Posts Tagged ‘wellness’

suga suga help me catch that fly

if the tune of ‘Suga Suga’ by Baby Bash doesn’t stream through your head at the sight of this blog post title, hit up this link and you too will be in the know :0)

…moving on…

what else can you use sugar for, besides the obvious choices?

natural home and garden put together this list of ‘6 Uses for Sugar’ – and none of them include ‘add to coffee’ or ‘use in a recipe for baked goods’!

make a body scrub
sugar is a great alternative to the bits of plastic found in many exfoliants
go HERE for some recipes for body and facial scrubs

clean dirty hands
it’s a natural abrasive – add equal parts olive oil and sugar to your hands, give them a good rub and rinse the dirt, grease and oil away

make cut flowers last longer
sprinkle a tablespoon of sugar into a vase of water, add your cut flowers and they’ll be nourished for much longer than just using water alone

keep baked goods fresher, longer
place a lump of sugar into the bottom of the container you are storing biscuits, cake or other baked goods in. the sugar will absorb moisture, keeping your treats fresher for a longer amount of time

heal wounds
this one sounds kinda gross, but a study has shown that sprinkling sugar on bed sores, leg ulcers and amputations can help heal injuries by drawing water from the wound, prohibiting the growth of bacteria and preventing infection

trap pests (especially FLIES!)
wasps, fruit flies and other insects are attracted to the sweetness of the sugar, luring them in and trapping them in the sticky mess. a homemade fly trap can be made by boiling equal parts of sugar, honey and water, stir until it’s thickened, dip pieces of kraft or brown packaging paper in the mixture and hanging them to dry. go HERE for instructions on how to easily make a fruit fly trap

naturally relieved – part two

do you believe this picture is from the first week of march – LAST YEAR?!

and here i was thinking the beginning of march this year was unseasonably warm… i guess i thought wrong!

anyways – spring has a sprung up all around us, from the bulbs to the trees to the bees starting to work their pollen-ey magic all over the place

are you finding yourself caught up with the usual symptoms of spring allergies?

check out THIS POST from last year on natural ways to relieve spring allergies


THIS POST from the fall on foods to fight allergies


to add to the goodness going on in the posts mentioned above, here’s some more foods that fight allergies:

Citrus Fruits
500 mg a day of vitamin C is the magic number to hit a day – incorporate oranges, grapefruit, lemons, and limes into your diet, a large orange contains nearly 100 mg of C, half of a large grapefruit contains about 60 mg

Stinging Nettle
it helps stifle inflammation with the histamine that it contains. keep it easy to obtain by taking the 500-mg freeze-dried nettle capsules, three times a day, found in your natural health store, and take three times a day. heed the warning labels though, long-term use of this herb is not recommended, it can deplete your potassium stores

leaves and roots of the butterbur shrub contain petasines, which can block some reactions that spark allergies. its use is not generally recommended for young children, people older than 65, or those with ragweed allergies. since the roots of the perennial shrub generally contain high levels of pyrrolizidine alkaloids (which are damaging to the liver) herbalists recommend looking for butterbur products that specify “no pyrrolizidines”, or ones that use a CO2 extracting process. researchers have found that butterbur was just as effective as “Zyrtec” after two weeks of treatment and has been shown to relieve sneezing, itching, runny nose, stuffiness, and watery eyes in just five days

immune-strengthening, often hailed as a natural flu treatment, but also aid in natural allergy relief. try the wine, juice, or jam to tap the fruit’s beneficial flavonoids that reduce inflammation

inhibits the secretion of allergy-inducing histamine

Anti-Allery Soup Recipe
Boil an onion (with skin) and a clove of garlic. Add ½ cup chopped leaves and diced taproots of evening primrose. After boiling for about 5 minutes, add a cup of nettle leaves and a cup of diced celery stalks, and boil gently for another 3 to 10 minutes. Before eating, remove the onion skins and eat the soup it’s while still warm. Season with wine vinegar, black pepper, hot pepper, turmeric, curry powder, or celery seed.

calling all chocolate lovers

GOOD news for CHOCOLATE lovers:

the very dark variety of chocolate is said to improve endothelial function = flexible arteries that may prove resistant to cholesterol deposits

it keeps getting better –> lowfat chocolate milk is a great choice for a post-workout beverage, giving you the right amount of fluids, carbs and protein

and the clencher – a recently published study finds that (among mice at least) the active ingredient in chocolate results in ‘greater endurance capacity’


so, that box of chocolates your sweetie gave you for V-Day, you can now devour guilt free knowing you’re improving your health :0)

veggie chips

looking to satisfy a snack craving, but trying to keep things on the ‘healthier side’?

try out this easy recipe for homemade veggie chips – the trans fat is slashed, there is much less sodium than the ones you would find in the store, plus – it’s kinda fun to eat something you made ALLlll by yo’self!


Thinly slice with a sharp knife or mandolin slicer.
Toss in olive or coconut oil and evenly space them on a parchment-lined cookie sheet.
Scatter with salt, dried thyme, and oregano.
Bake for 20-30 minutes at 325*, checking often.

For KALE–>
Cut 1 bunch of kale into bite-sized strips.
Toss in olive or coconut oil and evenly space them on a parchment-lined cookie sheet.
Sprinkle with sea salt, freshly cracked pepper, and a dash of apple cider vinegar.
Bake for 18-20 minutes at 350*, toss after 10 minutes.

Thinly slice with a sharp knife or mandolin slicer.
Toss in olive or coconut oil and evenly space them on a parchment-lined cookie sheet.
Scatter with salt – or for a spicy twist try cayenne pepper, cumin and coriander.
Bake for 10 minutes per side at 350*.


…nutritional PLUSES…
the BEETS are filled with folate, manganese, and potassium
the KALE is packed with vitamin-C
the SWEET POTATOES offer a super high dose of vitamin-A

*check out my RECIPE page for more tasty creations*

natural stress remedies

stressed? or just looking for another way to unwind?

try out some of these simple, natural ways to relax your body and mind:

physically active people feel less anxious and depressed
supposedly aerobic exercise increases norepinephrine levels, a chemical that helps the brain deal with stress more efficiently

listen to music
particularly classical music or relaxation CDs

herbal remedies
amongst other herbs out there, elethero (aka Siberian ginseng) has been shown to normalize blood pressure and blood sugar levels and stop stress from draining your adrenal gland’s supply of vitamin C

using your own thought processes to gain better control over involuntary bodily functions – like heartbeat, breathing rate, and brain function
can be especially helpful for insomnia and high blood pressure

relaxation tools
meditation apps, chinese stress balls, head massager

chakra balancing
by simply placing seven stones on the main energy centers of your body, relaxation is encouraged

unplug at the start and end of the day
keep your computer and TV off in the morning and at night, grab a book or simply do nothing instead
overstimulation causes stress

do something FUN
create artwork, crafts, join a bowling league – find something you love to do and engage in it

a DIY massage
treat yourself to your very own facial massage – loosen the muscles that are habitually scrunched up by stress

see which one (or two) work for you
these are just some of the remedies mentioned in this article – go check out the rest and more details on the ones mentioned above

staying healthy in 2012


how to stay healthy in the new year? check out the quirky list below for some inspiration–>

DASH foods to lower blood pressure

i’ve been holding off on writing about this for a bit because a certain someone (ahem – Susie) said she wanted to guest post on the topic… so i’m not going to go tooo into depth on it, because i really think she is going to have a great write-up on it all (from her own experience with it)!

but in the meantime, an article i read earlier in the week on Yahoo Health brought to light some easy ways to get started with ‘IT’

and what is ‘IT’ that i’m talking about?! the DASH

DASH stands for ‘Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension’
its an eating plan recommended by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in which adopting healthy eating practices is one of the primary actions one can take to prevent or lower high blood pressure and hypertension

…and since we all probably know people who suffer from this, or do ourselves, why not give it a shot or pass on the info?!

the Yahoo Health article highlighted 8 foods that not only lower blood pressure but are packed with nutrients that support overall health – win, win!

a natural remedy for lowering blood pressure
contains phytochemicals known as phthalides, which relax the muscle tissue in the artery walls, enabling increased blood flow and, in turn, lowering blood pressure

the best sources are wild (not farmed) salmon, tuna, mackerel, cod, trout, halibut, herring, and sardines
rich in anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats, which are famous for their cardiovascular benefits
omega-3s lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke
omega-3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids which the human body can not make
omega-3s act as a natural blood thinner, making it easier for your heart to pump blood around your body

hailed as a super-food because of its powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
potent package of fiber, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and vitamin C, all nutrients that help lower blood pressure
contains the antioxidant vitamin C which helps normalize blood pressure

in addition to lowering blood pressure, it’s good for the liver, eyes, and skin
also a natural diuretic, helps reduce blood pressure by releasing excess sodium without the loss of potassium
excess sodium raises blood pressure by constricting blood vessels, while potassium helps regulate it
loaded with magnesium, which dissolves blood clots and stimulates the production of nitric oxide, helping to relax and dilate blood vessels for better blood flow

the fiber and magnesium found in oats both have beneficial effects on blood pressure
they slow atherosclerosis, the plaque buildup that occurs in blood vessels

high fiber-to-protein ratio which regulates blood sugar and lowers blood cholesterol levels, both of which are related to maintaining normal blood pressure
a nutrient-dense source of fiber and magnesium, which are essential for healthy blood pressure levels
contains folate, also known as folic acid in its synthetic form, which is a B-complex vitamin that appears to lower blood pressure (especially systolic blood pressure) by relaxing blood vessels and improving blood flow

all berries are great for you, but blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries are tops for their ability to help lower blood pressure, thanks to high doses of fiber, vitamin C, and potassium
blueberries contain a compound called pterostilbene that helps prevent plaque buildup in the arteries
berries are anti-inflammatory

In a Dutch study of hypertension in adults 55 and older, researchers found that low-fat dairy products such as milk, cheese, and yogurt may help prevent hypertension. The modest amount of fat in low-fat dairy is important because it increases the bioavailability of calcium, making it easier for the body to absorb. In addition, milk and dairy products offer blood-pressure-lowering magnesium and potassium.

today is the first day of the rest of your life!