Saturday, January 23, 2016

We have other blogs too!!!

TeraGanix has a LOT to say and share! We have created blogs for specific subjects to streamline information. If you are interested in it all, please check out the various blogs we have and subscribe to the ones you like and share with friends.

Here is a list of our blogs:

ProEM1/Digestive Health: Here we discuss digestion, new probiotic and prebiotic information, health, exercise, food preparation, and other topics of healthy lifestyles.

Bokashi: In this blog we discuss food waste recyling, recycling, uses of bokashi in the US and around the world.

TeraGanix: This blog covers a wide range of topics that involved EM Technology in some way.

Effective Microorganisms: This blog mostly focuses on household uses of Effective Microorganisms, including growing vegetables, lawn care, growing flowers, have a healthy home, etc.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

What is EMF and Why Should You Care?

EMF is an abbreviation for electromagnetic field. We are exposed to electromagnetic radiation fields every day of our lives whether the source is natural or man made. Our body even produces its own electromagnetic fields when relaying signals to and from the brain. As time has gone on and our lives have become more tied to electronics, the concern of long-term health effects has grown.

Once your body experiences a certain level of electromagnetic radiation, it triggers a biological response which could be hazardous to your health. A common example of an adverse effect to an electromagnetic field is sunburn. Another example you may be familiar with is the ongoing study of whether or not excessive cell phone use results in cancerous tumors. While no definitive findings have resulted from such studies, the electromagnetic field given off by mobile phones is not disputed. On a less severe scale – and one that is not scientifically proven – exposure to EMF can lead to other health symptoms like headaches, nausea, anxiety, and depression.

So why should we care about EMF in our everyday lives? Avoiding exposure is next to impossible in a world dominated by technology, but there are certain things we can do to limit our exposure and lead a healthier lifestyle.
  • Use your mobile device less often or use a headset. Make your calls shorter, and try setting aside some time for your daily news and information intake instead of spreading it out all day long.
  • Read print magazines, newspapers, and books. Not only will reading from printed materials reduce your EMF exposure, but it can help prevent strain on your eyes.
  • In a similar vein to print media instead of e-books or online publications, watching less television is also beneficial to your optical health.
  • Wear sunscreen if you plan to be outside. Cases of skin cancer have grown exponentially with the deterioration of the ozone layer. Be prepared!
It’s important to remember that scientific studies have not proven direct links between EMFs and illness when it comes to personal electronic use, but we do know that these devices give off an EMF. Regardless, limiting your exposure to unnatural electromagnetic fields will be beneficial to your overall health.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Things to Plant Now for Spring

Some gardeners feel that waiting for spring to plant their favorite items is the best idea. It truly depends on what you would like to produce from your garden. The reality is that you can plant food and flower items all throughout the year in many climates. You may be in the heart of winter now, but soon the trees will sprout leaves and the wild flowers will return. Consider planting some of these items in advance of the spring season for your enjoyment.
  • Peas: These are best attempted in a greenhouse, but one is not needed. Peas can survive very cold temperatures, so they are ideal for growing in cold climates during the winter months. You will begin to enjoy them sooner than if you waited until spring to plant them.
  • Broccoli: This hearty, healthy vegetable is tough enough to brave the cold elements. It may grow slowly over the winter, but in the spring it will begin to accelerate quickly. You could enjoy broccoli harvests as early as the first week of June if you plant it at the right time and take care of it.
  • Lettuce: Lettuce is the most versatile and useful vegetable that you can plant in the winter months. Think of all the different ways you can use lettuce in your diet. It's best to plant lettuce in January so that it is fresh and ready to eat by April or May. Lettuce can really take a pounding from cold temperatures, and it will come out the other side of winter alive and well.
  • Carrots: No winter garden would be complete without carrots. The crisp, crunchy, orange vegetables perfectly complement lettuce in salads and on sandwiches. You can also use them as healthy snacks. Carrots can take a little bit of extra time to grow depending on the weather, but they are worthy additions to your garden. It's not surprising that carrots are also used in stews even in the late periods of winter in some areas. 
  • Spinach: Spinach is one of the healthiest foods on the planet, and the good news is that it can grow during harsher times in your climate. It can be planted right along with your lettuce, and it should achieve great results in the same time. Spring is the time when everyone likes to start eating more salads, and the spinach will be ready just in time to enjoy.
  • Kale: This popular, healthy green shouldn't be skipped in your garden this winter. It is, however, more susceptible to cold and should be regulated by growing it indoors. A winter frost could wipe the plant out quickly.
Consider planting some of these vegetables and leafy greens now to enjoy a bountiful harvest come spring and summer!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

EM-1 Product Review

Used around the world for more than 30 years, Effective Microorganisms (EM-1) is a liquid concentrate of beneficial microorganisms. It is a versatile, all natural, NON-GMO product created by Dr. Teruo Higa in Japan. Its uses can be categorized into three main categories of soils, septic treatment, and waste treatment.

Odor Control Applications of EM-1

Zoos and farmland with livestock can use EM-1 for odor control of ammonia or hydrogen sulfide associated with animal excrement. They can also use the inoculant for controlling the odor of lagoons and stagnant water sources, for cleaning equipment, preventing rust, and cleaning animal facilities as well.

Soil Applications of EM-1

When it comes to agriculture and gardens, EM-1 can be used as a natural fertilizer and soil amendment for crops and other plants. Use of the soil/fertilizer amendment has been going strong since the early 1980s, and is now being used in over 120 countries with farming infrastructure both large and small. In agriculture, EM-1 is able to produce the following to help stabilize the structure of soil:

  • Polysaccharides
  • Micronutrients
  • Organic acids
  • Enzymes

Such micronutrients and other components in the soil help prevent erosion, run-off, and the collapse of porous spaces during heavy rains.

From a personal gardening standpoint, using EM-1 to amend your soil will encourage populations of earthworms and beneficial insects to inhabit the space and naturally enrich the soil. EM-1 is also great for accelerating your compost piles.

Offered in sizes as small as 12 ounces and as large as 275 gallons, EM-1 microbial inoculant can serve its purpose in a variety of circumstances and practices. From keeping your livestock pens clean and odor free to fertilizing and amending your soils to creating strong and fertile compost, EM-1 will do the job at an affordable price point.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Secrets to a Good Night's Sleep

Everybody sleeps to recharge after a long day, but not everyone’s night of sleep is restorative to the body. Several factors like restlessness, insomnia, allergies, and many more can play into whether or not you wake in the morning feeling rested, refreshed, and ready to get on with your day. Let’s review some tips to help you improve your night’s sleep.
  1. Go to bed at a regular time, and wake up at a regular time. It’s good for your body to get into a routine when it comes to sleep. Altering your sleep patterns drastically can negatively affect your mood, focus, and overall health.
  2. Increase your sun exposure during the day. Take breaks outside, exercise outside, walk your dog during the day, or try to work near a window with no blinds.
  3. Limit your technology exposure at night. Turn off the television! Turn off that iPad! The light from electronic devices stimulates your brain instead of encouraging it to relax. Try reading a book, listening to music, or do some stretching instead.
  4. Keep your bedroom at a comfortable temperature. Your quality of sleep can go down if a room is too hot or too cool.
  5. Develop a pre-bed routine. Whether it’s taking a shower, stretching, reading, or packing your work bag for the next day, get yourself into a relaxing routine.
  6. Eat dinner earlier. Your body needs time to properly digest meals, and the closer to bed time you are eating, the more disruptive your meal can be to your sleep. This is especially true of foods that can cause heartburn or indigestion.
  7. Avoid caffeine in the afternoon. The effects of caffeine can alter your alertness levels long after you’ve finishing drinking it. Cut yourself off after that morning coffee.
  8. Limit alcoholic beverages in the evening. Alcohol is not conducive to a restorative night of sleep, and can wake you up sporadically through the night. Avoid those nightcaps!
  9. Eat healthier and exercise regularly. It’s no secret that a healthy diet and regular exercise are good for your body, and these routines play a hand in good, restorative sleep as well.
  10. De-stress before bed. Avoid doing anything other than focusing on relaxing. Take deep breaths, don’t tense your muscles, and clear your mind of worries and stressors.
No two people will have the same approach to getting a good night’s sleep, but common factors to a bad night’s sleep are shared between millions. If you have chronic sleep conditions, it is advised to see a doctor before taking any techniques into practice on your own.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

The Top Garden Superfoods

The 7 Best Superfoods for your Organic Garden

Although your own home garden can be the best source for organic produce, leaving you without concern for dishonest labeling or other misleading practices, space is often a premium. When you must economize your growing space, it is more important than ever to focus on the best nutritional bang for your buck. What you need are garden superfoods that are simple to grow in your limited space and which provide the best minerals and nutrients. We have compiled seven of our favorites, including a few familiar staples and a few exotics that you may have never considered before.

#1 – Swiss Chard

Swiss chard is as colorful as it is hardy. It does best with plenty of sunlight, but only needs about a foot of organic soil to reach its full growing potential. This leafy green is one of the best sources of magnesium that you will find, making it an ultimate brain food.

#2 – Aloe Vera

You probably already have experience growing these hard-to-kill cacti in pots or other small containers. They require very little space and nearly everyone is familiar with its use in treating burns and helping scratches to heal. However, when ingested, aloe vera is packed with vitamins A, C and E, and it is a strong anti-fungal and anti-bacterial food.

#3 – Garlic

Garlic is one of the easiest root vegetables to grow, and it is simply filled to the brim with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It’s positive effect on cholesterol makes it the perfect choice for the heart-conscious organic gardener. Plus, there are very few dishes that are not improved by a clove or two of garlic.

#4 – Sunchokes

You may have heard these tubers referred to as Jerusalem Artichokes or sun roots. This plant is a member of the sunflower family, but instead of producing oil-rich seeds it produces potato-like roots. These tubers are sweeter than potatoes and have a hint of leafy vegetable flavor, and each is rich in potassium, iron and B vitamins. Sunchokes are also a natural source of inulin, a powerful prebiotic.

#5 – Carrots

Carrots are one the most container-friendly, easy-to-grow root vegetable around. This excellent source of beta carotene and antioxidants is also one of the few vegetables that is actually more nutritious when cooked, so long as the skin is left intact.

#6 – Tree Collard

This unusual green grows upward, rather than outward, and forms small tree-like stalks. Like other collards, tree collard is rich with vitamin K, magnesium and calcium, and tree collard has more protein by weight than beef or chicken.

#7 – Blue Potatoes

Blue potatoes have a purplish skin, which becomes a vibrant blue when cooked. Like its whitish cousins, blue potatoes are easy to grow and packed with essential nutrients. Unlike its more common counterparts, however, blue potatoes also contain mood-improving iodine and anthocyanin antioxidants.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Top 10 Foods Made From Soy

The soybean, like the peanut, can be processed into different food products, making it one of the most heavily processed foods, along with corn, on the market. The soybean’s versatility allows it to mimic certain popular foods like hamburgers, sausage, cheese, and ice cream. Certain soy products, however, have many uses in the cooking process. Along the ladder of rankings, some soy products have more uses than others. Here is a top ten list.
  1. Tofu’s malleability and absorption characteristics allow you to cook and flavor it any way you want, making it a top soy contender. Used as a meat substitute, you can stir fry it or sautĂ© it into any recipe you want.
  2. Used as a milk substitute, soy milk comes in a close second. You can use soy milk as an ingredient in cooking or in healthy milkshakes. Combine fresh fruit, yogurt, and a couple tablespoons of honey for a refreshing healthy breakfast. 
  3. Soy sauce contains a low count of protein and lots of salt. It may not be the most popular in terms of a healthy diet, but is used a lot in Asian cooking. 
  4. Tofu is not the only meat substitution. Other meat substitutions come from soy, namely the soy hamburger. Low in calories and in fat, the soy burger appeals to health enthusiasts and vegetarians alike. 
  5. Other meat alternatives include soy sausage, bacon, hotdogs, and even fake turkey. Additionally, these soy products are low in fat and in cholesterol. 
  6. According the National Garden Bureau, edamame, originated in Japan, has grown in popularity in America since 2004. Edamame are the unripe soybeans found in the green pods in which they grow. They are a popular appetizing treat with a sweet and nutty taste. 
  7. Another Japanese soy product is miso. Created from soy as a paste, chefs use this ingredient to flavor marinades, sauces, and dressings. Miso soup is a popular appetizer in Japanese restaurants. 
  8. Other soy dairy-like products include yogurt and ice cream. Containing lactobacteria, soy yogurt helps regulate and clean your digestive tract. Soy ice cream is low in saturated fat in comparison to its regular dairy ice cream counterpart. 
  9. You can also find soy cheddar, soy mozzarella, soy pepper jack, and soy Monterey Jack in your local whole foods store. 
  10. According to the article “Top Foods Made from Soy”, Americans are still not as aware of the soy product Tempeh as the other soy foods. Tempeh comes from fermented soybeans and is mixed with a grain such as rice or millet and formed into a patty.
If you are looking for a healthy change in diet, soy products are often suggested because they offer a variety to choose from so dieters do not get bored with their food choices. With so much variety, you can eat a different soy meal every night! But, beware, soy almost all soy on the market is genetically modified. It contains high amounts of hormones that can have negative effects on the body when taken in high doses (look at the list above and see how much you are taking in). Chances are you are consuming more soy than your body can properly digest. Lastly, all these different forms are processed, meaning it is not a 100% natural, whole food and should not be consumed as your main food source.

Be sure to eat only certified organic soy products and only in moderation.