Peppermint Tea

Did you know peppermint tea helps with your digestion? It also tastes great, and the little zing of spicy mint can wake you up in the morning.

Adding a cup of peppermint tea to your daily routine is beneficial for many reasons:

  • antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties that help your immune system stay strong
  • can help combat seasonal allergy symptoms
  • naturally helps you to focus better
  • helps your digestive system run smoothly

Pick up a box of peppermint tea next time you’re at the grocery store and give it a try!

 

Why You Should Always Wash Your Produce First

And how to do it right

You’ve stocked your fridge with fruits and veggies and are on your way to eating more healthy foods. There’s one more important step to take before you prepare your foods to eat — wash them.

Sure, you probably rinse off an apple before you take a bite, but there’s more we can do to make sure we’re rinsing off any pesticides that may be lingering.

If you want to avoid accidentally ingesting bacteria, mold, or yeast, you should most certainly adopt these quick cleaning practices before digging into your produce.

Want to enjoy your produce with peace of mind? Follow these tips.

– Try to avoid nicked fruits and vegetables
It’s not always possible to avoid bruised or nicked produce, but if you can, go that route. Pesticides can get inside your fruits and vegetables this way, making it hard to truly clean your produce since it’s seeped inside through the cuts.

– Always wash your produce, even if you don’t eat the skin
You might think that it doesn’t matter if you wash your potatoes or carrots if you’re just going to peel them. However, pathogens can still linger on them or worse, get inside the parts you plan to eat as you prepare them.

– Don’t soak your produce
Soaking produce in plain water only makes for a contaminated bath. So if you have strawberries and let them soak, you’re only allowing them to fester in any pesticides you wanted to rinse away. Give them a quick wash instead.

– Use a fruit and vegetable wash
When you clean your produce with fruit and vegetable wash, you get rid of pesticides, waxes, and other unwanted chemicals on your food. You’ll apply it and then rinse it away to have the cleanest version of your food. But before you reach for a fruit and vegetable wash at the store, those can be pretty pricey! You can easily make one of your own with ingredients you’ve already got in your kitchen.

For one, you can mix 2 cups of cold water with a quarter cup of white vinegar and two tablespoons of lemon juice into a clean spray bottle. Squirt your produce and let the solution sit for a few minutes before rinsing it away.

No vinegar? No problem! Mix a cup of water with a tablespoon of lemon juice and a tablespoon of baking soda. This foamy mixture can be sprayed on, left for 5 minutes, and then rinsed away.

Now you can enjoy the full benefits of your produce without any hidden toxins to slow you down.

Sometimes we can get into the rut of going to bed when we feel we are supposed to, or on the flip side, staying up too late in a late-bedtime-binge. I typically fall on the latter, myself.

But what if we tuned into our bodies and noticed what it’s asking for?

What time do you feel like you could cozy up in bed and drift right off to sleep? We often ignore cues and stay on our routine instead.

This week, try listening to your internal cues when it comes to bedtime and take notice of what changes you may need to make moving forward.

 

 

 

How many times do you or your household get sick during cold and flu season?

Boosting your immune system on a daily basis will help keep you healthy during the winter months, and I wanted to share a few of my favorite ways to keep myself as healthy as possible this season.

  • Wash your hands – often. Every time you get home, before you eat any meals, and of course, after every bathroom visit!
  • Don’t skip your sleep. Sleep at least 7-8 hours a night to keep your defenses up.
  • Try a sinus saline rinse daily to keep your sinuses clear.
  • Make sure you’re getting enough Vitamin C, Vitamin D & Zinc.
  • Find some local Elderberry Syrup (or make your own) and take it daily.

Do you have any tried-and-true immune boosting methods not listed here? Let me know below.

Natural (and Delicious) Ways to Boost Your Immunity

During cold and flu season

Tired of cringing in fear every winter when a chorus of sneezes and coughs echo all around you everywhere you go? If you want to avoid getting sick, the best step you can take is to prevent it by boosting your immunity.

What are the typical immune-boosting tricks you use during the cold and flu months? Please drop me a comment below.

Making a few tweaks all season long will help to keep you from becoming part of that chorus of sneezes and coughs and give you the energy to feel healthy and strong. It’s as simple as knowing what to put on your plate.

– Peppers
Peppers are plentiful, and what’s more, they don’t need to be spicy for you to get all that vitamin C. Choose bell peppers to cut up and dip into hummus or use them to make fajitas. Yum!

– Citrus fruits
Craving something sweet? Serve up some citrus, and you can’t go wrong. It’s not just oranges and grapefruits, though. Squeeze lemons and limes into what you cook or use them to make homemade salad dressings for an extra boost. Mangos are also part of the citrus family. Try adding mangoes in as dessert this season for an extra boost and a delicious, guilt-free dessert.

– Blueberries
Blueberries have long been applauded for their superfruit status. They have a type of antioxidant known as flavonoids that can help keep your immune system strong, preventing damage to your cells. Add them to yogurt or oatmeal in the morning, toss them onto salads, or simply just snack on them when the mood strikes.

– Green tea
Switch up some of that coffee and hot cocoa for green tea this winter. It has catechin, a potent antioxidant that is good for the immune system. Want it sweeter? Add a spoonful of raw organic honey or use it as a base for your smoothies.

– Mushrooms
If you like mushrooms, you’re in luck. They are full of vitamin D, something your immune system needs to stay healthy. Branch out and choose shiitake or reishi, which are revered in Asian culture for good health. Add them to your omelets, salads, use them as side dishes — the limits are endless.

– Cruciferous veggies
One way to fill up healthfully and keep your immunity thriving is to stock up on cruciferous vegetables. They have vitamins A, C, and E plus loads of fibers. Make a cabbage soup for a hearty and healthy meal or sauté some broccoli, cauliflower, or brussels sprouts as a side dish. Kale and bok choy are also a part of this family of immunity-boosting vegetables.

Aside from what’s on your plate, you can also make sure to take elderberry syrup daily as a preventative measure. Ginger tea is also another immune-boosting trick I like to sip on all winter long.

Ultimately though, the key to staying well when illnesses abound is to eat these foods that give your body the nutrients it needs to fight off any intruding germs and keep you healthy!

As good as it feels to clear the clutter in your home, we need to do the same with our minds regularly. Sometimes we have countless to-do lists floating around in our heads on a constant wheel 24/7, leaving us feeling a bit out of control.  Today, give yourself permission to take some time to sit down and do a massive brain dump. Get everything out of your mind that’s causing you anxiety and making you feel behind.

Seeing all of your thoughts, to-do lists, and ideas on paper will help you make a plan of action on your calendar and help you to feel massively better.  Enjoy!