Did you know that the air pollution inside your home can be five times worse than outside? And that in a super insulated building (like the ones they began to build in 1970), allergens can be up to 150% higher? Scary!
Mold, volatile organic compounds (VOC's), pathogens, chemicals from treated fabrics, deodorants, pet hair and other allergens, and more can wreck havoc with your health. Health problems as a result of poor indoor air quality can range from congestion & cough to asthma; decreased nervous system & kidney function to hormone disruption, to cancer and premature death.
So what can we do about it?
-Treat mold issues immediately
-Get carpets, fabric furniture & draperies cleaned regularly
-Vacuum and dust regularly
-Clean air ducts every five years or so and change air filters regularly
-Try to keep pets away from sleeping areas and off furniture
-Use low VOC products (such as paint)
-Make sure appliances such as the HVAC, dryer & gas stove are properly ventilated
-Have a carbon dioxide and radon detector
-Purchase natural fiber products whenever possible: wool carpet, cotton drapes or real wood blinds/flooring, granite or other stones, etc
-Do not allow smoking in your home
-Remove your shoes at the door to avoid tracking in chemicals such as glyphosate, motor oil, and more through your home
-Use household plants and essential oil diffusers (don't burn toxic candles)
-Use green cleaning and personal care products
-Use EMF blocking technology and avoid an electrical smart meter on your home
-Avoid particle board furniture made with toxic glues
-When outdoor air quality is good, ventilate your home by opening up windows and doors; use fans to circulate air
-Use HEPA filters in your vacuum and a HEPA/ionic/ultraviolet air purifier during winter months
If you are a parent or plan to become one, I'm sure the topic of vaccines has come to mind for you. Similar to diets, there is a lot of confusion out there about this topic. One really good resource that I recommend to anyone who asks me about the topic is the docuseries The Truth About Vaccines, from Ty Bollinger of The Truth About Cancer. In this docuseries, he interviews over 60 experts in the field and then encourages the audience to make their own decision.
Take a look at the video below to get a taste of what's included in this incredible resource. The docuseries will be shown for free beginning January 25th. To watch, simply register at: https://go.thetruthaboutvaccines.com. This is a serious issue that needs to be thought about by every parent before they are approached by their pediatrician to take this step. Know what you believe about them and why.
For those of you with resolutions to get healthy this year, but struggling a bit, here is a healthy treat I think you will like to help you on your way!
Healthy Peanut Butter Blondies
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 9 blondiesIngredients
I just read the other day that California is experiencing one of the worst flu seasons in years (27 deaths is the count I last saw). Flu can be very serious (life threatening even) for vulnerable populations such as the very young or our seniors, and to those who are already immunocompromised. So I post this blog in answer to a follower's request for my top tips on how to avoid getting the flu (and the flu vaccine which earns an "F" at only 32% effective - and who knows what's in them).
Tip #1: WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN AND THOROUGHLY WITH HOT WATER AND SOAP!
Tip #2: Keep your immune system healthy by avoiding inflammatory foods: sugar, gluten, alcohol, and foods you know you have a sensitivity to. Instead, eat anti-inflammatory foods such as: vegetables & fruits (and other foods that are high in anti-oxidants), high quality, healthy oils such as avocado, coconut, olive, or sesame, and antibiotic-free lean fat meats.
Tip #3: Get enough sleep! Sleep gives your body a chance to repair, detoxify, and focus on potential issues. Skimping on this could leave you vulnerable.
Tip #4: It is estimated that 70% of your immune system resides in your gut, so protect it by eating right, eating fermented foods or using probiotics and enzymes if needed, and drinking a nice hot cup of bone broth for it's great qualities such as gelatin & collagen.
Tip #5: Beef up on a high quality whole food multi-vitamin, make sure your D levels are where they should be (simple blood test ordered by your doctor), and add in vitamin C, zinc, echinacea, astragalus, and elderberry at the first sign of a scratchy throat, headache, even just fatigue. The earlier the better to head off anything starting! I keep my favorite sick fighting pills (see my blog from 12/9) in my purse for just such a purpose!
Tip #6: Diffuse germ killing essential oils (such as tea tree, peppermint, eucalyptus, white fir, lavender, oregano, thyme, orange clove, and ginger) at home, at work, in your car, or anywhere you spent time. You can also apply these topically to your bath, or dilute with a carrier oil and apply to your thymus, chest, back, sinuses, and reflex points on your feet (except orange and ginger). You can also place 1-2 drops of ginger or peppermint into an empty capsule and take it orally to reduce nausea.
Tip #7: Sweat daily. Exercise helps to cleanse the body and detoxify through your largest bodily organ. Be sure to shower immediately after exercise to avoid reabsorption. And you can also dry brush before your shower to get rid of even more toxins.
*Remember to practice good self-care over the winter months. It is when we get run down that we become vulnerable to sickness. Cheers to your good health!
Sources: intoxicatedonlife.com, Modern Essentials, Green Smoothie Girl
One of my personal goals this year is to try and get used to making my own gut healthy probiotic-full sauerkraut. I came across this great video from fearlesseating.net of the very simple steps to making it and I thought I would share it with you.
Sauerkraut is an amazing fermented cabbage rich in dietary fiber, vitamin A, C, K and B, manganese, iron, sodium, copper, magnesium, and calcium. In addition, it also contains a moderate amount of protein. It provides you with enhanced digestive health, increased blood circulation, protected heart health, provides energy, stimulates the immune system, strengthens bones, reduces the overall cholesterol levels, eliminates inflammation, protects against certain cancers, and even improves vision and skin health. Try some today!
8 Sauerkraut Recipes
The following are the super simple sauerkraut recipes I made as seen in the photo below. I used approximately a half of a medium head of cabbage per twelve ounce jar. Feel free to alter the ingredients to your liking or better yet, come up with your own sauerkraut recipes!
1. Garlic sauerkraut
Ingredients – 2-4 cloves of garlic, chopped
2. Curry sauerkraut
Ingredients – 1 TBSP curry powder
3. Carrot sauerkraut
Ingredients – 2 grated organic carrots
4. Spicy sauerkraut
Ingredients – 5-6 hot peppers, chopped
5. Oregano sauerkraut
Ingredients – about 1/4 cup chopped fresh oregano (I have fresh oregano right outside my backdoor).
6. Cortido sauerkraut
Cortido is a Latin American sauerkraut and this is the one sauerkraut recipe I didn’t completely make up on my own but rather followed a recipe from a cookbook. To the basic recipe add a few grated carrots, 2-3 chopped garlic cloves, 1 medium onion chopped fine, 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes and 1 TBSP dried oregano.
7. Kale and carrot sauerkraut
Ingredients – 2 grated organic carrots, 1/2 cup fresh kale, chopped and packed
8. Red sauerkraut
This last one is from my friends, Tamara and Kelly who run the fantastic traditional food blog Oh Lardy! from their new ebook, Oh Lardy’s Guide to Fermenting Fruits and Vegetables. The beautiful red color comes from red cabbage and beets. If you can’t find red cabbage, just use green cabbage. The beets will still infuse a nice red color to the sauerkraut.
Word of Caution: Despite all of these health benefits, sauerkraut is very high in sodium, which can be a dangerous dietary addition to people suffering from various cardiovascular and renal diseases, so make sure you use good salt, like Himalayan Sea Salt or Celtic sea salt, and speak to your doctor about an appropriate level of sauerkraut consumption if you suffer from these types of health concerns.
Source: www.fearlesseating.net, newhealthadvisor.com, organic facts.net
This month marks 1 year since I formalized my business as a health coach after years of following health issues and helping friends as a hobby, and experimenting with health regimens.
I am proud of my accomplishments in 2017: earned my certification as a health coach, created my business, coached numerous clients, even succeeding at helping a friend get/stay pregnant, performed a couple public talks on health issues, wrote more than 156 blog articles on my website, joined a mastermind group, and recently have had the opportunity to work with many patients at two chiropractic clinics for everything from weight loss to neuropathy, and I've continued to make my annual homemade beauty and personal care and cleaning products. Whew! Being an entrepreneur isn't for the faint of heart!
2018 goals: it's hard to say what will transpire this year, but there are a couple really exciting things on the forefront!
-I am joining two friends of mine, one is a financial advisor, the other a relationship coach, to form a corporate speaking group called Intentionally Invested (Facebook:@intentionallyinvested). We plan to finalize our talks and begin marketing ourselves in early February, so if you know of any corporations looking for employee enrichment events, please let me know!
-Another exciting thing I'm doing in my business is creating more live videos, bringing you demonstrations for making your own personal care and cleaning products, making great tasting and healthy recipes, how to's on choosing good indoor plants, water and air filters, quality meat, time saving cooking tips, good vitamins to incorporate into your diet, common toxins to avoid in your home, and more!
If you have a moment, I'd love some input for potential blog articles or videos on health-related topics you'd like to know more about. Simply comment below! Happy New Year!
Often with the induction of a new year, people reflect on habits they need to create or change, maybe even resolving to do these things as a resolution or goal. Unfortunately, most are unable to keep those resolutions or goals even into February.
Here is where working with a health coach can be so helpful! As a health coach, I:
-avocate for you & am an ally in your corner
-provide support & accountability to ensure success
-educate & train or retrain you on ways to live healthier
Practically, this can manifest in numerous ways:
-tailor dietary and supplement plans for you
-companion for doctor’s visits
-guide you through cleanses, or help implement health protocols
-help you overcome hurdles to implementing doctor’s orders
-teach you how to make safer, non-toxic personal care and cleaning products
Need help making changes this year? Contact me today!
Happy New Year!
Some of you may know that my son and I are planning to accompany my husband to Haiti this month on a missions trip. I have been asked about vaccines as well as what supplies are needed for the medical clinics we'll be doing, so I thought I would address those questions here in my blog.
My family did extensive research on vaccines several years ago and elected to be extremely conservative in using them, so we will not be getting any vaccines for the Haiti trip and none are required. We also will not be administering any vaccines at the medical clinics.
In terms of supplies, the items listed are mostly for emergency 1-time use applicable to the type of 1-day clinics we will be doing (addressing acute issues), but in addition, we will also be taking down supplements that were donated. These will be distributed on an as needed basis and hopefully will provide a longer term solution to specific common nutritional deficiencies.
In addition to medical clinics, the team will also be teaching native students at a Bible college who are training to become pastors, possibly volunteering at any number of ministries such as orphanages, food programs, soccer camp, tent cities, church plants, prison ministries, construction, and more.
I am especially looking forward to ways that I can help women in the community in Port au Prince where we will be staying, joining the women who are in ministry with them already, and gaining a better understanding of the challenges they are facing in the hope that I can return with a program or two next year that will help them advance in their roles.
If you are interested in helping with supplies for our trip, please see the photo list below and mail donations to: New Life Bible Fellowship Haiti Missions Team, 4900 W. Cortaro Farms Road, Tucson, AZ 85742. We covet your prayers and support.
You may know the story of the wise men and what they brought as gifts to Jesus, but have you thought about how two of those gifts relate to health?
Frankincense and Myrrh have long been known to have protective as well as healing properties. There has been evidence found of both ancient Greek and Egyptians using it. And today, the benefits of both continue to hold value.
Frankincense (or Boswellia) is a resin known for reducing inflammation, helping with treatment of stomach and intestinal ailments, treating symptoms of a common cold, and even fighting ovarian cancer.
Myrrh Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties as an antimicrobial, astringent, expectorant, antifungal, stimulant, carminative, stomachic, anticatarrhal, diaphoretic, vulnerary, antiseptic, immune booster, circulatory, tonic, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic. It is known for healing skin conditions and wounds, and may even contribute to cholesterol reduction.
A combination of the two compounds together can stave off stomach aches, fight bad breath, loosen phlegm and provide toothache relief.
"While the benefits of frankincense and myrrh are plenty, it should be noted that their oils (all essential oils) are potent, and as such, careful consideration to diluting for ingestion and applying topically should be given. Ideally, only therapeutic-grade essential oils should be used, and discussion with a naturopath prior to use can help ensure utmost safety." - Mike Adams, The Health Ranger.
And now we know why these were such valuable gifts to be given to Jesus in bibilical times, and why they are still used today. They are truly timeless compounds.
Sources: organicfacts.net, livestrong.com, naturalnews.com, draxe.com
Cranberry Feta Pinwheels are the perfect make ahead holiday snack or appetizer. A creamy filling with feta cheese and sweet dried cranberries rolled in tortillas and sliced.
YIELD: 48 PIN WHEELS
TOTAL TIME: 10 MINUTES
PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES
NOTES: I use regular block cream cheese and beat until fluffy. You can use spreadable cream cheese in this recipe. Do not use lite feta as it is too dry to spread in this recipe.
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