Herbal Remedies for Dehydration

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Do you constantly feel fatigued throughout the day and thirsty even after drinking several glasses of water? This may be because your body is not retaining enough water and is asking for more. No matter where you live hot or cold make sure you are taking care of your body and drinking water when you are thirsty. Dehydration affects vital organs of the body like brain, kidney, liver, stomach, lungs etc by hampering the oxygen supply to the brain. 

The most common warning signs and symptoms of dehydration are:

Diarrhea/ Dry mouth/ Sleepiness/ Feeling thirsty/ Decreased urination / Muscle weakness / Lower blood pressure/ Very dry skin

Types of dehydration:

Hypotonic or Hyponatremic- the loss of electrolytes, mostly sodium

Hypotonic or Hypenatremic- the loss of water

Isotonic or Isonatremic- the loss of both water and electrolytes

What do electrolytes do? Electrolytes keep us alive. They absorb fluids and stay hydrated, they also help to regulate the bodies ph and other important functions

The main electrolytes in the body are sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium and chloride

If you trouble with drinking water try my top three herbal remedies. As always consult with your doctor or trusted physician before trying any remedies if you have any concerns or question. You can also always email me at humblesoul80888@gmail.com.

#1 Chamomile ;

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Chamomile comes as a de-caffeinated tea option that further helps you keep hydrated by replacing the fluids lost due to dehydration

Take 1 bag of dried chamomile flowers in a cup of hot water and let it soak for 10 minutes before straining it. Have two to three cups of chamomile tea every day

warning:( chamomile will make you sleepy and is known to have calming effects / teabags cooled down can also be used for eyes and helping with pink eye)

#2 Elderflower ;

Elderflower may help in reducing the body temperature and lessen the need of expelling heat form the body through evaporation. The flowers and berries are the only edible part of the plant

Consume one-two teaspoons of this powder with water at least two times every day. You can also make a herbal tea and consume it daily for better results

Add 1 tablespoon dried elderberry flowers in a tea pot and fill up with boiling water. Elderberry flowers can be dried easily by hanging them or by drying them in the dehydrator

warning: they are mildly toxic and have an unpleasant taste when raw. possibly unsafe when used in ex sessile amounts.

#3 Licorice ;

A favoured herb in Indian households and is used in several ways. It helps in cooling your body temperature and prevents heat stroke, dehydration and fatigue. It can be consumed in the form of a decoction, further keeping the body cool and hydrated. 

Mulethi water can be consumed by soaking the roots in water for some time before straining it

warning: short time side effects of licorice are symptoms such as fatigue and headache, the long-term side effects can be much more serious such as high blood pressure, nosebleeds, anxiety ; no more than 100 mg per day

Other Tips & Tricks:

Athletes, gym-goers, and growing children, should add a pinch of Himalayan salt and a splash of lemon to their water. This will help to generate the electrolytes in water which are responsible for hydrating the body

Drinking water that is boiled and cooled down to room temperature is considered the

You can have fresh fruits and vegetables with high water content, such as cucumbers, avocado, lettuce, zucchini, radishes, strawberries, watermelon, muskmelon, citrus fruits etc.

Other drinks to try: homemade vegetable juices, fruit smoothies, frozen fruit pops, water with fruit slices, kombucha, bone broth or other vegetable broths

Water/Juice Recipes Safe For Children:

Always consult with your child’s doctor when you have major concerns of dehydration

1-Barley water – a great way to help your body restore its lost nutrients

Ingredients:½ cup barley /2 cups of water/1 teaspoon lemon juice / Honey to taste

What You Should Do: Boil barley in water. Let it simmer for 30-40 minutes. After the concoction cools down, add honey and lemon juice. Drink this water 3-4 times a day for best results. Introduce barley water after your baby is six months of age

2-Cranberry- have high water content, and these small berries also contain an apt amount of sugar and salt, which the body loses when you become dehydrated

What You Should Do: drink fresh cranberry juice to feel better once or twice a day

3-Lemon water-Lemons have ample amounts of sodium, potassium and magnesium. Drinking lemon water helps you replenish these lost nutrients and makes you feel better

Ingredients: 1 glass of filtered water / 1 tbsp lemon juice / 1 tsp sweetener

What You Should Do: In a glass of water, mix lemon and honey. Drink lemon water two to three times a day. Lemon water should not be given to babies till they are at least six months old. Honey should not be given to babies under 1 years old

4- Apple Juice- Apple juice is excellent for combating dehydration because it’s high amounts of magnesium and potassium

Ingredients: 1 glass of filtered water / 1 apple

What You Should Do: Blend apple and water to make juice. Drink this juice two times a day. Apples should be avoided until your infant turns six months

5-Banana’s-Dehydration makes you lose essential minerals such as potassium from your body. Bananas are rich in potassium. Thus, they help in replenishing the lost potassium from the body

Ingredients: 1or 2 bananas a day

What You Should Do: Consume a banana before indulging in any strenuous physical activity. Banana can be consumed once or twice in a day. It is not recommended to give bananas to a baby who is less than six months of age. It is one of the best home remedies for dehydration in infants

These statements are not meant to cure a disease or act in any medical capacity. Always consult with your doctor if you have any concerns. I am just a Humble herbalist and juicer trying to help heal the world.

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Intro To Herbs + Herbal Medicine

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Hi everyone and welcome back and happy new year! (lol) This year we will be starting off with a new series called anything and everything herbs. Now of course if you are following on Facebook you know the basis of what this series is all about and if you don’t no worries it’s never too late to go check it out.

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Anything and everything herbs is a series to help those who want to learn about herbs. It is getting back to basics and giving you the tools you need to heal and learn from the comfort of your own home or wherever you find peace. Always consult with your doctor or a trusted physician if you have any concerns before changing your regular diet or taking new supplements.These statements are not medical advice and are not regulated or approved by the FDA or any other certifying agency.

Jumping right in

Herbal is medicine is the study or practice of the medicinal and therapeutic use of plants; herbalism. Remedies and medicines made from plants.(“traditional doctors prescribe herbal medicine for the prevention and treatment of illness”). Herbs can be divided into broad energetic categories based on their taste, constituents, and basic effects on the body. There are 12 basic categories of herbs and today we are going to go over a few of them briefly. Now before working with herbs it is very important to know what your goals are. For example it is my goal in life to help educate and help others heal in more than just the physical aspect. Knowing how you to help yourself heal brings light into your world. Taking care of your body is a full-time job and you have to be up for the challenge.

COMMON CATEGORIES OF HERBS:

Side note: Any individual herb may fit into more than one category

Pungent Herbs: Have a spicy or hot taste and typically have a very sharp aroma. They move blood and energy upward toward the head and mucus membranes. These kind of herbs stimulate digestion, may enhance appetite and may help expel gas. ( ex ginger, mustard, onions, cayenne pepper)

Aromatic Herbs: Contain violate oils which is another name for essential oils. These oils evaporate when they are exposed to heat and light. They have a strong effects on the nervous system, either calming or stimulating. ( ex dill, peppermint, lemon balm and even carrot family)

Simple (Nonalkaloidal ) Bitters: Simple bitters are herbs that various bitter principles. These bitters may act as natural laxatives. They cause energy to move downward toward the digestive organs. Bitter herbs should be avoided by emaciated and typically dry people. ( ex wild lettuce, buckthorn, butternut bark, aloe leaf (not the gel), turkey rhubarb)

Alkaloidal Bitters: These bitters taste better due to the presence of alkaloids. Some known compounds in these herbs are caffeine, nicotine, and berberine. Alkaloidal bitters can be drying and depleting when over used by some people. ( ex goldenseal, Oregon grape, California poppy)

Sour Herbs: It’s known that many berries and fruits have a sour taste due to acids ( citric, malic, and ascorbic acid). Flavonoids are also present and they are high in antioxidants and may help reducing fevers. Sour herbs are considered good for the liver and eyes. ( ex mugwort, yarrow, cinnamon, dandelion)

Salty Herbs: The salty taste we taste is different for these herbs they is a more subtle grassy taste. The salty flavor comes from the presence of mineral salts. They are known to clear the lymphatics, promote lymph flow and loosen mucus in the body. ( ex cumin, cayenne, paprika, black pepper, oregano, lemon peel, garlic) 

Sweet Herbs: These herbs have a sweet like flavor not like honey or sugar but a dark chocolate type of flavor. They are normally used to build up wakened conditions and replenishing energy reserves. Larger doses may overstimulate the body are abused more often than you think. ( ex cinnamon basil, the various mints like apple mint, pineapple mint, and peppermint, pineapple sage, lavender (if used very sparingly), Stevia)

Moving on if you have any questions please email me at humblesoul80888@gmail.com.

Before trying herbs or taking anything it’s important to get a correct assentment. Always talk with doctor about your options before switching anything in your diet or daily supplements. Find a herbalist or practitioner that meets your needs. Somethings to look for when looking at your options is what they bring to the table, do they fit your lifestyle, and they ask the right questions. One red flag to look out for is someone who is against modern medicine. I understand the power of herbs and the power of modern medicine ( going to the doctor). No one should ever tell you to stop taking your medicine unless it was approved by your primary physician. It can be very dangerous and should be monitored very closely. Many over the counter medicine may overpower or cause a reaction when mixed with herbal medicine.

Next we will go over different types of herbal medicine.

Dried herbs: can be used in capsules, for herbal tea, bath soaks, and other various herbal extracts

Capsules: dried herbal powders placed in capsules to be swallowed, may take up to 15 minuted to an hour to start taking effects

Tablets: herbal powders are dried and mixed with a substance that acts as a binder, tablets can be harder to digest

Water extractions: ( herbal tea, decoctions) do not work well with nasty tasting herbs, can be stored in the fridge in the refrigerator for up to 5 days depending on mixture,

Syrups: water based extraction, made in the same way as a decoction the only change is water and a sweetener are used like honey or sugar, syrups have a short shelf life and can be extended by adding alcohol

Alcohol Tinctures: alcohol is an excellent solvent for dry and fresh herbs, they have the longest shelf life and can be stored for years, not recommended for children or people with liver disorders

Herbal vinegars + Acid tinctures: most commonly used in the kitchen for cooking or making salad dressings, a popular example is fire cider

Check back in a few days to learn more herbal tea and decoctions

Smokeable Herbs

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Hi everyone and welcome back for another informative blog post. Today we are going to be talking about smokeable herbs. Now of course smoking of any kind should be done by only a person 21+ and up I believe the legal age is now. As for what you are smoking tobacco, cannabis either cbd or not are all good fits to blend with herbs.

Of course, this article is for educational purposes only. Speak with your doctor before trying any herbal smoking blends.

Reasons for smoking herbs:

Quitting tobacco / Relaxation / Mood enhancement / Mental stimulation / Respiratory support / Spiritual rituals

Types of smoking herbs: Base Herbs- Supportive Herbs- Flavoring Herbs

Some herbs may be in more than one group!

Here are the standard proportions you want to follow:

Base Herbs- 40 to 60% A base herb is a neutral herb that is easier on the throat. It is commonly used as the main ingredient in your smoking blends.

Mullein / Damiana / Mugwort /Raspberry leaves / Marshmallow roots /Yarrow / Chamomile

Supportive Herbs– 30 to 40% Typically used to fill in effects wanted in the formula that are not supplied by the base herb.

Skullcap / Blue lotus / Passion flower / Catnip / White Sage / Wild lettuce / Wormwood

Flavoring Herbs-10% to 20% Optional herbs that help harmonize the action of the blend you are creating.

Lavender / Rose petals/ Lemon balm / Spearmint / Peppermint

Example of proportions: Parts are measured in weight, so it could be a milligram or an ounce up to a pound

8 ounces base herb

4 ounces supporting herb 1 + herb 2

2 ounces supporting herb 3

2 ounces balancing herb 1

1 ounce balancing herb 2

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Herbs for lungs:

Peppermint : helps clear lungs and respiratory tract great flavor, may improve blood circulation

Mullein: gentle yet powerful smoke, used as medicine for lungs as a cleanser, if to dry won’t smoke well so you may have to rub the leaves together

White Horehound: very potent anti-inflammatory, used to treat whooping cough and asthma, high in marrubin, one of the five sacred herbs

Hyssop: used to clean and purge the lungs, used to relieve anxiety and stimulate focus, may make you sweat

Herbs used to quit cigarettes:

Red Raspberry Leaf: great tobacco alternative, may neutralize nicotine poisoning, known as a sedative herb and may help with period pain

Bergamot: a strong lung antiseptic, rich in oregano oil, reduces nicotine cravings

Lobelia: known as Indian tobacco, effective with quitting smoking, bonds to same receptors in the brain like nicotine

Calming Herbs:

Skullcap: may help with anxiety, may help manage headaches, nervous system booster

Chamomile: may help with withdrawal symptoms from smoking nicotine, may help with calming effects

Mugwort: the dream herb, mellows our flavor profile, history used to potentially alleviate fever, colds, digestive issues, nervous problems, and menstrual problems and spiritual uses

Damiana: very flavor desert herb, may enhance lovemaking, originates from South and Central America

Sample Blend:

Calm Blend:

2 parts (Base): Raspberry Leaf or Mugwort

1 part (Action + Supportive): Mexican Tarragon

½ part (Flavoring/Aromatic): Rose Petals, (or choice of  aromatic, like lavender!)

Quit Cigs:

(Base) Red raspberry leaf or Lobelia

(Supportive) Skullcap

(Flavoring) Peppermint or Spearmint

Tear the dried leaves and flowers with your fingers to crumble them. As you’re mixing it be sure to keep turning it, and connect to it. Add anything else that might be inspiring to your blend that calls you. Before smoking, use a grinder preferably, to break it down so it’s perfectly ready to roll. Or place your dried leaves and petals directly onto a pipe to enjoy. If you’re storing a bunch of it in a jar, or bag, add a drop of honey to keep it moist

The Anti-Inflammatory Diet

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Hey everyone and welcome back for another informative blog post. Today we are going to be talking about the anti-inflammatory diet and some of the many benefits it holds. As always consult with your doctor or trusted physician before making any major changes in your diet and always as questions if you have a preexisting condition.

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Jumping right in some of the many benefits of the anti-inflammatory diet include:

help with managing stress, may balance blood sugar, may help lower blood pressure, and it’s high in antioxidants

Stay away from ultra-processed foods, which include just about anything that comes in a package like microwaveable dinners, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, dehydrated soups, baked goods, sugary cereals, processed meats, biscuits, and sauces.

Healthy eating tips:

Avoid dietary triggers: gluten, nightshades, dairy etc

Eat breakfast everyday: Eat something before 10 am and always include protein and healthy fats

Push carbs / Grains: During lunch and dinner is the best time rush carbs too much sugar early in the day will raise your blood sugar faster

Diet and Serving Sizes: (Serving sizes may vary with persons weight, height, and previous health issues)

Vegetables – 4 to 8 servings per day

Lightly cooked leafy greens ( spinach, collard greens, kale, Swiss chard) cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale, cauliflower) carrots, beets, onions, peas, squashes, sea vegetables, and washed raw salad greens

Fruits – 3 to 4 servings per day

Raspberries, blueberries, figs, strawberries, peaches, oranges, pink grapefruit, red grapes, pears, apples, kiwis, mango, pineapple, plums

Whole and Cracked Grains/ Pasta (al dente)- Eat later in the day ( Always pair your grains with protein and / or fat)

Brown rice, basmati rice, wild rice, buckwheat, groats, barley, quinoa, steel-cut oats, amaranth, organic pasta, rice noodles, and part whole wheat and buckwheat noodles (udon and soba)

Sources of Protein- 3x a day

Organic cheese and yogurt or plant based, free range eggs, wild fish, free range grass fed beef, wild game, tofu, tempeh, and edamame. soy products such as tofu, tempeh, edamame, lentils, chickpeas, peanuts, almonds, spirulina ( avoid soy milk )

Fish & Seafood- 2 to 6 servings per week

Wild alaskan salmon, herring, sardines, black cod

Healthy Fats

While cooking use extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil. Ghee in place of butter. Nuts (walnuts), avocados and seeds (hemp, chia, ground flax), sunflower)

Cooked Mushrooms

Shiitake, maitake, oyster mushrooms, portobello

Herbs & Spices Abundant

Turmeric + black pepper, ginger, garlic, chili peppers, basil, cinnamon, rosemary, thyme, fenugreek, fennel, garam, masala, and other curry blends

Supplements Daily

Multi vitamin, Vitamin C, Molecularly distilled fish oil, Vitamin D3, Spirulina, Turmeric

Healthy Sweets- In moderation

Fresh fruit, unsweetened fried fruit, dark chocolate (70% cacao), fruit sorbet

Sample Menu:

Option 1:

Breakfast- Green smoothie ( 1 large banana, 1 cup of kale, 1 cup almond milk, 1/4 ripe avocado, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 2 tbsp honey, 1 cup of ice)

Lunch- Hummus + greek salad

Dinner- Garlic butter roasted salmon with potatoes and asparagus

Snacks- Walnuts / Pears

Option 2:

Breakfast- 1 cup low fat Greek yogurt with 1/4 cup fresh cherries and 3 tbsp chopped walnuts

Lunch- Peanut zucchini noodle salad with chicken – 1 clementine

Dinner- Stuffed sweet potato with hummus dressing

Snacks- Apples / Roasted Almonds

Check back later for more information. If you have any questions please let me know.

Phytonutrients The Micronutrient You Need To Know

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With over 5000 known phytonutrients it always amazes me that they aren’t talked about more and today we are going to change that. Plant foods contain thousands of natural chemicals which help the body as a whole.

Phytonutrients:Micronutrients (Phyto) meaning plant of nutrient substances.

Phytonutrients are natural compounds found in plant foods such as vegetables, fruit, whole grain products and legumes. Many phytochemicals give the foods their color or smell. Foods containing phytochemicals are often very colorful, but white foods such as onions, garlic, and even olive oil are high in these nutrients.

Some of the most common phytonutrients are:

carotenoids/ellagic acid/resveratrol/flavonoids/phytoestrogens/glucosinolates

Six Phytonutrients Examples:

1.Red (Lycopene)One of the 600 Carotenoids (any of a class of mainly yellow, orange, or red fat-soluble pigments, including carotene, which give color to plant parts such as ripe tomatoes and autumn leaves)

Reduce the risk of prostate cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

Fruits and Vegetables: Cherries, Cranberries, Mangos, Watermelon, Papaya, Beets, Red onions, Red potatoes, Red peppers

2.Orange and Yellow(Beta-Carotene) Reduce risk of breast cancer, colon and lung cancer, stroke and heart disease.

Helps to enhance immune function, and protects against premature again of cells

Fruits and Vegetables: Grapefruit, Mango, Oranges, Peaches, Carrots, Yellow corn, Yams, Sweet potatoes

3.Blue(Anthocyanidins) Promotes artery health, protection from blood clots, cancer, DNA damage.

Supports urinary tract health and memory

Fruits and Vegetables: Blackberries, Elderberries, Plums, Eggplant, Raisins, Black cherries, Beets, Blueberries, Purple tomatoes

4.Green( Lutein) Protects DNA by neutralizing free radicals and oxidation. May reduce numerous cancers, heart disease and Alzheimers.

Fruits and Vegetables: Collard greens, Mustard greens, Spinach, Brussels sprouts, Kiwis, Green grapes, Green pears, Honeydew, Melons

5. Blue/Green(Indole) Protects against estrogen-induced cancer cell growth, stimulates bone growth, promotes muscle growth and joint health

Vegetables: Bok choy, Collard greens, Radish, Mustard greens, Wasabi, Cauliflower, Watercress, Kale

6.White/Tan (Allicin) Anti-cancer properties, immune support, reduce risk of heart disease, and microbiome

Fruits and Vegetables: Bananas, Brown pear, White Peaches, Turnips, White corn, White potatoes, Parsnips

Always consult with your doctor or a trusted physician if you have any concerns before changing your regular diet or taking new supplements.

Check back for another post later this week! If you have any questions let me know!

Health is a physiological state not a brand

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Hi everyone and welcome back for another informative blog post. With the final month finally upon us I think it’s time we start diving into one of my favorite books The Healing Protocols by Dr.Mark D. Emerson. The healing protocols is a informative book that teaches you how to prevent and reserve heart disease, diabetes, leaky gut and other chronic progressive diseases. To purchase the book I would check Amazon, Barnes & noble or your local book store.

The book starts off explaining that your body has the ability to heal itself and is designed to help you with everything you need. A crazy theory that we don’t need all the “medicine” that is pushed by “doctors”. That with the right care and love you can grow or buy everything you need from any local produce store or wellness store.

Remember that change requires change.

If you have a chronic health issue your body is dealing with ongoing stress and dysfunction. Luckily with healthy changes you can heal your body and be a happier you. To get to the root you have to know what four factors contribute to resolving any chronic issue.

1. Chronic Inflammation 2. Gut dysfunction 3. Toxic Foods 4. Food addictions

Most Common Chronic Health Issues

Heart disease / Stroke / Lung cancer / Depression / Type 2 diabetes / Arthritis / Asthma / Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)/Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Other Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, Irritable Bowel Syndrome / Cystic Fibrosis

It’s important to know that inflammation is a normal part of the body’s defense to injury or infection, and, in this way, it is beneficial. But inflammation is damaging when it occurs in healthy tissues or lasts too long which leads to diseases. Acute inflammation is triggered by any harmful stimuli like pathogens, toxins, or physical injury.

Acute inflammation —> Repair—> Inflammation Resolves —>Healed

Chronic inflammation is a pathological condition referred to as slow, long-term inflammation lasting for prolonged periods of several months to years. Chronic inflammation is the acute inflammatory response over and over. The problem never goes away like a wild fire spreading with no end in sight.

Injury—> Inflammation —>Injury—> Inflammation —>Injury—> Pathology

Now you are probably thinking what is the cause of inflammation and I am more than sure you know the answer. It’s the food! In the second chapter of the healing protocols Dr. Emerson explains that nutrients are essential to our life and health. Poor eating habits create poor health. For your body to run properly you need to remember repair, maintenance, growth, detoxification and immunity which are all things your body gets from the foods you eat. To make sure you’re getting everything you need to eat Whole Foods.

Whole Foods are the key to restoring your health.

What is a whole food? A whole food contains the four components your body needs for energy, repair, and good health.

1. Macronutrients 2. Micronutrients 3. Fiber 4. Water

1.Macronutrients: The carbohydrates, proteins, and fats found in food that are considered the main energy sources for the body.

Macronutrients Foods: Meat (beef, chicken etc), Seafood, Dairy foods, Beans and Pulses, Nuts, Soy and tofu products

Carbohydrates: Starches – Macronutrient. Carbohydrates are needed for energy, repair, and homeostasis. The body burns carbs as its primary fuel and looks to burn carbs in the form of glucose. ( Random fact- Anyone who eats meat, fat, skin or bones have no amylase on their saliva)

Amylase- An enzyme, found chiefly in saliva and pancreatic fluid, that converts starch and glycogen into simple sugars

Protein: Amino acids-Macronutrient. Protein is essential to the body growth and repair, oxygen transport, antibody production for immunity, and to help with water balance within your cells. When you consume protein, your body breaks to down to amino acids. Amino acids are the budding blocks of protein.

Fats: Macronutrient. The good and the bad. Fats are needed for the body in many metabolic functions, and dietary functions. Fats also play a big role in stabilizing blood sugar levels, and the formation of hormones.

Good fats- Found in unrefined whole food plant sources such as avocados, raw nuts, and seeds

Bad fats- Toxic to human physiology are trans fats. There are two dietary sources of trans fats: 1. Processed vegetable oil 2. Animal fat

2.Micronutrients: The antioxidants, phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals and essential omega fatty acids within Whole Foods. They neutralize oxidative stress, reduce inflammation, fight cancer and strengthen immunity.

Micronutrient foods: Dark leafy vegetables, Small fish, Bell peppers, Whole grains, Eggs, Citrus foods

Antioxidants: Micronutrients. Antioxidants help with neutralizing the dancing effects of free radicals (oxidation). They are the shield and body armor you need to function properly.

Phytonutrients:Micronutrients (Phyto)meaning plant of nutrient substances. With over 5000 known phytonutrients it always amazes me that they aren’t talked about more.

For more info on phytonutrients check back tomorrow

3.Fiber: Detoxification, elimination, & microbiome. A high fiber diet reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, colon and breast cancer. Fiber controls the rate of digestion, stabilizes blood sugar levels, strengths the immune system and rids the body of toxins. Fiber is a type of carbohydrate that the body can’t digest. Though most carbohydrates are broken down into sugar molecules called glucose, fiber cannot be broken down into sugar molecules, and instead it passes through the body undigested.

Soluble Fiber- Soluble fiber dissolves in water, and includes plant pectin and gums. Soluble fiber helps to build a strong and robust microbiome.

Insoluble fiber- Doesn’t dissolve in water or gastrointestinal fluids and provides your intestines need for regular bowel movements.

One for fuel One for bulk

Remember fiber is found in whole plant foods. There is no fiber in animal based products such as dairy, meat and eggs.

4.Water: Fresh Water- The key to maintain life and your body’s system. When you eat unrefined whole plant foods that are naturally grown they come with the necessary bioavailable nutrients you need all four pillars.

Macronutrients + Micronutrients + Fiber +Water = Health

Macronutrients + Micronutrients + Fiber +Water = Disease

Unrefined whole plant foods are foods that have been minimally processed from their natural state, as opposed to refined ingredients. Examples of unrefined ingredients include fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds and oats.

To learn more about whole plant food diets check out https://eatplant-based.com/what-is-plant-based-diet/

Herbal Catalog A Fast Guide To Using Herbs

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Hey everyone, and welcome back to my blog. With the new year almost upon us, I pray everyone has been wearing a mask and staying safe. Today, we are going to go over different vital points and herbs that can help. Think of this post as a reference guide to herbs.

Always consult with your do it or trusted physician if you have any concerns before changing your regular diet or taking new supplements.

You are the sole authority over your own body. These statements are not medical advice and are not regulated or approved by the FDA or any other certifying agency. This product is not meant to cure a disease or act in any medical capacity. Always consult with your doctor if you have any concerns. I am just a Humble herbalist and juicer trying to help heal the world.

Table Of Contents:

Immune system / Anti-inflammatory / Stress relief / Hair-Skin-Nails/ Joints-Bones-Body/ Muscles/ Organ-Body function / Digestive / Allergies / Detox / Antioxidant- Heart health / Brain-Migranes / Energy / Sleep

Immune System:

Vitamin C – Immune boosting and helps manage High blood pressure as well as prevent Iron deficiency

Vitamin B12 – Immune System building, Cognition, Brain health and Boost energy

Vitamin B –Complex – Immune System building, Cognition, and Brain health

Full Spectrum Minerals – Immune System Health, High in Vitamin D, and is High in Vitamin B7

Elderberry Syrup – Immune System Booster, High in Antioxidants, and helps tame inflammation

Echinacea – Immune System booster, Improves Blood sugar, and helps with Inflammation

Goldenseal – Immune System booster, Antibacterial, Anti-Inflammatory, and helps with sinus infections and Indigestion

Garlic – Immune System booster, Lowers Cholesterol, and fights colds and flu, and reduces heart disease

Ginger – Immune System booster, helps with digestive aide, and treats nausea and Help with morning sickness

Beta Glucan – Immune System booster, great source of fiber, reduces high cholesterol and improves skin conditions like eczema

Oil of Oregano – Immune System booster, lowers cholesterol, helps treat yeast infections, and improves gut health

Ashwagandha – Can be used as an immune tonic safe for everyday use. Good for stress relief

Chinese Golden thread – Purify’s blood, detox, & immune system repair

Turkey tail mushrooms – The natural antiviral and anti-fungal qualities of this mushroom support the body in fighting off viruses infections. This includes a range of health problems, from the common cold and pneumonia to E. coli, Herpes, and HIV. They also are said to have anti-cancer properties

Anti-Inflammatory:

Turmeric – Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, and May help improve the symptoms of depression and arthritis

Molecularly distilled fish oil/Krill Oil/Cod Liver Oil – May help with arthritis, fibromyalgia, brain, mood/depression, and heart health

Wobenzym – May help as a Anti-inflammatory, and with joint health, environmental toxins, blood clots, and heart health

Zinc – Used as an Anti-inflammatory, May be used as an immune system booster, free radical fighter, and May help with hormonal imbalance

CBD Oil – Anti-inflammatory, cell regeneration, cancer help

Cannabis with THC, Indica & Sativa – Used as an Anti-inflammatory, cell regeneration, and systemic restoration

Resveratrol – Protects cells from free radical damage, inhibits the spread of cancer, especially prostate cancer, lowers blood pressure, keeps the heart healthy and improves elasticity in blood vessels, normalizes anti-inflammatory response, Helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease

Stress relief:

Passionflower – It’s a sedative; the German government has approved it for nervous restlessness. Some studies find that it can reduce symptoms of anxiety as effectively as prescription drugs. It’s often used for insomnia

Hair, Skin, & Nails:

Silica – Strengthen’s hair growth and May prevent damage

Biotin – Stimulates keratin, and can increase follicle growth / For skin will help with any B7 deficiency

Magnesium Oil – Can be ingested or applied to the skin to keep skin hydrated, reduce pain and strengthen teeth

Emu Oil – Can be ingested ( capsules) or applied to the skin to moisturize your face, body, and skin. May decrease inflammation and improve scars

Lavender Oil – Helps with scars, stress, skin irritation and fungal infections

Coconut Oil – Helps with skin reducing wrinkles, good for oil pulling, on skin may clog pores, full of antioxidants

Tea Tree Oil – Helps with skin blemishes, can be used in a DIY hand sanitizer, works to treat acne and acne scars, and Help with nail fungus

MSM – Helps with skin health, helps strengthen hair, and with inflammation

Joints/Bones/Body:

Glucosamine Chondroitin – Used to treat osteoarthritis (OA), and used as an Anti-inflammatory

MSM – Used as an Anti-inflammatory, Helps with connective tissues, scar tissue, Skin, muscles, and newly discovered help for getting over the flu faster

L-Glutamine – An Amino Acid that improves protein metabolization

Calcium – Helps improve bone strength and development

Feverfew – Prevention of migraines & headaches, arthritis, reduce fevers, muscle tension, and pain; helps lower blood pressure, lessen stomach irritation, stimulate the appetite, and to improve digestion and kidney function. It has been indicated for colitis, dizziness, tinnitus, and menstrual problems

Kratom – Used to lower blood pressure, relieve pain, boost metabolism, increase sexual energy, improve the immune system, prevent diabetes, ease anxiety, help with addiction, eliminate stress, and induce healthy sleep

Ceylon cinnamon – Lowers blood sugar levels, reduces heart disease risk factors, a high source of antioxidants, contains anti-inflammatory properties, protects heart health, fights diabetes, helps defend against cognitive decline & protects brain function, may help lower cancer risk, fights infections & viruses, protects dental health & freshens breath naturally

Potassium – Used to relief from stroke, blood pressure, heart and kidney disorders, anxiety, and stress, as well as enhanced muscle strength, metabolism, water balance, electrolytic functions, and nervous system

Muscles:

Chamomile – Used to heal muscle pain and soreness, helps with insomnia and restlessness

Tart Cherries – Used as a muscle relaxer, anti-inflammatory, & antioxidant

Peppermint – Used as a muscle relaxer for backaches, leg pain, & tension headaches

Cayenne Pepper – Reduces muscle pain, stiffness, & inflammation

Epsom Salt: Relaxes the nervous system, removes toxins, & helps with pain and inflammation

Valerian – Helps with muscle spasms, may help treat insomnia, headaches, and anxiety

Arnica – Used as an anti-inflammatory & improves blood circulation

Lavender – Reduces pain and swelling, helps calm the mind & helps with inflammation

Passion Flower- Helps with muscle spasms & joint pain. Rich in nutrients and antioxidants, It may always be used for stress, insomnia, and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Raspberry Leaf Tea – Used for muscle pain & cramps, also rich in nutrients and antioxidants. Supports healthy menstruation and tones the uterus

Magnesium oil – Topical for muscle pain & cramps

Organ/Body Function:

Milk Thistle – Supports liver health, promotes skin health, may improve allergic asthma symptoms, and may reduce cholesterol. (great for hangovers)

Chromium Picolinate – An essential mineral that you absorb from the foods you eat. Some people take a supplement as a complementary and alternative therapy to help a chromium deficiency control blood sugar levels, lower cholesterol, or lose weight

Dandelion – Supports kidney health, may reduce cholesterol, may lower blood pressure, and may help with weight loss

Cayenne – May lower blood pressure, help with a metabolism boost, and may lower cholesterol

Bilberry -Helps if you have diarrhea, eye problems, varicose veins, poor circulation, and even cancer

Apple Vinegar Cider -Helps lower diabetes, treat cancer, heart health, high cholesterol, and weight loss

Resveratrol – Protects cells from free radical damage, inhibits the spread of cancer, especially prostate cancer, lowers blood pressure, keeps heart-healthy, and improves elasticity in blood vessels. Normalizes anti-inflammatory response, Helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease

Digestive:

Digestive enzymes – Helps with digestive health and also inflammation

DGL – Licorice Root Extract that aids digestion and treats stomach complaints, including heartburn and indigestion

Probiotics – Helps with gut health, has an immune system booster, and a good bacteria

Marshmallow root tea – Treats cough and colds. It may act as a pain reliever, aid in digestion, or be used as a diuretic

Slippery Elm – Used against diarrhea and an intestinal and rectal coating to eliminate viral and bacterial infections

Allergies:

Quercetin – Used for natural antihistamine (seasonal allergies and allergic reactions)

Nettle Stinging Leaf (tea) – Used for allergies

Detox/Antioxidant/Radiation:

Vitamin C – Used as detox and immune system booster and repair

DMG (N-Dimethylglycine) – Improves oxygen utilization, detoxification, cell protection, immune system modulation, and physical performance

Glutathione – Used as a super antioxidant for stress and used for injuries

King Chlorella – Cleaning out environmental toxins/heavy metals

Iodine (liquid kelp) – Protection against radiation

Beet Root – Used as a body detox

Antioxidant, heart health, anti-aging:

Green Tea – Full of antioxidants, may also reduce bad breath and may help with heart disease

Activated Charcoal – Used as full body detox, works through the digestive tract and whitens teeth

Bentonite Clay – Used as a heavy metal detox, treating oily skin and acne and detoxifying the skin

Diatomaceous Earth – Used as a heavy metal detox, helps treat constipation and be used as an exfoliator

Cilantro -Rids heavy metal in the body, may lower anxiety, lower blood sugar, and help prevent a UTI (Urinary tract infection)

Organic Citrus peels – Rich in fiber, vitamin c, folate, calcium and can be used a metal detox

Spirulina – A powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, may reduce blood pressure and detox heavy metals

Oil of oregano -A powerful antioxidant used to purify the blood, detox, & repair the immune system.

Echinacea – A super herb used to purify the blood, detox, & repair the immune system

Depression/Brain/Migraines:

Vitamin D – May help with mental health, used as an immune booster, used for scar healing, and keeps muscles healthy

Lithium Orotate –Used as a mood stabilizer, used to help with anxiety and for cluster headaches

Vitamin B-6 – May improve mood and reduce symptoms of depression, promote brain health, and treat PMS symptoms

Magnesium – May help with migraines, keep blood pressure regularly and keep bones healthy

Glutathione -May help with migraines, may reduce stress, and may help fight against autoimmune diseases

Molecularly distilled fish oil – May help with symptoms of depression, removing heavy metals and other toxins

St. John Wort –  May help with symptoms of depression and decreases nervousness and tiredness related to depression

B2 – May help with migraine symptoms, also helps break down proteins, fats, and carbohydrates

Energy:

Pantothenic Acid – Filled with (Vitamin B-5) It’s necessary for making blood cells, and it helps you convert the food you eat into energy

Eleuthero root – Increases energy and reduces fatigue, also may manage menopause

Sleep:

Melatonin – Used as a sleep aid

Valerian – Used as a sleep aid, also promotes relaxation and reduces anxiety

Chamomile -Promotes relaxation and used sleep aide, also so may help with PMS symptoms

Tart Cherry Juice – Used for sleep help, also used to treat gout and illness prevention

Energy and Food and What you need to know?

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Hi everyone, how are you today? Today we are going to be talking about energy and food and how they both keep our bodies going. Always consult with your do it or trusted physician if you have any concerns before changing your regular diet or taking new supplements.

Eating a well-balanced diet, exercising regularly and getting enough sleep are the best ways to maintain your natural energy levels. The worst foods to eat for sustained energy are high-sugar foods because they cause your blood sugar to quickly rise, triggering the release of too much insulin, which triggers a plunge in blood sugar levels, AKA a sugar crash. When you have a sugar crash the body literally shuts down. Think of when you eat a really big meal? What do you normally do after you eat? Do you lay down? Go for a walk? The body is a literal machine and we only get one and I’m here to help you take care of it.

 Energy comes from the food we eat. Our bodies digest the food we eat by mixing it with fluids (acids and enzymes) in the stomach. Common reasons for tiredness or fatigue  allergic rhinitis, anemia, depression, fibromyalgia, chronic kidney disease, liver disease, lung disease (COPD), a bacterial or viral infection, or some other health condition. Fatigue may result from overwork, poor sleep, worry, boredom, or lack of exercise.

About 70 percent of your body’s iron is found in the red blood cells of your blood called hemoglobin and in muscle cells called myoglobin. Normal levels of iron are between 33.5 and 44.9% for adult women and 38.3 to 48.6% for adult men. For information check out https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/iron-deficiency-anemia/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20355040

Myoglobin: a protein found in the muscle cells of animals

Herbs that may help with iron: Yellow dock, Dandelion, Stinging nettle, Alfalfa, and Parsley

Do’s and Don’ts:

Do eat breakfast: Eating breakfast sets the tone for the day and helps you choose better options throughout the day. Foods for energy in the morning include oatmeal ( regular oatmeal with nut butter, greek yogurt or cottage cheese), protein rich options with vegetables are also a good option.

Don’t go hungry: Eating regular meals and snacks helps keep your energy at an even level, without highs and lows. Eating every 3-5 hours (three small meals and two snacks).

As someone who is rebuilding there relationship with food I understand how this may seem hard but I will be making a separate post on portion sizes and how can heal your relationship with food.

Do eat fat: Your body needs a regular intake of fat which helps with energy levels and helps the body absorb some key nutrients.

Don’t forget about water: It is recommended to aim for at least 6 to 8 cups daily, but generally people need more, especially if you exercise. Never stress yourself over water though ,drink when you are thirsty. In the age of the Internet their are drinking water apps, have an accountability partner or even set alarms as your reminder to drink water.

Do check your iron: Iron deficiency can lead to feelings of fatigue, both physically and mentally. 

Don’t eat too many processed foods: Choose an apple with 1 tablespoon of natural peanut butter, or plain low-fat Greek yogurt sprinkled with a few chopped walnuts.

DIY FLAVORED WATER RECIPES: ( if you need help drinking water or want to spice it up)

You will need a regular pitcher or anything you keep water in. Each batch will make around 4 servings. For each recipe you will need 5 cups of water and ice cubes if you are into that kind of thing.

Strawberry, basil and lemon: 1/2 cup strawberries stemmed and sliced, fresh or frozen / 5 large fresh basil leaves torn / 1 lemon sliced

Honeydew, cucumber and mint: 1/2 cup honeydew cubes, 1 cucumber thinly sliced and 10 fresh mint leaves torn

Blueberries, lemon, and rosemary: 1/2 pint blueberries / 1 lemon sliced / 4 springs rosemary

Mango, raspberry and ginger: 1 mango peeled and cubed / 1/2 pint raspberries / 1 ( 2inch) piece fresh ginger peeled and thinly sliced

Storage: You can leave the fruits, vegetables, and fresh herbs in the water for up to 24 hours. After that, remove them and store the infused water in the refrigerator for up to 3 more days (4 days total).

Make ahead: Infuse water the night before a party so it has plenty of time to flavor and chill the water.

🌱Foods that may help: 

Vegetables(carrots, ginger, turmeric, beets)

Fruits ( banana’s, goji berries, apples, strawberries, oranges)

Seeds(flaxseed, chia seeds etc)

Beans and legumes 

Healthy fats(avocados,pumpkin seeds) 

Leafy greens(kale, collard greens etc)

Berries(known to boost energy and promote brain function) 

High quality protein(eggs, chickpeas, salmon, beef liver)

Grains ( oatmeal, popcorn, quinoa, brown rice)

🌱Nutrients that may help:

Iron Humble soul iron tea) used for anemia (https://linktr.ee/humblesoul) Click online store to support my small business

Iron Me Strong a synergistic blend of herbs rich in plant-based iron. A natural herbal iron that helps the body naturally assimilate iron. 

Rhodiola (increase energy, stamina, strength, and mental capacity)

Ashwagandha (reduce mental and physical fatigue) 

Vitamin B12 and D(naturally in a variety of animal proteins, such as meat, fish and dairy products) 

Coq10( improve symptoms of congestive heart failure and boost energy)

Cinnamon(sip cinnamon tea instead of reaching for a can of Red Bull the next time you’re feeling drowsy)

How to live an Anti-inflammatory lifestyle

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Inflammation is a localized physical condition in which part of the body becomes reddened, swollen, hot, and often painful, especially as a reaction to injury or infection . It’s mainly a reaction from your immune system. Today we are going to learn simple steps that may help you on your journey in wellness.

What’s at the root of chronic inflammation?

An imbalanced immune system contributes to chronic inflammation by sending your body misdirected signals. Inflammatory cells are very powerful (this helps get rid of invaders before they can do harm) and produce a constant, low-grade flow of strong inflammatory markers into the blood stream that can cause damage with time.

To start with brush and floss your teeth regularly. Wellness is not just the absence of disease, but the presence of vitality and health. This is also true when it comes to oral wellness. Just because you don’t have any cavities, doesn’t mean you’ve achieved oral wellness. Making sure your mouth is in sync with your entire body is a process and a routine.

Audit your diet. Choosing the right foods can help your body by blocking certain stages in the inflammatory cascade or by removing toxic by-products.

Anti-inflammatory foods include:

👉🏾dark berries (including blueberries and blackberries)

👉🏾red wine (in moderation a glass a day)
spinach

👉🏾dark chocolate (a square or two a day, and be sure it’s not processed with alkali because this greatly reduces the major antioxidant flavanol)

Turmeric Elixir:

👉🏾2 teaspoons organic dried turmeric (or fresh turmeric if it’s available)

👉🏾1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

👉🏾1-2 tablespoons lemon rind (from unwaxed organic lemon)

👉🏾1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (depending on desired taste)

👉🏾2 cups water (or coconut water if you want it sweeter)

👉🏾1-2 tablespoons raw organic honey to taste (you can use organic maple syrup as an alternative).

Blend all these ingredients into a bright orange solution. Store in the refrigerator up to 5 days freeze up to 3 months

Add Turmeric to your diet: Turmeric contains curcumin, which extinguishes inflammation by shutting off pro-inflammatory markers and reducing free radicals. Turmeric can be consumed in food, as a tea, in capsules or in a solution.

Cut out chemicals: Exposure to pesticides and preservatives causes inflammation by invading cells and destroying tissue.Be especially careful with cleaning products. There are many natural options that are effective and much less toxic to you and your family. Stick to homemade food instead of highly-processed foods that come in plastic containers.

Get regular exercise: Regular exercise reduces inflammation very effectively by improving circulation and lymphatic flow, and reducing body fat. You can do any type of exercise as long as it gets your heart pumping. Set a goal to work out for at least 30 minutes, 5 days a week and work up to it bit by bit.

Have a stress routine: When you are stressed out have a routine with healthy coping mechanisms that will help you stay on track. Inflammation is also triggered in response to stress and anxiety. The more stress in your life, the more likely it is you’re headed towards an inflamed state. Consider starting a meditation program or try journaling every night both help release stress.

Always consult with your do it or trusted physician if you have any concerns before changing your regular diet or taking new supplements.

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Kids Gut Health

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Hi everyone and welcome back to my blog. Today we are learning about kids gut health and how you can help them stay healthy and happy. Bacteria in your child’s gut plays an important role in keeping them healthy, both mentally and physically. Did you know your gut also influences 80% of your immune system which is needed to fight off bugs, and communicates with the rest of the body, particularly the brain.

The gut has many important functions such as:

aiding digestion

the absorption of nutrients

waste removal

Some great child-friendly probiotic rich foods include:

Yogurt 

Kefir

Fermented vegetables 

Tempeh

Child-friendly recipes:

Check out

https://www.kidspot.com.au/kitchen/galleries/gut-feeling-15-easy-meals-improve-gut-health/smd0dquc

    Herbs that may help: 

    Lavender has been used  to promote relaxation and help with tummy aches 

    Ginger can reduce nausea, stimulate saliva and bile production, soothe the stomach and help ease motion-sickness. Also good for reducing gas and bloating

    Cinnamon has powerful healing properties is its anti-inflammatory effect

    Bay leaf is said to have strong effects on the gastrointestinal system, helping to decrease the toxicity of our bodies and even soothing irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

    Oregano is known to have an antimicrobial effect in the gut 

    Probiotics are live microorganisms that are intended to have health benefits when consumed or applied to the body. 

    Prebiotic’s are specialized plant fiber that acts as a fertilizer for the good bacteria already in the digestive system.

    If you have Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) or FODMAPs intolerance, prebiotics are also not recommended.

    Check out https://www.hyperbiotics.com/blogs/recent-articles/gut-healthy-foods-on-a-budget for more information