Allergies got you down?
The pollen is coming and taking no prisoners. Those that deal with allergies are really suffering, but don’t you worry because I have a natural solution for you... Medicinal Mushrooms.
Before I get into the power of King Chaga, my disclaimer is that I am not a doctor. I am sharing information so no medical claims are being made. This is what is working for my family as a natural solution.
Now that I put that out there, don’t be afraid to try natural remedies. Medicinal mushrooms have been used for centuries and I am just now learning about them so I’m sharing the knowledge. They can help you with plenty of things, but for this article I will be focusing on the power of Chaga and how it can help with your allergies. One of my followers recently stated she didn’t even realize it was allergy season until everyone was complaining because she has been taking a Chaga supplement on a routine bases. No suffering from allergies for her this season.
It doesn’t look like your typical mushroom, but BABY it is a must have.
So how does Chaga help you fight against allergies? Well for starters, Chaga is known as the king of all medicinal mushrooms because it is a high power immune enhancing fungus. The higher your immune system, the less you are sick. It combats the inflammation that is the culprit of your allergy symptoms. Reduce the inflammation; reduce the problem.
The itchy eyes, the constant sneezing, dripping nose are all caused by the pollen that is triggering your symptoms. You obviously can’t get rid of the pollen floating around so your next best thing is to boost your immune system. Implementing Chaga into your life daily will do just that.
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GMO Vs. Non-GMO
One of the biggest debates when it comes to healthy eating is GMO vs Non-GMO. So what are GMO foods anyway before we get into things? Genetically Modified Organisms or GMO for short are foods that have been manipulated by man. For my science folks this sounds like a really cool thing to be able to do I would think.
So are GMO foods bad for you? Well it depends on who you ask. Studies have shown GMO and Non- GMO foods from a nutritional stand point do not really differ, however, for those that are all natural everything there is some controversy around that. GMO foods are obviously not grown from it's original source and that is the problem. Scientist are in a lab removing and adding genes from your foods DNA to create what is believed to be a better version of the product. Yeah that sounds really cool, but what will the repercussions be over time from food manipulation? Currently in the US there are 11 crops that are approved by the FDA to be grown with biotechnology and given to the public:
Crops are only part of it. Cows are being injected with a genetically modified growth hormone called rBGH so good thing I only stick to buying organic milk and more organic meats. Many countries have already banned this growth hormone, but the US is not one of them. The FDA approved its use back in 1993 so maybe that is why our youth are developing faster than before. That is a thought that popped into my head while writing this post so take it for what it is.
Whether you're for or against GMO, just be more conscious about what you are consuming and feeding to your children. GMO is still relatively new so who knows what effects will be discovered in another 50 years. Start paying more attention to your food labels.
Did you know your gut health is a big determining factor in how healthy you are? We consume so much on a day to day bases that may not be the best options for us. We all have our guilty pleasures including myself. Some just have way more than others and either don't care or not disciplined enough to only eat them in moderation.
Besides the obvious, why else is it important that we monitor our gut health? Well your gut is made up of all kinds of bacteria that line your GI Tract. You know that long tube that runs from your mouth to your butt. What goes in must come out right...or at least whatever your body doesn't absorb. When your gut health becomes imbalanced it throw off your entire body. Why??? Because 70% of your immune system is linked to your gut. Here are a few things that will let you know your gut health is imbalanced:
Your Skin- Diets high in processed foods cause inflammation in the gut. This inflammation you will find can cause your skin conditions to flare up such as acne, eczema and other skin rashes.
Serotonin Levels- 80-90 percent of your serotonin levels are produced in your gut even though it is a brain function. When those levels are too low they can causes issues with your mood, sleep, memory and appetite. Depression is something you want to avoid.
Food Cravings- When you wipe out too much of the good bacteria in your body from toxins you can cause a yeast over growth. Yeast feeds on sugar which your body starts to crave. For women that suffer from recurring yeast infections, you want to be mindful of this. Don't feed the yeast with sugary foods.
Autoimmune Diseases- All autoimmune diseases start from inflammation and guess where inflammation in the body starts. Yeah you guessed it, it starts from your gut. If you suffer from an autoimmune disease such as lupus, type 2 diabetes, MS (multiple sclerosis), rheumatoid arthritis just to name a few, start getting your gut health under control and I bet you notice a difference in your symptoms.
So how do you work on your gut health? You need the right balance of bacteria in your digestive tract to stay healthy and that start with your diet. Eat more fruit and veggies, drink more water and eat less processed foods for starters. If you know you can't discipline yourself enough, detoxing is key. Remove the toxins to reduce the inflammation in your gut. There are plenty of detoxes out there, but the one I recommend is Iaso Tea. It is all natural and made of 9 essential herbs that are great for the digestive system. Super easy to use and affordable. For additional information about the Iaso Tea you can contact me directly.
Your gut will thank you.
Food and Sleepless Nights
Do you have problems sleeping at night? Your diet can be the culprit for you not being well rested. The average adult needs about 7-8 hours of sleep and if you are anything like me, you are not getting enough.
Our days are hectic with work, family, school and extracurricular activities among other things. When you finally lay your head down, you want to go straight to sleep right?!? To help you fall asleep better you need to stay away from the sugar before bed. Too much sugar before bed can cause your blood sugar to rise and fall quickly which interferes with your hormones. Your hormones being out of whack can impair your sleep.
Going without the appropriate amount of sleep for too long will not only mess with your ability to focus, but can also make you gain weight. How???? Sleep deprivation causes the signals to your brain that tell you when you are full from eating to not be balanced. This results in you over eating and you can pretty much paint the picture from there.
When you are sleeping, the body can begin restoring itself. It is like your body’s natural way of recharging which is why you feel so much better once you have gotten a night of uninterrupted rest. It is like a domino effect so be mindful of the things that you consume before bed. You don’t want to put your health of physical well being in jeopardy.
In conclusion, stay away from the late night desserts, caffeinated drinks/food, candy and anything else high in sugar. Don’t mess up your beauty rest.
Do You Use Margarine?
Growing up I remember there always being margarine in the house. We used it for almost all the cooking unless it was like putting it on toast or something. Toast with margarine just is not the same. Now as an adult, I don't buy margarine at all. Margarine was created way back when in France in 1869 by Hippolyte Mège-Mouriès. Not that it matters who created it, but it was intended to be a substitute for butter for the lower class and troops. That should tell you something right there. I guess butter was really expensive back than and not much has changed.
So what is margarine anyway and why you should think twice before using this instead of real butter. Margarine is made up of a combination of vegetable oils. I know you are thinking, "It is a vegetable right so how can it be bad for you?" Well margarine IS known as more of a heart healthy product compared to butter, but there is a flip side to that. Not all margarines are created equal. The harder the margarine the more trans fats it has. Trans fats are unfortunately linked to an increase of chronic disease, but butter also contains high levels of saturated fat. Too many saturated fats are not good for the heart for all of you butter lovers.
Margarine contains polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. These types of fats help reduce low-density lipoprotein which is how cholesterol is transported throughout your blood. The lower the density the less cholesterol traveling to your heart. Keep this in mind if you are told you have heart issues.
At the end of the day you have to evaluate your health and decide which is more fitting for your life. If you have heart problems stay away from the butter, but if you have other problems you should stay away from the margarine. All in all, do things in moderation. I have incorporated cooking more with olive oil and grape seed oil to change things up some. If you do have to get margarine, you should get the one in the tub instead of the stick form because again the harder the margarine the more it has been manipulated. Oils don't stay hard by themselves.
10 Reasons to Workout
A 30 minute workout is only 2% of your day. I mean there are a few workouts that you can do the entire time you are watching one of your 30 minute shows. I’m not sure if 30 minute shows even exist anymore, but you get the point. As you can tell I don’t watch much TV and when I do, it’s mostly online.
Anyway, here are 10 reasons why you should squeeze a workout in to get your healthy lifestyle going. Your body will thank you.
State of Mind- It has been shown to improve your mood and decrease feelings of depression, anxiety and stress.
Reduces Injuries from Aging- As people get older, they will start to lose muscle mass and function, which can lead to injuries and disabilities.
Increases Energy Levels- It increases the blood flow carrying oxygen and nutrients to the muscles. The more energy you burn, the more energy you produce.
Weight Loss- You will get and maintain that body you want.
Toner Body- It’s great to lose weight, but you want to tone it up as well.
Combat Heart Disease- Lowers cholesterol and opens up the blood vessels to your heart so it doesn’t have to work as hard.
Better Sex- You will feel sexier with your improved body and have more energy.
Better Skin- Sweating will release more toxins from your skin to clean out your pores.
More Brain Power- Increases the production of neurochemicals to increase brain cell repair.
Reduces Back Pain- Build your core and your back will have to work less.
So there you have it, 10 reasons to get your butt moving to be a healthier you. You will be surprised what just 30 minutes per day can really do for you.
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