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DIY Natural All-Purpose Cleaner

When it comes to keeping your immune strong, many only think about what is put directly into their mouth, such as food and drinks.  But other lifestyle choices can have an impact on whether or not you get sick if you come into contact with someone how has a cold or sickness.   For example, keeping surfaces clean! Some germ “hot spots” in your house to keep clean on a daily basis are the following: Computer keyboards Phones Countertops Doorknobs and handles Television remotes Purses and wallets Before you go and grab your commercial bought antibacterial cleaner, considering a natural cleaners Read More

DIY Natural Hand Soap

I recently blogged about things you can do on a daily basis to keep your immune system strong and functioning properly.   Top of that list was washing your hands!  Seems silly that I even need to put that on there, right?  We know that frequently washing our hands with soap and water is the most effective way to keep germs at bay, but we as a society are over-doing it with all the anti-bacteria cleaners, including hand soap. The two ingredients in anti-bacterial hand soap that are part of the problem are: Triclosan:  This kills ALL the bacteria, even the Read More

DIY Natural Hand Sanitizer

When I started my daughter in her first Montessori preschool, they didn’t allow traditional alcohol based hand sanitizers.   I was like “WOW!”  I love this school even more!  Even the CDC states that “Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of microbes on them in most situations.” But who has to wash their hands every 30 seconds?  This is where hand sanitizer comes in handy.   But rumor on the street is that “hand sanitizer is not only ineffective, it’s toxic”. Check out this list of descriptions in those common hand sanitizers you see everywhere Read More

How Your Lifestyle Can Affect If You Get Sick

Your lifestyle is one of the greatest predictors of whether or not you’ll get sick this season. It’s true!  Well for most of us… We touch roughly 300 different surfaces every 30 minutes. Some more and some less.  But that’s still a lot of touching!  It’s silly to think that you can avoid ever coming into contact with a bad cold or even worse, an infectious virus like the flu.  But just because you are potentially exposed to a virus does not mean you will get sick. Getting sick comes down to the health of your immune system. The immune Read More

Juicing Cleanse For The New Year: Yah or Nah?

Detoxes and cleanses are not backed by science, and sometimes they can do more harm than good. But should we throw the whole idea completely out the window?  For anyone with already low lean body mass, detoxes for long periods of time can waste even more muscle among other possible dangers.  So when it is appropriate? Personally, I think the biggest benefit is the motivation factor, especially if its following a period of “splurging”, like what many people across of the country are experiencing right now.  It gets the ball rolling, gets you are the right track or for some, Read More

What’s Food Trending for 2015?

I love seeing new trends when it comes to food nutrition.  I really love when it’s something that I have been recommending or using myself for years!  It’s funny how that works!  For some people, it needs to front page news before they start introducing the food or habit into their lifestyle. When I started researching the topic, I found some similarities among many “top” lists, as well as some that I believe to be “old news”.   Here are some of the top nutrition trends for 2015 according to magazines, newspaper and bloggers.  I’ll follow this blog with my own Read More

Natural Cold Fighter Recipe

When I was writing one of my nutritional tips last month, I mentioned ways to stay healthy this season with natural remedies.  I thought I would share an actual recipe with things you can keep stocked this season.  I found this recipe online at MindBodyGreen last year and thankfully only had to use it once!  I replaced the raw honey with mānuka honey.  You can read more about that HERE. 1 TBSP mānuka honey (you can use a raw honey) ½ clove minced raw garlic 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon ½ inch fresh ginger root, peeled and minced* ¼ inch fresh Read More

Pumpkin Desserts For All To Enjoy

So Thanksgiving is around the corner and I requested to bring dessert this year.  The potential of running solo this holiday is pretty high since daddy is a pilot, so with two kiddos I needed something that didn’t have me in the kitchen for hours.  Making a dessert will be far easier than a side dish, and I love the challenge of making something on the healthier side.  Don’t worry, I will still bring a good ole fashion pumpkin pie with the crust (crazy I know!). However, in this day and age there are so many people following diets such Read More

What’s This Mānuka Honey All About?

If you haven’t heard of mānuka honey before, you are going to wish you had.  This type of honey is only produced from the nectar of the mānuka tree in New Zealand.  The strong medicinal properties make this a healing treatment for burns and wounds and I have personally known people who have used this as a treatment for mouth sores following cancer treatment.   It’s also great for soothing sore throats which may be around the corner for any one of us! What’s in it? Although there have been many claims about the benefits of other honeys, manuka honey has Read More