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What is Nitric Oxide, You Ask…

Nitric oxide is a chemical produced by the cells in your body and is known to relax and expand blood vessels. So, what does this mean exactly? Widening blood vessels means that it helps promote blood flow which can offer a wide range of health benefits. Your blood carries oxygen to all parts of your body. By promoting increased circulation and oxygen distribution, energy levels and stamina can be increased, allowing you to work out longer and harder while also supporting your heart function. The most common natural sources for a nitric oxide boost is beetroot and red spinach. These plants are rich in nitrates. Now nitrates are not nitric oxide, but it is what your body needs to make them. Here’s a quick rundown of how it all works. When you eat nitrate-rich food, such as beets or red spinach, the nitrates interact with enzymes in your mouth. These enzymes react with the nitrates and convert them into something called nitrites. Still not nitric oxide, but we’re one step closer. Once the nitrites reach the acidic environment of the stomach another reaction occurs transforming the nitrites into the needed nitric oxide and the conversion is complete. The nitric oxide is then absorbed into the body and goes quickly to work. So, why is it important to know how this all works? Let’s say you are looking for a good nitric oxide supplement, and there are a lot of choices out there. Now that you know this reaction you know that perhaps taking beetroot or red spinach extract in a pill form may not be ideal, because it would bypass a critical step in the transformation process. Look for a supplement that can be poured onto the tongue and allow it to dissolve before swallowing. This way you can ensure a more complete reaction and receive the greatest benefit. You can find this in a product called “Prime.”

WRITTEN BY JAKE JOHNSTON

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Baking Soda Face Scrub

I love..love…love to make my own scrubs!  This is one of my favorites for your face.  I love to use baking soda, as it helps to balance your ph and is less abrasive than sugar or salt.

This is my latest recipe!

1 1/2 cups of coconut oil

2 cups baking soda

1 T Manuka Honey (optional)

25 drops Améo Rosemary essential oil

3 drops Améo Lemon essential oil

(Améo Lavender is also a favorite to use, use your fav’s)

Whip with and electric mixer.

This will make 3 to 4 jars depending on the size you choose.  Mine is 8 oz.

Enjoy!

 

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It’s the Weekend….Take a Deep Breath!!

AND UNWIND!!!

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Sorry this isn’t smellavision!!

Stress Control Blend

Have a beautiful weekend!!

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Ephedra nevadensis: What is it, and is it okay to consume?

FACTS & FINDINGS WITH DR. PLANT: EPHEDRA NEVADENSIS 

Dr. Plant helps us better understand Ephedra nevadensis: What is it, and is it okay to consume?

When we hear Ephedra we think back to about 15 years ago when the media and government spoke about its dangers. I want to explain a little bit about Ephedra nevadensis and how this is completely different than the Ephedra that was banned ~15 years ago.

When news agencies spoke about Ephedra 15 years ago, they were referring to a compound called “Ephedra Alkaloids” (see picture). That compound is found in a botanical called Ma Huang. Thus the compound Ephedra was mentioned because it was the active ingredient, but the actual name of the botanical it is found in is called Ma Huang.

Ephedra nevadensis on the other hand is a botanical name, and isn’t referring to the compounds. In fact, numerous studies have shown that Ephedra nevadensis does not contain any Ephedra Alkaloids, and is therefore both safe and legal to sell. It just happens to have the unfortunate circumstance of having a name similar to that which was found to be a buzz word 15 years ago. It is like the unfortunate circumstance of people who have the name Katrina or Andrew, and then a hurricane is given the same name.

In short, Ephedra nevadensis is safe and legal to consume. It in no way contains Ephedra alkaloids, the compound found in the botanical Ma Huang.

A little highlight on the botanical: It grows in the deserts of the western U.S., and has been consumed for hundreds/thousands of years to help remove the buildup of mucus in our airways. Thus by supplementing with Ephedra nevadensis individuals may often feel an increase of energy because they are more effectively able to get the oxygen their body needs by clearing the congestion/pollution that has built up in their airway, which limits oxygen intake. You can find Ephedra nevadensis in products like Zija’s XM+ Energy Mix and XM3 Energy Drink.

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Bergamot/Citrus bergamia

Bergamot essential oil is fresh and citrusy with spicy undertones. Its name in Turkish translates to “King of the Pears,” which fits perfectly with the fruit’s pear-shaped peel that is cold pressed to create the oil. Known as one of the most versatile oils in existence, Bergamot has the ability to adapt to the specific needs of the person using it.

Typical Applications
Historically, in Italy, it was used for fevers and digestive tract problems. More recently it has been shown to be effective in treating urinary tract infections, has excellent properties for skin care, and like many citrus oils is calming and therefore helpful with anxiety and depression.
Many find the aroma of this oil pleasing and diffuse it to help with anxiety or depression. Cup and inhale and other inhalation techniques would apply as well.

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