Welcome Summer! Are You Ready?

b2Many of us dread this time of year.  For some it’s the heat of summer, but for others it is swimsuit season! Did you gain a few pounds through the winter? Need to tone up those muscles to be swimsuit ready? The key to achieving a healthier body is having a fitness and nutritional plan. If you have a plan, studies have shown you are more likely to stick with it. Try a few of these tips to help you gain the confidence you may need to be beach bound and ready!

Water, water, WATER! Aim to drink half your body weight in ounces plus 10% every day.  If you are 150 lbs., your goal is to drink 75 ounces plus an extra 15 ounces of water every day. In the morning, try adding fresh lemon juice to get you started. Throughout the day eat a WIDE variety of fresh fruits and vegetables every day.  It sounds too simple, but it works! Set a goal of 80/20, 80% raw, fresh fruits and vegetables and the remaining 20% of the daily calories from cooked or processed foods. The keys here are “fresh” and “variety”.  When it comes to produce, if you are not familiar with the dirty dozen/clean fifteen list, take a look at the following information. It is a great guide to know which produce should be purchased as organically grown versus conventionally grown.  It does make a difference.

DIRTY DOZEN

Each of these foods contained a number of different pesticide residues and showed high concentrations of pesticides relative to other produce items. It is recommended they always be bought as organic instead of conventionally grown: apples, strawberries, grapes, celery, peaches, spinach, sweet bell peppers, imported nectarines, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, imported snap peas and potatoes.

CLEAN FIFTEEN

Relatively few pesticides were detected on these foods, and tests found low total concentrations of pesticides. No single fruit sample from the Clean Fifteen™ tested positive for more than 4 types of pesticides: avocados, sweet corn, pineapples, cabbage, frozen sweet peas, onions, asparagus, mangoes, papayas, kiwis, eggplant, grapefruit, cantaloupe, cauliflower and sweet potatoes.

It is best for the body to eat your fruit servings before lunch and then have a large fresh veggie salad midday. Go easy on the dressing. Start asking for it on the side and only add a little at a time. Avoid the creamy dressings and branch out with a balsamic dressing instead. You will be surprised to find out you do not “need” as much as you typically add.

Lastly, you have to MOVE everyday. This has to be above and beyond your normal routine. Best to focus on strength training and conditioning with 30-60 minutes of intense, not light, exercise.  We have great routines we can personalize for you to improve your health and boost progress.

A simple plan is better than no plan! Try these simple, yet effective tips and let us know how it works for you. You will be amazed at how great you will start to feel and look as you enjoy your summer!

 

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!

 

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!