Golden Healing Elixir

 

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This is by far one of my favorite and most popular recipes among my clients! I always love hearing about how quick relief comes (typically after a few days!)  I’m big on using SPICES in my foods, drinks, smoothies, juices, etc!!!! Super potent & healing, the Golden Healing Elixer contains both turmeric & ginger; Its a take on the Ayurvedic Golden Milk Tea (which isn’t a tea at all) and its amazingly delicious!  What makes this uber healing is that it not only quells inflammation, but it conquers candida (thanks to a healthy dose of coconut oil AND turmeric & cinnamon!) and balances blood sugar & hormones, in addition to be antioxidant and a whole lot of other anti’s!

To get started melt in a medium sized saucepan:

  • 1 tbs coconut oil

Once melted add:

  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • 2 tsp fresh grated Ginger or 1 tsp dried

Stir well to combine and let sizzle a bit

  • sprinkle with a bit of fresh ground black pepper (optional but amps up the turmeric’s power)
  • Pour in 1 cup of Non Dairy Milk – I love coconut milk or almond but any can be used

Whisk all ingredients together while adding

  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg

Pour into a fancy schmancy mug & ENJOY!

Superfoods to The Rescue

According to Wikipedia:

SUPERFOOD is the term sometimes used to describe food with high pyhtonutrient content that may confer health benefits as a result”

While this term has become a catch phrase for most “healthy” foods, the REAL SUPERFOODS are items that are more nutrient dense than the average.  I see the word “SUPERFOOD” being thrown around more and more.  As a society we’ve come soo far from what we view as food that the items that our ancestors ate daily (think grandparents – not that far back in time!!) are relegated to something “special.”  I’ve seen foods such as spinach, berries, mushrooms and even on occasion something like turkey(?), “whole grain” bread (??) or  red meat (???) with the overly used attachment of SUPERFOOD! In my opinion – with the exception of the bread, turkey & meat – these are everyday foods that we SHOULD be consuming! Fruits – such as berries and tomatoes or vegetables like kale, cabbage, onions and garlic should be part of a healthy well-rounded diet. Yes – they are chock full of vitamins & minerals but they aren’t the superstars that real & trueSUPERFOODS are. Most likely you’re not seeing the supefoods I’m speaking of in your corner grocery store! While they aren’t difficult to come by you will probably have to go to your local health food store or Whole Foods.  These foods are “AMAZING” they are really super nutrient dense, usually have multi healing purposes and also taste great!! As true superfoods are soo potent, many times the smallest dose is needed – little bit goes a long way – so no need to go gung ho.  My top picks for SUPERFOODS are:

1.  Goji Berries – jam packed full of nutrients; great source of protein as they contain 18 amino acids, including the 8 “essential” in addition to 21 trace minerals, TONS of beta carotene (more than carrots), vitamin C (more than oranges!), vitamins B1, B2, B6, vitamin E and IRON (more than a serving of steak). Strengthens the immune system touted as an anti – aging tonic in Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Its high ORAC value also means that it protects our cells from oxidative damage (aka: free radicals) – All of this in a small handful/day!

2.   Bee Pollen – This very concentrated low calorie “Food of the Gods” is loaded with Vitamins C & E making it a great choice for immune enhancement. Excellent source of Calcium, Iron, Potassium & Zinc and an especially rich source of B vitamins.  In addition to having a good amount of enzymes which assists with food digestion and mineral absorption, the  amino acids found in Bee Pollen control hunger, build muscle and burn calories. Also used to prevent acne & wrinkles and eliminates toxins.

3.   Raw Honey – A true healing superstar that is anti bacterial, anti viral AND anti inflammatory.  This liquid gold considered to be natures “multi vitamin” containing all the B vitamins, vitamin c and minerals such as magnesium, potassium, calcium, sulphur and phosphate. Boosts energy, fights infections, colds, soothes stomach, is a natural calming agent. The most common use for raw honey is to defend against seasonal allergies.

4.   Chia Seeds/Oil – Tiny little seeds that delivers lots of results!!  Balances blood sugar and excellent source of Omega 3’s (more than salmon!). Seeds are a source of plant based protein, high in fiber, calcium, magnesium & zinc (among other minerals).  They also keep you hydrated and fill you up!

5.  Spirulina & Chlorella –  Super GREEN, superstar Micro Algae – the benefits of both of these are truly astounding. A few noteworthy ones are: ounce per ounce spirulina contains twelve times the digestible protein of beef and 300x’s the RDA of vitamin B12!! And phytochemicals found in chlorella can actually rebuild nerve damage in the brain and nervous system!! Spirulina & Chlorella are used to treat AND even reverse: hypoglycemia, arthritis, depression, liver damage, high blood pressure, inflammation and asthma just to name a few.  Both proven to detoxify, heal and alkalize the body.

6.  Sea Vegetables – The healing benefit of seaweeds have long been known by coastal cultures. Sea vegetables contain 10-20 times the vitamins and minerals of land vegetables. The minerals are available in chelated colloidal form that make them bio-available. Excellent source of Iodine and Vitamin K, loaded with anti inflammatory, anti cancer, anti thrombotic, anti coagulant and anti viral properties. Highly beneficial against female estrogen related cancers.

7.  Coconut Oil – Once given a bad rap for being a saturate fat, coconut oil is finally being praised for its multipurpose, health enhancing benefits such as hair & skin health, stress relief, maintain cholesterol levels, weight loss and thyroid support, high blood pressure, diabetes and even HIV and cancer! The natural anti bacterial, anti viral, anti microbial and anti fungal owe much of its healing powers is due to Lauric Acid, Capric Acid and Caprylic Acid.

8.  Quinoa – Ancient Incan food that is frequently mislabeled a grain but is actually a SEED!  Amino acid rich, complete protein with a mild, nutty flavor that has been proven to be beneficial against migraine headaches due to its high riboflavin content. A true “whole grain” filled with fiber with lots of versatility – perfect sweetened with dried fruit for breakfast or spiced up for dinner. Light in flavor with high protein and fiber – a great combination that will fill you up without weighing you down.

Natural Beauty

Do you want to look and feel good? Well, here’s how you can do so the natural way:

 
 1. Ditch the “Toxic Offenders”
Come on, you know what’s really good for you and what’s downright awful. But did you know the no- so-good stuff will dramatically affect your appearance? It does! It goes without saying that a diet full of fruits & vegetables will add vibrancy to your skin. However, if you continue to eat the “toxic offenders,” you’ll never see full results. For the most even, toned, glowing and luminous skin (free of dry patches, uneven skin tone and puffiness), eliminate the following:
Wheat containing products, especially processed foods.
  • Alcohol
  • Sugar
  • Dairy
2. Get some sunshine, but not too much
Sunlight is HEALING! It has numerous benefits besides being a great non-supplemental source ofVitamin D. Check out the below on all the reasons you should sun yourself (in moderation of course!).
  • Improves liver function. Sunlight aids the liver in toxin removal and a body free of toxins will not suffer premature aging.
  • Balances hormones. Anyone with hormonal imbalances can attest to changes in their skin.
  • Encourages circulation and stimulates the amount of red blood cells in the body, increasing the amount of oxygen.
  • Adds a nice, healthy glow. Overly pale skin is typically associated with being ill or old.
3. Consume Enzyme Rich foods
Each one of us has a certain amount of enzymes. They are in essence the spark plugs of our body: the more we have, the better, and the less we have—not so good! The older we get, the less enzymes we have. What is open to debate is whether or not enzymes affect the aging process and how. What has been proven is that those eating an enzyme rich diet tend to delay the again process substantially. Eating foods devoid of enzymes forces our body to dip into our enzymes stores, and once the reserve is depleted, it can’t be refilled. By choosing naturally enzyme rich foods we eliminate the process and therefore delay aging. While all fruits and veggies are an excellent source of enzymes, for best results eat the following foods that are especially super high in enzymes:
  • Cultured veggies
  • Sprouts
  • Banana, papaya & pineapple
  • Avocados
4. Let the Lymph Flow
The lymphatic system is the body’s pump that clears out toxins. A clogged lymph equals a toxic body and everyone knows that a toxic body will suffer from bad skin tone, acne, rashes and premature aging! Here are some surefire ways to get the lymph flowing:
  • Dry skin brushing daily. Not only will this move the lymph but it also enhances circulation (and a great side effect of that is healthy and glowing skin) and combats dry skin.
  • Jump on a rebounder. THE exercise that stimulates and clears the lymphatic system.  Many report an extraordinary “side effect” of rebounding as TIGHTENED FACIAL SKIN!
  • Hot water and lemon. This age old remedy is making a big comeback. Drinking this daily tonic will cleanse your lymph AND stimulate digestion.
5. Go Au Natural
Clean up your skincare! Many commercial/drugstore and department store products contain chemical ingredients that may make big promises but can hardly deliver. Toxic chemicals such as petroleum & glycerin actually clog the skin.  Some products with added so-called vitamins actually use chemical vitamins. Why put fake vitamins on your skin if you don’t put them in your body? Chemicals and toxins from these products absorb into the bloodstream only adding to the body’s toxic load that we are trying to reduce! A body free of toxins doesn’t need fancy anti-aging products or concealers. Some great all natural skincare products to try are:
  • Coconut oil. The wonder oil with a zillion benefits. Use as a deep conditioner, makeup/eye makeup remover, all over moisturizer – even as a deodorant!
  • Grapeseed oil. High in antioxidants and rich in vitamins. Tones and tightens skin. Makes a great all over body oil for warm weather.
  • Baking Soda. For home and personal use. Great as a toothpaste, deodorant, hair clarifier, “shampoo” and face scrub.
6. Maintain a Positive Attitude
You may be asking, “REALLY? That’s the best you can offer?” I’ll shout a resounding YES! We all have those people in our lives that are all about doom and gloom: Negative Nellies, Debbie Downers, Sad Sam’s. Do they look young and vibrant to you? In life, sometimes stress is inevitable and wreaks havoc on our appearance. I’m sure you’ve seen someone after a loss; whether it’s a job, a relationship or a sought after dream, the stress of a significant loss is usually written all over our faces. Stress is a powerful thing. However, sometimes people just get into a rut over not-so-major events and soon their attitude just turns for the worst and they see negativity in everything. That stress and negativity will wear a person down and age them very quickly. Put everything into perspective and if you’re healthy, have friends and family that care about you and a job (whether you like it or hate it, if you have one you’re lucky!), put a smile on your face and consider yourself blessed.