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6 Ways to Boost Your Immunity

 | December 4, 2018 | Posted by:

Baby, it’s cold outside!

Winter is settling in and so are the bugs that keep going around. Everywhere we go we’re surrounded by people. Christmas shopping in malls, going to school, church nursery and Sunday school……

It’s enough to make you want to hibernate until spring.

With a few simple tricks, we can do our part to bring the risk of sickness down in our homes.

Before we get to the immune boosting tips, here are some things that you can do while out in public that will help limit the spread of germs.

  • Don’t use the handrails on stairs and escalators  
  • Use paper towels to open bathroom doors when done
  • Use a natural hand sanitizer (you can find them from the major essential oil distributors like Young Living and DoTerra)

 

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6 Ways to Boost Your Immunity

  • Make your soup with a whole chicken, bones and all. Let your chicken simmer on the bone all day before de-boning it. There are tons of nutrients that help your immune system (why do you think your mom’s chicken soup made you feel better?)
  • Garlic and oregano are great ingredients to add to your soup when you’re feeling run down
  • Limit your sugar intake 
  • Get outside! Even a short walk in the sunshine can give you a Vitamin D boost (and mood boost, as well)
  • Consider adding kefir (or probiotics) to your diet. When you add it to smoothies you can’t even taste it
  • Dose yourself and your kiddos daily with elderberry syrup

 

There you have it! Six easy ways to help your household fight the sickies this winter. Did we miss something? Be sure to comment with ways you keep your family healthy!





3 Reasons Why You Need Rest to be Productive

 | February 1, 2018 | Posted by:

Have the words “I don’t have enough time” ever crossed your lips? We wake up with our brains already half way down our to-do list for the day. We stumble through our routines, not really invested mentally in what’s going on. Instead we are at a dead run trying to accomplish as much as possible in the time given to us.

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The Lie Perfectionists Believe

 | September 19, 2017 | Posted by:

If you are reading this article I would wager to guess that you are a perfectionist.

We perfectionists like to read about other perfectionists being vulnerable and laying it all out there about what they do to be less of a perfectionist.

The tendency is to think that if we apply these steps, or read this book, or grit our teeth and just get through it, we’ll find the strength inside of us to change whatever it is that is ruining our life.

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Best Foods to Boost Water Intake

 | August 3, 2017 | Posted by:

Did you know that you are not limited to drinking in order to stay hydrated? Many fruits and vegetables are high in water and are very easily added to your daily diet.

Throw them in a blender to make a delicious smoothie, chop some up to go on a salad, or just have them sitting on your counter or desk to snack on throughout the day and you’re well on your way to optimal hydration.

Below are some of the fruits and veggies with the highest water count.

Cheers!

Veggies

Cucumber – 96.7%

Celery – 95.4%

Radishes – 95.3%

Tomatoes – 94.5%

Green peppers – 93.9%

Cauliflower – 92.1%

Spinach – 91.4%

Broccoli – 91.7%

Baby carrots – 90.4%

 

Fruits

Watermelon – 91.5%

Strawberries – 91.0%

Grapefruit – 90.5%

Cantaloupe – 90.2%

Fun Facts

“Reaching for a watermelon or cucumber after finishing an intense workout may hydrate your body twice as effectively as a glass of water, claims a 2009 study by researchers at the University of Aberdeen Medical School. This is so because water-rich fruits and vegetables also provide you with natural sugars, amino acids, mineral salts and vitamins that are lost in exercise. The study found that this combination helps hydrate you more effectively than water or sports drinks. Eating fruits and vegetables high in water content can replenish your body without all the artificial colors and flavors commonly found in sports drinks. The biggest advantage of consuming high water content foods is that they contain minimal calories and provide a feeling of fullness.” You can read the full article here.

“Benefits from eating grapefruit include: weight loss, cellulite reduction, ability to fight cancer, immunity boost, reduced stroke risk, increased skin health.” You can read more helpful information here.

 

Sources:

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20709014,00.html#eat-your-water-1

http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/list-fruits-vegetable-high-water-content-8958.html

https://draxe.com/grapefruit-benefits-weight-loss/


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