Positivity In A Negative World

It definitely has been a rough year for the planet, and I have felt it keenly. It seems that everywhere on this globe is in a very strange flux; domination and aggression, xenophobia, racism, denial of truth – all these awful parts of the darkest aspects of human nature are suddenly being allowed into the light. Read More

When You Feel The Cold Coming

I NEVER get sick (I say that now).  It’s become the most phenomenal thing.  And through a series of not eating my fermented vegetables regularly, a couple of drinks, and getting little sleep the past week, my body finally decided to tell me to slow down after three years of a clean bill of health.  I woke up Monday morning with slight congestion, a foggy head, and fatigue. Though mild, I finally caught a cold that has been waiting to catch up with me for some time.

If you are suffering from a cold, try some of these remedies out. They are easy to do, more affordable than buying medicine and have no negative side effects. A cold is really your body’s way of saying, “Yo! SLOW DOWN! I need a break!” So, slow down, take the day off and rest. You’ll body will thank you by recovering and rejuvenating itself and you’ll be back to your busy schedule in no time!

p.s. – For all you springtime allergy sufferers, these tips would work great for you too!

Feel better soon!

REST | Hear me when I say that slowing down and resting is the most important aspect of recovery.  Shutting down and letting your immune system do what it does best trumps all other remedies against sickness, and works delightfully in conjunction with other remedies.  However, if you eat well, take all the herbs you can, and simply do not rest/slow down, it will take much longer to recover.

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR | Make an ACV tea to sip/or gargle. I like to put it in my morning water with some lemon to help dilute the taste. It’s potent but the stronger it is, the faster it will work (of course you can change the amounts of everything to your liking). Use it 3-4 times a day (less is ok too but the more you do it, the better the results).

IMMUNE SUPPORT | Whole Foods has a few varieties (like Wellness Herbal Resistance Liquid from Source Naturals). Some oils I recommend using any of these oils: Peppermint,  Lemon, Oregano, Holy basil, or Astragalus oil. Take 1-2 drops of medical/food organic grade, once a day. Most of the oils are also available as extracts to use in a diffuser, that wouldn’t be a bad idea to do either.  Zinc lozenges can make the cold and sore throat shorter and less severe. Take any of these at the first sign of a cold.

GINGER | Ginger helps bring down inflammation, clear congestion and support the immune system. Drink 2-3 cups of fresh ginger tea daily. Freshly grated ginger root (about 2 teaspoons) in a cup of hot water is best but Yogi Teas also makes a ginger tea. It’s great to soothe sore throats too!

TURMERIC | The curcumin in turmeric eases headaches, acts as a decongestant, helps reduce allergy symptoms and wards off colds. I make a turmeric tea and add lemon and cinnamon (totally optional). If you don’t wanna work hard, I recommend making Turmeric Golden Milk by Gaia and make with warm water.

VITAMIN C & D | Vitamin C has long been known to support the immune system and fight off colds. As with any supplement, check with your doctor first but about 500-2000 milligrams every 2 hours is recommended. Fruits and veggies high in Vitamin C are oranges, kiwis, bell peppers, guavas, strawberries, dark leafy greens, papaya, broccoli and Brussels sprouts. Additionally, having enough Vitamin D reduces your risk of catching a cold in the first place. Sunlight and fish are great sources of D.

SAY NO TO ADDED SUGAR | Sugar weakens your immune system! It may be tempting when you have a sore throat to have hard candies, sugar in your tea, pudding/jello, Halloween candies, and ice cream but if it’s high in sugar … STAY AWAY! This will only make you sicker and prolong your cold. Opt for sugar-free items or better yet, just stick to tea sans the sweetener and soups. P.s. adding honey to teas is fine, just don’t allow young children to have it, but also be wise about how much honey you do add.

DRY BRUSHING | The primary benefit is better blood circulation. With improved lymph movement and blood circulation, metabolic waste and other toxins are eliminated from the body leaving you healthier and feeling fresh. Dry brushing stimulates your liver, gut, kidneys, lungs, lymphatic system and nervous system resulting in improved functioning of the body.

COLD BATHS | Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has a long tradition in promoting health by taking cold baths. The cold temperature is supposed to stimulate nerve endings in the skin to withdraw blood to the body’s core. After exiting the cold bath, blood is pumped vigorously back around the body which invigorates and builds up the immune system. The vasomotor responses can positively stimulate the neural and respiratory systems and aid cardiovascular functioning. In TCM understanding, this makes the body surface firmer, and thus enhances the resistance against external pathogens. Long-term benefits of cold baths help a range of ailments including a headache, insomnia or nervousness; it also good for prevention of cardiovascular diseases, flu, and airway diseases, stimulating the digestive process and promoting skin health.

STEAM & SAUNA | Another thing to try to combat your cold is a sauna or steam room. The super-hot steam in a sauna is a good way to combat the cold virus, which can’t survive in high temperatures. You are increasing your body temperature, just like in a hot tub, to induce a fever that fights the cold virus. It can also improve nasal drainage. The great thing about using a hot tub or sauna to relieve your cold symptoms is that these are all-natural cures.

KRAUT & BROTH | As soon as I’m ill, I get broth going.  Bone broth or vegetable broths both do the trick, homemade broths are best and very easy to make. I’ll usually enjoy a bowl in the evenings to relax my whole body for sleep, reduce inflammation, and enjoy its immense immunity strengthening properties.  I also eat my kraut throughout the day to help the detoxification process more and provide immune-boosting probiotics. Here is my favorite broth to make by Medical Medium. I can instantly feel a change after using this broth.

CILANTRO CELERY JUICE | I truly crave raw foods and juices that give my digestion a break and allow for my immune system to simply focus on healing.  This is one of my favorite daily juices during this time.  To detox as well as strengthen immunity through ginger and lemon.

EAT NUTRITION DENSE FOODS | The more energy your body uses to digest food, the less it has for the immune system. So eat healthy and light like soups, teas, fresh fruits and veggies (no sugar, no dairy, no gluten). I recommend eating onion, garlic, berries, cruciferous vegetables, and mushrooms every day. Here is a page to read why I recommend reading why I suggest these specific foods.

Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead Film

Like many people, one of the main reasons I put my diet through a major overhaul was becoming educated about food and the food industry through documentaries I watched and books I read. Read More

A Favorite Product

I have been in love (and completely obsessed, to be honest) with this company. I am slowly acquiring all of their fantastic and life-changing products, which I have been using daily so expect more on this soon!

The company is called Sun Potion

I had been looking forward to purchasing the butter, knowing they are one of the few companies that use 100% unrefined and wildcrafted shea.

Sun Potion sources the shea butter from the nut of the Shea-Karite tree which grows in the tropical regions of Africa. The trees take at least 15 years to produce shea, which is then stored, dried and crushed. It is 100% chemical free and although meant for external use, safe to eat. It has been used for centuries as a protective, anti-aging, beauty remedy by African women.

I have been mixing it with a few drops of my favorite oil of the moment until it is melted and rubbing it on my face and body every day. The results are exciting and noticeable. While it has been a great experiment as my skin was incredibly dry due to the harsh weather changes, I plan on using it all year long. Some of the benefits of shea butter include:

Some of the benefits of shea butter include:

• Balances skin pH
• Naturally rich in vitamins A, E & F
• Allows skin to breathe
• Deeply moisturizing
• Reduces inflammation
• Aids in skins natural collagen production
• Strengthens and regenerates skin
• Mild natural sunscreen
• Assist in healing conditions such as sun damage, blemishes, eczema, severe dryness, skin allergies & more

This will definitely be a staple product in my holistic beauty cabinet.

Purchase:
Sun Potion Shea Butter $25

Jump Start With ACV

Apple cider vinegar has been a wonderful addition to my holistic medicine cabinet. It is a true multitasking product that when consumed raw and organic has numerous benefits for maintaining proper pH levels in the body to clearing skin. I love Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar as seen above. Read More

Benefits Of Raw Cacao

Nature has provided us with many sources of medicine and raw cacao is one of the most effective (and delicious) of them all. It is an immune-boosting powerhouse full of antioxidants, vitamins and essential minerals. Read More

DATES! And all their benefits

As the fruit of palm trees, Dates not only have the sweetest of taste but provide a myriad of health benefits to accompany their flavor.

Rich in vitamins, fiber, iron, selenium, copper and other minerals, dates have been one of the most popular ingredients in many Eastern Asian folk remedies aiming to promote blood production, improve digestive system, and boost energy. Its sweet taste and soft texture also make it one of the favorite dessert choices among Eastern and Central Asians.  What’s not to love about dates?

Now, let’s take a more in-depth look at the many health benefits of dates.

Bone Health and Strength

A number of minerals found in dates may surprise you to be enough to classify as a superfood for strengthening bones. Dates contain selenium, manganese, and copper, all of which are integral to healthy bone development and strength, particularly as people begin to age and their bones gradually weaken.

Blood circulation

The population of struggling Americans with Anemia is ever growing. With anemia leaving patients feeling exhausted, dates provide a boost of iron to pump up your system. With the natural sugars dates, contain are far better than your go-to energy bar which is likely chalked full of artificial sugars for an afternoon pick-me-up.

Lowering Cholesterol

The potassium found in dates reduces the risk of stroke and adding dates to your diets has shown to lower LDL cholesterol.

An Anti-Inflammatory

Dates are rich in magnesium leading as one of the greatest anti-inflammatory minerals our bodies can intake.

Seasonal Allergy Aid

One of the most interesting benefits of dates is the presence of organic sulfur within them. So what’s organic sulfur do for you? This is not a very common element to find in foods, but it does have a worthwhile amount of health benefits, including the reduction of allergic reactions and seasonal allergies.  Here’s to less sneezing and itchy eyes when everything is starting to bloom!

Weight control

Filling up on fruits and vegetables is a longtime suggestion for those wishing to lose a few pounds, and dates can easily make that list of great foods to accomplish those goals. With a low-calorie count and high fiber level, dates can satisfy your nutritional needs.