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Poison Patrol

I would never, ever, get angry with you, but sometimes I get upset. Most of the time you don’t stop to think about how much these chemicals can hurt me.

The chemicals I am talking about are called Pesticides and they are on a lot of things you eat. They make me feel sick, cloud my memory, take away my energy, and worse yet, if I have too many of them in me, I may not be able to protect you against illness and disease. That is my number one goal so please help me do my job!

So how do you avoid these chemicals? Start to look at the food you eat and choose foods that don’t contain these horrible things.

I am just saying, when I am happy, things are good! When I am not… well, I think you get the picture.

Happy Happy Day! I Love you!

Your Body

dirty dozenHEALTH TIP OF THE DAY: MINIMIZE PESTICIDE EXPOSURE-EAT ORGANIC AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

Pesticides are found in most of our foods nowadays, especially non-organic fruits and vegetables. The Dirty Dozen is a study conducted to show the most toxic fruits and veggies you might eat in your daily life. The problem with these chemicals, is that they accumulate in the fat deposits in the body. They will remain here unless you cleanse them out. Infants and young children are even exposed to these deadly poisons when consuming breast milk. Pregnant women can pass pesticides on to their fetus because those chemicals are going into their bodies from the foods they are eating. Women who eat meat that has been injected with growth hormones and antibiotics, pass these chemicals on to their nursing children as well. According to a study funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) it stated that, eating organic foods provides children with “dramatic and immediate” protection from exposure to pesticides that have been linked to harmful neurological effects.
It is highly important for your health and the health of your children to eat as much organically grown produce as possible, so that you can protect yourself from the dangers of these chemicals.
There is loads of information out there so you can learn more about pesticides and their dangers. Click here to start learning today.

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!

Pass the Salt Please

Hey there!

Sometimes I might get a cold and need some extra care. So what are the things that really help me get better? You may be thinking antibiotics from the doctor, and while sometimes I do need those, most of the time I can my system back on track with some natural remedies that really get me going again!

One of the things that I need a lot of, but you always give me the wrong kind, is salt. My body craves salt but not the table salt kind that makes me feel puffy and thirsty. This kind of salt is loaded with minerals, has antibacterial properties and can really help me heal. Read up on how these two forms of salt can make you and I feel extra fantastic!

Here’s to spicing things up a bit!

I Love You!
Your Body

pink-salt_300HEALTH TIP OF THE DAY: FEEL BETTER BY ADDING MORE SALT TO YOUR DIET!

You may not have ever realized this, but not all salt is created equal. There is salt that is bad for the body, which would be our everyday table salt, and then there is salt that the body actually is deficient in and needs more of. Sodium chloride, which the element that is left after salt is chemically cleaned, is the main ingredient of table salt. Because the salt has been processed this is not its natural form, and the body recognizes it as a foreign thing. When regular salt is cleaned it is stripped of over 60 important trace minerals that we really need, then of course the manufactures add more chemicals to make it even worse for us.

So what kind of salt should we be eating? The two best kinds of salt to consume regularly are Himalayan Sea Salt and Celtic Salt. These forms of natural salts can do wonders for the body, and are essential to consume daily. Here are some of the amazing health benefits that you can receive from these salts according to Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, M.D.

-Salt is a strong antiseptic and antihistamine.
-Salt extracts excess acidity from our cells, especially our brain cells.
-Salt is necessary for the kidneys to excrete excess acid in the urine.
-Salt is crucial in the treatment of emotional and affective disorders.
-Salt is vital in cancer prevention and treatment.
-Salt helps regulate sleep.
-Salt helps balance blood sugar, and decreases the need for insulin.

Another great natural remedy is to gargle with luke warm water with these salts dissolved in the water, to kick a sore throat or nagging cough.

ANTI…biotics??

Howdy,

Antibiotics are the modern-day go to for you to pump into me when I am down and out. But are they really the end all be all for health and for me? As your body, I want you to know that I am not Anti-Antibiotics, as there may be a time and place that I really need them…. But,  I would love for you to just explore some healthy alternatives that might get us a little more bang for our buck and boost my immune system in the process.

Nature usually has the answers… I am just saying 🙂

Love Your Body

HEALTH TIP OF THE DAY:

Oil of Oregano- Natures Powerful Antibiotic

Another-benefit-found-in-oregano-oil

When Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928 it was a miracle. His discovery saved many lives and since his time Antibiotics have become the go to health fix for many types of health issues. It seems now a days that doctors will prescribe Antibiotics for just about anything. The problem is that antibiotic resistance is building up and when you take Antibiotics you are also killing a lot of good bacteria along with the bad. This process can throw off your whole system leading to various other health issues. When in doubt about your health, looking to nature is always a good thing to do. So what is one of nature’s most powerful Antibiotics? Oil of Oregano, is a powerful natural antibiotic that has proven to be even more powerful than Fleming’s penicillin.

This potent Oil, which comes from remote regions of the Mediterranean ,was used by Greeks as a cure for may health issues. Oil of Oregano has shown to be powerful against fungal infections, candida, cold and flu viruses, E coli, Staphylococcus, Listeria, allergies, digestive issues,  and yeast infections to name a few. It also has anticarcinogenic properties  that may help to protect the body and skin from cancers. All in all it is a very powerful substance and one that should be a staple in your alternative medicine cabinet. This oil can be taking internally and also placed directly on skin for rashes or other skin ailments.

In our modern-day world filled with prescription drugs and other chemicals it is a breath of fresh air to have a natural secret weapon that is powerful against so many health issues. When purchasing Oil of Oregano make sure to research the brand, potency, and purity of the oil as you want to ensure you get the quality you deserve.

The Sweetness of Life

Hey Sweet Stuff!

Sugar is not always a bad word in my world. In fact, I need a certain amount of natural sugar to function. Natural sugars help me transport nutrients and keep my system in balance. If I don’t have enough of the right kinds of sugar I make feel weak and wobbly.

Natural sugar is not what hurts me, it is the artificial sweeteners that are slowly and silently killing me. So please make sure to eat the good sugar not the fake stuff. That goes for what you put in your coffee and tea too!

Just remember I have a sweet tooth too, just make sure you give me what I need!

I Love You!

Your Body

no-artificial-sweetenersHEALTH TIP OF THE DAY: SAY GOOD BYE TO ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS

There is so much misinformation out there about sugars and what is actually good for the body. The truth is that natural sugar is not bad for the body. The body can process real sugar and break it down. Artificial and refined sugars on the other hand can send your body into a tail spin of health problems. For one, the body can not break down and process artificial sweeteners so the body reacts to them as a toxin and covers it with extra fat and water to protect you. Many artificial sweeteners have been linked to many of the most common illnesses and diseases in the country, yet people still consume large amounts of them. Here is a list of the most toxic and deadly fake sugars on the market and the health issues that are associated with them.
Side Effects of Artificial Sweeteners:
Aspartame- Found in most anything that is labeled “diet” or “sugar-free” and the most dangerous in my opinion)- linked to depression, blindness, Fibromyalgia, ADHD, various forms of cancers, suicidal tendencies, and many more serious issues.
Sucralose- bloating, nausea, diarrhea, headache, anxiety and skin rashes.
Saccharin or Sweet n Low- linked to cancer
Tagalose or Naturlose- flatulence, bloating, nausea, and diarrhea

These are just a few of the side effects associated with these deadly chemicals, and I would argue some health issues haven’t even been uncovered yet.

The best thing you can do for your body and health is to go back to nature. Natural sugar will not kill you, make you crazy, or sick.
Here are the good natural forms of sugar that your body needs. All of these help to maintain healthy blood sugar levels, and are diabetic friendly.

-Natural sugars from fresh fruit
-Organic Raw Honey
-Organic Agave Netcar
-Stevia
-Xylitol- occurs naturally in some fruits, grains, and vegetables
-Organic Maple Syrup ( NOT Aunt Jemima!)

To find out more about the effects of artificial sweeteners click here

Feeling Inflammed?

GOOD MORNING TO YOU!

Sometimes I may feel achy and puffy and need some extra care. The problem is I don’t need a pill or a drug to just take away the side effects, I usually need nutrition to help me balance myself out again.

I am talking about inflammation, and when I do and don’t need your help. Sometimes I naturally get inflammation and this is ok cause it helps us fight off a colds or illness together, but often my joints hurt and cells ache because I am getting too much acid and bad stuff coming in.

So read below some of the natural and healthy tips that can help you and I reduce this bad inflammation without having to turn to drugs.

Make it a great day, I know you will!

I Love You!
Your Body

inflammation-in-the-bodyHEALTH TIP OF THE DAY:
HOW TO STOP INFLAMMATION NATURALLY

While know one knows how many Americans suffer from inflammation, there are many common health issues that are directly related to inflammation in the body such as arthritis, fybromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, and even just the common aches and pains. Here is a list of 5 natural ways you can diminish inflammatory responses in the body without having to turn to prescription drugs.

  1. Pineapple- this tasty fruit is great for minimizing inflammation and has bromelain in it which is an antioxidant that boosts your immunity naturally.
  2. Spinach- this might veggie is packed full of carotenoids, one kind of inflammation-reducing antioxidant and also contains vitamin E.
  3. Hemp Seed Oil- has gamma-linoleic acid (GLA) to further fight inflammation. Be sure to use only unrefined organic oils.
  4. Tumeric- this zesty spice is great in dressings, on salads, in soups, or in tea and contains curcumin, a substance that actively reduces inflammation.
  5. Broccoii- is packed with vitamin C and plenty of calcium. This tasty veggie helps to fight eye inflammation as well.

I am Strong to the Finish!

Good Morning!
There is absolutely one thing I can’t live with out and that is protein. The problem is you think I need way more than I really do. Did you know that I actually only need 2.5% protein a day?Unless you are a new-born infant, who needs about 5%, but that was a long time ago.. wasn’t it? 🙂

There is a huge myth out there that we need lots of animal protein to say health and strong. The truth is I can get way more absorbable protein from green leafy vegetables than I can from any animal protein.

It reminds me of that Popeye song, ” I am strong to the finish cause I eat me spinach!” Boy was he ever right!

I am not saying you have to be a vegetarian, but hey, please cut back on the milk, steak, bacon, cheese, and other animal proteins you think I need so much, and replace those with spinach, kale, chard, broccoli, and avocado.

I promise you won’t be disappointed in how strong and buff I can get! Test me… I dare you! 🙂

I Love You!

Your Body

spinach_popeyeHEALTH TIP OF THE DAY: GET MORE PROTEIN FROM VEGGIES NOT ANIMALS

It is a widely accept belief in our society that we need animal protein to be healthy. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The truth is that the average American eats between 15-35% protein from calories a day, which is dangerously high. Research, including the China Study, along with many others, has shown over and over again that eating this much protein in your diet from animals increases your risk for Osteoporosis, Cancers, Heart Disease, and many other serious health issues that are running rapid in our society. The FDA has admitted that all animal proteins when they are cooked create carcinogens( this means it causes cancer) in the body. Yet, we keep on ordering our hamburgers with extra cheese.

The best, healthiest, and cheapest way to get adequate amounts of protein in your diet daily is to increase the amount of leafy greens you consume. Spinach for example is 49% protein, Beef is only about 25%! Wow, who knew right? The vegetables with the highest amounts of protein are Spinach, Broccoli, Kale, Cauliflower, and Asparagus, to name a few. Of course these are better in the raw form, but if you choose to cook your veggies, try flash steaming them for just a few minutes so that you do not cook all the nutrition out.