As I've fought a sore throat and now cough, I've included a few doses of raw, local honey in my diet. Not only can honey coat the throat, but raw honey provides immune boosting antioxidants and enzymes. Raw honey is also a natural antimicrobial and antiviral. Local raw honey has also helped many people with allergies.
These natural nutrients are stripped when raw honey is processed(not raw). You may also think that honey is just sugar, but raw honey does not even compare to refined sugar. Empty calories deplete the body whereas vitamins and minerals restore the body. Additionally, honey digests itself with all it's live enzymes and spares key nutrients needed for the body's fat metabolism. Therefore honey has been known as a helpful diet aid.
So, explore the benefits of raw honey! The benefits I've listed above are just a few! Prevent and treat....another option for optimal wellness.
** What are fermented foods?
Certain prescription medication steal vital minerals and nutrients from your body. Cholesterol, heartburn, contraceptive, and diuretic medications are just a few. Nutrients such as magnesium, vitamin B12, CoQ10, and calcium all can be affected by certain medications. Prevent further issues and treat known deficiencies. Who wants to end up with another prescription medicationton to treat the first? Know what nutrients are affected by your medications and supplement accordingly. Ask your doctor, pharmacist or contact me with questions! To your health...
..... or are you really thirsty? I always recommend to drink a glass of water first if you feel hungry. Dehydration manifests in numerous ways. Every body function depends upon water as our bodies are predominantly comprised of it. Mid-afternoon when you may be feeling foggy, reach for a glass of water (and add some lemon to it). Notice how you feel. For every cup of coffee or tea you drink, you need equal amounts of water on top of approximately eight glasses a day. Before reaching for that snack, drink water first to save calories, boost metabolism, and to ultimately understand how to fuel your body optimally. When I choose water first, I always feel better :) Empowered choices! To your health!
Protein is made up of twenty amino acids. Nine of these amino acids are not made by the body. These nine amino acids must come from food and are considered essential. Therefore those foods that contain all nine essential amino acids are called "complete protein foods". One example of a complete protein food is eggs.
-Extraordinary potassium content and various other trace minerals
-Beneficial malic acid
Oxidizes the blood, promotes digestion, and neutralizes toxic substances; all which affect almost every body function.
Look for apple cider vinegar that has froth on the bottom. This proves the fermentation is still alive.
A glass of water with 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and 2 teaspoons of honey in the morning is excellent for our health.
The benefits of apple cider vinegar may help prevent and treat arthritis, asthma, athlete's foot, osteoporosis, inflammation, the common cold, cold sores, constipation, cramps, diabetes, eczema, depression, eyesight, fatigue, brittle hair and nails, aging, headaches, heartburn, hypertension, insomnia, hot flashes, metabolism, high cholesterol, obesity, muscle pain, and other numerous conditions.
Another option you have to stay and be healthy. Explore apple cider vinegar to maintain wellness.
Iron is necessary to ensure oxygen delivery to every cell in your body. Do you have low energy? Feel tired? Have trouble sleeping? Are you replenishing your iron stores to ensure you have oxygen for times of stress and illness? I do not have to explain why our bodies need oxygen. Low levels can manifest slowly as headaches, sexual dysfunction, irritability, swelling of the tongue, brittle nails, and lack luster hair to just name a few.
Iron can be obtained from your diet. Some examples of dietary sources include: red meat, lima beans, kale, spinach, watermelon, beets, prunes, clams, almonds, and chlorophyll. Check with your doctor if you need further supplementation.
Keep in mind just like any food you can consume it but are you absorbing the necessary nutrients? The tannins in tea, polyphenols on coffee, phosphates in soda, and calcium if taken within two hours of an iron supplement all impair iron absorption.
You subsequently can also increase iron absorption by combining foods rich in vitamin C (tomatoes, peppers, green veggies, citrus fruits) with iron rich foods.
I routinely boost my iron stores. Sometimes in the winter my lips crack in the corners. When I consciously increase my iron intake, I am able to avoid this. Women especially need to be aware of the benefits of iron very month. Your immune system will thank you. Prevention is the treatment!
One other tidbit I wish I knew earlier is if you aren't ensuring oxygen stores you will burn carbohydrates first instead of fat during exercise as it takes less oxygen to burn carbs. If you are exercising for weight loss ensure your body has plenty of iron.
Oxygen, oxygen, oxygen! The key to optimal wellness :)
A bit of information, to your health! Explore Iron! Questions welcome!
Can't sleep, try a handful of raw pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin seeds are one of the best sources of tryptophan, an amino acid that increases serotoninin in our brains resulting in increased mood, decreased stress/anxiety, and insomnia relief. Pumpkin seeds are also high in magnesium and zinc. Try soaking the seeds in water for half a day for easier digestion. Pumpkin seed butter is also delicious! Keep in mind tryptophan is considered to be the least abundant amino acid in people's diets. Maybe this is why Ambien is one of the most commonly prescribed medications. Something to chew on... tryptophan= pumpkin seeds :) To your health!
Coconut oil is the most stable oil of any known oil/butter at high temperatures. Coconut oil does not form trans-fatty acids unlike butter, margarine, olive oil, canola oil, corn oil, etc when heated. Trans-fatty acids can suppress thyroid function and metabolism; and create oxidative stress in the body leading to wrinkles and heart conditions to name a couple. Who wants any of that? I solely use coconut oil to cook with and include raw in my diet as often as i can. Coconut oil also outperforms olive oil in lowering cholesterol. Coconut oil actually stimulates the thyroid which then regulates our cholesterol appropriately. Use coconut oil that is cold pressed and found in dark glass bottles. Like most oils, coconut oil is light sensitive. Make a change today. Include coconut oil and butter in your life! Coconut oil for a multitude of positive effects in your body...and subsequently mind! To your health
Dr. Jessica Lewis
A Balanced Life