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Hug Someone Today…and Make a Difference!!

Hug someone today!  It’s good medicine for all involved! xx

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Battle the Dreaded Acid Reflux!!!

You Don’t Need a Drug to Banish Acid Reflux

The answer to gastric problems like ulcers and acid indigestion is to restore your natural gastric balance and function. Not only is it useful for optimal gut function but it is crucial for your long-term health, as your gut flora can increase your absorption of nutrients, and play a significant role in mental and physical health. It is very clear from reviewing the literature that you can’t be healthy until your gut flora is optimized. That is one of the ways eating sugars harm you—they push your gut flora balance in the wrong direction.

Switching from processed foods to whole foods is therefore step number one. To further optimize your gut health, you’ll want to make sure you’re consuming enough good bacteria from traditionally fermented foods, such as fermented vegetables, or in a probiotic supplement. This will help balance your bowel flora, which can help eliminate Helicobacter bacteria naturally. If you have heartburn, acid reflux, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), peptic ulcer disease, or any acid-related condition, the strategies listed above may also offer relief.  Read more

Make sure to take a good Probiotic supplement….

Probiotic or beneficial (“good”) intestinal bacteria promote health, discourage the growth of disease-causing (“bad”) bacteria and pathogenic fungi, and improve the balance of microbes which normally inhabit our intestines. Many beneficial bacteria transform naturally occurring sugars, especially lactose, into lactic acid, promoting a more balanced and stable intestinal environment. As one of the most abundant sources of lactose is milk, these beneficial bacteria have been used for thousands of years to produce yogurt, cheese, and fermented milks. Both science and folklore support healthful roles for these foods. GNLD’s supplement of beneficial bacteria, Acidophilus Plus, combines potency with technology to guarantee that live organisms survive the stomach acid and reach the intestines to deliver five billion viable organisms capable of supporting optimal digestive tract function.

Intestinal lactobacilli aid normal digestive functions and promote healthy immune system responses.*
Broad spectrum: Provides beneficial probiotic lactobacilli in the forms of L. acidophilus, L. bulgaricus, L. casei, B. bifidum and S. thermophilus.

Targeted-Delivery Technology: Exclusive Gel-Gard protection system assures that bacteria are protected from stomach acid and the maximum number are delivered to the intestines where they’re needed.

Potency guaranteed: 5 billion organisms sealed in every capsule.

Whole-food-based: Contains beneficial bacteria isolated from cultured dairy foods.

Concentrated: As many beneficial bacteria as 10 servings of yogurt or 5 servings of acidophilus milk.

Risk-free for the lactose intolerant.

* This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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Also…Prebiotics are very important!  What’s the difference??

Question: What are probiotics and prebiotics? How can I benefit from consuming them?

Answer: Probiotics are “good” bacteria that help keep your digestive system healthy by controlling growth of harmful bacteria. Prebiotics are carbohydrates that cannot be digested by the human body. They are food for probiotics. The primary benefit of probiotics and prebiotics appears to be helping you maintain a healthy digestive system.

Question: What foods are good sources of probiotics?

Answer: One of the best sources of probiotics is yogurt. It has good bacteria like lactobacillus or bifidobacteria. Look for “live or active cultures” on the label to be sure your favorite brand of yogurt is a rich source of probiotics. Other good food sources are sauerkraut, miso soup, fermented, soft cheeses (like Gouda), and even sourdough bread. The common feature of all these foods is fermentation, a process that produces probiotics.

Question: What foods are good sources of prebiotics?

Answer: To help maintain healthy level of prebiotics, you can feed them with the foods you eat. Foods rich in prebiotics include asparagus, Jerusalem artichokes, bananas, oatmeal, and legumes.

Question: What foods, if any, have both prebiotics and probiotics in them?

Answer: The types of foods that contain probiotics and prebiotics are very different. Therefore, there is no food that contains both. However, you can find supplements that contain probiotics and prebiotics.

Question: Can consuming probiotics help prevent yeast infections?

Answer: There is some evidence that eating yogurt may help prevent vaginal yeast infections. Some doctors recommend this to help prevent infections in women who have them frequently.

Question: Can adding prebiotics to my diet replace the meds I have to take for my Crohn’s disease?

Answer: No, probiotics or prebiotics are not an appropriate replacement for your medications. You should not stop taking your medications without talking to your doctor. This could lead to an increase in symptoms and complications. There is some evidence that probiotics may be helpful for people with Crohn’s disease, but the research is very preliminary. Plus, some medical evidence questions their usefulness. If you’re interested in trying probiotics or prebiotics, talk to your doctor about how to safely incorporate them into your diet.

I love Zia’s SmartMix…not only does it contain Prebiotics, but has Moringa to boot!!

SMARTMIX Shake things up with Zija’s SmartMix. Add this easy-to-open packet to water for a dose of Moringa nutrition and prebiotic benefits. It’s easier than ever to Drink Life In—even on the go! With the evolution of the modern diet, it has become more and more difficult to consume the nutrients that we need to thrive. Our body is full of toxins and our digestion has been affected by an overabundance of processed foods and beverages. Our health is dependent not only on the nutrition that we consume overall, but also on the amount that our gut flora receives. This flora is comprised of many different microbes, each with its own unique environment, depending on what it is exposed to. Our flora is critical in strengthening our immune system, digesting foods efficiently, increasing nutrient absorption, maintaining a healthy weight, and obtaining increased energy levels. Prebiotics are an important tool in helping regulate our body’s flora. Supplementing a diet with prebiotics has been shown to increase the level of certain microbes, which in turn regulates metabolism and allows for better communication between different organs. The end result is enhanced system-wide health. In addition to its strong Moringa foundation, SmartMix also delivers prebiotics and other benefits through the following natural botanicals: Chicory Root Extract Derived from the herbaceous chicory plant, chicory root contains inulin, a prebiotic that stimulates healthy digestive function. Chicory root also provides a feeling of fullness without adding extra calories. Similar to Moringa itself, chicory root helps maintain blood sugar levels. FoTi Root Extract This botanical has been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine to increase vitality and mood. It also helps remove toxins from the body. Additionally, FoTi root is often used in hair and skin beauty products. SmartMix Suggested Use Add one serving (1 packet) of SmartMix to 8-18 ounces of cold water, shake well, and Drink Life In every day.

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A Nighttime Ritual For Deep, Restful Sleep

Thank you Mind Body Green for the following info!

A Nighttime Ritual For Deep, Restful Sleep!

Smell something nice.

Inhaling serene scents is a great way to ensure a restful and relaxing night’s sleep. Evidence suggests certain aromas may actually reduce blood pressure and heart rate, creating a calming effect in the body. Mist this sedating scent around your room, over your pillow and even on your body for a soothing bedtime ritual:

½ ounce of Rose Hydrosol
½ ounce distilled water
4 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil

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4 drops Patchouli essential oil

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The Patchouli plant originated in Indonesia and comes from the Labiatae, or mint, family. Patchouli possesses a scent that was made widely popular in the 1960s, as it is often associated with grounding and relaxing meditation. Patchouli essential oil, which contains many beneficial constituents, is also found in various romantic blends. BENEFITS When used aromatically, Améo Patchouli oil provides a serene sense of clarity and helps release negative thoughts. It also promotes normal digestion and normal intestinal function. When used topically, Améo Patchouli oil relieve in minor skin irritations and aid in skin restoration. Note: Améo Patchouli oil should be used for aromatic, topical, and dietary supplement use only. If pregnant or under the care of a physician, consult your medical practitioner prior to use. Améo Patchouli oil is considered generally safe for use with children aged 2 and above. If any reaction or adverse effect occurs, discontinue SUGGESTED USES • Diffuse Patchouli oil in an Améo diffuser for a sense of clarity and encouraging thoughts • Apply a few drops of Patchouli oil topically as needed to minor skin irritations to aid in restoration • Add 1-2 drops of Patchouli oil to your normal face cleanser, or apply directly to the skin, to help clear minor blemishes • Rub 3-5 drops of Patchouli oil onto the abdomen to promote normal digestion

8 drops Sandalwood essential oil

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Combine the ingredients into a 1 oz misting bottle. Shake gently before misting.

Sweet dreams!

For more tips on a restful nights sleep read the rest of the article here!

For more info on Améo oils…click here!

Why Améo????  Watch this..

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Happy 4th of July!!!

Here’s wishing you and your loved ones a beauteous and safe 4th of July!  Enjoy!

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Clove…The Oil of Boundaries

History tells us that the Chinese have used clove for more than 2,000 years as a fragrance and spice and that it hit the international health scene several hundred years later. Since then, it has been applied in numerous products for agricultural and cosmetic purposes.

The most profound properties of clove oil, however, are related to its widespread application in homeopathic natural medicine. Because it contains an elevated level of eugenol, clove essential oil has proven to be remarkably versatile and has been thoroughly researched as an effective alternative to many modern medical treatments.  Click here to read more on what Dr. Axe has to say about Clove!

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From the book Emotions & Essential Oils..

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Clove is called the Oil of Boundaries..

Clove supports individuals in letting go of victim mentality.  Victims feel overly influenced by other people and outside circumstances.  They perceive themselves as powerless to change their life situations.  Clove helps individuals to stand up for themselves, be proactive, and feel capable of making their own decisions, regardless of others’ opinions or responses.

Clove assists individuals in letting go of patterns of self-betrayal and codependency by reconnecting them with their personal integrity.  It builds up appropriate boundaries and defenses.

Clove gives the pushover the courage to say “no.”  It reignites the inner soul-fire and can assist anytime there has been damage to the Self, related to child hood pain, trauma or abuse.  Clove is especially helpful for breaking free of patterns of abuse by restoring the victim’s sense of Self and helping them regain the strength to stand up for their needs.  Clove insists that individuals live true to themselves and the Divine by establishing clear boundaries.

Emotions Addressed:  Victim, defeated, dominated, enslaved, fear of rejection, intimidated, controlled by others, co-dependent.

Companion Oils:  Ginger, Birch, Black Pepper, Protective Blend, Tea Tree

Clove contains the largest antioxidant value of any oil, which helps protect cells from damaging free radicals. It is also revered around the world for its anti-inflammatory properties. Clove diffuses well alone or with many other essential oils, making it a popular choice to keep on hand in homes, offices, and other spaces around the world.

Find more info on Clove Oil here!

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If You Can’t Eat It…Enjoy It’s Beauty!

If you can’t eat all of your artichokes….enjoy their beauty when they bloom!

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Photo courtesy of Chris Walling!

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AHHHH…Nothin’ Like a Nice Walk!

Just open the front door and walk…. Couldn’t be better than that!  However, I probably should have gone while it was overcast! HA!

#enjoylife #appreciateyoursurroundings #exercise #smile #breathe #food4thought

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Holy Moly!!! Now I have to be careful of Sunscreens too!?!?!

Egads…will it ever end? Everything is BAD for us these days…ugh!  Well, guess we just need to educate ourselves and do the best we can!

Check this site out for some healthier choices on sunscreens!  

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