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9 Vegan Tips for Natural Allergy Relief

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9 Vegan Tips for Natural Allergy Relief

Article by Alexandra Chang, Veg News

Throw out your antihistamine pills and battle those annoying allergies the natural way. From saline water to probiotic foods, here are some great ways to fight off runny noses and watery eyes without having to rely on allergy meds that often tend to make you drowsy and end up loosing their oomph anyway.

1. Neti Pot

Watching YouTube videos on how to use these water-pot devices can definitely turn a person off, but doctors and natural healing experts alike recommend the product to clear out sinuses. Gravity and some saline (salt and water) solution thin out mucus, thus cleaning the nasal cavity of allergens and irritants. Yes, it sounds gross, but you’ll be breathing easily within minutes.

2. Probiotics
Eating foods with plenty of probiotics isn’t just good for digestion, it also plays a key role in keeping your immune system healthy. Look for products with probiotics such as Lactobaccilus rhamnosus GG, Bifidobacterium lactis, and Lactobacillus acidophilus, all of which help keep allergies in check. Purchasing probiotic pills is an easy option as well.

3. Apples and Onions
Found in the skin of onions and apples, the flavanoid quercetin is a natural antihistamine. Several studies have shown that when taken in supplement form, quercetin can be extremely helpful in reducing a variety of allergy symptoms. Take it with vitamin C and it will work even better!

4. Stinging Nettle Leaf
Stinging nettle leaf is a popular ingredient in natural allergy-relief products. Drink some of the herb in tea form and you’ll also get the anti-inflammatory benefits that will ease allergies. The leaf is also used as a diuretic, and is rich in vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene.

5. Walnuts and Flaxseed
Similarly to stinging nettle, omega-3s help fight the inflammation that causes allergy symptoms. People who eat more omega-3 fatty acids, found in walnuts and flaxseed, have experienced less severe allergies than those who do not. Sprinkle some in your morning cereal or oatmeal to start the day off right.

6. Oily Steam
Steam from herbal oils can also help relieve congestion and is easy to do at home. Boil some water in a saucepan. Turn off the heat and add eucalyptus, rosemary, myrtle, or tea tree oil and take deep breaths of the oil-steam mixture for three to five minutes.

7. Acupuncture
Lay down and relax as properly placed needles alleviate your itchy eyes and stuffed nose. Though studies have not shown exactly why or how it works, some experts believe that it stimulates the nervous system. Start treatments a month before peak allergy season for the best results.

8. Humidifier
If your house is particularly dry, a humidifier might be the answer to relieving allergies. Water droplets will bind to allergens, such as pollen, and make them fall to the floor. You’ll breathe in less of what causes seasonal sneezing, at least when you’re in the comfort of your home. Remember though that too much humidity can create additional allergen problems.

9. Air Purifier
To further prevent allergies from attacking at home, some doctors recommend installing an air purifier with a high efficiency particulate air filter. These purifiers pull air through the filter, removing pollen, dust, spores, and smoke from the air. They come in both portable and whole-house systems, so you can be covered from bedroom to living room.

Whether you use one or all, these natural allergy solutions will help keep seasonal sneezing to a minimum.

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Vegan Actress Madeline Petsch Takes On Gordan Ramsey In A Vegan Cook Off

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Vegan Actress Madeline Petsch Takes On Gordan Ramsey In A Vegan Cook Off

Article By Nadia Murray-Ragg, Live Kindly

Internationally-renowned chef Gordon Ramsay, who has taken a hard stance against veganism in the past, has shocked the digital space once again by making another public announcement in favor of plant-based cuisine.

Ramsay’s YouTube cooking show just hit one billion views, and to celebrate, he surprised fans by having a plant-based cook-off with longtime vegan and actor Madelaine Petsch.

Petsch is known for her leading role on the wildly popular CW teen drama television series, “Riverdale.” She has been following a vegan lifestyle since the age of 14 and recently accredited her plant-based diet for powering her through the demanding on-set schedule.

In the cook-off with Ramsay, the two were both given a mystery box of vegan ingredients and challenged to cook their best vegan dish in a set amount of time.

 

Ramsay mentioned to Petsch during the episode that he heard she was a foodie, much like himself. She responded, jokingly, with “didn’t you know I’m a vegan?” Both the celebrity chef and Petsch, a home cook, showed off their impressive skills in the kitchen, each creating unique and technical dishes meant to wow the judges. Petsch experimented with greens, creating a kale pesto to garnish kelp noodles. Ramsay went for something more familiar to his typical style of cuisine: a marinated cauliflower steak complimented by a side of chickpeas.

 

The pairing of the two celebrities was unexpected by both of their fanbases, however, the cooks revealed that they are actually old acquaintances. Petsch started her career in entertainment behind the scenes, working as a production assistant on Ramsay’s show “Master Chef Junior.”

Despite Ramsay’s past history of bashing the vegan “trend,” he has recently shown somewhat of an affinity for plant-based cuisine. In April, he stirred up a frenzy of attention from the media when he tweeted: “Going to give this whole #vegan thing a try. Yes guys you heard that right. Gx.” Later that month, he noshed on a bottomless vegan pizza at his new London pizza restaurant, Street Pizza.

Ramsay’s “Vegan Masterchef Cookoff” is available to stream both on Ramsay’s and Petsch’s YouTube channels. Who will reign supreme? Watch to find out.

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How to Use a Vegan Diet to Keep Your Body Alkaline

How to Use a Vegan Diet to Keep Your Body Alkaline

How to Use a Vegan Diet to Keep Your Body Alkaline

An article by One Green Planet

The human body, at birth,  is a perfectly alkaline pH of 7.4. In this state, the body is able to perform its necessary functions: cells receive the oxygen they need, nutrients are delivered efficiently throughout the system, energy is converted smoothly and the immune system effectively fights off disease.

Why is pH Important?

An acidic pH – which is anything lower than a 7.0 – can lead to a host of health problems. The body is designed to thrive in an alkaline state; in an acidic one, tissues don’t repair and regenerate as well (leading to things like signs of premature aging), elimination from the system is not conducted as efficiently (causing a backup of toxins throughout the body, which further impairs functioning) and cells don’t receive the oxygen they need. A cell without oxygen is like a fish without water… and we know what that means. Excess acid has also been linked to insulin sensitivity (read: weight gain and its related issues) and excess cholesterol accumulation in the arteries.

How Does The Body Become Acidic?

Over time, the introduction of outside substances changes the body’s pH. It’s no surprise that food – and the quality of it – will have a substantial impact on the body’s acidity. A diet of fast food, meat, dairy and excessive sugar and alcohol can increase the body’s acidity exponentially. Because the body seeks its ideal pH, it will pull alkalizing minerals from organs and tissues to buffer and remove acid from the system. If this carries on, cells and structures start to corrode and fall apart.

The Good News

Choosing a whole foods, plant-based lifestyle not only protects you from a host of other ailments, thanks to the plethora of powerful disease-fighting compounds, but plant foods tend to be the most alkalizing of anything we can consume. Reducing meat and dairy intake and increasing the amount of alkaline plant foods you eat each day has been shown to decrease risk for cancer, cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes. The reason for this is two-fold: disease cells require an acidic environment to proliferate, and an alkaline body has more robust immune defenses.

An alkaline body is a thriving one, so read on for some delicious plant-based foods to work into your life today!

Some Foods That Enhance Alkalinity:

Citrus Fruits

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Lemons, limes and grapefruits may taste acidic, but when they’re broken down in the body, what remains are buffering alkaline minerals.

Green Vegetables, Especially Ones Pressed Into Green Juice

Juice

Perhaps more readily available than in any other food, the minerals found in fresh-pressed green juice travel quickly throughout the body and offer a buffering effect against acids.

Parsley

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Put parsley in juices, salads or use as a garnish. Not only is this herb high in Vitamin C and K, it’s powerfully alkalizing thanks to its tremendous mineral content.

Onions and Garlic

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Onions and garlic absorb a wide variety of nutrients from the soil in which they grow. Look for organic versions of these allium veggies: the minerals will do your body good!

Yerba Mate and Herbal Tea

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Ground root teas and herbal infusions are packed with minerals and antioxidants that buffer against acid. Some, including yerba, are naturally caffeinated, which makes them a great substitute for coffee (which is highly acidic).

These are of course, no exclusive list for all the beneficial alkalaine foods to add to your diet. All fruits and vegetables benefit the body’s pH levels for the better. Work as many into your day as you can and be sure to reduce or eliminate animal products.

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Vanilla Chia Breakfast Pudding

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Vanilla Chia Breakfast Pudding

Why wait until dessert when you can enjoy pudding for breakfast? What a great start to a morning right? The Buddhist Chef knows just how to create delicious indulgences with health at heart! And we love him for it!

This Vanilla Chia Breakfast Pudding is perfect when you are having some friends over for breaky and you want to show them that just because you are vegan doesn’t mean your meals are dull.

Ingredients: 

Crumble

  • 1 cup of rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup of  grated coconut
  • 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts
  • 2 teaspoons of coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • a pinch of salt

Pudding

  • 1 & 3/4 cups of full fat coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup of whole chia seeds – buy them here
  • chocolate bark for topping

Instructions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350F (175˚C)
  2. In a bowl, combine the oatmeal, grated coconut, walnuts, coconut oil, maple syrup and salt.
  3. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.

Parfait

  1. In a bowl, combine the coconut milk, the maple syrup, the vanilla extract and chia seeds.
  2. Mix well and refrigerate for at least 60 minutes.
  3. Pour the pudding into dessert cups, garnish with crumble and chocolate barks.

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Indian Chickpea Curry

Chickpea curry

Indian Chickpea Curry

There is nothing quite like a good Indian curry when it starts to get a bit chilly out, and as the colder seasons roll in the quicker and easier the meal the better! This Indian chickpea curry by the Happy Pear literally only takes 5 minutes to make is exactly what you need on those wintery-weekday nights when all you want to do is cuddle up under a blanket by the TV with a delicious hot and flavour-filled meal.

Ingredients:

  • ½ red onion
  • 2 tablespoons
  • olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • ½ thumb-sized piece of ginger
  • ½ a red chili
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground paprika
  • 1 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 400g tin coconut milk
  • 1 400g tin of chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • small bunch of coriander
  • zest of ½ lime
  • juice of ½ lime
  • 1 avocado

Instructions:

  1. Heat the oil on a medium heat.
  2. Thinly slice the onion and garlic and add to the pan.
  3. Grate the ginger into the pan. No need to remove the skin!
  4. Thinly slice the chilli and add to the pan.
  5. Add the spices and cook for 30 seconds.
  6. Add the chopped tomatoes, coconut milk and chickpeas.
  7. Add the salt and pepper.
  8. Chop the coriander and add to the pan along with the lime zest.
  9. Add the lime juice, season to taste and serve with avocado and the grain of your choice.

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Smokey BBQ Jackfruit Wraps

Smokey BBQ Jackfruit Wraps

Smokey BBQ Jackfruit Wraps

Recipe by Avent Garde Vegan

“Jackfruit is a wonder of a fruit, highly nutritious & has a surprisingly meaty texture. Often compared to pulled pork! Covered in sticky smokey bbq sauce & wrapped in Lettuce wraps – beautiful”

Ingredients: 

Jackfruit Mix

2 Tins Nature’s Charm Young Green Jackfruit Confit – Buy it here!
1 tsp Smoked Paprika
1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1 tsp Ground Cumin
1 tsp Fennel Seeds, toasted & ground.
1 tsp Sugar
1 tsp Dried Sage

BBQ Sauce

1 cup Tomato Ketchup
3 tsp English Mustard
1 tbs Balsamic Vinegar
2 drops Liquid Smoke
1 tbs Tamari
3 tbs Unrefined Caster Sugar
Spinkle Smoked Chilli Flakes

Rainbow Slaw

2 cup/100g Red Cabbage, shredded fine
2 Carrots, peeled & grated
1 Red Onion, finely sliced
Handful of Coriander, chopped fine
6 tbs Vegan Mayonnaise (gaz’s essentials section)
Pinch Sea Salt & Pepper

To serve

Gem Lettuce
Fresh Lime Juice
Black Onion Seeds
Roasted Cashew Nuts

Instructions: 

 

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Eminem Serves Vegan Moms Spaghetti At Couchella

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Eminem Serves Vegan Mom’s Spaghetti At Couchella

Article by Live Kindly

Eminem bought fans food as well as music over the weekend at Coachella. The rapper setup a pop-up restaurant called ‘Mom’s Spaghetti’ where he served fans a vegan treat before his set on Sunday night.

Eminem’s pop-up, named after the famous line in his 2002 hit “Lose Yourself”, first launched at the end of 2017. When the stall appeared at Coachella last weekend, fans knew instantly it must be associated with the artist.

“I just assumed it was related to him because we’d never heard ‘Mom’s spaghetti’ anywhere else,” one festival-goer, GiGi Garcia, told the LA Times. “I want to know if it’s just this year because he’s playing, or if they will be here next year too. I bet the spaghetti is good.”

It’s a brilliant name for a spaghetti restaurant,” another guest, Megan Black, from Toronto, informed the publication. “We were drawn to it because of the name.”

The rapper initially teased his fans with a post on Twitter of the Mom’s Spaghetti billboard, but officially stated the location on Saturday on Twitter and Instagram.

COACHELLA STANS – CATCH US ACROSS FROM THE DO LAB STAGE #MOMSPAGHETTI + STAN MERCH,”Eminem wrote.

Vegan options at Mom’s Spaghetti were not the only choice for meat-free guests on Sunday. The Herbivorous Butcher, Moby’s Little Pine Restaurant, and Ramen Hood are just some of the vegan vendors currently in attendance at the festival in Palm Springs, which closes this coming weekend.

Eminem is not the only artist who has been promoting vegan eats either – in March, fellow headliner Beyonce announced she was going to eat plant-based in order to prepare for her performance at the festival.

“44 days until Coachella!! Vegan Time!! Click on the link in my bio to join me!” the star posted on her Instagram account to an audience of 112 million followers.

 

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A Vet’s Top 3 Reasons for Dogs to be Vegan

A Vet's Top 3 Reasons for Dogs to be Vegan

A Vet’s Top 3 Reasons for Dogs to be Vegan

Source: V-dog Blog

Dr. Richard Pitcairn, DVM, published Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats in 1982 to encourage healthier diets for companion animals. As time went on, he realized that in the context of today’s factory farming system, it is optimal to feed our pets a plant-based diet. He emphasizes three main factors — health, resources, and ethics.

Health

Very important to most people is that their dogs are healthy and happy. I have been a veterinarian for 50 years now and seen an evolution in the health of animals, an evolution that is not in a favorable direction. Very often dogs are presented to the veterinarian with persistent, chronic, and difficult to treat, conditions. These are not the straight-forward problems like vomiting from eating spoiled food, or having an infectious disease like Distemper or Parvo virus. The bulk of health problems are not this chronic pattern. The face of veterinary medicine has changed and though many drugs are available to us, in all honesty, we are not really able to restore complete health to most of these animals. Why not is a good question.

I have looked into this over the years and finally came to realize the importance of the food eaten as a major factor in these health disorders. The evolution of agriculture and factory farming, as mentioned above, has resulted in an incredible contamination of our food supply. When dogs and cats have been tested for the chemicals that have accumulated in their tissues, the amounts that have accumulated is higher than what is in we humans, which is already quite high. In one study by the Environmental Working Group, testing blood and urine of dogs, 35 chemicals were detected – 40% of them at higher levels than in people. This is highly significant as these toxic chemicals include ones that,  for example, cause cancer.

It is now estimated that of all dogs over the age of two, that 50% of them will develop cancer in their lives. This is incredible, an epidemic. That these same dogs are eating, daily, foods that contain chemicals that cause cancer is surely significant don’t you think?

There are over 100,000 chemical in use in our world today and hundreds of them end up in the environment, accumulate in plants, and even more in the animals that eat the plants. Those that get the highest amounts of these chemicals, increased by hundreds of thousands or a million times, are the ones eating at the top of the food chain — eating the animals that eat the plants. In our country these are human beings, dogs and cats. The food sources that contain, by far, the highest amount of toxic chemicals are meat, bones and other animal products like cheese, milk, etc.

Once I realized this I began advising clients with dogs, having these chronic disorders, to change the food the dogs were eating to a plant-based recipe as in our book. The idea here to avoid the intake of the many chemicals in the animal products that might be the cause of the problem. Results outweighed expectations. Many dogs noticeably improve in their condition with this change alone. It was these experiences that encouraged us to promote a plant-based diet in the last edition of our book, and now to encourage you to consider the same change.

Resources

The raising of animals as food is a very inefficient way to get nutrition and in today’s world is significantly impacting the limited resources we have available. At this time there is continued demolition of forests for the purpose of growing grains to feed to livestock. This cannot continue as we are running out of land and water. When calculations are done, it is found that the feeding of a primarily meat and bones diet to dogs uses considerably more resources compared to the human diet, even the human diet that includes meat. Because of this consideration, we include the effect on earth resources to be another reason for changing the diets of dogs in today’s world.

Ethics

As a veterinarian I began my interest in the care of animals because I did not like to see them suffer. I wanted to help them. Along the way, as I had experience in treating farm animals, livestock, even working in a chicken ranch at one point, I came to a question addressed to my heart. Can I care for only one form of animal? Is is acceptable that some animals suffer miserable lives so that the ones I prefer can presumably be more healthy by eating them? Not an easy question, one not easily answered. Over time I had to accept that I care for these other animals as well and do not want to support modern factory farming with the immense suffering of the billion animals going through the process every year.

When I found that dogs, and to some degree cats, could do very well on plant-based diets, then this ethical concern even more reason for me to suggest the diet change to my clients. You may find this a consideration as well.

Ever wonder what the animal agriculture industry looks like through the eyes of animal? Check out Dr. Pitcairn’s blog to read about Beatrice the cow’s perspective.

Learn more about Dr. Pitcairn and his work at drpitcairn.com.

If you’re ready to switch your fur-babies over to a vegan diet, check out our range of vegan pet-foods: Shop For Pets

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Lacoste Replaces Iconic Logo to Help Save 10 Most Endangered Species

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Lacoste Replaces Iconic Logo to Help Save 10 Most Endangered Species

To support the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), alongside BETC Paris, Lacoste is temporarily replacing its iconic green grinning crocodile logo with the image of 10 different endangered animals.

“Save Our Species” kicks off a three-year partnership between Lacoste and the IUCN. The campaign spotlights 10 of the most endangered species that will appear in a series of limited-edition polo shirts. The French clothing company calibrated the number of shirts produced for each series to the population of the remaining animals in the wild. Each sale will go toward the preservation of its species.

The ten critically endangered animals featured include

  • The Sumatran tiger
  • The Kakapo parrot
  • The Vaquita dolphin
  • The Burmese roofed turtle
  • The Northern sportive lemur
  • The Cao vit gibbon
  • The California condor
  • The Saola
  • The Anegada ground iguana
  • The Javan rhinoceros
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Meat publication admits that animal farming is to blame for a third of global water footprint

Meat publication admits that animal farming is to blame for a third of global water footprint

An article by Charlotte Pointing, Live Kindly

The adverse effects of animal agriculture on the environment have been well known for some time now. A recent study even revealed that the meat industry is having a bigger impact on the environment than oil. The information that meat is bad for our planet has contributed to many people across the world choosing to reduce their meat intake drastically. New research has even confirmed that around 58% of Americans are now turning away from animal sources of protein.

However, it is not simply pollution that is a concern in terms of animal agriculture, the meat industry is also harming the planet’s water, too. It turns out, 92% of our water footprint is caused by agriculture, with the production of livestock making up around a third of that figure. According to Global Meat News, ‘on a per gram of protein basis, beef’s water footprint is six times that of pulses.’

Furthermore, back in August, a report was released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that named Tyson Foods as one of the major culprits behind the biggest ever ocean dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. The meat giants and supplier to McDonalds, are responsible for 104 million tons of manure entering the water ways in the last 10 years, contributing to water scarcity. On 8th February, the company and their shareholders will meet for their annual general meeting. Global Meat News state that at this meeting ‘shareholders will urge the board of directors to adopt and implement a water stewardship policy to reduce the risks of water contamination.’

Tyson are also looking for alternatives to traditional meat production and have invested in the clean meat brand Memphis Meats and the creators of the popular ‘bleeding’ vegan burger, Beyond Meat. The CEO of the company, Tom Hayes, even stated towards the end of 2017 that he was ‘very excited’ about the future of plant-based protein. He said it was ‘an affordable, sustainable technology to leverage to help feed the world on a sustainable basis.’ And an effective method of keeping our water ways free of manure it seems.

With hope, these new investments from one of the worlds largest meat producers represent a large shift occurring in the world of animal agriculture. One that reduces the human water footprint and helps to significantly lessen the amount of animal suffering in the process.