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An Eco-Friendly Way to Address the Effects of Hard Water

Posted by Tom DiGiuseppe, Ph.D.

Is your water supply leaving a white residue in your sinks and bathtubs? Do you see calcification around your tub faucet? Is your shower head clogging due to the presence of a white powder? Do you feel that your soaps and detergents are just not doing their job? Are your clothes that come out of your washing machine still looking dirty and feeling stiff? If so, the affects you are seeing are most likely the result of having “hard” water.

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Tags: Drink Pure Water

The Unspoken Solution for Anxiety: Individual Amino Acids

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

Welcome Trudy Scott, author and certified nutritionist to the blog.This post is part of a series that covers the many ways in which nutrition, digestive health and mood are related. We hope that you find it helpful. If there are any topics that you would like to see covered, leave us a comment and we will try to add them to our series too!

The targeted use of individual amino acid supplements will balance brain chemistry to alleviate anxiety, fear, worry, panic attacks, and feeling stressed or overwhelmed. They can also be helpful in addressing other problems that contribute to or exacerbate anxiety, such as sugar cravings and addictions. In addition, they can help with depression and insomnia, which often co-occur with anxiety. When you balance your brain chemistry, not only will you alleviate symptoms of anxiety, you’ll also have a great mood, eliminate cravings, sleep well, and have good energy and mental focus.

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Tags: Heal Your Mind, Fuel Your Body

Basic Grain-Free Coconut Flour Muffins

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

Muffins are a special breakfast around here. I don't put in the effort to bake them terribly often, but when I do throw together a batch I am always satisfied with the ease of grabbing one off the counter in the morning. Bread-y goodness paired with a pat of golden butter or dollop of creamy nut butter is quite the luxurious way to start the day. These basic coconut flour muffins are the perfect compromise. Made in the food processor with only nutrient-dense ingredients, this recipe is both simple and healthy enough for everyday munching. Now this is the type of breakfast routine I could get used to.

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Tags: Recipes, Fuel Your Body

Unspoken Solution for Anxiety: Using Breath for Relaxation

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

This post is part of a series that covers the many ways in which nutrition, digestive health and mood are related. We hope that you find it helpful. If there are any topics that you would like to see covered, leave us a comment and we will try to add them to our series too!

When stress is high it can seem difficult to breathe fully. The chest becomes tight and constricted, the shoulders rise and the belly squeezes in. Breathing feels choppy, shallow and contrived. This is an obvious contrast from the effortlessly smooth and rhythmic breath that we experience in moments of calm. However, for those struggling with chronic anxiety and worry, tension and strain in the breath can start to seem normal. Breathing exercises that focus on the exhale can help to reverse such patterns of restriction in the body, and in turn bring some ease to the mind. In fact, when done correctly, full and mindful breathing has been found to be one of the most effective grounding techniques to combat stress and restore a sense of spaciousness and relaxation in the body.

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Tags: Heal Your Mind

Flourless Banana Everything Cookies

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

Earlier today I walked into my kitchen to a frightful sight. An entire bunch of bananas lay saggy, spotted and brown on the counter. I’m not sure how it happened but there they were, too mushy to be eaten and too fragrant to be left out for long. In the face of an impending fruit fly attack, I needed a recipe to use up these bananas quickly. With five ingredients and only one bowl required, these simple cookies proved to be just the thing. I served a heaping plateful as an afternoon snack and they were snatched up by desiring fingers in minutes. No more bananas in sight!

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Tags: Recipes, Fuel Your Body

How I Shocked My Dentist

Posted by Kelsey Grossmann

I have yet to meet an individual who enjoys going to the dentist. If you are that person, then bravo, because when I hear the words “the dentist” I have a tendency to cringe. I dread it. There is something about that place that makes me want to run for the hills. Despite the soothing wall colors, decor, and friendly staff, I am terrified of a simple cleaning. However, this year was slightly different, as when my appointment came around I had a little secret up my sleeve and was actually rather intrigued to see if it would help. 

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Tags: Supplements & Remedies

DIY Stress Soothing Balm with Magnesium Oil

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

Stress. It happens. There are certainly those days when the tangle of deadlines, bills, chores, and appointments on my schedule just seem like way too much to handle. Add to this the sporadic dinging and buzzing of emails, texts and calls, and it can be tempting to throw my phone out the window and plop myself down on the couch in protest. Sound at all familiar to you? Lately I've been enjoying this DIY salve as a gentle relaxation-helper during the day. With carefully selected essential oils that refresh and reset the senses, and a touch of magnesium oil to help slow down the body and mind, it is a quick, luxurious treat. I recommend whipping up a few jars of this Stress Soothing Balm to tuck away in bags and pockets for some trusty, on-the-go tension relief. 

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Tags: Heal Your Mind, DIY

The Unspoken Anxiety Solution: Five minute relaxation tools

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

Welcome my sister Kelsey back to the blog! Together we are working on a series that covers the many ways in which nutrition, digestive health and mood are related. We hope that you find it helpful. If there are any topics that you would like to see covered, leave us a comment and we will try to add them to our series too!

At the height of my anxiety I found myself drifting away from social events and outings with my closest friends. I was so terrified to leave the comfort of my house because I was afraid that I could possibly get sick. My stomach was acting up a lot and my anxious thoughts were so strong that it was easier for me to retreat. It was difficult because I knew I was missing out on many fun things, and I really did want to go out and enjoy life fully. However when push came to shove, I just could not do as much physically and mentally as I wanted. I began to blame myself for not getting over my anxiety, which only increased it. This was a tiring and exhausting cycle. I didn't realize then that using some very simple relaxation tools could make a big difference for my body and mind.

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Tags: Heal Your Mind

Classic Banana Honey Face Mask

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

A few weeks ago, my sister Kelsey wrote a post about how she healed her acne using real foods and superfood supplements. She is back to share one of her favorite all-natural ways to moisturize and replenish the skin using ingredients you can find in the kitchen!

Winter really took a toll on my dry skin this year. It seems to do so every year, despite my daily moisturizing techniques. Fortunately, I am a big fan of DIY face masks and have tried just about every single one out there...and if you have looked on Pinterest lately, you know there are a whole lot of face masks to try! I find it kind of fun to play around with natural ingredients and see how they really affect the skin. Plus, I also get to spook people with all that gooey stuff on my face! Recently I tried the classic banana and honey face mask, which left my skin feeling incredibly soft. I like this one in particular because it is super easy to make and offers a lot of great benefits for nourishing the skin inside and out.

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Tags: Supplements & Remedies, DIY

Cinnamon-Ginger Pumpkin Seed Butter

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

I love making nut butters of all kinds. From almond butter, the trusty classic, to versions using more unique ingredients like cashews and raw honey, I find each variation satisfying. Lately I've been experimenting with seed butters too. And let me tell you, they are equally as delightful. Pumpkin seed butter is one of my absolute favorites and, If you can get over the fact that it is green, I'm sure you will fall in love with it too. This recipe uses soaked pumpkin seeds and a warming blend of spices to make a unique and versatile butter that pairs well with sweet and salty foods alike.

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Tags: Recipes, Fuel Your Body

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