Category Archives: Health Tips

Conscious Spending

You are a powerful consumer. Spend wisely by supporting companies that are ethical.

Check for the following qualities:

Dolphin Safe

The product is not tested on animals

Seafood Sustainability

Responsible for animal welfare

Responsible farming practices

Gives back to the local community

Responsible environmental practices

Label Transparency

Certified Organic

Verified Non-GMO

Employees are treated well and are paid good wages.

 

 

 

Charge Up Your Batteries

Everyday we charge up our cell phones to ensure that we will have good phone service throughout the day.   Charge up your body daily to replenish your energy reserves.   Stress, toxins, anxiety, traffic and many things can drain our energy.   Energy and vitality are keys to vibrant health.  There are many ways we can recharge, replenish and rejuvenate ourselves.  Try a yoga, mediation, a nap, massage, taking a bath and taking walks are some great way to give you more energy.  Music, creative projects, quality time with friends, family and pets can make you feel good.  Caffeine and sugar can give you energy but it is only a quick fix.   Connecting with the Air, Earth, Fire & Water Elements can give you lasting energy in healthy ways.

Food: Use Food as medicine.  Food changes your mood.   It  can either give you energy or make you lethargic.   Eating plenty of nutrient dense foods like organic fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and whole grains can give you energy all day long.  Eating super foods can provide you with essential vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants.

Air: Breathe in fresh clean air outside daily.   Focus on your breath to restore peace and balance.

Water: Drink at least 8 glasses of purified water per day out of glass bottles.  Take a shower daily.   In hot weather take 2 showers a day to cool off.  In the winter a nice warm bath can help you relax.  You are made up of over 75% water.   The body responds well to water therapies.    Water heals and purifies.

Fire: Heat up by exercising daily.   Get your heart pumping and sweat.  Spend some time in the sun every day with out sunscreen to get some natural vitamin D.  Feel the sun warm and energize you.   In cold weather eat warming foods to heat you up.   You can add more soups, stews and hot teas to your diet.  Garlic, onions, hot peppers, and hot sauces are beneficial for digestion.   In hot weather eat cooling foods like salads,  fruit smoothies, home-made juices and foods with a high water content.  Watermelon is a very cooling food.   Eat seasonally.

Earth:  Spend time in nature everyday.   Look at the beauty that surrounds you.  Stop and listen to the beautiful sounds in nature.    Nature sounds have a soothing effect on the entire body.  Standing on the Earth helps you to be grounded and centered.   Add flowers and plants to your home.  Flowers can cheer you up.   Plants can purify the air in your home.  Gardening is a great way to reduce stress and relax.

 

The Benefits Of Super Foods

The modern world challenges our bodies, our minds and overall health. Our busy and stressful lives combined with environmental stressors raise our need for quality nutrition and immune strength more than ever before.

But a well-balanced diet is not enough to achieve optimal health. We need more to thrive and reach our full potential.

Super foods are fundamental to your health and healing, your relationships and your overall passion for life. Adding super foods to your normal meal routine can make a BIG difference in all of these areas of your life.

Super Foods: Maca, Moringa, Goji Berries, Acai, Matcha Green Tea, Cocoa, Bee Pollen, Chia Seeds, Flax Seeds, Hemp Seeds, Quinoa, Spirulina, Sea Weed, Wheat Grass, Chlorella, Noni, Mangosteen & Manuka Honey.

Super Foods are excellent for helping:
– Inflammation
– Blood flow and circulation
– Cancer prevention and treatment
– Cardiovascular health
– Cellular repair and wound healing
– Detoxification
– Essential Fatty Acids (EFA)
– Eyesight
– Fatigue and exhaustion
– Digestion and gastrointestinal health
– Vitamin and mineral deficiency
– Hormonal balance
– Hypertension
– Immunity
– Mental clarity
– Skin and complexion
– Weight loss

Source: Dr. John Gray, www.marsvenus.com

5 Ways to Restore Health

Remove: Remove the causes of disease like excess sugar, alcohol, drugs, script drugs, smoking.   Remove harmful toxins through exercise, sea salt baths, saunas, steam rooms, colonics and detox kits.

Regenerate: Through hydration, sunlight, exercise, supplements, a well-balanced, nutrient rich diet and time in nature.

Restore: Through rest, relaxation, stress management, self-care and healing therapies like massage, acupressure…

Reduce: Toxin exposure, GMO’s, processed foods and unhealthy relationships.

Re-establish: Healthy habits that support health & well being.

Source: Dr. Wheelwright

8 Steps To Wellness

1. Balance your hormones through Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy. This is not the same as traditional Hormone Replacement Therapy.

2. Avoid chemicals and detoxify your body at least once per year.   You need to detox twice per year if you have a health issue. You can detox through homeopathics, energy medicine, IV therapies, chelation, cleansing diets, ozone therapy and hyperbaric oxygen chambers.

3. Focus on healthy nutrition.  You are literally what you eat.

4. Create a healthy G.I. tract:  This builds a strong immune system.  Take probiotics and avoid constipation.  Colonics are a good way to clear out the G.I. tract.

5. Avoid  prescription drugs as much as possible.   Script drugs can cause inflammation and antibiotics destroy the good bacteria in your G.I. tract.

6. Take supplements.   Take good quality supplements.  It is a good idea to have them muscle tested first to ensure that they are most beneficial for you.

7. Exercise is key.   The body is designed to move daily.

8. Get proper sleep.   Sleep is needed to restore and rejuvenate the body.

Source: Suzanne Somers, Break Through

Self Care Tips

1. Try skin brushing.

2. Take an Epsom salt bath.

3. Rinse your nasal passages with well dissolved sea salt.

4. Floss your teeth.

5. Use a tongue cleaner.

6. Rub your feet.

7. Take 2 tennis balls and place them on the areas of your back that are tight, lean back and let the tension melt away.

8. Drink a cup of tea and sip slowly.

9. Listen to some soothing music and relax.

10. Do some gentle stretching.

Ways To Reduce Chronic Inflammation

Inflammation is a natural reaction to injury or infection.   The affected tissues swell, become red, warm tender and may be painful.   Excess inflammation can lead to weight loss, eroding of muscle tissue and the ability to fight disease.   Things that can trigger inflammation include a diet rich in omega-6 fatty acids, drug use, toxins, free radical damage, infections injury, trauma and bacterial, fungal or viral infections.   It can be difficult to  identify the source of inflammation.

Supplements That Can Reduce Chronic Inflammation:

Omega-3 Fatty acids found in Flax oil, Primrose oil and Fish oil.

Vitamin B Complex: 50mg, 3 times per day

Vitamin B12: 1000mg twice per day

Vitamin C with Bio-flavonoids:  3,000 to 6,000 per day

Grape Seed Extract

Proteolytic Enzymes: as directed on label

SOD Superoxide Dismutase: as directed on label

Zinc: 50 mg per day

Garlic: 2 caps 3 times per day

A Multi-mineral supplement

Silica: twice per day as directed on label

Kelp: 1000 to 1500 mg per day

Selenium: 200 mcg per day

Vitamin E: 200 IU per day

Herbs:
Alfalfa, Aloe Vera Juice, Bilberry, Boswellia, Turmeric, Cat’s Claw, Cayenne, Echinecea, Ginger, Goldenseal, Pau d; arco, Red Clover, Stinging nettle, White willow bark, Olive Leaf Extract and Yucca.

Foods: Eat foods high in flavonoids like Spinach, blueberries, strawberries, onions, pineapple and papaya.

Cold water fish: Herring, mackerel, salmon, sardines.

Avoid:   Sugar, White Flour Products and Junk Food.  Reduce salt intake.

Source: Prescription for Nutritional Healing by Phyllis A Balch, CNC

 

Creating Your Own Blue Zones, Source Dan Buettner

Blues zones are places where people live the longest.   The Blue Zones are found in  Sardinia, Okinawa, Japan, Loma Linda, California, Costa Rica & Greece.

The people who lived longer also lived better.   They have strong connections with their family & friends.  They are active and they wake up in the morning with a purpose each day.  Research shows that if you dedicate yourself to a new practice for 5 weeks, the practice is more likely to become a habit.

1. Move Naturally: Be active without having to think about it.  Engage in low-intensity physical activity for 60 minutes, 5 days per week.  Do a combination of aerobic, balancing and muscle-strengthening activities.

2. Cut down on your calories by 20%: Strive to eat 1900 to 2000 calories per day.  Caloric restriction has been known to prolong life.  The benefit of cutting calories is reduced cellular damage from free radicals, you lose weight, have lower blood pressure and cholesterol.  One tip is to use a smaller plate and cup.  Eat most of your calories earlier in the day and smaller meals at dinner time.

3. Eat less meat and processed foods:  Beans, whole grains and vegetables are the cornerstones to longevity.   Whole grains provide fiber, antioxidants, anti-cancer agents and essential minerals.   In the Blue Zones they ate meat only a few times per month.  Nuts are longevity food.  Nuts protect the heart.  People who ate nuts five times per week, two ounces per serving, lived on average two years longer than those who didn’t eat nuts.  The best nuts are almonds, peanuts, pecans, pistachios, hazelnuts, walnuts and some pine nuts.   Brazil nuts, cashews and macadamia nuts have more saturated fat.

4. Drink Red Wine in moderation: One to two glasses is a good amount.

5. Look at the big picture:  Having a strong sense of purpose is a buffer against stress.  Exercising your brain is important.   Learn something new on a regular basis.

6. Take time to relax:  Slowing down can keep inflammation in check.  Eating right, appreciating friends, time for spirituality and creating things that bring purpose.

7. Belong: Be part of a community:  Belonging to a spiritual or religious community can create a larger social  network.

8. Make family a priority:  The centenarians in Blue Zones put their family first.  Seniors who lived with family stayed sharper longer than those who lived alone or in a nursing home.   Create family traditions and rituals.

9. Be with others who share your same values:  Build a support system for yourself with supportive people.

Source: The Blue Zones, By Dan Buettner

Preventing Illness by Michael Reed Gach

Preventing illness is just as important as healing illness, and yet many people don’t become concerned with their health until they get sick.  The choices we make in our lives, how we think, use our bodies, eat, sleep and exercise affect our health.  Start to become more aware of what your body requires for optimum wellness.   Take a holistic approach to health that combines good nutrition, exercise, positive thinking, relaxation, positive relationships, fulfilling work and deep breathing.  Deep breathing exercises are effective methods known for purifying and revitalizing the body.   When you breathe deeply you fully oxygenate and rejuvenate the body.  Stretching and aerobic exercise are the two most important types of exercise for health.  Gentle stretching daily keeps the muscles and joints loose.   Aerobic activity for 30 minutes per day stimulates deep breathing, sweating and increases blood circulation.  Exercise naturally regulates and balances your whole system.   Exercise increases your overall vitality.  Diet plays a key role in health.   Processed foods weaken our system.  Good organic foods strengthen the body which builds resistance to disease.

Stay Healthy During The Holidays

The Holidays are upon us.  From  now until the end of the year we will be surrounded by an endless stream of  sweets, alcohol and social events.  The weather is getting colder and the days are getting shorter.  We become less physically active, over spend and over indulge.   Our stress level is on the rise along with our blood pressure.   Winter is a time to rest.   Everything else is nature is taking a break except us. Getting sick will force you to slow down, but there is a better way to escape the rat race.

Take daily walks in nature & get some fresh air

Chew your food

Take a break and relax

Sleep in

Do some deep breathing and meditation

Take  time off from work

Walk during your lunch break

Eat more leafy greens and hearty soups

Sip a cup of hot tea

Eat less and move more

Take a epsom salt baths

Get a massage

Practice portion control

Take Vitamin D3 and Vitmin C

Drink plenty of water to stay well hydrated

Enjoy Family & Friends

Have a Happy Holiday Season!