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January 30, 2018

What other tips would you add? According to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than 40 million Americans suffer from an anxiety disorder. We have all been told that we need to manage stress better. But how?

I am here to tell you that I am one of those people that was diagnosed as a teenager with general anxiety disorder. In addition, I am someone that is more genetically prone to stress and being in a “high strung” state. After going through a gauntlet of pharmaceutical drugs, I decided to take matters into my own hands.

By working with a naturopathic and functional medicine practitioner, I was ultimately able to remove triggers of my anxiety by getting to a root cause level. Much of this involved food sensitivity testing, balancing nutrient deficiencies, removing toxicities, and healing my gut, all of which were instrumental in my healing process.

That being said, these are natural ways that I have found to be effective in managing the stressors of life and driving mysel...

January 24, 2018

Rate these 5 areas of your life on a scale from 1-10, 10 being exceptional:

• Overall health: do you have a zest for life? One full of vitality and exuberance?

• Body: are you happy with it? Why or why not?

• Spirituality: how do you relate to the world around you? Do you feel like you are a part of the overall universe?

• Career: are you living your purpose?

• Relationships: do the people you associate with build you up or tear you down? Do they support your goals? Do they challenge you to demand more of yourself and inspire you to grow? Do you inspire or challenge those around you?

Which ones were not a 9 or 10? Physically write these down. What would it take from you to get there? What would your life look like if they were a 10? What would it mean to you?

We are now 2 weeks into 2018 and for most of us, we have set several new goals/intentions for ourselves for the new year. The start of the new year has always been a turning of a new leaf, a fresh start for many of us to take on new chal...

January 24, 2018

Our skin health is an outward reflection of our internal health. Often times, when we desire strong radiant skin, we look for these “silver bullet” skin care products that claim to give us youthful skin. While some products are naturally derived and less toxic than their synthetic counterparts, they still only work superficially.

When we have a lusterless complexion, one that appears dry, inflamed, sagging, and wrinkled, we need to look deeper to restore healthy looking hair, skin, and nails. Skin cells, like all our cells in the body, need nourishment to grow and thrive.

When we adopt a standard American diet (SAD), one that is devoid of whole foods and phytonutrients, and laden with refined sugar & alternative sweeteners, processed and fried foods (synthetic chemicals, neurotoxic food dyes, oxidized vegetable oils), and cholesterol, we create massive amounts of free radical damage in the body.

The oxidative stress induced by these free radicals in turn creates an inflammatory response....

January 8, 2018

The healing power of nature. While it is always important to take measures to prevent cancer in the first place, adjunctive natural cancer therapy can be a powerful tool. Cancer is the second leading cause of death amongst American’s and is rapidly climbing. When it comes to fighting cancer, spices can have a profound effect on regulating cell proliferation and up regulating the bodies programmed ability to destroy and remove cancerous cells.

One of the most note worthy spices is fresh ground ginger. The active component (6-gingerol) has the ability to not only kill human cancer cells (in a petri dish), but also kill the progenitor or stem cells of the cancer! While chemotherapy can kill the cancer cells, it cannot target the stem cells (6-Gingerol Induces Cell Cycle Arrest and Cell Death of Mutant p53-expressing Pancreatic Cancer Cells). This was a huge discussion at a conference I attended back in 2016 on Spices as Natural Medicine.

Curcumin has been demonstrated to...

January 8, 2018

Raw honey can be an incredible medicinal substance, especially Manuka honey. It can be used topically to aid in wound healing, is a great anti-microbial agent, a natural cough suppressant, and packed with antioxidants and nutrients to name a few.

However, the growing demand for honey products over the last 20 years has imposed extra precautions when choosing honey for quality assurance.

The monoculture of soy and corn in the agriculture industry, which bees do not pollinate, has lead beekeepers to use corn syrup and fructose in order to constantly feed bees and produce honey for the consumer. This creates a vastly inferior honey than what would be found in nature. I personally only buy honey from the local beekeepers at the farmers market. As with anything, you get what you pay for! Read the rest of this post by @ugly_by_nature:
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For those of you who consume honey, recent testing was done by Food Safety News revealed that 76% of honey sold in stores in the U.S. isn’t real honey b...

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