Thursday, July 31, 2014

RAK - Watch Kindness In Action!

It's been a while since I brought up my enjoyment of Random Acts of Kindness.  It's something that has been a part of my life since I was a kid as my parents were and extended family were excellent examples.

Since I've been reminded of it twice this week so far,  I realized I was due for some ways to show some RAK(random acts of kindness) to others, myself.  I have a few ideas brewing in my head and I'm already looking forward to it!   It's always a 'win-win'. 

Now do yourself a feel good favor and click to watch this video and watch a wonderful example of Kindness disguised as 'Appreciation'.   


Feel free to comment if you feel 'inspired!'  ☺

 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Natural Deodorant That Passes The Test


Hands down, this natural deodorant is heavy duty in my book, like Bounty is to paper towels! 

Now while I like to think I don't 'stink' if I don't use something under my arms, I may still have an odor at the end of a long, stressful day.  If being honest you probably would too.  At the very least if it's hot out or you're working hard or doing some heavy work - it stands to reason you may work up a sweat. And for most of the population this is where the use of deodorant or antiperspirant comes in.  (For the record for this post, I'm focusing on deodorant)



Sitting nonchalantly in the produce section, minding their own business, these colorful drink adornments can deal with the most ripe of body odors.  Yep the tart lemon and lime.  The powerful citrus juice lowers you skin's ph which helps to eliminate bacteria and thus 'odor'.  



I put it to the test for 2 weeks including one or 2 really hot, humid days, outside and inside.  The boyfriend did it too.  We both were more than impressed.  Watch my 3 minute Natural Fix video for simple instruction as to how you can try nature's cost effective alternative to deodorant!   You now have a natural option to the store bought version, no chemicals!!

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Let me know if you try it out!!  Come on, aren't you curious? ☺

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

One Mineral Can Improve Your Life

One mineral really can make difference!

We are bombarded with commercials, articles, products and reasons why we NEED Calcium.  And I agree.  We do!   Calcium is important in many ways - however Magnesium in my opinion is almost more important after you educate yourself on the role it plays in our body - physically and mentally!  


A few ways that Magnesium works behind the scenes to help our bodies:
  • Helps regulate blood sugar levels
  • Relaxes our blood vessels (blood pressure)
  • Helps with bowel activity
  • Helps the Heart muscle do it's job (prevention of stroke, heart attacks, helps with abnormal heart rhythms)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Helps with ADHD
  • Sleep
  • Bone and teeth formation
  • Muscle cramps
  • Natural blood thinner
Of course using food as a tool to get more magnesium into your body is the safest way to supplement so do some homework as to what foods/herbs are higher in Magnesium.   

A Few Basics:
 

Pumpkin Seeds
Dark Chocolate
Avacados
Dark leafy greens
Almonds/Almond Butter, Cashews, Pine Nuts (make your own trail mix!)


Epsom Salt (Natural source of Magnesium) 

You can also take a bath using once or twice a week in Epsom Salts( 1 cup to bath water) to soothe aches and encourage relaxation while your skin absorbs magnesium or a soothing footsoak (1/2 cup Epsom Salts) in cool or warm water depending on the weather outside!   Also helps with foot odor.

Supplementing is fine too, but stick to the basics with dosages.  For Females over age 14 about 300mg per day  and Men about 400mg per day.  If you have any Kidney problems or health issues you really need to check with your doctor before taking on any added Magnesium.  Too much is not a good thing either!

I still prefer food or natural sources for my Magnesium so not to have to worry about getting too much..however a blood test is great to know where you stand.  Some people are dangerously low and this is one sure way to find out!  My doctor will even give Magnesium in an IV if really low...so if you have symtoms of possible deficiency, get a simple blood test to be sure..

Even Dr Oz has made mention of how important Magnesium is in our bodies!  
Why You Need Magnesium

Another great source of information in this Article also.  

Needless to say I don't want you to take my word for it!  As always I encourage you to educate yourself on your options and what your body may benefit from.  This is one of many informative books out there, but a great place to start for anyone interested. 



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Monday, June 23, 2014

Natural Fix for Acne

We had an absolutely gorgeous weekend of summer weather - almost made Monday not feel so bad knowing it was a work day! ha!  Well, it helps.

I hope you have had the chance to check out my new YouTube Channel, I'm not sure if I will be posting all my videos to my site but for now I am.  By all means subscribe to my channel or at the very least subscribe to my site with your email (top right of this page) so you get regular updates.

Now all that out of the way, my video concentrates on 3-4 'natural' ways to help deal with and get rid of Acne.  No fun at any age and yes, some have worse cases then others.  Sometimes it's just a matter of finding what works for you and being open to a bit of experimentation. Diet actually does come into play mainly for how it affects your hormones and the bacteria build up in your body.  So while food isn't the totally to blame, watching what causes breakouts is your body telling you you could stand to upgrade your diet and drink more water.

Please realize that not everything works for everyone, but these have worked for many, so hopefully you or someone you know will find relief!

Thanks for watching!


Monday, June 16, 2014

Root2Health On YouTube - Acid Reflux

Yes I'm taking the plunge and have started my new YouTube Channel, focusing on "Natural Health Fix" tips from A-Z!

   


I'm kind of excited about it as this way I can reach even more folks with concerns they may be having and you can share video with friends or family who may need the information as well!  

Now I am no video expert and I realize my video here on Acid Reflux feels very 'beginner-ish' to me and a bit too close up, lol but hey, you have to start somewhere and hopefully they will get better as I go along.

Please feel free to comment under the video and hit the like button if it helped you in any way.  I do have a favor to ask that if you would let me know either on YouTube or comment on this post, if you want to see any certain subject discussed. 

I also have updated my Health Consultation Page and you will now see an choice for a 'one question option' so if you  just need some clarification or a suggestion sooner rather than later - it's only FIVE DOLLARS ($5)!! 

I made this totally affordable so I hope you will not be afraid to use this option whenever some help is needed. Of course more in depth answers are available with the full, online consultation. 

I won't necessarily be posting all future videos on my website, so please feel free to subscribe to my youtube channel so you can keep track.  Of course the other option is to sign up for each new post here, with your email on right of this page.

Sooo please take a few minutes (about 8) and watch my video on Acid Reflux and hopefully you or someone you know can benefit!


Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Are You Living In A Bubble?

Now what do I mean by that?

"It says MOOPS!" (Seinfeld fans get this lol)
For me it means never thinking outside of the box, rarely trying anything or going anywhere new, and frankly being afraid to even consider it.  The thinking of  'well why make waves, or why fix it if it isn't broke'  - to me also can mean settling for less.  

Happily I am a big believer of 'popping' the perceived 'bubble'.  

I get ansty when some things stay the same or seemingly don't change. 

Routine is one of those things.  Granted, I kind of like some of my routines, I know what to expect, and feel comfort in that.  Fine.  Dandy.   But then there are things I do or most of us do, because it's easy, or we've gotten used to it, and what's all the fuss about?  But see, this is what starts nagging me.  If I don't consider something in a different light, how will I ever know what is out there?   As quite frankly, as it turns out - LOTS!!

 Since I love examples, here's 3 

1) I'm an avid reader, always have been.  I tend to lean towards Mysteries, some fiction and yes some self help/health stuff.  But for pure pleasure it's always been Mysteries - 'Who done it' sorts.  Old world, and current, I enjoy it all.  Over the years however I realized I was in a rut.  I read the same types of authors (whom I love) but realized...gee there's a ba-zillion authors out there, maybe I should start asking for some other authors.   And I did.  What a treat!!  An entire new world opened up to me when I started thinking outside of the box!  In the past, I'd sort of dismiss some of the 'types' of authors or stories others talked about.  "Oh those aren't for me", I'd pipe in.  And well sure, some of them still don't do it for me.  But I have to tell you...LOTS of them do!  I feel like I hit the lottery with all these new authors!  (anyone who reads gets this lol)  

2) As you know..I partake in natural therapies.  I've tried or experimented with all kinds of 'stuff'.  I do my research and give it a go.  For the most part I've been very happy with what I've found to work for me.  Sure not EVERYTHING works for everyone..but thankfully there's so much out there to choose from - thinking out side of the box, again!

3)  Do you ever drive somewhere a lot, maybe to work or someone's house...knowing which route works, probably in your sleep. And if you are like me, usually the easiest and fastest.  Well  I have recently started to take totally alternate routes to some of my normal destinations.  I
have to laugh at how many streets I've never been down in my own general neighborhood!  I've also branched out to other areas, finding parks I never knew existed, stores I have never seen not to mention restaurants.  Take a detour now and then!


Living in a bubble for somethings doesn't  make a big difference in your day to day, but when you feel bored or just that ho-hum, uninspired feeling -  maybe it's time to you ask yourself, "Am I really enjoying all the magnificence  that our world has to offer?" 

We live in a abundant Universe.  Start thinking outside of the 'bubble' and see what surprises and new horizons are out there - could lead to all sorts of new delights or adventures!


Saturday, March 15, 2014

Anyone Can Do A One Day Detox!

I'm all for not complicating matters.

 When faced with something that feels like a chore we tend to put it lower on the list, where it tends to stay!  After our LONG-ASS, cold, winter...(Yes I'm being rather 'cheeky' but it seems to fit)  I am more than ready to wave bye-bye to Winter and welcome Spring and all that comes with it!


I've been looking into new ways of gardening - I've done regular gardening and container gardening, and am looking into some vertical gardening. Pretty cool stuff!  I'm also checking out areas I may wantto explore outdoors, whether for walking or simple places to read or meditate as it really improves my overall sense of well-being and I've so missed it!

I'm also more than ready to lighten up my eating, and yes even for 1 day you will feel a difference and your body feels it too!  When I do these mini detox's I keep it simple!  This is KEY!  Little to no preparation, just some items to get when out doing your regular shopping! 

Ready for my big plan?? 

RAW FOOD for 1 day - and plenty of water and herb tea. 

That's all she wrote!  Easy or what??  Now for those who aren't quite up to speed with what that may mean, you can certainly google what a raw food diet consists of.  But since I've done it many times I'll give you the basics.  I only eat fresh, uncooked live foods.  All plant based.   This means fresh fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds.  

My day may look like this:

Breakfast:  Bowl of fresh fruit (as much as I want) 

Snack:  more fruit and or maybe some sunflower seeds or other raw nuts (health food stores or Wegmans has nice bulk area in Natural Mart- so I only buy what I need for the day)

Lunch: Big salad!  (I always think of that Seinfeld episode when I say 'Big Salad' lol) This just means lots of different greens, veggies, maybe even a chopped up apple & some nuts.   I make my own salad dressing. (lots of great recipes on AllRecipes.com), or just use some  oil, vinegar, salt, pepper and some garlic or onion powder and toss.  

Snack: Any of the above...so could be an apple, more nuts, cup of tea 

Dinner:  Guacamole (any time of day, but I save for dinner) with fresh garlic and red onion, I dip some thin sliced celery in or spread on thin sliced cucumber.  I LOVE GUACAMOLE  and actually eat it once a week regardless!  I may also have a tomato/cuke/onion salad on side

Snack:  If I still need a snack..might be small bowl of fresh fruit or some nuts/apple.  

It doesn't have to be so involved...the only realy 'prep' is making sure you have the food items on hand.  I buy organic when I can...but don't let that stop you.  Wash your food well and just do it.  More organics and fresh options when the farmers market's open and then you can do it more often! 

I also take some of my Colon Cleanse the night before - (well I take it more often but on these days, it's a definite)  Why not clear things out and help the body even more?

Pick a day and just do it!  I will do it on a work day or weekend, just depends on my schedule.  If you are prepared, there is no reason NOT to give it a go.  Helps with maintaining or losing some weight too, if you do more than one day per week.  

Carlton dancing

Needless to say I can't tell how much I'm looking forward to Spring! Enough to do a happy dance! Remember Carlton?   HA!