Are You Dehydrated?

7 Dec
Are You Dehydrated?

Are You Dehydrated?

Water is essential to health and it makes sense when you consider that our bodies are more than 60% water. Just the daily processes of breathing and elimination cause us to lose about 60 ounces of our body fluids each day, so replenishing is necessary. Many of us develop the ability to ignore our signaling for water, which can cost us. When we don’t have enough water, we get reminders from our body – but we think of them as annoying symptoms. Digestive issues, dry skin, headaches, constipation, and difficulty focusing are some of the hints we get, and if we don’t rehydrate, our organs are forced to scale back and make due with the supply of resources they get. Long-term, this can really strain the system and cause serious health issues.

There’s debate about the quantity of water we need to drink. It seems reasonable to start at a minimum of 60 ounces to replenish what we’ve lost, and increase when active or feeling thirsty. Our body weight plays a part too; the more we weigh, the more water we have, lose, and need to replenish. The latest research suggests half your body weight in ounces of water should be consumed each day. Believe it or not, there are limits to stay within so you avoid the uncommon effects of water toxicity. You don’t want to drink too much, too quickly or exceed about 100 ounces per day (see my previous post, “Healthy Hydration” for more details).

Of course, there’s the other critical question – What’s the best quality water to drink? Unfortunately, the most accessible resource to most of us – tap water, is not ideal. It typically contains contaminants and chemicals that distract the body (at best) and can even accumulate in the body and cause sickness or disease. So the short answer is, distilled or quality filtered water is much preferred over tap water. The longer, more detailed discussion will be posted soon. Please let us know what works well for you!


Empower Yourself With Essential Oils

4 Dec

When I started using essential oils with my family, I truly had no idea that I would soon rely on them. I am NOT a fan of chemicals, so it made sense to try the natural oils, but I wasn’t sure where to begin. I was overwhelmed by the oils I found in the stores; I knew the benefits of a few, but not many. And then there was the question of how to use them. So I bought a couple and carted them home with my groceries. I didn’t use them much, mostly because I didn’t fully understand their benefits.

After reading another study about the health dangers of chemicals, I started searching for a line of essential oils that were: pure and free of any fillers; approachable and easy to use; reasonably priced; from a socially responsible company that provides educational support. After almost three years of searching and trying different brands, I found a line that fits all my requirements. I ordered a kit from doTERRA that would offer a variety of therapeutic oils for the needs of my family. I paid about $175 (with shipping) for ten oils, and in the first month, I was able to address stomach aches, a plantar wart, headaches, sleep issues, back pain, abrasions, eczema, earaches and even an ear issue with my dog!

Once I saw how well the oils worked for my family and friends – and how much money they saved us in doctor visits and other medicines, I started talking with my clients about them. I teach people about brain health, and one of the last things I want is for my clients to be undermining their health with chemicals. A lot of times they don’t even realize they’re doing it, so having a natural alternative that’s convenient is a must in my opinion. Now, we offer classes on the use of essential oils, how to make personal care and household products with natural ingredients, and how to create an all-natural first aid kit. Essential oils have been an amazing health resource for us; if you don’t already use them, I encourage you to try!

Have any questions? Feel free to ask!

Healthy Hydration

3 Dec

We’re doing a Healthy Holiday Hydration Challenge all through December, (join us on Facebook!)
As we increase our water, one important question is: Can we drink TOO MUCH water?
Too much of anything can be bad for you, so the short answer is, “yes”. Basically, you don’t want to drink too much too fast – like chugging 30oz all at once. The huge influx of water can overwhelm the bladder and kidneys. Another risk is that too much water in a short amount of time could wash away sodium from the blood, which helps regulate the amount of water that cells absorb. Some of the symptoms of water toxicity include: dizziness, nausea, confusion, seizures, and even hallucinations. For people with healthy kidney and liver function, the occurrence of these symptoms is not common, but it’s important to drink responsibly!

– Consider this guideline: Drink half your weight in ounces of water, not to exceed 100 ounces in a day.
– Pace yourself and drink throughout the day.
– Make sure you eat nutritious foods to provide your body the vitamins & minerals needed.
– Listen to your body; if you feel like you’re not responding well to water, back off a bit.
– If you experience any of the symptoms mentioned, you may wish to contact a health professional.
– Avoid a major change in water intake until you speak to your health practitioner if you have a major health condition.

These tips should help you get the benefits of hydration without the rare symptoms of water toxicity. Here’s to your your health!


Listen to Your Body

3 Dec


We live in a time when things are fast and furious, with little time to manage our health. It may seem more efficient to pop a pill or ignore the symptoms and just keep rollin’, but in the long run, that’s a dangerous strategy.

It’s a lot like ignoring the fire alarm or even worse – removing the battery from the smoke detector because the siren is irritating. It’s SUPPOSED to be irritating! Symptoms are the body’s way of alerting you to a problem. We need to listen and ask ourselves, Are we:

Lacking something?


Overdoing something?

This is when you really have to listen closely to your body. You’ve recognized the symptom, now you need to determine the trigger. Where’s the fire? And – what started it? There are key areas that are common sources of trouble; paying attention to the time, intensity and frequency of symptoms can help identify the source of the problem. If you need help, there are health practitioners like me who can assist. Often – if you track your symptoms for a few weeks, you can identify the problem.

Then, you make changes. Keep in mind, healthy changes are good, but extreme changes can shake you up at first. Take it slow, especially if you’ve been dealing with multiple symptoms or even just one for a long time. Also – results don’t happen overnight, unless you’re really lucky! Give it some time to really start feeling consistent improvement.

Please don’t put off until tomorrow, the care your body needs today!


A Little About Natural Remedies

23 Nov

So, just as eating healthier is often a gradual progression, my transition to natural remedies wasn’t overnight. At first, I didn’t realize the damage I was doing by going with the standard over-the-counter medicines. I mean, everyone else uses them; how bad could they be?


I mean, really bad.

That’s what I learned when I couldn’t live in the shadow of denial anymore and started doing some research. And you know what else I learned? NOT everyone else uses the chemically-based quick fixes. There are plenty of people who, after bad reactions, ineffectiveness, or just the desire for better options – have found their way to natural options. And they work.

What I love most about natural remedies is that they address the source of the issue. The medicines I used to take masked symptoms and I typically had to take them on an ongoing basis. Headache? Take a pain reliever hope for relief – pain returns, repeat the process. And I would think, “well, that’s why they’re sold in mega-sized bottles, right?” Great.

Now we flash forward several years – if someone in my family has a headache, I first ask “why?” Every symptom our body presents is telling us something. I’m not saying I welcome a headache, but I don’t pop a pill to mask it; that’s like taking the batteries out of my smoke detector when it goes off in my home. If I silence the alarm without knowing the cause of smoke, I’m likely to have much bigger problems later.

So, what natural remedies do I use? Well, for one – I have an amazing resource of essential oils that help with everything. I mean e-very-thing. I never would have believed it before trying them, so don’t feel bad for doubting. Headaches, stomach aches, warts, blemishes, pain, ear infections, pink eye, nausea, flu, congestion – it’s crazy how many things the oils have helped my family and my clients address. And they’re very useful for prevention too. I can’t tell you how much money my family has saved since we started using essential oils – no doctor appointments in years!

I also use food, nutritional supplements, herbal remedies, homeopathics, and other natural products to support the body and overcome issues that challenge health. There will be lots of blogs to come that detail natural options. I love to help people navigate toward a healthier life, so let me know what specific questions I can blog about to help you.


Natural Support for a Healthy Heart

7 Feb

As a tribute to Valentine’s Day, it seems appropriate to honor the hard working heart and give it some attention. After all, if our hearts decided to take a day off, or even a few minutes, we wouldn’t have a very good day. Proper heart function requires adequate levels of neurotransmitters (so the brain and heart can communicate efficiently) and essential nutrients including Calcium, Taurine, Magnesium, Potassium, Vitamin D, and Vitamin B-6.

In addition to minerals and vitamins, essential oils can offer gentle support for balancing the body without adverse side effects. They have been demonstrated to clear receptors in the body, rid toxins and improve circulation which are all valuable to heart function.

Of course, essential oils are not intended to replace your prescribed medications. Any heart-related health concerns that you have should be discussed with your doctor.

Here’s a bit of information about the heart benefits of certain essential oils. Please make sure you use Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG) oils so you can safely use them topically, aromatically and internally.

Peppermint – This invigorating essential oil increases circulation

Marjoram – Helps smooth muscle tissue

Cypress – Eases spasms

Helichrysum – Improves circulation and reduces blood viscosity

Ylang Ylang – Traditionally used to balance heart function

For general heart health support:

Internal support

– Combine 3 drops of each essential oil: Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram and Ylang Ylang in a veggie cap and take once daily.

Daily Cleansing

– Drink 3-4 quarts of lemon water each day (3-4 drops of lemon oil per quart).

Liver Support

– Rub grapefruit essential oil over liver (right to mid-abdomen, under lungs)

Oil Pulling

– Because periodontal health is linked to heart health, it can be very helpful to improve oral health through such things as oil pulling. Alternate with a drop or two of lemon and oregano oils added to a teaspoon of Organic Coconut Oil and swish through your mouth, pulling through your teeth, twice daily for 10-20 minutes.

To reduce inflammation:

– White Fir and Birch are only needed for a short time to demonstrate benefits.

For antibiotic protection:

– Oregano and OnGuard can be used individually or together.

If you would like to learn about suggested essential oils for specific heart-related issues, we’re happy to share. Just comment below or contact us.


Preparing Your Pantry for Health

6 Jan

We all know how challenging the goal of weight loss or just eating healthier can be. Goals that require long-term change are naturally more difficult, so it’s much easier to be successful when we prepare. One of the best steps to take toward healthier eating is to edit your pantry. I recommend really pushing yourself during this process – eliminating temptations now will make it much easier to stay on track later. So, let’s get started…

First, consider your goals and identify the ingredients that don’t support your health. Some obvious targets for elimination are foods containing hydrogenated oils/shortening, high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners (aspartame, sucrolose, saccharin, sorbitol), artificial flavors, and MSG/monosodium glutamate. These ingredients can cause weight gain, food cravings and many other symptoms, so they are the first to eliminate.

In the pantry – You will want to look closely for these ingredients in all processed foods, spices, canned soups, canned tuna, sodas, and snack foods.
In the fridge – You’re likely to find the offensive ingredients in yogurt, condiments, salad dressings, and (of course) sodas.

Have you already eliminated all these? If so, other considerations are:

Corn syrup – Used as a cheaper sugar substitute, it is chemically processed, has no nutritional value and is very likely genetically modified.
Brominated flour – Found in many baked goods and breads, it has been linked to thyroid dysfunction and cancer.
Food dyes – It’s best for our health to avoid artificial food dyes, especially blue 1, blue 2, yellow 5, yellow 6, green 3, red 3, red 40, FD&C Lakes (can be any combo of dyes), and citrus red 2 (often used in oranges, hot dogs and sausage).
Nitrates, nitrites, sulfites – These additives are used way too often to preserve color in foods. They can cause headaches, migraines, respiratory issues, and digestive disorders.
Vegetable oil/brominated vegetable oil (BVO) – Vegetable oil seems benign enough, however they are extracted using chemicals and are likely made with genetically modified ingredients (canola, soybean, corn, safflower, and sunflower). Better choices are coconut oil and olive oil. And a note about BVO – watch for it in, of all things, beverages, despite the fact that it’s banned in Europe and Japan.
Peservatives BHT, BHA, TBMQ sodium benzoate, and potassium benzoate are all unnecessary chemicals added to increase shelf life or inhibit mold and can cause a variety of issues, including skin irritation, hyperactivity, and cancer.
Gluten – if you are concerned about digestive issues, you may want to eliminate gluten for a period of time to see if there is improvement in your health. Gluten is found in wheat, barley, durum wheat, graham flour, kamut, semolina, spelt, wheat germ, wheat bran, rye, bleached flour. It’s also important to note that studies now suggest that most people do not digest gluten efficiently, possibly because much of it has been genetically modified.

There are certainly a lot of ingredients to look for, so it can be a little overwhelming. After the initial purge, it’s easier to eat and shop healthier. Need help finding alternatives? Comment below and I’ll be glad to share the healthier options I’ve found.

Health & Happiness to You!