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How to Keep Your Cool When the Weather Isn’t

The heat can do funny things to people…

…and some not-so-funny things, including giving you heat-exhaustion or heat stroke.

Those are extreme examples, though. Most of us are familiar with the less alarming effects of hot weather: tingling skin, headaches, feeling dizzy or faint – those kinds of things. While not generally fatal, they can be *really* annoying, especially if you’re having a *really* good time (like… at the beach, for example).

It is possible to help alleviate or prevent these symptoms by giving your body the things that it may be asking for by exhibiting those signs.

Here’s a handy mini-guide to some of the reasons your body may be losing it’s cool and some things you can do to help get it back:

You May Just Need to Chill

Sometimes, you just need to get out of the sun and sit under a tree or an umbrella. Jumping into a pool or the ocean is also a good way to cool down. If you’re starting to feel… “not so hot”, you can try just taking a break and getting out of the heat for a little while.

You Might be Dehydrated

This may be relatively obvious, but if you are feeling tired, weak or dizzy, or you develop a headache – you may be dehydrated. One of simplest things you can do to prevent many of these symptoms is: drink plenty of water.

You Might Need Electrolytes

Electrolytes help the nerves maintain communication with one another. That affects a whole bunch of body systems, since nerves are… well… everywhere. Electrolytes also help you stay hydrated. ¬†There is a long list of symptoms that could point to you needing electrolytes, but some common ones are nausea, headaches and dizziness.

There are a number of different electrolytes, such as Sodium, Chloride, and Potassium which you can get as tablets, capsules and sometimes liquid. They can also be found combined in powders that you can mix with water or other fluids or tablets that dissolve easily in your mouth.

How About a Snack?

You may also know Sodium + Chloride as… SALT… so when you can’t seem to stop eating potato chips when it’s hot out (guilty), this might be your body asking for electrolytes. Don’t want to eat half a bag of chips? Try some salted nuts or sunflower seeds or some salted veggie chips.

There are other foods and drinks that have multiple nutrients that can help fortify you against seriously overheating. Here are some more to try:

So, when you fill up your beach bag – don’t forget the water, electrolytes and some delicious hydrating snacks; and have an awesome summer!

What’s your favorite way to beat the heat? Let us know in the comments!

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Hydrating Drink Recipes

Summer is here!

Beach days, pool parties, hikes, picnics and other outdoor adventures are the order of the day.

All of these things are super fun, but also super dehydrating. Nobody likes dealing with the effects of even mild dehydration, so why not prevent it? It gives you way more time to play and greatly reduces your chances of being unseasonably cranky ūüôā

Prepare yourself for your next outing with some simple recipes for hydrating drinks. And maybe invest in a sturdy travel bottle if you don’t have one already.

Hydrating Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic

This one is pretty simple, and provides electrolytes and Vitamin C. You also get the added benefit of the inflammation reducing properties of turmeric.

  • 2 tablespoons organic, raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar.
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric, ground.
  • 1/4 lemon juice, fresh.
  • 2 cups filtered water.
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey, or maple syrup.
  • Pinch of cayenne.

Natural Sports Drink Recipe

(From Wellness Mama)

yield 4 cups

Save money and avoid artificial ingredients by making your own homemade natural sports drink recipe with electrolytes. Endless options to make a flavor you love!

Ingredients

  • 1 quart of liquid (options: green tea, herbal teas, coconut water, plain water, etc)
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp high quality salt (or more if needed)
  • 1 teaspoon calcium magnesium powder
  • 1/4 cup or more of juice (optional)- Can use grape, apple, lemon, lime, pineapple, etc
  • 1-2 TBSP sweetener (optional)- can use honey, stevia, etc. I suggest brewing stevia leaf into the base liquid for the most natural option.

Instructions

  1. Brew tea if using or slightly warm base liquid
  2. Add sea salt and calcium magnesium to mix.
  3. Add juice and sweetener if using and mix or shake well.
  4. Cool and store in fridge until ready to use.
  5. Will last up to four days in fridge, but I prefer to make as needed.

Have you tried these? Do you have a recipe of your own to share? Let us know in the comments!

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CalMag-C: Your Solution for Better Sleep and Relaxation

Take a few minutes to find out how important calcium and magnesium are for your good health…

Why Is Instant CalMag-C So Important?

We all know that we need calcium and magnesium. The number of deficiencies in these two minerals alone can cause almost any unpleasant symptoms and it’s these symptoms that aren’t commonly known.
Two of them are an inability to sleep or relax and so many people battle with these. An inability to sleep is actually just an inability to relax. Then there’s muscle aches and pains, especially after exerting the body – and often even when it hasn’t been exerted.
Inexplicable things like restless legs – or charley horses – can be caused by deficiencies as well as other problems like constipation, teething problems in the young ones and PMS. Ten days before a woman starts her menstrual cycle, calcium levels start dropping. As the cycle begins, the levels take another dive and that action alone can cause the most unpleasant symptoms that so many experience. These are only just a few examples. There are dozens more.
There are also other very important facts about these two minerals that are not so well known.
In order for the nervous system to work it needs an “electrical” current to send and receive signals from all the organs, glands, and muscles. This is how the correct messages are relayed to carry out the body functions or for messages to be carried back to the brain, which is the “boss” of the central nervous system.
Minerals are what creates this “electrical” current and two of the most vital minerals are calcium (the most abundant mineral in the body) and magnesium. They have to be in a certain ratio to do their job – 2:1 calcium to magnesium. Because they are alkaline, they also need some kind of acid like vitamin C to adjust the pH so they can be absorbed and used by the body. This is another very important fact: if the pH isn’t in the right range then the minerals can deposit in unwanted places.
Calcium’s job is to help contract the muscles while magnesium’s job is to help relax them. Think of a heartbeat – contract, relax, contract, relax – and that’s how the signals are carried and how the body functions. This muscle contraction even includes the colon (think of constipation – the muscles are not contracting and relaxing to push the waste out), the eyes, and many more body functions.
Calcium is so important that it is the only nutrient that has it’s own gland – the parathyroid (no relation to the thyroid, just neighbors) to maintain the amount of calcium circulating in the body.
This Calcium 101 video gives more data about the parathyroid and how calcium and magnesium work –

You may have noticed there are many forms of calcium and wondered if all of them are equal.¬†They’re not. The body cannot use many of them so they get deposited in various places like the joints, kidneys, behind the eyes and so on. Calcium gluconate and calcium lactate can be used by the body.
Instant CalMag-C is a powdered combination of calcium gluconate and magnesium carbonate in a 2:1 ratio along with vitamin C to adjust the pH. All you need to do is mix it with some boiling water. It doesn’t even have to be broken down in the body because that’s already been done by mixing it correctly. Now it can be instantly absorbed by the body.
Many people report how it helps relieve discomforts, relaxes them and helps with sleep or restless legs and many other symptoms. Below is one of the success stories:
“I just wanted to let you know about some success I’ve been having with the CalMag-C product.¬† My son who is 9 years old was having problems sleeping.¬† He would come into my room in the middle of the night crying that he couldn’t sleep and had been up for hours just lying in bed trying to sleep.¬† I tried many different things but nothing was working.¬† It was actually getting worse and I really didn’t know what to do.¬† This was of course affecting his attitude during the day¬†and he was just cranky.
“I started making the CalMag-C for him every night just before bed and honestly it was like night and day.¬† I never expected it to work as well as it did.¬† He started sleeping through the night! It’s kind of amazing, because I figured it¬†would help but I never expected¬†it to fully handle the problem.¬† Dylan now asks for “his drink” before bed every night.¬†He knows that he has to have it and in fact likes it.
“Thanks so¬†much for a good product.¬† It makes me happy as a mom to help my son, but also just the knowledge that he is getting nutrients that he needs with the Calcium, Magnesium and vitamin C that is helping his overall immune system.¬† I have been telling my fellow mom’s and other friends about this product as well and would recommend it to anyone just to stay healthy.” Julianna O, NJ – January 6, 2016
  Do you have a success story to share from using CalMag-C? Let us know in the comments!
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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.