Glowing Skin Juice

Our skin is an outer reflection of our inner health. Great skin comes from the inside, out.

Raw fruits and vegetables are the perfect food for your skin. They contain all the vitamins and minerals that nature has provided. Get those nutrients inside, and you’ll be radiant on the outside.

This juice is the perfect recipe for that. Juices are the liquid extracted from fruits and vegetables, leaving the fiber behind. Fiber is crucial to overall health, but juice has a place in our healthy lifestyle as well. Think of it, when you juice, especially if you have more than 1 juice a day,  you are consuming several pounds of fresh raw foods. There is likely no way you could eat that much food because of the fiber and the energy it would take for your body to digest all that. With fresh juices, you are extracting all the nutrients and getting all the benefit of the vitamins and minerals without using extra energy for digestion.

So what is one of my favorite juices for healthy skin? Check it out below!

1 medium beetroot

2 carrots

1 orange

1 red apple

1/2 cucumber

2 sticks of celery

  1. Add all ingredients to a juicer and enjoy!

Dangers of Synthetic Fragrances and Perfumes

The dangers of synthetic scents have proven that everyone, regardless of age, gender, or health, needs to make avoiding fake fragrances a major priority.

About 95 percent of chemicals used in synthetic fragrances are derived from petroleum (crude oil). They include benzene derivatives which are carcinogenic, and many other known toxic chemicals which are linked to cancer, birth defects, central nervous system disorders and allergic reactions. Some of the worst toxic ingredients are used in lotions, shampoos, laundry detergents, cleaning products and often listed as on labels as “fragrance.” Many are known or suspected endocrine disruptors. Endocrine disruptors alter hormonal health which can then can trigger weight gain and even set you up for diseases decades down the line. What you do now does have impact on your future.

Avoiding synthetic scents is crucial. When you see the words “fragrance” or “parfum” on a label, they are terms used to mean a concoction of several thousand different ingredients. If you use a product containing those terms, the chemical ingredients in that product are being absorbed directly into your bloodstream.

The dangers of these synthetic scents have been linked to cancer, autism, birth defects, allergies, asthma and other respiratory defects, just to name a few.

The reason why, is because these mixtures of chemicals are known carcinogens, allergens, respiratory irritants, endocrine disruptors, and neurotoxic, as well as being bad for our environment.

But we all want to smell good, right? Humans have a sense of smell for a reason. Smell evolved as being vital to survival as it has historically enabled us to track food & water, find a mate, and even communicate. It can even alert us to danger, like smelling a gas leak. But it was the introduction of synthetic chemicals around the 1800s that are so unnecessarily damaging to our body and health.

There are better options for us, thankfully. We can learn to live with less fragrance, for one. But for those times when we do want some fragrance, we don’t have to succumb to synthetic chemicals. Making your own laundry soap, lotion, hand soaps, shampoo, and perfume is as easy as using nature. Essential oils are plant compounds and can be used in making any conventionally fragranced product you use. What is even better is that instead of causing harm to our body, they could even promote good health!

Below are just a few links to some essential oil recipes that solve the problem to the products we want/need without having to rely on synthetics. Is you click through the Essential Oil Recipes tab you will find a long list of ideas on how to incorporate oils into your personal care and cleaning routine,

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Chemical Free Bleach

All-Purpose Cleaner

Fragrance Roller (instead of using perfumes)

Deodorant

Bathroom Scrub Cleaner

Click here for an article explaining essential oils and understanding their benefit.

The Health of Your Pineal Gland

The pineal gland is a small gland located in the center of your brain. It has many functions, but the most noted function is the production of the hormone melatonin.  Melatonin helps maintain circadian rhythm and regulates reproductive hormones.

Other functions of the pineal gland include:

  • Help with depression/SAD (seasonal affective disorder)
  • Prevent/eliminate cancer cells
  • Decrease the influence estrogen has on tumor growth
  • Helps lower blood sugar levels

The pineal gland plays an important role in our overall health, but doctors are finding more and more incidences of calcifying of the pineal gland. When the pineal gland is not able to function at full capacity, we begin to suffer major health problems. Damage to the pineal gland can lead to issues with the digestive system, respiratory system, blood circulation, kidney function, and immune system.

Brain scans have shown that older adults with dementia and Alzheimer’s have heavy calcification of their pineal gland. But what is more troubling, is that even children as young as 2 years old are starting to show signs of calcification, with signs of heavy calcification showing up by the time they are 17!

This proves that the way we are living our lives at a young age can have damaging effects on our future health. How we live and what we eat does matter.

The question is:  What causes this calcification and can we stop/reverse this damage? Thankfully, the answer Is yes.

Common causes are:

  • Fluoride (commonly in tap water, meat, toothpaste, soda, and artificial foods)
  • Food additives/processed foods
  • Environmental toxins
  • Radiation from cell phones
  • Screen time/too much blue light

There are steps we can take to restore the health of our pineal gland, and they are easy to incorporate into your life.

  1. Avoid fluoride! Get fluoride free toothpaste (or better yet make your own!), filter your water, and eat a whole food plant based diet.
  2. Take apple cider vinegar – a “shot” of apple cider vinegar in water with a bit of honey has far reaching effects, including decalcification of your pineal gland.
  3. Diffuse essential oils – lavender, frankincense and pine have been shown to boost the brains ability to decalcify.
  4. Eat foods that aid in detoxifying your body. Lemon, ginger, cilantro, greens and food high in fiber facilitate toxic elimination from your body.
  5. Reduce cell phone usage especially in the hours before bed as the light stimulates the pineal gland to shut down.
  6. Meditate daily – meditation has been shown to stimulate the pineal gland and promote decalcification.

 

Quinoa Taco Bowl

It’s always Taco Tuesday as far as I am concerned! I love tacos! I usually make my own tortillas and have tacos at least once a week. This time, I decided to skip the tacos and make it a taco bowl/taco salad instead.

My kids ate this warm, without the lettuce. I waited for it to cool to room temperature and ate it on a bed of lettuce. You could eat it warm over lettuce, but I personally prefer not to have hot foods with my cold lettuce.

This is a perfect meal for those nights when you need to get something together really quick. It is filling and full of whole food nutrition.

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 roma tomatoes, diced

1-2 cans no-salt added pinto beans

1 cup frozen corn

1 cup dry quinoa

2 cups vegetable broth

taco seasoning ** (see below)

2 avocado, mashed

2 tbsp cilantro, chopped

romaine lettuce

  1. Mince the garlic, chop the tomatoes and rinse the beans.
  2. Heat 2 tbsp of vegetable broth in a large skillet over medium high heat and cook the garlic for 2 minutes.
  3. Add to the skillet the tomatoes, beans, corn, vegetable broth, taco seasoning, and quinoa.
  4. Simmer until quinoa is cooked through, about 15-20 minutes.
  5. While the quinoa and veggies are cooking, in a bowl mash the avocado and stir in the chopped cilantro.
  6. When the quinoa and veggie mixture is done cooking, remove from heat and stir in the mashed avocado/cilantro. (instead of mashing the avocado to mix in, you could slice it and serve on top)
  7. Serve on top of a bowl full of romaine (or any salad green you like, really).

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Taco Seasoning

1 tbsp chili powder

2 tsp onion powder

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp Himalayan Sea Salt

Creamy Pumpkin Soup

While participating in a 7 day cleanse designed by Food Matters, this blended soup was one of the dinners on the menu. This particular cleanse was all juices, smoothies, and blended soups (so essentially a hot smoothie). In all honesty, when reading the recipe, I was not very optimistic that I was going to like it. I thought the lemon and ginger would be too spicy in combination with the creaminess of the pumpkin and coconut milk. Thank goodness I was more than pleasantly surprised! It is absolutely divine. Savory, warm, creamy, and delicious.

It takes mere minutes to prepare and I found it to be soothing both physically and mentally.

The ingredients are all specifically included in order to give the body the nutrients it needs to facilitate ridding itself of toxins. If you get to consume such amazing food all the while promoting serious health benefits, how can you say no?

Like I said, this was a recipe from Food Matters, and I didn’t make any changes to it. All the credit for this delicious recipe goes the amazing people and recipe developers at Food Matters.

After you are done making this soup, head over to FMTV.com and sign up for a subscription. FMTV.com is like the Netflix for health and wellness documentaries. I have been with them since the beginning and have seen every documentary. Worth every penny. And in addition to getting access to the documentaries, they have these guided programs that are FREE, which is where I got the 7 Day Cleanse from. They provide you with motivation, recipes, and an outline. I can’t praise the folks from Food Matters enough!

12 oz broth (I used vegetable broth to keep this vegan, they allow for chicken broth as well)

4 oz coconut milk

1 cup pumpkin, chopped

1 inch knob ginger, thinly sliced

1 pinch cayenne pepper

1 lemongrass stalk, roughly chopped (you’ll pick this OUT once the soup is done, not eat it)

1 tsp coriander seed powder

1 tsp cumin powder

1 pinch sea salt

  1. Add everything to a pot and simmer for 7-10 minutes.
  2. Remove the lemongrass. Add the remaining soup to a high speed blender and blend until smooth.