Clean Living Tips
There are endless ways to add healthy living tips to our daily lives. I believe these simple things will assist you on that path. I don't believe in "dieting" I believe in shifting our choices towards healthier options. Each of us are unique and have specific nutritional needs.
What to Drink
Drink healthy clean water. Distilled or reverse osmosis water is purified from contaminants. If you live in the city, do NOT drink the chlorinated water! We purchased a five-stage reverse osmosis filter system for our home and replace the filters annually.
Green tea is packed full of antioxidants and also has anti-cancer properties. I prefer this form of caffeine. Use medicinal quality herbal teas to support a healthy immune system. Always drink from glass bottles whenever possible. Purchase a good water purifier for your home and fill your own bottles to take with you. When adding essential oils to your drinking water, it is crucial that they only be added to glass. The oils are so effective (ie.lemon) that they will leach into the plastic and start to pull harmful toxins into the water.
Golden Milk (Turmeric Tea) is an Ayruveda tradition. Best to drink before bed. Turmeric contains curcumin, which has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-cancer properties. Turmeric has a warm, slightly spicy, bold, and earthy flavor, and when mixed with a hint of sweetness, it makes a delicious nightcap thats actually HEALTHY for you! There are many variations of Golden Milk recipes on the internert--here's one example:
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon or cinnamon stick, optional
- 1 tablespoon local honey or maple syrup (add just before serving)
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil or flakes
- ADD to 2 cups almond milk. A small pinch of fresh grated ginger and black pepper will enhance turmerics bioavailability by 1,000 times! So amazingly this will increase your bodies absorption by 2000%! Add a little spice to your life:)
Simply pour all ingredients into a small saucepan and bring to a light boil. Whisk to combine ingredients reduce heat and simmer for up to 10 minutes. Strain the milk if you have large pieces of ginger, cinnamon,peppercorn etc....To serve, add honey or a dash of cinnamon ENJOY warm is best! You can make a paste with 1/4 cup turmeric powder and 1/2 cup purified water. Mix together well and store in glass jar. (2-3 weeks)
What to Eat
Eat organic foods wnenever possible, and support local stores that carry organic. Get to know local organic farmers, shop at your local farmers markets. Plant your own vegetable and herbal gardens. Share your bounty with friends and neighbors.
Remove all artificial sweetners from your diet. Aspartame is a neuro-toxin, hidden in yogerts, gum, drinks etc...so read the labels! Avoid all blue, pink and yellow packets that are in every restaurant. Stevia is a safe natural alternative. Eliminate or drastically reduce refined sugar, sodas, and sweets. Sugar feeds pathogenic bacteria(candida) and cancer cells thrive with sugar.
Eliminate the whites ~ refined commercial products, which I call FRANKENFOODS and really are not food at all!
- Shortening~ hydrogenated oils
If your great grandmother wouldn't recognize it, we probably should avoid it!
What About Fat?
True, some fats are harmful (trans fats, hydrogenated fats) to your health, but many fats are benficial. Healthy oils and good FATS include grass fed butter, coconut oil, avocados, flax seed, chia seeds, fish oils etc... Don't be afraid of consuming healthy fats, in fact, our brain needs to be nourished with beneficial fats.
Restorative Sleep & Deep Breathing
Restful sleep is crucial for optimal health. We heal during deep sleep cycles, and our natural body rhythms work best when we follow nature. Practice natural sleep routines: going to bed within a few hours after the sun has set, and rise with the natural daylight, keep TV, computers etc... out of bedrooms. Do not sleep on electic blankets. Our bodies were not designed to be under the constant bombardment of EMF's (electromagnetic frequencies). These exposures come from cell phones, computers, clock radio, electric blankets etc....try to make your bedroom EMF free zones. Unfortunately there is always wiring etc. in the walls. I try to minimize additonal EMF's when possible.
Deep breathing practice daily helps slow down sympathetic (fight or flight) nervous system, meditation and yoga brings focus on the breath.
Positive thoughts, try to eliminate the negative people from your life, choose a healthy work environment.
Quiet time daily, whether that be prayer, meditation etc... find a practice that works for you!
Supplement as necessary, it's very difficult to get all of our nutrition needs from our foods today. Most foods are FRANKENFOODS from the processed food industry and should not even be considered food! Look for product lines that are sourced from Organic sources whether it be an herbal preperation, or vitamin/mineral supplement. Most products on the market today are inferior from synthetic sources. Our bodies do not know what to do with synthetic materials! Remember to supplement means to give the body what it is missing to build healthy cells. We live in such a fast paced world and burn the candle at both ends and then wonder why cancer, heart disease, depression, auto-immune disease are seen around every corner we turn.
Sinus congestion? I like the ‘NeilMed’ available at drug stores, ask your pharmacist if you can’t find it. Or you can use a netti pot. Follow directions on container. Irrigate both nasal passages while leaning over the sink or in the shower. As you squeeze the bottle, the solution will gently flow into each nasal cavity. The water solution will flow out the other nostril. If it flows down the back of throat, spit it out. Tilting your head one way or the other will allow the water to flow into the sinus cavities. The kit comes with packets of salt solution. Add one packet to bottle for irrigation then add: WARM distilled water or previously boiled water to fill line (test on the inside of your wrist to be sure water temperature is safe). Find more info at www.neilmed.com.