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To Sprout or Not to Sprout

Did you know that the coastal Aztec people would soak their pumpkin or squash seeds in seawater and then sundry them out? There are some that say that you absolutely need to sprout your nuts and seeds, but there are others that say it’s unnecessary. My take- if you’re dealing with any kind of gastrointestinal issues or autoimmune issues, it’s something worth considering. When I first started eating raw chia seeds and flax seeds, I had a very hard time…

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Cacao Health Benefits

Chocolate & Autoimmune Disease Do you ever crave chocolate, eat it, and then still feel unsatisfied? If you’re eating processed chocolate this may explain why you’re not satisfying that craving. Processed chocolate destroys the majority of the antioxidants and minerals in it, thus inhibiting it’s ability to take care of that craving. If you’ve been following my blog, you’ve probably noticed that I LOVE chocolate! For years I’ve restrained myself from eating it, because processed chocolate actually flared up my…

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Constipation

Yes I said it! It’s that pesky uncomfortable word that affects millions every day. It’s not something that most people want to talk about, but is so necessary. Some people may feel they’re constipated after only 1-2 days of not using the bathroom, but in the medical field constipation is defined as having fewer than three bowel movements per week. What is constipation? Too hard of stool. Too small of stool. Hard to push out. Incomplete evacuation of stool. Having…

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Articles Skin Care

Toxin Free & Cruelty Free Hair Products

This photo is of me holding my baby Nola. It’s pretty much our daily morning routine. LOL If you have curly hair, you’ll love SheaMoisture’s products! I live in Florida and have wavy-curly hair. On days I feel like scrunching my hair, I’ll use their smoothing cream and gel. These products won’t leave your hair feeling crunchy, like others do. In fact, they do the exact opposite. They leave your hair feeling smooth and soft. The Environmental Working Group is…

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Articles Skin Care

What’s in your makeup?

Have you ever wondered what’s in your makeup and how it may be affecting your health? Many people place focus on eating organic, NON-GMO foods, but what you put on your skin is just as important. Your skin is the biggest organ on your body and is capable of absorbing some of the products you put on it. This in turn can affect the health of your body.   How safe is your makeup? You can easily find out how…

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Infrared Sauna

Do you have trouble with not being able to sweat? When I was a kid I could easily sweat…no problem. As I grew older, and especially now in my 30’s I used to struggle to even get a drop of sweat. I would do a high intensity workout class for one hour and leave just feeling puffy and red. I finally found a way to reactivate my sweat glands, by using an infrared sauna.   What is an Infrared Sauna?…

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Nightshade Vegetables & Lectins

What are Nightshade Vegetables? Short answer- they’re plants that grow at night. They include white potatoes (not sweet potatoes), eggplant, tomatoes, goji berries, ashwaganda, okra, and all peppers. Did you know that Tom Brady even avoids Nightshade vegetables!?   Why should you care? If you’re dealing with any kind of autoimmune issues, or trouble with loosing weight, nightshade vegetables may be one of your triggers. It’s worth checking out.   What are Lectins? Lectins are a type of protein that…

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Epsom Salt Baths

Epsom salt baths are great. Whether you’re looking to treat an injured body part, arthritis, increase your magnesium intake, relieve stress, headaches, hemorrhoids, or detox the body, Epsom salt works wonders. Epsom salt is a mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. It is not the same thing as table salt. Table salt consists of sodium chloride. Sore Muscles: If I pull a muscle at the gym, I use Turmeric along with my Epsom salt bath. Click here to read more…

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Articles Paleo Recipes

Dairy Substitutions

Check out my Article on “Seven Reasons to Give up Dairy.”   Cows Milk Substitutions: Check out Almond Milk. My favorite Almond Milk is made by Califia Farms. It’s carrageenan free. This is very important because carrageenan has been linked to causing inflammatory issues such as ulcerative colitis, birth defects, colorectal cancer, liver cancer, and glucose intolerance. Many other brands use carrageenan, so read the label before you buy. I would also suggest not substituting with soymilk. Soymilk can be…

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Seven Reasons to Give up Milk

There are many reasons to give up milk products. They range from adverse health effects, to the ethical and moral treatment of animals. If you go to the Gastroenterologist for stomach related issues, most likely you’ll be told to give up milk products. The same holds true for Pulmonologist (milk increases mucus production), Dermatologist (milk can cause acne & eczema), and Cardiologist (milk is bad for cholesterol).   I mostly work in gastrointestinal health and one of the first things…

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