Well the obvious answer is don’t get sick in the first place. How tothat is build up your immunity with probiotics, (found naturally in yoghurt, Kefir, Kombucha, saurkraut and other ferments or supplement with Udo’s 8, Udo’s 5 or similar supplements). Listen to your body and be kind to yourself. Its ok to back out of commitments if your not feeling 100%. The world will revolve without you.
Yet even with the best intentions we may succumb to a seasonal cold or flu. Then the best thing to do is to stop, drink plenty of fluids and go to bed. A hot epsom salts bath with some tea tree (antisceptic properties) and euculyptus will help sweat the invading microbes out of the body. A hot drink of a tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar and a teaspoon or more of honey (ideally local honey or manuka and only added when the water is cooler not boiling) will aid the bodies recovery. High dose vitamin C also has it place hear you can follow the recommended dosage or check out Patrick Holfords recommendations on same.
Garlic has many medicinal qualities and is especially effective when taking chopped and raw. Should you not wish to ingest it you can chop some cloves and leave in olive oil for 3 days then massage your body especially soles of feet to gain benefit (ideal for young children). Soaking sock in apple cider vinegar and putting on feet will help draw down a spiking temperature. Olive leaf extract (active ingredient oleuropein) is a highly potent antioxidant, over 290 times more powerful than vitamin C and is reknowned for its anti-viral , antibacterial and antifungal properties. It is a natural broad spectrum antibiotic and inhibits oxidation of LDL “bad” cholesterol.
Unfortunately one of te most effective herbal remedies Ive ever been blessed to find was taking off our health shops selves a few years ago. The reason Kaloba (active ingredient Pelargonium sidoides, root extract) was taking off the selves is that it is so effective as a decongestant that Irish people in need of nannying would be in danger of over dosing by taking an effective herbal remedy combined with pharmeacutical medicines. Luckily the poplulations of the UK and rest of the EU dont recquire such precautions and its widely available there.
Make a big tea pot of organic lemon squeeze into pot, and add rind to boiling water and slice up slices of raw ginger and allow brew for 5-10. Add honey to cup to taste when serving (it is best not to overheat honey as you change its valuable properties). The lemon has over 15 different healthy benefits and the ginger is antiflammatory combined with the antibacterial health boosting benefits of honey. Drink this tea all day every day until you are 100% back to your healthy and happy
Really interesting talk show hour on Johnathan Landsman on NaturalHealth 365 (which if you sign up on there website it free to listen to every sunday for 12 hours). This weeks guest was Stehpanie Seneff, Ph.Dand senior research scientist at MITs and her research points not to a genetic factor yet an environmental factor especially Monsata’s roundup and its key ingrediant glyposate.
Her main message was the genetically modified crops that allow use of roundup which she links to leaky gut, and allows toxins and microbes into the nervous system resulting in autism, and linking to other neurological disorders such as autism and thyroid disease. She emphasised buying local organic non gm
Today’s new invention in my kitchen was so yummy it tasted better than icecream.
Ingredients as follows, cupful of frozen blackberries, handful of brazil nuts, a banana, 1/2 avocado, a cup of filtered water.
Post cycle juice was one of my favorites ABC one apple, one beetroot and one carrot.
Then to top of a very wholesome day17 of Clean living a hearty Butternut squash soup was cooked up.
Ingredients : 2 Butternut squash, 2 cups red lentils, 4 organic onions, 1 tablespoon tumeric, 1/2 tablespoon coriander powder, 1 inch fresh ginger chopped, 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper,1 little boiled water and 1 can organic thai gold coconut milk. Himalayan salt and pepper to taste.
Saute onions, add ginger, herbs and spices then add 1 liter water, followed by lentils and chopped butternut squash boil up till soft. Reduce heat and simmer, then add coconut milk.
Whats the odd one out in my bathroom cabinet? What have I after reading about its benefits in a magazine have I used on occasion this past year. Yes vanity had got the best of me and I wanted to have even whiter teeth for big events like wedding, graduation, girls wkends and I would use Pearl White drops on my teeth for 4-5 days prior to event. And guess what I ve learned from my fanastic new denstist Dr. Ruth Scanlon, in limerick is I have been damaging the enamel on my 2 front teeth, which I would use this paste on, as there the ones you see. So out goes the Pearl white and also going to have to modify my approach of drinking lemon water all day and just narrow it down to 1-2 a day and rinsing moth straight away with water.
And bye bye PearL White and in this instance vanity has not served well unless this lesson saves someone else from making this mistake. Back to using aloe dent toothpaste and baking soda. Au naturale pour moi!
Just back from a faboulous wkend at The Cliffs of Mohair Yoga retreat doing antigravity yoga. And Im addicted wow, this is my next step in yoga studies. Ive had a yoga trapeze at home for last 18mths and I d been using it very restorative now Im all energised to use it for flexibitly, aerobic, strengthening and restorative. Watch this space.
Our teacher Tara was fab, and her yogi friend Jack seranaded us as we recharged in our yoga pods. Michelle and her team, Pavlov & co cooked and served us gorgeous healthy food. The yoga room was amazing it is easily the most amazing yoga room Ive ever overlooking the atlantic.
Just finished off A Touch of God Smoothie as a night cap
1/2 or 1 avocado
4-5 pitted dates
1/4 can organic coconut milk
Handful almonds or brazil nuts
1/2-1 mug water depending on consistency you prefer
This is day 9 of Healthy Choices and feeling more energized and positive as a result. The key is getting out and exercising in daylight even if it’s a 10 minute walk to the shop at lunch time. Other keys are healthy fats, locally produced honey, a good vitamin D supplement and good quality sleep. Routine helps with sleep and daylight help regulate sleep hormones.
Yesterdays juice was a new concoction for me I juiced one large Beetroot, 2 sticks celery and 4 small carrots and 1 whole Lemon (all organic) and this power juice had me buzzing this am. Drinking lemon water throughout the day is a great help and yummy too. What I do is take a lemon cut it in half squeeze juice into teapot and throw rind in and fill with hot water and have that first thing and leave it cool and drink the rest of the pot throughout the day. The other key is is to physically detox and declutter your home and work environment.
Todays Breakfast smoothie was a handful of large rolled oats, handful of brazil nuts, 1 banana, 1 handful frozen strawberries, 1/2 cup of coconut milk and 1 cup kefir water all blitzed together. How is your healthy habits helping you enjoy life more.
Tonights juice is yet to be concocted yet I know kale, lemon, beetroot carrot and celery is going in there and perhaps and apple. Why! Cause thats what in the fridge and there all superfoods for helping the body cleanse. Then this wkend is going to be a weekend full of yoga and reverting to vegatarian diet for a few weeks, and a more lovely walks and maybe a wee run. Whats your plan for this wkend to help you enjoy the benefits of healthy energy in 2015?