Spring Cleaning Never Looked So Good: 25 Detox Recipes For A Healthier You

 

Wow, here’s a great free resource put together by Swanson Vitamins to help with doing your spring cleaning…..on the inside! Lots of inspiration here for what to fix when you’re in the kitchen this weekend….

 

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SPRING BODY CLEANSE DIET: 25 DETOX RECIPES & DRINKS

Spring cleaning doesn’t only apply to your home – it applies to your body as well. We’ve rounded up a selection of spring detox recipes to help you clean out and refresh your system so you feel revitalized and energized as the weather warms up.

When you hear “detox,” you may automatically think of juice cleanses or restrictive, super low calorie meal plans that are marketed as a weight loss cleanse. That’s not what we’re after here—we think it’s important to eat enough calories (including protein and carbohydrates) to keep your body functioning properly or your detox could do more harm than good. You can accomplish a natural cleanse while still eating delicious foods.

These recipes feature liver-and-gastrointestinal-nourishing foods with a variety of fruits, veggies and spices. So yes, you can do a body cleanse diet and still feel satisfied!

You may notice that this list doesn’t contain any smoothies. We put together an entirely separate list of green and detox smoothies for you because they are so popular.

 

Antioxidant Fruit Salad with Bee Pollen – Life by Daily Burn

antioxidant fruit salad for cleansing diet

With a myriad of fruit and a topping of vanilla-infused honey and bee pollen, this salad is practically dessert!

 

Detox Cookies – Sweetashoney

detox cookies for body cleanse diet

These delicious little cookies are sweetened by fruit only – so you can snack on them (or even eat them for breakfast!) without the dreaded sugar crash.

 

Beet Blueberry Muffins – Nutrition Stripped

cleansing beet and blueberry muffins

All the beets and blueberries make these minimally-sweetened muffins Antioxidant Central!

 

Dark Chocolate Detox Bites – The View from Great Island

dark chocolate detox bites

Each nibble of these dark chocolate bites provides loads of antioxidants and heart healthy flavonoids.

 

Super Summer Detox Salad – Well Plated

summer detox salad recipe for body cleanse diet

This antioxidant-rich salad is full enough to be a main meal without weighing you (and your digestive system) down.

 

Chopped Green Goddess Salad – Pinch of Yum

body cleansing via green goddess chopped salad

Chopped veggies plus a light dressing? That’s the recipe for a fantastic detox salad.

 

The Mean Green Detox Salad – Half Baked Harvest

mean green detox salad

Yet another example of a detox salad that will actually be filling!

 

Asparagus Salad with Lemon & Caraway – Homespun Capers

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A simple asparagus salad that’s filling enough to make a meal. Yum!

 

Roasted Beet Noodles with Pesto & Baby Kale – Inspiralized

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Full of vitamins and antioxidants, this salad also features a dairy-free pesto sauce.

 

10 Spring Beets & Citrus Detox Salad – The Raw Food Kitchen

spring beets and citrus detox salad

Salads are a staple for detoxing…but don’t worry, this one is full of flavor and has a “zingy” dressing to go with it.

 

11 Avocado Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Dressing – Gimme Some Oven

avocado strawberry spinach salad for a healthy cleanse

This summery salad is bursting with flavor. You don’t need to be on a detox to enjoy a salad like this!

 

12 Detox Slaw – Naive Cook Cooks

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This simple little salad features a mix of veggies and a light tahini dressing.

 

13 Turmeric Broth Detox Soup – Feasting At Home

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Turmeric is a great addition to any detox as this comforting turmeric broth soup shows.

 

14 Detox Vegetable Soup – The Healthy Maven

detox vegetable soup recipe for spring body cleanse

This soup is bursting with veggies but absolutely won’t leave you unsatisfied! Your body is going to love all the clean nutrition in each spoonful.

 

15 Coconut Lentil Soup with Lemongrass and Ginger – Cafe Johnsonia

thai coconut lentil soup with lemongrass and ginger for healthy cleansing

This warm soup is gluten free, vegetarian and vegan. A Thai dish full of flavor!

 

16 Roasted Fennel and Cauliflower Soup – In Sonnet’s Kitchen

fennel and cauliflower detox soup for spring cleansing

Soups are a great way to enjoy lots of veggie goodness, aren’t they? Perfect for a detox.

 

17 Asparagus & Avocado Spring Rolls with Citrus Dipping Sauce – Oh My Veggies

asparagus and avocado spring rolls to flush toxins

You would never guess that these adorable little spring rolls are helping you flush toxins. Well done, cute little spring rolls!

 

18 Roasted Nourish Bowl with Lemon Tahini Dressing – A Couple Cooks

cleansing bowl of nourishing ingredients

First, love that this is called a “nourish” bowl. Second, can a healthy dinner get any prettier?

 

19 Roasted Salmon with Apple Fennel Salad – Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

roasted salmon and apple fennel salad for healthy diet

Salmon makes the perfect light protein, and paired with all the flavorful produce? Astounding.

 

20 Green Goddess Enchiladas – Eats Well With Others

green goddess enchiladas for detox and cleansing support

What? Detox enchiladas? Well, basically. You’d never know there are tons of greens and chickpeas in those tortillas.

 

21 Mushroom Quinoa Lettuce Wraps – Love & Lemons

mushroom and quinoa lettuce wrap recipe for detox health diet

Trust us, you won’t miss the meat with these vegetarian wraps.

 

22 Detox Tonic – In Sonnet’s Kitchen

detox tonic drink for body cleanse diet

This easy-to-make detox tonic features ginger, lemon, honey, cayenne and turmeric. It makes a perfect morning coffee replacement.

 

23 Ayurvedic Detox Tea – Feasting At Home

ayurvedic detox tea for easy digestion

This detox drink promotes easy digestion, and it couldn’t be easier to make if you have a french press.

 

24 Apple Ginger Drink – Swanson Health Products

apple ginger detox drink

This refreshing drink features apple cider vinegar, which is known to help cleanse your system!

 

25 Super Yellow Juice – Nosh and Nourish

super yellow juice drink for body cleansing

This vibrant Super Yellow Juice is bursting with fruits, veggies, and flavor!

Geez, these all look so yummy! Which detox recipe or drink are you most excited to try? And do you have any favorite foods or drinks that you use during a whole body cleanse?

 

Salud!

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Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

Holiday Over-indulgence ? Try This Digestive Aid “Cocktail”

 

It’s hard not to overdo things a bit this time of year, and New Year’s Eve IS just around the corner. So if you find yourself in need of something to ease digestive discomfort, try this “cocktail” from Arsy Vartanian at Rubies and Radishes that includes several of my favorite self-help health items…..apple cider vinegar, ginger and lemon juice. She mentions whipping this up when her husband wasn’t feeling well after a night of drinking, eating poor quality quesadillas (maybe a step above the bell!) and ice-cream bars, so it’s not just for holiday over-indulgence. 🙂

 

Digestion Mocktail

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Ingredients:
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh ginger water
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
8 ounces sparkling water
raw honey to taste

Pour over ice and enjoy!

Ginger Tea/Water
Ingredients:
3 inch piece of ginger
2 cups water

  1. Peel ginger and slice thinly
  2. Boil the ginger in water for 10-15 mins.

*Note: the more ginger you use and the longer you boil, the stronger it will be!

Source: http://www.rubiesandradishes.com/2013/05/22/digestion-mocktail-recipe/#

Also check out this previous post for help with holiday over-indulgence:

For Thanksgiving Over-indulging Try This Yoga Routine And Ginger Tea

And if your digestive problems go beyond the occasional discomfort from over-indulgence, you might want to consider signing up for the upcoming free Heal Your Gut Summit…….

 

Gut dysfunction can be linked to virtually every disease and can cause conditions like fatigue, depression, food sensitivities, chronic pain, allergies and many more. These conditions are by and large preventable, but have reached epidemic proportions as the Western lifestyle has infiltrated the entire globe with poor diet choices, stress, toxic overload and bacterial imbalance.

Understand and explore gut issues at The Heal Your Gut Summit — because a healthy gut is the foundation for physical, mental and emotional well-being!

The summit runs from January 18th thru 25th and you can find out more and sign up here.

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to give Self-help Health a follow so you don’t miss out on any future posts. Also check out the To Your Health page at my website Evolution Made Easier and my other blog for more helpful information, tips, tools and resources.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

Tips, Tip, Tips: Round Four AND Healthy Holiday Gift Ideas

 

Okay, here we go with round four of the Tips, Tips, Tips series where I share a variety of tips, rather than concentrating on one particular topic. Hope there’s something here everyone can make use of. And at the end of the post be sure to check out my webpage for some healthy holiday gift ideas, plus some free gifts for yourself!

 

# 1 – “Recycling” garlic……

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If you have a bulb of garlic that starts to sprout, there’s no need to toss it out. I had actually heard long ago that it would be bad to eat it, so I always cut the green out or threw the bulb in the garbage. but it turns out that sprouted garlic is actually more nutritious. Makes sense, since sprouting almost anything increases  its nutrient value and bio-availability (see Tip # 12). So you can eat the sprouted cloves for extra benefit or set the bulb in a little bit of water, and as more green shoots begin to show/grow, you can harvest and use them for a mild garlic taste in salads, omelets, etc., much as you would chives.

 

# 2 – A tasty sounding recipe from Webecoist for boosting your metabolism….

Fitness, Fit, Fitness Motivation, Fitness Quotes, Fitspiration, Fitness Inspiration! :)

For more on boosting your metabolism, see this post with a 7-pose yoga routine specifically designed for weight loss and metabolism: Yoga For Weight Loss & Metabolism

# 3 –  From TruthAboutAbs night time teas:

Try “night time teas” that have relaxing qualities such as chamomile tea, mint tea, lemongrass tea, or all of them mixed.  A side benefit of chamomile tea, and another reason to include it in your weekly night tea repertoire, is that it contains unique phytonutrients that can help fight estrogenic overload from all of the xenoestrogens that we are exposed to from chemicals, pesticides, etc. in today’s chemical laden world.

Also remember that you can add a spoonful of tart cherry concentrate and you’ll get a double-whammy of sleep aid!  This works well about 1-2 hours before bedtime to help your body and mind relax.

 

# 4 – Did you know banana peels can be “re-purposed” in a variety of ways?

Whiten your teeth by rubbing the inside of the peel back and forth across them. You can also use the inside of the peel to shine and clean your indoor plants. And peels can be added to a compost pile whole or cut in pieces and scattered around the garden….oils from the peel help deter aphids; and rose bushes apparently love the extra potassium they provide.

 

# 5 – Shiitake  Mushrooms

Shiitake mushrooms contain a number of health-stimulating agents, including lentinan, which has anti-tumor properties. They also have antiviral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and immune-boosting effects. But it’s important to eat ONLY organically grown mushrooms, as they absorb and concentrate whatever they grow in — good or bad. Mushrooms are known to concentrate heavy metals, and air and water pollutants, which would defeat their medicinal value.

 

# 6 – From the Vitacost blog, here are several uses for apple cider vinegar you may not have heard of….

5 Amazing Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar

  • Rust Remover: Before you toss those old, rusty tools, bolts, utensils, pots or pans, soak a clean cloth in apple cider vinegar and try scrubbing away the rust. To remove a large amount of rust, you may need to soak the item in apple cider vinegar overnight.
  • Facial Toner: Dilute apple cider vinegar with water (1 part ACV to 4 parts water) for a homemade facial toner that may help restore the delicate pH of your skin. Apply lightly and avoid the eyes.
  • Soap Scum Scrub: Got stubborn soap scum? Spray with apple cider vinegar to help dissolve soap scum, mildew and other bathroom or kitchen grime, then wipe with a clean towel or cloth. This remedy also works well for your dishwasher — pour 1 cup of ACV in the bottom, let it sit for a few hours and then run the (empty) dishwasher on a hot water cycle to remove soap scum and odor-causing buildup.
  • Chrome Polish: Apple cider vinegar can help clean buildup and grime on chrome pots, fixtures and even wheel spokes and hubcaps. Just dip a clean cloth in vinegar and scrub gently. For caked-on dirt, try adding a pinch of baking soda — but be careful not to scratch or damage the chrome.
  • Ant Repellent: Keep annoying ants from invading your home by spraying doors, windows, crevices and other entryways with a 50/50 mixture of apple cider vinegar and water.

Related Self-help Health post: ACV: Multi-purpose Health Aid In A Bottle

 

# 7 – Maybe sweet potatoes should be considered a  superfood?! Here’s some info about them from Rhia Catatoldo at Medical Medium….

Sweet potatoes are an excellent anti-stress food and are known to help relax muscles, steady nerves, and balance cognitive function. They are also one of the best anti-cancer foods and can particularly help to prevent breast, colon, lung, skin, and oral cancers. Sweet potatoes are known for being easy to digest and are very good for ulcers, inflamed colons, digestive disorders, and constipation. Sweet potatoes contain compounds called phytochelatins that can bind to heavy metals such as lead, mercury, copper, and cadmium and safely remove them through the body.

 

# 8 – I haven’t heard of this one from Thrive Market before or tried it yet, but it sounds interesting…..

As weird as it sounds, a bit of ketchup on a dishrag will clean copper pots and pans.

 

# 9 – I knew coconut oil had a ton of uses, but I’ve never heard about this one for dry eyes from an article by Susan Pattern for The Alternative Daily before….

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Susan writes “In order to liquify the coconut oil, I ran some hot water from the tap, and put it in a small bowl. In an even smaller bowl I added about a teaspoon of coconut oil. I placed the smaller bowl in the larger bowl until the oil liquified. Whatever you do, don’t use a microwave to melt your coconut oil. Microwaves change the molecular structure of the oil and kill the lauric acid that makes coconut oil so valuable.

Once the oil was liquified, I let it cool and used a small glass dropper to withdraw some from the bowl. I tipped my head back and put a few drops in each eye. For a couple of minutes my eyes were cloudy but they soon cleared.

I did this twice a day, morning and evening, for a week and found there was a substantial decrease in dryness. I seemed to be producing more natural tears and my eyes did not feel nearly as tired by the end of the day.”

Check out this post for more on the many uses and benefits of coconut oil. 

 

# 10 – I don’t know if this is accurate or not, but….

I read in an article at Natural News about taking detoxing baths that you can neutralize chlorine in your bath water by adding 2 teaspoons of vitamin C, and that adding Borax is helpful for eliminating fluoride (use 1 to 3 TBS per bath).

 

# 11 – A really short video on why buying non-GMO is only slightly better than GMO, and why organic is almost always the way to go…..

 

# 12 – Almost everything I read these days talks about the benefits of eating sprouted or fermented foods.  Here’s a “wowie”statistic from Dr. Mercola…..

Fresh sprouts can be easily grown at home. A wide variety of seeds can be sprouted, which maximizes their nutritional value. For example, once sunflower seeds are sprouted, their protein, vitamin, and mineral content will typically provide you with 30 times the nutrient content of organic vegetables. (FYI, you can get Go Raw Organic Sprouted Sunflower Seeds at a great discount price at Vitacost.)

Related Self-help Health posts:

Tips, Tips And More Tips

Tips, Tips And More Tips: Round Two

Tips, Tips And More Tips: Round Three

And be sure and visit my webpage for some great ideas for holiday gifts and specials going on, as well as some free gifts for yourself! 

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to give Self-help Health a follow so you don’t miss out on any future posts. Also check out the To Your Health page at my website Evolution Made Easier and my other blog for more helpful information, tips, tools and resources.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

Hot Sauce And Multi-purpose Health Aid Rolled Into One!

 

Wow, every once in awhile I read about a new product and get very excited. This is one of those times. Just got an e-mail from David Wolfe about this new hot sauce, which should not only be amazing taste-wise, but even more fantastic as a health aid. I think it will be similar to the benefits offered by Earthie Mama’s Master Tonic….or maybe even better! Wish I had stock in this or got a commission for promoting it, because if it turns out to be as good as it sounds, then I will be telling everyone about it.

Just ordered two bottles myself because it’s 1/2 price ($9.97) right now….and seems expensive, even at that, but when you think about what we pay for certain health supplements, the cost is minimal and probably a little of the sauce goes a long way. So if you are a gourmet foodie or health nut (or both!) and like things spicy, I think this is a winner!

 

Introducing the most ADVANCED Superfood Elixirconcealed in a delicious, easy to consume hot sauce!

For years, we’ve slathered our food with brand after brand of commercial organic hot sauce, seeking the perfect combination of spice and flavor.

Some were too hot and some weren’t spicy enough… and not only did the organic alternatives not taste exactly right to us, they also weren’t that healthful either.

Some contained soybeans, agave sweeteners,  and even cheap peppersand those were the organic brands! The conventional brands were oftentimes nothing more thanfiltered tap water, chemically-sprayed, hybridized, GMO peppers, corn sweetenersand ordinary iodized salt.

We knew there had to be an alternative that could not only taste great on most savory foods, but also offer the benefits of of some of the most nutritional substances on the planet…

And that’s when we realized the most advanced information on hot sauces wouldn’t be found in what people are doing now, but what our ancestors have been doing for THOUSANDS of years…

Traditionally, the purpose of mixing hot peppers into a liquid wasn’t merely for culinary benefit, but to boost our immunity and inner health.

In fact, one of the most powerful, ancient tools for warding of illnesses like colds andflus is the combination of medicinal hot peppers, apple cider vinegar, garlic and some honey.

And taken together, the recipe really works! The problem is, it doesn’t taste very good.

That’s when we went into the kitchen, searching for the most PRECISE combinations of some of the world’s most ancient and advanced folk remedies that actually tasted amazing!

Spicy and complex, bold and flavorful, Longevity Hot Sauce™ compliments any meal OR can be taken daily as a solo shot for ongoing immune system support.

Longevity Hot Sauce™ is comprised of TEN incredible ingredients:

1. Superfood Cider Vinegar We all know about apple cider vinegar and it’s incredible health benefits, but do you know about Superfood Vinegar? This organic, raw, unfiltered, unpasteurized, concentrated blend of 100% organic goldenberry, papaya, apple, red banana, passion fruit, rose, and mango vinegars creates a vinegar unlike any you have ever tasted before.

This cold-pressed vinegar contains naturally-occurring strains of friendly bacteria, enzymes, and proteins. By our count, that’s adding the benefits of 6 other vinegars to the power of apple cider vinegar.

2. Organic Fermented Black Garlic Black Garlic is produced by “fermenting” and aging whole bulbs of fresh garlic in a humidity-controlled environment in temperatures of about 140 to 170 degrees F for 30 days.

What’s the black color all about? Well, it occurs naturally as the sugars are drawn out of the garlic cloves during the fermentation process. Once out of the heat, the bulbs are left to oxidize in a clean room for 45 days. This lengthy process, involving no additives or preservatives, causes the garlic cloves to turn black and develop asoft, chewy texture with flavors reminiscent of balsamic vinegar and soy sauce. Yum!

During the fermentation process, the compound allicine (which gives raw garlic its distinctive odor) is turned into the water-soluble amino acid, s-allcysteine, (which means no stinky breath for you). The added bonus? It’s absorbed more quickly by the body, is 100% bioavailable, and is a powerful antioxidant.

Another kudos for black garlic? Compared to fresh garlic, it has been found to have twice the antioxidant levels. Black garlic is also packed with high concentrations of sulfurous compounds.

 

3. Organic Sundried Tomato Really, who doesn’t love the sun? And these sun-dried tomatoes agree! Picked at the peak of culinary quality, they add a delicious savory tang to Longevity Hot Sauce™. Salt free, sulfite free, and gluten-free, these certified organic tomatoes have been grown without pesticides and are naturally dried in the sun to cultivate an unbelievable flavor.

High in potassium, sundried tomatoes are a great source of iron, thiamine, riboflavin, and niacin. Sundried tomatoes contain vitamin K and vitamin C, as well asvitamin A in the form of lycopene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, which function as antioxidants. They also contain calcium, magnesium and phosphorus.

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4. Organic Longevity Pepper Our secret ingredient! This incredibly special type of pepper grows wild in the pristine Valley of Longevity in the Ecuadorian Andes where it thrives in volcanic mineral-rich soil in clean, high-altitude air.

This zesty decongestant is a mega source of vitamin C and vitamin A, and is a hefty source of antioxidants that also contains lutein.

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5. Organic Achiote Achiote is a shrub native to the tropical region of the Americas and contains small heart-shaped pods which contain the annato seed. You may not even be aware this delightful ingredient is in many of your foods, but it’s actually used in many dishes for the golden tones it lends. Achiote powder is made from grinding the seeds and is thought to have immune system supporting properties.* Achiote is high in carotenoids, which are potent antioxidants that fight the free radicals in the body and support overall health.* The spicy flavor and beautiful color of achiote add an exotic element to this hot sauce.

6. Organic Coffee Blossom Honey Longevity CoffeeBlossom Honey is organically grown in the pristine Valley of Longevity in the Ecuadorian Andes. This delicious, raw honey is derived from the same plants from which the Organic Longevity Coffee™ beans are harvested. The coffee plants are grown on volcanic mineral-rich soil, fed with pure natural spring water, and nurtured in clean, high-altitude air.

7. Organic Turmeric Extract In traditional Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric was considered a whole body cleansing herb. Turmeric contains very rich stores of antioxidants, as well as curcumin, which contributes to a healthy inflammatory response within the body.* Tumeric, in addition to providing beautiful color to any meal or food it is added to.

 Longevity Hot Sauce™: Culinary Grade Taste. Medicinal-Grade Benefits.

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8. Organic Coffee Blossom Honey Longevity CoffeeBlossom Honey is organically grown in the pristine Valley of Longevity in the Ecuadorian Andes. This delicious, raw honey is derived from the same plants from which the Organic Longevity Coffee™ beans are harvested. The coffee plants are grown on volcanic mineral-rich soil, fed with pure natural spring water, and nurtured in clean, high-altitude air.

 9. Organic Dragon’s Blood No dragons were harmed in the making of this product! Sangre de grado, Spanish for “blood of the dragon,” has a long history of use for both the bark and the resin of the tree. Indigenous tribes throughout Peru and Ecuador have long used the resin and bark in traditional medicine. Dragon’s blood contains taspine and a proanthocyanidin component that have been shown to be beneficial when taken internally*.

10. Himalayan Salt Himalayan Crystal Salt is a pure, hand-mined salt that is derived from ancient sea salt deposits, and it is believed to be the purest form of salt available. Himalayan salt contains the 84 natural elements needed by the body. These salts do not have any impurities since they are mined with bare hands, and explosives are prohibited in mining to preserve the magnificence of the Himalayas.

 **These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration

You can find out more here.

Salud!

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Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

Free Mental Wellness Summit, Metabolism & Weight Loss Webinar, And DIY E-books….PLUS A Recipe To Try

 

My first thought was “Oh no, NOT another summit,” but when I read about all the topics to be covered, it sounded like a good idea to sign up……Something for everyone! And let’s face it, who can’t use a little help with being happier and healthier mentally?!

 

This summit promises to have something for everyone!The presenters will cover an amazing range of topics, including PTSD and trauma, nutrition and detoxification for everyday wellness, meditation, neurosculpting, managing money, the anti-inflammation diet, heavy metal detoxification, eating disorders, addiction, yoga and somatics, orthomolecular medicine, methylation, microbiome, the brain-gut connection AND more!

Here’s what’s up for Day 1 of the summit:

 

And another free event, this one on boosting your metabolism, energy and weight loss…..

Join Dr. Josh Axe for a brand new training where he’ll help you create a step-by-step plan to master your metabolism, lose weight, and boost energy levels using nutrition and REAL foods, supplements and herbs. You’ll discover…

  • The 5 BEST foods for naturally boosting your energy and increasing your metabolism
  • What’s keeping you from losing the last 10, 20, even 50 pounds…and what you can do about it
  • Discover the Top 6 “Metabolism Death Foods”…and why they’re absolutely killing your weight loss efforts
  • What ACTUALLY causes cellulite and how to help alleviate it for good.
  • You’ll also discover Dr. Axe’s top herbs, supplements and exercises for burning fat fast, and how you can burn up to 3-9 times MORE body fat with a specific type of exercise

You can sign up for either or both of these free events on my What’s New page.

 

And here’s two more free e-book for you (see previous post for others), if you have a Kindle or the Kindle for PC app (which is what I use….it’s free and easy to download). This first book is on DIY recipes using essential oils for face scrubs and body exfoliants:

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And this one is DIY organic and herbal recipes for your hair and body using ingredients like ACV, baking soda and honey:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00TR9PHSA/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00TR9PHSA&linkCode=as2&tag=keyword_sharecopy-20&linkId=4ISHFBL5SK67LLS5

 

And to end on, a tasty sounding recipe from Jennifer Bliss for a dressing that also comes with a lot of side benefits. I haven’t tried it yet, but like all the ingredients, so I’m sure it will get a thumbs up from me. And I have all the ingredients on hand, so I plan to make it today or tomorrow …..

Garlic Carrot Dressing
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This recipe for Carrot Garlic Dressing is a simple, flavorful, whole food, plant-based, raw vegan power-house!  Because of the garlic and carrots, it provides a healing aid for those with stomach issues. The flavor is sweet, savory, bite-y, and tangy!  One way I enjoy this dressing is with a veggie salad of mixed greens, tomatoes and peppers.

Each ingredient plays an important role and contributes to the health benefits and overall flavor, but let’s see what the garlic and carrots do specifically for stomach and gastric ulcers.
Stomach ulcers/gastric ulcers are sores/lesions that develop in the lining of the stomach and upper part of the intestines. According to the American Gastroenterological Association, roughly 4 million people have stomach ulcers, and 1 in every 10 people suffer from an ulcer at least once during their lifetime. Garlic and carrots are 2 whole foods that can help with these type of problems. Researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center discovered that the antibacterial and antimicrobial properties of garlic may keep levels of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) bacterium in check, which contribute to the development of stomach ulcers. Carrots can do many good things for your stomach, too, including maintaining its health and preventing certain conditions and diseases.

Ingredients:

  • About 1 cup Chopped Carrots
  • At least 2 TBS Tahini
  • Juice of 1 Lime
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 2 to 3 TBS Cilantro
  • Water as needed

Directions:

Put all ingredients into a high speed blender until smooth.

Source: http://news.therawfoodworld.com/carrot-garlic-dressing/

7/29/15 Update: I made this recipe earlier today….sort of just eye-balled the amounts, had to substitute lemon juice for part of the lime, used just a tad of water, and added at least a TBS of olive oil, and some salt and pepper and used it more as a dip or pate than a dressing. I liked the end product and will be making it again in the near future. I think it will be even better tomorrow after it’s had some time to meld. Very healthy! 🙂

 

Salud!

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Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

 

 

Top 20 Posts Of 2014

 

I plan is to spend less time on the computer this week so I can finally get around to doing some things I never get around to otherwise. That means I probably won’t be putting together any new posts in the next few days. But if you are looking for reading material, there is a pretty hefty archive of posts to explore here now, especially if you are new to the blog. To get you started, I’ve put together a Top 20 List for 2014 (okay, I think there are actually 19, but Top 19 sounded sort of lame :-)). It’s a combination of some of the most popular posts of 2014, along with really important topics I think everyone should be in the know about. So get readin’….

 

Self-help Health Top 20 (19) For 2014

1. This is a good one because it contains a number of quick tips all in one post:

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2014/09/17/tips-tips-and-more-tips/

2. Iodine is such a critical mineral, especially with all the toxins our bodies are exposed to these days. Be sure you are getting enough:

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2014/12/02/iodine-essential-mineral-for-detoxification-radiation-protection-and-more/

3. Yes, it’s actually been proven that practicing an attitude of gratitude literally changes your DNA by being able to switch certain strands off and on:

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2014/11/28/gratitude-and-the-dna-connection/

4. I believe we are on the verge of a revolution in the way we view vaccines. Every day I read another article about how we have been sold a bill of goods from the pharmaceutical companies and that most vaccines do more harm than good:

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2014/11/18/the-mounting-evidence-against-vaccines-flu-shots/

5. We’re all familiar with garlic, but did you know it’s anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-parasitic, and anti just about everything else? Truly an amazing multi-purpose health aid!

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2014/10/29/garlic-amazing-multi-purpose-spice-and-health-aid/

6. Exciting, life-changing news about how we can actually change the make-up of our DNA: 

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2014/09/08/change-your-dna-epigenetics-says-yes/

7. This was probably one of the most popular posts in 2014, and with good reason! It really is amazing what Dragon’s Blood can do:

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2014/08/11/dragons-blood-scary-sounding-amazing-stuff/

8. Phytic acid is something we are just starting to hear about, but it’s definitely something everyone should be aware of:

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/phytic-acid-and-why-you-need-to-know-about-it/

9. It seems like 2014 was the year that turmeric/curcumin really took the world by storm. It’s now called the world’s most important spice by many healthcare practitioners, and with good reason:

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2014/06/23/turmeric-the-worlds-most-important-spice/

10. Yep, honey is definitely more than just a natural sweetener! It’s actually a little first aid kit in a jar:

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2014/06/10/why-honey-is-still-the-best-antibiotic/

11. Hemp in all its forms is now the rage, and rightfully so. It’s amazing what all it can do and be made into:

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2014/05/25/hemp-the-be-all-end-all-apparently-yes/

12. Apple cider vinegar is STILL one of the greatest multi-purpose health aids ever!

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2014/04/28/more-on-that-wonder-aid-acv/

13. If you’ve never “neti-ed,” then you’re missing out on a great way help keep your allergies at bay and your sinuses healthy:

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2014/03/29/neti-your-nose-for-sinus-health-allergy-relief/

14. Depressing to read, but important information about our contaminated food system:

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2014/03/18/get-the-lead-out/

15. In 2014 I really had my eyes opened to the amazing power of vitamin C and realized that I’d greatly underestimated it all these years:

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2014/02/15/dont-underestimate-the-power-of-c/

16. What could be simpler than using sound frequencies to help heal your body of pain, trauma, and more?:

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2014/02/11/sound-healing-harmonize-your-life-body-with-solfeggio-tones/

17. Fascinating information about the healing qualities of sound….this time from a cat’s purr:

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/great-multi-purpose-health-aid-with-fur/

18. This was a great routine for starting off 2014 and is still just as good today!

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2014/01/17/yoga-for-detox-a-great-routine-for-the-new-year/

19. And finally, check out the list of last year’s top posts:

http://selfhelphealth.worpress.com/Top 10 for 2013

 

Salud!

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Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

Master Tonic: Anti-viral, Anti-bacterial, Anti-fungal, Anti-parasitical, Anti-you-name-it!

 

With winter in full swing where I live and the body sometimes being a little sluggish (I seem to automatically want to go into hibernation mode when it’s cold out :-)), plus all the over-doing that can be a part of the holidays, as well as flu season being in full swing, this seems like a great time to feature this cleansing, healing tonic recipe from  Earthie Mama. I sure wish I’d had some this past week!

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 Super Cleansing Anti-Everything Tonic

 

Ingredients and Directions:

  • 1 30 oz. bottle Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (I recommend Braggs ACV)
  • 1/4 cup chopped Garlic
  • 1/4 cup Onions
  • 2 **Habanero peppers (or hottest peppers you can find)
  • 1/4 cup grated Ginger
  • 2 TBS  of grated Horseradish
  • 2 TBS Turmeric or 2 Turmeric root chunks
  1. Blend  ingredients together for a couple of minutes
  2. Strain
  3. Pour liquid back in bottle
  4. Compost everything else!

You can store the tonic in a cupboard for long periods of time. No need to keep in the refrigerator. You can also use it mixed with olive oil for a salad dressing.  Or a shot full on you stir fry.

The most ideal way to make this tonic is to make it on the New Moon and leave it in a dark place until the Full Moon two weeks later, and then strain and bottle.

**It is a good idea to wear gloves especially when handling the peppers as it is difficult to get the heat off of your hands!

*For sore throat, gargle a bit in the mouth and swallow.
*For an illness, such as a cold or flu, take about 2 droppers full or a TBS every couple of hours.  
*For daily immune support drink 2 droppers full/1 TBS every day. Build up tolerance to a shot glass full.
*Eat an orange, lemon, or lime slice after to ease the heat.


Benefits of the tonic…..

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The super cleansing tonic is an antibiotic, destroying both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. It is also a potent anti-viral and anti-fungal/yeast formula, and will increase blood and lymph circulation to every part of the body. It is so effective that it is said to be the cure for colds and the flu, and is the herbal preparation of choice against candida. This basic formula dates back to medieval Europe and the plagues.

Benefit of each Ingredient: (All Organic Of Course!!)

  • Garlic is a broad spectrum antibiotic. Unlike chemical antibiotics that kill off millions of friendly bacteria that your body needs, Garlic only targets the invading bacteria and even promotes and increases your healthy bacteria. Garlic is also a powerful anti-fungal and literally destroys any antigen, pathogen and any harmful or disease causing micro-organism. 
  • Onion is Garlic’s next of kin and has similar but milder action. Together they are a tremendous fighting duo. 
  • Horseradish is a potent herb for the sinus and lungs. It opens up the sinus passages and increases the circulation there, where most doctors agree, the common cold and influenza often starts. 
  • Ginger contains powerful anti-inflammatory properties and is a tremendous circulatory stimulant.
  • Hot Peppers are the most powerful circulatory propellant known. It simply sends the antibiotic and disease fighting properties of the other herbs where they’re needed most.
  • Turmeric clears infection and reduces inflammation inside of the body. It blocks cancer from developing. Especially helpful for those with joint pain.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar (I use Braggs Organic ACV)  There surely must be something really healthy in using apple cider vinegar, since The Father of Medicine, Hippocrates, used this vinegar around 400 B.C. for its health-giving qualities. It is said that he had only two remedies: honey and apple cider vinegar. 


Here are some of the testimonials left by people using the tonic:

“My grandfather just finished his cancer treatment.  He had so much trouble eating and building his immune system. He started drinking your Master Tonic and even the doctors are surprised by how well he is doing.  He says he owes it all to your tonic. Thank you for all that you do and for sharing your wisdom” ~ Jeanine M.

“Your Master Tonic helped me from not getting sick when everyone around me was ill. Thank you so much for all that you do!” ~ Diane M.

“I am so grateful I found this recipe.  I have been making it at home and I have noticed a complete change in my health. I used to get sick all the time, my metabolism was slow and I felt rundown.  I have not been sick once since I started drinking the tonic and I have so much energy. Thank you, Alex. You are so inspiring!” ~ Kara M.

“I have noticed that since I have been drinking your tonic, my arthritis has been manageable. I have so much more energy and my body feels better in general.” ~ Mark G.
“This tonic is a staple in my house.  Every time I get the slightest sign of a cold, I drink a shot glass full and it feels like it goes away right then and there.  The Master Tonic is magic medicine! Thank you!” ~ Pamela P.
Don’t want to make your own? No problemo. Earthie Mama’s site offers it already made for $15 a bottle. The website is also a great resource for health information, recipes and more.
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Salud!

p.s. Be sure to subscribe to Self-help Health so you don’t miss any future posts, and tell your friends to do the same. Also check out my Evolution Made Easier website and blog for more helpful health tips, tools and information.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.