Strengthening Your Body Is Strengthening Your Mind
When I was a personal trainer I remember most of my clients simply not knowing what to do and that's what stopped them. Going to a gym can be overwhelming, especially when you are just starting out. The good news is you don't need a gym. You don't even need all the equipment I talk about on my blog. All you need is your body. The workout equipment I mention is helpful and can add challenges to your workout, but they are not necessary. With my clients, I would put together a sheet of exercise movements for each area of the body and have them choose which ones to do at home each day. It was a guideline so that they weren't just standing around trying to figure out what to do next. The reps below are high, but doing all of them is not necessary, unless you really want to challenge yourself. For me, personally, I do better with a numbered list of things to check off as I go, rather than trying to remember what to do next. Hopefully if you have found this page, my list will help you!
These workouts consist of the home gym items I've talked about previously. For myself, I add ankle weights while doing the squats. Remember that good form is a must to prevent injury, so if you are unsure of what a certain move may be you can either google it or I've provided some free apps below that show you how to perform each move. Don't let the number of reps scare you. You can do as many as you feel comfortable doing. I like making lists because I like checking things off in my head as I go along and then once I've spent so many days doing a routine, it becomes second nature. As you become stronger you can add more reps.
Items needed for this workout are as follows: jump rope, stationary bike (optional), pair of light ankle weights, yoga mat, dumbbells, balance ball, Gold's Gym Door trainer (doesn't have to be Gold's Gym, but that's the one I like), aerobic step and water. Most of these items you can easily find on Amazon or at Walmart. And don't worry if you don't have any workout gear at your house. A yoga mat and dumbbells is really all you need. Everything else is just added perks.
300 Leg Squats
300 Arm Reps
1000 Ab Crunches
Exercises should be followed by 5-10 minutes of cooling down by either walking, slowly riding a stationary bike and/or some light stretching and focused, slow breathing.
Here are a couple of free apps that allow you to view precisely how each specific exercise is done.
Wake Up, Workout And Get On With Your Day In A Positive Way
Helping the body absorb fat-soluble nutrients, while supplying a host of others.
Great news! Avocados have long been loved by southern folk for dressing up their tacos and making guacamole, but there are several ways to eat an avocado! And in even more great news avocados have been found to help the absorption of other nutrients from the food you are eating with it!
Studies have shown that eating about half an avocado, in combination with a spinach, carrot and lettuce salad, increased the absorption of alpha-carotene by 8.3 times, beta-carotene by 13.6 times and lutein by 4.3 times, as compared to just eating the salad alone!
The essential fatty acids found in avocados significantly increased the absorption of fat-soluble, carotenoid phytonutrients from other vegetables. Avocados themselves are loaded with Vitamin K, Folate, Iron, Copper, Manganese, Magnesium, Zinc, Phosphorous, Vitamin A, B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin) and B3 (Niacin). So, as you can see, just a little homemade organic salsa and homemade guacamole creates a nutrition powerhouse that you can feed your family throughout the day!
Health Benefits Of Eating Avocados
Different Ways To Enjoy An Avocado
There are several recipes out there. You can doctor up an avocado in so many ways, just be creative and get them in your belly as much as possible. Avocados provide health building nutrients and then some. Ripe avocados will be firm, but slightly soft when squeezed. Too soft and it will be brown. To hard and you will need to wait a day or two to eat. So if you are looking to make an appetizer today, make sure they are ripe and usable. Bon apetit! To your health!
Hummus is jam packed with protein and fiber. There are 14.5 grams of protein and 12.5 grams of fiber per cup! The fiber in hummus helps balance bacteria in the gut, therefore balancing the bodies pH levels. Hummus also contains energy abundant carbohydrates, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and B vitamins. There are actually 80mg Calcium and 78mg of Magnesium per cup! This is an energy boosting, nutrition supplying, healthy, kid-friendly and adult-friendly snack that you can leave plain or spice it up however you like for even more yummy health benefits.
2 cans (BPA Free), organic Garbanzo beans
1/2 can of juice from the beans
1 garlic clove
1 tablespoon tahini sauce
1/4 cup lemon juice
sea salt, to taste
cracked pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil
Blend garbanzo beans, 1/2 can juice from one of the cans of beans, garlic clove, tahini sauce, lemon juice, salt and pepper in blender until creamy. Pour into serving dish, sprinkle paprika and parsley on top, then drizzle with olive oil. Serve with pita bread, tortilla chips, vegetables or fruit. Serve on toast or on a sandwich with cheese and greens.
To make Roasted Red Pepper hummus, use the same recipe above, minus the juice from can. Chop and core an organic red pepper. Set your oven on high broil. Put the pepper in the oven on a pan for 7-10 minutes. The edges of the pepper should be a little brown, "roasted" looking. After the pepper is finished, add it to the blender with everything else to be blended. The juices in the pepper make up for the juice from the can. You don't want your hummus runny!
Cheers! Here's to delicious food that's truly healthy!
For about 6 months in 2014 I was on a pico/salsa mission. I made a different one every week. I tweaked it a little bit each time to find just the right ingredients for a nutrient-packed, super tasty pico. I make this any time we go to a pitch-in or gathering. It is always the biggest crowd pleaser! I'm always getting compliments and requests for the recipe. There's usually not a drop left and I make a HUGE bowl of pico de gallo. This recipe can be chopped or blended to make a salsa. So here you have it...
Kelly's Favorite Pico (made with organic ingredients to keep it real)
6 -7 Roma tomatoes
1 medium red onion
1 large green pepper, core removed and chopped
1 large red pepper, core removed and chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, core removed and chopped
3 green onions, chopped and set aside
2 bunched of cilantro, washed and de-leafed and
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 cup of olive oil
sea salt, to taste
fresh cracked, black pepper, to taste
Nutrients Found In This Pico:
-vitamin A, vitamin B6, folate, vitamin E, dietary fiber, vitamin B2, vitamin K, niacin and potassium
-cancer fighting lycopene
-calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, selenium and zinc
Chop all vegetables and add to large bowl. If blending for a salsa, add vegetables to blender and blend, all except the green onion and cilantro. Once vegetables are blended or chopped and added to bowl, add the chopped green onion, cilantro, olive oil, salt and pepper. Then squeeze all the juice from the lime over the mixture. Stir well and let marinate in fridge for 30 minutes before serving. Bon appetit!
Coconut oil has been popular for a while now. I started out by cooking with it. Then moved on to using it to replace my moisturizer. Then moved on to using it in my hair as a serum. Then moved on to brushing my teeth with it. Then moved on to swishing my teeth with it. Then moved on to using it on my eye lashes to help them grow back in thick. (it works, forget all the other stuff) And the list goes on and on, so much so that I might as well just swim in it on a daily basis. But many people, with legit concern, questioned just how healthy coconut oil really is since...90% of the oil content is saturated fat. We were all taught that saturated fat is the enemy and that we must avoid it to be healthy at all costs. But is that the truth?
Let's take a look at a few things...
One of the best ways to know if you're low on stomach acid is to drink a glass of water first thing in the morning. If it makes you feel a little woozy or nauseas you most likely have low stomach acid. Another test is to mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda in a glass of water and drink it first thing in the morning. If after 15 minutes you haven't belched, then you are most likely low on stomach acid.
Now, too much stomach acid creates acid reflux. So what you want to do is neutralize the stomach acid so that it can properly digest and absorb nutrients.
Our stomach acid decreases with age. But there are natural ways to neutralize stomach acid.
Here are 7 key ways to naturally neutralize stomach acid for digestion:
1. Apple Cider Vinegar Drinking 1 tablespoon of ACV in a glass of water 15-30 minutes before eating a meal will increase the stomach acid and activate pepsin.
2. Ginger Tea or Ginger Root Ginger neutralizes digestive juices.
3. Water Staying hydrated helps flush out toxic build up that blocks absorption. (Try not to drink water or any liquid 15 minutes before eating to 30 minutes after your meal as to not dilute stomach acid, so it can do it's job)
4. Fermented foods are loaded with digestive enzymes, probiotics and organic acids. Eating fermented vegetables with high protein meals is a great way to make sure you are properly breaking down and absorbing the protein.
5. Natural Iodine Therapy Iodine deficiency can lead to low stomach acid, as the stomach cells use iodine to produce hydrochloric acid.
6. Lemons or Lemon Water Lemons are alkaline-forming, like Apple Cider Vinegar, and help neutralize acidity in the stomach. Squeeze the juice from half a lemon into a glass of water and drink it 10 minutes before your eat to help with digestion.
7. Aloe Vera Juice Aloe vera juice helps digestion by normalizing stomach acid and restoring pH balance. It also flushes yeast, toxins and parasites from the gut, creating an alkaline environment.
These simple adjustments could improve your digestion, allowing for your body to absorb the nutrients from your food and, thus, providing you with more energy throughout the day.
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2. Stomach Acid Imbalance: Overview, Symptoms, Causes, Natural Treatments and Medicine
Start With The Core
The key is to slowly go down and back up, keeping in rhythm and balanced. This is not an easy workout, so starting out with just 5 reps may be challenging, but you will FEEL the results if you only get down and do 5-10 at a time a few times a day! The movement of stretching and contracting and the full range of motion it provides, really works the rectus abdominus, the top layer of muscles, along with transerve abdominus, the deep spinal stabilizer muscles.
When you do this exercise you can either roll with your feet on the ground or your knees, like mentioned above. I advise starting from the knees to see how well you can balance yourself during this exercise. And, of course, as you strengthen your core you can try doing this exercise from the feet.
The Essential Door Gym Trainer
A Stability Ball With Perks
There are several exercises for legs. One of my favorites is just holding the ball over your head and doing squats. Holding the ball over your head really works on your posture and form. And, of course, it adds some weight to your squats. I also enjoy waking up in the morning and lying my back over this ball, going into a back bend. It stretches my spine and even pops it into place at times. This was an absolute great find!
Cardio And Resistance Training Right At Home
Where do I begin? Thankfully I came across this one night while I was hunting online for a stationary bike. This is a magnetic bike that goes from low resistance to high resistance settings, allowing you to do cardio and burn calories. Or on high resistance you can really focus on strengthening the legs and glutes. It doesn't take much to start feeling a difference either. Just 30 minutes once a day or 20 minutes twice a day and you'll feel like fabulous! Grab your phone and check your emails or messages. Those 20 minutes will fly by and before you know it you will be doing 40 minutes twice a day!
I put this bike together myself, albeit I am a bit handyman-ish, but it was easy enough. It's very sturdy and adjustable to fit all heights. It really is a great product and I highly recommend adding this to your home gym! The quality for the price you cannot beat. To your glutes and fabulous legs!
People who eat healthy tend to have more energy, are generally more happy and able to take on more tasks during the day. When we eat dead animals, we are eating something that is energy-less. When you eat fresh fruits and vegetables you are eating something that is alive and vibrating with energy. You are consuming life-force, energy. That energy fuels your body and mind. Eat clean, healthy, fresh, organic fruits and vegetables if you want to be vibrant and full of life. I really like Farmer's Market's to find good fruits and veggies. Or look up a local organic farmer who sells to the community.
Please know that I respect everyone's food choices, whether you are a carnivore, vegetarian, or vegan. Everyone's body is different. I am giving healthier suggestions, for many people who eat meat but want to eat healthier, don't really know how to substitute their protein. But there's plenty of protein found in plant based options and there are some very nutrient-dense dairy products such as grass fed, organic, whole milk kefir, butter and cheese products.
Good nutrition will prevent 95% of all disease. -Linus Pauling
What to make: Salads, Wraps, Soups, Stir-Fry, Steamed/Sauteed and Omelets.
Citrus fruits will keep you healthy all year round. The high amounts of vitamin C and fiber work wonders for your health and help rid the body of toxins. Juice them if possible or just eat them fresh!
Other fruit with essential vitamins and nutrients are bananas, apples and pears. These are good energy-boosting fruits with lots of fiber and potassium with other minerals and vitamins. Great fruit to grab-on-the-go in the morning!
One of the best ways to get fruits in your diet is to just add fruit to each meal. If you have a juicer, even better. Juice the citrus fruits and apples. Fruit smoothies with berries are an excellent way to pack the nutrients in and protein shakes with bananas are always good too. We usually buy fruit in our house as a morning starter before breakfast and to snack on throughout the day.
Where's The Protein?
Protein Grams per Serving
1. Lentils: 9 grams - 1/2 cup
2. Tofu: 10 grams - 1 cup
3. Black Beans: 8 grams - 1/2 cup
4. Quinoa: 8 grams - 1 cup
5. Amaranth: 7 grams - 1 cup
6. Green Peas: 8 grams - 1 cup
7. Artichokes: 4 grams - 1/2 cup
8. Hemp Seeds: 13 grams - 3 tablespoons!!!
9. Oatmeal: 6 grams - 1 cup
10. Pumpkin Seeds: 8 grams - 1/4 cup
11. Edamame: 8.5 grams - 1/2 cup
12. Tempeh: 12 grams - 1 cup!!!
13. Hemp Milk: 5 grams - 1 cup
14. Spinach: 5 grams - 1 cup
15. Black Eyed Peas: 8 grams - 1/2 cup
16. Broccoli: 4 grams - 1 cup
17. Asparagus: 4 grams - 1 cup
18. Green Beans: 4 grams - 1/2 cup
19. Almonds: 7 grams - 1 cup
20. Nutritional (brewer's) Yeast: 8 grams - 1 tablespoon!!!
21. Spirulina: 4 grams - 1 tablespoon!!!
22. Tahini: 2.6 grams - 1 tablespoon
23. Chickpeas: 8 grams - 1/2 cup
24. Peanut Butter: 8 grams - 2 tablespoons!!!
25. Vegan Protein Shake: 25 grams - 1 scoop!!!
Besides protein, these foods also supply iron, vitamins and other minerals that help in the absorption of the protein. One of my favorite ways to eat nutritional yeast (I advise buying from the health food section where you scoop it out yourself, tastes better than the packaged "brands" that are sold) is to sprinkle it on popcorn! I use a tiny bit of olive oil, tiny bit of Bragg's Amino Acids and then top it with a couple tablespoons of brewer's yeast. Delicious!! Tahini and chickpeas are used to make hummus. Great source of protein to snack on during the day! We make "chunky monkey" protein shakes in our household. Chocolate protein powder, bananas, peanut butter and almond milk with ice, blended. With just one banana, two cups of almond milk, two tablespoons of peanut butter, one scoop of protein powder and some ice is 35 grams of protein. So, so good! You can be creative in how you prepare these foods and there are a ton of recipes online! To your health!!
Eating well is a form of self respect. -Unknown
Health Is Wealth
Epsom salt is wildly popular in the "crunchy" community. People have recently began to learn about the benefits, internal and external, of this wonderful "salt". I quote that word because Epsom salts aren't really salts at all, but rather a naturally occurring, pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. There have been several studies that show that magnesium and sulfate are highly absorbable through the skin. This is why Epsom salt baths are so popular and a great way to experience the benefits of this Earthly wonder.
Let's take a look at the several benefits of Epsom salt:
* Reduces inflammation of muscular and skeletal systems
* Sulfates help absorb nutrients
* Flushes toxins from the body
* Relieves constipation when taken orally with water
* Detoxes heavy metals when used in a bath
* Helps regulate 325 enzymes found in the body
* Can be used to fertilize houseplants, gardens and yards, growing lush green plants
* Can be used as an insecticide
* Helps relieve stress by relaxing muscles and mind, readying you for a good night's sleep
* Will help clean out the gut when taken orally, balancing the guts pH
There are several uses for Epsom salt, but I'm going to focus my post on Epsom salt baths. If you do decide to try to take Epsom salt orally, use a small amount (1 tsp) and drink a lot of water with it. Continue drinking water all day to help push everything out of your system. This is the natural answer to constipation. Oh, and please beware, it tastes NASTY! Now onto baths...
If you read the back of any Epsom salt bag, it will tell you to add 1/2 cup-1cup of Epsom salts to your bath. I'm here to say use no less than 4 cups. Why? Because this is the most effective way to experience the benefits mentioned above. Will 1 cup still work? Eh, yes, but all of the perks of Epsom salts baths will work even better, waaaay better, if you quadruple up on the suggested amount.
How To Take An Epsom Salt Bath To Get Maximized Benefits
With Epsom salt baths you want to get the water as hot as you can handle it. This opens up the pores of your skin as large as they go, allowing for the magnesium sulfate to easily be absorbed and for toxins to easily be released from the body. For maximum results, when it comes to relaxing the muscles and relieving inflammation, pour no less than 4 cups of salts into your bath! Let these salts get in there, do their job and go beyond the call of duty! Be sure to soak no longer than 40 minutes. !
If you have young children who have a hard time falling asleep, you can run some warm/almost hot water in the sink and add 2 cups of Epsom salts. Then take a wash cloth and let the salt water absorb into the cloth. Wring out and wrap warm cloths around your kids feet (may take two cloths). You can also have them put their feet in the sink, if you prefer. This will help relax your child and help them fall asleep. You can do this for yourself as well, followed by a light foot scrub with a scrub brush will help release toxins through the feet.
Source: “Report on Absorption of magnesium sulfate (Epsom salts) across the skin,” Dr. R.H. Waring, School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham, B15 2TT, U.K.
What Epsom Salt do I recommend? This right here. These ultra-fine crystals DO absorb quickly and more efficiently than the bigger crystals. This Therapeutic Soak relaxes my muscles and relieves all the tension better than any other salts I've used. This is absolutely, hands down, the most glorious bath I've ever taken! I must tell you though, that this bath should most definitely always be done before bed. You will just want to melt into your bed afterwards, with a fan blowing on you. You will wake up relaxed and rejuvenated. Remember, you must get the bath water as hot as possible, as hot as you can handle it. This opens the pores of the skin and the full-effects of the Epsom Salt bath will be felt!
Natural Chelation Therapy
Cilantro and chlorella are natural chelating agents. If you go to the doctor, they will prescribe a pharmaceutical that is common for chelating lead and arsenic poisoning, but these have serious side effects. Cilantro and chlorella together bind to heavy metal toxin ions, removing them from your system via bodily excretions. Eating cilantro alone isn't enough. Cilantro binds to the heavy metal ions, but it's the chlorella that carry's it out of the body. Without the chlorella the metals bound to cilantro will just sit there in your body, creating more heavy metal side effects (moodiness, irritability, depression). Chlorella, an intestinal absorbing agent, prohibits retoxification! In fact, clinical studies recently proved that chlorella and cilantro together can naturally remove up 87% of lead, 91% of mercury and 74% of aluminum from the body within 42 days if taken correctly. This is great news!
Benefits of Chlorella
-Improves digestion, relieves constipation
-Increases white blood cell count
-Boosts immune system response
-Supports elimination of heavy metals and mold
-Heals and repairs tissue
-Detoxifies harmful radiation
-Protects the brain and nervous system
-Improves antioxidant activity in the body
-Contains B6 and B12 in their most absorbable form
-High in amino acids
-Opens cell walls necessary for detoxing
-Restores healthy gut flora
Benefits of Cilantro
-Heavy metal binding agent and mobilizer
-Contains high levels of magnesium and iron, warding off anemia
-Fights urinary tract infections
-Promotes a healthy liver
-Adds fiber to digestive tract
Before starting this natural chelating process, make sure you are taking plenty of magnesium (for your height/weight). Magnesium will relax your arteries, tissues and muscles, making it easier to detox.
Here is a link with the recommended doses for chelating heavy metals from the body. This describes exactly what you need to do to detox using this method.
One of my favorite ways to eat cilantro is in homemade salsa. Then you can easily find chlorella in powder form at health food stores or online. The powder can be added to water or a smoothie. There are also herbal companies that make a cilantro and chlorella detoxing supplement.
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ACV is made by a long fermentation process that takes around 7 months. During the fermentation, bacteria and yeast are added to the liquid to start the alcoholic fermentation process. The sugars are then turned into alcohol. In a second fermentation process, the alcohol is converted into vinegar by acetic acid-forming bacteria (acetobacter). The acetic acid is what gives the cider it's sour taste. The long fermentation process gives rise to the accumulation of a non-toxic slime composed of yeast and the acetic acid bacteria. This is known as the "mother" of the organic, unprocessed, unfiltered ACV, and it is usually found floating in the bottom of the jar. The "mother" is the most beneficial part of ACV!
Some of the nutrients found in ACV are pectin; vitamins B1, B2 and B6; biotin; folic acid; niacin; pantothenic acid; and vitamin C. These minerals are also found in ACV- sodium, phosphorous, potassium, calcium, iron and magnesium.
The acids in ACV bind with toxins and help detox the liver and cleanse the blood.
Health Benefits of ACV:
-Relieves acid reflux
-Helps control yeast overgrowth in the gut
-Balances gut pH
-Soothes sore throats
-Clears sinus congestion
-Promotes heart health
-Helps ward off stomach bugs
-Detoxes the liver
-Promotes energy through gut health
-Heals skin wound
Apple Cider Vinegar is also a great facial toner! It's an antiseptic and anti-bacterial for starters. Unfiltered, organic ACV contains naturally occurring alpha hydroxy acids (AHA). Alpha hydroxy acids help exfoliate dead skin on the surface, helping new skin grow. They also stimulate the growth of elastin and collagen. Depending on how sensitive your skin is, you can dilute with filtered water and use a spray bottle to spray on face after washing, or you can lightly dilute the ACV and use a cotton ball to apply on your face.
This recipe is my favorite and has kept my family healthy through several cold/flu seasons. They say to give children 1 tsp and adults 1 tablespoon, although I go by my own rules and everyone in our house gets a tablespoon everyday. If you are already sick with the flu or have a head cold, double up the dosage. Below are the benefits of this nutritious plant!
-Boost the immune system
-Protects against bacteria & infection
-Slows down the spread of cancer
-Moderates the digestive process
-Prevents the developement of diabetes
-Reduces the pain & speed of autoimmune diseases
-Helps with weight loss
-Lowers blood pressure
-Contain vitamins A, B, & C
-Provide iron, potassium, phosphorus & copper
-Provide fiber & protein
-Increases gastrointestinal health
The other main ingredient of elderberry syrup is raw, unfiltered organic honey. And made into elderberry syrup it is pure, yummy, deliciousness! You will need to refrain yourself from opening the fridge and continuously sipping from the jar all day. (I'm horrible at that) The raw honey is LOADED with nutrients. There are over 80 different vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants found in raw, unfiltered honey! (vegan elderberry syrup is the same recipe only made with pure maple syrup) The honey also has anti-bacterial properties along with being an alkaline food. All of the nutrients, in combination with the nutrients from the elderberries make for a super, immune-boosting syrup! My recipe makes just a little over a quart. And it will keep for up to 3 months in the fridge.
1 cup raw, unfiltered organic honey
2 cups whole organic black elderberries
1 teaspoon clove powder
1 teaspoon ginger root powder
1 cinnamon stick or cinnamon powder
4 cups water
Boil the elderberries and seasonings in the water for 45 minutes. Let it cool and then mash the berries with a spoon. Pour the mixture through a strainer into a glass bowl, mashing the rest of the juice from the berries. Add 1 cup of honey and stir. Store in the fridge. I mash the berries for 10 minutes, just to be sure I get all the goodness out of them. Quart sized mason jars are perfect for storing the syrup.
If you would rather purchase elderberry syrup, I highly recommend Mother's Touch Essential's! This is a local mother who makes regular elderberry syrup, as well as vegan elderberry syrup. She also makes gummy's that you can give to your children. The elderberry syrup or gummy's sold in stores is way overpriced and most contain high fructose corn syrup. Buying local guarantee's fresh, organic ingredients and superior quality. Shipping is available if you are not local to Austin, Texas.
To your health!
Eating fruit in the morning can do these things:
-Stimulates digestive track
-Wakes up the body!
-Aides in weight loss
-Boosts the immune system
-Creates an alkaline environment in the body
-Helps you feel full & satisfied
-Strengthens the heart
-Decreases belly bloating
The vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants in fruit will work wonders for you in the morning, on an empty stomach. The fiber in fruit pushes out old waste matter in the digestive track. A really great morning fruit that acts like a diuretic is watermelon! The water-based fruit helps flush out excess sodium through urinating. The more sodium you flush out, the less water weight your body will hold. When the immunse system is boosted and you flush out these old toxins from the day before, your energy levels will increase. Melons drizzled with lime juice are a real energy booster!
Eat.Morning.Fruit. To your health!
Why Supplementing Minerals Could Be The Key To Better Health
There are a few ways you can be sure to get your minerals. There are trace mineral liquid supplements available that you can add to your water. It is important to note that when adding trace minerals to water, it is best to use distilled water, so that the water is clean of any heavy metals or toxins. You never want to just drink distilled water either, as the water will absorb the minerals from your bones and actually deplete your body of minerals. So it's important to add trace minerals to a gallon of distilled water, that way your body is gaining the minerals without any of the heavy metals or toxins found in regular water. Another great way to get minerals in your food is by using Pink Himalayan salt instead of table salt with your meals. The reason it's pink is because of the iron oxides. There are over 84 trace minerals and macrominerals in Pink Himalayan Salt. Using sparingly on your food throughout the week is a great way to add essential trace minerals to your diet. If you're a vegetarian and don't mind eating cheese, grass-fed, raw whole milk cheese and butter (Amish farms are best for these)are loaded with minerals and are generally good for strong teeth and bones. Organic vegetables are abundant with minerals and essential nutrients. If you're not a huge vegetable eater you can always make a vegetable broth and drink the nutrients. When making a vegetable broth be sure to simmer on low for 24 hours. Then remove the vegetables, as all the nutrients are in the broth now. I like to eat spinach salads with my favorite dressing. Just 2 1/2 cups of spinach provides a daily dose of magnesium. If you are deficient, double it up.
Here are 3 reasons you need to get on it and find a way to get more minerals in your temple!
1) Magnesium Deficiency- Hello? Do you know what sets off 300 enzyme reactions in your body on a daily basis, that in turn translates thousands of biochemical reactions that are of great importance to nerve transmission, muscle contraction, blood coagulation, energy production, cell formation, bone formation and nutrient metabolism? That's right, if you want your body to function properly and ward off illness, magnesium is probably necessary. Magnesium deficiency is also linked to depression. So getting enough magnesium helps keep you alive and keeps you happy! A win-win!
2) Selenium Deficiency- Thyroid issues anyone? Sadly, I know a LOT of people with thyroid issues, whether it be hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism. A properly functioning thyroid is crucial to your overall health. A high concentration of selenium has been found in thyroids, making it a key component in your thyroid health.
3) Billions of Signals Every Second- Trace minerals together with ionic minerals conduct and transmit billions of tiny electrical impulses that maintain the function of your heart, muscles, brain, cells and nerves. Without these electrical impulses your heart would literally stop working. Billions of electrical impulses, every second of every day!
Minerals are responsible for strong bones and connective tissues. They are essential for healthy teeth, skin, hair, nails, skeletal system and organs. If you want to witness the power of minerals, just taking silica alone will super boost your hair strength and growth. Your nails will become hardened and grow quickly too. Eating foods rich in minerals and adding a trace mineral supplement to your routine may be the best way to go if you believe yourself to be in the 90% of the population that may be deficient of minerals.
Not only is Bentonite clay a great way to detox heavy metals and toxins from the body, but there's a high amount of calcium, magnesium, silica, iron and potassium. Clay, literally, absorbs toxins and pathogens, while depositing minerals into your body. There is concern of the small trace amounts of lead found in clay, but this lead is never released into the body, it is excreted alongside the other heavy metals found in the body.
Benefits Of Bentonite Clay
*Removes heavy metals, pathogens, toxins, fluoride, viruses, candida yeasts, bacterial infections, gangrene, GMO toxins and even radiation
*Promotes healthy gut flora
*Heals and revitalizes damaged cells & tissues
*By reducing stomach acidity, it balances the body's pH levels
*Promotes healthy hair, skin, nails, teeth, bones and joints
*Naturally boosts energy
*Adds oxygen to your cells by pulling excess hydrogen, allowing oxygen to take it's place
*Boosts probiotics in the gut
*Purifies water when combined with magnesium by removing fluoride
With all of the benefits that this detox brings, coupled with the essential minerals we need to sustain our body's, this detox ranks high on my list for best internal cleansing!
Activated charcoal is carbon produced from carbonaceous source materials such as nutshells, coconut husk, wood, coir, peat, coal, bone char, olive pits, sawdust and lignite. Activated Carbon, known as activated charcoal, has oxygen added to it to increase its porosity, thereby, adding to its surface area. This isn't the same charcoal as what you use on your grill. Charcoal briquettes are toxic. They have additional agricultural wastes and toxins, similar to lighter fluid, that are added. Activated charcoal is made with all non-toxic substances. It's normally used to remove chemicals, toxins, and gases. Activated charcoal also has a negative charge, that works like a magnet to draw the positively charged toxins, chemicals and gases to it, absorbing them. This is how it could heal my spider bit so quickly. It's porous surface with it's negative charge, attracted and absorbed quickly the venom shot into my hand and arm.
* Alleviates bloating and gas
* Helps with alcohol poisoning and hangovers
* Can be used in emergencies as a paste to heal bug bites and stings of the worst kind
* Can also be used in emergencies where someone has ingested poison (always call 911 first)
* Cleanses digestive track
* Reduces high cholesterol
* Can whiten teeth
* Can be used to help heal dog mange and other skin issues on animals
It's important to note that if you are taking medications, please be aware that Activated Charcoal will absorb those as well, so this may not be a good idea to take until you are cleared by your doctor.
How To Make An Activated Charcoal Patch
*Take 1 tablespoon of bentonite clay and add 1/2 teaspoon of activated charcoal powder.
*Add a few drops of water to the powder mix and stir until you make a paste.
*Apply the paste to sting or bite and cover with a bandage.
This method can be done without the bentonite clay, but I add it in to give it some extra detoxing power and to help form the paste. Water alone is fine too!
Diatomaceous Earth is an off-white, fine powder that is the fossilized remains of marine phytoplankton. It is 99% pure Silica. Silica helps the body use Calcium. It also repairs vital collagen which, in turn, contributes to healthy bones, ligaments, joints, cartilage and skin. Food-grade DE also contains 15 trace minerals, including calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron, phosphorous, selenium, copper, zinc and potassium.
DE is safe to take on a daily basis. Again, if you are taking meds, always check with your doctor first. But for the average healthy person, taking DE daily has numerous benefits! I notice right away my skin looks more youthful. I also get boosts of energy from taking DE. Rule of thumb is to start out with 1-2 teaspoons a day for a week or two, then move up to 1 tablespoon/twice a day. There are no rules with DE, just be sure not to accidentally inhale it or get it in your eyes. It's best to use a plastic spoon when mixing it in water or smoothie. As far as how to take it and how often, that is a personal decision and whatever is comfortable for you.
DE works by traveling through the stomach and intestines, literally scraping the walls and then dehydrating and killing any parasites, bacterial and fungal infections. To get an idea of how hard the edges of the silica crystals are, on a hardness scale diamonds are ranked at a 9. DE is ranked at a 7. By scraping and ridding the body of these energy zombies from your gut, you will feel more awake and coherent. Daily use contributes to the following.
- Hair Growth
- Stronger Nails
- More Youthful Skin Through Tissue Repair
- Soothes Aching Joints And Arthritis
- Reduces High Blood Pressure
- Relieves Diarrhea
- Removes Heavy Metals, Toxins, Bacteria, Fungi, Parasites, Viruses, E-coli, Pesticides And Endo Toxins
- Healthy Immune System
- Healthy Colon
- Healthy Teeth And Gums
- Diminishes Age Spots
- Reduces Symptoms Of Menopause
- Helps Prevent Kidney Stones And Urinary Tract Infections
- Cancer Cannot Continue To Live In Cells That Contain Proper Amounts Of Silica
- Has Anti-Inflammatory Effects
To See All The Different Uses For Diatomaceous Earth
Pineapple Juice For The Win
The pineapple's super-power lies within it's naturally occurring enzyme, bromelain, which reduces inflammation. This soothes the irritation of the throat and relieves the coughing. Bromelain is also a proteolytic enzyme, which means it digests protein. It also contains high amounts of Vitamin C, Vitamin A and Magnesium, all of which boost the immune system, which in turn helps ward off colds and illness. By triggering the body's production of substances that reduce swelling and fight pain, Bromelain is able to soothe and heal irritated coughs.
Benefits Of Drinking Pineapple Juice For A Cough
- Cataract prevention via Vitamin A & C, which both play a key role in protecting vision
- High amounts of Manganese which is an essential nutrient that helps protect cells against free radicals and strengthens bones and teeth
- Very high fiber content helps with constipation and cleansing toxins from organs
- Bromelain reduces inflammation, which in turn soothes pain and swelling
- High Vitamin C content that is necessary for the growth, development and repair of all body tissues. Also helps absorb minerals, maintain immune system, maintains teeth, bones & cartilage and helps in forming collagen.
- Drinking fresh pineapple juice helps remove intestinal worms
- Acts as natural diuretic and helps detox the body of toxins
- Helps in removing dead cells from the skin
- Contains antioxidants that fight skin damage and reduce wrinkles
- Boosts fertility via antioxidants that fight free radicals, which cause damage to reproductive organs
- Facilitates the healing of wounds by quickly repairing cells and tissues
- Helps digestion by providing the enzymes to break down protein, that in turn helps absorb nutrients that are eaten
- Contains copper, the mineral essential for healthy red blood cells. Copper increases cognitive abilities and helps maintain neural pathways, helping prevent neural disorders
These benefits will be most enjoyed when drinking fresh pineapple juice, right from the juicer. If you must buy store bought, make sure you get Organic, Not From Concentrate, No Sugar Added, and all that jazz pineapple juice. But you will reap the rewards of pineapples most from freshly squeezed juice!
Our personal experience has always been that once we give pineapple juice, no matter how long the cough has been around, it usually tends to disappear in a day or two completely after being given a couple of glasses of fresh pineapple juice. Or anytime I notice one of my children getting a cold, a glass of pineapple juice will ward it off. I keep going with the pineapple juice too, we keep drinking it for a few days just to keep illness away. Remember, natural remedies work best in strong bodies that aren't tainted with poisonous medications.
And you know the best part about pineapple juice?? It tastes WONDERFUL!!! My boys like the fresh pineapple juice the best, with a couple of ice cubes mixed in, so you're not drinking warm pineapple juice. It taste's delicious people, and it's so good for you! Cheers!
1. Bromelain treatment decreases neutrophil migration to sites of inflammation.
Publication: Clin. Immunol. 2008 Jul ;128(1)::66-74. :doi: 10.1016/j.clim.2008.02.015.
Publication Date: 2008 Jul
Study Author(s): Fitzhugh, David J;Shan, Siqing;Dewhirst, Mark W;Hale, Laura P;
2. Oral Bromelain Attenuates Inflammation in an Ovalbumin-induced Murine Model of Asthma.
Publication: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med 2008 Mar ;5(1)::61-9. :doi: 10.1093/ecam/nel110.
Publication Date: 2008 Mar
Study Author(s): Secor, Eric R;Carson, William F;Singh, Anurag;Pensa, Mellisa;Guernsey, Linda A;Schramm, Craig M;Thrall, Roger S;
Institution: Department of Immunology and Department of Pediatrics, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, CT, USA.
The aloe vera plant is also anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. When taken orally (I advise drinking aloe vera juice, I just feel it works better than taking pill-form), it can help with digestion, strengthen the immune system, help with nutrient absorption, reduce inflammation, provides essential amino acids, help treat diabetes, heal stomach ulcers, relieve constipation, detox the body of toxins, parasites and candida and then some. This plant is powerful and a gem of the Earth!
You can find aloe vera juice sold in stores and it's best to find pure, whole leaf organic aloe vera juice. That can get expensive though. An easy way to go about this is to buy an organic aloe vera plant to sit in your house, in some sunlight and water it everyday. You can then take a leaf and make your own aloe vera juice. Slice open a leaf and with a spoon, dig out the inner gel. Put the gel in a blender with a little bit of filtered or spring water and blend together. You can add fresh juice (lemon, orange) for added vitamin zing!
Besides taking aloe orally, it can be used topically too. Because aloe has a neutral taste, smell and touch, it can be used in several different ways. In our house, we have healed pink eye three different times, in less than 24 hours. We have also healed ring worm. In fact, any time our boys have ever had a "skin issue" or irritation, we grab aloe, rub it on the skin and it's gone the next day. The important thing to remember when using a natural remedy like this to heal an infection or irritation, is to do it several times throughout the day. I cut open a leaf and open it up, then literally rub the inner gel right on top of the skin until ALL of the inner gel has been absorbed into the skin! You do this every few hours! This method has worked for us over and over for healing viral and fungal infections. Living in Texas and having a fair-skinned, redhead, I have also seen the aloe plant work it's wonders on sunburns. A part of the wonder is how quickly it heals!
You can get an aloe vera plant at just about any store that sells plants or has a nursery. I picked up a handful of aloe plants at Home Depot and have them sitting around the house. I have two boys so there are a lot of scrapes, cuts, sunburns and a few of other childhood viral/fungal infections that have come through our house. Our favorite plant is the Aloe Vera plant, because it has helped us heal every single time!
Natural-Hacks came about from my personal experiences, years of research and desire to heal and treat my family naturally. My passion and direct experiences with natural remedies have helped form my opinion on several different health topics which I share with you here on my blog. I wish you success on your natural health journey!
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