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Is Alcohol Affecting Your Goals?

Alright, let’s dive into this news and tackle the not-so-great part first. You know how we’ve been hearing that moderate drinking might have some health benefits? Well, it turns out that might not be entirely true. Canadian researchers did a thorough review of 107 different studies on alcohol use, involving data from over 4.8 million people. And guess what? The old studies were flawed. Here’s what they found: Now, let’s talk about how alcohol can impact your health and fitness beyond the study: Now, for the silver lining in all of this: The good news is, now we know! Armed with this valuable information, you can make informed choices about your long-term health. Nobody is saying you can’t ever enjoy a drink, but it’s essential to be aware of the impact it may have. As I always like to remind you, it’s the little things you do regularly that have the most significant impact on your health and your goals. So, knowing this about alcohol empowers you to make healthier decisions for yourself.  You’ve got the power to take charge of your well-being, and that’s always a great thing! Cheers to making choices that lead to a healthier, happier you!

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Grandma’s 10 Time-Tested Holistic Remedies for Common Ailments

In a world bustling with modern solutions, there’s a certain charm to the age-old wisdom that our grandmothers and great grandmothers passed down to us. These remedies, have stood the test of time and continue to offer simple and effective ways to address common health concerns. 🌱👵 Here are ten classic remedies for everyday ailments that you can easily try at home: 1. Honey and Lemon for Sore Throat: Mix warm water, a spoonful of honey, and a squeeze of lemon. Gargle this soothing concoction to relieve soreness and irritation. I like to use Manuka honey when I’m dealing with a possible infection since it has anti microbial properties. 🍯🍋 2. Ginger Tea for Digestive Upset: Boil a few slices of fresh ginger in water, then simmer for 10 minutes. Sip this herbal elixir to ease indigestion, nausea, and bloating. 🫖 3. Baking Soda Paste for Bee Stings:  Mix baking soda with a few drops of water to create a paste. Apply it to bee stings for relief from pain and itching. 🐝 4. Rosewater for Skin Refreshing: Spritz rosewater on your face for a quick and natural pick-me-up, leaving your skin feeling refreshed. 🌹🧖‍♀️ 5. Oatmeal Bath for Skin Irritation: Add finely ground oatmeal to a

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Natural Skin and Beauty

Top 10 Ways to Use Epsom Salts

If you’ve ever heard of Epsom salt but haven’t quite grasped its potential beyond a soothing bath, you’re in for a treat. Join us as we dive into the world of Epsom salt, a compound of magnesium and sulfate that holds a treasure trove of health and wellness benefits. Get ready to discover the amazing ways Epsom salt can enhance your well-being and add a touch of magic to your daily routine. 10 Essential Uses of Epsom Salt for Your Well-Being 1. Healing and Safeguarding Wounds  Epsom salt isn’t just about baths; it’s a first aid kit, too. Its antimicrobial properties can aid wound healing and prevent infections. Soaking a cloth in diluted Epsom salt solution and applying it can speed up healing while keeping infections at bay. ⛑️ 2. Gentle Constipation Relief  Yes, you read that right! Epsom salt can help in the digestive department as well. Acting as a mild laxative, the sulfates in Epsom salt encourage fluid movement in your digestive system. Please remember, you should consult a healthcare expert before using it in this way. 💩 3. Embrace Tranquility and Enhance Sleep  Epsom salt doesn’t just pamper your body; it treats your mind too. The magnesium in

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Chronic Illness

Is Inflammation Wearing You Down?

More and more people have been calling me lately to tell me how foggy and fatigued they are feeling. They are gaining weight, feeling sluggish, and feeling discombobulated by the lack of routine during the quarantine. Many are chalking it up to feeling isolated and depressed due to the pandemic.  Of course, isolation and lack of a normal routine can have huge influences on your health and other more root cause gut issues can play a role too. Many times the symptoms are masked with medications and the root causes are never addressed. Let’s talk a little bit about how things can fall apart in the gut and what we can do about it. Leaky Gut Syndrome and Cellular Inflammation Leaky gut syndrome, also known as “intestinal permeability,” happens when the lining of the small intestine becomes damaged, allowing undigested food particles, toxic waste products, and bacteria to “leak” through the intestines and into the bloodstream. Sounds gross, huh? It is gross, and a leaky gut can also lead to major health issues. Cellular inflammation is caused by an imbalance in the ratio of two crucial fatty acids in the blood. When our cells are inflamed, hormonal signaling at the

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Strengthening Your Immune System for COVID-19 and Beyond

I don’t have to tell you that we are living in a strange time right now. It seems like the world has turned upside down with fear and panic, so I felt it was timely to share some important information to help you stay healthy.  In order to stay healthy and strong, it’s important to release your fear, keep a level head, be smart and strengthen your immune system. When you possess a healthy immune system and remain strong emotionally, you will be able to ride out this storm more peacefully and maintain your sanity. While you cannot solely rely on pills and supplements to keep you from becoming ill, you can use them to strengthen your immune system.  In combination with a healthy diet and a regular exercise schedule, the right supplementation can help to optimize your body’s ability to stay healthy and strong. After all, when your body is deficient in micronutrients, it can’t function properly and you can become susceptible to illness! I wanted to share my top, non-toxic and pure supplement recommendations to help prepare your immune system, not only for COVID-19, but for life. Most of these supplements can be  found at a discount on

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My Personal Detox Strategies

Well, cold and flu season is upon us and this year we have the extra stress of dealing with the coronavirus situation. I do think that one of the positive things to come out of this season of uncertainty, is the widespread focus on health and well-being. We all want to stay safe and healthy so here are some of my favorite ways of taking care of my body and ensuring it is free from toxins and infections. Onion Poultices Did you know that cut onions attract viruses? Yup! They sure do. So in cold and flu season, I make it a habit to do several warm onion poultices per week on my neck and upper chest. Onion poultices are great for pulling viruses out of your system and helping you to stay healthy.  They are super easy to do and very relaxing too! Basically you chop up an onion and lightly sauté it with a little water until it starts to soften. Then drain off any extra water and put the onions into a clean kitchen towel. Place the towel across your neck and upper chest, and sip some tea and relax while the onions do their work. Another

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Keeping You and Your Home Virus Free

DIY HAND SANITIZER If you’re stuck somewhere and can’t wash your hands, using hand sanitizer is the next best thing. But what if you don’t have any sanitizer – and/or your local store has sold out? No problem! Make your own! It’s very simple. TIP: The CDC recommends using a sanitizer that’s at least 60% alcohol. This recipe meets that requirement. Ingredients: ⅓ cup aloe vera gel ⅔ cup isopropyl rubbing alcohol or organic vodka (optional) 2-3 drops organic, all-natural essential oil Instructions: Mix all the ingredients up in a bowl and pour into a clean container (like a bottle with a secure top. Optional: use a bottle with a spray attachment.) Use a small amount and rub over the fronts and backs of your hands. This also can make a thoughtful gift! Propolis Diffusers/Vaporizers “More than aromatherapy, the propolis vaporizers / diffusers eliminate bacteria, mold, viruses, and even air pollution, as well as enhancing the health of humans and animals. These electrical appliances diffuse propolis (a resinous material made by bees), known to have very important therapeutic properties – antiseptic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic and as an immune system booster.” (Source)  I love this all-natural, chemical-free way to sanitize

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Emotional Health

Self-care In A Time Of Coronavirus

Never has it been more important to look after your physical and emotional health than in this time of social distancing and isolation. For many, this is a time of stress and uncertainty. Below I have listed my top solutions for taking care of your physical health and emotional well-being.  Echinacea To Support Your Immune System Echinacea is a native North American flowering plant called the Coneflower that closely resembles the common daisy and is classified as an herb.  This perennial plant can live for as many as five or six years and can grow to be as tall as four feet. The flowers are usually pink or purple with a larger multicolored center cone that holds the seeds. There are about nine different types of wild coneflower on several different continents.  Echinacea has long been used to improve health. (Source) Immune Support The most common way that echinacea is currently used is simply for immune support. It is widely used in Europe and North America for common colds. Based on what form in which the echinacea comes, the supplements all differ in their composition, due to what part of the plant material is used, the extraction methods used and

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Emotional Health

The Role of the Amygdala in Fear and Anxiety

Imagine you’re lying alone in bed when something hairy crawls across your arm. You immediately think SPIDER! and trigger your fear response. Your heart rate goes up, you jump out of bed and turn on the light to find out what just crawled over you.  This fear response was triggered by intricate communication pathways between your senses (touch/feeling in this case), your nervous system, and your hormonal system. These communication pathways are the same pathways that go haywire when we are diagnosed with anxiety spectrum disorders like generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), social anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD). The Role of the Amygdala in Fear and Anxiety So what exactly is going on? Well, this is where your limbic system comes in. The limbic system is made up of several areas in the brain whose main purpose is to keep us safe and alive.  Within the limbic system, you’ll find the amygdala, which is an almond-shaped set of neurons located in the temporal lobes near your temples. The amygdala’s job is to process emotions such as anger, fear, and sadness. It also helps to store memories of events and the emotions associated with them. This

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