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8 Natural Remedies that Travelers Should Never Leave Home Without

Posted on July 10, 2013 by Char C | 2 Comments

It's that time again, summer travel season! However, even the best planned vacations can have unexpected problems. Check out these natural remedies that no traveler should ever leave home without.

1. Ginger chews
Ginger is a powerhouse herb. With its anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties you definitely want to have this in your purse or pocket while traveling. Ginger is excellent for nausea, migraines, digestion, aches, pains and congestion.
Do you get stuffy on the plane? Me too. Candied ginger is easy to carry and a great way to shake off nausea, motion sickness and indigestion. Ginger People and Chimes make yummy ginger chews that are excellent for travel.
2. Probiotics
Probiotics encourage a healthy gut environment, which is essential for your entire immune system. Taking probiotics will help maintain a healthy balance of good bacteria, keep your immunity up and digestive system operating healthily.
3. Activated charcoal
This supplement is good for relief from food poisoning, gluten exposure, stomach bugs, gas, bloating and diarrhea. It reduces toxicity by adsorbing chemicals in the GI tract. Be sure to take with plenty of water and stay hydrated.
4. Rescue remedy
Lose your luggage? Flight delayed and missed your meeting? No need to worry. Although this isn’t a magic potion that will solve your problems, it will keep anxiety at bay. Developed by Dr. Edward Bach, this blend of flower essences is sure to keep you chilled out and calm. If focusing on your breath doesn’t work to calm you down, try taking a few drops of Rescue Remedy under the tongue.
5. Tiger balm, Arnica and Traumeel
Excellent creams for temporary relief of sore muscles, joint aches, pains and bruises. All you have to do is rub it into sore spots as needed then relax.
6. Coconut oil
Regarded as one of nature’s miracles, coconut oil can be used for so many things there's an entire book written on it. It has antimicrobial, antiviral, antibacterial antioxidant and antifungal benefits—explains why it is considered the miracle oil! Some of my personal favorite uses while traveling are: eye makeup removal, moisturizing (great for sunburns), oil pulling or toothpaste, hair conditioner, apply to cuts and scraps. Also, try eating a tablespoon or put into tea for a good source of fat intake and boost of energy.
7. Herbal teas
Take your own herbal tea bags for the flight and hotel so you can enjoy a soothing cup whenever you need. It’s an excellent way to get a boost of nourishment with teas like ginger, peppermint, echinacea and chamomile.
8. Magnesium
Magnesium serves many functions in the body and yet it is estimated that 80% of Americans are deficient in this very important mineral. It’s a useful addition to your travel kit for aiding in a good night’s rest, proper bowel function and relaxing the nervous system. 

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-9520/8-natural-remedies-every-traveler-should-carry.html

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Tamera's Energy Juice

Posted on May 02, 2013 by Char C | 1 Comment

We recently shared Tia's green drink and loved it! Check out what her twin Tamera juices for energy.

Ingredients:

1 large cucumber
8 stalks of celery
1 handful of kale
1 handful of spinach 
pinch of parsley
1/4 lemon
ginger (to taste)
1 apple

Instructions:
Blend all ingredients in juicer or Vitamix for 30 seconds or until desired consistency.  Voila!

*Note: If using a Vitamix, you will get all the fiber that you need, though the final result may be more pulpy than using a juicer.  Simply add water to thin out if desired.

You might have noticed that the ingredients in my energy juice are really similar to Tia's healthy green juice - but I've got one key ingredient that gives me that extra energy push: an apple! You might know this, but your body is able to turn the natural sugars in apples into energy, which can be equivalent to the energy felt from caffeine in a cup of coffee.  Amazing! Also, the carbs in apples fuel your body and the high level of fiber is absorbed more slowly by your body.  The result is a steady source of energy, instead of the sudden surge and crash from coffee. 

 

Source: http://tiaandtameraofficial.com/blog/post/move-it-monday-my-energy-juice

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Celebrity Juicer Chaka Khan is EVERY woman and 60 pounds lighter!

Posted on February 15, 2013 by Char C | 4 Comments

Chaka Khan's Amazing Weight LossChaka Khan has taken control over her weight through juicing and looks amazing!

She recently shared with the world how she achieved getting healthier and losing 60 pounds. The popular singer began eating plant powered months ago which included a four month juice cleanse and exercise. The weight loss was necessary to manage her medical conditions of type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.

“My weight loss had to occur, because I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and I also had high blood pressure,” said Khan

She was also motivated to change her life for the sake of her granddaughter.  “I ended up going, ‘Oh, no, no, no, no, this is enough. I can’t live like this.’ And I have a new little daughter to raise [my granddaughter], I adopted her so I have to be here…[She] was really my first and major influence to lose weight and get healthy so I can be here for her. What I did was stopped eating and went on a strict unconditional fast for a couple of months. And went off meat, became vegan, stopped all the dairy, stopped all the meat.”

According to the American Dietetic Association, vegetarian and vegan diets are “healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases,” including lower blood pressure, lower rates of type 2 diabetes, and lower overall cancer rates.

After improving her health, the ten-time Grammy award-winning singer went on American Idol during last month’s finale with her sixty-pound weight loss and dazzled the audience.

Khan joins other well-known people who have adopted plant powered living, including Michelle PfeifferMeredith Vieira, Bill Clinton, Russell Simmons, and Mike Tyson.

Source: http://www.plantpoweredliving.com/2012/06/22/chaka-khan-gets-healthier-and-loses-60-pounds-going-plant-powered/

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Calling all Juice Critics

Posted on January 30, 2013 by Char C | 0 Comments

Newton said that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. With that in mind, know that for every step you take towards better health, getting a better job, creating a business or even making a better life;  there will always be an equal and opposite force in the form of a co-worker, close friend or even family member trying to detract you from your goals.

In my world, I call them juice haters. For the ‘fafillion’ testimonials out there (quick google search) in favor of juicing and juice cleansing and how it has literally changed lives; there are those who try to find every reason in the book about how juicing is bad for your health and some sort of gimmick.

Some say:  Juicing is starving the body and leads to depression.

TRUTH: Most juicers consume more fruit and vegetables in one drink than the average person on the Standard American Diet (SAD). How much easier is it to get nine servings of fruit and veggies in a juiced or blended drink than to sit down and eating 5 pounds of the same on a plate. Most people won’t do it. According to the Welsh Health Survey, Scottish Health Survey and Health Survey of England between 2007 and 2010, they found that there is an association between peak well-being and consuming about seven portions of fruits and vegetables every day. "Our findings are consistent with the need for high levels of fruit-and-vegetable consumption for mental health and not merely for physical health," they wrote in the study.

Some say:  You only lose water weight during a juice cleanse so why bother?

TRUTH: Yes, juice cleanses will remove a significant amount of water weight during a cleanse.  However, the ultimate goal of juicing is to reset or reboot positive eating habits, to control cravings, to promote alkalinity as opposed to acidity in the body and to incorporate more superfoods like leafy greens into a diet deficient in them. The wonderful by-product is weight loss.  Do you know of anyone who desires to lose weight being concerned that water weight is the first to go? I don’t think so. It all looks the same in the mirror.

Some say:  The body detoxifies on its own without any help from juices.

TRUTH: Yes, a body operating optimally does detoxify on its own. However, most bodies suffering from excessive alcohol consumption, poor diets, air pollution, and lung pollution from cigarette smoke are NOT functioning optimally. We all need a little help every now and then. Most people who eat three meals a day SHOULD have three bowel movements a day.  The reality is that some think that it is normal to move one time PER WEEK!  Can you say toxic overload?

 

One juicer had this to say about juice hate:
Lemonylola says:
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
have I mentioned I want to start juicing? yeah, just a little bit I know. I've been researching all day... looking up tips and tricks and recipes, watching youtube videos and vlogs. i'm totally inspired but I've also come across a lot of negativity too which is a little disheartening. why do people have to hate!? 
I understand that people who eat right and exercise and it takes them months or years to get fit and healthy worked really really hard to get to that point (hey that's the journey i'm on now) and I can see how one such person might look at a juice cleanse as a quick fix gimmick for some weight loss. I can see how other people might look at it like you are delving into some kind of eating disorder or somehow starving yourself. but it's really not that extreme folks. whether or not I completely switch to total juicing for a little bit (without restricting calories of course) or just add green juices to my daily intake I think that adding micronutrients is NEVER a bad thing. I want to detoxify my body because i'm already suffering from severe lack of sunshine, so if i can boost my immune system and get rid of the headaches i seem to be getting way too frequently than i'm in. weight loss, sure why not... but nutrients is what i'm aiming for thank you very much. and that's how i feel about juice and juice haters. done and dusted. Read the full post here: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5218452

Don’t be a JH (juice hater). Hate is not your color. We all have to make our own decisions about how we choose to maintain and optimize our health. I prefer mine the juicy way. ;-0

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5 Questions to ask yourself BEFORE you Juice at Home

Posted on January 25, 2013 by Char C | 0 Comments

So you’re sold on juicing as an easy way to get healthier by incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your diet but now what. Most beginning juicers don’t know what to do to get started.  There is so much information out there that it can be a bit overwhelming. However, it is a lot easier if you know the questions you should ask yourself before you get started. Dr. Allison Stark, MD thinks you should ask:

1.      Which kitchen essentials do you need?
1. Juicer (Dr. Stark recommends the Champion Juicer)
2. Sharp knife for chopping produce
3. Reusable grocery bags (for carting those heavy veggies)
4. Cutting board
5. Large bowl for mixing ingredients
6. Mason jars
7. Stiff brush to clean juicer
8. Stainless steel mesh strainer to extract unnecessary pulp
9. Juice Press
 
2.     Where do you get produce and what should I buy?
What are your basic juicing ingredients? Kale, cucumbers, celery, and parsley are my basics, and I sometimes use collard greens, spinach, ginger, lemon, apple, lime, and pears.
Where do you shop? I shop where I get a good deal on key ingredients: bunches of kale and collard greens as well as large cucumbers are a lot cheaper at some local bodega-style shops versus Whole Foods.
How important is organic to you? I'm a big fan of farmer's markets and enjoy buying local produce when I can. I'm not wedded to organic. I personally look for the best-looking produce I can find and make sure to wash it really well.
 
3.     How much does juicing cost per week?
Dr. Stark makes enough juice every week for one 16 oz. drink a day. Compared to Liquiteria's pressed juices, which cost $8.50, Dr. Juicy ends up spending about $3.50 a drink, or $25 a week.
For this price, Dr. Juicy purchases "a BIG batch of kale, a batch of collard greens, a bunch of celery, 5-6 large cucumbers, 5 granny smith apples, 5 lemons, a nice piece of ginger root, and a bunch of curly parsley."

4.     How much time does juicing take? 
"I'd say about an hour: it's a lot of produce and it just takes time. It's a multi-step process: washing, cutting, setting up the juicers, then putting all the greens through the Champion juicer a few pieces at a time, changing the attachment, and putting the rest of the produce through.
Simultaneously, I use a hydraulic press on the small batches of  pulp that come out of the Champion Juicer.
This might sound like overkill, but I extract about 20-30 percent more juice this way.
Also, pressing the juice increases their shelf life. My juices can be stored in the fridge for 3-4 days, so I don't have to juice as often.
I probably do about 10 batches in the press, then squeeze the lemons separately, running all the juice through my strainer as I put it into all the jars."
Note: It's not necessary to have a juicer and a press. She's just a little thorough.
 
5.      What's your go-to green juice and where can I get some starter recipes?
Pineapple and Mint
Ingredients: 
1 large pineapple
Generous handful of mint
Green Juice (makes 100–120 ounces)
Ingredients:
1 bunch of green kale
1 bunch of collard greens (or dandelion greens)
1 bunch of celery
1 bunch of parsley (I like to use the curly leaf parsley because it goes through my juicer better)
5 granny smith apples (can replace some or all with pears, if preferred)
5 large cucumbers (or 3 English cucumbers)
2-3 inches of ginger root
5 lemons
Directions: 
Put all ingredients thorough the juicer (except the lemons which I squeeze separately) and put the pulp through the juice press, if available. Note that I use a leafy greens attachment on my Champion juicer for all the greens and then switch to the regular attachment for the rest of the ingredients.

http://www.wellandgoodnyc.com/2012/08/08/how-to-juice-at-home-5-easy-things-everyone-should-know/#how-to-juice-at-home-5-easy-things-everyone-should-know-1


That’s juicing 101 in a nutshell. I promise you, once you start you will find it hard to stop. For more motivational, educational and inspirational information about juicing and the lifestyle delivered straight to your inbox, please subscribe to our free newsletter at www.rawblisslife.com.

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