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A Little Spring Cleaning

Spring is coming soon!

Or rather, here in sunny Florida… early summer is coming!

No matter where you live, this is the time of year where you suddenly want to get outside and DO things! It’s also typically the time of year where you start taking your house apart, determined to clean *everything* with varying degrees of success. I’ve read some pretty interesting things about where that concept of “Spring Cleaning” comes from: trying to rid the house of all leavened bread (and crumbs) before Passover, purging the bad luck from your house at Chinese New Year, and preparing for Nowruz (Persian New Year). It seems the general consensus all over the world is that this is a time of throwing out the stuff that is cluttering up your life and being distracting, and making things fresh and new again.

I don’t know about you, but for me this also extends to the condition of my body. New Year’s Eve comes and goes and resolutions are made, but it isn’t until spring that I really get into doing things to improve the way I feel.

While having an exercise routine you love, that produces results for you is definitely one great thing to do for yourself, it’s only part of the picture when it comes to making a vast improvement in how you feel physically. So, here I humbly present some of my favorite Spring Cleansing tips. Quick disclaimer, though: I’m not a doctor or even studying to be one, so if you have any questions about these things you should definitely ask someone who is:

  • Eat things that make you feel better

    Seriously. If you feel amazing after eating pears, if you can’t eat enough kale salad… with some apple cider vinegar and lemon on top and a little feta cheese thrown in there (yummm!) or if you just love to juice… DO IT. Your body needs different things at different times of the year and under different circumstances. I think that’s pretty universally accepted, right?

 

 

 

 

 

  • Never underestimate the power of water

It does account for more than half of a body’s composition, after all. The majority of the systems in your body need plenty of water to function properly – from the integumentary (skin) to the digestive. A simple rule of thumb: drink half your body weight in ounces of water a day. Example: If you weigh 140 lbs, drink 70 ounces of water a day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Heat things up

One of the things I’ve done for my annual Spring Cleansing is tried out the Far Infrared sauna at a local spa. I’d heard a lot about the detoxifying, relaxing, pain relieving (and more) benefits of Far Infrared saunas. I went a few times a month for a few months, and I was impressed. It was relaxing and it improved the tension and pain I carried around in my neck and shoulders. I even noticed that I had smoother skin. If you look into that, make sure you check on any contraindications there may be for any specific health issues you might have, but you may find it’s well worth the research.

 

 

  • Walk, Walk, Walk

There are actually studies showing that walking can slow down the aging process and increase your lifespan. I was thinking it’s just refreshing and helps get your attention out into the world (which is helpful when you’re trying to organize and de-clutter your life). At least 20 minutes spent walking per day is reported to help maintain healthy body weight, reduce the risk of various health conditions and diseases, improve cognitive function and it’s a great way to get some sun exposure.

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this list. Please feel free to add to it or let us know if any of these things have worked for you by commenting below! Now, I’m going to go take a walk…

P.S. If you’ve been there and done that, or you just want to try a more rigorous cleanse, check out one of these!

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Five Tips to Help Boost Your Immune System

Five Tips to Help Boost Your Immune System

Your family and friends are coming for dinner…

And you’ve sneezed at least 10 times in the last five minutes.  You want to share a meal, not your cold. This is an all too common predicament when the weather starts to cool off. But there is something you can do about it.

Building up your immune system at the start of the season can help your body take care of germs and such before you get to the point of using up half a box of tissues. Then you can focus more on catching up with loved ones and less on your loved ones catching something from you.

Here are 5 simple tips to help keep your immune system in fighting shape as winter approaches:

1. Have Some Chicken Soup –

In addition to the fact that it is warm, soothing and delicious; the combination of chicken, vegetables and herbs that make up this age-old cold weather staple also turn it into an excellent immune-boosting food. You may already have a family recipe, but just in case you don’t, you can find one here. You can increase the health benefits by adding bone broth.

2.  Eat Garlic –

If you love Italian food, you are in luck – because garlic is a superstar when it comes to immune system support. If you are bold, you can simply break off a clove of garlic, peel it and take a bite. If you’re a little more cautious, you can roast your garlic and spread it on some nice crusty Italian bread or spoon it over some sauteed onions, tomatoes, spinach and broccoli for a double-dose of immune support. If none of those things sound appealing,garlic is also available as a supplement.

3. Get Some Rest-

It sounds almost too simple, but getting adequate sleep goes a long way in giving your body the time it needs to sort itself out and target and handle any invading germs and pathogens. Certain cells called
cytokines are active while you sleep, helping your body to fight off infection as well as supporting your cardiovascular health.

4. Make an Immune-Boosting Tonic –

If you’re not sure where to start with this one, a basic recipe can be found here which includes lemon, honey, turmeric and ginger. Lemon is a citrus fruit which contains Vitamin C, has antibacterial properties, is an acidic fruit that can assist in balancing Ph, and a whole lot more. Honey is known as a food rich in all-around infection protection. It gives the added benefit of coating the throat if yours is getting a bit scratchy. More and more research is showing the benefits of turmeric for circulatory and immune health. Ginger is an antioxidant food which has also been found to have antiviral properties and as a bonus, promotes ease of digestion. If you aren’t really one for mixing up concoctions in the kitchen, don’t worry. There are ready-made versions such as Dr. Schulze’s Supertonic and Cold and Flu Shot.

5. Supplement With Vitamin C –

Well known as an aid to the cells in the body which fight infection, Vitamin C is not made by the body. It can be found in many foods such as citrus fruits, peppers, guava, peas, kale and other dark leafy greens, kiwi, broccoli and berries.
There are also Vitamin C supplements available from brands such as Vitalbulk and Standard Vitamins as well as whole food varieties like Dr. Schulze’s Super C Plus and  Garden of Life Vitamin Code Raw Vitamin C. 

Have you tried any of these remedies for yourself? Want to share your go-to immune-booster with us? Let us know in the comments below!

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An Honest Review of “How to Live 150 Years in Health”

 

"How to Live 150 Years in Health" is currently a featured item on our website and is on sale at 20% off.
“How to Live 150 Years in Health” is currently a featured item on our website and is on sale at 20% off.

See why this book is our current best-seller in Health and Nutrition…

I don’t normally do book reviews, but this is the most important health book I have read in twenty or twenty-five years!

We started carrying this book at our store based on the request of a customer who works with the author in Italy. I decided to read the book, not because I was personally interested, but because its title threw me off and I was seriously wondering if I should be selling such a book in our store. What if it was just a scam and I was lending it our reputation and implicit endorsement?

So I took a copy home and started reading it. Well, along about chapter 3, the author explains the scientific backing for what appears to be a rather outlandish claim that we could live to 150 years of age in good health.

After reading it, I think you too, would agree that he is making a realistic claim and that mankind will in fact, achieve this in this 21st century, if not in my lifetime. The odds are that if I can just keep myself alive and in relatively decent health for another fifteen years, science will have progressed to the point where I could reasonably extend my life to well over 100 and perhaps to 125 years of age. This is rather remarkable, but we are poised on the verge of some great breakthroughs and even those of us who are already past middle age are not too old to benefit from them.

Dr. Tsoukalas blows apart some of the favorite misconceptions most of us hold about such varied topics as cholesterol, vitamins, vaccinations, insulin therapy for diabetes and so on. You will learn how the whole subject of “high cholesterol” was introduced as a money-making scam foisted on the public by the FDA at the behest of a pharmaceutical company purely for profit motives.

While thoroughly backing up his statements with references to the relevant scientific literature, he presents his case in a highly readable and informative format that is easy to understand.Of course, I wouldn’t want to live to 150 years old if I felt a day over 80! But Dr. Tsoukalas explains that this would indeed be pointless and undesirable. He suggests how it could be achieved while maintaining a much younger biological age in which one remained active and healthy.

If this interests you, I highly recommend his book.