Sunday, November 18, 2012

Benifits of Lemon Water

Why You Should Drink Warm Water & Lemon

The way you start each day is incredibly important. Whether you're a mom, a coach, a writer, a small business owner or a yoga teacher, what you do first thing in the morning matters.

According to Ayurvedic philosophy, choices that you make regarding your daily routine either build up resistance to disease or tear it down.

Ayurveda invites us to get a jump-start on the day by focusing on morning rituals that work to align the body with nature's rhythms, balance the doshas and foster self-esteem alongside self-discipline. 

Your mind may say you have to check emails, take the dog out, get the kids out the door, that you can't be late for work or that you just don't have enough time to cultivate your own morning rituals.

But, if you can only make time for one ritual that will improve your health, let it be this.....

Start the day out with a mug of warm water and the juice of half a lemon.

It's so simple and the benefits are just too good to ignore. Warm water with lemon:

1. Boosts your immune system 

Lemons are high in Vitamin C and potassium. Vitamin C is great for fighting colds and potassium stimulates brain and nerve function and helps control blood pressure.

2. Balances pH

Lemons are an incredibly alkaline food, believe it or not. Yes, they are acidic on their own, but inside our bodies they're alkaline (the citric acid does not create acidity in the body once metabolized). As you wellness warriors know, an alkaline body is really the key to good health.

3. Helps with weight loss

Lemons are high in pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings. It also has been shown that people who maintain a more alkaline diet lose weight faster. And, my experience is that when I start the day off right, it's easier to make the best choices for myself the rest of the day.

4. Aids digestion

The warm water serves to stimulate the gastrointestinal tract and peristalsis—the waves of muscle contractions within the intestinal walls that keep things moving. Lemons and limes are also high in minerals and vitamins and help loosen ama, or toxins, in the digestive tract.

5. Acts as a gentle, natural diuretic

Lemon juice helps flush out unwanted materials because lemons increase the rate of urination in the body. Toxins are, therefore, released at a faster rate which helps keep your urinary tract healthy.

6. Clears skin

The vitamin C helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes. Lemon water purges toxins from the blood which helps keep skin clear as well.

7. Hydrates the lymph system

This cup of goodness helps start the day on a hydrated note, which helps prevent dehydration (obviously) and adrenal fatigue. When your body is dehydrated, or deeply dehydrated (adrenal fatigue) it can't perform all of it's proper functions, which leads to toxic buildup, stress, constipation, and the list goes on. Your adrenals happen to be two small glands that sit on top of your kidneys, and along with your thyroid, create energy. They also secrete important hormones, including aldosterone. Aldosterone is a hormone secreted by your adrenals that regulates water levels and the concentration of minerals, like sodium, in your body, helping you stay hydrated. Your adrenals are also responsible for regulating your stress response. So, the bottom line is that you really don't want to mess with a deep state of dehydration!

Adopting just this one practice of drinking a cup of warm water with lemon in the morning for a month can radically alter your experience of the day. Don't be surprised if you begin to view mornings in a new light.

Like I said, the recipe is really simple—a cup of warm (not hot) water and the juice from half a lemon.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Benefits of Ginger

Ginger Root Benefits

Ginger root (Zingiber officinale) is well known as a remedy for travel sickness, nausea and indigestion and is used for wind, colic, irritable bowel, loss of appetite, chills, cold, flu, poor circulation, menstrual cramps, dyspepsia (bloating, heartburn, flatulence), indigestion and gastrointestinal problems such as gas and stomach cramps. Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory herb and there has been much recent interest in its use for joint problems. It has also been indicated for arthritis, fevers, headaches, toothaches, coughs, bronchitis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, to ease tendonitis, lower cholesterol and blood-pressure and aid in preventing internal blood clots.
Ginger has been well researched and many of its traditional uses confirmed. It is well known as a remedy for travel sickness, nausea and indigestion. It is a warming remedy, ideal for boosting the circulation, lowering high blood pressure and keeping the blood thin in higher doses. Ginger is anti-viral and makes a warming cold and flu remedy. Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory herb and there has been much recent interest in its use for joint problems.

We are addicted  to Ginger Tea with lemon and honey at our house. We like to use dehydrated ginger so today that is what I did.
 Five pounds of fresh Ginger, I found Cash and Carry to be the cheapest at $2.00 a pound

 Its amazing how all those trays fit into these two jars
 I hate to waste, so as I was cutting of all the "butts" of the ginger I was trying to figure out what to do with them. Ginger Butt Tea is what I came up with! I took all the butts and put them into a pan of water and let it cook all day on our fireplace. I then strained out the butts and ended up with a highly concentrated Ginger Butt Tea. I took a small sip and wow it cleared my nasal pathway, it made Matts eyes water. I am  keeping it in the fridge to add to my morning tea to kick it into high gear. I will probably freeze a portion of it for the next time a nasty cold takes over our house .

Sunday, November 11, 2012


Wow, it has been over a year since my last post, I kind of forgot I had a blog. I am not going to try and catch up on the year that I missed. All I can say is we are happy, healthy and still blissfully exhausted! Oh and Corbin is walking and talking, hence the exhausted part.

The reason why I chose to start again is to motivate myself to finally start taking the steps towards a couple of goals that I have. I finally have realized that just having the goal is not enough, I must actually work towards those goals. Crazy I know! So I will start today, well tomorrow actually.

Eating a whole foods, plant based diet. For ME that means No meat, dairy, or bread. Only whole grains (Barley, Millot, Quina, Brown and Wild Rice.)  I am an all or nothing kind of person, so I have to go cold turkey. But at the same time I want to have fun, and experiment with weird food I have never tried. And remember to get back on the wagon without being to hard on myself, because I will fall off.

Now, where the blog comes in. I love looking up facts about the health that sounds super nerdy seeing it written down. Oh well, I do! The problem is I forget most of what I read, so this will be a collection of what I find.

Also I like living my life as frugally fun as possible or finding neat "old school" ways of doing things. I often find myself thinking "how did people do this 50 years ago,this of course is my husband Matt's fault. But I am beginning to enjoy these new adventures. They do not all work and I often catch myself  saying "its a pain in the ass" that's why people don't do this! But in the end I am always happy that I have learned a new skill.

Yoga! I love yoga, a lot. I am consonantly amazed at the body when I practice and even more so when I stop practicing. They say you are as old as your spine is flexible, and I totally agree! I now understand that flexibility is just as important as strength.

 I hope to get my fingers on the keys at least a couple times a week. For now I will end with one of my Favorite Quotes

"Few are those who see with Their OWN eyes and Feel with Their OWN Hearts"

                                             - Albert  Einstein