Home Remedies For Acne

The foods we consume have an impact on our internal health as well as our external appearance. When we eat healthy whole foods, we are providing the body with the building blocks it needs to stay vibrant and youthful at any age. The occasional blemish is the bodies way of pushing out built up toxins. The business of treating acne is a huge revenue stream for cosmetic companies. Home remedies for acne can be made for pennies. Try these whole food remedies.

Home Remedies For Acne

Garlic is anti-bacterical and when we rub it on a blemish it reduces redness. It probably is not something you want to rub on your face before going out on a date, however it does work.

Honey is great for all sorts of skin aliments including acne, cuts, scraps, and minor irritation as it is anti-bacterial and it calms the skin promoting recovery of the skin.

Lemon is a great cleanser. When we drink lemon water, not only are we hydrating our skin, we detox the body from the inside out. Lemon is also great at exfoliating the skin; it acts as an anti-inflammatory and it’s an anti-oxidant. Lemon juice can reduce the appearance of sun spots when applied to the skin over time.

Egg whites are also great for the skin. Separate the yolk from the egg whites. Dab the egg whites on problem areas and let dry; you’ll want to allow 30 minutes for egg whites to work the magic of minimizing the pores. Rinse and go about your day.

Tea tree oil is disinfecting and soothing as it will not strip your skin of its natural oils. Use a Q-Tip dipped in tea tree oil and dab it directly on acne. Leave the oil on for a couple of hours, or over night to reduce redness and swelling.

Home Remedies For Acne : Face Masks

Hydrating masks are suggested twice a week. A mixture of papaya and pineapple will create vibrant skin. The enzymes in these fruits eat away the dead skin creating naturally glowing skin.

Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to 1 tablespoon of yogurt and mix well. Apply the mixture to your face and let it dry. Keep the mask on for a total of 20 minutes and then rinse it off.

Many of the products on the market have toxic chemicals in them that the average consumer cannot even pronounce. I have made it a rule not to place anything on my body that I cannot pronounce or could not eat. These whole food ingredients are chemical free and revitalizing to our skin. We can heal our blemishes naturally with these home remedies for acne.



How To Burn Fat Quickly

There is no mystery on how to burn fat quickly, the equation is simple. We must burn more calories than we consume. When we hit our ideal weight we want to maintain it and avoid the yo-yo dieting. Let’s be clear that weight is a poor indicator of health. What our focus is, is living well. So to be healthy we have to make living well a lifestyle. If we are keeping track avoid the scale, it can taunt us with lies of health. Instead, we want to use body measurements to track our weight loss success. A good measure of success is how we feel.

Here are 7 tips on How To Burn Fat Quickly:

  • Water– Drink half your body weight in clean purified water daily. (Example: A person weighting 140 pounds needs to drink 70 ounces of water daily). Dehydration can be masked by hunger pangs. When we feel hungry it is possibly our body is crying out for hydration. Have a big glass of water and wait 20 minutes before eating. Increasing our water intake is also a great way to keep things moving in the body, this includes moving toxins out of the body.
  • Be a mindful eater– Always sit down to eat at a table, set a place for yourself and free the area of clutter. Chew food well to aid in the digestion process, inhaling foods is not good for us on many fronts.
  • Do not drink your calories– We can add hundreds of calories daily by drinking soda, juices and other sugary drinks. Let’s not fool ourselves in thinking that if we drink “diet” drinks we are okay, “diet” drinks are actually worse for our health and they can make us gain weight. Make water the beverage of choice.
  • Make it look bigger– Use a smaller plate. This one tip can trick our mind into thinking we are eating more food than we actually are. When we finish the plate of food allow 20 minutes of rest before going to get seconds, typically we won’t want another serving. If we have a big piece of meat that can be split between two meals, cut the portion lengthwise so the portion appears to be bigger than it looks. Remember to always fill half the plate with veggies. Practice eating healthy serving sizes.
  • Spice it up– Spicy foods increase the metabolism and trick the taste buds into being more satisfied with smaller amounts.
  • Practice kind-sight– We must be kind to ourself as we change our habits. The habits we have spent our whole life creating will not change over night. If you have an off day, don’t beat yourself up simply acknowledge the error and commit to doing better next time the temptation arises.
  • Exercise– If we want to burn more calories than we consume each day we have to get up and move. Exercise is vital to a healthy body. If we have not exercised in awhile start by taking a 20 minute walk after dinner with a friend or loved one. Going for a walk can clear the mind while getting the blood flowing to the muscles and organs in the body.

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How To Burn Fat Quickly



Healthy Meal Ideas

When we decide to improve our diet, we need healthy meal ideas to keep us on track. Here are 15 healthy meal ideas to try at home. We can enjoy the things we love while increasing our nutritional content at each meal.

15 Healthy Meal Ideas

Healthy Meal IdeasBaked Eggplant Taco Shells for Corn Taco Shells

Thinly slice an eggplant lengthwise and bake on a cookie sheets for 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees. Fill the eggplant shells with your favorite taco toppings and enjoy. You will be receiving nutritional benefits by substituting the eggplant shells for conventional corn taco shells.

Eggplant: Reduces swelling, clears stagnant blood by dissolving congealed blood and accumulation such as tumors and helps reduce excess bleeding. A rich source of bioflavonoids which renew arteries, prevent strokes, and aid in calcium absorption.

Healthy Meal IdeasCollard green or lettuce for Flour tortillas

Instead of using a flour tortilla use a green leafy vegetable as a food wrap.

Lettuce: Dries up damp conditions in the body such as edema and digestive ferments and yeast. Helpful in fighting hemorrhoids, acts as a natural diuretic, and alleviates scant urine and blood in urine. Lettuce is the highest source of silicon of common vegetables (silicon allows the body to metabolize and absorb calcium effectively). Used for increasing mothers milk production. Helps to relax the nerves without impairing digestion. Try our Asian Lettuce Wrap.

Healthy Meal IdeasBanana Soft Serve for Ice Cream

It is hard to tell the difference between homemade banana soft serve and the fatty alternative.

Banana: Helps with constipation and ulcers if eaten ripened. Bananas eaten before completely ripened will halt diarrhea, colitis, and hemorrhoids. Detoxifies the body, and is useful in helping to overcome drug addictions (especially alcoholism). Rich in potassium and easy to digest, bananas are great for helping with hypertension and high blood pressure. Try our Cake Batter Ie Cream made with bananas.

Healthy Meal IdeasZucchini Ribbons or Spaghetti Squash for Pasta

Use a vegetable peeler or a mandoline to make long, thin noodle-like slices of zucchini or spaghetti squash. Skip the boiling and simply bake or sauté the “noodles” for a few minutes. You can use the veggies in side dishes or to replace high-carb pasta in dishes like lasagna. It’s an easy way to cut the calories in your favorite pasta meals and sneak more vegetables into your dinner.

Zucchini: Helpful for stomach and spleen-pancreas, reduces inflammation in burns (apply fresh squash juice to relieve burns), improves circulation and alleviates pain. Summer squashes and zucchini help overcome summer heat, water retention/edema and difficulty urinating. Eat steamed summer squash or zucchini with its skin and seeds to destroy worms in the colon

To prepare spaghetti squash roast it in the oven and pull apart with a fork, spaghetti squash is a great low-carb and lower-calorie substitute for pasta. One squash will make between two and three servings.

Spaghetti squash: Helpful for stomach and spleen-pancreas, reduces inflammation in burns (apply fresh squash juice to relieve burns), improves circulation and alleviates pain. Summer squashes help overcome summer heat, water retention/edema and difficulty urinating. Try our Spaghetti Squash Recipe.

Healthy Meal IdeasQuinoa Porridge for Processed Cereals

There is really nothing good about processed cereals. Try quinoa porridge which will give you a boost of sustainable energy to get you through the morning.

Quinoa: High in protein, a good source of iron, B vitamins, vitamin E, and has more calcium than milk. Tonifies the kidneys and the pericardium functions. Here is an easy recipe for a energy packed breakfast.


Quinoa Porridge
1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed
1 1/2 cup coconut, hemp, almond or rice milk
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1 dash cinnamon
1 Tbsp. maple syrup
1/4 cup blueberries
1 Tbsp. pecans, toasted and coarsely chopped

Bring the quinoa, milk, vanilla, cinnamon and maple syrup to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer, covered until tender, about 15 minutes. Mix in the blueberries and top with the pecans.

Healthy Meal IdeasNutritional Yeast for Cheese

Nutritional Yeast is one of the few non-animal sources of B-12, it is rich in folic acid and many other nutrients and amino acids. This is not your typical yeast and is free of the Candida Albicans strain, making it safe for those concerned about candida. Instead of topping that taco with cheddar, try a sprinkle of nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavoring and much less fat.


Healthy Meal IdeasBaked Kale or Beet Chips instead of Potato Chips

Potato chips are empty calories for the body to process. Instead give your body a crispy kale or beet chip to satisfy that craving.

Kale: Eases lung congestion, benefits the stomach, and good for anemic/weak persons. Abundant in sulfur and can be used to help those with stomach and duodenal ulcers (make fresh juices of kale and other veggies). An exceptional source of chlorophyll, amino acids, calcium, iron, and vitamin K, and can meet most of your daily nutrient requirements in these areas.

Beet: Strengthens the heart, improves circulation, purifies the blood, benefits the liver, helpful for those with anemia, moistens intestines and promotes menstruation. For hormone regulation during menopause, use in conjunction with carrot and chlorophyll rich foods (greens) to impart hormone balance. Helps those with liver stagnancy and liver ailments, as well as constipation, nervousness, and congestion with the vascular system. Rich in silicon, which increases the bodies ability to absorb calcium.


Healthy Meal Ideas

Dried fruit for Candy

As far as nutritional content is concerned, candy is about as bad as it can get. Loaded with unhealthy refined sugar, candy offers nothing beneficial to the body, only empty calories. Despite the fact that refined sugar is firmly linked to obesity and diabetes, the average American citizen still consumes 24.7 pounds of candy each year! To counter candy cravings, try switching to dried fruit alternatives, like figs, apricots or dates. While still on the sweet side, these dried fruits are full of fiber and important minerals like potassium.

Healthy Meal IdeasRolled Oats for Bread Crumbs

Instead of using salt-laden bread crumbs, opt for rolled oats with a little seasoning. Oats are high in fiber and healthy carbohydrates, and like all whole grains, they’re packed with nutrients like B vitamins, iron and fiber. Oat can restore nervous and reproductive systems, while removing cholesterol from the digestive track and arteries. They are rich in silicon which helps renew the bones and connective tissue. Cooked oatmeal once cooled has been used to soothe burns of the skin (make a paste with water and oats and apply to affected area).

Healthy Meal IdeasSoda Water for Tonic Water

Here’s a healthy swap for those nights you’re out on the town. If you’re drinking cocktails, ask the bartender for soda water instead of tonic. Tonic water is high in sugar, while soda water contains none. Also consider adding less juice and more soda water to your fruity drinks to cut your sugar content.



Healthy Meal IdeasNonfat Greek Yogurt for Mayo or Sour Cream

Nonfat Greek yogurt has far fewer calories and fat than mayonnaise or sour cream, but its consistency is quite similar. Next time a recipe calls for either of those fattening ingredients, try using the yogurt instead. You may want to play around with spices and seasonings, but by making the swap, you can cut the fat while adding an extra punch of protein.


Healthy Meal IdeasNuts for Croutons in Salads or Granola in Yogurt

Unsalted nuts pack flavor and crunch and give dishes a nice boost of protein. Instead of high-fat, salty croutons in salads or super-sugary granola in yogurt, substitute a handful of nuts. Walnuts and almonds are our heart-healthy favorites. Just don’t go overboard — a small handful is high in calories.

The best way to eat seeds or nuts is to soak them overnight in water to initiate their sprouting process. This makes the proteins and fats more digestible. Drain the water and dry them, eat them raw or lightly roasted. Store hulled seeds in dark glass bottles in cold places. Do not store in plastic, as the oil rich food combines with plastic to form plasticides.


Healthy Meal IdeasBulgar Wheat or Quinoa for White or Brown Rice

You will hardly tell the difference in consistency or taste when substituting bulgar wheat for rice. Bulgar wheat is high in fiber and protein, and low in fat and calories, bulgur wheat is another food that offers bulk and nutrients to fill you up without adding pounds. One thing to keep in mind, a cup of bulgur wheat has fewer calories, less fat, and more than twice the fiber of brown rice. Try our Tomato Bulgar Soup.


Health Food Ideas

Cauliflower Mash for Mashed Potatoes

Cauliflower mash is quick and easy to prepare. Simply steam the cauliflower in water. Transfer the steamed cauliflower to a food processor and pulse to the consistency you like. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Cauliflower: Packed with phyto-nutrients that help prevent prostate, ovarian and cervical cancers. Cauliflower is rich in vitamin C and has good amounts of vital B-complex vitamins. It is also a good source of minerals such as manganese, copper, iron, calcium and potassium. Plus it is low in calories.

Healthy Meal IdeasApplesauce for Oil, Butter or Sugar

Applesauce is a healthy baker’s best friend. Not only does it add sweetness to recipes, but it does so with significantly fewer calories than sugar. And without butter, you’re cutting the saturated-fat content of baked goods like muffins, breads and brownies. Not to mention the added dietary benefits of added fiber.


How To Detox Your Body

When we bring up cleansing the body the first question typically centers around how to detox our body. However, we should first know why it is important to detox the body through cleansing. Let’s break down the who, what, why and how to detox your body. Detoxing not only changes your body. It changes your mind, mood and attitude.

How To Detox Your Body

What are toxins?
Toxins are poisonous substances that build up in the body overtime. Toxins are produced by the body, they come from the food we eat, the water we drink, environmental factors, chemicals used in everyday products or even through the air we breathe. Toxins bombard us daily. Toxins are processed by the body through organs like the kidneys and liver. They are eliminated through sweating, urination or defecation. When these factors overload our body toxic waste builds up.

What Is A Detox?
Detoxing is the process of removing unhealthy substances from the body for a specified amount of time. Our bodies are an amazing vehicle of healing. Every second of everyday the body is cleansing each cell, organ and system so that it can function optimally. During the detoxification process the body neutralizes harmful toxins and excretes them from the body. Detoxing occurs naturally in the body. We can aid the bodies efficiency in removing stagnant toxins through yearly cleansing.

Why Is It Important To Detox?
A build up of toxins in the body can lower our energy levels as the body works extra hard to rid the toxins that weight it down. If we are looking to shed some pounds it is vital to learn how to detox your body. The body stores toxins in adipose tissue (fat cells). When excess toxins build up in the body we often gain weight . The body encapsulates the toxin to remove the toxin from circulation and protect our vital organs. As we detox and the the weight begins to fall off we must be sure to effectively clear the toxins out of the body. For our body to effectively release the weight it is holding on to we must detox the body. This is why is it important to know how to detox your body.

Who Should Do A Detox:
Anyone who desires more energy, increased health and vitality.

How Do I Detox:
There are many detoxifying cleanses out there we could do such as a whole body food cleanse, colon cleanse, a liver & gall bladder cleanse, there’s the Master cleanse, candida cleanses, the list could go on and on. There are a lot of cleanses out there. The question is what sort of cleanse do you need to do? Most people start with a full body cleanse. Joining our Wellness Challenge is a great first step to detoxing the body. Set yourself up for success with future targeted detoxes by doing this simple challenge.

7 Tips On How To Detox Your Body

  • KIS-Keep It Simple. We can begin cleansing by changing our diet. This means eliminating and adding foods that aid the body in the detoxification process which we outline in our Wellness Challenge.  Click here to join our Wellness Challenge.
  • Drink lots of water-We want to be sure to drink plenty of water daily. Water is a great detoxifier of the body and aides the body in eliminating stored toxins. We need to be drinking half our body weight in ounces of fresh, purified water daily. (Example: A person weighting 140 pounds needs to drink 70 ounces of water daily).
  • Refrain from eating processed foods and eat more fresh foods.
  • Increase our fiber intake. We should be pooping 1-3 times a day to ensure we’re properly removing toxins.
  • Get moving-Exercise helps eliminate toxins through sweating and stimulates the lymphatic system. (Our lymphatic system is like the garbage men who takes away the built up toxic trash). Exercise can also get us going by stimulating the bowel.
  • Frequent a dry sauna-The intense sweating you can enjoy in the sauna pushes the kidneys into detoxification mode and can clear out one-third of the toxic material from your blood stream.
  • Dry brushing– Dry brushing increases blood flow, circulation and enhances detoxification through the skin. Click here to learn more about dry brushing.

Are there side effects to detoxing?
As the body flushes toxins out initially people may feel nauseas, body aches, congestion, head aches, diarrhea, rashes or flu-like symptoms. Don’t let this freak you out, push through, you are getting healthier everyday and your body is getting stronger as we proactively release our toxic overload.

How often should I detox:
It really depends on the individual and what underlying issues we may be dealing with. As a healthy adult I personally cleanse twice a year. Before beginning a cleanse be sure to consult a professional.

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Add these foods to your diet to aid in detoxing the body daily.

How To Detox Your Body

Our New Years Wellness Challenge

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New Years Wellness Challenge 

It’s New Years Resolution time!  If you’re like most Americans you want to get healthy and shed some pounds.  This New Years Wellness Challenge is for you.

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GOALS of our New Years Wellness Challenge:

  • Our New Years Wellness Challenge creates abundance and a positive attitude through affirmations.
  • This New Years Wellness Challenge promotes healthy eating habits through simple lifestyle changes that have a huge impact on our health.
  • As part of our New Years Wellness Challenge we will be sending you healthy delicious recipes and meal plans to try at home.
  • Learn stress management strategies during our New Years Wellness Challenge.
  • Outlined in our New Years Wellness Challenge is: How to read food labels and recognize artificial ingredients/preservatives in our food.
  • Review why supplementing with real food technology is important for our wellness.

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Why should you do a 30 day New Years Wellness Challenge?

Because it’s designed to help you improve your health and keep you motivated to keep those New Years Resolutions.

We are here to support you, answer any questions you may have and be your biggest cheerleader on this journey.

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Stress Management Techniques

We live in a busy world where we juggle many responsibilities. It can get stressful at times. Knowing a few Stress Management Techniques is important. Before we can alleviate stress factors in our lives, we must identify the stressors.

Our career, relationships and finances tend to be our biggest stress inducers. Sometimes, what we think is the stressing factor is not the problem at all. For example, it may be stated that work it stressing you out. The fact may be that procrastination of completing a task is leading to stress as the deadline approaches. We must accept responsibility for the role we play in creating stress in our lives. We have control and we can choose to see things differently. We have the ability to reframe the problems and stressors in our lives. Stress Management Techniques help reframe the problem. Look at the big picture and focus on the positive. When we adjust our attitude to a situation, the situation changes. Here are 6 Stress Management Techniques that help us deal with stress when it arises.

Stress Management Techniques

1. Journal-This one act can greatly decrease your stress levels and clear your mind. Take time to journal when you are stressed and note what caused the stress, how it made you feel and what you did to feel better. What we track, we can improve. You may begin to see a pattern of times of the day or particular circumstances that cause you stress. Use these indicators to begin eliminating these stressors from your life.

2. Support yourself with good nutrition-When we are stressed we often reach for sugar or carb filled snacks; you know the comfort foods were talking about. A well nourished body can better cope with stress, so be mindful of what you eat.

3. Learn to say no-Know your limits and stick to them. Saying no can be seen as an act of self care. When we take on more tasks than we can handle, stress is inevitable. Pare down the to-do list, by crossing some things off the list, we automatically relieve stress.

4. Exercise-Take at least 20 minutes a day, three times a week to do some physical exercise. Exercising can relieve pent-up stress or tension and clear the mind.

5. Get plenty of sleep-Adequate sleep fuels your mind and body to rationally deal with stress.

6. Meditate-Meditation reduces stress, relieves anxiety and helps us enter a state of calm. A key piece to meditation is deep breathing. Here is a deep breathing exercise you can do anywhere. It takes about 5 minutes.

  • Select a comfortable sitting position.
  • Close your eyes and direct your attention to your own breathing process.
  • Think about nothing but your breathing; let it flow in and out of your body.
  • Say to yourself: “I am relaxing, breathing smoothly and rhythmically. Fresh oxygen is flowing in and out of my body. I feel calm, renewed, and refreshed.”
  • Continue to focus on your breathing as it flows in and out, in and out, thinking about nothing but the smooth rhythmical process of your own breathing.
  • Realize that the mind naturally wanders; that is expected and normal. When you realize your mind has strayed away from the breath, simply bring it back. In time, your mind will be able to focus for longer periods of time.
  • After 1-5 minutes, stand up, stretch, smile, and continue with your daily activities.
  • If you’re in a hurry, worried you may fall asleep or are afraid you will miss something, simply set a timer to alert you. Doing this for even 1 minute helps balance the nervous system.

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Healthy Holiday Eating

The holidays are the perfect time to indulge a little. We can enjoy the holidays without packing on the pounds. Healthy Holiday Eating is easy. During the holidays we want to be mindful eaters. We can have the treats we desire when we focus on eating healthy items a majority of the time. It is much easier to prevent holiday weight gain than get the pounds off after the fact. Remember New Years Resolutions are right around the corner. We can set ourselves up for success in the New Year by focusing on healthy holiday eating habits.

Our 6 Tips to Healthy Holiday Eating

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Remember our 6 Healthy Holiday Eating Tips

  1. Don’t drink your calories
  2. Eat protein at each meal
  3. Fill up on fruits and veggies
  4. Control portion sizes
  5. Exercise
  6. Get your beauty rest

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Toxic Chemicals Your Body Is Absorbing

There are over 10,000 chemicals that are unregulated and untested in the cosmetic industry. Despite these chemicals not having been proven safe, they are used in everyday items we apply to our body. Worse than that, some of these chemicals are used in industrial cleaning products. Lets look at the toxic chemicals your body is absorbing and how to avoid them.

One of the most commonly used chemicals is sodium laurel sulfate. It is the component that creates the sudsy, bubble lather that people believe cleans their skin. It’s actually corrosive. So it does clean your skin but in a way that strips your skin of all its protection. Our skin is our largest organ so it is absorbing thousands of chemicals a day. If you can not eat the product, you may want to rethink putting it on your body. The average women puts over 500 chemicals on her body each day through the products she uses. Your body absorbs these chemicals transdermally and then has to process them as toxins. To find out which cosmetics are safe to use, visit: safecosmetics.org or the environmental working group at ewg.org

Toxic Chemicals Your Body Is Absorbing

toxic chemicals your body is absorbing

Toxins build up in the body over time. These toxins can lead to weakened immune function, hormone or reproductive issues and cancer. When we stop to think about the cumulative effect of all the chemicals we place in and on our body daily, we should be alarmed. Switching from toxic products to natural products is one way we can detoxify our lives. Since our skin is constantly losing mositure throughout the day, we rehydrate by slathering lotion on us that contains toxic chemicals. It is important to stay hydrated and moisturize your skin as it aids in warding off fine lines, wrinkles and scaly crocodile looking skin. We want to do it with good products. We love coconut oil. Coconut oil is a supremely diverse food which holds many health benefits. We can eat it, cook with it and it is extremely moisturizing to the skin. A good rule of thumb is to moisturize within 3 minutes of pat drying because the pores quickly shrink.Now that we know how to identify the toxic chemicals your body is absorbing through products put on our skin lets make an effort to detoxify our lives. Visit SafeCosmetics.com and learn more about the chemicals found in everyday products.

Action steps to get rid of the toxic chemicals your body is absorbing: Now that we know the toxic chemicals your body is absorbing and how to avoid them, begin throwing away the toxic products in your home. Try using coconut oil instead of lotion to decrease the number of toxic chemicals your body is absorbing.

In the comments, let us know what your favorite non toxic products or substitutes are.

toxic chemicals your body is absorbing

What is a GMO?

GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism.

There is a lot of debate surrounding GMO‘s and the largest producer of them is Monsanto. This company is changing our food supply without knowing the long term effects to the planet or our DNA. Monsanto is the company which produced products such as aspartame, Roundup herbicide, rBGH in dairy and the famous poison, agent orange.

With some very serious health risks associated with GMO‘s many are calling for these products to be labeled. Monsanto is lobbying heavily against the legislation that would assist you in being an informed consumer. Food for thought…If GMO‘s are so amazing and Monsanto is so proud of their invention why do they have a problem with people knowing what products contain GMO‘s?

There is so much to cover on this topic that I would like to suggest a couple of resources on the topic. A good book to read is Seed’s of Deception by Jeffrey Smith. A great app available on your phone is the Non-GMO Shopping Guide. A good movie found on Netflix is: The Future of Food.

Now Monsanto says that they are working to increase food supplies for the ever growing population however the increase of herbicides and pesticides that are being sprayed on our food is detrimental to our health. GMO seeds are “terminator seeds” meaning the seeds can only be used once where natural seeds can be harvested and used by farmers year after year. Terminator seeds can only sprout if sprayed with Roundup ready herbicide which the farmer must buy from Monsanto. There are currently thousands of lawsuits filed by farmers against Monsanto due to cross contamination of crops.

Food sensitivities and allergies are on the rise due to the increase of GMO foods found on grocery store shelves. Soy allergies are up 50% because GM soy contains an unexpected allergen-type protein not found in natural soy. GMO seeds do produce larger yields however they do have draw backs to take into serious consideration.

Implementation: Take initiative to learn about the companies who produce and manufacture the foods you purchase. Call two companies and voice your concerns with their practices or call and encourage those who do business with integrity.

Affirmation: My life is a joy filled with love, fun and friendship all I need do is stop all criticism, forgive, relax and be open.

Importance of Iodine

The importance of iodine in our diet is often overlooked. Iodine is an unappreciated essential nutrient, yet over 90% of Americans are deficient in iodine. In addition, this deficiency is a major factor in many common diseases of the thyroid gland, reproductive system, immune system, and many common forms of cancer. “Iodine deficiency is also a major factor in troublesome conditions such as depression, fatigue, obesity, mental retardation, infertility, ADD/ADHD, non- healing wounds, and infant/child mortality” says Dr. Brownstein of the Lee Clinic. The importance of iodine in our diet is immense.

Importance of Iodine

Benefits of Iodine include: forming thyroid hormones, eliminates heavy metals, it is essential during pregnancy, lowers the risk of diabetes, helps control weight, lowers blood pressure, assists in detoxification and protects from radiation.

Unfortunately, many people believe they are getting enough iodine through the intake of salt in their diets. If you are not using Himalayan sea salt your probably not getting a fraction of iodine your body requires.

As always, nutritional needs should be met through whole food sources not through products that have been doctored-up. Some preferred sources of iodine are seaweeds such as kelp and spirulina. Other foods that contain this important nutrient are Swiss chard, fennel, spinach, broccoli, asparagus and oysters.

importance of iodine

Implementation: Pick a couple iodine rich foods from the list above and add them to your diet this week.  If you are feeling bold, grab some spirulina and add a teaspoon to your morning smoothie.

Now that you understand the importance of iodine share what you have learned with a friend.