SOY: GOOD OR BAD?

April 17, 2017

Glycine max, commonly known as soybean or soya bean, is part of the legume family, and native to East Asia. It is grown for its edible bean which has high levels of protein and has a wide variety of uses. Soybeans have only been introduced to the Western world since the 20th century, and are a relatively easy to grow and hardy plant, due to their adaptation to a variety of soils and climates. The most common type of soybean is a yellow colour, but rarer varieties can come in black, brown, or green colours. Some uses for this bean include: animal feed (defatted soybean meal), meat and dairy substitutes, industrial products such as lubricants, plastics, and waxes, and the production of foods such as soy vegetable oil, soy milk, tofu, tofu skin, soy sauce, fermented bean paste, natto, and tempeh. Any given area of land planted with soybeans can produce more protein than land planted with other crops, or especially, meat animals.   FOR: The soybean is:

  • High in fibre
  • High in protein
  • High in phytoestrogens
  • High in antioxidants
  • Low in saturated fa

April 5, 2017

B VITAMINS B Vitamins are a group of 8 water soluble vitamins that are essential for certain bodily functions, such as metabolism, energy production, and nervous system function.  

  • Vitamin B-2 (riboflavin): Aids with cellular energy production and is important for protein metabolism. It also affects the metabolism of iron in positive ways, and produces important antioxidants which help to prevent free radical cells. It is also needed to change Vitamin B-6 and folate into forms the body can use. Food sources include: almonds, brewer’s yeast, wholegrains, wheat germ, mushrooms, soy beans, wild rice, dairy, eggs, broccoli, spinach, brussel sprouts, beet greens, asparagus, turkey, beef liver, salmon, and lamb. Riboflavin is destroyed by light so foods containing the vitamin should be stored away. It can also be lost in water when foods are boiled or soaked. It is best absorbed when taken in between meals. Riboflavin is considered safe, even at high doses. Possible side effects include: itching, numbness, burning or prickling sensations, bright yellow urine, and sensitivity to light. Taking only certain vitamin B supplements at one time can upset the balance of the other important B vitamins. This vitamin can interact with other medications so it is best to seek medical advice before taking any supplements.

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January 20, 2017

HALITE Halite, also commonly known as rock salt, is the mineral form of Sodium Chloride. Halite is often found alongside other evaporate minerals that result from the drying/evaporation of lakes and seas. Other evaporates (water soluble mineral sediments that have been concentrated and crystallized by evaporation) that are often found alongside Halite are: sulphides, halides, and borates. Halite is often used to lower the freezing point of ice (freezing-point depression), especially by homeowners in colder climates to melt the ice from their driveways and sidewalks. Some places also add this salt to the roads during snow storms to improve traction. PHYSICAL PROPERTIES: Hardness: 2 Colour: Can be colourless, white, red, yellow, orange, pink, blue, violet, green, and grey. Halite can also be multicoloured. Lustre: Vitreous Chemical Composition: NaCl (sodium chloride)   HEALING PROPERTIES:

  • Detects negative influences
  • Aids in the effectiveness of the immune system
  • Maintains the salt balance in the body
  • Stabilizes the emotions
  • Removes environmental pollution (effective by placing bowls of salt or pieces of halite around the home).
  • Balances the body’s energies
  • Used to alleviate blood disorders, low blood pressure, and aid with the intestines.
  • Blue halite is often used for the thymus, t

July 3, 2016

Diamond is the hardest mineral in the world, with a hardness of 10 on Moh’s hardness scale. Diamond is composed completely of carbon atoms arranged in a strong crystal lattice. It is so hard because the carbon atoms are bonded together via extremely strong covalent bonds. There are usually hardly any impurities in diamond due to the rigidity of its lattice, but when there is nitrogen or boron present, the diamond will turn yellow or blue respectively.   Diamond is formed at extremely high pressures and temperatures deep under the Earth’s surface. This depth usually varies between 140 – 190 kilometres into the Earth’s mantle. Minerals containing carbon, provide the source material, and the diamond crystal will grow over a time period of 1 billion to 3.3 billion years. The diamond will then be brought to the surface by violent volcanic eruptions, and the magma (containing the diamond) will cool and solidify into rocks known as kimberlites and lamproites.   Diamond is u