When I was a young mother, I was experiencing a number of emotional and physical challenges. With the help of a naturopathic physician who put me on a whole foods diet, many cleanses, whole food supplements, and herbal medicines, I had a complete turn around in my health. But it wasn’t until 2 years later that I realized that my seasonal allergies had all disappeared since this period of time. From that diet change and thorough body cleansing, I never have experienced seasonal allergies since, and mine were some of the worst too…pollens, grasses, weeds…I was so miserable! That was over 35 years ago!
Our foods are gradually becoming the stars of the beauty world. Whether we're reusing old tea bags for under eye puffiness or tightening our pores with turmeric these unconventional treatments are just as good, if not better, than what we'd pay for at the beauty counter. We asked our communities to share the amazing beauty benefits of another common household wonder called apple cider vinegar.
How about you….do you love tasty foods that are simple to make, and nutritious too? The best flavors come from pure therapeutic essential oils that are meant for internal use, so you can add them to your foods.
Wild orange is one of those essential oils that is high in antioxidants,uplifting, energizing, alkalizing, stress reducing. You can inhale it, rub in on your temples or wrists, drop it in your water, and it is a great addition to your foods: smoothies, yogurt, dips, treats, more. Here are some ideas - you will love them!
ORANGE GRANOLA PARFAITS
(this make a super delicious breakfast - your family will love you!)
A study published in the International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders that included 65 overweight and obese adults suggests that an almond-enriched low calorie diet (which is high in monounsaturated fats) can help overweight individuals shed pounds more effectively than a low calorie diet high in complex carbohydrates. Those on the almond-enriched low calorie diet consumed 39% of their calories in the form of fat, 25% of which was monounsaturated fat. In contrast, those on the low calorie diet high in complex carbohydrates consumed only 18% of their calories as fat, of which 5% was monounsaturated fat, while 53% of their calories were derived from carbohydrate.
With such a busy life that you live and the many types of activities that go on each day, by night time you are just so worn out and are able to sleep so soundly - right? Not for most people! Instead, most individuals report that they don’t have enough energy in the day, and they don’t sleep well at night. Everyone needs a good night’s sleep - not just those with insomnia. Sleep is your body’s time to regenerate from the activities of your day. And if you don’t sleep well each night, that creates stress, which weakens your immune system, which can create inflammation, and cause autonomic imbalance. You need a good 7-8 hours of sleep every night.
There are several reasons why insomnia can be a typical challenge, but for the most part, here’s the culprit to most over all disorder and dysfunction:
1.Lack of nutrition
2.Too much toxicity in the body
Essential oils have been around for thousands of years as the most effective forms of medicine. The Egyptians were some of the first people to use aromatic essential oils extensively in medical practice, beauty treatment, food preparation, and religious ceremony. Frankincense,sandalwood, myrrh, and cinnamon were considered very valuable cargo along caravan trade routes and were sometimes exchanged for gold. Borrowing from the Egyptians, the Greeks used essential oils in their practices of therapeutic massage and aromatherapy. The Romans also used aromatic oils to promote health and personal hygiene. Influenced by the Greeks and Romans, as well as Chinese and Indian Ayurvedic use of aromatic herbs, the Persians began to refine distillation methods for extracting essential oils from aromatic plants.
Papayas offer not only the luscious taste and sunlit color of the tropics, but are rich sources of antioxidant nutrients such as carotenes, vitamin C and flavonoids; the B vitamins, folate and pantothenic acid; and the minerals, potassium, copper, and magnesium; and fiber. Together, these nutrients promote the health of the cardiovascular system and also provide protection against colon cancer. In addition, papaya contains the digestive enzyme, papain, which is used like bromelain.
Figs are a good source of minerals that helps to control blood pressure. Since many people not only do not eat enough fruits and vegetables, but also do consume high amounts of sodium as salt is frequently added to processed foods, they may be deficient in potassium. Low intake of potassium-rich foods, especially when coupled with a high intake of sodium, can lead to hypertension. In the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) study, one group ate servings of fruits and vegetables in place of snacks and sweets, and also ate low-fat dairy food. This diet delivered more potassium, magnesium and calcium.
The high fiber content (over 15% of our RDA) of Brussels sprouts lowers our cholesterol by binding with bile acids that the liver produces from cholesterol for digesting fat. Because many of these bile acids are coupled with fiber, the liver is charged with producing more bile acid to digest fat, and therefore requires more cholesterol to do so, ultimately lowering the cholesterol amount within our bodies.
Known as America’s Health Coach, MD, Dr. Asa Andrew is host of one of the fastest growing radio and television programs in North America designed to transform your health and your life. Dr. Asa is a health, nutrition, and fitness contributor to NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, and FOX and has appeared on many shows including Good Morning America and The 700 Club. As a lifestyle physician to many professional athletes and celebrities, he is an internationally sought after speaker for many Fortune 500 Companies with his engaging message of looking better, feeling younger, and living longer. In addition to his media companies, the he has founded Diagnosis HOPE, a non-profit organization that encourages lifestyle, health, and wellness education to individuals and communities dedicated to diagnosing hope one person at a time.
Being in practice close to twenty years emphasizing nutrition, lifestyle, and exercise medicine, Dr. Asa Andrew has pioneered a renowned lifestyle medicine-based wellness center which is dedicated to the ongoing research of evidence-based methods for improving overall lifestyle, combating the negative effects of unhealthy choices, and empowering people to live extraordinary lives. In addition to developing clinical methods, he dedicates his efforts to full-time educational media with his best-selling books, television projects, nationally syndicated radio show, live events, and coaching systems.