Wednesday, June 20, 2018

How to use the Bokashi Recycling System

What have you heard about composting? For some, the idea of composting can be a bit intimidating and even unpleasant. You may have seen the waste recycling units, and come to the conclusion that they’re cumbersome, require constant upkeep, and cause bad smells or swarms of insects in your home or garden. Contrary to these beliefs, composting is a relatively simple process and requires little maintenance after setup. Plus, everything you compost is one less thing in the landfills, so it’s great for the environment!

The Bokashi Recycling System


Composting is an effective method of reusing organic waste from your kitchen. In only two weeks, you'll have valuable organic matter for your garden. Starting your own food waste recycling system is easy and affordable. You can either make your own compost kit with Bokashi bran or purchase a unit from a specialty retailer like TeraGanix.

A store-bought Bokashi food waste fermenter kit includes a sturdy plastic bucket and lid. Each recycling bucket has a spigot on the front, and inside, a durable strainer to separate solids from liquid. Each kit also comes with a bag of Bokashi bran mix.

How to setup a Bokashi Food Waste Fermenter


If you recently purchased - or are planning to purchase - a Bokashi recycling kit, use these tips to setup your unit and start composting:
  1. Place the strainer at the bottom of the bucket.
  2. Sprinkle a handful of the Bokashi mix inside, taking care not to clog the holes in the strainer.
  3. Add kitchen scraps to the bucket. Break down larger food scraps into smaller pieces, and pierce the skin of grapes, tomatoes and similar foods.
  4. Fill the bucket approximately two inches with food scraps, then sprinkle another handful of Bokashi mix over the top. Place a heavy plate on top to compact each layer and release air.
  5. Continue to alternate layers of organic material and Bokashi bran until the bucket is full or you run out of scraps.
  6. Completely seal the lid when finished and leave for at least two weeks
The sealed bucket can be kept in a convenient place with easy access, such as the cabinet under the sink or even in a closet. You can add all types of food scraps to your Bokashi recycling kit, including meat and dairy. Do not add inorganic materials like foils or plastics. If you start to notice an unpleasant smell, add more bran mix to the bucket. There should be a slight brine smell, like pickles, but no bad odors.

Every few days, use the spigot to drain off the liquid at the bottom of the recycling bucket. This liquid is known as Bokashi tea and can be used around the house or garden. You can pour the liquid down sink and tub drains in your bathroom, kitchen or laundry room. The Bokashi tea helps to unclog drains, keep pipe interiors smooth, and eliminate unpleasant odors. You can also use the liquid as a very powerful fertilizer for your plants. Just add one cup of Bokashi tea to four gallons of water and spray over plants!

Once the composting process is complete, bury the contents in your garden. Composting is a great way to reintroduce healthy microorganisms back into your garden and repair damaged soil. Learn more at last week’s blog post: Natural Remedies to Repair Damaged Soil.

The Negative Effects of Pesticides

Using pesticide lawn treatments are a common way for gardeners and farmers to keep unwanted pests and insects out of their fruits and vegetables. However, these chemicals can have a negative effect on our lives. Fortunately, organic repellents and treatments, such as EM 1, are becoming more popular and available over the past few years, making a healthier garden more available to us.

Just how do these chemical pesticides affect our lives? Check out some of their potentially harmful effects on our heath and children.

Autism


Although pesticides are not the sole cause of autism, they may be a heavy part of the equation. The condition has been arising in mothers that were exposed to chemicals while she was pregnant and in the early years of childhood. Scientists believe that too many chemicals are affecting the neurology bugs, such as staying off of your plants or causing them to die, it is probably affecting the neurology of children too.

Cancer


Cancer has been linked to many chemicals that assist in agricultural growth. Scientists have found that these pesticides have been associated with not just one, but many types of cancer. By simply applying these chemicals to their garden, one is exposing themselves to the risk of breast, prostate, brain, bone, thyroid, colon, liver and lung cancer.

But even when one is exposed indirectly to pesticides, such as through parental use, it has been found to affect children in a terrible way. A study has shown that when a woman is pregnant with a child and is exposed to the pesticides, it can increase the risk for brain cancer in the child. Parental exposure includes before the child’s conception, during gestation and after birth. When the parents are exposed to the pesticides may also play a role in the different cellular changes for themselves that lead to cancer.

Infertility and Birth Defects


While we are the topic of pregnancy, one of the most well-known negative effects of pesticides is infertility. Infertility is commonly and consistently found to be a result of exposure to pesticides and agricultural chemicals. A popular weed killer that is used on golf courses and agriculture is Atrazine. Atrazine has been found in the tap water of many homes. This may be a reason why miscarriage and infertility rates are on the rise. Roundup has also been found to cause various birth defects in pregnant women. Pesticides do not only effect women. That same chemical in Roundup has also been known to damage or kill testicular cells in the first 48 hours of exposure. Other chemicals affect males too. The chemical used in strawberry fields and apple orchards have been found to lower testosterone levels.

So how can we avoid pesticides and pesticide exposure? Do not use pesticides on your garden and buy organic food. If your budget does not allow you to eat all organic, try to just buy organic fruit and vegetables. Making a small change can make all the difference in your life and in your children’s life!

The Health Benefits of Probiotics

We hear the word probiotics tossed around quite a bit these days. Whether it is at the grocery store or the doctor’s office, probiotics seem like an important topic about your health. However, what exactly are probiotics and how do you get them? Probiotics are a group of good bacteria that occur naturally in your body. Although they are naturally found in your body, they also can be found in common foods, like yogurt and over the counter liquids and supplements. These “good” bacteria are there to help control the harmful bacteria in your digestive system. Probiotics aids in digestion, bloating and is also known to help those who have irritable bowel syndrome.

There are two ways that probiotics are believed to protect our body. The first way is that they play a huge role in our digestive tract. Our digestive tract needs the right balance of good and bad bacteria, however, sometimes our lifestyle choices get in the way of that healthy balance. Sometimes, things like food choices, lack of sleep, stress, drugs and alcohol can influence and shift the amount of bacteria that is in your system. A healthy digestive tract will filter out any sort of toxins to prevent from damaging it. When it comes to healthy nutrients, the digestive tract will absorb it and help deliver it to necessary parts of our body.

However, bad bacteria does still play a role in our bodies so our digestive tract cannot eliminate all of it. There is a need for both the good and bad bacteria to be perfectly balanced in our bodies. When the balance is off or shifted, that causes problems such as diarrhea, muscle pain or urinary tract infections.

Probiotics also have a major impact on our immune system. Our immune system is vital when protecting against harmful toxins like germs. When it doesn't function properly or is weak, we can suffer from allergic reactions, autoimmune disorders, and infections. By maintaining the correct balance of probiotics and bad bacteria, our system should be able to protect against these disorders and infections. It is never too late to restore the balance in our immune system, anytime it is reestablished, our system can benefit.

An easy way to get the good bacteria in your system is by taking a daily liquid probiotics such as PRO EM 1. PRO EM 1 is a powerful liquid probiotic that is dairy, wheat and soy free. It is made from all natural and organic ingredients. Unlike yogurt, it has no added preservatives, added sugars or dyes. PRO EM 1 is friendly for almost any diet. This liquid probiotic supplement uses three groups of live, beneficial digestive enzymes to cleanse and remove toxins from your body.
PRO EM 1 daily probiotic cleanses and supplements utilizing a cutting-edge technology known as EM Technology. This EM technology involves using a broad spectrum of beneficial bacteria, digestive enzymes and all of their metabolites produced during fermentation to provide a more complete probiotic and benefits to the digestive system.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Probiotics Help Beyond the Gut


Where Probiotics Can Help


Probiotics have notably been advertised to help cure a number of tummy troubles and digestive issues, but did you know that their benefits can extend well past your gut? Although most people who take probiotics are taking them for digestive reasons, some people are noticing other benefits they have received as a result of taking probiotic supplements or cleanses. With all the talk of the benefits of probiotics, many scientists are now studying the wide range of probiotics abilities to improve health in different areas of the body. We do know that probiotics help balance the amount of good and bad bacteria in the gut, which helps with a number of digestive issues such as bloating, constipation, diarrhea, absorption and more. The majority of our immune system also lives in our gut, so many people are also experiencing immune support from taking a probiotic supplement. However, with such success in these areas, there is a lot of research going into the ways that probiotics can help balance different parts of your body as well.

Organic Supplement Studies in the Works


Some of the recent claims from probiotic users are that probiotics can help with acne, allergies, diabetes, anxiety, mental clarity, and hormone balancing. Although many of these areas are still being studied, there is a clear connect to the way our gut functions and affects our whole body function. If probiotics can help in a variety of areas, you may seem them being used more widely to treat a variety of health issues across the board. The gut controls the absorption of nutrients, so if you're not getting the nutrients you need, don't you think that this would affect your mental clarity? Many of our hormones are balanced from our guts and the food we eat as well. Ever notice after a junk food binge that you don't feel good, are cranky, and breaking out more than usual? This could definitely be a sign of how the food we eat and how we digest it really affects much more than just our stomachs. With all of these studies in the works, you can certainly expect more uses and benefits for probiotics in the future.

Adding Probiotics to Your Routine


Adding a probiotic to your daily routine is easy! There are a variety of probiotic supplements, foods infused with probiotics and probiotic drinks. Probiotics are easy to find at many grocery stores, health food stores and for purchase online. You'll want to find a probiotic supplement that you can easily work into your daily routine. At Teraganix, we offer our Pro-EM 1 Probiotic for sale on our website! You can try our probiotic cleanse and see how it works for you! You will certainly start to notice the benefits of taking a probiotic once it's been added to your routine. If you think that taking a probiotic will help you, make a plan to start adding probiotics to your diet. Our Pro EM-1 Probiotic is a great place to start!

5 Tips To Make A Great Home Compost

Composting has been around long before any modern forms of farming and gardening. Creating a good compost remains one of the most beneficial ways to create and improve soil health for whatever you are growing. Even though compost is essentially just decomposed matter, there are still ways to produce a better yielding and nutrient-rich mix for your garden! Let’s discuss some important steps to take to make sure your organic waste is providing maximum benefits to your garden or crop.


1. Good Compost Comes From Good Organic Materials



Organic matter that can break down fast is good to include in your bin. This could include vegetable peelings, fruit waste, plant clippings, grass cuttings, and even tea bags. The fast breakdown of these types of materials also provide abundant and important nitrogen.

Along with fast composting items, you should include slower rotting items like cardboard egg containers, fallen leaves, and old paper. There materials will provide vital fiber and carbon while also allowing air pockets to form.

2. Keep The Bad Materials Out


You should avoid adding synthetics like plastics or metals into your compost as they do not rot naturally in a short period of time. Unless you are opting to get a digester, no meats or dairy products should enter a compost pile. These along with things like babies diapers, or pet waste, can introduce unwanted pests and foul smells into your compost.

You should also avoid introducing any perennial weeds (like dandelions) or weeds with seed heads. These will find their ways back to life in your garden.

3. Use The Right Composting Container Or Bin


If you don’t need a large composting heap, you should invest in a composting container or bin. These are compact and perfect for smaller personal gardens. Teraganix offers our Bokashi Bucket Food Fermenter Kit that can speed up all your food recycling to only 6 weeks! This proven method is a great way to quickly deliver home-made nutrients to your garden.

4. Location, Location, Location


A good area for a your compost is somewhere dry and that drains easily. This will make sure that no excess moisture is introduced. This will speed up the food recycling process and may also encourage worms to get in the compost and start aiding in the breakdown efforts.

5. Aerate The Organic Material


Composting is a very low-maintenance task, but with that said it is important to regularly introduce new organic matter tot he pile, as well as aerate the matter by mixing or turning it over. This can be done with a pitchfork for larger piles, or a compost aerator from something smaller.

However you compile your compost, know that you are already taking the correct steps in creating a healthier soil for your vegetation! With any beginning will come mistakes and errors. It is important to note these so on the next batch of compost you can turn out an even better mixture.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Four Healthy Habits for Addiction Recovery

Addiction recovery takes a lot of work and all that work can be a drain on your physical health. You can take back your health with a few lifestyle changes. Here are four healthy habits you can adopt to support your recovery.

Healthy Habit 1: A Nutritious Diet


Eating well is one of the best ways to support your whole body’s health. A proper diet will provide:

     Nutrients and supplements to support good physical and mental health.
     The ability to select a menu that can reduce stress, such as foods full of Omega-3. Try adding fatty fish like salmon to your diet once a week.
     Focus and engagement while learning to cook. You can boost your confidence as your cooking skills improve.
     Boost your immune system and increase serotonin levels with a naturally fermented probiotic like PRO EM•1®.


Explore different dietary styles. According to this article at Purple Carrot, a plant-based diet may be helpful for recovering addicts. Ken Immer, a recovering meth addict and former heavy drinker, believes his vegetarian diet helped him stick to sobriety. He also claims it aided his healing process.

While there is no particular diet that people in recovery should follow, experts told U.S. News that good nutrition for recovering addicts should include healthy proteins, like fish and lean meats, fresh produce, legumes, and whole grain foods. It’s also important not to skip meals. Low blood sugar may spur negative emotions and responses.

Healthy Habit 2: Exercise or Sports


A 2009 study showed that regular physical activity “may help in preventing amphetamine addiction.” That is one of an increasing number of studies convincing scientists that exercise can help treat addiction.

When you’re in recovery, it’s important to select an exercise program that fits your needs and abilities. Choose something that’s safe. A serious injury can require pain management and it’s best to avoid that sort of risk.

There are many fun and engaging options to choose from: basketball, jogging, bike riding, yoga, dance classes. Think about what piques your interest and start investigating classes.

Talk to your doctor and your recovery team about integrating fitness as part of your program before you start.

Healthy Habit 3: Meditation


Another great habit to support your recovery is meditation. Deep breathing, mindfulness practices, and prayer can all serve to help lower stress levels and boost both your body’s immunity and energy levels. Focused breathing exercises can help with mental clarity, improved lung function, and relaxation. Research also shows that, along with exercise, these can help your body cleanse itself of chemical toxins that can bring down your mood.

“Mindfulness” activities also positively impact your brain, creating new pathways that empower you to leave old habits and addictions behind. Adding a variety of these practices will help you get maintain sobriety.

Healthy Habit 4: Positive Socialization


As part of your treatment, you’ll need to learn to socialize without returning to substance use. That may mean creating new friendships and finding peer support. Join self-helps groups that practice sobriety to learn positive ways to socialize.  The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. has a comprehensive list of self-help groups for you to consider.

If you struggle to find groups, ask your recovery team about therapy animals. They are commonly very helpful in substance abuse rehabilitation. You might even end up dog walking or adopting a therapy pet, which can further support positive socialization. Learn more about pet therapy from Dog Time.

These four healthy habits can help you on the road to recovery. Remember, they are not a substitute for your addiction recovery program. They supplement the therapies you are already involved with, allowing you to make your best strides towards continued sobriety. 

Sunday, April 29, 2018

How to Reduce the Risk of Digestive Disorders


Disorders of the gastrointestinal tract are very common. About 25% of the population suffer from upper abdominal pain, indigestion, and heartburn. This can lead to additional discomfort, stress, time off work, and a reduced quality of life.

Balancing Microorganisms in the Digestive Tract


Digestion really gets going in the stomach. Cells in the stomach produce protein-depleting enzymes and hydrochloric acid to break down food. The stomach secretes other necessary substances, such as hormones and mucus, to manage organ functions and safeguard the gastric lining.

The condition of the stomach’s inner lining, or mucosa, relies on a careful balance between aggressive and defensive factors. Aggressive factors, such as hydrochloric acid, damage the lining. Whereas defensive factors, such as mucus, protect the delicate surface. Too much acid weakens the defense and can lead to erosions or ulcers, and other symptoms such as upper abdominal pain, indigestion, heartburn, nausea, and vomiting. By the time you reach the point of acute suffering, the problem has been developing for months or even years. It may be very difficult to resolve.

Your intestinal system serves a bigger purpose than just processing food. It contains a multitude of bacteria - both good and bad - that contribute to about 85% of the immune system. The bacteria stimulate the creation of Secretory IgA (SigA) in the intestines, which nourishes your immune system and protects your body. Approximately 2 to 3 grams of SigA is created every day.

SigA is the primary immunoglobulin in mucus secretions. Mucus is your body’s main defense against gastrointestinal pathogens, such as bacteria, parasites, fungi, toxins and viruses. SigA antibodies attach to pathogens - trapping them in mucus - and neutralize harmful toxins, until the pathogen is expelled from the body with other waste by way of feces.

Probiotics Can Improve Immune and Digestive Health


Numerous health issues can arise when your digestive tract is not working efficiently, including allergies and autoimmune diseases. Properly managing the complex microorganisms that reside in your GI tract is essential to maintaining your immune health.

You can greatly decrease your risk of developing a digestive problem by integrating probiotics into your diet. Probiotics are living microorganisms or friendly bacteria that have significant health benefits in the body. Probiotics can be found in organic supplements, like our PRO-EM 1® products, as well as certain foods, like yogurt. Probiotics can help balance the levels of microorganisms in the stomach and intestines, and drive down the number of harmful bacterias.
 
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