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So Just “May” Be It’s Time for Spring Cleaning!

b3This time of year many of us have the urge to open the windows, clean out closets and start our own style of spring cleaning. We have some helpful natural cleaning tips for you to try instead of the chemical-laden commercial products. These store bought cleaners can often add additional burden to our already stressed immune systems. Trying these natural, cost saving alternatives may help you and your family save in more ways than one!

Vinegar cleans much like an all-purpose cleaner. All you need is to mix a solution of equal parts of water and vinegar in a spray bottle and you have a solution that will clean most areas of your home. Vinegar is a great natural cleaning product as well as a disinfectant and deodorizer.

Lemon juice can be used to dissolve soap scum and hard water deposits. Lemon is a great substance to clean and shine brass and copper. Mix 1 cup olive oil with ½ cup lemon juice and you have a furniture polish for hardwood furniture. Try mixing lemon juice with vinegar or baking soda to make cleaning pastes. Be aware that lemon juice can act as a natural bleach.

Baking soda can be used to scrub surfaces in much the same way as commercial non-abrasive cleansers. Baking soda is great as a deodorizer. Place a box in the refrigerator and freezer to absorb odors. Put it anywhere you need deodorizing action. I’ve used it in trash cans, laundry, and even my son’s super smelly sneakers. Baking soda makes a great addition in the laundry room as well.

 As we are in the “cleaning” frame of mind, have you ever considered a personal cleaning of sorts? A detox? An occasional internal cleaning from residue from processed foods, toxins, etc. can improve your health and increase your energy. There are many ways to cleanse the different body systems from its winter sludge.  Spring is a good time to consider a few…

A simple colon cleanse is to add PINK SALT to 16 ounces of clean water and drink. This will help cleanse the colon generally within an hour.

Adding 1 tablespoon of Aloe Detox to 8 ounces of water or fresh juice will give a gentle cleansing for the whole body. It contains freshwater bentonite clay that has unique detoxifying properties. It is a great added benefit to anyone’s health and wellness routine.

For a more in-depth cleanse, consider a liver and gallbladder cleanse. The liver is the largest organ in the our body and perhaps the hardest working, responsible for many functions, including the cleansing of toxins. A liver cleanse should be supervised. Consider meeting with one of our consultants to determine which type of liver cleanse would be best suited for you.

All things considered, these wellness tips for you and your home will set you up for a better and healthier Spring!  Enjoy the season!

 

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Spring has Sprung!

b4Spring has Sprung!

Be ready with natural alternatives

By Angel King, Certified Health Coach

There is something about the beginning of Spring that seems to wake us all up from our winter slumber. Whether it is having the opportunity to finally and consistently be outside to enjoy the sunshine or simply the beginning of something new. This  particular Spring, unlike previous ones, seems to be more welcomed that most after our crazy NC winter. However, with all its beauty of budding trees and blooming flowers, it is sure to bring other signs of the new season that many dread. That’s right, the first symptoms of sneezing, coughing and watery eyes. The pollens will definitely let us know Spring has sprung. There are several things you can do to minimize the reactions and calm these annoying symptoms so you are not the one still stuck inside.

Strengthening the adrenals is key to supporting your immune system throughout this time of year.  Add B-vitamins, Vitamins D and C to your health regimen to strengthen your body as it fights off reactions and potentially secondary infections. These allergic signs can also be indicative of a toxic liver or colon. If you have issues with digestion, experience frequent constipation in addition to your allergies, you should consider an evaluation with one of our practitioners to see if other changes can be made to improve your overall health and wellness during this allergic time of year.

There are great natural antihistamines in many of our foods. Flavonoids, such as quercetin, are antioxidants.  They are a group of plant pigments that are largely responsible for the colors of many fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Quercetin is a natural antihistamine that helps stabilize mast cells to prevent both the manufacture and release of histamine, as well as other allergic and inflammatory compounds. Good sources of quercetin are citrus fruits, onions, garlic, apples, parsley, tea, tomatoes, broccoli, lettuce and legumes. Grapes, dark cherries, and dark berries — such as blueberries, blackberries, and bilberries — are also high in flavonoids, including quercetin.  Reishi mushroom is described by some as “tough” and “woody” with a bitter taste. It holds an important place in the medical systems of China, Japan and other Asian countries for its health promoting effects. It is known for boosting the immune system, viral infections, high cholesterol and fighting many different diseases, including cancer.  Wonderful spices such as Thyme and Oregano have similar effects and are considered an equally powerful antihistamine. Oregano Oil is considered nature’s germ killer. Using any of these natural antihistamines is a great alternative to try.

In addition to these options, you may want to consider supplemental support during this taxing season to our immune systems.  Here are a few to consider:

AllerCaps– Optimal support and detoxification for hypersensitivity reactions to environmental triggers, food, pets, etc. Promotes blood purification, supports healthy histamine response.
Adaptogen– Adaptogenic herbs or phytonutrients that are synergistically combined to focus on nourishing the glands and organs, including the adrenals, ensuring optimal immune function while maximizing oxygen and nutrient transport to the muscles giving increased energy.
Max-B– These completely natural sources of B vitamins provide maximum stress protection and instantaneous energy boosts.
Vitamin C– This well known vitamin effectively supports the immune system. It features the richest source of vitamin C in the world from the Amazon rain forest’s Camuberries.
Vitamin D– The vast majority of the population is deficient in this important vitamin. Not only is it essential for calcium metabolism, vitamin D3 receptors exist on most immune cells playing a vital role in maintaining healthy immune cell maturity. Recommendations now are as much as 1000-2000IU/day.
Hyssop-This purifying herb has a long history of its powerful targeted immune support. It supports liver detox especially during immune concerns. Supports circulation and blood purification and healthy histamine response.

All of these supplements are available on our website: http://otransformation.com/#oid=1002_1. We offer PRL Supplements for many great reasons. After much research through the years, we believe this brand to be the best. It is what we use for each of our families. Premier Research Labs produces the highest quality of excipient-free supplements. Each ingredient is sourced from areas around the world with the richest of soils.

So, as you prepare for Spring, we encourage you to try these many different healthy alternatives that will support you and your family. Don’t let seasonal allergies prevent you from making plans to enjoy Spring and the great outdoors!

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Genetics Do Not Equal Destiny

hp5By Angel King, Certified Health Coach

When it comes to our health, is it luck, genetics or do lifestyle choices determine our health destiny?  Countless studies have been done to determine this very answer. While there is some debate in various areas of health, the vast majority of evidence shows we can choose.  Your body is meant to be healthy; it should not need drugs or surgery except in times of emergency. Why, then, have we become so dependent on these interventions? The answer is this: all too often it is the food we eat that is making us sick.

According to Dr. John McDougal, “The current diet is unlike anything that was eaten over the last hundreds of years. Our blood, arteries, and cells are not designed to function under so much fat and cholesterol. Our intestines are not designed to function in the absence of fiber. Our immune system is not designed to function without an abundant supply of plant-based nutrients and phytochemicals. With our cells drowning in fat, cholesterol, animal proteins and artificial chemicals, and our immune system is deprived of what it needs to maintain itself, it’s no wonder so many of us get cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, adult-onset diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, and other age-related illnesses.”

So then, if food is a part of the problem it IS part of the solution. Sadly, the healthy food today is largely produced in depleted soil. While we should continue to make healthy food choices, it is nearly impossible to eat the amount of healthy food necessary to maintain a proper level of nutrition. Supporting our diets with plant-based, live-source, preservative-free supplements is now crucial to our health. Try adding Greens caps and/or Chlorella to your daily regimen. Don’t wait until something happens. Make the decision today to take control of your health the easy way!