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How to Master 10 fantasticly-simple Gluten Free Alcoholic drinks

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Coconut-Water Vodka Cocktail
Ingredients:
ice
11/2 oz. vodka
6 oz. coconut water
Add a slice of orange, lime or lemon for garnish & extra flavor
Combine all the wet ingredients in a shaker and shake well for 30 seconds. Pour over ice and add your garnish
Pink-a-Colada
Ingredients
3 cups cranberry juice cocktail
2 cups coconut water
11/2 cups pineapple juice
2 cups coconut rum Garnish with a pineapple wedges
Combine all the wet ingredients in a shaker and shake well for 30 seconds. Pour over ice and add your garnish

Pineapple Coconut Sour
Ingredients
ice
4 oz. pineapple juice
2 oz. vodka (use a coconut flavored brand)
1 oz. lime juice
1 fresh lime
Add a few ice cubes in a shaker with a lid. Add the pineapple juice, vodka and lime juice. Shake for a few moments until its well chilled and then pour over fresh ice cubes. Garnish with a wedge of lime.
Pumpkin Martin
Ingredients
1 tbsp. pumpkin purée
1 tbsp. coconut milk
1/2 oz. Cointreau
1 1/2 oz. tequila (coconut, regular tequila is fine)
Ice (Fresh)
Cinnamon sticks (optional)
Cinnamon (sprinkle)
Red pepper (sprinkle)
Instructions
Put pumpkin puree, milk, Cointreau, Tequila, and Ice in a Martini Shaker and shake until chilled and well blended. Pour into a martini glass. Add cinnamon stick and extra flavor. Sprinkle a dash cinnamon and red pepper for an extra kick on top.

Gin Rickey
2 ounces gin
Juice of 1 lime
Club soda
Lime wedge for garnish
Fill a glass with ice.
Pour the gin and lime juice over the ice.
Top with club soda.
Garnish with a lime wedge.
Combine all the wet ingredients in a shaker and shake well for 30 seconds. Pour over ice and add your garnish
Whiskey Sour
1 1/2 ounces whiskey (or bourbon, Scotch, Canadian whiskey, or Irish whiskey)
4 ounces sour mix, recipe follows
Crushed ice
1 maraschino cherry
Directions
Combine the whiskey and sour mix in a large old-fashioned glass with ice. Stir, garnish with cherry, and serve.
Sour Mix:
1-ounce lemon juice
1-ounce sugar
2 ounces water
(Or you can mix the lemon juice with 3 oz.’s of coconut nectar)
Combine lemon juice and sugar, then dilute with water and stir to dissolve sugar.

Mimosa Cocktail
For 1
1/3 cup (79 ml) chilled dry sparkling wine
1/3 cup (79 ml) chilled orange juice (freshly squeezed is best)
1 tablespoon (15 ml) Grand Marnier or triple sec (optional)
Directions
Fill 8 champagne flutes 1/2 full with chilled sparkling wine. Top with orange juice. If you are using, top mimosa with 1 tablespoon of Grand Marnier or triple sec.
Cranberry Cosmopolitan
Ingredients
Ice
1 1/2 ounces vodka, preferably ruby red vodka or citron vodka
1/2 ounce orange liqueur, such as Cointreau or Grand Marnier
3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
1 ounce cranberry juice, red or white (make sure its High fructose corn syrup free)
1 fresh or frozen cranberry
Directions
To make the cranberry cosmopolitan, fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Measure in the vodka, orange liqueur, and lime and cranberry juices and shake vigorously.
Strain the cranberry cosmopolitan into a martini glass and float a cranberry in the drink for garnish. Repeat as needed.
Classic Bloody Mary
1/4 cup (2 ounces) tomato juice
3 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) vodka
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
3/4 teaspoon freshly grated horseradish
3 dashes hot pepper sauce, such as Tabasco
1 pinch salt
1 dash freshly ground black pepper
About 1 cup ice cubes
1/4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 stalk celery
1 lemon wedge (optional)
Directions:
In a pitcher, stir together tomato juice, vodka, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, hot sauce, salt, and pepper. Stir well. Fill your glass with ice, then pour mixture over the ice into the glass. Sprinkle lemon juice over. Garnish with celery stalk and lemon wedge (if using) and serve.

Pink tequila cocktails
Freshly squeezed 2 pink grapefruits
2oz tequila
½ juice from 1 lime
Combine all the ingredients in a shaker and shake well for 30 seconds. Pour over ice and add your garnish

20 foods that naturally boost your own body’s detox power

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  1. Brussels Sprouts
    Brussel sprouts are high in fiber, folate and antioxidants  which help to promote a healthy gut. Daily bathroom regularity helps to  remove toxins and waste from your body. These little guys also fight cancer and  help to manage diabetes.

2. organic, omega-3 eggs, free-range
A whole egg is amazing! They are loaded with vitamins, minerals, high quality proteins, good fats. The  choline, lecithin and insotol in eggs contain sulphur which is “eggcellent” for your liver. Eggs are the perfect protein. *Caution*If you have diabetes the egg yolks can raise your  cholesterol levels but those of us who don’t have diabetes, no need to worry about rising cholesterol levels.

3. Lentils
Lentils and beans help with your digestion, liver metabolism and is full of fiber which in turn helps you go poop!

4. Oats
This breakfast icon is rich in soluble fiber which slow down the rate of absorption and keeps you fuller longer. Oats promote a healthier and  happier gut which helps to stimulates the toxic waste of the bile made by your liver.

5. Garlic

Garlic is another one of those  superfoods. It helps to lower your cholesterol, fights cancer, hearth healthy, immune boosting, beats inflammation and contains the sulfur-containing compounds that increase help remove toxins from your body.

6. Lemon

Lemons helps cleanse and detox your body by helping your liver increase bile flow.

7. Asparagus

This veggie is just loaded with  fiber, folate, vitamins A, C, E and K, natural diuretic, lowers blood pressure , full of antioxidants and also may help slow the aging process. but helps rid the body of excess salts. It also is rich rich in a compound called cynarin, which promote natural production of bile juice essential for improved digestion.

8. Grapefruit

Grapefruit helps to reduce cholesterol levels, promote digestion and prevent kidney stones.

9. Red bell pepper

This vitamin C loaded veggie helps to breakdown toxic substances into digestible material.

10. Sunflower seeds

This seed increases the  liver’s ability to eliminate toxins and also prevent cholesterol build up in the circulatory system.

11. Turmeric

This spice is a powerful anti-inflammatory which  promotes digestion.

12. Sea vegetables, algae

Have powerful detoxing abilities that  are  alkalizing that  literally suck up toxins in the digestive tract and help erase them from the body.

13. Chia, hemp seeds

These seeds are excellent intestinal cleansers which help lubricate the intestinal walls and draw out toxins from the body.

14. Beets

Beets help push out toxins. They are rich in natural iron and they beautifully cleanse the blood.

15. Green Tea

Green tea is very  high antioxidant’s which  help find and kill free radicals before they can do any damage.

16. ONIONS

Raw onions deliver the most health benefits. Onions soak up arsenic ,lead mercury and tin. Onions contain chromium, which help to regulate blood sugar and they are anti inflammatory.

17. Olive Oil

olive oil activates the secretion of bile in your liver. It’s helps to control the LDL ( bad ) cholesterol while raising HDL ( good ) cholesterol.

18. APPLES

Organic Apples are full of fiber, vitamins and  minerals.  It helps to  stimulate bile production which helps with detox as the liver gets rid of some toxins through the bile. Apples are also a good source of the soluble fiber pectin that can help detox metals from your body.

19.CINNAMON

Cinnamon is an excellent source of manganese, calcium and dietary fiber and a good source of iron and vitamin K.  Helps the liver in flushing out toxins, loaded With antioxidants, anti-Inflammatory properties, lowers your blood sugar levels and  is a cancer fighter.
20. GINGER

Ginger spikes your metabolism, flushes out waste and  helps with  liver function.

Young and Raw has several great detox smoothie recipes. Here is one! Go check out their website.

http://www.youngandraw.com/3-amazing-liver-detox-recipes/

1. Liver Boosting Beet Juice:

  • 1 beet
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 lemon, peeled
  • 1 handful parsley

Instructions: Run all ingredients through a juicer and enjoy.

Another great website that have some good recipes is The Green Forks.

http://thegreenforks.com/super-detox-green-cleansing-smoothie/

Extra things you can do to help your detox journey

Exercise

Stop thinking about exercising just to lose weight. Exercising improves the function of every organ in your body including the liver. Thirty minutes alone of cardio exercise each day strengthens the circulatory system, improves sleep, boosts your energy, reduces stress, produces the happy chemicals in your brain and can boost your sex life!

Cut back on High Fructose Corn syrup and fake sugars

Detoxification can be very hard on your liver.  High-fructose foods are very tough on your liver. Why not help make the detox process easier & give your liver a break from HFCS.

Remember to Drink water, water and more water

Water helps flush out toxins. Boosts  your metabolism , helps in weight-loss, flushes out waste and makes your skin glow.  Drink half your body-weight in ounces of water (if you weigh 200lbs, drink 100oz of water each day).  Saunas are great to to help release the toxins from your skin by making you sweat it out.

Another great practitioner who can also help you in your eating better journey.

Joel Fuhrman, M.D.
http://www.drfuhrman.com/

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Thehypothyroidismchick.com is committed to providing information on natural and alternative health, but I am not a health care professional. All material provided by my website is for informational purposes only, and is not to be taken as medical advice or recommendation. Any health concern or condition should be addressed by a doctor or other appropriate health care professional. The information and opinions found on this website are written based on the best data available at the time of writing, and are believed to be accurate according to the best of my discernment .

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6 home remedies to Heal Cracked and Crusty Feet that work!

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I am not alone when I say, “I’ve had crusty embarrassing feet”. Cracked heels (Heel Fissures) is a very common issue with people these days and nobody wants to see scaly, cracked  and flaky feet. It’s not only super  embarrassing but it can be quite painful too. Crusty-cracked heels happen when you neglect your feet and don’t moisturize properly which can develop into painful deep cuts. How you take care of your feet does say a lot about how you take care of your body and if your on the prowl to get a man? One look at your crusty toe bits? Will have him running the other way.  I’m not taking about foot fetishes just general hygiene. Of course, there are many other reasons why your feet can become less attractive and just plain out ugly is lack of moisture, improper foot care, unhygienic conditions, age, an unhealthy diet like deficiency in zinc and omega – 3 fatty acid and wearing wrong type of shoes! These are most common causes of cracked heels. Nobody wants to see someones nasty cracked and not cared for feet.

1. cooking Oil:

There are variety cooking oils like olive oil, coconut oil and  sesame oil.

Directions:

  • First of all, scrub the feet with a pumice stone and wash them thoroughly.
  • Apply the oil all over your feet.
  • wrap your feet with plastic wrap. Next,  put on a pair of clean cotton socks and allow it to stay like that for the night.
  • You can notice softer heels in the next day morning.
  • Repeat the process at-least 3 times a week or as much as needed until the cracks have disappeared from your heals.

2. Coconut Oil, Lemon Oil and Lavender Oil:

This is a great home remedy cracked heal cream that you can make at home.

Directions:

  • First of all, scrub the feet with a pumice stone.
  • Mix two tablespoons of coconut oil  and add few drops of lemon oil and lavender oil to it.
  • Lather the mixture all over your feet.
  • wrap your feet with plastic wrap. Next,  put on a pair of clean cotton socks and allow it to stay like that for overnight, means it better to do this process at night time before going to bed.
  • You can notice softer heels in the next day morning.
  • Repeat the process at-least 3 times a week or as much as needed until the cracks have disappeared from your heals.

3. Oatmeal and Jojoba Oil:

Jojoba oil helps heal your cracked heels and when mixed with oatmeal will have an excellent moisturizing effect.

Directions:

  • First of all, scrub the feet with a pumice stone.
  • Blend your oatmeal in a blender until it becomes a powder.
  • Next,  mix it with enough amount of jojoba oil to make it like a thick paste.
  • Apply this paste on your cracks and massage it gently of few minutes.
  • Wrap your feet with plastic wrap. Next,  put on a pair of clean cotton socks and allow it to stay on for 1 hour and then rinse it all off.
  • Continue this process until you get your desired relief from your cracked heels.

4. Banana:

Bananas are awesome at being a natural moisturizer and it also helps to remove the dead skin cells from your feet.

Directions:

  • First of all, scrub the feet with a pumice stone.
  • Take a very ripe banana and mash it into a smooth paste.
  • Wrap your feet with plastic wrap. Next,  put on a pair of clean cotton socks and allow it to stay on for 1 hour and then rinse it all off.
  • Continue this process until you get your desired relief from your cracked heels.

5. Goats milk and raw honey

Goats milk helps has anti inflammatory properties and is packed full of essential nutrients that help feed the skin and are absorbed into the body through your feet! Honey is naturally antibacterial, full of antioxidants and extremely moisturizing and soothing.

Directions:

  • First of all, scrub the feet with a pumice stone.
  • Take a 1 cup of raw honey and add this to 2 cups of goats milk.
  • Mix well and pour this in a foot soaking basin.
  • Soak your feet for about 30 minutes in this mixture.
  • Start to massage your feet after 15 minutes of soaking.
  • Apply this coconut oil all over your feet.
  • Rinse the mixture off with warm water.
  • Wrap your feet with plastic wrap. Next,  put on a pair of clean cotton socks and allow it to stay on over night.
  • Continue this process until you get your desired relief from your cracked heels.

6. Invigorating Foot Soak

Epsom salt is rich in magnesium and sulfate in which are easily absorbed through the skin. Per http://www.uhichicago.com Sulfates help to form brain tissue, joint proteins and the proteins that line the walls of the digestive tract. Sulfates also help detoxify the body of medicines and environmental contaminants.

2 cups of Epsom salt
2 cups of sea salt
2 cup of baking soda
10 drops of lavender essential oil
5 drops of tea tree essential oil
10 drops of peppermint essential oil
Combine the dry ingredients and the essential oils. Store in a closed container. When you are ready to use put ½ cup of the mixture in your foot bathe. (Kids can use up to 1/2 cup of the mixture).

Directions:

  • First of all, scrub the feet with a pumice stone.
  • Fill foot tub with warm water and then the rest of the ingredients.
  • Allow your feet to soak at-least for 30-45 minutes.
  • Apply this coconut oil all over your feet.
  • Rinse the mixture off with warm water.
  • Wrap your feet with plastic wrap. Next,  put on a pair of clean cotton socks and allow it to stay on over night.
  • Continue this process until you get your desired relief from your cracked heels.

Extra tips to healthier feet

  1. Nutrition is always top priority. Eat a well balanced, non processed, more whole foods diet.
  2. Exercise! Like muscles, bones need exercise to stay strong too.
  3. Keep your feet clean and dry. …
  4. Always examine your feet for issues. …
  5. Cut your toenails properly and keep them cleaned. …
  6. Protect your feet in public areas….Never wear scandals or flip flops.  They can expose your feet to bacteria, viral, and fungal infections!
  7. Do not share your shoes with other people. It’s just like a toothbrush! Just plain gross.
  8. Choose breathable footwear.
  9.  Know when to see a doctor. Don’t attempt to self-treat painful foot issues. Any pain, redness, swelling, or discoloration that persists should be checked out by a podiatric physician. Usually the problem can be cleared up with prescription medicine or a minor in-office procedure. Allowing a doctor to take a look will help prevent minor problems from becoming major ones. Be smart.

Well, Ding-dang, Y’all!

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Thehypothyroidismchick.com is committed to providing information on natural and alternative health, but I am not a health care professional. All material provided by my website is for informational purposes only, and is not to be taken as medical advice or recommendation. Any health concern or condition should be addressed by a doctor or other appropriate health care professional. The information and opinions found on this website are written based on the best data available at the time of writing, and are believed to be accurate according to the best of my discernment .

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How to heal and start Dealing with a Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease ( NAFLD).

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I have a friend who is dealing with a Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease ( NAFLD). If any of you are too ? Maybe this can help guide you in the right direction for your health.. Food matters people.

After researching and reading a lot of articles about fatty liver’s. You should clearly stay

away from any flour products, sugars which include artificial sweeteners and High fructose corn syrups. No take out , pizza, fried snacks. This is a serious condition and shouldn’t be taken likely. Concentrate on foods that cleanse your liver like garlic, grapefruit, beets, carrots, green tea, leafy green veggies, avocados, apples, olive oil, lemons, walnuts, cabbage turmeric, artichoke, asparagus, kale, onions, and brussel sprouts. ginger, beans , flax seed, all the Cruciferous veggies, basil and parsley. here are a few detox drinks..
Liver Boosting Beet Juice:

1 beet
1 carrot
1 lemon, peeled
1 handful parsley, 1 inch ginger, if it isn’t sweet enough add a apple.

Instructions: Run all ingredients through a juicer and enjoy.
Deep Green Liver Detox:

1/2 cucumber
2 cups kale
1 lime, peeled
1 cup swiss chard
1/2 lemon, peeled

Instructions: Run all ingredients through a juicer and enjoy.

Breakfast – Stick with almond milk, gluten free steel cut or rolled oats oatmeal or an omelet and or a fresh juice that you just juiced. Fruit choices can be banana or grapefruit. Plain yogurt with gluten free granola and berries is also a great choice. Have a cup of coffee … some latest research suggests this has a beneficial effect on the liver.

Lunch – You’ll want to go with white meats (chicken or turkey) for sandwiches. Do lettuce wraps or make you a big fat salad. Avoid cheese or heavily marbled meats such as corned beef. Home-made vegetable soup are excellent. You can have tossed salads, but use vinegar-based dressings – simple balsamic vinegar is best, as there is no added sugar. Make ur own dressings. If u need some recipes for that I have plenty. let me know. Dessert can be a nice piece of fresh fruit. Drink water with a twist of lemon juice.

Snacks – Salt-free nuts, carrot sticks, celery with natural peanut butter, fresh fruit, quality dark chocolate.

Dinner – Dinner can be a larger meal, but don’t go overboard. Stick with low fat meats or fish. If you bake chicken, don’t leave the skin on. Ditto for fish. Almost any veggies are fine, as long as they’re steamed, baked or roasted and not fried. A potato as a side dish is fine a few days a week. Drink water w/ lemon.
I hope this helps you and you get your help back to optimum condition!!

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Thehypothyroidismchick.com is committed to providing information on natural and alternative health, but I am not a health care professional. All material provided by my website is for informational purposes only, and is not to be taken as medical advice or recommendation. Any health concern or condition should be addressed by a doctor or other appropriate health care professional. The information and opinions found on this website are written based on the best data available at the time of writing, and are believed to be accurate according to the best of my discernment .

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The secret to beating the crap out of insomnia

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Joke #1 Doctor: Listen, if you ever expect to cure your insomnia, you just have to stop taking your troubles to bed with you.
Patient: I know, but I can’t… my wife refuses to sleep alone.

Joke #2 A blonde went to the doctor: “Good heavens, you look terrible!” Exclaimed my doctor. “What’s wrong?”
“I’ve not had a good night’s sleep in over a month,” she said. “The stupid  neighbours’ dog is outside barking its brains out all night, every night.”
“Well, just this once, I’ll prescribe you a sleeping tablet. Come back and see me in the morning,” he said.
Next morning when the blonde  went to see him, he said, “Goodness! You look worse than ever!”
she replied wearily, “I was up all night chasing that dumb dog around and when I eventually caught him he wouldn’t swallow the pill.”

it’s amazing how the food we eat affects our health, sleep patterns and even our “gasp” sex drives. Unfortunately, when you don’t get enough sleep, it can age us faster , cause depression, weight gain, make us forget things, gives us headaches and we have a greater chance of developing heart disease.  If you have issues like snoring or sleep apnea and are overweight, one thing you can do is lower your body fat index . For those of us that don’t have snoring or sleep apnea we ask the question, ” Sleep why do you hate me so much!” We need to feed our bodies to get more, Tryptophan, serotonin and melatonin. (serotonin is a brain chemical that helps you sleep) and  melatonin ( the hormone that makes you sleepy)  Trytophan is an essential amino acid, which means you have to gt it from your diet because your body cannot produce it.Your body uses tryptophan to make the neurotransmitters serotonin and melatonin.

it’s all in your daily patterns and diet. Your choice , your lifestyle.  Always check with your health care provider before starting a new regime.

Rules to follow

Turn off the electronics! That hand held device that you’ve been glued to all day? You have to put it down if you want to get some sound sleep—and the same goes for your laptop and iPad, too. Why? The blue wavelengths produced by your smartphone and other gadgets (and energy-efficient LED light bulbs) significantly suppress the production of melatonin, the hormone that makes you sleepy, according to University of Basel research. Another problem: Light-emitting devices engage and stimulate the mind, resulting in poorer sleep, according to an Osaka University study.

Avoid large meals late in the evening.
Learn and use a relaxation technique regularly. Breathing exercises, meditation and yoga are good examples. EXERCISE early in the day!!
Use “white noise” devices to block out surrounding environmental noise.
Take a warm bath with Epsom salt at night before bed

NO CAFFINE PRODUCTS AFTER NOON!

lower the room temperature

Insomnia Diet

Gluten free rolled oats Oatmeal w/ 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of walnuts, 1 teaspoon of raw honey and 1 banana

or a omelet with mushrooms, bell peppers and onions

( eggs have Tryptophan, a sleep-enhancing amino acid that helps make serotonin and melatonin, the “body clock” hormone that sets your sleep-wake cycles. Mushrooms have potassium )

20oz of water with freshly squeezed lemon

(  Oatmeal is a natural source of melatonin, a naturally occurring compound that helps to bring on  drowsiness. Walnuts are a good source of tryptophan, a sleep-enhancing amino acid that helps make serotonin and melatonin, the “body clock” hormone that sets your sleep-wake cycles. Banana’s  are rich in potassium and magnesium. Potassium  and magnesium are is a natural-muscle relaxants and magnesium-rich foods also are very valuable as sleep aids. When your magnesium is low it makes it harder to sleep. Honey-  The natural sugar found in honey helps to raise insulin and allows tryptophan to enter the brain more easily, according to nutritionist Lindsey Duncan on DrOz.com)

Snack

Almonds and grapefruit

20oz of  filtered water ,matcha tea or Chamomile tea

(almonds are rich in magnesium. Grapefruit-It contains lycopene, an antioxidant in the body that has been shown to improve the way you sleep )

Lunch

Greek Salad with chickpeas and Sardines
Ingredients
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
3 medium tomatoes, cut into large chunks
1 large English cucumber, cut into large chunks
1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed
1/3 cup crumbled goat cheese
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
2 tablespoons sliced Kalamata olives
2 4-ounce cans sardines with bones, packed in olive oil or water, drained
Directions:
Whisk lemon juice, oil, garlic, oregano and pepper in a large bowl until well combined. Add tomatoes, cucumber, chickpeas, feta, onion and olives; gently toss to combine. Divide the salad among 4 plates and top with sardines.

( sardines have calcium, chickpeas have magnesium, red onion’s help you sleep, raw garlic is high in b6  )

snack

yogurt w/ chopped dates and 1/2 cup of watermelon

20’s of filtered water ,matcha tea or Chamomile tea

( Yogurt contains calcium which helps your body de-stress and gives you a boost of healthy gut bacteria along with containing tryptophan found in dairy products. watermelon is a superfood and is a good source of lycopene.)

Dinner

Turkey burger or ,tuna or salmon or chicken

pick a dark leafy green, artichokes, squash, zucchini,  brown rice,

Turkey is rich in tryptophan, an amino acid that increases the level of your brain’s relax-and-feel-good compound, serotonin.

Salmon are high in vitamin B6, which your body needs to make melatonin and serotonin.

Chicken and turkey and contain tryptophan, an amino acid that’s used to make serotonin. And as your’ve read in this blog , serotonin is a brain chemical that helps you sleep.

bedtime snack

Dark chocolate (Dark chocolate can lower your body’s overall levels of epinephrine and norepinephrine .  epinephrine and norepinephrine can create feelings of anxiety and nervousness, according to Michael Lara, M.D., in “Food for Thought: How Nutrients Affect The Brain,”

chamomile tea with honey

8oz of cherry juice (Cherry juice-according to researchers from the Universities of Pennsylvania and Rochester. Cherries, particularly tart cherries, naturally boost levels of melatonin.A 2011 study found that cherries may be a natural sleep aid because of their melatonin levels)

Pick foods that are

*High magnesium foods include dark leafy greens, nuts, seeds, fish, beans, whole grains, avocados, yogurt, artichokes, bananas, dried fruit, dark chocolate, and more.*

High potassium foods from natural food sources like beans, dark leafy greens, potatoes, squash, yogurt, fish, avocados, mushrooms, and bananas.

Complex carbohydrates have calming affects on the body. They increase serotonin in the body, which promotes calm feelings. Legumes, brown rice, and whole grains are just a few examples of complex carbohydrate food sources. Vegetables that provide complex carbohydrates include asparagus, turnip greens, spinach, corn, onions, cucumbers, artichokes, and cauliflower. According to Dr. Walter Willett of the Harvard School of Public Health, look for high-fiber content and a low level on the glycemic index when deciding which carbohydrates to consume.

Red Onion Tea

helps with insomnia

Directions
1 cup of water
1 onion, cut in quarters
Blend, strain and drink

Epsom salt bath which is rich in magnesium

Sleepy time Goats Milk Bath
2 cups of powdered goat’s milk
2 cup of Epsom salt
1 cup of sea salt
2 cup of baking soda
10 drops of lavender essential oil
Combine the dry ingredients and the lavender essential oil. Store in a closed container. When you are ready to take a bath add 1 cup of dry ingredients. (Kids can use up to 1/2 cup of the mixture). Bathe 3 times weekly, soaking for at least 12 minutes.

Lavender has a reputation as a mild tranquilizer. Simply dab a bit of the oil onto your temples and forehead before you hit the pillow. The aroma should help send you off to sleep.

 Lastly, Don’t obsess over not sleeping. Studies have shown that people who worry about falling asleep have greater trouble falling asleep!  It may help to remind yourself that while sleeplessness is a pain in the ass it isn’t life-threatening.  let’s try to be mellow-bellow. Eat foods that foods contribute to calmness and sleepiness.
5 plants to help you sleep better!
1. Aloe Vera — emits oxygen at night to help you combat insomnia and improve the overall sleep quality.
2. Lavender- Lavender is a plant that is well known to induce sleep and  reduce anxiety.  the smell of lavender slows down your heart rate and reduces anxiety levels.
3. Jasmine plant- The smell of jasmine has been shown to improve the quality of sleep.
4. English Ivy- its beneficial for those who have breathing problems and asthma. Studies have shown that English ivy can reduce air molds to 94% in 12 hours.
5. Snake plant- emits oxygen into the night while you sleep , taking carbon dioxide from the air inside your home. It also filters nasty household toxins from the home.
Audrey Childers is a published author, blogger, freelance journalist and an entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in research and editorial writing. She is also the creator and founder of the website the hypothyroidismchick.com. Where you can find great tips on everyday living with hypothyroidism. She enjoys raising her children and being a voice for optimal human health and wellness. She is the published author of : A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty, Reset your Thyroid, Hypothyroidism Clarity,  A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty: the slow cooker way and  Hypothyroidism: The Beginners Guide: How to stop surviving and start thriving. You can find all these books on Amazon.  You can also find her actively involved in her Facebook Group : Healing Hypothyroidism. This blog may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement.

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How to Make Your Own Safe, Chemical-Free Deodorant

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I’ve been making my own deodorant for years. It all started when I came across an article on the internet about how aluminum-based antiperspirants may increase the risk for breast cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease & Kidney Disease (Scientists noticed that dialysis patients who had these high aluminum levels were more likely to develop dementia too.) We’ve been wonderfully brain washed into thinking sweating is a bad thing. Sweating is a necessity in life. Sweat, as stinky and uncomfortable as it can be at times, is a natural and healthy part of life, helping to cool the body, release toxins and helps to maintain normal body temperatures.
Ingredients
1/2 c. baking soda
1/2 c. arrowroot powder or ½ cup of cornstarch
5 tbsp. unrefined virgin coconut oil
10 drops of grapefruit essential oil or lavender essential oil
You can pick your favorite scent. I like lavender or grapefruit.

Empty deodorant stick or Mason jar
Directions
Mix baking soda and arrowroot together.
Melt your coconut oil in the microwave in a microwave safe bowl.
Mix all ingredients the baking soda and arrowroot powder with the oil, Pour into clean small Mason jar,( or your empty stick container)  add your essential oil to the Mason jar or the empty stick container, using a wooden Popsicle stick , give it a good stir to mix everything. Close your the lid.  Once you mix that essential oil in the bowl, it can only be used for the purpose of making your deodorant. Everything you’ve used is edible except the essential oils.
This will take roughly 24 hours to set. It will thicken up. I use my finger to scrape what I need out of the mason jar and scoop it across my underarm. This will last you for a good 6 months!

Article resources:

Dee Anna Glaser, MD, professor of dermatology, St. Louis University; president, International Hyperhidrosis Society.

Patricia Farris, MD, clinical assistant professor of dermatology, Tulane University; member, American Academy of Dermatology.

Eric Schweiger, MD, dermatologist; clinical instructor of dermatology, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, New York Cit