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How well do you handle stress?

How Well Do You Handle Stress?
Living in this day and age, stress is a normal part of modern life. You will be exposed to some sort of stress every day, whether it’s waking up to an alarm, sitting in traffic, paying bills, working, meeting deadlines – all of these can take their toll. Thankfully, the body has an amazing, protective stress response system to help you cope. The stress response was historically designed to kick in to save your life; nowadays, your stress response is being activated every day rather than just when you come into contact with a sabre tooth tiger! However, this ongoing activation by your nervous system can lead to symptoms of stress and mood disorders that are becoming increasingly common.

Recognising the Signs of Stress 
Depending on the type of stress and how long you have been experiencing it, you may be familiar with some of these signs and symptoms.

Signs of acute stress – Muscle tension, Increased heart rate, Sweating, Energy fluctuations, Alertness, Sleep disturbances

Signs of ongoing stress – Fatigue, Sleep disturbances, Worrying, Sadness, Irritability, Poor concentration, Weight loss or gain
Getting the Right Tools 

When you are under stress, your overworked stress response system requires even more nutrients than usual. This is because your body needs vitamins and minerals to produce the hormones and neurotransmitters (the brain’s messengers) required to adapt to the stress and bring the body back into balance.

  • B group vitamins: B vitamins are needed for healthy mood, motivation and wellbeing. They are vital for producing energy, as well as the neurotransmitters that promote happiness, relaxation and sleep.
  • Magnesium: When you are stressed, your body may require more magnesium than normal. Magnesium can be beneficial for many things including managing stress and improving energy. You may also know that magnesium is used as a muscle relaxant. Due to its relaxing qualities, it may improve mood and sleep.
  • Taurine and glutamine: These amino acids are required as building blocks for your neurotransmitters. They can also help to calm the nervous system, as well as protect against the damage that stress can cause.

Setting Up the Foundations 
Now that you know which nutrients can be great for use in times of stress, eating a nutritious diet can help you to maintain the health of your nerves long-term. What happens to your diet when you’re stressed? Do you eat a lot, or do you make poor food choices when short on time or patience?

  • During times of stress, sugars and refined carbohydrates are a no no! While they provide quick energy, they do not fuel your body with nutrients it needs to cope with stress, and can ultimately lead to weight gain.
  • Protein from fish, lean meats, eggs, legumes and nuts can provide you with amino acids to fuel your brain whilst sustaining you for longer, minimising those stress cravings.
  • Fish, in particular, contains both protein and essential fats, otherwise known as omega-3 fatty acids which can support a healthy stress response and healthy mood.

Be Strong Against Stress! 
If you are interested in strengthening your mind and body to become more resilient to the effects of everyday stress, book in to see one of our knowledgable and friendly Naturopaths and/or Nutritionists.

Our Naturopaths would love to help you! Book online or phone  (07) 5458 4800 to book your free assessment consultation.

 

Where to next?

Book your FREE Naturopathic Assessment Consultation to get you started. Consultations start at $57. 

We use the ‘Healthpoint‘ health fund rebate system in the clinic our accredited Naturopaths have current health fund provider status. This means if you bring your card to the consultation you can usually claim your rebate on the spot using our Healthpoint terminal, and only pay the gap on your consultation. This helps you see your health fund benefit sooner.

No matter where you are, we can offer naturopath consultation by phone or skype consultations and nutritional supplementation through Australia and Overseas. Alternatively, we would love to see you in person in our Brisbane or Gold Coast Clinic either or Buderim Naturopath or Caloundra Naturopath Clinic on the Sunshine Coast.

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Are you getting enough Iron?

Are You Getting Enough Iron?
 
Iron is essential for maintaining good energy levels and optimal health. It is arguably one of the most important minerals, particularly as it is involved in carrying oxygen to every cell in your body. Haemoglobin is the body’s oxygen-carrying protein and where you find approximately two-thirds of your iron; therefore, without adequate iron the transportation of oxygen is affected. As ironis involved in maintaining healthy immunity, it’s no wonder you don’t feel great when your levels are low!

Symptoms of Low Iron 
The following symptoms could be signs of low iron levels:

  • Fatigue and lethargy
  • Frequent colds and flus
  • Paleness inside the mouth and lower eyelid
  • Fuzzy head, not thinking clearly
  • Low body temperature
  • Dizziness
  • Restless legs or leg cramps at night.

Reasons for Low Iron 
Iron deficiency can be mild, however when it is very low you can become ‘anaemic’. Low iron can be a result of not obtaining enough from your diet. Factors that may cause low iron include tea and coffee intake, blood loss, pregnancy or poor absorption as a result of underlying gut problems. Certain populations have been identified as potentially more at risk of low iron levels, including teenagers, the elderly, pregnant women, vegetarians and vegans.

Test – Don’t Guess 
If you suspect you may be low in iron, it is important to speak to your healthcare practitioner about a simple blood test to assess your iron levels, especially if you are at increased risk. Testing can ensure your safety, as symptoms of iron excess may be similar to signs of iron deficiency and in some circumstances, high ironintake can be detrimental.

Dietary Sources of Iron 
Include plenty of iron-rich foods in your diet to maintain a healthy intake. Animal foods provide
a good source of iron, including beef, lamb, kangaroo, turkey, chicken, fish, oysters, liver and sardines. The redder the meat, the higher the ironcontent. Plant-sources of iron include molasses, shiitake mushrooms, dark green leafy vegetables (see below for an absolutely delicious kale and spinach pie recipe) and lentils. Vegetarian sources of iron may not be as well-absorbed as animal sources. Talk to your Practitioner today about taking a high potency ironsupplement. If you are vegan or vegetarian, your Practitioner can provide vegan-friendly options.

Iron Needs a Little Help from its Friends 
Iron works best in your body with the help of other nutrients:

  • B vitamins: Vitamins B6, B12 and folate are involved in iron transportation and red blood cell production. Taking an essential B vitamin can help you build healthy cells and move energising oxygen around your body.
  • 5-MTHF: Known as 5-methyltetrahydrofolate – the activated form of folate. It is the same form made by your body and is readily utilised.
  • Vitamin C: It has long been known that vitamin C increases the absorption of iron; therefore when taking iron, ideally pair it with vitamin C.

The Supplemental Form of Iron Matters
Side-effects, such as constipation, are commonly complained about with certain forms of iron. Therefore it is important to choose a highly absorbable form of ironto minimise the chance of gut symptoms. Your Practitioner can recommend a suitable iron formula with all the necessary nutrients needed to restore your energy levels and maintain healthy immunity.

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Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar?

Here Are Some AMAZING Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar?

15 Reasons to Use Apple Cider Vinegar Every Day

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Apple cider vinegar is my new obsession. I recently began taking apple cider vinegar shots a few times a day for a quick and effective energy burst. However, I’ve since discovered so many other useful ways to incorporate apple cider vinegar (ACV) into my daily routine.

It’s effective for pretty much anything—your skin, your hair, your house, and even your pets can benefit from its qualities. Raw, organic, unfiltered and unpasteurized, apple cider vinegar is so much more than a salad dressing!

 

1. Apple cider vinegar can detoxify your home.

It’s made from apple juice and is fermented to hard apple cider. It’s then fermented a second time to become apple cider vinegar. By using ACV in lieu of other products, we instantly decrease the consumption of unnatural chemicals in our homes and daily lives.

2. It can make your hair shine.

Apple cider vinegar can be used as a rinse for your hair after shampooing, and will boost your hair’s body and shine. I recommend recycling an old shampoo bottle, then filling it with 1/2 a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a cup of cold water. Pour the solution through your hair after shampooing several times a week for dramatic results.

3. Natural apple cider vinegar regulates the pH of your skin.

Dilute ACV with two parts water, and spread the concoction over your face with a cotton ball to replace your current toner. You can do this at night after washing, and in the morning before you apply your moisturizer. A dab of apple cider vinegar can also be left on the skin overnight to fade age spots or acne scars.

It’s also a recommended agent for warts. For warts, soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar, then fasten the cotton ball over the wart with a Band-Aid overnight. The skin may swell some as it reacts with the solution. However, the wart will fall off. Once it falls off, the treatment should be continued for a few more days, to make sure the wart doesn’t return.

4. It can remove stains from teeth.

Rub teeth directly with apple cider vinegar, and rinse with water.

5. It can soothe sunburnt skin.

Add a cup of apple cider vinegar to your bath, and soak for 10 minutes to eliminate discomfort from sunburn.

6. Apple cider vinegar can be used as a natural aftershave.

Fill a bottle with equal parts apple cider vinegar and water, and shake before applying to the face.

7. It’s an all-natural massage treatment.

Rubbing apple cider vinegar on your hands and feet will give massage-like benefits and relief to tired hands and feet.

8. Apple cider vinegar can aid in weight loss.

For daily weight management, add 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to 16 ounces of water. This concoction can be sipped throughout the day. Data shows some limited, yet significant, weight loss benefits from sustained daily intake of acetic acid (which is a main ingredient in apple cider vinegar).

In a 2009 study published in Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, it was found that subjects that consumed acetic acid for 12 weeks experienced significant declines in body weight, abdominal fat, waist circumference and triglycerides. Triglycerides contribute to the bad cholesterol that we want to avoid.

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9. Apple cider vinegar will balance your entire inner body system.

The body constantly strives to achieve a state of equilibrium. Apple cider vinegar helps the body maintain a healthy alkaline pH level. Research shows that higher acid levels (lower pH level) leads to a lack of energy and higher incidences of infection. Hence, my desire to sip some a few times a day for a natural boost of energy.

10. It can help you detox.

As part of balancing the body’s pH, apple cider vinegar creates an overall detoxification of the body. Research shows that it can help stimulate cardiovascular circulation and help detoxify the liver.

11. ACV is great for your lymphatic system.

This miracle vinegar helps to break up mucous throughout the body and cleanse the lymph nodes. Believe it or not, research suggests that apple cider vinegar can help with allergies because of its ability to reduce mucous and sinus congestion. When reducing the effects of allergies, it can also help stave off sinus infections and their related symptoms, such as sore throats and headaches.

12. It can help your body get rid of candida.

This vinegar is rich in natural enzymes that can help rid your body of candida—yeasts that are attributed to thrush in humans. Candida also is blamed for creating symptoms of fatigue, poor memory, sugar cravings, and yeast infections.

13. ACV can help you reduce heartburn.

Though it might seem like an oxymoron to treat stomach acid with an acid-containing vinegar, there is research suggesting that apple cider vinegar works by correcting low acid, hence reducing heartburn. Natural remedy experts say you should begin to feel relief very shortly after taking a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar followed by a glass of water. Note that apple cider vinegar will not give relief if you have an ulcer.

14. The use of apple cider vinegar is effective in repelling fleas on your pets.

One part vinegar and one part water can be sprayed on your pets fur and rubbed in generously to the skin. Saturate the entire coat, and continue every day for a few days to a week. Any flea infestation will surely be gone.

15. It’s an all-natural room freshener.

Apple cider vinegar will clean your toilets and leave your bathroom smelling like apples! Just pour apple cider vinegar into the toilet, and allow it to sit overnight. It can also be used in dishwashers as a substitute for dish detergent. Mix 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup water, and you can use this solution to clean microwaves, kitchen surfaces, windows, glasses and mirrors, too.

As you can see, apple cider vinegar is a miracle product that can be used in a multitude of ways. I highly recommend its use!

Source : http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-5875/15-Reasons-to-Use-Apple-Cider-Vinegar-Every-Day.html
: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=12&v=R8we1fTtcp4

 

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Raw Food Detox

Raw Food Detox: How to Start

A raw food detox diet is a way to detoxify the body. If you do it well, it removes toxins or other contaminants that are stored in our body fat and cells. Detoxing improves health, energy, immune system, memory and digestion.


Warning

Most people are low in minerals such as: calcium, magnesium, sulfur, phosphor, sodium, iron. In order to detoxify, you need alkaline minerals. An important role of calcium is to aid in detoxification. It is an alkaline mineral and will “catch” the toxic acids that your body releases.

If the acids can’t be “bound” because your body lacks (alkaline) minerals, the chance is high that you will feel seriously ill during your detox, that your body refuses to release the toxins (you won’t be able to lose weight, since acids and toxins are often stored in your body fat), or that your body re-absorbs the released toxins again.

Alkalize

Therefore, it’s crucial that – before or during your detox – you get plenty of green vegetable juice and alkalizing super foods.

You may also replenish your minerals by adding a tablespoon of spirulina, blue green algae (i.e. from the “E3 Live” brand) or wheat grass powder in your purified drinking water. These have highly available amino acids and minerals. And they alkalize you.

Once you’ve remineralized, your raw food detox will be much more effective and easier.

Tip

You may also want to get activated zeolites or bentonite clay. The zeolites especially, are incredibly effective in attaching themselves to toxins, making them harmless and guiding them out of your body. The tiny zeolites neutralize the most toxic elements from our body such as arsenic, mercury.

Clay is much cheaper and is fine too but usually not strong enough. These zeolites will help you get rid of the toxins in an easy, safe and effective way. They also avoid that you reabsorb the toxins your body tries to get rid of. Highly recommended for use during the detox. Zeolites come in a tiny bottle and are pretty expensive, but I highly recommend then when you detox.

Also make sure that you drink enough alkaline and pure water during the process and that you get enough rest.

Raw Food Detox Recipes

On this website you’ll find many raw food recipes that you can use during your detox. Go to the Vegetable Juice Recipe, How To Juice Veggies page or check out some Super Foods to see if there are some that might work for you. For all juice recipes visit the Recipe Index page.

Enjoy the detox and be amazed at the results!


Source:http://www.thebestofrawfood.com/raw-food-detox.html

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How To Tell You Have an Autoimmune Disease

How To Tell if You Have an Autoimmune Disease

Your immune system fights for you every day, eliminating bacteria, toxins, parasites, and other foreign invaders that can make you sick and even lead to death. It is your greatest champion in the role of keeping you healthy day in and day out. In the fight against illness, your immunity is your greatest and most effective weapon.

When your immune system malfunctions when it mistakes you as the foreign invader – it turns into an adversary. It begins to interpret healthy cells as enemies to be destroyed. This can lead to the damage of many tissues and organs throughout your body, can stimulate abnormal organ growth, and can negatively affect basic organ function.

As many as 50 million people are currently suffering with an autoimmune disease.

Currently, there are more than 80 identified autoimmune diseases that affect various parts of your body inside and out. The signs of autoimmune disease can be systemic (affecting the entire body) which makes them difficult to trace. The true source of body-wide distress can take various doctors, intensive testing, and a long time to identify.

75% of autoimmune disease diagnoses are made in women.

Autoimmune diseases are the leading cause of disability, the leading cause of death, and there is no cure at this time. Since doctors are unable to treat the source of the chronic condition, they work to treat the symptoms and keep them under control.

Common Signs of Autoimmune Disease

  • Persistent fatigue no matter how much rest you get
  • General weakness
  • Itchy, patchy, or dry skin – may be accompanied by rash
  • Sensitivity to temperature (hot or cold)
  • Pain or bloating in the abdomen
  • Dizziness, repeated falls, or poor coordination
  • Hair loss
  • Seizures, trouble concentrating, memory problems, or mood swings
  • Unexplained loss or gain of weight
  • Insomnia
  • Pain in muscles, joints, or head
  • Digestive distress that may include constipation, diarrhea, or painful bowel movements
  • Repeated issues with miscarriages or blood clots
  • Tremors, numbness, tingling, or paralysis in extremities
  • Difficulty swallowing, gagging, or dry mouth

Before you make an appointment with your doctor, make sure you have a complete family history and have written down a complete list of symptoms – even if they seem unrelated. It is important to identify the symptom(s) that directly influences your quality of life. That will determine what specialist you need to see.

If your doctor does not take your questions or list of symptoms seriously – find another doctor. If they try to convince you that the way you feel is “all in your head,” get another opinion immediately and keep getting other opinions until someone gets to the bottom of why you feel the way you do.

Most people with a host of differing indicators end up with a primary care physician who coordinates their care among specialists required to treat specific signs of autoimmune disease.

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If You’re Diagnosed with Autoimmune Disease

You can control the symptoms of autoimmune disease with a few lifestyle changes and a true focus on your health and wellbeing. Limiting your intake of junk food, sodas, excess alcohol, and tobacco will help to detoxify your body.

  • Increase your consumption of organic fruits and vegetables
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Eat more wild caught fish, grass fed beef (in moderation), and organic poultry
  • Get your healthy fats from products such as grass-fed butter, olive oil, and coconut oil
  • Avoid refined sugar, salt, and flour
  • Do whatever you can to resolve physical, mental, and emotional stress
  • Make sure you get plenty of quality sleep every night
  • Exercise regularly – even if it is low impact – but listen to your body

During flare-ups of autoimmune symptoms, try to remain calm. Listen to relaxing music, practice deep breathing, and focus on a lessening of the pain or discomfort.

There may not be a cure yet but you can still live a healthy, happy life while managing the symptoms of autoimmune disease. By caring for your body and doing everything possible to protect your health, you will have many wonderful years remaining.

Read more: http://dailysuperfoodlove.com/5519/do-you-have-signs-of-autoimmune-disease/#ixzz3gn1e5146

Where to next?

Book your FREE Naturopathic Assessment Consultation to get you started. Consultations start at $57. 

We use the ‘Healthpoint‘ health fund rebate system in the clinic our accredited Naturopaths have current health fund provider status. This means if you bring your card to the consultation you can usually claim your rebate on the spot using our Healthpoint terminal, and only pay the gap on your consultation. This helps you see your health fund benefit sooner.

No matter where you are, we can offer naturopath consultation by phone or skype consultations and nutritional supplementation through Australia and Overseas. Alternatively, we would love to see you in person in our Brisbane or Gold Coast Clinic either or Buderim Naturopath or Caloundra Naturopath Clinic on the Sunshine Coast.

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Aloe Vera to treat skin allergies

Aloe Vera to treat eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and other skin allergies

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In my opinion, of all the plants out there, Aloe Vera plant should the one to keep at home. Unlike many other plants, Aloe Vera is actually the most useful plant. Seriously, from burns, cuts, Aloe Vera is a multipurpose plant.  Most of us already know about the amazing properties of Aloe Vera and Aloe Vera juice. However, there are many more little known uses for Aloe Vera.

Aloe Vera to treat eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and other skin allergies

  1. Remove Makeup. Aloe Vera is a cooling agent that helps calm the skin.
  2. Hair Conditioner. Massage in a small amount of Aloe Vera gel and leave it on for about 2 minutes. Rinse it off.
  3. Add to your shampoo. It will make your hair shiny.
  4. Treat Acne.  Aloe Vera minimizes inflammation and treats acne due to its inflammatory properties.
  5. Prevent and eliminate  stretch marks due to Aloe Vera’s regenerative properties.
  6. Swollen Gums.  Aloe vera soothes swollen gums and maximizes your body’s defense mechanisms. You can apply Aloe Vera to the infected area.
  7. Increase hair growth. Aloe Vera contains an enzyme that helps increase hair growth.
  8. Strengthen your nails.
  9. Treat herpes, eczema, psoriasis,  dermatitis and other skin allergies. Aloe Vera is able to penetrate multiple skin layers.
  10. Use as a skin moisturizer. It strengthens skin tissue by providing oxygen to the cells.
  11. Heal sunburns due to Aloe Vera’s antiseptic properties.
  12. Shaving gel. It gives you a nice smooth surface.
  13. Fight the flu and colds. Aloe Vera  contains a great amount of natural ingredients such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes that boost the immune system.
  14. Ease menstrual cramps (by drinking Aloe Vera juice). It reduces pain and fatigue.
  15. Personal Lubricant. It is a very effective moisturizer.

Article originally posted on LivingTraditionally.com republished with permission

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Ancient Two Ingredient Recipe

This Ancient Two Ingredient Recipe Will Rid You of Anxiety

ancient honey sesame recipeIt’s nice when you don’t have to sacrifice flavor for your health. Lemon, cucumber, mint water tastes way better than the plain kind and homemade hummus is easily one of the best tasting condiments around. But I bet there’s an amazing tasting treat with all kinds of health benefits that you haven’t tried – pasteli!

A simple breakfast, dessert, or snack, pasteli is made of two simple ingredients: honey and sesame seeds, though many recipes also include a layer of almonds or other nuts. The combination has been shown to have incredible health benefits from treating anxiety and depression, to preventing heart disease, Alzheimer’s and certain types of cancer.

Ancient Honey Sesame Recipe: A 6000-Year-Old Tradition

One of the first references to pasteli can be found in Homer’s Iliad. It is believed that ancient Greek warriors like Achilles ate pasteli before battle to give them strength and lasting energy. Herodotus, the first historian, even makes reference to sesame and honey cakes. Ancient Egyptian women also believed in pasteli’s health benefits.

In various different forms that tradition lives on today as pasteli is eaten around the world, though often more as a treat, with its many health benefits overlooked.

The Benefits of Pasteli

Raw organic honey has a variety of health benefits from boosting energy levels to improving your immune system, and so do sesame seeds, including improving heart and bone health.

So it’s not surprising that combining the two can have some tremendous benefits. The combination of nutrients and minerals can help with just about every bodily function from lowering cholesterol and blood pressure to improving circulation and preventing cancer. It is particularly effective at treating anxiety, chronic fatigue, and depression, and is great for your overall health.

The Ancient Honey Sesame Recipe

Because pasteli is so old and so popular, everyone has their own way of making it. I will provide the most basic recipe here, but feel free to experiment with other ingredients and cooking methods to find what you and your family like best.

Ingredients:

–          1 cup sesame seeds

–          1 cup raw, organic honey

Optional ingredients include olive oil, almonds, walnuts, lemon or orange zest, sea salt, or cinnamon.

Instructions:

  1. Toast – the sesame seeds in a skillet over low heat for roughly 5 minutes. They should give off a nice scent and become golden. Be sure not to burn them because they will taste bitter.
  2. Warm – the honey in a saucepan over low heat until it thickens. Stir in the seeds and bring the mixture to a boil.
  3. Spread – the honey and sesame seeds on a cookie sheet lined with parchment. Aim for about a ¼ inch thickness, and be careful not to burn yourself.
  4. Cool – at room temperature. Cut into squares or whatever shape you like, and store in an airtight container in the fridge.

You can simply stir in other ingredients, like nuts or sea salt if you like, or you can also blend the sesame seeds with some olive oil before adding them to the honey for a different texture.

Then, simply enjoy the delicious flavour and incredible health benefits.

Sources:

http://www.tophealthylife.com/a-6000-years-old-recipe-from-two-ingredients-the-most-healing-delight-you-will-ever-taste/

http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2010/07/pasteli-sesame-candy-recipe.html

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6 Things Healthy People Do Every Morning

6 Things Healthy People Do Every Morning (Besides Drinking Lemon Water)

healthy habitsYour morning depends a lot on whether or not you are a morning person. Some people love to jump out of bed and start their day with a bang, while other people can barely manage to get up at all.

Yet no matter who you are, having healthy habits in the morning is the key to having healthy days and ultimately, a healthy life.

The One Healthy Habit You Probably Already Know

Drinking a glass of water should be the first thing you do when you wake up. If you can make it a glass of lemon water even better. You jumpstart your metabolism, you get rehydrated, and you get ready to start moving.

But are there other habits that are also important? What else makes up a healthy morning?

6 Other Morning Habits Healthy People Have

1. Take a Breath of Fresh Air

Why not enjoy that glass of water on your patio or balcony? Getting outside and taking in a deep breath of fresh air is a great way to wake you up and to make you feel alive and well. A breath of fresh air in the morning always gets me in the mood to be productive.

2. Take a Moment to Be Grateful

Getting up in the morning can quickly become a pity party. Why do I have to go to work? Why do I have to get the kids ready for school? Negativity can take over and your whole day can become one big obligation.

Better to head off that negativity from the start by remembering all the things that you’re grateful for in life, like having your health or your husband or your kids, anything. Taking a moment to feel grateful just for one more day, may sound kinda corny, but it really can change your entire outlook on life.

3. Take a Moment to Make Your Bed

Making your bed in the morning might seem like a waste of time, but it’s actually a great way to start your day. Finishing your first task gives you an immediate sense of accomplishment and motivates you to finish more goals throughout the day. That’s why people who make their beds tend to be more productive.

4. Take a Moment to Eat a Good Breakfast

You should always make time for breakfast. Try some eggs or fruit or oats. Or make a smoothie. Avoiding processed foods, like most kinds of cereal, is a good idea. And if you’re in a hurry and can’t sit down, you can always make a smoothie instead!

5. Take a Moment to Stretch

It’s not just your mind that has to wake up in the morning, it’s your body too. Wake up your muscles by doing a few stretches. If you struggle with back pain try this routine. Or just dance around or go for a quick walk. It doesn’t have to be a full, intense workout. Anything that gets you moving is a great start.

6. Take a Moment For Yourself

Smile in the mirror, listen to your favorite song, or tell yourself you’re beautiful. Anything that boosts your confidence, self-esteem, and positive energy. There’s no better time to feel great than the morning. And with these habits, I hope you do.

Source:

http://foodmatters.tv/content/7-things-healthy-people-do-every-morning

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Scraps to herbs grown indoors

Vegetables and Herbs You Can Grow Indoors from Scraps

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Sure, you’ve heard that buying organic food over the genetically modified or pesticide exposed versions is ideal for your health, but it can get costly. Due to the limited supply of organic foods as well as the additional labor and maintenance required to produce them, you may be paying 20-100% more for an organic banana!

Fortunately, here are six vegetables and herbs you can grow indoors using parts of the produce you would throw away anyways, and this can save you a pretty penny the next time you go grocery shopping.

Celery

To grow this healthy snack at home, cut off the base of the celery and leave it in a bowl with a little bit of warm water. Keep the bowl in direct sunlight, and in a week, your celery base will start to grow leaves. Transplant the celery in soil and watch it grow!

Romaine Lettuce

Similar to celery, keep the base of your romaine lettuce in a bowl with a ½ inch of warm water. Leave it to sit in direct sunlight, and in a week or two, your lettuce stem will produce fresh, new lettuce leaves for all your great salads. Transplant your lettuce to soil to continue growing. They should be full grown in three to four weeks. This process works for Bok Choy as well.

Garlic Sprouts

Are those tentacles?! Nope, those long green things growing out your garlic are green shoots. You can put them in a little water, under a lot of sunlight and grow a bunch of garlic sprouts. They are milder in taste than garlic cloves, and are great in salads, pastas and as a garnish.

 

Scallion

You can regrow scallion, (green onions,) in as little as five days. Simply leave at least an inch attached to the roots of your left over scallion, put them in a small glass of water, topping up the water if it evaporates. Your scallions will flourish.

Basil

Got some basil clippings lying around? If they have at least four inch stems, gather them up and put them in a glass of water under direct sunlight. When the stems grow two inches long, you can put them in some soil in a pot and grow your very own basil plant. No more basil shopping for you!

Onions

Unlike the other foods on this list, onions have to go directly in the soil to grow. Take the bottom end of the onion and plant it in a pot or directly in the soil outside. If it’s potted, water it when needed. The more of a bottom you leave on the onion, the better. At three weeks, the onion will develop roots. By the fourth week. It will sprout leaves.

As you can see, most of the procedures follow similar methods: a container of water and direct sunlight. Each process is fairly easy, saves you a lot of money and ensures that you are putting fresh, organic food in your body.

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Sources:

http://www.hellawella.com/top-10-reasons-organic-food-is-so-expensive/4727

http://www.diyncrafts.com/4732/repurpose/25-foods-can-re-grow-kitchen-scraps/2

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Grandparents didn’t have food allergies

Why your grandparents didn’t have food allergies…but you do

KOSTOPIL,UKRAINE, SEPTEMBER 30, 1960 - Vintage photo of farmersDid your grandparents have food allergies? Mine sure didn’t. A stark comparison to the growing epidemic of food allergies, worsening with every generation.

So why didn’t your grandparents have food allergies? It’s really quite simple…

1) They ate seasonal real food.

Food came from farms and small markets South Goa Sightseeing Packages in the early 1900′s, and because food preservatives were not widely used yet, food was fresh. Because of the lack of processed food, their diets were nutrient dense allowing them to get the nutrition they needed from their food.

For babies, breast milk was valued and it was always in season.

2) They didn’t diet, and play restrictive games with their body and metabolism. They ate food when food was available.

Our grandparents did not fall victim to fad diets, South Goa Sightseeing Places food marketing, calorie counting, and other detrimental dieting habits that are popular today (in part because the marketing infrastructure didn’t exist yet). Because of this they had a healthy metabolism, and ate according to their body’s needs and cravings.

3) They cooked food at home, using traditional preparation methods from scratch.

Buying processed food was not an option, and eating out was a rare luxury. Lucky for our grandparents these habits actually increased their health.

 

4) They didn’t eat GMO’s, food additives, stabilizers and thickeners.

Food was not yet treated with additives, antibiotics and hormones to help preserve shelf life and pad the pockets of food producers in the early 1900′s at the expense of the consumer’s health.

5) They ate the whole animal that included mineral rich bone broths and organ meats.

Animal bones were saved or bought to make broths and soups, and organ meats always had a special place at the dinner table. These foods were valued for their medicinal properties, and never went to waste.

6) They didn’t go to the doctor when they felt sick or take prescription medications. Doctor visits were saved for accidental injuries and life threatening illness.

When they got a fever, they waited it out. When they felt sick, they ate soups, broths and got lots of rest. They did not have their doctor or nurse on speed dial, and trusted the body’s natural healing process a whole lot more than we do today. Their food was medicine, whether they realized it or not.

7) They spent lots of time outside.

Our grandparents didn’t have the choice to stay inside and play on their phones, computers and gaming systems. They played on the original play-station:  bikes, swing-sets and good ol’ mother nature!

And what do these things have to do with food allergies?

Nutrition affects EVERY cell in our body. The health of our cells is dependent on diet and lifestyle. Cells create tissues, tissues create organs,  and we are made up of a system of organs. If your nutrition is inadequate, the integrity of each cell, tissue and organ in your body will suffer, thus you may be MORE sensitive to certain foods.

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