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Don’t Forget to Take Your Vitamin…. Sea??

Aloha!

It may be no secret to you that I love the beach! You know better than anyone that when we are there we both just feel better, don’t you agree? So, you might be wondering what it is exactly that makes us both so happy by the beach. Maybe it’s the fun we have when we are there, or the company that is with us, or the sun, or maybe all of the above.  But the truth is the ocean is not just good for lifting our mood, but it also contains many healing properties as well. I am begging you.. before the summer is totally over, take me down to the sea at least once. If you don’t have access to the beach, try the tips below at home to give my body the healing sea boost I crave!

Adventure awaits!

I Love you,

Your Body

HEALTH TIP OF THE DAY: THE SEA REALLY CAN CURE YOU

People usually feel much happier, relaxed, and healthy when they are by the sea, but why? We may have all heard over time the “healing benefits” of the sea. But what exactly does it heal? And what parts of the ocean are really good for us? Research shows that the ocean helps heal us and benefits us in a multitude of ways. Here are just a few facts of what the ocean can do for us health wise:

-Research shows that the sound of the waves alter wave patterns in the brain resulting in a calmer state and reducing stress

-The minerals in the ocean’s water help with many skin issues such as acne, rosacea, ezema, and other skin conditions. Studies also suggest that these minerals even help to balance depression.

-Iodine, a mineral found in ocean water, boosts thyroid function and improves the immune system.

-Waves crashing on the shore release negative ions which helps to counter act the free radicals in the air. This allows us to have better mental concentration and boosst our immune systems too.

-Swimming in ocean water helps improve blood circulation to our vital organs.

– Studies show that the minerals in the sea air not only decrease stress but the salt also helps to maintain serotonin, tryptamine, and melatonin levels in your brain which of course are our ‘feel good’ brain chemicals that help ward of depression and sadness.

If you can’t make it down to the water’s edge to get some of these amazing benefits you can also take some wonderful supplements from the sea to improve health or bring the ocean into your home.

– Take Spirulina :  This nutrient rich blue-green algae is a one of the most nutritious superfoods on the planet. It is packed with phytonutrients  such as carotenoids, antioxidants,  and minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium, and zinc. It is a great source of vegetarian and vegan protein. It helps to boost the immune system, increase brain and cardiovascular function, and is easily digestible. I take Spirulina every day in my healthy greens.

– Kelp: Increasing sea kelp in your diet can help to stimulate thyroid function as well as provide a healthy mineral rich alternative to sodium in cooking. It is packed with immune boosting iodine and  there are many other health benefits to taking kelp which you can read about them here.

So make sure not to forget to take your Vitamin Sea so you can also be sea cured.

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Depressed? Spice up your Life!

Ciao,

Every now and again…we all might feel a little blue. While my red blood does run true blue, I am not talking about that. I am talking about when our minds just don’t feel that happy or excited about life. As your body, this is very concerning to me because I want you to, not only be happy, but healthy too. It may seem easier to pop a pill or pour a ‘not so healthy’ beverage for yourself instead of something else… but in the long run this will not help, but actually hurt the both of us more. So, what am I suggesting? I am suggesting you spice up your life! By adding this simple spice to your diet you can easily increase your mood and balance your attitude.  So say bye-bye to the blues!

You know I am always on the look out for you!

I love you,

Your Body!

HEALTH TIP OF THE DAY: TURMERIC CAN HELP BOOST YOUR MOOD AND WARD OFF DEPRESSION!

Recent research published in Phytotherapy Research, indicates that the
spice turmeric, which is what gives curry that pretty orange color, is a highly potent spice that helps to boost moods naturally. The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, has also been shown to assist the body in combating a variety of health issues from various cancers, to diabetes, and heart disease. This spice has been used in India for years and has many healing properties both internally and externally. The study indicated that turmeric was more effective at balancing moods in extremely depressed people when compared to its medical counterpart, Prozac – which has been linked to other serious health issues like suicidal tendencies and mental disorders. Turmeric seems to be a safe, inexpensive, effective, and yummy way to combat depression naturally.

I personally consume turmeric almost daily. It is a great spice to cook and juice with, and also sprinkle on salads or dips. One of my favorite ways to consume turmeric is to sprinkle on a fresh avocado and eat with a spoon. It is also amazing in soups and even hot tea!  So spice up your life and health with this potent healing ingredient. Check out my Raw Cashew Curry recipe below that contains this happy spice!

Brittney’s Raw Cashew Curry

* Can be used as a sauce or a dip

1 cup of organic raw unsalted cashews (soaked)

2 table spoons of organic coconut oil

1/2 teaspoon of Himalayan sea salt

1 tablespoon of organic turmeric

2 table spoons of water

*raw organic garlic is option for added spice

* adjust thickness of mixture by adding more or less water.

Soak cashews in bowl of water for at least an hour, then place all ingredients in food processor or blender and blend till creamy.  Enjoy! 😉

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Happy Healthy Summer!

Howdy Ya’ll,

I hope you are all having a happy and healthy summer! I am sorry I haven’t posted in a while but I am sure you have all been too busy relaxing in the sun to really notice anyway :).  Summer is one of my favorite times of year and it is also one of the busiest times of year for our family. ( I am sure you can relate!) 

Summer is a time when most people fall off the “health bandwagon” because their schedules are just too jam packed with bbqs, beach trips, family reunions, weddings and the like, that are often fueled and filled with not so healthy food choices.  Pretty soon summer can turn into our most unhealthy months if we are not careful. While I love to enjoy myself at a party and a good bbq I also try to stay on track with my health goals as much as I can.

Here are my 3 simple healthy living summertime tips to keep you hydrated, healthy, and of course happy.

Happy Healthy Summer Tips:

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1. Drink an 8 oz glass of room temp water first thing when you get up in the morning. This will get your system moving from the day before and help start your day on a healthy track. Also I carry my filtered water bottle with me everywhere I go and sip on it constantly throughout the day to stay hydrated.

2. Have one meal loaded with greens a day. This can mean a green smoothie or a large veggie filled salad. If you know you are going to a party in the evening make sure to have this for lunch so at least you get your greens in.

3. Make Sun Tea! A great healthy alternative to caffinated beverages or sodas in the summer, is making a batch of Organic Green Tea Sun Tea.  Its a perfect way to keep cool, feel refreshed and keep your energy up naturally. Just fill a glass jug with water and put in the appropriate amount of green tea bags ( I usually put 4-5 in my jug), mix in some Raw Organic Agave or Organic Maple Syrup and place jug in Sun for 25-30 mins until warm. Then place in the frig to cool and enjoy over ice!

So there you have it..your simple 3 steps to keeping this summer as healthy and happy as possible.

I will start back to my weekly blogs starting the week of August 12th as the kiddos will be back in school!

Cheers to your health!

Brittney

Bring On the Fat!

Hello there!

Did you know that if you give me the right nutrients, I will never give you complications, your weight would stay balanced, and you would feel amazing?

In fact, what you think I want, is often not what I need. You worry too much about FAT and so you put the wrong things in me.

I actually need FAT and I crave it! Yes, you heard me, I need more FAT! Give it to me please, I am begging you!

I love you,

Your Body

img_goodbadfats_ss1HEALTH TIP OF THE DAY: EAT MORE GOOD FAT!

Did you know that most Americans are deficient in fat? That is right, we are majorly undernourished in good healthy fats! We may stuff our faces with “fat” all day, but that is not what the body needs. An easy and quick way to increase the amount of good fats your body is getting is to eat fresh, raw, avocados. You can simply just cut one in half and scoop out the middle with a spoon and enjoy. This quick and healthy snack provides the body with essential fats, proteins, and helps to stabilize blood sugars. Eating an avocado plain first thing in the morning can have a positive effect on how you feel the rest of the day. It is also a great energy boosting snack in the afternoon. These tasty treats are also a good source of Vitamin K, Potassium, Folate, Vitamins E and C, Magnesium, and of course Monounsaturated Fat.  So, start giving your body what it is craving… Good Healthy Fat!

Get Clean Without the Poisions

Hi You Beautiful Healthy Person You!

Did you know that when you are trying to get me and your house clean that you could be putting us and your family in a world of danger? It is awful to think that the soaps and detergents you might use to scrub me down are actually super hazardous to my health, isn’t it? But sadly it is true.

If you are using regular soaps, cleaning supplies, and detergents then you are putting us and your family at huge risks for a multitude of health problems such as various cancers, liver toxicity, allergies, asthma, and even Alzheimer’s.

Now I know you don’t want to be doing this to me and us, so all I ask is you read up on the subject and find some brands that don’t contain these toxic ingredients. This way we can be both clean and healthy at the same time!

Rub- A- Dub- Dub!

I Love You

Your Body

Toxic-HomeHEALTH TIP OF THE DAY: BUY NON-TOXIC NATURAL CLEANING AND BODY CARE PRODUCTS!

We are constantly bombarded by toxins in our outside world, yet many people don’t stop to think about how toxic their homes could actually be. Most regular detergents, soaps, deodorants, and other cleaning supplies are filled with cancer causing and toxic ingredients. Why aren’t these products labeled with warnings you may be wondering? Well that is a great question to ask the FDA. Currently companies do not have to put warning labels on toxic products that have definite links to degenerative diseases and illness. So, it is up to us as the consumer to get educated and choose new products that won’t make us sick. These chemicals come into
There are lots of natural brands out there that are actually making good products but the one I use the most for cleaning and detergent purposes is SEVENTH GENERATION. I like them because they use non-toxic, eco-friendly ingredients, and they are still affordable. You can even find their products at your local Target or super market. Another brand I really like is Begley’s Best-Environmentally Friendly Products. They have an amazing stain remover and their detergents are great too, especially for babies and young children.
For even more information about how to detoxify your body and home from these chemicals check out my book, The Silent Scandal-The Toxic Attack on Our Bodies, which will give you a broad range of health tips including detoxing your home environment.

An Attitude of Gratitude…Always.

Hello lovely humans,

In light of the tragedies in Boston on Monday it felt heavy on my heart to write a post about GRATITUDE. You may be wondering how an act of horrific terror could cause me to think of being grateful, but let me explain. Most of us are so busy in our daily lives that we forget to be grateful for the small things, myself included!  And as we know, the end, the smallest things in life are all that matter. A hug from your child, saying I love you to your spouse, taking a leisurely walk in your perfectly functioning body, and so many other priceless moments of  life that we often let slip by without a second thought. All of those things are things to be grateful for. I bet every single person that was a victim of these tragedies would give anything to have those simple life moments back, whether they lost a loved one, or are now left with a missing limb or other serious condition. Sometimes it takes a tragedy like this to wake up the rest of us to look at our own lives and be grateful for every single second, every precious memory, and every life moment. It can be so easy to get lost in the sadness and lose our hope and our gratitude.

Love and Gratitude are the two most powerful vibrations we can emit out into the world, so it is important to remember them always, not just in the face of loss. I teach my 4-year-old to always have an ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE for the things she has in life. When she acts up, which isn’t a lot,  we will have a talk about what gratitude is and why we must always be grateful for the things we have, do, and who we are. Before we go to bed at night we also say a prayer and tell GOD the things we were grateful for in our day.  Sometimes if I am having a tough day or acting up in my own right, she will gently remind me, “Mommy, don’t forget to have an attitude of gratitude!” This makes me so happy to know that she is learning this life lesson. It is a lesson that we will all  have to continually remind ourselves for the rest of our life. Some days it is so easy, and other days it can be very hard. However, I guarantee if you start to practice this technique of having and Attitude of Gratitude daily it will begin to bless and change your life.

Even in the face of loss, tragedy, fear, despair, and sadness, there can always be something we can find to be grateful for. Even when it seems impossible, Love and Gratitude are always there.  This is true because at our core as humans all we really are is Love. When  my best friend, Amanda, passed away last year from Cancer, I was having the hardest time finding my hope and gratitude. It was such a difficult time but what got me through it was always remembering that no matter how sick she was or how bad her day was going, she would always find something to be grateful for. Whether it was that the sun was shinning that day, or that she had less pain on one side of her body, or that she got to spend some time with friends…she never gave up her Attitude of Gratitude!! Watching her strength and courage changed me to my core and it is something I will always remember and try my best to live by.

gratitudeSo in honor of all of the victims of Boston, let us be grateful for our own lives, take nothing for granted,  savor every moment of life, and send only Love and Peace out into the world. May God Bless and Heal each human that was affected by the bombings.

 

With Love and Gratitude,

Brittney

Gratitude_Journal1HEALTH TIP OF THE DAY-Write A Gratitude List Daily:

Write a list of 10 things you are grateful for every night before bed. This will increase your vibrational frequency and start to change what you attract into you life. It will also help lift your mood in times of sadness or sorrow .

 

 

Think Healthy, Be Healthy

Good Morning!

It is a beautiful day and I want you to remember that how you talk to me is very important. When you fill me with loving words, positive affirmations, and energy… I thrive. When you fill me with fear, doubt, stress, and worry, I start to die.

Here are some ways you can help be more in tune with me and give me what I need. Take 10 seconds today,( yes only 10!) sit quietly and ask me this questions…”Body, what do you need right now?”. I will always answer you!

I love you,

Your Body

PS… There is no such thing as a “Case of the Monday’s” in my world!

 

 

perilous-thoughts-negative-self-talkHEALTH TIP OF THE DAY: NEGATIVE THOUGHTS CAN MAKE YOU SICK!

Research shows that negative thoughts can actually decrease your life span and cause an array of health problems in the body. When your mind thinks negative thoughts the body can respond by activating the flight or fight response. When this happens other vital bodily functions can be put on hold like blood cell production, digestion, circulation, healing and immune system response. Chemicals are released in the body to help our muscles in the fight or flight response, but if we are just sitting around thinking negative thoughts this can be very detrimental, since we will not actively use these chemicals for what they were meant to do. Our systems are thus put on hold, which can open us up to disease and illness since our immune system is temporarily out of service. We may also find ourselves feeling fatigue, aches and pains, digestive issues, and a slower recovery from illnesses.
Bottom line: Think good thoughts! You will feel better, and your body will thank you!