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Benefits of Tourmaline Gemstone

Discover how TOURMALINE can detoxify your body!   Tourmaline gemstone is a semi-precious mineral similar to granite. With colors ranging from magenta to teal-blue, meadow-green to vibrant yellow, and even black, tourmaline gets its name from the Singhalese phrase “tura mali,” which means, “stone mixed with vibrant colors.” It’s believed that no two tourmaline stones have the exact same color and it’s historically revered as a “magic” stone that is capable of protecting whoever wore it. Although it might be a stretch to say tourmaline has supernatural powers, it does have the uncommon and very special ability to generate an electric charge and emit negative ions and far infrared rays. [1] What are Far Infrared Rays? Far infrared rays are invisible waves of energy. They’re able to penetrate all layers of the human body and reach the inner-most regions of tissues, muscles and bone. Through this, far infrared rays and negative ions gently soothe, stimulate and detoxify the body and mind. Negative ions are also incredibly important in determining mood. Michael Terman, PhD, of Columbia University in New York, has researched negative ions and reports, “The action of the pounding surf creates negative air ions and we also see it immediately after spring thunderstorms when people report lightened moods.” [2] Additional research has shown that mood disorders may be improved just as well through negative ion generators as antidepressants — but without the negative side effects. Why? Because these ions promote oxygenation to the brain and regeneration of the blood.[3] The Health Benefits of Tourmaline Gemstone Tourmaline emits far infrared radiation in the 4-14 micron wavelength. Electromagnetic radiation in the far infrared range is able to boost the immune system and promote detoxification. In fact, far infrared therapy is widely used in Japan by Kikohshi, people who heal by the laying of hands. [4] Make no mistake, tourmaline is a powerful ally when your body is in need of detoxification. The far infrared rays created by tourmaline actually produce the same resonance in the body that is normally found in water. This form of resonance absorption helps relieve stress, increase alertness, stimulate circulation, and boost the immune system. Here are just a few of the powerful effects from tourmaline. Helps detoxification Supports fat loss Reduces water retention Improves circulation Supports the liver and kidneys Promotes a healthy mood Helps eliminate toxic metals [5] Reduces lactic acids and free fatty acids Does Tourmaline Improve Physical or Sexual Performance? Many professional athletes have reported great performance improvements after using therapeutic gemstones like tourmaline. Olympic swimming champion, Glen Christiansen, reportedly stated that, “The green tourmaline necklace gives me a lot of strength, and allows me to recover faster from hard workouts.” She also added, “Curiously enough, it gives me more sexual interest and power.” This isn’t the first time it’s been suggested that tourmaline may have affect sexual response. Tourmaline, which favorably influences circulation, has been reported to boost vitality and vigor in both men and women. [6] [...]

2018-07-12T20:42:39+00:00 By |

How to Make a Juicy Nectarine Tart with Fresh Ingredients

Treat yourself with this delicious summer time dessert with fresh ingredients!   1 ½cups flour, plus more for rolling ½ teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons sugar 11 tablespoons cold unsalted butter 1egg yolk, beaten 2 (roughly 5-6) nectarines Juice of 1 lemon 1 tsp. vanilla extract 4tablespoons peach jam or preserves 2 tbsp. melted unsalted butter 1 tbsp. sugar In a food processor, add flour salt, and sugar and pulse until incorporated. Add butter and shortening and pulse until it becomes crumbly. Slowly add in egg yolk that has been mixed with cold water to the mixture and pulse until a dough forms. If the dough seems dry, you can add more cold water starting at 1 tablespoon at a time. Gather dough in a ball and let rest for 30 minutes in the refrigerator. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Roll out dough into a 9-inch tart pan and line with parchment paper and baking weights or beans. Bake for 10 minutes Slice nectarines, cutting into eighths. Add lemon juice, and vanilla extract and mix until incorporated. Take dough out of the oven, and add the peach jam to the bottom of the crust. Arrange fruit skin side down in a pattern starting with the outside and working your way inside. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 30-35 minutes until crust is browned and fruit has gently cooked. Serve!

2018-07-13T15:58:38+00:00 By |

Two Types of Calcium Deficiency

Are you experiencing high blood pressure or back pain?  A lack of CALCIUM could be the problem.   When considering the crucial role that calcium plays within the body, it is no wonder that a deficiency of this mineral can lead to a whole series of problems – many of which can not only heavily impact your way of life but actually threaten your life under the most significant circumstances. As you may be aware, calcium is integral when it comes to building strong bones, teeth, a normal heart rhythm, powering muscle contractions, enabling the relaxation of your muscles, hormone function, and even blood pressure regulation. In other words, it affects your whole body and keeps you functioning optimally each day. In the case of a deficiency, however, you may find that your body to be functioning not so optimally. In the event of a potential deficiency, it’s mandatory to look at the warning signs. First, it’s important to understand there are two types of calcium deficiency. While calcium deficiency at large has been linked to diseases like osteoporosis and renal failure, there exists two different types of such a deficiency. There are Two Types of Calcium Deficiency Dietary calcium deficiency exists in individuals who are not getting enough calcium intake through their daily nutrition or supplement intake. What happens here is that the natural calcium storage within the bones becomes depleted. As a result, the bones begin to weaken and thin at an alarming rate. This deficiency can also lead to osteoporosis, a disease of the bones that triggers bone degeneration, a ‘humped’ back, a major increased risk of fractures, and other serious concerns. Symptoms of Dietary Calcium Deficiency Back or neck pain Bone pain or tenderness Bone fractures as a result of minor or no trauma Loss of height Stooped or humped posture Unlike dietary calcium deficiency, the second type of calcium deficiency, hypocalcemia has to do with low levels of calcium within the blood. Whereas dietary calcium deficiency is a result of inadequate nutritional intake, hypocalcemia is usually caused by certain medications or even medical conditions like hypoparathyroidism. Hypocalcemia is particularly concerning as the body will readily pull calcium from the bones in the event of a blood calcium deficiency in orders to support the proper function of the brain, heart, nerves, and muscles. Symptoms of Hypocalcemia Muscle cramps Numbness Poor appetite Large bruised areas Bleeding under the skin that looks like tiny red dots Calcium Deficiency Diseases from Both Types While very different, both types of calcium deficiencies can trigger life-threatening diseases. Indications of calcium deficiency can include: Hypertension – also known as high blood pressure of arterial hypertension Abnormal heartbeat Chest pain Seizures Difficulty breathing Unusual changes in alertness of consciousness Overall, the best thing to do is to ensure that you are getting enough calcium each day from a high quality source such as calcium orotate. In addition, a combination of calcium orotate along with the essential mineral magnesium [...]

2018-07-12T20:40:42+00:00 By |

Introducing Cedarwood

Find out how essential oil CEDARWOOD can fight cellulite, coughs, and muscle pains.  Great as an astringent and antiseptic!   In the land of pyramid builders and ancient dreams, a million tales of royalty  we are introduced to a sacred oil. By Greek history and intrigue, we get the word cedrus or cedros that softly means “aromatic wood,” derived from the Arabic word kedron. In Arabic, the word translates to mean “divine power.” Cedarwood combines Arabic and Greek meanings into its scientific name, cedrus deodara loud, meaning, “sacred tree of the divine will.” Only a healing plant could have such a noble origin, both in word etymology and geographical history. Cedarwood oil was possibly the first essential oil to be extracted from a plant. The first documented use of cedarwood oil was by the ancient Egyptians two to three thousand years before the birth of Christ. They used cedarwood oil in the mummification process, as well as to ward off infections. During the Middle Ages, Europeans thought that placing a cedar tree adjacent to their front doors would keep witches from entering their houses. In the 17th century, English herbalist Nicholas Culpeper noted that cedarwood was a remedy for coughs and for those suffering from a shortness of breath. Thus, throughout history, cedarwood oil has been used by a variety of cultures and in different ways to prevent or cure illnesses. The value of cedarwood was so high that what is now Lebanon – a major cedar producer - was incorporated into the Egyptian empire in order to ensure a regular supply. Cedarwood oil was highly valued both in Babylon and Egypt. Inscribed within a clay tablet from Babylon, dating from 1800 BC, there is an order for imported oil of cedar, myrrh, and cypress. This suggests that international trade in aromatics dates as far back as 4,000 years. Today the oil is widely used in holistic meditation to help promote spiritual awareness as well as purification, healing, and protection. Cedarwood is mainly produced in Morocco and France. The Cedarwood Atlas tree has been important in the social and economic aspirations of Morocco, being suitable for furniture making, carpentry, and construction work. Like all cedars, the wood is fragrant, insect repellent, and rot-resistant due to the essential oil content. The oil is steam-distilled from the wood chips and sawdust. The amount of oil produced from cedarwood depends on the species and its age. Also, if the tree has undergone any duration of stress, the amount of hard wood produced is increased. Distillers approximate that it takes about twenty-nine pounds of dried plant material to produce one pound of cedarwood essential oil. Uses: The oil recognized for its calming, purifying effects, and acknowledged as a principle healer of the skin and underlying tissue. Celebrated in the skin care industry, cedarwood is recognized as having properties that clear blemishes. It is also believed to help normalize both dry and oily skin and hair conditions. It has a [...]

2018-07-12T20:02:54+00:00 By |

The Health Benefits of Probiotics

Gut health is a balancing act. Stress, toxins, and a bad diet can upset the balance and throw your whole digestive system into complete chaos. Probiotics are the key to keeping the peace and pushing out the harmful organisms that throw everything off. Probiotics detox, digest fiber, produce B vitamins, and help balance the gut. Probiotics from supplements and fermented foods help establish a healthy microbiome with a diverse microbiota—sometimes referred to as microflora. When your body is colonized by health-promoting organisms, your physical, mental, and emotional well-being are supercharged. You can take your health to new heights, giving yourself incredible immune function, mental clarity, and superior digestion. For many, the chain reaction of health benefits keeps the whole body healthy and decreases the possibility of developing a slew of health, digestive, and mood-related difficulties. Probiotic Quick Facts: What Are They: Living, beneficial bacteria and yeasts. Main Benefit: Gut health. Food Sources: Yogurt, sauerkraut, kombucha, kefir, kimchi. What Are Probiotics? Simply put, probiotics are living bacteria and yeasts. The fundamental difference separating a probiotic from another form of bacteria that is pathogenic or harmful are their symbiotic, or mutually beneficial, relationship with your body. Whether they know it or not, any healthy person is already carrying around hundreds of probiotics in their digestive system, on their skin, in their mouth, and other orifices like nostrils. The gastrointestinal tract alone harbors more than 500 different bacterial species.[1] Top Health Benefits of Probiotics Probiotics have many well-established health benefits, including the ability to balance the gut, improve digestion, and alleviate the uncomfortable side-effects of harsh antibiotics. The top benefits of probiotics include: Enhanced immune system response[2] Balancing out the adverse effects of antibiotics, including occasional diarrhea[3] Calmed colon irritation following surgery[4] Healthier looking skin and improved complexion[5] Enhanced ability to digest food[6] Therapeutic effects for upper respiratory health[7] Improved lactose tolerance[8] Promotes healthy yeast balance.[9] Support for vaginal health[10] Increased nutrient absorption from food[11] Encourages normal digestive health, including promoting normal bowel movements.[12] Promotes oral health and acts as a remedy for bad breath (halitosis)[13] Increased ability to synthesize B vitamins[14] Heightened ability to absorb calcium[15] Supports vitamin K production[16] Probiotic Research It’s with regularity that researchers publish new and exciting discoveries about the benefits of probiotics. Here are some of the most exciting recent findings for how probiotics can support your health. Studies show that probiotics improve the bioavailability of many essential nutrients in the body such as zinc, iron, phosphorus, all of the B vitamins, calcium, copper, and magnesium.[17] A study on the probiotic strain Bacillus infantis showed significant potential for normalizing bowel function in patients with digestive discomfort.[18] Probiotics significantly lower the rate of diarrhea and diaper rash in babies’ consuming infant probiotics.[19] Active bacteria cultures, such as acidophilus, aid in reducing intolerance to the lactose found in dairy products.[20] Several studies on probiotics indicate that, through the process of regulating intestinal transit time of fecal matter, probiotics can dramatically reduce constipation in the [...]

2018-04-27T02:54:55+00:00 By |

Are Constipation and Back Pain Related?

A member of our customer service team recently received feedback from a customer who had been experiencing such severe constipation that it was transitioning into lower back pain. This isn’t the first time I’ve heard a report like this. Soreness and lower back pain can definitely be related to constipation and not only severe constipation, even minor cases of constipation can lead to back pain. Can Constipation Cause Back Pain? Constipation occurs from obstructions in your system or from slow transit time through the colon. When back pain is a factor, obstructive constipation is usually to blame. Obstructive constipation is fairly self-descriptive; defecation is painful or halted due to a blockage. Although defecation stops, the traffic in the intestines does not. Just like a real life traffic jam, it gets worse before it gets better. When blockage becomes significantly backed up, pressure on the lower back can increase, and pain can result. Since the body will continue to produce waste, the pain can increase if the impaction is not eliminated. Sometimes attempting to alleviate the problem can be a catch 22. By straining and trying to force your body to do something it’s already having a problem with, you can create more pressure and cause additional pain. Can Back Pain Cause Constipation? If you’ve ever experienced a pulled back muscle or chronic back pain, you know it can be extremely debilitating. Your back is central to your core, most of your movement originates in that area. When its very existence is constantly hampered by sharp pain, every movement hurts and most movements are slow and avoided. The pain can even prevent you from making it out of bed. If it takes 20 minutes to make it up the stairs, isn’t it probable that straining during bowel movements could also be a source of misery? It’s also not uncommon to see constipation in folks who have sustained back injuries from strenuous activities or lifting. In some cases, it’s simple- the lower back muscles spasm and interfere with the autonomic nerves responsible for the intestinal action that cause bowel movements. A Secondary Influence The cause and effect in other back pain / constipation combinations may be scenarios that have absorbed other contributing factors- medications. Chronic lower back pain is a common clinical problem, one of the most common in the nation. Meaning that a lot of people who go to the clinic are going because their back hurts. Medications in the form of pain relief drugs, prescription and not, and even antidepressants are commonly used to treat back pain.[1] Many medications, especially opioids (painkillers), can cause constipation.[2] 7 Things You Can Do Eliminating the unpleasant experience of back pain and constipation is a journey of many routes. Many people can find relief by adopting simple lifestyle adjustments. Develop a water addiction. Dehydration can exacerbate constipation. Consume extra fiber and enzymes from fresh fruits and vegetables. Get up and move. Sedentary habits make things settle; motion keeps things [...]

2018-04-04T22:48:52+00:00 By |

Iodine and Breast Health: 6 Things You Need to Know

Breast health is important. Find out what you need to do to stay healthy.   The necessity of Iodine isn’t exclusive to the thyroid, the entire body needs it. You might say that your body requires iodine the way a car requires oil — it’s simply necessary for the entire system to function properly. Many people don’t realize that female breast tissue has a greater concentration of iodine and has a special need for iodine. When breast tissue has low iodine levels, health problems can follow. Let’s take a look at the top six things you need to know regarding iodine and its impact on breast health. 1. Iodine Deficiency is a Problem Iodine deficiency is a problem that affects up to 40% of the world’s population, including people in America. One of the primary causes is inadequate iodine intake. Food has been a source of iodine but this has been in decline for decades. Bread is a perfect example. Until 1980, iodine was used to condition dough, it was then substituted with bromide, a toxic halogen that offers no benefits and competes with iodine for absorption. Fluoride is another example, it’s a common, toxic halogen that’s present in many water supplies and negatively affects iodine absorption. The decline in iodine consumption has coincided with an increase in breast diseases, certain cancers, thyroid impairment and developmental problems in children. 2. Healthy Breasts Need Iodine Every cell, organ, and system in the human body needs iodine, and this is doubly true for female breast tissue. Breast tissue has a greater concentration of iodine than the thyroid and the same iodine-transporting proteins used by the thyroid gland. [1] [2] In healthy breast tissue, iodine offers antioxidant benefits. [3] Conversely, iodine deficient breast tissue is susceptible to lipid oxidation, a contributor to many diseases including cancer. [4] [5] [6] [7] 3. What is Fibrocystic Breast Disease? Fibrocystic breast disease is an extremely common and underreported condition in which hormonally influenced cysts develop in the breast tissue. [1] The cysts, which can cause breast pain and tenderness, especially before menstruation, are fairly easy to detect. In fact, they’re most often detected during at-home examinations and are often a source of immediate anxiety for the women who discover them and fear the worst — breast cancer. Although fibrocystic breast disease itself is often benign, the New England Journal of Medicine has reported that it is a risk factor for breast cancer. [8] 4. Fibrocystic Breast Disease is Linked to Iodine Deficiency Without adequate iodine, breast tissue is susceptible to estrogenic stimulation. That can lead to the production of microcysts, and those can lead to fibrocystic breast disease. [8] Animal studies have shown, directly, that depriving breast tissue of iodine is an immediate catalyst for fibrocystic breast disease. [9] [10] [11] 5. Iodine Promotes Breast Health Although birth control is sometimes used to shrink cysts, many women prefer to avoid its associated health risks and instead opt for iodine supplementation. Not [...]

2018-07-05T18:08:51+00:00 By |

The Role of Vitamin B-12 in Thyroid Health

Are you deficient in vitamin B-12?   Your personal wellness and the efficiency at which your body operates is a direct result of the quality and completeness of the nutrients you consume. Complete nutrition promotes complete wellness, nutritional deficiencies result in wellness deficiencies. Energy levels and metabolism are some of the most noticeable status indicators of wellness. To encourage both to be at their best, special attention needs to be paid to thyroid gland health and vitamin B-12 intake. A sluggish thyroid, or hypothyroidism, may cause you to be deficient in vitamin B-12, and the resulting vitamin B-12 deficiency can further exacerbate the slow thyroid or negatively affect energy.[1] Thyroid Gland and Its Function The thyroid gland is a small, butterfly-shaped gland in the front of your neck. It’s the brain of the endocrine system and responsible for synthesizing thyroid hormones T3 and T4 which control metabolism and heartbeat.[2] The gland secretes more thyroid hormone when you need a boost in energy, such as when you’re cold. The hormone boost cues your body to speed up your metabolism, or the rate at which chemical reactions occur, and this generates more heat and raises your body’s temperature. Consequently, thyroid hormones affect your basal metabolic rate (BMR) and that determines how many calories you burn while you’re at rest.[3] Functions of Vitamin B-12 Although daily B-12 requirements are fairly low (just 2.4 micrograms for teenagers and adults[4]) it plays a crucial role in metabolic and cellular processes. B-12 is the catalyst for red blood cell production, DNA synthesis, protein conversion, neurological function,[5] fatty acid synthesis,[6] and nerve health.[4] Symptoms and Effects of B-12 Deficiency The process of metabolizing vitamin B-12 is a complicated one, and there are several ways to develop a deficiency. The vitamin B-12 found naturally in food is bound to proteins. Once consumed and in the stomach, it separates from these proteins through the action of pepsin and gastric acid. From here, it immediately binds to R protein from saliva which protects it from damage in the acidic environment. In the duodenum, the first section of the small intestine, the B-12-R protein complex splits apart. Intrinsic factor (IF), a protein secreted in the stomach, joins B-12 and safely transports it past the protein-digesting enzymes that would otherwise destroy the vitamin. Once it reaches the last part of the small intestine, the ileum, it’s absorbed from the GI tract where B-12 detaches from IF and joins transcobalamin to become B-12–TC-II. This last complex is taken up by the bone marrow, liver, and other cells; the liver stores 90% of a person’s B-12.[1] A B-12 deficiency may result when you either don’t consume enough B-12, or your body doesn’t absorb enough B-12. Absorption issues can result from inadequate intrinsic factor, digestive enzyme issues, or organ damage. Symptoms of deficiency vary depending on severity. The most common include fatigue, constipation, decreased appetite, tingling in the hands and feet, impaired memory, depression, and soreness of the tongue.[4] Some [...]

2018-07-03T23:10:47+00:00 By |

How to Make Healthy Mouthwatering Crab Cakes

Learn how to make crab cakes packed with flavor!   3 tbsp, extra virgin olive oil ¼ cup red bell pepper, finely chopped ¼ cup yellow bell pepper, finely chopped ½ cup yellow onion, finely chopped 1/3 cup plain yogurt 1 tbsp Dijon mustard 2 tsp. old bay seasoning 2 eggs, beaten 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs 1 lb. backfin lump crab meat   Sauté peppers, and onions in the 2 tablespoons of olive oil on medium-high heat for 5-6 minutes until tender. Set aside and let cool. Add yogurt, mustard, old bay, and eggs to a medium-sized bowl and mix well. Add the panko and onion and peppers mixture and mix well. Add the crabmeat and mix gently not to break up the crabmeat too much. In a sauté pan, on medium high heat add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Take crabmeat mixture and form into a patty and sauté for 3-4 minutes on each side until golden brown. Serve.

2018-07-03T17:22:15+00:00 By |
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