The Importance of Detoxification

Purify Your Body

Crystal Star’s PURIFY formulas support detoxification of key body systems like the colon, liver, kidneys, lungs, lymph system and even the skin. By ridding the body of its toxic burden, PURIFY formulas help your body function at its peak. You will cleanse your digestive tract of wastes and unhealthy bacteria that create health imbalances. PURIFY formulas can help repair damaged tissues and tone the colon-bowel system. Through purification and improved diet, your actual cell make-up can change!

What are toxins? Every day our body comes into contact with a cocktail of toxic substances able to cause harm. These toxins take multiple forms, some obvious (such as those found in cleaning products, smog, cigarette smoke and industrial chemicals); some not so obvious (such as the invisible pesticides and herbicides found on unwashed fruits and vegetables, and the invisible chemicals disguised as additives in pre-packaged foods). And even though our body is constantly working to remove these toxic substances from our system before they have a chance to do any harm, without healthy organs of detoxification (including your liver, kidneys, small intestine, large intestine and lower bowel), our internal processes of eliminating toxins may not work as well as nature intended. Sub-optimum elimination means damaging toxins may spend a longer time in the body. How do toxic substances enter and leave the body?

A Toxin’s Journey:

Step 1: Toxin entry – toxins enter your body either through the air you breathe (via your lungs), the food you eat (via your digestive tract) or your skin (via the surfaces you touch and some personal care products).

Step 2: Toxin transportation – once absorbed, a toxin is transported via the bloodstream to the liver.

Step 3: Toxin breakdown – on arrival at the liver, most toxins are processed by a myriad of enzymes and antioxidants, and rendered non-toxic.

Step 4: Toxin removal – once rendered non-toxic by the liver, these previously toxic materials are able to be safely removed from the body via the kidneys, (in the urine), the skin (through your sweat) & the bowel (in your fecal matter).

By giving your liver a break, your diet goes a long way to dictating the health of your liver. This means if you eat a lot of processed foods high in fat and sugar, or drink alcohol regularly, or consume caffeine daily – over time your liver can become stressed, fatigued or over-burdened. The most common signs of an overworked liver include indigestion following a meal (especially if the meal is high in fat), poor skin condition (due to toxic overload), digestive discomfort (including nausea, flatulence and foul odors from poorly digested food matter fermenting in your digestive tract) and bad breath (also a sign you are not digesting your food properly). Another nasty side effect when your liver is overworked are the severe, long lasting hangovers you experience from over-indulging (in alcohol, sugar laden foods, fatty foods or all of the above).

Source: Healthy Life

More Detox Info on the Blog:

Weight loss after 40 through healthy detoxification!

Using Detoxification Therapies to Relieve GERD

Healthy Detox Recipes

 

 

Herbal Travel Kit

As we approach our final weeks of summer, many of us can't wait for that final vacation with the family. Yet, one thing we may forget to pack are herbs to keep you healthy and happy while you're on your trip.

Many people on vacation experience indigestion when they go from home cooked meals to rich restaurant foods or theme park fare. Don’t let indigestion or gas slow down your family fun. Order light and healthy when you can. Bring along some herbal formulas like GERD Defense or Digestive Support.

Not all vacations are for relaxing. If your itinerary is packed, you’re going to need plenty of energy. Instead of grabbing an energy drink, pack a green superfood drink mix. Green superfoods like Energy Green Renewal offer a wealth of energizing nutrients and don’t have the rebound effect of making you more tired like sugar and caffeine.

Have a plan to manage vacation stress. Sometimes cramped quarters with the family can get stressful, so plan accordingly. Try some catnip tea or Rescue Remedy for the kids. For the adults, consider Relax caps, great for relieving stress before plane rides too!

Here at Healthy Healing, we wish you a fun, stress free remainder of summer! 

Do You Have Chemical Allergies?

Allergic reactions to chemicals are multiplying. We’re exposed every day to more chemicals than any generation in history. One-third of Americans have sensitivities to chemicals! Nearly 55% of all U.S. citizens tests positive for one or more allergens. Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), now called a “silent epidemic,” alone affects at least 15 million Americans, most of them women and children. Over 4 1/2 billion pounds of pesticides are used in America every year! (76 million pounds in our homes alone.)

Irritants include a wide range of toxins: paints and household cleaners, solvents, nail polish, benzene, fluoride, formaldehyde, chemicals in carpeting and dry cleaning. Other culprits include: gas stoves, asbestos from older buildings, chlorine bleach, laundry detergent, fabric softener, nail polish remover, synthetic perfumes, moth balls and insect repellents.

Repeated chemical exposures set off rampant free radical reactions, as well as allergic responses. (Free radical damage to liver function from environmental pollutants also lowers histamine levels.) Environmental illness, sick buildings, Gulf War syndrome, nerve damage, attention deficit disorder in children, latex and insecticide allergies, are only the latest in a growing list.

Worse, chemical sensitivities initiate other allergy reactions, so that the sufferer becomes allergic to nearly everything else.

Signs that you might have type 2 allergies to chemicals.

2 or more signs may indicate a problem.

• Unexplained migraine headaches? Usually with nausea or diarrhea? Sensitive to light or noise?

• Frequent skin rashes, burning, stinging eyes?

• Feel “under the weather” no matter how much sleep you get? Are your ears ringing, especially at night?

• Frequent colds and flu, or chronic respiratory inflammation?

• Do you have an autoimmune condition like M.S., rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, lupus?

• Are you regularly exposed to toxic metals, chemicals or minerals at work?

• Gained or lost weight recently for no reason? (Chemical allergies may cause abnormal metabolism

• Dizziness, vertigo, shortness of breath?

• Do you use pesticides in your house or yard?

• Have you ever had breast implants?

• Is your memory unusually bad?

Diet & Lifestyle Support

1. Have one each daily: 1) a glass of fresh carrot juice; 2) a carrot/beet/cucumber juice; 3) a cup of miso soup with sea veggies; 4) a bowl of high fiber cereal to bind and eliminate toxins in the GI tract. Sprinkle on nutritional yeast, toasted wheat germ, and lecithin granules.

2. Eat organically grown foods when possible. Avoid canned foods. Avoid caffeine, which inhibits liver filtering, and foods sprayed with colorants, waxes or ripening agents.

3. Eat legumes and sea veggies to excrete lead from your system. Cruciferous veggies like broccoli and cauliflower help metabolize excess estrogen from hormone mimicking chemicals. Eat a daily apple if you’re in a polluted area. Apple pectin removes metal toxins.

Interceptive therapy: Choose 2 to 3 recommendations.

1. Detoxify your blood: for 6 weeks, Toxin Detox caps (with amla fruit, seaweed, apple pectin), or • Glutathione 150mg daily; • Tyrosine 500mg daily; use • magnesium 800mg.

2. Support your liver: Liver Renew with Liver Cleanse Flushing Tea for 1 month to restore the liver. Then • milk thistle seed extract; or • triphala caps; • B-complex 100mg daily with extra B6 and pantothenic acid. 

3. Neutralize histamine reactions: D-congest spray (good results). • Bilberry extract (natural quercetin), or • Quercetin1000mg with bromelain 500mg take down swelling.

Bodywork techniques

  • Most effective against chemical allergies: acupuncture, and massage therapy.
  • Take a sauna once a week to accelerate toxin release.

 

 

 

 

Natural Therapies for Asthma

Asthma, inflammation of the bronchial tubes, is a severe respiratory allergy reaction. Asthma has increased rapidly in America; a 50% rise in the last decade alone. It now affects almost 20 million Americans, 2.5 million of whom have needed emergency treatment. More alarming, the Pew Environmental Health Commission says that 29 million people will have asthma by 2020!

Asthma is now the leading serious, chronic illness in children under ten, (2:1 ratio of boys to girls). Today an astounding 1 in 7 children develop asthma. It’s clearly linked to allergies; 70% of allergy sufferers also have asthma. Some experts believe that America’s high rates of asthma are a result of a marked decrease in consumption of vitamin C antioxidants. Humans can’t manufacture vitamin C on their own; we must obtain it from eating vitamin C rich foods or taking vitamin C supplements.

Note 1: Steroid drugs for asthma help temporarily by opening restricted airways. Over the long term, they lead to weight gain and high blood sugar, mood changes and gastric upset. Eventually, they can impair immune response and severely weaken the bones.

An asthmatic’s difficult breathing, choking and wheezing is actually a failure to exhale, not inhale. It’s all about the inflammation cascade, which creates mucous. Lung airways become red, swollen and full of thick mucous, which means more inflammation.

Bronchial spasms constrict airways which become more inflamed, in a vicious cycle. Drug-free natural therapies often lead to better outcomes in mild cases and offer excellent long term prognosis for prevention. Still, emergency medical measures may be necessary to arrest severe asthma attacks which can be life threatening.

 Diet therapies

Food sensitivities play a major role in asthma attacks. During an attack, eat only fresh foods. Include fresh apple or carrot juice daily. Add plenty of water to thin mucous secretions. For long term help, a largely raw foods diet can be paramount to recovery. To control asthma nutritionally, reduce salt and starchy foods. Asthma is common when salt intake is high.

A largely vegetarian diet with fish offers significant improvement. Leukotrienes that contribute to asthma reactions are derived from arachidonic acid found in animal foods.

Eat fresh fish for anti-inflammatory EFAs. Sulforaphane rich foods-broccoli, brussel sprouts, garlic and onions prevent respiratory inflammation and reduce attacks.

Avoid dairy products: they generate the most mucous .Avoid foods with sulfites (esp.commercial wine), preservatives or MSG, high gluten breads, oily and fried foods and sugary foods. Studies show fatty meals increase airway inflammation. Avoid soft drinks and caffeine.

Herbal therapies (choose 2-3 of the following. Work with a physician to handle acute attacks.)

1. Clear mucous, control spasms: Stress Out drops (works fast, sometimes within 25 minutes to ease spasms) or • Muscle Relaxer caps. Frankincense aromatherapy.

2. Antihistamines for asthma. Asthma is linked to and worsened by allergies: Breathe Easy caps. • Quercetin 2000mg daily, with Bromelain 1000mg; • Vitamin C up to 8000mg daily with bioflavonoids. Try green tea to relax constricted breathing.

Lifestyle changes are important, too. Stay physically fit to keep breathing strong. Extra weight makes breathing difficult. Acupuncture, biofeedback, guided imagery, yoga and massage therapy can ease symptoms and keep the body free flowing.

 

Can You Make Your Lifestyle More In Tune With Nature?

Your everyday lifestyle can put you more in tune with Nature. It’s more a matter of awareness about your life, your surroundings and your daily habits. Even just slightly changing your shopping habits can change your lifestyle and make a big difference.

The best way to put more “green” into your life is to reduce the amount of resources and goods you’re using, not simply buying more “green” products.

Choosing a sustainable, greener lifestyle means you actively make decisions about your food, transportation and energy use that don’t compromise resources for future generations.

Note: Buying organic is not always the best way to go green. Imported, out of season organic foods arrive in your city on 747 jets that drain an enormous amount of resources and use a ton of fossil fuels. Eat seasonal, local organic produce for a healthier environment and a healthier you.

Easy Ways to Go Green

—Consume less. Recycle everything you can.

—Replace your incandescent lightbulbs with LED equivalents. Rely on natural light when possible.

—Buy seasonal, organic fruits and vegetables at a local farmer’s market or become a member of a CSA (community supported agriculture) to encourage local farmers and receive fresh foods directly from organic farms.

—Start your own garden with compost to reduce your use of synthetic fertilizers.

—Bring your own natural fiber bags on shopping trips. Use cloth towels and rags instead of paper towels for cleaning.

—Discarded plastic water bottles are a huge problem in our waterways and oceans. Drink filtered water in reusable containers instead. (I make my own water flavors by adding peppermint extract or lemon extract drops..... delicious).

—Switch to a largely plant based diet. Going vegetarian or skipping meat altogether a few nights a week is one of the best ways you can impact your own health and the health of the environment. (See about modern meat production below.)

—If you drink coffee, switch to shade-grown coffee with a “Fair Trade” label. (Commercial coffee production uses an enormous amount of resources and devastates ecosystems for migratory birds.)

—Wash clothes in cold or warm water rather than hot. Lower the temperature on your hot water heater.

—When purchasing new appliances, look for energy efficient models. Unplug appliances when you aren’t using them.

—Don’t speed while driving; check tire pressure to become more gas efficient. A hybrid car relies a lot less on gasoline. Walk or ride a bike to work or errands if you can.

—If you have children in diapers, try cloth diapers before turning to disposables that end up in landfills.

Best,

Sarah

Do You Need An Allergy/Mucous Detox?


Your body needs some mucous. We’re taught that mucous is a bad thing because it obstructs our breathing during a sinus infection, asthma or a cold. But mucous is also a lubricant and an important body safeguard. Mucous gathers up irritants like dirt, pollen, smoke and pollutants we take in to protect mucous membranes in the respiratory system. Foods that putrefy quickly in your body like meat, eggs and dairy products are those most likely to produce excess mucous. These foods also slow down transit time through your gastrointestinal tract. Some of us carry around as much as 10 – 15 pounds of excess mucous!

Basic Mucous Elimination Diet for Seasonal Allergies: A 3 – 4 day nutrition plan
Diet changes and taking therapeutic herbs are the most beneficial and quickest means of controlling allergies. A short 3 or 4 day mucous elimination diet is a good way to start relieving allergies because it rids the body of excess mucous build-up, paving the way for nutritional changes to take effect.

The night before your mucous elimination diet...
Mash 4 garlic cloves and a large slice of onion in a bowl. Stir in 3 tbsp. honey. Cover, let macerate for 24 hours; remove garlic and onion and take only the honey/syrup infusion—1 tsp. 3x daily.
The next day... On rising: take 2 squeezed lemons in water with 1 tbsp. maple syrup. Now is a good time to take your D-Congest spray and Natural-HST caps.

Breakfast: have a water-diluted grapefruit juice or pineapple juice as natural expectorants with 1 tbsp. green superfood, like barley grass, spirulina, or chlorella.
Mid-morning: have spring water with 3 sprays of D-Congest extract, an expectorant to aid mucous release to help in oxygen uptake.
Lunch: have a vegetable juice like V-8, or make a Mucous Cleansing Tonic by juicing: 4 carrots, 2 celery stalks, 2-3 sprigs parsley, 1 radish and 1 garlic clove.
Mid-afternoon: have a green veggie drink, or 1 tsp. of Chlorella granules in water.
Dinner: take a hot miso broth with 1 tbsp. nutritional yeast. Add a small fresh salad the last night of the cleanse.
Before Bed: have apple or papaya/pineapple juice.
The day after your cleanse... Have toasted muesli or whole grain granola for breakfast, with a little yogurt or apple juice; a small fresh salad for lunch with lemon/oil dressing; a fresh fruit smoothie during the day; a baked potato drizzled with flax or olive oil and a light soup or salad for dinner.

Weight Loss Over 40: Herbal Solutions to Fight Middle-Aged Spread

            Nearly everyone faces a disconcerting body thickening and slow rise in weight in their 40s, even people who have always been slim, who eat a healthy diet, and who exercise regularly. In fact, body fat typically doubles between the ages of 20 and 50. Sometimes diet and exercise really isn’t enough!

What’s happening to our bodies?

For women, a major calorie-burning process grinds to a halt after menopause. The metabolic rise in the last two weeks of the menstrual cycle accounts for 15,000–20,000 calories per year. Those calories really start to add up when the menstrual cycle stops. Further, women tend to develop more abdominal fat as estrogen levels are reduced. For men, lower testosterone levels caused by andropause leads to a decrease in muscle mass and an increase in fat storage.  Research shows that with age, men burn less fat during exercise, so older men actually need to work out longer to lose weight!

            Healthy lifestyle changes are critical to achieve long-term weight loss goals, but it often takes more at mid life. Whole herbs are an ideal choice for weight loss after 40. They are not habit forming like stimulant anti-obesity drugs, and they support natural weight loss processes, like thermogenesis.    

Thermogenesis’ Role in Weight Loss Over 40

            Thermogenesis is all about fat burning. About 75% of the calories you eat work to keep you alive and support your resting metabolic rate. The balance of calories are stored as white fat, or burned up by brown adipose tissue (brown fat), your body’s premier fat burning factory. The more active your brown fat is, the more efficient your thermogenesis is, and the easier it is to maintain an optimum weight. Differences in brown fat activity explain why some people can overeat and stay slim, while others put on the pounds even though their diet and exercise plan is sound.

            Starting in our early 40s, a genetic timer begins to slow down the thermogenic mechanism. Instead of calories being burned off, more of them get stored as white fat, leading to weight gain, especially around the middle. In addition, some people are simply not born with enough brown fat. These people gain more weight at middle age because the little brown fat they do have is reduced even further. Nature in her wisdom provides a solution. You can reactivate your brown fat activity after 40, and using thermogenic herbs is a key.

Fat Burning Herbs: The Good & Bad News

            Most of us have heard of the herb, ephedra as a thermogenic aid to stimulate weight loss. Unfortunately, misuse and abuse of ephedra in highly concentrated, chemical ephedrine products has led to cardiovascular side effects and health risks for consumers. Today, ephedra is banned from use in dietary supplements in the U.S. But, ephedra is not the only herb that stimulates brown fat activity. Garcinia cambogia, green tea, mustard seed, and ginger are just a few thermogenic herbs that you can use without the side effects or health risks.

Most traditional herbalists only formulate with whole herbs, because they are much less likely to produce side effects or interactions than standardized herbs or highly concentrated herbs. Further, using whole herbs in combination offer the advantage of addressing multiple body systems and needs. For “after 40” weight loss concerns, I combine thermogenic whole herbs with herbs that control appetite and sugar cravings, and herbs that relieve bloating. Whole herbs support the whole person.

More Calcium = Weight Loss Over 40

Research has revealed a new diet fact: calcium can help you lose weight as you grow older. People who are 40 or older on weight control diets lose weight if they have enough calcium, but don’t lose weight if calcium levels are low. Plant sources of calcium are easier for the body to assimilate than oyster shell calcium or calcium from dairy products. Calcium from plants like kelp, oatstraw and nettles comes with the proper balance of magnesium needed for assimilation, and without the concentrated animal protein that offsets mineral absorption. Carrot juice is another excellent source of calcium. 8 oz. of fresh, organic carrot juice has 300–400mg of bioavailable calcium.  8 oz. of fortified milk only has about 250mg — with low assimilation.

Losing weight at mid life does present new challenges, but once the body adjusts to its new hormone levels, weight gain stabilizes, and becomes more manageable. Whole herbs can help you get over an “after 40” weight loss plateau, and have the added benefits of improving body chemistry and reestablishing better metabolic rates.

Sarah Abernathy is the coauthor of Healthy Healing 14th Edition, which has now sold millions of copies worldwide. To learn more, visit www.healthyhealing.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Hot Seaweed Bath Raises Metabolism and Releases Trapped Fats

 

Taking a hot seaweed bath is another easy yet surprisingly effective weight loss technique. The electromagnetic action of the seaweed releases water retention from congested cells, and dissolves fatty wastes through the skin, replacing them with important minerals like potassium and iodine through osmosis. Iodine boosts thyroid activity, so food fuels can be used before they turn into fatty deposits. Taking a hot seaweed bath once or twice a week stimulates lymphatic drainage and fat burning so you can keep off excess weight, reduce cellulite and rid your body of toxins.  Try it for yourself. It really works!

January 2016 Weight Loss Success After the Holidays

Keys To Weight Loss Success After the Holidays

Right now, at least two-thirds of Americans are trying to lose weight. After the holidays of rich foods, these numbers grow even higher. But, sometimes diet and exercise really isn’t enough.

During the holidays, most of us overindulge in sweets. Sugar cravings are the downfall of many well meaning dieters. I know from experience that once you start binging on sugary foods, it's hard to stop. Overeating sugar can lead to serious consequences. Further, sugar raises insulin levels too much, your body’s signal to make fat, bad news for weight loss. Do you need to control sugar cravings?

  • Do you binge on junk foods, especially fatty and sugary foods?
  • Do you eat all of your calories at one meal?
  • Do you have second and third helpings at a meal but still feel hungry?
  • Do you experience a wired feeling that is only relieved by eating sweets?
  • Are you easily frustrated, and moody with frequent crying spells?

If you answered yes to 3 of the 5 questions above, then a sugar craver's weight loss program may be right for you. First, add 2 apples to your diet every day for stabilizing fiber. Second, drink more water to get over diet plateaus. Dehydration slows resting metabolic rate (RMR) and can cause waste products like ketones to build up.

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December 2015 Healthy Recipes

 Your December Recipes Are Here!
 In December, we are still celebrating the holidays. The following recipes are healthy sides for your favorite meals. Enjoy!
 
Sweet Waldorf Salad
20 minutes prep time|  Makes 4 servings.

A unique, flavorful holiday salad

ingredients:

2 Fuji apples, diced
1 cup celery, diced
1 cup red seedless grapes, halved
½ cup oven-toasted walnuts
¼ cup lemon yogurt
2 tbsp. low-fat mayonnaise
½ tsp. sweet-hot mustard
2 tbsp. lemon juice
½ tsp. honey

Toss together all ingredients. Serve on chilled plates. Makes 4 salads.
 
Pears in Raspberry Sauce
40 minutes prep | Makes 4-6 servings

Sweet and satisfying for the dessert menu

Ingredients:
3 pears, sliced
¼ cup honey-sweetened raspberry jelly
½ cup orange juice
½ cup fresh raspberries
chopped, toasted almonds

Preheat oven to 350°F. Place the pears in a baking dish. In a blender, combine the raspberry jelly, orange juice and fresh raspberries. Pour over pears. Cover with foil; bake for 30 minutes. Place in a serving dish and spoon sauce over top. Sprinkle on more fresh raspberries and the toasted almonds. Makes 4 – 6 servings.


Dec. 2015- Delicious, Therapeutic Teas

Medicinal teas may have bitter tasting properties. Where taste is unpleasant, I add mint, lemon peel, spices, or stevia (sweet herb) to improve taste without harming therapeutic qualities.

Tips on taking herbal teas:
 Use 1 packed small tea ball to 3 cups of water for medicinal-strength tea. Use distilled water or pure spring water for increased herbal strength and effectiveness.

My favorite Herbal Tea Blends

1. Beautiful Skin tea

Whole herb nutrients in Beautiful Skin Tea are great for skin—packed with absorbable minerals, antioxidants, essential fatty acids and bioflavonoids to cleanse, hydrate, restore, alkalize, and balance.

 Beautiful Skin Tea can even be used topically with good results. Use lukewarm as an anti-redness wash, or apply topically at the first sign of a breakout. Simply soak cotton balls in tea and apply to trouble areas.

2. Bladder Comfort tea

Support your urinary tract. Cleansing herbs soothe kidneys and bladder. Addresses the imbalance and reduces your worst symptoms. Feel better fast!

3. Cleansing & Purifying tea

      This potent herbal combination helps cleanse the blood and organs of impurities that can lead to poor     health and suppress the immune system.

4. Conceptions tea

     Herbal allies for healthy conception and pregnancy. Normalizes, tones and elasticizes the female   reproductive system. Sea veggies and whole herbs in the blend are loaded with vitamins and minerals to shore up nutrient supply. Royal jelly is a libido enhancer for women. Red raspberry is a nutritive, astringent herb that helps prepare the uterus for healthy conception.

5. Liver Cleanse Flushing tea

A liver cleanse with a whole herb formula once or twice a year is highly recommended.This advanced formula features milk thistle seed extract, found in clinical studies to help support liver health safely, even in used long term. Dandelion supports healthy liver activity, and is widely used with good results by herbalists all over the U.S.

Although teas have milder, more subtle effects than capsules or extracts, they are sometimes the only way for a weakened system to accept therapeutic support, and work with stronger herbal preparations to boost their value. Note: Important healing oils are lost during cutting of herbs for tea bags. Crystal Star only uses loose, bulk herbs to preserve the therapeutic integrity of the dried herbs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nov. 2015- Healthy Healing Holiday Recipes

Double Ginger Dessert

20 minutes prep time  |  Makes 4 servings.

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A light dessert with my favorite healing spices
ingredients:

5 cups Vanilla Rice Dream frozen dessert

1/4 cup diced crystallized ginger

3/4 tsp cardamom

1/2 tsp. cinamom

Ginger ale

Slightly soften the Vanilla Rice Dream by letting it stand at room temperature about 10 minutes. Scoop into a large bowl. Add crystallized ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon; swirl ingredients together. Place bowl in freezer until dessert is firm enough to scoop… about 1 and one half hours; if storing up to 1 week, cover air-tight. Divide into 4 large water goblets. Slowly fill glasses with icy ginger ale, and serve immediately.

 

Cranberry Walnut Bread

60 minutes prep | Makes 2 loaves

A little indulgence for the holidays

Ingredients:

3 cups cranberries

3/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted

2 cups unbleached flour

1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. sea salt

1/4 cup grapeseed oil

3/4cup date sugar

2 eggs

1 cup orange juice

1 tsp. orange zest

Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly oil and flour 2 loaf pans. In a bowl, sift together the unbleached flour, whole wheat pastry flour, baking powder, baking soda, and sea salt. In another bowl mix the grapeseed oil, date sugar, eggs, orange juice, and orange zest. Gently combine flour mixture and batter. Fold in walnuts and cranberries. Pour the batter into loaf pans and bake for 40 – 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from pans and let cool










Oct. 2015- Healthy Healing Recipes

Your October Recipes Are Here!

 In October, we are celebrating women's health. The following recipes help support female balance and are a good source of vitamins and minerals. Enjoy!

Salmon Wrapped Prawns

40 minutes prep time  |  Makes 12 appetizers.

 Loaded with EFA's for balanced hormones
Makes: 12 appetizers:
ingredients:

12 raw, peeled prawns (from uncontaminated waters)
½ cup white wine
1 tsp. garlic-lemon seasoning
¼ tsp. hot pepper sauce
thin slices of wild smoked salmon
lemon wedges

Preheat broiler or grill. In a bowl, combine the prawns, white wine, garlic-lemon seasoning and hot pepper sauce. Allow to marinate in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes.

Drain prawns; discard marinade. Cut thin smoked salmon into ½"-wide strips, 2" long. Wrap prawns and secure with toothpicks. Broil or grill about 6" from heat, until salmon is crispy on the edges. Watch closely. Serve with lemon wedges. Makes 12 appetizers.

High Protein & EFA's Coconut Milk Drink

10 minutes prep | Makes 3 drinks

Anti-inflammatory and soothing

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Makes: 3 drinks
Ingredients:
2 cups chopped fresh pineapple
15 oz. can unsweetened coconut milk
1 banana
½ cup orange juice

Combine all ingredients in a blender and serve over ice. Makes 3 drinks














What if a Women is Already Taking HRT drugs?

   An herbal formula like EST-AID can be used by women who have never used HRT, or by women who are weaning themselves off HRT, although I recommend medical supervision in these cases. Some women start by adding whole herb formulas as they gradually decrease their HRT dosage. Ask your doctor first. Remember, whole herbs are really foods. There is much less potential for interactions or side effects than there is with prescription drugs.

With whole herbs, you’ll see other menopausal symptoms like moodiness, memory lapses, and body thickening improved as herbs work both to shore up your hormone deficiencies and reduce your hormone excesses.

          Your menopause experience will change with time. Changing the way you approach it is the key to success. Most women will experience the most dramatic hot flashes in the first year of their menopause. After that, hot flashes tend to subside, and are less intense, and you can try a milder formula like Easy Change for longterm balance. 

            Menopausal balance results from a healthy lifestyle, not a pill. I find women who make the commitment to a natural “change” experience the best results for relieving symptoms, not to mention the great benefits for overall health. Gentle plant hormones help the body along without health risks and harsh side effects.  Every day, your hormones will become more and more balanced. You’ll want to keep your “change.” I know I do.

To your best health,

Linda Page

October 2015- What Causes Hot Flashes

      Hot flashes are caused by the way estrogen affects the hypothalamus, the part of the brain that regulates body temperature. As estrogen levels fluctuate, the brain senses you are overheated, and it compensates by dilating blood vessels in the head, arms and legs to help you cool down. This reaction causes the flushing-perspiring hot flashes women experience.

      Very thin women, who have lower estrogen levels, and women who have had a hysterectomy are the most affected. Hormone replacement therapy is the medical solution to the hot flash problem. However, HRT drugs have serious risks and side effects, and the newest HRT drugs, SERMS (Selective estrogen receptor modulators), actually make hot flashes worse for many women.

      You may remember in July 2002, our U.S. government scientists halted a study on hormone replacement drugs because they were such a threat to the health of the participants. Increased risk of invasive breast cancer, heart disease, stroke and blood clots in the lungs were all reasons for stopping the study. Women responded by seeking out safer, natural alternatives without these risks.

I feel I’ve been given a tremendous opportunity to share with women how whole herbs can positively affect your menopause experience. The body balancing activity of whole herbs encourages a more comfortable menopause where you will look and feel your best.

             Here’s my frontline defense against hot flashes. EST-AID is a premier estrogen-progesterone body balancing formula that helps rescue you from those awful hot flashes. I used it myself at the onset of menopause and have been wholeheartedly recommending it to other women for the last 15 years!

Here’s why:

            Black cohosh has the effect of to normalizing the body's temperature regulating system for fast hot flash relief. Peony, rehmannia, and blessed thistle in the formula help normalize menstrual problems like excess bleeding, common to early menopause, too.

To your best health,

Linda Page

 

September 2015, Beautiful Skin Recipes

Skin Detox Melon Soup

20 minutes prep time  |  Makes 4 servings.

 Loaded with EFA's for healthy, clear skin.
Makes: 4 servings:
ingredients: 1 cup cantaloupe, cut into chunks
2 cups honeydew melon, cut into chunks
2 cups watermelon, cut into chunks
¼ cup lemon juice
2 tbsp. fresh mint, chopped (reserve sprigs for garnish)
2 cups non fat plain yogurt
, 1 cup orange juice

In a food processor, dice the cantaloupe. Add the orange juice, lemon juice and yogurt; process until smooth. Top each glass with 1 tsp. mint. Makes 4 servings.

Chilled Cucumber-Yogurt Soup

2 hours 30 minutes prep | Makes 6 bowls

Alkalizing and anti-inflammatory for skin

Makes: 6 bowls
Ingredients:
2¼ cups plain low-fat yogurt
1¼ pounds lemon cucumbers, peeled and sliced
2 tsp. garlic-lemon seasoning
1½ tsp. ground cumin
2 tsp. crystallized ginger
thin slices of daikon white radish

In a blender, mix the low fat yogurt, lemon cucumbers, garlic-lemon seasoning, ground cumin, and crystallized ginger until smooth. Strain through fine sieve into large bowl. Chill well, about 2 hours. Top with thin slices of daikon white radish at serving.















Sept. 2015- Soothing the Skin with Herbal Gels

Soothing The Skin With Herbal Gels

The skin is the body’s largest organ of ingestion. Herbal gels are preparations that allow absorption of herbal benefits through the skin. I use high quality aloe vera as a conduit in our gels to deliver the herbal nutrients quickly to the target area. You can use herbal gels topically as needed for help for minor problems like cut, scrapes, fungus, scars and more. They're wonderful as part of an herbal first aid kit for the whole family!

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Articles from Our Herbal Consultant, Sarah Abernathy

Dealing with Allergies to Personal Care Products and Cosmetics

If you’re someone with sensitive skin, or whose system can’t tolerate chemicals all-natural body care and beauty products may be for you.

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Herbal Preparation & Delivery Methods

Whichever herbal preparation you choose, it is generally better to take greater amounts at the beginning of your program, to build a good internal healing base.

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Herbal Kitchen Cosmetics

Make your own natural, moisturizing lip gloss.

Gently heat 6 tablespoons sweet almond or sesame oil with 1 tablespoon beeswax til just melted. Remove from heat and whisk in 2 teaspoons honey, and 12 drops of your favorite essential oil for flavor (cinnamon, peppermint or anise oil are good choices).

I use this gloss without color as a good lip conditioner under my lipstick, or as a moisturizing finisher. For a colored gloss, blend in about 1/2 tube of your favorite all natural, lipstick, or add a few drops of beet juice while gloss is still hot. Whisk until cool to prevent separation. Add flavor oil after gloss has cooled.




August 2015- The Importance of Bladder/Kidney Cleansing

The Importance of Bladder/Kidney Cleansing

Your bladder and kidneys do more than just remove water wastes. The bladder and kidneys are primary removal sites for toxic and potentially toxic chemicals in the bloodstream, channelling pollutants and chemicals out of body systems before they build up in the tissues and contaminate cells — crucial to the body’s internal health and hygiene. What are signs you may need a bladder/kidney detox?
 

Featured Product- Bladder Comfort™  by Crystal Star

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Support your urinary tract. Cleansing herbs soothe kidneys and bladder.

  • Cranberry – To cleanse*
  • Goldenseal– For defenses*
  • Jamaican dogwood– To soothe*

Check out articles from Our Herbal Consultant, Sarah Abernathy

Are You Prone to Stones?: Kidney stones are a diet-related illness. They are directly linked to lack of water, large amounts of animal protein and too much salt.

Prostate Health: Between the ages of 51 and 60, 50% of all men have an enlarged prostate - over 90% percent by age 80.

 

July 2015- Healthy Aging Secrets

Welcome to the Healthy Healing Newsletter!

We all want to age healthfully. We all want to extend our life spans with the best health possible. Research tells us that we are only living two-thirds of the years our bodies are capable of! Did you know with the right nutrients, cell restoration may continue for many years past current life expectancy.

Featured Product: Muscle Relaxer™  by Crystal Star

Natural herbs offer ideal muscle support for athletes, and those with overworked muscles.

  • Cramp Bark – Relieving*
  • Jamaican Dogwood – To Soothe*
  • Kava Kava – To Relax*

 

 

 

 

 

Articles from Our Herbal Consultant, Sarah Abernathy

Advantages of Exercise for Anti-aging

Bodywork keeps you fit... fitness makes you look and feel far more youthful!

Anti-aging for Skin Beauty

Seaweed like nori, sweet sea palm, dulse and wakame are some of my favorite beauty foods, and they’re some of Nature’s most ancient beauty secrets.

Healthy Mary Tonic

15 minutes prep time  |  Makes 4. serving

 A virgin mary is really a healthy green drink when you make it fresh.

Makes: 4 drinks

 4.1.1
  • 3 cups water 
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 2 stalks celery with leaves
  • ½ green bell pepper
  • 1 green onion with tops
  • 1 handful fresh parsley

 

Juice all ingredients. Add 1 tsp. crumbled, dry sea veggies if desired.

 

 

June Anti-Fatigue Recipes

Revitalizing Tonic

15 minutes prep time  |  Makes 8 drinks.

 A good drink for more energy, an addiction purifying program or any kind of hangover. Effective hot or cold. Works every time.
Makes: 8 drinks:

  • In the blender, purée:
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 2 stalks celery chopped  
  •  1 bunch parsley chopped
  • 2 tbsp. chopped basil  
  •  2 tsp. hot pepper sauce
  • 1 tsp. rosemary leaves  
  •  ½ tsp. fennel seeds
  • 2 tsp. Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
  • Pour into a large pot with 48 oz. Spicy Veggie Juice. Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes. Use hot or cool.

High Protein Sprouted Nori rolls

30 minutes prep time | Makes 6-8 servings

This borrows on the principles of macrobiotics and is an excellent adjunct to any healing diet. Add a little water if needed to blend.

Makes: 6 – 8 servings

Ingredients:
In a blender, prepare a nut and seed mixture:

  • 2 cups almonds    
  • 1 cup sunflower or sesame seeds
  • ½ tsp. sesame oil    
  • 1 lemon, peeled
  • 1 tbsp. fresh or pickled ginger, chopped
  • 3 tbsp. tamari

Lay out 6 to 10 toasted nori sheets. Spread nut-seed mixture over sheets. Then, spread 3 cups alfalfa or sunflower sprouts  across nut and seed mix, forming a line down the edge of the sheet.

Then, cut into long thin sticks and place lengthwise across nori:

  • 1 carrot    
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 cucumber

Roll up like a burrito. Then eat like a burrito, or cut in 2˝ thick rolls. Optional: decorate with fresh basil leaves, sweet-hot mustard or a dab of wasabi.