Monthly Archives: December 2015

Easy and simple Natural Ways to Make Your House Smell Like Christmas

I love when guests come over and say , “Mmm! Your house smells so clean and  amazing”! “What’s your secret?” It’s really not that hard to get your house to smell wonderfully delicious. Sometimes it’s because I’ve been baking, and other times it’s because I have a pot simmering on the stove.
Why fill your home with chemical filled plug-ins, toxic air freshener sprays and candles filled with paraffin.
Holidays are the perfect season to start making your own scents for the home. You can impress your friends and family  while creating the perfect scene for any Holiday occasion.
With these warm, comforting and easy cozy all natural scents I hope to  help bring extra holiday cheer into your home.  Don’t forget these are can be great Christmas gifts too.
From my home to yours!
Christmas Inspired Potpourri
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Potpourri not only makes  your home smell incredible, it can also act as a lovely focal point, adding to you Festive decorating efforts. These simple steps will make a Christmas inspired Potpourri, making your home smell and look lovely.
A few small pine cones
A couple of whole cinnamon sticks
Around 6 Star Anise
6 slices of dried orange slices
The orange slices are easy to make blot with kitchen roll to get rid of excess juice then place in the oven for 3 hours at 140°C (280°F), or 120°C (250°F) if fan assisted. keep an eye on them and don’t let them dry out completely before placing them in the arrangement.

Instructions:

Simply place all the above ingredients into a decorative bowl and arrange. You can also make this as a gift, if so why not arrange in a small basket and wrap in plastic cello-fame and tie a festive ribbon around the top.

Hosley’s Iron Ring Decorate Bowl – 16″ Long

IMAX Moody Swirl Glass Bowl

Homemade Potpourri Gift ( as a gift)

Ingredients
  • cloves
  • cinnamon sticks
  • star anise
  • oranges
  • apples
  • pine cones
  • plastic bags
  • cute tags
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Slice apples and oranges thin, really thin. Place in a single layer on cookie sheets and bake for an hour and a half, check every half hour thereafter. Once dry, mix with your spices. Jar and allow to “marinate” for a day before gifting.

 

 

Simmering Stovetop Potpourri
Recipe adapted by :

SMELLS OF THE SEASON

{fresh simmering potpourri}
 
1 cup of fresh cranberries
1 small orange
2-3 tablespoons cloves
1 vanilla bean (optional)
1 star anise (optional)
Freshly ground nutmeg
Slice the orange into quarters. Place all of the ingredients into a small saucepan. Fill the pan with water and simmer on low heat on your stove’s smallest burner.  Stir hourly and refill the water as needed. Over time, it will start to look like mucky berry sludge. But that’s okay. It’ll smell so good by then that you won’t care a bit!  Refrigerate the mixture after each use, adding water and reheating it for up to a month. As you do your holiday cooking, you may freshen the mixture by tossing in your leftover lemon and orange rinds or occasionally a handful of fresh cranberries. A few shakes or grinds of nutmeg.
Christmas Stovetop Potpourri 

Christmas Stovetop Potpourri

Recipe Adapted From Half Baked Harvest
 
Ingredients: 
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 3 tangerines, halved
  • 3 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise 
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1 vanilla bean + 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 small branch fresh pine
  • 1 cup pomegranate 
  • water
 
Combine all ingredients in pot, filling 3/4 of the pot with water. Bring to boil, then turn down heat and allow to simmer for at least 4 hours. Continue to add water to the pot, as the liquid evaporates. You can let the pot cool down overnight, and reheat and simmer the next day, for a full weekend of Christmas goodness!
Christmas House Spray

This recipe and method was taken from The Complete Book of Essential Oils and AromatherapyIt’s quick, simple and can add a touch of Christmas instantly when needed in any room. A no-fuss option for making your home smell incredible!

Dilute the following in 1 ¼ cups of water in a glass spray bottle:

 Burn White Sage Smudge SticksNot only does the smell of white sage make you think of the stuffing in your Christmas dinner, it has also been celebrated as a herb that cleanses, purifies and heals the body. By burning white sage, you can expect to see and smell white smoke billowing out from it creating a festive and herbal delight. You can buy natural white sage bundles from this page on Amazon.

 

Orange Studded With Cloves

Pick an orange from your fruit bowl and a handful of cloves and stud the orange to make a sweet and festive scented center piece, perfect for any table.
Spray Your Christmas Tree
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Make your tree have that just cut aroma by combining a mixture of 1 cup water and 6 drops of essential oil of pine and adding to a glass spray bottle. This could be sprayed on either real or fake trees. You can have the authentic smell without the mess if you opt for a fake tree. Alternatively, when sprayed on real trees it emphasizes the smell and festive feel

Make Your Own Reed DiffuserReed diffusers gently perfume the air but they can also be incredibly expensive and often not made with natural ingredients. Not many people know just how easy they are to make, by using just a few ingredients and a few dollars, yours could turn out better than the store bought versions. Here’s how…

Materials:

Instructions:

Fill the reed diffuser bottle with water, add a few tablespoons of vodka and an essential oil of your choice. Use the ration of 12 drops of essential oil per 1/4 cup of water. Mix the ingredients together.

Boost pine cones

Sneak a favorite seasonal fragrance into your Christmas decor by spritzing cones with a cinnamon-scented oil.

Click on the links below to see how to make each one.

Old fashion holiday garland

scented cinnamon ornaments

Fresh sage wreath

aromatic wax fire starters

scented ornaments

wax melts

applesauce cinnamon and spice pomanders and acorn’s

lavender rosemary candles

Hot glue cinnamon sticks around a candle votive and add a ribbon detail. Cozy glow and a great smell too!

Hot glue cinnamon sticks around a candle votive and add a ribbon detail. Cozy glow and a great smell too!:

 

Make your house smell like CHRISTMAS! Just add cinnamon sticks, fresh oranges, cranberries, and rosemary, cover with water, and simmer on the stove all day for a natural holiday scent.:

 

Pinecone Fire Starter Favors
DIY - How to make Pinecone Fire Starter favors
Something Turquoise has a perfect picture by picture tutorial if you need that. Just click on this link.    She’s does an amazing job showing you how to make your own  pinecone fire starters.
Find the supplies you’ll need for this project by clicking on the links below:
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Natural ways to lower your blood pressure with recipes!

28% of Americans have high blood pressure and don’t know it, according to the American Heart Association. High blood pressure boosts the risks of leading killers such as heart attack and stroke, as well as aneurysms, cognitive decline, and kidney failure.  High blood pressure, also known as “the silent killer,” is an epidemic in our nation. It typically has no warning signs or symptoms, and many people don’t realize they have it, which is why we must all get it checked regularly. Over time, unaddressed elevated blood pressure can have disastrous consequences including stroke, heart attack, blindness and kidney failure. Don’t feel your alone. Hypertension has reached epidemic proportions in our country currently affecting nearly 75 million Americans.

I’m not just talking about consuming too much salt or your family history, Instead I am talking about addressing the an underlying reason that you may have high blood pressure that you can control.

 

Five Causes of High Blood Pressure that people over look.

  1. Insulin resistance: At least 50 percent of all people with hypertension have an underlying condition called insulin resistance. Marked by elevated levels of insulin in the bloodstream, insulin resistance is also associated with increases in obesity, type 2 diabetes and elevations in cholesterol and triglyceride levels. A healthy diet and exercise will help control insulin resistance, as well as this major cause of high blood pressure. You also need to get on a good nutritional supplement program that includes a potent multivitamin and mineral supplement with high doses of magnesium, calcium and antioxidants.
  2. Nutritional deficiencies: Inadequate intakes of potassium, antioxidants, magnesium, calcium, essential fatty acids and B-complex vitamins may all contribute to the cause of high blood pressure. The only way to get optimal levels is to take a high-potency daily multivitamin and mineral supplement and add additional nutrients as needed to fill in the gaps.
  3. Obesity: One of the most significant causes of high blood pressure isobesity (being at least 20 percent above your ideal weight). It raises your risk of high blood pressure three-fold. Often, losing weight is enough to normalize blood pressure. A prudent diet and regular exercise are the best ways to achieve normal weight and keep the causes of high blood pressure at bay.
  4. Dehydration: Chronic dehydration also can be a cause of high blood pressure by making the body to hold onto sodium. This increases blood volume and thus blood pressure. Make a point of drinking a minimum of eight and preferably 10 to 12 glasses of pure, filtered water every day. This surprisingly simple step can truly make a difference in blood pressure control.
  5. Inactivity: The human body is wired for exercise, and a sedentary lifestyle is a significant cause of high blood pressure, coronary artery disease and other cardiovascular ailments. Exercise improves every single aspect of cardiovascular health, blood pressure included

To bring your blood pressure down, you need to go beyond slashing salt and ingest more potassium as well. Abundant scientific evidence has proven that a shortage of this electrolyte plays a major role in the onset of high blood pressure and that restricting potassium intake can cause a blood pressure spike even among people with no previous concerns. A low potassium intake also ups your odds of suffering a stroke.

In practice, potassium offsets the harmful effects of sodium. To lower your blood pressure through dietary means, you need to shift your body’s balance of sodium and potassium by bringing your sodium intake to under 1500 milligrams a day while raising your potassium intake to about 4700 milligrams — the average American adult consumes only about half this much today. (Diabetics, people with chronic kidney disease and those taking a blood thinner, like warfarin, should check with their doctor before increasing their potassium intake.) Potassium is also a natural diuretic — so the more you eat, the more sodium and water you’ll excrete through urine.

A normal amount of potassium in a typical diet of a healthy American is about 3500 to 4500 milligrams per day. A potassium restricted diet is typically about 2000 milligrams per day. If you have kidney disease or kidney issues you need to get with your dietician before starting a higher potassium diet. You are very limited on your potassium intake.

High-Potassium Foods
Fruits Vegetables Other Foods
Apricot, raw (2 medium)
dried (5 halves)
Acorn Squash Bran/Bran products
Avocado (¼ whole) Artichoke Chocolate (1.5-2 ounces)
Banana (½ whole) Bamboo Shoots Granola
Cantaloupe Baked Beans Milk, all types (1 cup)
Dates (5 whole) Butternut Squash Molasses (1 Tablespoon)
Dried fruits Refried Beans Nutritional Supplements:
Use only under the
direction of your doctor
or dietitian.
Figs, dried Beets, fresh then boiled
Grapefruit Juice Black Beans
Honeydew Broccoli, cooked Nuts and Seeds (1 ounce)
Kiwi (1 medium) Brussels Sprouts Peanut Butter (2 tbs.)
Mango(1 medium) Chinese Cabbage Salt Substitutes/Lite Salt
Nectarine(1 medium) Carrots, raw Salt Free Broth
Orange(1 medium) Dried Beans and Peas Yogurt
Orange Juice Greens, except Kale Snuff/Chewing Tobacco
Papaya (½ whole) Hubbard Squash
Pomegranate (1 whole) Kohlrabi
Pomegranate Juice Lentils
Prunes Legumes
Prune Juice White Mushrooms, cooked (½ cup)
Raisins Okra
Parsnips
Potatoes, white and sweet
Pumpkin
Rutabagas
Spinach, cooked
Tomatoes/Tomato products
Vegetable Juices

What can you do to address your high blood pressure? Most of the time people who have high blood pressure are not eating correctly, not exercising , taking in to much sodium, drinking to much caffeine, eating to much sugar.

Check out this video by Dr. Joe.

NATURAL REMEDIES TO GET OFF HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, CHOLESTEROL MEDS -DR JOE BROWN

if you are taking statin drugs , are you taking CoQ10 with it?  Watch this video.

Are you getting rid of the sodium in  your diet? Yes, we need salt but we are on a sodium overload.

Are you getting rid of sugar in your diet?

Are  you getting on a good exercise routine?

Are you getting caffeine out of your diet?

 

CAYENNE TURMERIC HONEY LEMON TEA  to lower  your BP

1  teaspoon of turmeric

1/2 teaspoon cayenne

1 teaspoon of organic (raw) honey

half squeezed lemon

steamed water

This is awesome tea will clean out your arteries’, lower your blood pressure, its a anti inflammatory and it does some amazing things to the cardiovascular system.

 

How to Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally by Dr Ax video.

He states 5 tops ways to lower BP naturally are

1. Start with eating a Mediterranean-like diet

*foods like olive oil , flax seeds, wild caught fish along with lots of fruits & vegetables.

2. Start taking a high quality fish oil which reduce inflammation in the body.

* He suggests a 1,000 milligrams with each meal.

3. Start taking magnesium. 500 mg daily

4. Start eating more potassium rich foods or taking a potassium suppliment.

*Foods like white beans, bananas, dark leafy greens, organic baked potatoes with the skin, baked acorn squash, dried apricots, salmon , avocados and white mushrooms. Please take time to look up more foods that are rich in potassium.  I have a chart listed above on this blog.

5. Start taking a CoQ10 200-300 mg per day

 

 

 

More Fabulous Foods to Fight High Blood Pressure

 Go blue!

Foods that lower high blood pressure - blueberries

Just one serving of blueberries a week can help cut your risk of high blood pressure. Blueberries, as well as raspberries and strawberries, contain natural compounds called anthocyanins that protect against hypertension, according to a recent British and American study of about 157,000 men and women published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

 The beet goes on

Foods that lower high blood pressure - glass of beet juice

Beet juice is just as powerful as a nitrate tablet in reducing your blood pressure. — Travis Rathbone/trunkarchive.com

Drinking a glass of beet juice can lower blood pressure within just a few hours, according to a Queen Mary University of London study published last year in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension. The nitrate in the juice has the same effect as taking a nitrate tablet, the researchers found. Beet juice can be found at some health food stores and specialty groceries such as Whole Foods. Other nitrate-rich foods include spinach, lettuce, cabbage, carrots and, of course, whole beets.

Try these strategies to reduce the risk of heart disease.

 

The dark side

Foods that lower high blood pressure - dark chocolate

Flavonoids in chocolate help to lower blood pressure. — Anita Calero/trunkarchive.com

Chocolate lovers rejoice! Eating a one-ounce square of dark chocolate daily can help lower blood pressure, especially in people who already have hypertension, according to Harvard researchers who analyzed 24 chocolate studies. Dark chocolate is high in flavonoids, natural compounds that cause dilation of the blood vessels. Look for chocolates that say they contain 50 to 70 percent cacao, such as Ghirardelli 60 percent cacao dark chocolate squares.

 

Ceylon Cinnamon

cinnamonCinnamon is another tasty seasoning that requires little effort to include in your daily diet, and that may bring your blood pressure numbers down. Consuming cinnamon every day has been shown to lower blood pressure in people with diabetes.

Order your Ceylon cinnamon today!

Organic Ceylon Cinnamon Powder - Family Owned Since 1935 - 1 Lb. in a Handy Re-sealable Pouch

 

Garlic

garlicThis pungent seasoning can do more than just flavor your food and ruin your breath. Garlic has the ability to lower your blood pressure by causing your blood vessels to relax and dilate. This lets blood flow more freely and reduces blood pressure.

You can add fresh garlic to a number of your favorite recipes. If the flavor of garlic is just too strong for you, roast it first. And if you simply can’t eat the stuff, you can get garlic in supplement form.

 

Celery Seed

celery seedCelery seed is an herb used to flavor soups, stews, casseroles, and other savory dishes. Celery has been long used to treat hypertension in China, but studies also shown that it may be effective. You can use the seeds to lower blood pressure, but you can also juice the whole plant. Celery is a diuretic, which may help explain its effect on blood pressure.

Hibiscus tea

Recent studies show that hibiscus tea can lower blood pressure as effectively as some standard hypertension drugs can. Hibiscus is widely consumed around the world as a ruby-colored, lemony beverage (it’s the main ingredient in Red Zinger tea). Hibiscus is safe and, unlike most blood pressure drugs, rarely causes side effects. Plus, hibiscus plants can be grown in much of the United States, so you can actually grow your own blood pressure medicine. How does hibiscus lower blood pressure? Recent research suggests a combination of reasons: It has diuretic properties, it opens the arteries, and it appears to act as a natural angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor, which means it slows the release of hormones that constrict blood vessels. In addition, hibiscus boosts immune function and provides valuable antioxidants.

Order your Hibiscus tea today! Click on the link.

The Republic Of Tea, Natural Hibiscus Superflower Herbal Tea, 36 Tea Bag Tin

 

1. Go for power walks
Hypertensive patients who went for fitness walks at a brisk pace lowered pressure by almost 8 mmhg over 6 mmhg. Exercise helps the heart use oxygen more efficiently, so it doesn’t work as hard to pump blood. Get a vigorous cardio workout of at least 30 minutes on most days of the week. Try increasing speed or distance so you keep challenging your ticker.

2. Breathe deeply
Slow breathing and meditative practices such as qigong, yoga, and tai chi decrease stress hormones, which elevate renin, a kidney enzyme that raises blood pressure. Try 5 minutes in the morning and at night. Inhale deeply and expand your belly. Exhale and release all of your tension.

Try this awesome yoga workout dvd’s and order your gorgeous  yoga mat too!

Yoga for Beginners & Beyond (Yoga for Stress Relief / AM-PM Yoga for Beginners / Essential Yoga for Inflexible People)

3. Be salt smart
Certain groups of people—the elderly, African Americans, and those with a family history of high blood pressure—are more likely than others to have blood pressure that’s particularly salt (or sodium) sensitive. But because there’s no way to tell whether any one individual is sodium sensitive, everyone should lower his sodium intake, says Eva Obarzanek, PhD, a research nutritionist at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. How far? To 1,500 mg daily, about half the average American intake, she says. (Half a teaspoon of salt contains about 1,200 mg of sodium.) Cutting sodium means more than going easy on the saltshaker, which contributes just 15% of the sodium in the typical American diet. Watch for sodium in processed foods, Obarzanek warns. That’s where most of the sodium in your diet comes from, she says. Season foods with spices, herbs, lemon, and salt-free seasoning blends.  If you cant go with out salting your food at least use Pink Himalayan Sea salt or Celtic Sea Salt not that poison table salt.

Why Pink? 

The many hues of pink, red and white are an indication of this salt’s rich and varying mineral and energy-rich iron content.

Iodine- Natural salts are rich in iodine, so it doesn’t need to be artificially added in.

Benefits

In the same manner that vitamins and minerals are perfectly packaged in fruits and vegetables, because this salt was formed naturally the minerals within the sodium work in synergy.

Packs a hearty 80+ minerals and elements- Himalayan salts are mineral packed crystals which formed naturally within the earth made up of 85.62% sodium chloride and 14.38% other trace minerals including: sulphate, magnesium, calcium, potassium, bicarbonate, bromide, borate, strontium, and fluoride (in descending order of quantity).

Create an electrolyte balance

  • Increases hydration
  • Regulate water content both inside and outside of cells
  • Balance pH (alkaline/acidity) and help to reduce acid reflux
  • Prevent muscle cramping
  • Aid in proper metabolism functioning
  • Strengthen bones
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Help the intestines absorb nutrients
  • Prevent goiters
  • Improve circulation
  • Dissolve and eliminate sediment to remove toxins

 

It is even said to support libido, reduce the signs of aging, and detoxify the body from heavy metals.

Why Table Salt is Inferior

Commercial refined salt is not only stripped of all its minerals, besides sodium and chloride, but is also chemically cleaned, bleached and heated at unnecessary high temperatures.

In addition, it is treated with anti-caking agents which prevent salt from mixing with water in the salt container. These agents also prevent dissolving within our system leading to build up and then deposit in organs and tissue, causing severe health problems.

Finally, the iodine that is added into salt is usually synthetic which is difficult for your body to process properly. Shockingly under U.S. law, up to 2% of table salt can be additives.

( thanks to Healthycures for this wealth of information about PHSS)

Blog post from http://healthycures.org/pink-himalayan-salt-benefits/

4. Indulge in dark chocolate
Dark chocolate varieties contain flavanols that make blood vessels more elastic. In one study, 18% of patients who ate it every day saw blood pressure decrease. Have ½ ounce daily.

Click on the link to order yours today!

Taza “Wicked Dark” 95% Dark Stone Ground Chocolate, 2.5oz/70g

Taza "Wicked Dark" 95% Dark Stone Ground Chocolate, 2.5oz/70g

5. Take a supplement
In a review of 12 studies, researchers found that coenzyme Q10 reduced blood pressure by up to 17 mmhg over 10 mmhg. The antioxidant, required for energy production, dilates blood vessels. Ask your doctor about taking a 60 to 100 mg supplement up to 3 times a day.

Click on the link below to order yours today!

Garden of Life RAW CoQ10, 60 Capsules

Garden of Life RAW CoQ10, 60 Capsules

Please check out my  blog on Natural vs. Synthetic? A women’s guide to understanding suppliments. 

6. Drink (a little) alcohol

According to a review of 15 studies, the less you drink, the lower your blood pressure will drop—to a point. A study of women at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, for example, found that light drinking

(defined as one-quarter to one-half a drink per day for a woman) may actually reduce blood pressure more than no drinks per day. One “drink” is 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of spirits. Other studies have also found that moderate drinking—up to one drink a day for a woman, two for a man—can lower risks of heart disease. “High levels of alcohol are clearly detrimental,” says Obarzanek. “But moderate alcohol is protective of the heart. If you are going to drink, drink moderately.”

7. Take up tea
Lowering high blood pressure is as easy as one, two, tea: Study participants who sipped 3 cups of a hibiscus tea daily lowered systolic blood pressure by 7 points in 6 weeks on average, say researchers from Tufts University—results on par with many prescription medications. Those who received a placebo drink improved their reading by only 1 point. The phytochemicals in hibiscus are probably responsible for the large reduction in high blood pressure, say the study authors. Many herbal teas contain hibiscus; look for blends that list it near the top of the chart of ingredients—this often indicates a higher concentration per serving. (See when your tea is perfectly steeped using this elegant glass teapot with infuser.)

Click on link to order yours today!

Glass teapot with infuser

8. Relax with music

Need to bring down your blood pressure a bit more than medication or lifestyle changes can do alone? The right tunes can help, according to researchers at the University of Florence in Italy. They asked 28 adults who were already taking hypertension pills to listen to soothing classical, Celtic, or Indian music for 30 minutes daily while breathing slowly.

9. Seek help for snoring
It’s time to heed your partner’s complaints and get that snoring checked out. Loud, incessant snores are one of the main symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). University of Alabama researchers found that many sleep apnea sufferers also had high levels of aldosterone, a hormone that can boost blood pressure. In fact, it’s estimated that half of all people with sleep apnea have high blood pressure. If you have sleep apnea, you may experience many brief yet potentially life-threatening interruptions in your breathing while you sleep. In addition to loud snoring, excessive daytime tiredness and early morning headaches are also good clues. If you have high blood pressure, ask your doctor if OSA could be behind it; treating sleep apnea may lower aldosterone levels and improve BP.

10. Make your days off be stress free
Putting in more than 41 hours per week at the office raises your risk of hypertension by 15%, according to a University of California, Irvine, study of 24,205 California residents. Overtime makes it hard to exercise and eat healthy, says Haiou Yang, PhD, the lead researcher. It may be difficult to clock out super early in today’s tough economic times, but try to leave at a decent hour—so you can go to the gym or cook a healthy meal—as often as possible. Set an end-of-day message on your computer as a reminder to turn it off and go home. Follow these tips to make your weekends stress-free.

Food for thought: I know, I’ve thrown a wealth of information your way but it only gets better! Here are some recipes to get you started on the right path to a lowering your blood pressure along with a sample menu.

Blueberry-Banana Bliss
In addition to antioxidants, this blend is loaded with blood-pressure lowering potassium, probiotics, and dietary nitrate.

1/2 c frozen blueberries
1 ripe banana
1/2 c plain nonfat yogurt
1/2 c packed baby spinach

COMBINE all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.

Beet-berry smoothie

1 carrot

1/4 cup of blueberries

1/4 cup peeled and grated raw beet

1 raw garlic glove

1 celery stalk

Dash of Ceylon cinnamon

1/2 cup of coconut water or almond milk or coconut milk

COMBINE all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.

 

Avocado Kiwi Melon Madness

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 kiwi
  • 1 cup Honeydew melon (peeled and chopped)
  • 1 cup Baby spinach
  • Peel the avocado, discard nut, peel the kiwi and the honey dew melon.

COMBINE all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth

Smoothie help: Pick one liquid, one nitrate, one potassium and one probiotic

Lower your blood pressure with any of these 108 smoothie combinations.

A Simple guacamole recipe — packed with blood-pressure-lowering nutrients. Serve it as a dip with low-salt bagel or pita chips, or as an accompaniment to quesadillas or tacos.

2 cups chopped avocado (from 2 medium avocados)
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon lime juice
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt-free seasoning
6 drops hot pepper sauce

First, mash the avocado in a bowl with a fork until it reaches desired consistency. Then mix in the cilantro, lime juice, garlic powder, ground cumin, salt-free seasoning and hot pepper sauce. Serve immediately. (Yield: 1-1/2 cups; serves 6.) Each quarter-cup serving has 98 calories, 6 mg of sodium, 301 mg of potassium, 9 mg of calcium, 1 gram of saturated fat and 4 grams of dietary fiber.

Spinach Taco Burgers

Recipe by : Joyce Bauer

  • 1.25 pounds lean ground turkey (at least 90% lean)
  • 10 ounces frozen, chopped spinach (thawed and drained)
  • 1 packet low-sodium taco seasoning mix
Preparation:

In a large bowl, use both hands to mix together the ground turkey, spinach, and taco seasoning until blended. Divide the burger mixture to form six patties.

Preheat a large skillet liberally coated with oil spray over medium-high heat (or preheat a grill pan or outdoor grill). Add the burgers and cook about 5 minutes per side, or until burgers are no longer pink in the center.

Serving suggestion: Serve burgers on whole wheat buns with lettuce, sliced tomato and onion, and optional ketchup, mustard and/or salsa. Individuals with type 2 diabetes can enjoy the burger on ½ bun to reduce the carbohydrate count.

You can always make your own taco seasoning to ensure even lower sodium.

Taco Seasoning (Low Sodium Substitute)

      • 1 tablespoon Chili Powder
      • 2 teaspoons Onion Powder
      • 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
      • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
      • 1 teaspoon Paprika

1 teaspoon Ground Oregano

Mix all ingredients together. Store in a mason jar with a lid and mark  and date it for later use.

Quinoa with Yogurt, Grapes, and Toasted Seeds

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 3 ounces plain fat-free Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon roasted sunflower seeds, unsalted
  • 5 medium seedless grapes, chopped
Preparation:Top the quinoa with the Greek yogurt. Sprinkle the sunflower seeds and chopped grapes on top.
DIY trail mix
Combine 1 tablespoon each dried cherries, unsalted roasted sunflower kernels, and dark chocolate chips
Healthy Salad Dressing Recipes                                   

Horseradish Balsamic Dressing

Makes 6 servings
2 tablespoons per serving

  • 2 teaspoons garlic, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
  • ½ cup reduced balsamic vinegar *
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon shallots, chopped (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice concentrate, undiluted
  1. Add all ingredients to small container with tightly fitting lid.
  2. Shake well until thoroughly combined. Store in refrigerator.

* To reduce balsamic vinegar, place 1 cup in small saucepan and bring to a rapid boil. Lower heat and simmer until reduced by half.

Thousand Island Dressing

Makes 16 Servings
2 tablespoons per serving

  • ¾ cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup fat-free sour cream
  • ¾ cup low-sugar, low-sodium ketchup (Good choices are Heinz® No Salt Ketchup, Hunt’s® No-Salt-Added Ketchup, and Westbrae® Unsweetened UnKetchup)
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender container.
  2. Blend until smooth and creamy. Store in refrigerator for about 4 days, depending on the expiration dates of your dairy ingredients.

Garlic is thought to counter high blood pressure because it stimulates production of the chemicals nitric oxide and  hydrogen sulphide, which relaxes blood vessels. Dr,. Catherine Hood, an independent expert in nutrition and dietetics, said : “This review found evidence that garlic, in particular Kwai, can reduce the stickiness of the blood, results in dilation of the arteries and has antioxidant activity. She went on futher to say ” there was some evidence garlic may also use the same mechanism as drugs called ACE inhibitors to lower blood pressure.  the drugs stop the body creating a hormone known as angiotensin II. This has a variety of effects but essentially relaxes the blood vessels.

Nature’s Bounty Odorless Garlic 1000mg, 100 Softgels

Nature's Bounty Odorless Garlic 1000mg, 100 Softgels (Pack of 3)
Improving Cholesterol and Blood Pressure with Sesame and Rice Bran Oil

The study included 300 people in New Delhi, India, with hypertension. A third of the participants used a common drug called nifedipine; another third used an ounce of a specially made blend of sesame and rice bran oils to cook with every day; and the final third took the drug and cooked with the oil blend. All three groups used their assigned treatments for 60 days.

The researchers found that all three groups of people — including those not taking the drug — had a decrease in their blood pressure levels.

Specifically, the participants who took the drug and cooked with the oil had greater gains in their blood pressure levels. The systolic blood pressure decreased by 16 points, on average, among people who just took the drug, while it decreased 14 points, on average, for people who just cooked with the oil. Meanwhile, it dropped 36 points for people who took the drug and cooked with the oil.

Meanwhile, diastolic blood pressure decreased by 12 points, on average, among people who just took the drug, and 11 points, on average, among those who just cooked with the oil. It dropped 24 points for people who used both the drug and the oil.

Banyan Botanicals Sesame Oil, Certified Organic, 16 oz

Banyan Botanicals Sesame Oil, Certified Organic, 34 oz - Pure, Unrefined - The Most Traditional of All Oils Used in Ayurveda, Good for Vata and Kapha

 

You can add this oil to your salad dressing.

Blood pressure lowering Healthy Red Wine vinaigrette

2 tb red wine vinegar, 3 tb of extra virgin olive oil, 2 tb of sesame oil, 1/4 teaspoon of minced garlic, 1/2 teaspoon of Dijon mustard.

  1. Add all ingredients to small container with tightly fitting lid.
  2. Shake well until thoroughly combined. Store in refrigerator.

 

 

  

Sample Menu

Breakfast
Potassium loaded smoothie
snack
Celery with almond butter 
with a cup of hibiscus tea
Lunch
Gigantic Chopped Salad
 Broccoli florets,  Carrots,  Red Onion,  Radishes,  Romaine lettuce greens
Cucumber,  Tomato
(In a large bowl, chop up all your veggies into bite-size pieces using a knife or salad chopper)
1 cup of hibiscus tea
snack
Dried apricots
Dinner
1 cup of hibiscus tea
Seared Salmon (4 oz) with Blueberry Balsamic Bliss and Quinoa
Our Blueberry Balsamic Bliss is so easy to make. In a saucepan on the stove, simply bring to a boil ¼ cup of balsamic vinegar and 1 cup of fresh or frozen (thawed) blueberries. Reduce heat and stir regularly until reduced by half. Ladle over your salmon. If you’d like, top with a few blueberries and raspberries.Quinoa is real easy, too. For this scrumptious whole grain, you don’t even need the stove. Just combine 1 part quinoa with 2 parts water in a microwave-safe bowl. Stir in onion flakes and your favorite salt-free seasoning, and microwave on high for about 4 minutes.
Breakfast
Half a Cantaloupe with 1 Cup of Vanilla Greek Yogurt
with a cup of hibiscus tea
snack
Bowl of Fresh Cherries
lunch
Artichoke and Mushroom Salad
(artichoke hearts,  fresh button mushrooms and green beans marinated in a garlic, mustard, olive oil and vinegar dressing)
1 cup of hibiscus tea
snack
DIY Trail mix
Dinner
1 cup of hibiscus tea
Baked chicken
Large organic sweet potato
steamed broccoli

The DASH Diet and Blood Pressure

Medications are highly effective in bringing down blood pressure, when taken properly. But what you eat (and drink) also has a dramatic impact. The government-endorsed Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet has been proven as effective as prescription medication in reducing blood pressure.

 

resources:

http://www.thebetterhealthstore.com/Newsletter/080112_Improving-Cholesterol-and-Blood-Pressure-with-Sesame-and-Rice-Bran-Oil_06.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2420421/Garlic-lower-blood-pressure-10—tablet-form.html

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-pressure/in-depth/high-blood-pressure/art-20046974

http://www.healthline.com/health/high-blood-pressure-hypertension/herbs-to-lower#Hawthorn7

http://www.prevention.com/food/smoothies-lower-blood-pressure-naturally

https://www.pritikin.com/your-health/healthy-living/eating-right/1784-3-healthy-salad-dressings-for-summer.html
http://www.drwhitaker.com/determine-the-cause-of-your-high-blood-pressure/
Disclaimer
The information and recipes contained in blog is based upon the research and the personal experiences of the author. It’s for entertainment purposes only. Every attempt has been made to provide accurate, up to date and reliable information. No warranties of any kind are expressed or implied. Readers acknowledge that the author is not engaging in the rendering of legal, financial, medical or professional advice. By reading this blog, the reader agrees that under no circumstance the author is not responsible for any loss, direct or indirect, which are incurred by using this information contained within this blog. Including but not limited to errors, omissions or inaccuracies. This blog is not intended as replacements from what your health care provider has suggested.  The author is not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any of the suggestions, preparations or procedures discussed in this blog. All matters pertaining to your health should be supervised by a health care professional. I am not a doctor, or a medical professional. This blog is designed for as an educational and entertainment tool only. Please always check with your health practitioner before taking any vitamins, supplements, or herbs, as they may have side-effects, especially when combined with medications, alcohol, or other vitamins or supplements.  Knowledge is power, educate yourself and find the answer to your health care needs. Wisdom is a wonderful thing to seek.  I hope this blog will teach and encourage you to take leaps in your life to educate yourself for a happier & healthier life. You have to take ownership of your health.

 

 

lease check out my other books online @ Amazon, Barnes n Noble or Books a Million.    

Holiday Hypothyroidism

Finally a Holiday cookbook that will have you sincerely appreciating all the hard work that I put into creating it. This cookbook not only has recipes that caters to your hypothyroidism but the recipes are extremely easy to prepare while still being delicious as they promote your health, help you begin to heal, and you’re eating cleaner on top of it all. These recipes can be used year-round not only around the holidays and will be a great addition to your library. I hope you find this Holiday book a godsend to the particularly crazy holiday season. This book includes a good variety of recipes that I know you will find to be delicious, full of flavor, healthy and just perfect for your Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner table. From appetizers to main meals, side dishes and desserts these recipes are just wonderfully delicious. I am not kidding when I tell you that the recipe options in this book are endless and you won’t be disappointed! You will be able to find that perfect recipe in this book that makes your taste buds soar, fits your dietary needs and has your family bragging on your cooking skills. They may even think you secretly took lessons from Gordon Ramsay or Julia Childs

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Hashimoto’s crock-pot recipes: Added Bonus: How I put my Hashimoto’s into remission

There’s nothing like the aroma of a home-cooked dinner welcoming you at the door. No time to be in the kitchen? The wonderful thing about a crock pot is you have little prep time. You won’t have to stand over a hot stove cooking your food and it’s perfect for those hectic days. We all want that convenience! Do you need foods that promote thyroid health? You can start today healing your body from the inside out. Over 101 wholesome and nourishing Hashimoto’s fighting recipes that will cater to your mind, body and soul. This helpful book will start to guide you in the right direction along with a step by step plan that is clear and doable.
It’s not about being skinny, it’s about energy, vitality & feeling good when you look in the mirror.

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Kicking Hypothyroidism’s booty, The Slow Cooker way: 101 Slow Cooker recipes!

I wanted to create a user-friendly handbook to help anyone affected by this disorder. I’ve seen many doctors over the years and none offered me ideas on diet change. I’ve included recipes, ideas on solutions for a healthier home, what you should be eating and shouldn’t, how to shed those extra pounds, regain your self-confidence and vitality back into your life. I want you to feel strong, sexy, and beautiful. This is my heartfelt guide to you. Together, once again, you can start to gain that wonderful life that you deserve. I am a student in this thing called life. I want to be remembered as a pioneer who thought, imagined, and inspired. What we feel at times is the impossible or unthinkable. Life is a wonderful journey.

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 A Survivors Cookbook Guide to Kicking Hypothyroidism’s booty.

Do you need foods that promote your thyroid health? Let’s heal your body from the inside out. We’ve all heard that our gut is called the “second-brain”. Given how closely the two interact with each other one thing you may not realize is your emotions and weight gain can start in the gut. Your gut and digestion can also cause you to hold onto that excess weight and just feel lousy. I’ve included 101 hypothyroidism fighting recipes that cook themselves. Our main concern is kicking hypothyroidism’s booty. I hope this book inspires you to use your slow cooker more often and create your own new recipes. Let’s together shed those extra pounds, regain your self-confidence and vitality back into your life.

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Reset Your Thyroid, 21 day Meal plan Thyroid reboot

This is a 21-day Meal plan to reset your thyroid and jump start your weight loss journey. It is filled with 21 breakfast recipes, 21 lunch recipes and 21 dinner recipes. They are packed full of nutrients, healthy fats and proteins. All are easy to make and I’ve done all the thinking for you! All you have to do is prepare the foods and eat. It takes 21 days to form a new habit, it will most likely take that long for your mind and body to stop opposing your new lifestyle change. Three weeks really isn’t a very long time. If you find yourself in a rut and coming up with excuses. You can regain control by reminding yourself that you only have to do it for 21 days. Motivate yourself to exercise. Choose something you honestly like to do and won’t loathe at least 3 times a week. Create an exercise plan that seems easy to accomplish. (And, stick to it!) Give yourself a chance and commit to yourself to stay with the program for 21 days.

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Hypothyroidism Clarity

Hypothyroidism clarity is designed to help give you FREEDOM and EMPOWERMENT. I’m sharing the EXACT STEPS I’ve used to overcome my eating issues WITHOUT dieting. All the recipes are specially crafted to be easy, super delicious and they have been kid tested-mother approved. A family-friendly way to eat that your entire family will enjoy. This book contains wonderfully crafted hypothyroidism recipes for your home and body that will help transform you and your family’s life.

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Hypothyroidism: The beginners Guide

This book thanks everyone suffering from hypothyroidism and looking for answers. Hypothyroidism is the kind of disease that carries a bit of mystery with it. This book is not for readers looking for quick answers. There is not one size fits all. You have to be in charge of your health. I didn’t write this book to sell you any “snake oil” in a bottle. I’ve written this book to be an eye opener for you and to share with you what I have learned on my journey. The solutions in this book has helped so many people. There are many incredible holistic practitioners, authors and researchers with experience and expertise in this area. I’ve done my best to pull from all their expertise, as well as my own knowledge and clinical experience. I want to make it easy for you to find the answers quickly, all in the one place, because I’m all too familiar with that awful side effects of hypothyroidism. I certainly don’t want you to have to spend years finding solutions, like I did. I also what you to understand that there isn’t an easy “one pill” solution, but the “one pill” approach that our current medical system is using is NOT WORKING because the underlying cause for hypothyroidism is not being addressed. Get ready to go on a journey of discovery where you are going to learn how everything ties into one. A lack of knowledge is a lack of power.

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Secrets to my Hypothyroidism Success: A personal guide to Hypothyroidism freedom

I wish somebody had given me a step-by-step road-map back when I was first diagnosed with hypothyroidism. The solutions in this book has helped so many people. I’ve done my best to pull from all their expertise, as well as my own knowledge and clinical experience. I want to make it easy for you to find the answers quickly, all in the one place, because I’m all too familiar with that awful side effects of hypothyroidism. I certainly don’t want you to have to spend years finding solutions, like I did. I also want you to understand that there isn’t an easy “one pill” solution, but the “one pill” approach that our current medical system is using is NOT WORKING because the underlying cause for hypothyroidism is not being addressed. Knowledge is power, educate yourself and find the answer to your health care needs. Wisdom is a wonderful thing to seek. I hope this book will teach and encourage you to take leaps in your life to educate yourself for a happier & healthier life. You have to take ownership of your health

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The Best Little Hypothyroidism Autumn Cookbook

I wanted to create a fall cookbook for those of us suffering from hypothyroidism that makes you feel as if you’re inviting an old friend in for coffee. If you’ve been considering switching to a hypothyroidism diet, you may be wondering if you have to give up your favorite foods along with flavor. This is far from the truth. Switching to a hypothyroidism diet means that you are catering to heal your thyroid. You can still enjoy your favorite fall recipes following a hypothyroidism diet- you’ll just need to learn what substitutions you will need to make to create wonderful fall hypothyroidism recipes. This is where this book that I’ve written for you comes into play. In this book, you will find a collection of many fall favorite recipes that you and your family are sure to love. If you’ve ever considered a hypothyroidism diet, this recipe book is a great starting resource.

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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.

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Disclaimer

The information and recipes contained in blog is based upon the research and the personal experiences of the author. It’s for entertainment purposes only. Every attempt has been made to provide accurate, up to date and reliable information. No warranties of any kind are expressed or implied. Readers acknowledge that the author is not engaging in the rendering of legal, financial, medical or professional advice. By reading this blog, the reader agrees that under no circumstance the author is not responsible for any loss, direct or indirect, which are incurred by using this information contained within this blog. Including but not limited to errors, omissions or inaccuracies. This blog is not intended as replacements from what your health care provider has suggested.  The author is not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any of the suggestions, preparations or procedures discussed in this blog. All matters pertaining to your health should be supervised by a health care professional. I am not a doctor, or a medical professional. This blog is designed for as an educational and entertainment tool only. Please always check with your health practitioner before taking any vitamins, supplements, or herbs, as they may have side-effects, especially when combined with medications, alcohol, or other vitamins or supplements.  Knowledge is power, educate yourself and find the answer to your health care needs. Wisdom is a wonderful thing to seek.  I hope this blog will teach and encourage you to take leaps in your life to educate yourself for a happier & healthier life. You have to take ownership of your health.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natural vs. Synthetic? A women’s guide to understanding suppliments.

 

Have you read any articles lately on  FAKE supplements being sold at Walmart, GNC, and others? The question to ask is, “Are ALL supplements the same?” Absolutely NOT! The kind of vitamin supplement or nutritional supplement that a woman needs depends on her diet.  It is always best to get your vitamins (as well as minerals) naturally from foods.

Did  you know that a 100 grams of spinach has healthy amounts of vitamins A, C, E, K, several B vitamins, and essential minerals including iron and calcium.

Natural vs. Synthetic Vitamins – What’s the Big Difference?

Vitamins are little organic molecules we need, but we can’t make them or at least we have a hard time making them ourselves. We must rely on our food to keep us stocked with these essential nutrients, but our food is getting less and less nutritious. Fields are depleted by overuse. Pesticides limit the action of beneficial microbes in the soil that help plants draw in nutrients. Fertilizers focus on certain key chemicals and don’t take into account all the trace minerals, organic components, or beneficial microbes that go into good nutrition. And genetically modified foods have made their way into our food supply when we don’t know how they may affect us in the long term.

We refine and process our food so it lasts longer, is more convenient, tastes better, and is even made to be more addictive. We strip out and destroy vital nutrients as we process them. Much of the food we find in grocery stores outside the produce section barely resembles what humanity has been eating for thousands of years. There’s no wonder we have so many auto-immune disorders, food allergies, and growing epidemics of obesity. Our bodies don’t know what we’re ingesting, they aren’t finding the nutrients they need, and they’re begging for us to eat more and more so we might manage to give ourselves what we’re missing.

We all know we need a steady supply of vitamins and minerals so our bodies can function properly. Scientists, doctors, and food companies agree too, so they create cheap vitamins in labs, fortify our foods and beverages with them, and dump them into multivitamins. The problem is these synthetic vitamins are not what our bodies are looking for either

Almost all multivitamins are from synthetics. The same goes for fortified foods. There’s a good reason for this. Synthetic vitamins are cheaper to make and usually more stable. This means they can last on shelves for months or years, be added to foods in high doses, and create small dense tablets packed with insane amounts of every type of vitamin. These vitamins are allowed to call themselves “natural” even when they are actually synthetic because scientists say the synthetics are virtually identical to the ones found in food.

Click on this link below to watch a important video.

Best Natural Vitamins | Sunwarrior Vitamins for Women, Men & Liquid Vitamins

Sunwarrior Raw Vegan Multivitamins and Enzymes for Him, 90 Capsules

 Sunwarrior Raw Vegan Multivitamins and Enzymes for Him, 90 Capsules (FFP)

 

We know that vitamins and minerals are essential for life, and vitamin deficiencies can definitely hurt you. Always read your labels and stay clear of supplements that contain artificial colorings, sodium benzoate, propylene glycol, aluminum silicate and High fructose corn syrup.

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Natural Vitality Organic Life Vitamins, Raspberry Cranberry, 30 FL. OZ

Natural Vitality Organic Life Vitamins, Raspberry Cranberry, 30 FL. OZ

Garden of Life mykind Organics Prenatal Multi, 180 Organic Tablet

Garden of Life mykind Organics Prenatal Multi, 180 Organic Tablet

Garden of Life Vitamin Code Kids, 60 Chewable

Garden of Life Vitamin Code Kids, 60 Chewable

 

Is Organic Life Vitamins Organic?

Yes, Organic Life Vitamins is plant-based and certified organic. The front label shows the USDA Certified Organic symbol. OLV is a sweetened with organic stevia and uses organic flavors.

 

How much fiber does Organic Life Vitamins contain?

A serving of Organic Life Vitamins contains less than ½ gram of fiber.

 

Can you take this product in conjunction with Plant Sourced Minerals?

Yes. While our Plant Sourced Minerals product also contains a complex of minerals, you can safely consume both products and still be well below the daily upper limits of these minerals as determined by the Food and Drug Administration.

 

What is in the mineral complex in Organic Life Vitamins?

The mineral complex in Organic Life Vitamins is made up of over 72 ionic trace minerals. The complex is harvested by solar evaporation from the pristine shores of the Great Salt Lake in Utah and packed in an FDA cGMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) facility. A full list of the minerals included in our complex can be provided by our customer service team at (866) 416-9216.

 

Is this product vegan?

No. Our Organic Life Vitamins is dairy-free and vegetarian. The vitamin D used in this product comes from the lanolin found in sheep’s wool. Sheep get their winter coats sheared every summer and their wool is used for garments and the like; lanolin is extracted from this wool which is a very rich, natural source of vitamin D. While sheep are not harmed in this process, the vitamin D does come from an animal source.

 

Should I take Whole Life Daily Multi and Organic Life Vitamins together?

These are both daily multivitamins with very similar formulas. By taking both products, you would essentially be doubling your multivitamin consumption for the day. If you take Organic Life Vitamins regularly, we suggest using Whole Life Daily Multi as a convenient way to take your daily multi with you when you travel.

 

Is this product still good after it’s been exposed to heat?

For maximum efficacy, we recommend our products be stored in a cool, dry place and not exposed to excessive temperatures. Once they are opened, our liquid products should remain refrigerated.

What is soy lecithin and why you should avoid it? (NaturalNews – S. D. Wells) Soy lecithin is one of the most ubiquitous additives in the American food supply. It’s used mostly as an emulsifier, and it pops up in everything from chocolate and salad dressings to tea bags and supplements. If you ask any allopathic doctor in the country, they always say the same thing about food toxins — “there’s not enough in there to cause concern,” or “a little bit is not going to hurt you.” Oh, but it most certainly does. When you add it all up — all those GMOs and little, extra-processed, toxic “additives and preservatives” — you end up with cancer, unless of course you learn to watch out not only for the big killers but the seemingly “innocent” little ones too. A thousand tiny arrows will kill you, just like one or two big ones, my friends. To read more about this article please  Click on this link .

Another good read is 7 reasons to stay away from soy.  Click on the link to read more.

 

Thanks for reading my latest blog.  Please let me know if you need any support with it. 

Otherwise, are we friends on Facebook yet?  If not let’s do that now, Got Hypothyroidism?   I like to connect on a more personal level there and often; offer social media only products that can only be accessed on my page and share daily updates along with recipes. Remember sharing is caring. Please share and post a comment to this blog! I would love to hear from you. Sign up for my blogs @ thehypothyroidismchick.com .  You can also  Follow me on instagram @ Thyroidismchick or Follow me on twitter @Thyroidismchick.

Have a great day!

Audrey
XoXo

 

Disclaimer

The information and recipes contained in blog is based upon the research and the personal experiences of the author. It’s for entertainment purposes only. Every attempt has been made to provide accurate, up to date and reliable information. No warranties of any kind are expressed or implied. Readers acknowledge that the author is not engaging in the rendering of legal, financial, medical or professional advice. By reading this blog, the reader agrees that under no circumstance the author is not responsible for any loss, direct or indirect, which are incurred by using this information contained within this blog. Including but not limited to errors, omissions or inaccuracies. This blog is not intended as replacements from what your health care provider has suggested.  The author is not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any of the suggestions, preparations or procedures discussed in this blog. All matters pertaining to your health should be supervised by a health care professional. I am not a doctor, or a medical professional. This blog is designed for as an educational and entertainment tool only. Please always check with your health practitioner before taking any vitamins, supplements, or herbs, as they may have side-effects, especially when combined with medications, alcohol, or other vitamins or supplements.  Knowledge is power, educate yourself and find the answer to your health care needs. Wisdom is a wonderful thing to seek.  I hope this blog will teach and encourage you to take leaps in your life to educate yourself for a happier & healthier life. You have to take ownership of your health.

 

DIY all natural ways to make your house smell simply amazing

 

Scented candles are one of the simplest and most effective ways to mask unpleasant odors in your home. That candle is actually filling your home with toxic chemicals and contributing to indoor air pollution.

One of the main problems with scented candles is the scent itself. According to Anne Steinemann, an environmental pollutants expert who is a professor of civil engineering and the chair of sustainable cities at the University of Melbourne, certain candles may emit numerous types of potentially hazardous chemicals, such as benzene and toluene. They can cause damage to the brain, lung and central nervous system, as well as cause developmental difficulties.

It may be shocking to think that your favorite candles could potentially be bad for you, and made worse by added fragrances. Steinemann said for some people, the effects are “immediate, acute and severe,” while others may not realize they are being effected until they gradually develop health issues.

What Makes Candles So Bad

  • Paraffin is the major ingredient in most conventional candles and is a sludge waste product from the petroleum industry. It releases carcinogenic chemicals when burned. The soot/fumes are similar to that released from a diesel engine and can be as dangerous as second-hand cigarette smoke. This can contribute to serious respiratory issues like asthma.
  • Scented candles may have lead or lead cores in the wick, which releases dangerous amounts of lead into your home through the candle soot. Candle wicks are supposed to be made from pure paper or cotton, but a University of Michigan study in the late 1999 found that 30% of candles in the USA still released lead into the air, in amounts higher than is considered safe by the EPA (and personally, I’m not sure that I would consider there to be a “safe” level). Legislation was passed in the USA to ban lead in wicks in 2003, but it is still present in some candles which make their way onto store shelves, particularly those that are imported (made in China or Taiwan, for example). For my fellow Canadians, there has not yet been a Canadian ban on lead in candle wicks.
  • Two particularly toxic chemicals, benzene and toluene, are found in the sooty residue from burning candles. Benzene is cancer-causing and toluene affects the central nervous system.
  • Artificial scents and colors may be irritants to some people and/or trigger allergic reactions.
  • Other toxic chemicals that may be present in the paraffin mixture and released through burning include: Acetone, Trichlorofluoromethane, Carbon Disulfide, 2-Butanone, Trichloroethane, Trichloroethene, Carbon Tetrachloride, Tetrachloroethene, Chlorobenzene, Ethylbenzene, Styrene, Xylene, Phenol, Cresol, Cyclopentene. Some of the toxins are found in other products such as paint, laquer and varnish removers– that’s potent and powerful stuff!

 

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If you don’t have time in the kitchen to make you a batch of beeswax candles click on the link below.

Bluecorn Naturals 100% Pure Raw Beeswax 8oz Glass Candle
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If you don’t have time in the kitchen to make you a batch of beeswax candles click on the link below.

Bluecorn Naturals 100% Pure Raw Beeswax Tea Lights (24 case)
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This is one of my favorite go-to air freshner recipes that I use in my home. It’s a super simple and super easy DIY natural air freshener that you may already have in your home is..

-clean spray bottle

-10 drops of  your favorite essential oils ( I use lavender)

-2 cups of distilled water

-1 tablespoon of baking soda

Add your water to the spray bottle, next add your baking soda and your favorite essential oil. I always put the lid back on & give it a good shake to mix.  You can spray this on fabric or in the air. Just like you would any store bought synthetic air spray but without the harmful chemicals! Make sure you label all  your bottles with a marker to keep track of your DIY products.

Did you know that it takes 26 seconds for the chemicals in personal body care products to enter into your bloodstream?

Endocrine disruptors are tricky chemicals that play on our bodies. They increase production of certain hormones; decreasing production of others; imitating hormones; turning one hormone into another; interfering with hormone signaling; telling cells to die prematurely; competing with essential nutrients; binding to essential hormones; accumulating in organs that produce hormones.

Interested in more recipes? I have plenty more in my latest book! Order yours today.

Included in this book is:

How to start healing my thyroid

What tests for my thyroid?

Best Essential Oils for Hypothyroidism

How to set you your Hypothyroidism Kitchen

Throughout my latest book, you will find useful, informative and easy to understand recipes for your mind, body and spirit. When I started writing this book, I wanted to introduce you to the idea of a cleaner less toxic world and for you to learn just how simply easy it is for you to start creating your own cleaning recipes throughout your home but this book has transformed into so much more than just a book full of all natural DIY recipes.

This book will enlighten you and help you have a deeper understanding of not only why you should be more aware but how to be more aware. AWARENESS HAS MAGIC.

Click on this link to order yours today!

Awareness has Magic: Creating a Healthy Hypothyroidism Mind, body and Spirit Home life

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DIY: Scented Wax melts

Ingredients

 Directions

  1. Place beeswax and coconut oil in a glass bowl or measuring cup inside a saucepan. The saucepan should have enough water in it that the water touches the bottom of your glass double boiler, but doesn’t spill out.
  2. Over medium heat, stir the oil and wax together until they are melted and combined.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in essential oils or extracts.
  4. Pour mixture into molds. (find molds here)
  5. When melts are cooled and hardened, break apart and melt as many as you like in a warmer.

If you don’t have the time to make your own click on the link and order you some!

Gentle Bees True Cinnamon Beeswax Melts
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Gentle Bees Pine Forrest Beeswax Candle Melts
Gentle Bees
$11.99

Organic Beeswax Melts – 100% Natural and Organic! – Completely Filtered! Hand Made and Hand Poured with Only the Natural Scent of Beeswax! Safer Than a Beeswax Candle! Beeswax Melts!
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5 Natural Room Scents – Whether you want the fragrance of citrus, herbs or even a forest in your home, these quick and easy recipes are perfect.

Scented Olive Oil Candles – These fantastic candles are not just great in an emergency but by adding a touch of any essential oil you can have a beautifully scented candle for your home.

Homemade Reed Diffusers – This is one of the easiest home scent DIYs, and requires only a few items which you’ll most likely already have.

Natural DIY Incense – Making your own incense couldn’t be easier and requires no special equipment. This tutorial will explain everything you need to know.

Natural Aroma Simmer Pots – Simmer pots,  are a super efficient way of making your home smell amazing, by mixing a few ingredients with water and placing them in a pan on the stove. These Mason Jar simmer pots would make beautiful gifts!

how To Make An Herbal Wreath – This is a wonderful way to make your homes sent seasonal, by using whatever herbs are in season you’ll be able to have a fresh clean smell all year round.

Deodorizing Disks – Stop any bad smells in your home at the source with these super easy deodorizing disks, which work perfectly in the bottom of your bin, under your sink, in the bathroom…anywhere they’re needed.

Gel Air Fresheners – These toxin free and allergy safe air fresheners are inexpensive and easy to make, plus you can make them in any color you’d like.

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Potpourri – Using natural dry ingredients, which you can make yourself, you can create a fantastic and wonderful smelling potpourri in no time at all, then place it in bowls and spread them about your home.

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Natural Ginger Bread Candle – Make your home smell like this fabulous sweet treat and fool everyone into thinking your are an amazing baker with this delicious scent.

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Natural Oil Plug-in Refill – Find out how you can refill your plug-in air fresheners using only natural fragrances which will leave your home smelling delightful.

 

Cinnamon-scented pine cones can be purchased at craft stores for around $10, but you can make them at home for just a fraction of the cost.

How to Make Cinnamon Scented Pinecones | eHow:

DIY linen spray that has goregous vanilla grapefruit scent.

DIY Vanilla Grapefruit Linen Spray:

DIY Scented Room Spray

DIY Scented Room Spray:

Gel Air Freshners

Gel Air Freshener: 2 Envelopes unflavored Gelatin ,1tsp or more of fragrance, 1/2 cup hot water, 1/2 cup ice cold water, Food coloring (your pref.)  and jelly jar.  Full DIY on www.sewstylishboutique.blogspot.com:

How to make your house smell like home

How to Make Your House Smell Like a 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, The Ultimate guide to healing hypothyroidism and  A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty: the slow cooker way. 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.

Disclaimer

The information and recipes contained in blog is based upon the research and the personal experiences of the author. It’s for entertainment purposes only. Every attempt has been made to provide accurate, up to date and reliable information. No warranties of any kind are expressed or implied. Readers acknowledge that the author is not engaging in the rendering of legal, financial, medical or professional advice. By reading this blog, the reader agrees that under no circumstance the author is not responsible for any loss, direct or indirect, which are incurred by using this information contained within this blog. Including but not limited to errors, omissions or inaccuracies. This blog is not intended as replacements from what your health care provider has suggested.  The author is not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any of the suggestions, preparations or procedures discussed in this blog. All matters pertaining to your health should be supervised by a health care professional. I am not a doctor, or a medical professional. This blog is designed for as an educational and entertainment tool only. Please always check with your health practitioner before taking any vitamins, supplements, or herbs, as they may have side-effects, especially when combined with medications, alcohol, or other vitamins or supplements.  Knowledge is power, educate yourself and find the answer to your health care needs. Wisdom is a wonderful thing to seek.  I hope this blog will teach and encourage you to take leaps in your life to educate yourself for a happier & healthier life. You have to take ownership of your health.

 

 

Signs of Magnesium Deficiency? 16 ways to boost up your Magnesium

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Magnesium is a mineral that plays a important part  in our health and well-being. It’s one of the forgotten minerals and it’s vital for many processes within the body. Magnesium helps to keep the nervous system healthy and to calm your nerves when you are stressed. In fact, did you know that magnesium is the first mineral depleted when you are stressed? So if you have any type of stress in your life magnesium is the first mineral that goes out the window. Magnesium is also an important mineral co-factor for enzymes that have biochemical reactions in the body. In other words it plays a large role in digestive system health as it helps enzymes do their job as well as to loosen the body to relax and ease to support the metabolic processes.

 

How much magnesium do you need?

About 60% of your magnesium is in your bones, the rest is in body tissues, and only about 1% is in your blood. Adult men should take in 400 mg, while women should get 310 mg; this increases to 420 mg and 320 mg

1.Almonds

Magnesium: 105 mg in ¼ cup

Other body benefits: Almonds are rich in vitamin E, an antioxidant that keeps the immune system strong and eyes healthy. They’re also packed with protein, which helps fill you up and slim you down, as well as heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

2.Sesame seeds

Magnesium: 101 mg in 1 ounce roasted

Other body benefits: Sesame seeds may add some sizzle to your sex life—they’re chock-full of zinc, which can help testosterone and sperm production in men. They’re also a good source of iron and vitamin B-6.

3.Sunflower seeds

Magnesium: 128 mg in ¼ cup

Other body benefits: Sunflower seeds are a surprisingly good source of bone-building calcium. Additionally, they’re high in polyunsaturated fats, which can help reduce bad cholesterol levels in your blood when eaten in moderation.

4.Bananas

Magnesium: 33 mg in one medium banana

Other body benefits: When bananas are still a little green, they are one of the best sources of resistant starch, a healthy carb that fills your belly and fires up your metabolism. Bananas also offer a dose of potassium, an electrolyte that can help lower blood pressure naturally.

5.Cashews

Magnesium: 89 mg in ¼ cup

Other body benefits: A serving of cashews provides nearly 10% of your daily iron needs. The nuts are also a good source of folate and vitamin K.

Best ways to eat them: Have them on their own for a satisfying snack (just buy the unsalted kind). You could also toss them into a stir-fry or on top of a salad.

6.Tofu

Magnesium: 37 mg in ½ cup

Other body benefits: This vegetarian soy protein source gives you 43% of your daily calcium needs in a ½-cup serving. You also get a dose of iron, a mineral the body needs to produce hemoglobin—the protein that helps red blood cells deliver oxygen throughout the body.

( Please remember that if you have hypothyroidism you are to avoid soy products. It hinders your bodies ability to absorb medication per Mayo clinic )

Side note: Since we are talking hypothyroidism at this moment, generally, it’s best to wait four hours after taking thyroid medication to consume any products that contain soy. The same guidelines apply to other products that may impair the body’s ability to absorb thyroid medication, including concentrated iron and calcium supplements, and antacids that contain calcium or aluminum hydroxide per mayo clinic.

7.Pumpkin seeds

Magnesium: 74 mg in 1 ounce

Other body benefits: The seeds from your jack-o-lantern are a good source of fiber, with 5 grams per ounce. Pumpkin seeds also have plenty of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, as well as 5 grams of protein per serving.

8.Flaxseed

Magnesium: 40 mg in 1 tablespoon whole

Other body benefits: A sprinkling of ground flaxseed turns a cup of yogurt or cereal into a heart-healthy breakfast: a tablespoon contains more than half your recommended daily intake of omega-3 fatty acids. Flaxseed also gives you doses of fiber and the antioxidant lignan.

9.Milk (skim)

Magnesium: 27.8 mg in 1 cup

Other body benefits: You’ve had the health benefits of milk drilled into your head since you were a kid, but here’s a quick review: a cup of milk provides about a third of your daily recommended intake of calcium, which you need to build healthy bones and keep them strong as you age. Milk is also a good source of potassium, vitamin D, protein, and vitamin B-12.

If your looking to stop drinking cow’s milk here is a article with a link attached : Top 10 milks that are healthier than cow milk

If you need a reason to stop drinking cow’s milk here is a good article:

The truth about Milk

Side note: If  you don’t drink cow’s milk like me you can also Use almond milk. It also  can vary in magnesium content depending on whether the company has added magnesium to the product. However, the amount of naturally occurring magnesium in one cup of almond milk is about 16 mg .

However, Coconut Milk is loaded with Magnesium

Coconut Milk Nutrition

The nutritional information outlined in the table below is based on one cup of coconut milk or 240g.

Nutrition Amount
Minerals
Calcium 38.4mg
Magnesium 88.8mg
Potassium 631mg
Phosphorus 240mg
Iron 3.8mg
Zinc 1.6mg
Copper .6mg
Manganese 2.2mg
Selenium 14.9mcg
Vitamins
Vitamin C 6.7mg
Vitamin E .4mg
Vitamin K .2mcg
Niacin 1.8mg
Folate 38.4mcg
Vitamin B6 .1mg
Thiamine .1mg
Fat
Total Fats 57.2 g
Saturated Fats 50g
Omega-6 Fatty Acids 626mg
Monounsaturated Fats 2.4g
Others
Carbohydrates 13mg
Fiber 5mg
Proteins 5mg
Calories 552
Sodium 36mg
Cholesterol 0mg

10.Oatmeal

Magnesium: 57.6 mg in 1 cup cooked

Other body benefits: This healthy whole grain fills you up with folate, fiber, and potassium. Plus, it can help lower cholesterol, and oats are even rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

11.Broccoli

Magnesium: 51 mg in ½ cup cooked

Other body benefits: A serving of the cruciferous superfood contains more vitamin C than an orange. Plus, research shows that people who eat lots of broccoli may have a lower risk of certain types of cancer, including colon and bladder cancer.

( please remember that if you have hypothyroidism raw  cruciferous vegetables can harm the thyroid. You would have to really consume a ton of cruciferous vegetables the scientific studies are still out but try to limit raw cruciferous vegetables and eat cooked. Please do eat your cancer fighting veggies)

12.Sweet corn

Magnesium: 33 mg in 1 ear

Other body benefits: Some people say carb-heavy corn is a diet no-no. Though corn does have 6 to 8 grams of naturally occurring sugar in one ear, this healthy whole grain is also a great source of fiber, B vitamins, vitamin C, and plant-based protein.

13.Peas

Magnesium: 48 mg in 1 cup

Other body benefits: A cup of peas provides nearly a day’s worth of vitamin C. Peas also provide protein, potassium, and vitamin A.

Best way to eat them: The possibilities are endless: toss peas in a stir-fry or on top of a salad, make a belly-warming split-pea soup, mix them into pasta, or even eat them raw.

  1. Spinach — 1 cup: 157 milligrams (40% DV)
  2. Chard — 1 cup: 154 milligrams (38% DV)
  3. Pumpkin seeds — 1/8 cup: 92 milligrams (23% DV)
  4. Yogurt or Kefir — 1 cup: 50 milligrams (13% DV)
  5. Black Beans — ½ cup: 60 milligrams (15% DV)
  6. Avocado — 1 medium: 58 milligrams  (15% DV)
  7. Figs — ½ cup: 50 milligrams (13% DV)
  8. Dark Chocolate — 1 square: 95 milligrams (24% DV)

 

14. DIY Trail Mix: Take a handful of walnuts (which have loads of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids), add another handful of gluten free whole-grain toasted oat cereal, 70% dark chocolate bite,  handful of dried cranberries, another handful of  raw sunflower seeds or raw pumpkin . Toss it all into a baggie, give it a shake, and hit the road. It couldn’t be easier — or healthier!

 

Other Ways To Get More Magnesium:

15.Magnesium Hair Spray

Recipe by Thecoconutmomma.com

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Use a double boiler and melt the coconut oil and cocoa butter over medium heat.
  2. Once both oils are melted, add magnesium oil.
  3. Stir the oils and allow them to cool.
  4. Once the oils are cooled and hard you will want to whip them into a body butter.
  5. Use a hand mixer and whip the oils until the body butter is light and fluffy.
  6. Store body butter in a air tight container.
  7. Keeps for 6 months.

Magnesium Hair Spray

Recipe by : wellnessmama.com

Ingredients for Hair Spray

  • 1 cup of hot water (not boiling)- Can also use strong Chamomile Tea as the base if you want to lighten hair or black tea as the base if you want to darken hair, but you will need to keep in the fridge.
  • 2 tablespoons epsom salts (or more for extra texture)
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan or Sea Salt (optional but adds stiffness)
  • 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
  • 1/2 tsp conditioner (optional- don’t use if you have fine/oily hair)
  • Optional: a few drops of essential oils or a spritz of your favorite perfume for scent- Lavender and citrus are great options
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon lemon juice and 1 teaspoon vodka or alcohol- if you want to lighten hair (the lemon juice lightens and the alcohol preserves)

Hair Spray Instructions

  1. Get a spray bottle that holds at least 10 ounces. I used a glass bottle made from an old apple cider vinegar bottle and a regular spray top. I also tripled the recipe to accomodate the size of my bottle.
  2. Put the hot water (or tea) in the spray bottle and add the epsom salts, sea salt (optional), aloe vera, conditioner, scent (optional) and lemon juice/vodka (if using).
  3. Put the cap on the bottle and shake for 1-2 minutes or until epsom salts and sea salt are dissolved. Store in the fridge if using lemon juice or tea base, or at room temperature if you aren’t. Will last 3-4 months or longer.
 16.Magnesium Spray for Body
recipe by : Hellonatural.com
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Steep tea in almost boiling water for 5 minutes. Then discard tea bag.
  2. Combine all ingredients except aloe vera in a reusable spray bottle.
  3. Shake well to dissolve salt.
  4. Let cool completely then add aloe vera.
  5. Keep refrigerated.

Disclaimer

The information and recipes contained in blog is based upon the research and the personal experiences of the author. It’s for entertainment purposes only. Every attempt has been made to provide accurate, up to date and reliable information. No warranties of any kind are expressed or implied. Readers acknowledge that the author is not engaging in the rendering of legal, financial, medical or professional advice. By reading this blog, the reader agrees that under no circumstance the author is not responsible for any loss, direct or indirect, which are incurred by using this information contained within this blog. Including but not limited to errors, omissions or inaccuracies. This blog is not intended as replacements from what your health care provider has suggested.  The author is not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any of the suggestions, preparations or procedures discussed in this blog. All matters pertaining to your health should be supervised by a health care professional. I am not a doctor, or a medical professional. This blog is designed for as an educational and entertainment tool only. Please always check with your health practitioner before taking any vitamins, supplements, or herbs, as they may have side-effects, especially when combined with medications, alcohol, or other vitamins or supplements.  Knowledge is power, educate yourself and find the answer to your health care needs. Wisdom is a wonderful thing to seek.  I hope this blog will teach and encourage you to take leaps in your life to educate yourself for a happier & healthier life. You have to take ownership of your health.

 

 

resources

http://healthywildandfree.com/the-top-6-signs-of-magnesium-deficiency/?c=fbg#sthash.ArmBR45x.dpbs

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20914173_3,00.html

http://www.mayoclinic.org/hyperthyroidism/expert-answers/faq-20058188

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=answeredquestion&dbid=129

Dr Fuhrman Do Cruciferous Vegetables Harm the Thyroid?

 

 

Simple Tricks to improve your indoor air quality

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According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), on average we spend 69.54% of our time indoors at home. When you add indoor workplace time into the mix, you could spend over 90% of your time indoors… with some estimates even as high as 96.89%. Your home can be damaging your health and studies have shown some of your highest exposure to polluted air is in  your home .

 

1.Clean and replace air filters regularly

 

2.Stop smoking:

Second-hand smoke can create serious health issues for everyone in your home.

 

3.Avoid using toxic cleaning chemicals:

You can find non-toxic alternatives to common cleansers.

 

4.Vacuum and dust regularly

 

5.Use a air purifier

Holmes HEPA Type Desktop Air Purifier, 3 Speeds plus Optional Ionizer, HAP242-NUC

Holmes HEPA Type Desktop Air Purifier, 3 Speeds plus Optional Ionizer, HAP242-NUC

 

6.Take your shoes off at the door

Your shoe carry pollutants from outside.

 

7.House plants :

Plants help contribute to your improved air quality by removing certain chemicals in the air.

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You can click on these links to order your purifying indoor plants today!

Bamboo Palm

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Areca Palm

Spathiphyllum

Spider Plant

Golden Pothos

Collection of the Four Best Clean Air Plants for Your Home in Four Inch Pots

8.Himalayan Salt Lamps

Electronic air pollution is common in every household that have any type of electronics — giant HD televisions, computer monitors, cell phones, PDAs, etc.

Excessive amounts of positively charged ions like this can potentially cause you…

  • Increased nervousness…
  • Added bodily stress…
  • Annoying sleep interruptions…
  • Lapses in concentration…
  • Increased free radical accumulation in your body   

You can so something to help offset excessive frequency vibrations while you’re actually using an electronic device is to use beautiful decorative lamps, called crystal salt lamps.

So, how do salt lamps actually work?

It’s really quite simple… a heated crystal salt lamp…

Disclaimer

The information and recipes contained in blog is based upon the research and the personal experiences of the author. It’s for entertainment purposes only. Every attempt has been made to provide accurate, up to date and reliable information. No warranties of any kind are expressed or implied. Readers acknowledge that the author is not engaging in the rendering of legal, financial, medical or professional advice. By reading this blog, the reader agrees that under no circumstance the author is not responsible for any loss, direct or indirect, which are incurred by using this information contained within this blog. Including but not limited to errors, omissions or inaccuracies. This blog is not intended as replacements from what your health care provider has suggested.  The author is not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any of the suggestions, preparations or procedures discussed in this blog. All matters pertaining to your health should be supervised by a health care professional. I am not a doctor, or a medical professional. This blog is designed for as an educational and entertainment tool only. Please always check with your health practitioner before taking any vitamins, supplements, or herbs, as they may have side-effects, especially when combined with medications, alcohol, or other vitamins or supplements.  Knowledge is power, educate yourself and find the answer to your health care needs. Wisdom is a wonderful thing to seek.  I hope this blog will teach and encourage you to take leaps in your life to educate yourself for a happier & healthier life. You have to take ownership of your health.

9 Hot Toddy Home Remedies Recipes To Stop Inflammation, Fight Bacteria, And Beat Colds

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National Hot Toddy Day may “officially” be January 11 but there’s no time like the present to whip up one of these classic chest-warming mixtures.

The Hot Toddy is a classic hot drink  recipe that requires only a base liquor, honey, lemon, and tea. In my research, I’ve found that this was a brown liquor drink and it really depends on your personal taste.  Brandy, rum and whiskey are all excellent choices for the base of the hot toddy.

The Alcohol in whiskey is a great decongestant it helps to dilate the blood vessels and allowing the white blood cells to start to fight infection, herbal tea has Immune-enhancing herbs , the raw honey will add  a dose of antibacterial and antimicrobial properties along with the  sulfur, which help to soothe sore throats and is a natural cough suppressant, lemon will give a boost of vitamin C , and the warm steam emanating from the drink helps to open up your sinus’s. That’s why this drink is a perfect concoction for helping to clear up your cold symptoms.

As you read my gathered collection of recipes let the basic recipe inspire  you on a journey to experiment and make your perfect personal  Hot Toddy drink!

 

The Classic Hot Toddy

1½ ounce brown liquor
1 tablespoon raw honey
½ ounce lemon juice
1 cup hot Gypsy Cold Care tea
Lemon wedge and a cinnamon stick

Directions:

First pour the honey, lemon, and cinnamon stick into a glass or mug. Top with hot tea, and your brown liquor , stir, and add a lemon wedge for garnish. Allow to steep, covered, for 10-15 minutes before drinking.
Sip slowly. Repeat every two hours (or as needed) for cold/flu.

The Not Toddy

Ingredients:
6 oz Gypsy Cold Care hot Tea
1 tbsp raw honey
1 tsp lemon juice
2-3 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp ground or whole cloves
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 lemon wedge

Directions:

First pour the honey, lemon, and spices into a glass or mug. Top with hot tea, stir, and add a lemon wedge for garnish

Chamomile Toddy

1½ ounce brown liquor
½ ounce raw honey
Lemon wedge
Orange slice
Cinnamon stick
4 ounces hot brewed Chamomile tea
Grated nutmeg (optional)

Add the first five ingredients to mug. Top with the Chamomile tea, and garnish with grated nutmeg, if desired.

The Spiced Rum Toddy  

2 ounces spiced rum
1 ounce Montenegro Amaro
½ ounce lemon juice
¼ ounce Grade B organic  maple syrup
Dash of Regan’s Orange Bitters
Dash of Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel Bitters
4 ounces hot water
Orange peel, for garnish

Combine all ingredients except the garnish into a coffee mug. Garnish with an orange peel.

The Jackie Boy Toddy 

2 ounces  Jack Daniels

1 tablespoon honey

4 ounces Hot water

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 slice fresh lemon

Combine all ingredients into a coffee mug. Garnish with an lemon wedge.

Honey-Bourbon Toddy 

2 tablespoons honey

1 cup hot water

2 oz. of bourbon

2  lemon  wedges

2 cinnamon sticks  

Combine all ingredients into a coffee mug. Garnish with an lemon wedge.

Whiskey Clove Toddy

2oz of whiskey

1 cup of boiling water

2 tbsp. of honey

3 lemon wedges

8 whole cloves

Combine all ingredients into a coffee mug. Garnish with an lemon wedge

The Hot Apple-Ginger Toddy

6 oz organic apple cider
1 slice fresh ginger
1 tsp honey
2 oz whiskey
1 slice lemon

Directions:

To infuse your apple cider, first, peel and chop several slices of ginger. Bring 6-8 ounces of apple cider to a boil in a non aluminum pot. Once the cider boils, add in ginger. Remove from heat and let steep for 30 minutes. Puree your mixture in a blender and strain using a mesh strainer.

To make the toddy, add the whiskey to your ginger-infused cider while the cider is still hot. Stir in honey. Pour into a glass or mug, and garnish with lemon and ginger slice.

 

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.

Disclaimer
Always consult your primary health care adviser regarding your condition and additional treatment options. If placed on medication, certain food products should be avoided in the juice fast so as to ensure proper absorption of those medications.
The information and recipes contained in blog is based upon the research and the personal experiences of the author. It’s for entertainment purposes only. Every attempt has been made to provide accurate, up to date and reliable information. No warranties of any kind are expressed or implied. Readers acknowledge that the author is not engaging in the rendering of legal, financial, medical or professional advice. By reading this blog, the reader agrees that under no circumstance the author is not responsible for any loss, direct or indirect, which are incurred by using this information contained within this blog. Including but not limited to errors, omissions or inaccuracies. This blog is not intended as replacements from what your health care provider has suggested. The author is not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any of the suggestions, preparations or procedures discussed in this blog. All matters pertaining to your health should be supervised by a health care professional. I am not a doctor, or a medical professional. This blog is designed for as an educational and entertainment tool only. Please always check with your health practitioner before taking any vitamins, supplements, or herbs, as they may have side-effects, especially when combined with medications, alcohol, or other vitamins or supplements. Knowledge is power, educate yourself and find the answer to your health care needs. Wisdom is a wonderful thing to seek. I hope this blog will teach and encourage you to take leaps in your life to educate yourself for a happier & healthier life. You have to take ownership of your health.

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  • DisclaimerThe information and recipes contained in blog is based upon the research and the personal experiences of the author. It’s for entertainment purposes only. Every attempt has been made to provide accurate, up to date and reliable information. No warranties of any kind are expressed or implied. Readers acknowledge that the author is not engaging in the rendering of legal, financial, medical or professional advice. By reading this blog, the reader agrees that under no circumstance the author is not responsible for any loss, direct or indirect, which are incurred by using this information contained within this blog. Including but not limited to errors, omissions or inaccuracies. This blog is not intended as replacements from what your health care provider has suggested.  The author is not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any of the suggestions, preparations or procedures discussed in this blog. All matters pertaining to your health should be supervised by a health care professional. I am not a doctor, or a medical professional. This blog is designed for as an educational and entertainment tool only. Please always check with your health practitioner before taking any vitamins, supplements, or herbs, as they may have side-effects, especially when combined with medications, alcohol, or other vitamins or supplements.  Knowledge is power, educate yourself and find the answer to your health care needs. Wisdom is a wonderful thing to seek.  I hope this blog will teach and encourage you to take leaps in your life to educate yourself for a happier & healthier life. You have to take ownership of your health.