8 Ways to Boost Your Immune System

health Aug 11, 2017

Do you cringe every time someone sneezes or coughs by you? Do you dread every time your child comes home with a cold because you know your going to catch it too? Every time you get on an airplane, do you come down with something? And then when you do get sick, it knocks you out and you’re out of commission for at least a few days. If it seems like you’re always the one catch whatever virus is going around, these tips can help you out.

HERE ARE 8 WAYS TO BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM.


1.   Sleep
Sleep is usually the first thing to go when we get busy. We think, “I just need 5-6 hours, I’ll catch up later.” But when you do come down with something, what’s the first thing you want to do? Sleep. Because sleep is when your body goes through cellular repair. Lack of sleep deprives your body the chance to repair any damage and then you get worn down and become sick. Shoot for 7 to 9 hours of good quality sleep.

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My Favorite Way to Detox

What Are the Best Ways to Detox?

Honestly, when I think about going on a detox plan, I think of deprivation, not eating, or drinking nothing but juices.  The thought of going on a detox program stresses me out!  (Which would totally defeat the whole purpose of the program!)

I’m not talking about going on a strict juice diet, or depriving yourself. What are the most helpful ways to gently get your body humming again?

My hands-down favorite way to detox is…… Take an Epsom salt bath.

3 Reasons Why Epsom Salt Baths Are Important for Our Health

  • Epsom Salt is hydrated magnesium sulfate. Most of us are actually deficient in magnesium.
  • Magnesium is the 2nd most abundant element in our cells.  Magnesium helps our bodies regulate over 325 different enzymes. These enzymes assist with muscle control, electrical impulses, energy production and the elimination of harmful toxins.
  • In fact, magnesium deficiency has been linked to high rates of heart disease,...
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Is Organic Meat & Dairy Healthier?

health meat Aug 10, 2017

We’ve all been there at the grocery store. You’ve got the choice between regular old ground sirloin and Organic ground sirloin. The organic’s got to be better for you, right?

 In this case, I’m going to say “no”.

Here’s why:
Most of the meat (and dairy) in the US is from feedlot animals. What does this mean? These animals are raised in super confined spaces and are fed grain or corn. Organic meat is just fed “organic grain or corn” which is NOT the most important aspect for health.

What your meat eats is super important to it’s nutritional content.  Meat that’s fed grain and corn contains all Omega-6 Fatty acids. These types of Fatty Acids cause inflammation in your body. This contributes to chronic inflammation. (Think arthritis, heart disease, stroke risk increase, etc.)

However, if your meat is fed grass, or is raised solely on pasture the nutritional profile is a 1 to 1 ratio of Omega-3 fatty acids to...

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Why You Should Eat a Mushroom Every Day

Did you know that eating just 1 mushroom a day can decrease the incidence of breast cancer by 60 to 70%?

PRETTY AMAZING, RIGHT?

The same study showed that women who also consumed green compounds from green tea daily (along with the mushroom) had an 89% decrease (premenopausal women) and 82% decrease (postmenopausal women) in risk for getting breast cancer.  Wow!

How does it work?
Mushrooms contain compounds called “aromatase inhibitors”.  Aromatase is an enzyme that is used to produce and regulate estrogen in the body. Excess estrogen is thought to contribute to the development of breast cancer, so if we can reduce aromatase we can also reduce estrogen in the body. How cool is it that mushrooms can do this?

Different mushroom varieties contain different levels of aromatase inhibitors.

  • HIGH LEVELS:  WHITE BUTTON, WHITE STUFFING, CREMINI, PORTOBELLO, REISHI, MAITAKE
  • MILD LEVELS:  SHIITAKE, CHANTERELLE, BABY BUTTON
  • LITTLE OR NO LEVELS: OYSTER, WOOD EAR
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Bone Broth

bone broth health recipes Aug 09, 2017

My Adventure With Bone Broth

With fall here, I’ve been hunkering down and changing the way I eat. Since the days have been cooling off, cold salads and smoothies don’t sound as good. I’ve found that I naturally gravitate to more warming soups and stews.

One thing that has been getting a lot of press is the benefits of bone broth. So with the temps falling, I thought that I’d try my hand at making some. 

 What is Bone Broth?

Bone broth has been around for ages.   Basically you take bones (chicken, beef, lamb, veal, even fish), add vegetables, spices, vinegar and water and simmer the mixture for 24 to 48 hours. You then discard the solids and drink the broth or use it as a base for soups and stews.

The broth contains lots of collagen, gelatin, essential amino acids such as proline, glycine, and glutamine. It also contains lots of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon and sulphur.

 

The 4 Benefits of Bone Broth?
 

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Fat is Your Friend

fat health Aug 09, 2017

Mindset Around Fat

It seems that every few years there is a new food or diet trend. For a long time, the no-fat craze was all the rage. We saw it on the shelves at the grocery store. You could buy low-fat, reduced fat, and fat-free versions of everything.

Remember Snackwells? I could eat a whole box of their devil’s food cookies in one sitting.

It made sense in theory: If you want to avoid getting fat you shouldn’t eat fat. Right? You are what you eat. Who wants to be fat?

Unfortunately this thinking was dead wrong. 

 Your body needs fat to function. If you cut out fat, you’ll be hungry all the time, and you could actually be harming your body and depriving it of nutrients that it needs.   

 Why We Need Fat
 As I mentioned, if you cut out fat, you’ll be hungry all the time. Guess what happens when you’re hungry? You eat—and not necessarily the good stuff your body needs. Eating enough fat (and fiber) helps with satiety...

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