I find that many people are willing and ready to make a change to improve their health but just aren’t sure where to start. These tips are easy to incorporate into someone’s everyday routine without taking up a lot of time so they can become habits very quickly. So, if you are just beginning your journey towards a healthier you, check out the tips I will be listing and remember it’s always a great time to start.
Tip #1: Drink Lemon Water First Thing in the Morning
- Helps to boost the immune system
- Helps to alkalize the body
- Aids in digestion – can help to relieve symptoms like heartburn and bloating
- Can help to cleanse your system by enhancing enzyme function
- Helps to reduce inflammation
- Lemons are an excellent source of potassium
- May help fight viral infections
Optional things to add in:
- Cayenne Pepper
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Sea Salt
- Raw Honey
Try to make it easy when starting with this. If you don’t have time to squeeze fresh lemon juice every day or week, try buying some organic lemon juice and use that. Make your drink the night before by pouring about 6 oz. of water into a glass and about 2-3 oz. of your lemon juice (or the juice of 1 whole lemon) and if you decide to add anything else into it and mix together. Bring this glass with you into your bedroom and keep it on your bathroom counter so it’s there when you get up in the morning. This makes it so much easier to drink it when you don’t have to walk all the way into your kitchen in the morning to make it. When you do go into the kitchen it’s ok to have whatever else you would like to eat or drink and your body will be ready to digest it.
Can’t wait to share my next tip with you!
We all know we need to exercise several times a week but we may not realize why we need to. I feel like so many people believe they have to go to the gym or to some sort of class in order to get in some exercise. The truth is it’s as easy as taking a walk. That rite, just walking. It’s one of the best forms of movement for our bodies we can do and it doesn’t require any equipment or personal trainer. We don’t have to go very far before our heart rate is elevated! The goal with walking is to keep a steady pace and use our arms as well as our legs. If you haven’t done any exercise in a while you may want to try walking around the inside of your house a few times and if you have stairs try going up and back down a few times too. When you are ready to move on take it outside around your neighborhood and it won’t be long before you are walking several neighborhoods.
Here are a few good reasons to start moving right now!
Tip #2: Move Your Body Everyday
- Helps to regulate blood sugar
- Helps to lower blood pressure
- Improves circulation and cardiorespiratory functioning
- Helps to move your lymphatic system (our bodies are 50-65% water which makes this so important for eliminating toxins from the body
- Helps to improve immune function
- Helps to reduce stress
- Helps to improve mental function
- Stimulates the brain to produce Dopamine and Serotonin – the FEEL GOOD HORMONES
- Helps to improve sleep quality
These are some very impressive reasons to move everyday. Try not to be hard on yourself if you miss a day here and there but remember to be thankful for every time you do. Your body will thank you too!
Tip #3 coming soon!
I believe that everyday is a gift from God. With this absolute truth in my life I try my best to be thankful everyday not only for my life (after a near death experience not too long ago this became very real) but for the lives of my family and friends as well. Sometimes we can get so caught up in our busy lives running and tackling that “to do” list day in and day out that we forget to take the time to sit and meditate and verbally give thanks for all that we have and are able to do. Here are some very good reasons to try to take as little as just 3 minutes a day to meditate and deep breathing while giving thanks.
Tip #3 Meditate and Practice Gratitude Everyday, Acknowledge The Presence of God Everyday!
- This has been shown to increase lifespan by 95%
- Can Increase immunity – done regularly can boost natural killer cells increasing resistance to tumors and viruses
- Helps balance us emotionally
- Can lower blood pressure by bringing down cortisol levels
- Helps us to SWITCH OFF stress
- Can help to decrease inflammation at the cellular level
- Decreases pain
- Can help to increase grey matter in the brain responsible for muscle control and sensory perception such as Vision, Memory, Emotions, Speech, Decision making and Self Control
Try this simple breathing technique:
The Three Threes – 3 Deep Breaths, 3 Minutes , 3 Times a Day
This is as easy as it gets! We have all heard the great benefits of bone broth lately and you may be looking to make your own at home. This is what I do and it comes out great every time!
beef marrow bones (or bones of choice – always grass fed!)
1 tbsp Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 inch of fresh garlic
1/2 inch fresh turmeric
1-2 large carrots
1-2 large celery stalks
1/2 large onion ( or shallots)
1 medium leek
1-2 tbsp Sea Salt
Place bones in your pot and cover with filtered water. Chop vegetables and add them in along with all of your other ingredients and bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer and leave on for 2 – 4 hours. Strain cooked vegetables and let simmer even longer with just the bones. I like to add in some fresh vegetables and some grass fed stew meat for another hour or so. You may add more water as needed. Season to taste and serve.
1 32oz. of Miso Broth (I like 365 Organic Miso Broth
1 cup spring or filtered water
1 small onion chopped
1-2 Garlic cloves chopped
1 bag of frozen Shitake Mushrooms ( I like Woodstock Organic)
2 organic carrots chopped or sliced (optional)
1 medium organic squash sliced (optional)
1 med organic zucchini (optional)
1-2 Tsp Dulse flakes (optional I like Maine Coast Sea Vegetables)
Pinch of Sea Salt
Pinch of Black Pepper
1/4 Tsp Organic Turmeric Powder
1 Package organic Kelp Noodles cut to desired length (optional)
Add organic chicken or Wild caught Shrimp(optional)
Pour the Miso Broth and water into a pot and bring to a boil then turn down to simmer. Add onions, garlic and bag of mushrooms. Add the salt, pepper, Turmeric and anything else you have chosen. If adding chicken or shrimp add that last. Let cook until protein is fully cooked and serve.
What the heck is the “A” List you ask? Well it’s the list of things you can do and or include into your daily life to help with Anti-Aging!
First on the list is : Get a good nights sleep! Sleep is so important for our bodies to recover and clean house. When you get a good nights sleep your brain and body can function at an optimal level but when you don’t you may notice how you struggle to carry out even the smallest task the next day and become moody as the day goes on.
Second: Decide what’s important to you in life and build on that. Things may not always go your way but everyday is a blessing and we need to cherish each one.
Third: Add Anti-Aging foods to your daily diet. Instead of focusing on the things you think are unhealthy and trying to avoid them just be positive and add in some more of the good stuff. These things include lots of berries, avocados, garlic, wild salmon and cacao and of course lots of vegetables especially green vegetables.
Fourth: Try adding in Meditation and Prayer each day even for a short time. Give thanks for all you have and be happy for others regardless of their position in life. Try reaching out in some way to inspire others to better themselves or volunteer a little of your time to help another person.
Fifth: Of course it’s to Exercise! Our bodies are made to move so try to get moving at least a little everyday. Try a new class if you are used to one particular type every now and then. If the weather is nice and you are able take a walk outside and enjoy it, go for it. Everybody usually has a favorite time of day so whatever is yours enjoy that time each day hopefully with loved ones.
So the choice is yours. We all have hard times when we are struggling with life and times when things seem to be going great. If we make a few small changes each day to be the best person we can be we will live happier, healthier lives and love longer. Now that’s worth striving for.
Matcha Green Tea is an “Antioxident Superpower” with more catechins than regular brewed green tea. Matcha Green Tea consists of the entire leaf so you receive 100% of the nutritional benefit of the tea. This form of green tea delivers a mega-dose of cancer fighting EGCg (catechins) in every serving. This powerful antioxidant is only found in green tea, and Matcha Green Tea delivers 4 times the catechins as regular green tea.
EGCg is believed to help kill cancerous cells and stop their progression, increases Breast Cancer survival rates and significantly inhibits tumors. This Match Green Tea is also known for helping to lower blood sugar and protect the heart, liver and kidneys. It has no sugar so it will not spike blood sugar or insulin. Drinking several cups a day is believed to lower the incidence of depression and can cut breast cancer risk in half!
Another great benefit of Matcha Green Tea is its ability to boost the metabolism and burn fat without raising blood pressure or heart rate. It is found to increase thermogenesis in the body (the body’s own rate of burning calories), and is rich in the amino acid L-Theanine which promotes relaxation and well-being. An additional benefit is L-Theanine may help with memory, learning and ability while inhibiting any possible side effects from caffeine which is a natural component in green tea. Therefore by drinking Matcha Green Tea it promotes concentration and clarity of mind without any nervouse energy often found when drinking coffee.
One last thing about Matcha Green Tea: with its beautiful green color it helps to safely detoxify the body of harmful elements, chemicals and heavy metals as well. The higher chlorophyll content in Matcha is due to the fact that it is grown only in the shade which makes it a fantastic daily detox drink. Add lemon and or a sweetener of choice and enjoy daily.
Hailed as “Superfruits”, these bright orange-red color berries are considered to be both fruit andherb. Cultivated in Asia for over 2000 years they have been nicknamed “Red Diamonds” due totheir unusually high nutritional value and have been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for a number of health conditions. They are also known as Wolf Berries and can be found in health food stores everywhere.
Goji Berries come in many options; dried berries, powders and in tablet form for those who dislike their taste, and are easily added to smoothies, salads, soups, and teas.
Their health benefits include an extremely high amount of antioxidants such as polyphenols, flavonoids, carotenoids, and Vitamins A, C, and E. They contain as much as 500 times more Vitamin C per weight than an orange and more beta-carotene than carrots. Therefore by adding Goji Berries to our diet we can increase our antioxident intake which helps guard us from degenerative diseases.
Goji Berries contain properties that help prevent the risk of vision loss and have been found to regulate the release of sexual hormones and boost the immune system. In fact just 1 quarter cup contains 11 essential vitamins and 22 trace minerals, including 24% of our RDI of potassium, 18% of our RDI of zinc, and 100% of our RDI of iron, copper, and riboflavin! They also contain 8 polysaccharides (a primary source of fiber) and they are low in calories.
Add a few to your tea, smoothies, salads and into your baking for a healthy boost! Or just eat them rite out of the bag. I love the Cacao Dusted Dark Chocolate Goji Berries!
Just about everyone can use more minerals in there diets today and Sea Vegetables are a great way to add them in. Not only are Sea Vegetables a potent source of minerals but essential vitamins, enzymes, antioxidants, and a variety of phytonutrients. They are a great source of vitamin C, manganese, Vitamin B2, vitamin A (in the form of Carotenoids), copper, and thats not all. They are also a good source of protein, pantothenic acid, potassium, iron, zinc, vitamin B6, niacin, phosphorus and vitamin B1. Sea vegetables have anti-inflammatory benefits, heart health benefits and have also been noted to help with estrogen-related cancers, especially breast cancer.
The most commonly eaten Sea Vegetables in the United States found in grocery stores and restaurants are called Nori, Hijiki, Wakame, Arame, and Kombu are Japanese. My favorite is Dulse and it is of a Gaelic origin.
I find the easiest way to incorporate these super Sea Vegetables into my diet is to keep a shaker of dried Dulse Flakes or a mixture of the above mentioned in a shaker with my seasonings and use instead of salt. I use them in anything I am cooking or top my salad with them. Look for Sea Vegetables the next time you shop and start adding them in daily to get these awesome benefits!