Top 3 Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas for 2017- including a list of local like-minded businesses.

Now that the holiday season is well underway, the idea of Christmas shopping or finding that perfect gift for someone might seem complicated, especially if they are the “have it all” type. Try one of these eco-friendly gift options!!

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  1. Reusable produce and grocery bags- millions of this destructible plastic bags are used every year to simply transport our produce, then thrown out to sit in a landfill for hundreds of years. These re-usable produce bags are a fantastic and economic solution to all that garbage…plus make a wonderful gift.

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  1. Shop Locally- There are many small businesses that create unique and affordable gifts. Here are a couple local businesses that have great ethical practices.

    Educated beards- All natural beard products

    Sacred Spirited Soul- Mala Creations

    Anicka Maria- Mandalas and Art

    South Farm Artisans

    Made by this Momma

    Sterling Gale Metalworks

    Jedi Jewellery

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3. Think outside the box – there are many sites that allow you to support a child or family in an impoverish country as a gift, you can also support wildlife or donate to a great cause.

Here are a couple organizations that might be able to help find that unique gift.

Oxfam- Gifts that change lives
WWF- Animal Conservation

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday season.

Live longer, healthier and happier.

Alicia

6 Quick Tips to Stay Healthy During Cold and Flu Season

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It’s that time of year again when everyone you know is sick. You’re washing your hands more than normal, increasing your multi vitamins and trying to avoid anyone who looks or sounds like they even have a sniffle.

Here are a few other ways to help keep yourself heathly and feeing great.

1. Whenever anyone in your household or anyone that shares a common space gets sick, make sure to disinfect. I’m not talking by using harsh chemicals all you need is 2 drops of eucalyptus oil in a spray bottle of water. If eucalyptus is not your thing, just plain white vinegar cleans and disinfects just as much as any harsh chemical cleaner you can buy at the store but doesn’t leave your house covered in chemical hazard residue.

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2. Get enough sleep- our bodies heal and are rejuvenated during our REM cycles so especially if you feel something coming on or are trying to ward of that bug everyone has make sure you are getting your minimum 7 hours.

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3. Eat Garlic- Garlic is the best anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, health promoting food out there! Eat it on everything and eat lots of it. If you are worried that people might think that you smell like garlic don’t worry they are all stuffed up and can’t smell anyways. 🙂

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4. Drink lots of filtered water- Water helps flush out toxins so they don’t accumulate and take the attention away from your body being able to fight off any infections, virus’s or bacteria not allowing them to fully exhibit themselves in your bodies resulting in a cold or flu.

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5. Exercise- Based on the same principles above sweating removes toxins from your body and also helps increase your metabolic temperature. Bacteria and Virus’s dont thrive in extremely warm temperatures it’s the same reason we get a fever when we have the flu. So get your body heated up however you like running, hot yoga, involve a partner ;), etc..

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6. Last one is stay positive, if you start to feel something convince yourself that it’s nothing or even if it is a cold or flu that it’s going to be short lived. Dwelling, complaining and whining will only prolong your illness.

Stay healthy!!

Vitamin D- Why It’s So Important.

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Through the summer months when we are outside in the sunlight your skin should be absorbing enough Vitamin D for you to be healthy. Now that summer is over and the days are getting shorter and shorter people will start to spend more time inside. As fall and winter set in, I think it’s very important to consider what Vitamin D does for your body and why it’s important to supplement during the months you’re unable to be outside with your skin exposed to the sun.

What does it do? 

Vitamin D manages calcium in your blood, bones and gut and helps cells all over your body to communicate properly. Once your body absorbs the vitamin D, it then goes through a number of chemical processes to change it so that your body can use it.
The body needs vitamin D to absorb calcium. Without enough vitamin D, one can’t form enough of the hormone calcitriol (known as the “active vitamin D”). This in turn leads to insufficient calcium absorption from the diet.
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Vitamin D has several important functions. Perhaps the most vital are regulating the absorption of calcium and phosphorus, and facilitating normal immune system function. Getting a sufficient amount of vitamin D is important for normal growth and development of bones and teeth, as well as improved resistance against certain diseases.

If your body doesn’t get enough vitamin D, you’re at risk of developing bone abnormalities such as soft bones (osteomalacia) or fragile bones (osteoporosis).

If you are exclusively breastfeeding, you should also supplement your baby with Vitamin D.

Research has also shown that vitamin D might play an important role in regulating mood and warding off depression. In one study, scientists found that people with depression who received vitamin D supplements noticed an improvement in their symptoms.

What does a vitamin D deficiency in adults look like?

  • tiredness, aches and pains, and a general sense of not feeling well
  • severe bone or muscle pain or weakness that may cause difficulty climbing stairs or getting up from the floor or a low chair, or cause you to walk with a waddling gait
  • stress fractures, especially in your legs, pelvis, and hips

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Where can I get it, other than the sun?

Some foods that provide vitamin D include:
  • Fatty fish, like tuna, mackerel, and salmon
  • Foods fortified with vitamin D, like some dairy products, orange juice, soy milk, and cereals
  • Beef liver
  • Cheese
  • Egg yolks

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You can also buy Vitamin D3 Drops, this is what I use during the fall, winter and sometimes the spring months.

How much do I need?

The recommended IUs for vitamin D are:

Live longer, healthier and happier.
Alicia