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9 Quick Ways to Make Your Morning Better

How would you describe your morning routine? Hectic, calm, nonexistent …? I’ve got a fun checklist for you this morning. It will help power-up your mornings and get your day off to a great start with an energy boost. The best part is, you can do everything on this list and not add any extra time to your routine! In fact, everything on this list will make your existing routine more enjoyable. 1 – Wait 30 minutes before scrolling your phone. This sends a strong message to your subconscious. It tells it YOU are in charge of your day, and not your phone or what’s happening in the news or on social media. 2 – Splash your face (or entire body, via a shower) with cold water. Cold water can boost your energy. It results in dilating your blood vessels, increasing your heart rate and circulation. 3 – Drink water BEFORE caffeine. Your body has been without hydration all night long. Being even a little dehydrated (just 1-2%!) can sap your energy. Treat yourself to a big glass of water before you sip that coffee. 4 – Supercharge your water. Add 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice and a dash of cinnamon, turmeric, and

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6 Easy Ways to Sneak Veggies Into Your Breakfast Menu 🥑🥦

Did you know that 90% of us don’t get enough vegetables every day? 90%! Pretty shocking, right?  According to the USDA, most of us need between 2 and 4 cups a day (less if you are smaller and/or less active, and more if you are bigger and/or more active). But the truth is, most people don’t sit down to eat a big bowl of veggies every day. They usually end up as an afterthought in a side dish.  This is why sneaking veggies into your meals (including BREAKFAST) is such a great idea! It’s a pain- and a bother-free way to get more of them into your diet. I know this tip might fall into the category “I know this but I don’t do it very often.”  Consider this your reminder that it’s time to START! :)  I have some ideas to get you going. 6 Easy Ways to Add Veggies to Your Breakfast Your assignment: Sneak some veggies into your breakfast a couple of days this week.  You don’t have to overhaul your entire lifestyle to feel healthier and more energized fast.  It really IS about making small changes over time that you can actually live with! PS If you’re

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7 Warning Signs You Have a Weak Core

I’ve got an eye-opener for you today. It’s all about warning signs that your core muscles are getting weak. This is HUGE for your fitness & wellness because your core muscles are some of the most important in your body. They support your spine and your internal organs, and they power almost every movement you make. The problem is, our lifestyles work against having a strong core – and over time your muscles can get weaker without you even realizing it! This can set you up for poor posture, injuries, aches & pains, and more! Have you noticed any of these warning signs? 7 Warning Signs You Have a Weak Core 1. You have to use your arms to help you get out of bed or out of a chair. This one can be super sneaky because you can do it subconsciously. Here’s a test to try right now: sit down in a chair, wait a few seconds, and then stand up. Did you automatically reach out to grab a table, desk, or even put your hands on your thighs to push you up? Here’s another test to do first thing tomorrow morning: when you are still lying in bed, pay

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How to Choose High-Quality Olive Oil

Olive oil, often referred to as “liquid gold,” is a staple in many kitchens worldwide. Not only is it a flavorful addition to your culinary creations, but it also boasts numerous health benefits. However, not all olive oils are created equal. To ensure you’re getting the real deal, 100% pure olive oil, and not an imposter, you need to know what to look for. In this article, we’ll guide you through the process of choosing high-quality olive oil and provide tips on conducting the refrigerator test. What Makes Olive Oil High Quality? The Refrigerator Test: Spotting Purity One of the most straightforward ways to check if your olive oil is 100% pure is by conducting the refrigerator test: Brands Known for Purity Here are some reputable olive oil brands that are known for their commitment to producing 100% pure olive oil: Beware of Impure Olive Oils Unfortunately, the olive oil market isn’t without its share of imposters. Some olive oils are diluted or mislabeled, giving you less-than-pure products. According to various studies and investigations, a significant portion of olive oils in the market may not meet the “extra virgin” or “pure” standards claimed on their labels. In these cases, consumers

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Chronic Illness

The Hidden Peril of Glyphosate in Your Wine

Today, let’s embark on a journey to uncover glyphosate’s intricate and scientifically-backed dangers and its presence in one of our favorite indulgences, wine. 🍷 The Glyphosate Conundrum: Glyphosate, the active ingredient in herbicides like Roundup, has long been considered a boon for agriculture due to its effectiveness in weed control. However, the growing body of scientific research has raised concerns about its health implications. Gut Microbiota Disruption: One key finding is glyphosate’s potential impact on our gut health. A study published in the journal “Environmental Health” in 2015 suggested that glyphosate exposure could disrupt the delicate balance of gut microbiota, possibly contributing to digestive disorders and even chronic illnesses. Reference: Shehata, A. A., Schrödl, W., Aldin, A. A., Hafez, H. M., & Krüger, M. (2013). The effect of glyphosate on potential pathogens and beneficial members of poultry microbiota in vitro. Current Microbiology, 66(4), 350-358. Hormonal Havoc: Glyphosate may also interfere with our hormonal system. Research published in “Environmental Pollution” in 2018 indicated that glyphosate-based herbicides could disrupt hormone-regulating genes in human cells, potentially leading to hormonal imbalances with far-reaching health consequences. Reference: Gasnier, C., Dumont, C., Benachour, N., Clair, E., Chagnon, M. C., & Séralini, G. E. (2009). Glyphosate-based herbicides

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The Health Benefits of Raw Honey and How to Spot the Real Deal

I hope this message finds you buzzing with excitement and in the best of health. Today, we’re delving into the wonderful world of raw honey, a golden elixir that has been cherished for centuries for its incredible health benefits. As a holistic practitioner, I am thrilled to share the magic bees and their nectar can bring into our lives. The Sweet Essence of Nature Raw honey, often referred to as “liquid gold,” is a remarkable gift from the busy, little bees. Unlike processed honey, raw honey is unheated, unfiltered, and untouched by human hands. This means it retains all the natural goodness bees and flowers offer, making it a true embodiment of nature’s essence. A Nutrient-Rich Superfood Raw honey is a nutritional powerhouse with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It contains essential nutrients such as B vitamins, vitamin C, calcium, potassium, and iron. These micronutrients play vital roles in our overall well-being, from boosting our immune system to promoting healthy skin and bones. Healing Properties of Raw Honey Beyond its nutritional content, raw honey possesses an array of health benefits: Finding the Best Quality Raw Honey When choosing raw honey, look for local sources whenever possible. Local honey may contain traces

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Onion Poultices: A Natural Remedy for Chest Congestion and Colds

With the onset of chilly weather, many of us face the battle against chest congestion, stubborn colds, and the inevitable discomfort they bring. Today, I want to share a personal favorite with you – the remarkable healing powers of onion poultices. It’s a simple, natural remedy that I’ve found incredibly effective.  So, let’s dive in and explore the soothing benefits of these humble kitchen staples, along with a secret trick I’ve come to rely on for peaceful, restorative nights. Onion Poultices: Nature’s Gift for Chest Congestion and Colds Onions, with their pungent aroma and unique healing properties, have been used for centuries as a natural remedy for various health issues. When it comes to chest congestion and colds, onion poultices are a fantastic option. Here’s why: How to Prepare an Onion Poultice: Ingredients: Steps: Using sautéing to warm the onion for the poultice is a great alternative. Just be cautious not to overheat the onion, as it should be warm, not too hot. Ensure your comfort and safety during the process. You’ll be amazed by the relief this simple home remedy can provide! Bonus Tip: Onion Socks for a Restful Night For those struggling to sleep due to congestion or

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Chronic Illness

Try Earthing to Reduce Inflammation!

Have you heard about earthing?  It’s a super cool practice where you connect to the earth’s surface to receive its free electrons. These electrons can neutralize free radicals, reduce inflammation, and even accelerate aging! Plus, earthing can enhance circulation, carrying nutrients throughout the body while carrying out toxins and waste. Did you know that a lack of electrons in tissues can lead to inflammation and trigger diseases? Earthing can help prevent this by providing free electrons to resolve chronic inflammation and serve as natural antioxidants.  And the best part? Earthing can help reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep, increase energy levels, and even reduce pain. If you prefer to ground yourself indoors, you can use earthing mats, shoes, bands, beds, or sheets. They all claim to reduce exposure to EMFs and help you connect with the earth’s electrons. But most experts agree that grounding yourself outdoors by walking barefoot on the earth is the best and easiest way to practice earthing. Plus, being outside in nature has its own set of health benefits that you can’t get while being inside. So get outside, kick off your shoes, and feel the earth beneath your feet! When working at my desk, I

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Emotional Health

10 Tips (+ Bonus Tip) for Moving Your Lymphatic System

Let’s talk about your lymphatic system and how to keep it open and flowing! The lymphatic system is a major circulatory system in the body that plays a crucial role in immune function.  However, it has received far less attention than the blood-vascular system. A poorly functioning lymphatic system is associated with the development of chronic diseases.  The following are ten detoxification strategies to improve the health of your lymphatic system: Effectively purifying your lymphatic system is essential to your health and well-being. I hope you follow these ten detoxification strategies to improve the health of your lymphatic system and promote overall wellness. Have questions about boosting your health & wellness? Grab a time on my calendar to chat for just 15 minutes so we can make a game plan and get your health back in the game.

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