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Lemon-Aid: Health Benefits of Lemon

Lemon-Aid: Health Benefits of Lemon

When life gives you lemons, say thanks!

When life gives me lemons, I make lemon water! Ok, so it may not be as fun as lemonade but squeezing lemon into your water boasts an array of amazing health benefits. Do we dare call it Lemon-Aid?

Simply squeeze half a fresh lemon into 8-12 ounces of filtered water. Drinking lemon water first thing in the morning maximizes the cleansing and health benefits.

Lemons Aid Immune Function

This classic citrus is packed with Vitamin C, which supports your immune system. One cup of fresh lemon juice provides 187 percent of your daily-recommended serving of vitamin C. Lemon also stimulates white blood cell production to further strengthen your immune system. Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant that protects cells from oxidative damage, otherwise known as aging!

Lemons Aid Energy Levels

Lemon juice is not only refreshing it’s revitalizing. When the negatively charged ions in lemon enter your digestive tract it boosts energy.

Lemons Aids in Digestion  

Lemon juice’s atomic structure is similar to the digestive juices found in the stomach. This similarity tricks the liver into producing bile, which helps keep food moving through your body so that your gastrointestinal tract runs smoothly and draws out absorption. Accordingly, lemon juice improves nutrient absorption. Lemons also contain potassium; low levels of potassium interfere with digestion and can cause fatigue. Lemon juice also steadies insulin levels.

Lemons Aid in Detoxification

Lemon juice is a mild diuretic. As such, it helps the urinary tract flush out unwanted toxins. Lemons also benefit enzyme functions in your body, including stimulating the liver, which is the organ responsible for getting rid of toxins in the body.

Caution: Please keep in mind that lemon juice is acidic and can aggravate some gastrointestinal issues, such as acid reflux or GERD. Its also important to protect your teeth from the acid by rinsing with water after drinking lemon juice.

What do you love to add lemon to?

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Tasty Toast! Healthy On-The-Go Snacks

Tasty Toast! Healthy On-The-Go Snacks

I get it. It's hard to get in a complete meal when you running from one thing to the next. But an on-the-go lifestyle doesn't mean you have to sacrifice your nutrition.  The key is putting together simple recipes that take minimal time to make and are packed full of nutrition and taste!  Toasts are a great way to get a balanced meal full of fresh veggies without having to put in too much time in the kitchen. Toast also travels well so you can pack it up and take it with you on the go. Opt for whole wheat or grain bread over white. If you’re looking to add a protein kick to your meal, opt for bread with seeds and/or nuts.

 Here are three of my favorite toast recipes:

Cucumber Cream Cheese Toast

Cucumber Cream Cheese Toast, Healthy On-The-Go Snacks

You don’t have to be attending high tea to enjoy this finger sandwich classic. Fresh cucumbers are packed full of Vitamin A and C, which help boost your immune function, as well as improve your vision and cellular communication (cucumbers help your body produce and maintain new cells).  Cucumbers also contain a number of healthy minerals, such as Folic Acid. Simply spread on a thin layer of cream cheese and top it off with cucumber slices. If you are vegan or trying to limit your dairy intake use Daiya Plain Cream Cheeze – it's made with coconut cream instead of milk and is just as rich and delicious as the real thing. If you want to incorporate some more greens into your diet simply add cilantro or dill; either herb goes great with this recipe!


Pesto Green Pepper Toast

Green Pepper Pesto Toast, Healthy On-The-Go Snacks

This toast is a green dream! Green Peppers are a great source of folate, molybdenum, vitamin E, dietary fiber, vitamin B2, pantothenic acid, niacin, and potassium. Adding a couple of slices of green pepper to your on-the-go snack will help eliminate afternoon fatigue, while supporting your blood pressure, cardiovascular health, as well as bone and muscle strength. I love coupling my green peppers with Trader Joes Vegan Kale, Cashew, and Basil Pesto. Feel free to add a light sprinkling of feta cheese crumbles for some extra flavor, creaminess, and protein! 

Butternut Squash Avocado Toast

Butternut Squash Avocado Toast, Health On-The-Go Snack

Avocado toast…must I even go on? I’m sure you’ve already been indulging in this delicious and nutritious snack. But have you ever tried it with butternut squash? Adding sautéed butternut squash can seriously upgrade your avocado toast. Not only does butternut squash add a nutty sweetness to the recipe, it reduces your risk of inflammation and improves your nervous and immune systems. And don't forget the avocado, which is packed full of healthy fats, fibers, and an array of nutrients, including Vitamin K, C, B5, B6, and E. Now that's a whole new level of healthy and yummy!  

What are your favorite healthy toast toppings? Share in the comments section below!

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Kick the Flu With This At Home Wellness Kit

Kick the Flu With This At Home Wellness Kit

SOOTHE YOUR FLU AWAY

Despite my best efforts to maintain a healthy immune system this flu season, the bug hit me!  On the road home from, Take It Off Yoga Retreats this weekend I noticed congestion in my nose and chest. These symptoms sent me running straight to the health food store for some at home wellness kits essentials. Here are my favorite natural, home remedies to shoo the flu away. 

Oil of oregano home remedy

Oil Of Oregano 

When it comes to naturally boosting your immune system, oil of oregano is the herb for the job. Due to its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiseptic, and antioxidant properties, oil of oregano gives you the upper hand when combating a cold. When under attack by the flu, a cold virus, or respiratory infections, oregano oil treats both the underlying infection and the symptoms.

When under the weather, I recommend taking oil of oregano in pill form for easy consumption. 

Be sure to follow the directions on the bottle and read the side effects before using.

Wellness Tip: It's important to hydrate with a whole bunch of water when you're sick. At least two liters per day! Try taking the pills with warm lemon water to aid in digestion while soothing your system.

Peppermint oil home remedy

Peppermint Oil Steam

Combat symptoms of sinus pressure, pain, and congestion in less than 5 minutes with a therapeutic peppermint steam. Peppermint is a powerhouse-oil, containing antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory analgesic, anti-fungal, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties. Using the steaming method sends healing vapors directly into your nasal passage and lungs to help reduce mucus and swelling, as well as soothe your cough. Peppermint oil infused steam also improves circulation. Better circulation will help your skin regain its healthy glow so that even if you feel under the weather you won't look it! 

Follow these easy steps to create a peppermint oil steam treatment: 

  1. Boil 1 cup of water
  2. Reduce heat to a simmer
  3. Add 3 - 7 drops of peppermint essential oil
  4. Place your nose over the steam.  Close your eyes and inhale deeply for at least one minute. Sometimes I like to throw a towel over my head and the cup to trap the steam. 

 

    Golden milk tea home remedy

    Golden Milk Tea

    I'm leaving the best remedy for last! Not only is it super tasty, but golden milk tea supports digestion, improves immune function, supports your liver, purifies your blood, and clarifies your skin!

    The ingredients in golden milk tea work together to create a magical healing elixir. The anti-inflammatory benefits of ginger complement the natural antioxidant power of turmeric. Moreover, peppercorns in the tea enhance the absorption of curcumin, the main component found in turmeric. Meanwhile, the coconut milk is full of electrolytes that help keep you hydrated, while providing healthy fat to your system.  Check out this easy golden milk tea recipe:

    Ingredients:

    1 cup coconut milk

    2 tbs local honey

    1 1/2 tsp ground turmeric

    1/2 tsp ground ginger

    2 cinnamon sticks

    2 black peppercorns

    Directions:

    Combine all ingredients in a small pot.  Bring to a boil.  reduce heat to simmer for 1 minute. Pour into your favorite teacup and enjoy!

    I hope these three at-home wellness essentials help soothe your cold like they did mine. Remember I am not a doctor, these natural remedies are merely suggestions for you. While these natural remedies are safe, its always a good idea to consult with your doctor or a healthcare professional before making dramatic changes to your diet or adopting new treatment routines. 

    What's in your at home wellness kit? I'd love to hear what home remedies you use to keep the flu at bay. Please share in the comments section below! 

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    Health Benefits of Mint

    Health Benefits of Mint

    MIGHTY MINT! 

    Mint is a mighty little herb. So mighty, in fact, it seems almost magical! It packs a plethora of amazing health benefits from boosting your brain function to aiding in digestion. With a delicious, refreshing flavor it’s easy to incorporate this superfood into your diet. Simply add mint to your water or toss it into any of your salad recipes for a quick nutrient boost.

    Another plus is that mint is extremely easy to grow in your home garden or on your kitchen counter. This perennial herb grows quickly and doesn’t need much care so it’s easy to have an abundance of fresh mint available year round!

    Here are just a few of mint’s most powerful health properties:  

    Improves Brain Function

    Mint can help put you on your mental A-game. The fresh aroma of mint stimulates cognitive function. Mint increases the oxygen count in your blood stream. More oxygen means better blood flow to your brain, which improves your level of alertness. Consistently, the stimulant properties in mint improve your reaction time and athletic performance. Beyond these benefits, studies find that mint also prevents memory loss.

    Builds Immunity

    Mint has one of the highest levels of antioxidants. The herb contains an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent called rosmarinic acid. Antioxidants are crucial in staving off disease and aging, as they help neutralize free radicals in the body. Mint is also a good source of Vitamin C, which is known to boost your immune system.

    Health Benefits of Mint Water

    Alleviates Pregnancy-Related Ailments

    Mint is a safe and natural way for pregnant women to treat a variety of ailments associated with pregnancy. Mint’s anesthetic and anti-inflammatory properties soothe dizziness, nausea, and headaches. Moreover, research shows that applying peppermint water as a topical ointment onto nipples after breastfeeding can help prevent nipple cracks and pain in first-time mothers. Mint is also a safe, natural remedy for treating ailments infants. The herb contains an agent called simethicone, which relieves colic in infants and works as a natural anti-gas agent.

    Increases Blood Circulation 

    Mint improves blood circulation and increases your heart rate. The mighty little herb also increases oxygenation in the brain, which speeds up your metabolism.

    Health Benefits of Mint

    Soothes Skin

    Mint is packed with Vitamin E and D, both of which promote skin rejuvenation. Mint also contains salicylic acid, an ingredient found in most facial cleaners, which helps prevent the turn over of dead skin cells. Its astringent properties help to shrink pores and eliminate excess sebum. Peppermint also contains antiseptic and antimicrobial properties, which help brighten and cool your skin. Its also great for your hair; peppermint oil helps to stimulate hair growth when applied to the scalp. 

    Promotes Eye Health

    Forget carrots, mint should be your go-to for that 20/20 vision. Mint boasts a high amount of Vitamin A, which is vital to maintaining proper eye function.

    Health Benefits of Mint

    Fights the Common Cold

    Got a sore throat this flu season? Throw some mint into hot water for a seriously healing tea. Inhaling the steam of boiling mint leaves can help soothe common cold symptoms. Mint contains menthol, a compound that acts as a natural decongestant and helps open the respiratory tract. Menthol also decreases inflammation in the throat and relieves bronchial constriction. 

    Aids in Digestion

    The refreshing flavor of mint stimulates salivary glands in your mouth, which triggers your digestive system. Mint also increases bile secretion and flow to speed up your digestion. Another health benefit of mint is that it protects the stomach lining from gastric ulcers. Additionally, mint has a mild anesthetic effect that can relieve pain and minor inflammation in the stomach. The fiber in mint also prevents constipation.

    Health Benefits of Mint

    Are you also a fan of mint? I would love to hear how you use mint. Leave a comment below!

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