a perpetual rush to meet deadlines and keep running on a never-ending wheel like a hamster. Mindful gardening is one of the best ways to calm your mind and literally gives you the opportunity to stop and smell the roses. Your garden will be an oasis of peace and calm in a mad world. You’ll connect with nature, and gardening…
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Top Nutrient Dense Foods You Should Know – Especially if You Are Over 50

Top Nutrient Dense Foods You Should Know – Especially if You Are Over 50

Over 50
It's not like 50 is a magical age when everything changes, but as we age it becomes more tricky to keep our lowering need for calories in line with our increasing need for vitamins. To maintain good health as we grow into our 50's, finding nutrient dense food becomes more ... ahem... important. Our requirements for vitamins are a cause for concern for many of us, and for good reason. Vitamins are not like calories, you can't tell if you are getting enough, too many, or too few before it becomes a problem. Vitamins are also unlike calories in that there are calories in all the food we eat, but a lot of the foods we eat are so poor in vitamins, they may as well not claim to have…
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Vegans and Omnivores Unite-Food Security is the Real Issue

Vegans and Omnivores Unite-Food Security is the Real Issue

Community
Well, I sent a broadcast email to my entire mailing list this afternoon. I was entirely unprepared for the backlash... and lots of unsubscribes. Vegan or Omnivore is NOT the Debate when Food Security is at Stake In case your don't subscribe to "The Homestead Express" and didn't get the email, it was a notice for a free viewing of the film, "Raising Meat Chickens". Now, being that this is a blog on self reliance on a bit of land, herbs to support health, growing your own food, etc... who knew I would offend so many people by offering a free viewing for a film that goes into topics like "How to Buy Cruelty Free Chicken" and "Inside Chicken Factory Farms—The Awful Truth"? I did a google search on "dialog…
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Essential Oils to Improve Digestion

Essential Oils to Improve Digestion

Essential Oils
The digestive process plays a major role in our health. During digestion, your food is broken down into nutrients that your body absorbs for energy and proper development and growth. It also supports and maintains the health and functioning of every single cell, muscle, and organ in your body. It's also responsible for maintaining the health of your immune system. It is so important that a pregnant woman's digestive system even affects the development of her unborn baby. But unfortunately, with the presence of processed foods as well as excess sugar in food and drinks, the health of our digestive system gets compromised every single day. Add to that the daily grind of stress and anxiety, and the levels of healthy bacteria drops to dangerous levels. Some common digestive problems…
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