healthy living

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!





7 Weird and Beneficial Foods for Pregnancy

 | October 13, 2017 | Posted by:

Who doesn’t love a list of weird foods?! For a little bonus: These help you feel better during pregnancy! (You’re welcome)

Rooibos Tea 

Rooibos is refreshing and caffeine-free. “It provides antioxidants to support immunity, which is lowered in early pregnancy to prevent rejection of the embryo.”

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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/


Living Intentionally in the Hard Seasons

 | April 20, 2017 | Posted by:

In our last article we talked about living intentionally in the busyness of life. (You can find that here) And while it’s always beneficial to evaluate what takes up room in your heart and drains energy and focus, sometimes you can’t help the distractions in your life. Maybe you’re a mom of small children. You can’t put them on hold while you go be intentional somewhere else. Maybe you have a demanding job and don’t have the option to make a change. There are many reasons why life can be taxing that don’t have anything to do with extra fluff.

So what do you do when your life has been reduced to the bare minimum and STILL you’re drained, distracted, and overwhelmed?

How do you live intentionally when life is just HARD? How do you remain focused when the obstacles you face seem more and more daunting every day?

Be intentional with what is in front of you. It’s important to grasp this concept, or else you could spend your whole life looking at an abstract future thinking “when I get to that stage of life…THEN I’ll be able to make a difference” or “there’s got to be more to this life than changing diapers or pretending to respect a horrible boss”.

When we see the mundane and ordinary moments as insignificant…..we’ve missed a great opportunity for growth

Each season is different. Each season has its joys and struggles. Don’t let illusive promises of future ease keep you from being faithful with what’s right in front of you.

Be willing to allow the direction of your day to change if a need arises. Maybe you had a super fun play date planned with other desperate moms (and their kids, of course) and when you’re about to get in the car to leave your child projectile vomits (What? Of course this has never happened to me….I’m speaking in hypotheticals here). Maybe you got to the office with a plan of action for your day and your boss comes in and completely vetos it (Again….it’s not like this has ever happened to me…). Maybe you’re super scheduled and organized and have your day mapped out and a friend calls and needs someone to talk to and ends up staying for like 6 hours.

When we get so focused on OUR to-do list and lose sight of other’s needs our hearts remain hardened instead of softened 

Your natural self-protecting instinct is going to tell you to harden your heart. But it would be a shame to walk through your days like that. It would be a shame to waste opportunities to give freely to someone else, all the while gaining so much more than you’re giving.

 

These are lifetime kinds of mindsets. These habits won’t be perfected overnight. It takes being willing every day to lay down your own desires for the good of another. It’s not normal to live in such a way. It’s revolutionary and counter-cultural. It takes energy and focus to be intentional with what is right in front of you. It takes self-control and LOVE to lay down your goals and put another’s needs before your own. Especially when those needs belong to someone that is kind of hard to love (or respect) right then.

Do you have ways in which you live intentionally even when life is complicated?

 

 

 

 

 


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