Splitting or Cracking Nails- All Natural Solution

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It’s the time of year when everything is starting to cool down and the dramatic changes in temperatures can cause our nails to get dry and brittle and even split.

Try this all natural recipe to keep your nails healthy and strong all year around.

Mix:

2 eggs yolks
1 teaspoon of olive or avocado oil

Soak nails for 5-10 mins twice a week.

The biotin in the egg yolk and the triglycerides in the olive oil penetrate the nail bed and work to nourish  and strengthen nails.

Enjoy!

Honey VS Sugar

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In this day and age everyone is looking for an easier way to eat healthy, or the quickest way to loose those extra couple pounds. Sometimes it’s not about the easiest or fastest way that gets you to your goals but eliminating refined sugar from your life could be one of those methods.

Try replacing your sugar with honey, not only are you eliminating something refined and void of any nutrients that is actually really bad for you but you are replacing it with something that will still give you that sweet tooth fix but is packed full of nutrients, good bacteria (that aids in digestion and that our body requires) and powerful antioxidants called polyphenols. Antioxidants help to get rid of the free radicals in your body that cause diseases and pre mature aging. Let me make that crystal clear. Honey helps fight wrinkles and keeps you healthy!! Sometimes you can have your cake and eat it too!!

Try to find a unprocessed honey, possibly organic although no honey can truly be organic if it’s labeled the producer may have done their best to try and accomodate that.

Enjoy!!!

Simply Ways to Keep Your House Clean and Cancer Free

Home should be an oasis, a safe and peaceful space that promotes well-being and health. However, if you’re constantly cleaning up the house with harsh chemicals, hosing it down with anti-bacterial soaps and steeping yourself in off-gassing bedding and décor, home may not be such a safe place after all.

Here’s how to show hundreds of carcinogens the door – simply and easily:

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1. Make your own cleaning products.
Commercial household cleaning products are a significant source of toxins, polluting your indoor air and poisoning your body, as they’re absorbed through the skin while you scrub. To cut exposure, make your own inexpensive, non-toxic cleaning products, using lemon juice, baking soda, tea tree oil and vinegar.

2. Stay away from toxic toothpaste. Most toothpastes and mouthwashes are loaded with fluoride, triclosan, articicial flavors and colors – all of which are lousy for your body. Switch to natural versions from the health food store or better yet, make your own. Here’s a great, simple recipe: combine 8 oz water (preferably filtered or spring, without fluoride) with heaping teaspoon of baking soda plus 4 -6 drops of organic peppermint oil.

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3. Clear the air
But not with canned, synthetic sprays, some of which contain chemicals that are linked to increased breast cancer risk. Instead, freshen the air the old-fashioned way with houseplants, dishes with lemon juice and vinegar, and bowls of natural potpourri made with flowers and herbs.

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4. Don’t buy body care products containing parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate or oxybenzone. They’re just a few of the toxins lurking in common body care products with the power to throw hormones out of whack and trigger health problems. Not convinced? Then consider the EPA’s acknowledgement that just a fraction of the 80,000+ chemicals in regular use have gone through complete testing for human toxicity – I don’t remember signing up to be a human gunea pig.

5. Non-stick pans, plastic containers and canned goods – lose them, don’t use them. Ditch your toxin-laced nonstick and Teflon cookware for long-lasting cast iron, or stainless steel versions. Never cook in plastic containers and switch them for leech-free glass. Bypass canned foods, the majority of which contain hormone disrupting BPA liners. With these three simple changes you’ll ingest a lot fewer toxins, with little sacrifice.

6. Take off your shoes.
How to keep toxins out of the house? Don’t bring them in in the first place. Leave your shoes and boots at the door to track less dirt, chemicals, pesticide residues, lead and oil into the house. It’s also a nice way to leave the world behind — and symbolically welcome yourself back to the haven of home. For more tips, check out my blog on 20 ways to detox your home.

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7. Don’t eat toxins! Now, nobody likes to think they’re actually eating carcinogens, but for the most part, when you eat factory-farmed, processed foods, you are. Simply by switching to unprocessed, organic, foods, you can eliminate toxins from your diet and change the course of your long-term health. Simply amazing, eh?

8. Filter your water. Most of us drink, shower and bathe with water that’s brimming with highly toxic chemicals such as arsenic, fluoride and chlorine – so how to get rid of them? Filter your drinking water and install a filter in the shower, or a whole house filtration system to remove up to 99% of the bad stuff.

9. Sleep clean. To reduce toxins emanating from your current mattress, slip it inside an organic (not plastic!) waterproof cover to help reduce your nightly inhalation of chemicals. Create an additional barrier against conventional mattress chemicals by adding an organic topper to the bed. When the time comes for a new mattress, look for one that’s organic, or made of natural latex, cotton or wool and check out my blog on how to sleep cleaner and greener.

10. Ditch the synthetics. Synthetic sheets, comforters and wall-to-wall carpeting are made from petrochemicals and often are treated with chemical flame-retardants – and nobody should spend 8 hours a night steeping in all that! Switch bedding to unbleached, organic cotton, linen, wool or down alternatives and trade synthetic wall-to-wall carpet for eco-friendly, sustainable materials like organic sisal or bamboo floor coverings.

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11. Cut the cord. The metal coils and wiring woven into electric blankets make sleeping under one roughly akin to wearing a full-body antenna all night, maximizing your exposure to harmful EMF’s. You can also buy himalayan rock salt lamps that have an effect of absoring harmful emf’s.

These small simple things can change your house from being poisonous into a healthy haven for you and your families.

Leeks

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Healthy, delicious, packed with nutrients but what are they and how do I cook them?

When looking to buy leeks at the grocery store and introduce them into your life look for firm stalks and leaves.

To prep, discared the outer green leaves and cut lengthwise. Soak in cold water until all the dirt is gone, then drain. Saute with other veggies in olive oil for a side dish, or slice and use in place of onions for a sweeter, milder taste in soups and salads.

Simple and super healthy!! Enjoy!

Healthy Friends

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Who knew you list of friends regardless of number may have a major impact on your healthy lifestyle. Studies show that toxic relationships become a habit and cause un necessary stress is our already too stressful lives.

Her are a few questions to ask yourself when evaluating which friendships you may want to consider removing from your life:

1. Are you are your best when you are with this person? Does this person make you snarky or competitive, do you feel like this person may push you to do stuff you may not otherwise be interested in doing, like making fun of other people or taking drugs? If you answered yes to any of these, this is not a healthy bond.

2. Is there a balance and reciprocity? If all you do is give, give ,give and there is…..well….not so a lot of get. Likely this friendship is if not already going to become very driaining, tiresome and unrewarding.

3. Do you look forward to hanging out with this person? If It’s more of an add to my to do list, it might be time to move on.

We all carry waaaay too much burden and stress in our daily lives to have relationships like the ones listed above. If you are thinking of someone in your life right now, you may want to consider some spring cleaning when it comes to that friendship. Life is too short, enjoy yourself and your friends.

Zucchini Crisps – YUM!!!

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We are now in appetizer season with holiday parties and family gatherings! These are wonderfully tasty bites of zucchini that we drizzle with olive oil and bake. They taste like they could be fried but aren’t. Be careful though – it’s hard to eat just one!

5 zucchini, cut in ¼ inch slices on a diagonal
2 tablespoons spelt flour or flour of your choice
1 cup bread crumbs
¾ cup parmesan cheese, shredded
1 teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon granulated garlic
½ teaspoon granulated onion
Dash pepper
3 tablespoons milk
3 eggs
1/3 cup olive oil

Mix dry ingredients in a bowl.
Mix liquid ingredients in another bowl, whisk well.
Slice zucchini in a diagonal direction.
Dip slices in egg mixture and let excess drip off, then place in pan holding bread crumbs. Pile extra mixture on top of each slice of zucchini. Press down on zucchini to help the bread crumb mixture stick.
Coat shallow pan or cookie sheet with layer of olive oil, saving some to drizzle on top. Lay slices in the pan and drizzle with more oil.
Bake in oven at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until crispy.
Drain on paper towels after removing from oven.
Serves: 4-6

Total cooking time: 45 minutes

Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/zucchini-crispies.html#ixzz2ElFyGzfd

Getting the “Winter’s on it’s way” Blues?

Here are a couple simple and yummy things you can do to help fight feeling down just before and during the winter.


1. Eat Salmon – A whopping 90 percent of women will have a Vitamin D deficiency during fall and winter. Yes, 90%, 9 out of 10!! Salmon is packed full of Vitamin D and Omega 3’s that boost the vitamin’s absorption by 50% and help keep away the winter and fall blues.


2. Eat Nuts – Specifically Macadamia nuts, due to lack of exposure to the sun our natural anti-depressant hormone serotonin levels drop during fall and winter. Just 2 ounces or Macadamias a day contain enough tryptophan to stimulate serotonin production leaving you feeling happy and healthy within days!!