Monday, November 24, 2014

Cowspiracy: the film that environmental organizations don't want you to see

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.

Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution, is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry, and is a primary driver of rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean “dead zones,” and virtually every other environmental ill. Yet it goes on, almost entirely unchallenged.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Food is Free Project: The Open Source Teaching Farm

The Food is Free Project teaches you how to meet your neighbors, grow food together, and open the doors to collaboration and connection in your community. Food brings us together so let's meet in the garden and make a difference.

We're losing the headquarters of the Food is Free Project to Austin's growing development. We're asking for $250,000 to find and build a permanent HQ for the project to train leaders and youth. We'll be filming every step of the way as our new farm unfolds and sharing how-to videos to spread the inspiration and education. Thank you so much for your support! Every dollar adds up.

On our next farm we'll demonstrate farming and natural building methods, as well as showcase artists, music, theater and workshops. We're excited to create a space that brings people together, experiments with new ideas and pushes the boundaries of what we think is possible. We want to revive your childlike wonder!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Four unusual superfood smoothies that can change your life for the better

Smoothies have been in fashion for quite some time now as a quick, nutrient dense and health-inspiring way to keep the body humming and happy. Even so, it's easy to fall into a rut and miss out on a world of unusual combinations that act as potent functional foods. Whether taming inflammation, guarding against cancer or boosting energy, the following four examples can breathe new life into your daily smoothie habit.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

tsū: the social media that pays YOU

Are you on tsū yet? Its a new social media platform that pays you for creating and sharing content. Thousands of people have already joined. Its just like Facebook, it takes seconds to join, and  it's even easier to use. And best of all you can reach 100% of your friends and audience—there is absolutely NO censorship. You can only join by invite—and this is an invitation from me to you. Click here to join and be sure to follow ThriveLiving too.

As Andy Whiteley, co-founder of Wake Up World, rightly points out:

"Every time you create a post on Facebook, send out a Tweet or share a photo on Instagram, that content provides a financial value to those companies. Currently, around 2 billion people create content on social media platforms, and so, in the spirit of give and take, isn’t it about time that someone created a social media model that allowed everyone to prosper?"

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Carrageenan: a popular natural ingredient that may compromise health

Found in an astounding array of foods, from cereal bars to non-dairy milk substitutes, carrageenan is not as harmless as it may appear upon first glance. Linked with gastrointestinal inflammation, lesions and malignant tumors, carrageenan can cause significant damage. And if you think purchasing organic will keep you safe, think again. A true case of buyer beware, taking a second look at your favorite foods may prevent a number of health problems down the road.

Troubled history

Used throughout the food industry, carrageenan is an extremely common ingredient. You might be surprised as to the sheer range of products that utilize the additive, including the following organic examples:

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The real reason wheat is toxic {it’s not the gluten}

(The Healthy Home Economist) The stories became far too frequent to ignore.

Emails from folks with allergic or digestive issues to wheat in the United States experienced no symptoms whatsoever when they tried eating pasta on vacation in Italy.

Confused parents wondering why wheat consumption sometimes triggered autoimmune reactions in their children but not at other times.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Lose weight, increase energy and relieve depression by boosting brain chemical dopamine - Here's how to do it!

By JB Bardot

(NaturalNews) Increase energy, lose weight, feel happier and eliminate depression by raising the levels of the brain neurotransmitter dopamine with simple dietary changes.

Dopamine is naturally produced by the brain and controls the body's movements, stimulates metabolism and proper body weight, supports the circulatory system and governs the brain's information flow. Too little dopamine in the system is responsible for a lack of response in an individual, deadening the ability to feel emotion and creating a sense of indifference. In addition, low dopamine levels slow the metabolism, contributing to weight gain, low energy, sluggishness and depression. Too little dopamine can cause unwanted bodily movements, jerking, twitching and slurred speech. Proper levels of dopamine are necessary to prevent conditions such as Parkinson's disease. In the right amounts, dopamine encourages weight loss and helps the body maintain its proper weight.