Give your body a boost during cold & flu season

Give your body a boost during cold & flu season

As the leaves begin changing colors and people everywhere break out their sweaters – there is only one thing more imminent than the onslaught of pumpkin flavored everything…cold and flu season. Yes, I said it. You know it’s on its way. Many of us are already starting to feel that dreaded tickle in the back of our throats that signifies something unpleasant is brewing.

As a certified health coach, I believe many illnesses commonly suffered can be avoided by making simple dietary changes and supplementing with natural immune support when needed. Rather than relying on pharmacies and prescriptions, I like to give my body the natural support it needs to fight off illness and feel its best.

Some of my all time favorite fall/winter supplements include:

  • Organic Elderberry Syrup: A powerful antiviral that tastes great too! Perfect for fighting off the flu.
  • Garlic: Anti-microbial power that is great for boosting the immune system. It’s most powerful when eaten raw, so I like to chop it up and use in in dips like guacamole and hummus.
  • Young Living Thieves Essential Oil: An anti-microbial blend of essential oils that supports the immune system. I like to diffuse it to clear the air of germs, clean with it, apply it to the soles of my feet to prevent illness and it can also be taken internally as well.
  • Epsom Salt Bath: A relaxing way to pull toxins out of the body. I like to mix lavender essential oil to boost relaxation and reduce stress as well.
  • Probiotics: Replenishing your body’s “good” bacteria will help you to fight off the “bad” bacteria that cause illness. Improving the function of your gut is vital, as this is where the majority of your immune system dwells.
  • Alive Organic Vitamin C powder: Vitamin C can help reduce the duration and severity of colds. Unlike many chemically processed vitamins, this food-based supplement is easily assimilated and digested.

Of course, supplements are great to help support your body, but it is also essential that you maintain a healthy, balanced diet to keep your body feeling its best. Reducing or eliminating sugar is essential to good health. One of the reasons so many people get sick during the holidays is because of the high consumption of sugar, which compromises the immune system. I also like to suggest limiting or eliminating dairy products, as these are mucous producing, which is obviously not ideal during cold and flu season. You don’t have to live a life of total deprivation but making sure your diet and supplementation focuses on whole foods, with little processed “junk” food can really work wonders for your health! Here’s to a happy, healthy end to 2014!

Baked Sweet Potato French Fries – A Healthy Snack or Side Dish for the Whole Family

The softer, orange-fleshed variety of sweet potato (Wikipedia)
The softer, orange-fleshed variety of sweet potato (Wikipedia)


Ingredients:

  • 5 sweet potatoes
  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • pinch of salt

Preparation:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Wash and then cut the potatoes to look like french fries.
  3. In a large baking pan, combine the sweet potatoes with the oil and salt.
  4. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes until brown and crispy!

How to Eat for Better Skin – Skin Superfoods

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Of course, genetics and lifestyle play an important role in the health of your skin. However, eating properly can also help support your skin from the inside out. Below are some “skin superfoods” you should try adding into your diet.

Water

Water is so important when it comes to skin health!!! It maintains proper organ function, delivers vital nutrients to your body’s cells and help the body eliminate toxins. Keeping your body hydrated from the inside also makes your skin look firmer and clearer.

Broccoli

This tasty veggie is high in important antioxidants – vitamins C and E. The vitamin C aids in collagen production to keep your skin supple, while vitamin E protects your skin against UV damage.

Strawberries

High in Vitamin C, these sweet and delicious berries help to fight wrinkles and dry skin from the inside out by fighting free radicals.

Almonds

The vitamin E in almonds helps protect skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays. However, be sure not to overdo it on the nuts – as they are high in calories and fat – which will surely show up on your waistline.

Carrots

Carrots are high in beta carotene, an antioxidant that is converted to vitamin A inside the body – which helps repair the skin as well as protect against UV rays.

Pumpkin Seeds

A perfect fall snack! The zinc in pumpkin seeds protects your cell membranes, helps maintain collagen, and promotes skin renewal.

Fish

High in healthy omega–3 fats – fish can help strengthen skin cell membranes, protect against sun damage, and may also reduce the risk of certain forms of skin cancer. Omega 3 fats help fight inflammation in the skin while allowing water and nutrients into the skin and protecting it from toxins.

Of course, protecting your skin from the outside with toxin-free sunscreen daily is also very important. Keeping hydrated, eating right and taking good care of your skin will go a long way in avoiding the dreaded crow’s feet – preventing skin problems is much easier than treating them!

 

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Vanilla Granola (Allergy Friendly)

A bowl of granola (Wikipedia)
A bowl of granola (Wikipedia)

 

Ingredients (use organic, gluten free ingredients if possible)

  • 5 Cups Old Fashioned rolled Oats
  • 3/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 melted coconut oil
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Mix the oats, sunflower seeds, cinnamon and sea salt in a large bowl. In another bowl, mix the syrup and coconut oil – whisk in the vanilla extract. Pour liquid over the oats and stir until all oats are moist.

Spread onto the baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Allow granola to cool completely so it can get crunchy – then place in an air-tight container at room temp. ENJOY!