Spring: New Beginnings
Spring begins with the vernal equinox at 7:02 A.M. (EDT) on March 20, 2013 . As the earth is tilted so that the sun is directly over the equator, this signifies the start of the vernal equinox. The word equinox is derived from the Latin words meaning "equal night". This time of Spring has been celebrated over the centuries as the beginning of the rebirth period. The Spring Season is probably one of the most embraced and most significant of the season changes, for it denotes the start of new life, regeneration of nature and the renewal of the spirit.
Alternative Remedies for Spring
Spring is the season when certain disorders are more prevalent than at other times of the year. Allergies can affect almost any area of the body. Irritants such as pollen, grass, dairy products, house dust, pets, wheat, colorants, additives and preservatives are all possibilities. Close relations to allergies are asthma and dermatitis including eczema and psoriasis can make their presents known most often this season. Eye problems occur more in Spring than any other time. The liver and gallbladder are associated with Spring and are considered the main organs for detoxing the body. Therefore, this is a good time to do a cleansing. People are more conscious of their bodies in Spring and therefore a good catalyst to start loosing weight.
The temple, our physical bodies, are the only thing we have to carry the soul. When our physical bodies are not in proper working order, everything around us ultimately suffers. Our good health is all we have that stands between us and the aging process. The longer you keep your physical body in optimum health, the longer you have your temple to keep your soul on this plane. Detoxification is the best way to keep the body at its most ultimate working level. By enjoying a healthy, nutritional diet, getting good quality sleep and moderate exercise this can keep our physical form at it's best, always. Learn ways to care for your skin our greatest detoxing organ, find the best herbs for detoxing and clean up your diet to improve total body function! Discover the top 10 ways to improve your health right now!
Feng Shui Your Life
Spring is good time to take a good look at our health and our lifestyle. Start by looking at the life around you. Are you living in chaos? Is your home in a shambles? Is there clutter everywhere? You may want to consider this approach to a good decluttering session. The ancient art of placement, called Feng Shui, can help you to find order in your life.
This wonderful healing modality shows us that by decluttering our life, we make room for the true things we love! Use these tools to find a cure for problem areas in your life. Use The Bagua to decode each room in your home or office. Find the Feng Shui pouches to help with your individual needs. Work with the reiki grid sets to complement your healing sessions or daily lives and feel the soothing energy of water with our crystal fountains.
Crystals for Spring
This season is bursting forth in color, creativity and spirituality. Spring is bubbling over with the fresh smell of cut grass, the blooming of multi-colored flowers and fresh garden sprouts. Crystals echo the colors and energy of the
season. You will find some of my best gems for creativity, feng shui, detoxing,
cleansing and clearing energy and stones with spiritual significance. Here are Andrew's Top 10 Crystals for Spring.
Supports Normal Immune Function*
Acute Immunity combines 16 herbs providing potent immune support and symptom relief during the cold and flu season.* It features:
• Supercritical extracts of garlic, oregano, ginger, and myrrh to provide a wide spectrum of active antimicrobial compounds*
* Lemon balm to promote mental clarity*
* Salycin 25: extracts of wintergreen, meadowsweet, and purple willow to promote comfort*
* Goldenseal to dry up excessive mucous secretions*
* Eucalyptus to open respiratory passages*
* Andrographis paniculata, astragalus, echinacea, and elderberry for synergistic immune strengthening throughout the cold and flu season*
One softgel contains
Garlic (bulb) 10 mg supercritical extract (min. 1.6% stable sulphur -nutrients from allicin - 0.16 mg) and 30 mg hydroethanolic extract (min. 0.2% cysteine compounds) 40 mg
Oil of Oregano (leaf) supercritical extract (min. 3% carvacrol - 0.9 mg) 30 mg
Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea) (leaf and flower) 15 mg (min. 3% polyphenols - 0.45 mg) and (Echinacea angustifolia) (root) 15 mg (min 1.6% echinacoside - 0.24 mg) 30 mg
Elderberry (berry) (min. 24% anthocyanins - 7.2 mg) 30 mg
Goldenseal (root) (min. 4% berberine - 1.2 mg) 30 mg
Andrographis (Andrographis paniculata) (leaf) (min. 8% andrographolides -2.4 mg) 30 mg
Green Tea (leaf) extract (min. 40% polyphenols -12 mg) 30 mg
Astragalus (root) (min. 0.6% isoflavones - 0.18 mg) 30 mg
Melissa (leaf) supercritical extract (min. 0.8% essential oil -0.24 mg) (including neral and geranial) 30 mg
Myrrh (Commiphora abyssinica) (gum resin) 6 mg supercritical extract (min. 25% sesquiterpenes - 1.5 mg) and (Commiphora molmol) 24 mg hydroethanolic extract 30 mg
Wintergreen extract with Salicylic acid derivatives ** 15 mg
Ginger (rhizome) 2 mg supercritical extract (min. 30% pungent compounds - 0.6 mg and min. 8% zingiberene - 0.16 mg) and 8 mg hydroethanolic extract (3% pungent compounds - 0.24 mg) 10 mg
Eucalyptus (leaf) oil 7.5 mg
Peppermint (leaf) supercritical extract (min. 26% menthol -1.8 mg) 7.5 mg
Meadowsweet extract with Salicylic acid derivatives ** 7.5 mg
Purple Willow (Salix purpurea) extract with Salicylic acid derivatives ** 7.5 mg
** Combined Salicylic acid derivatives equal 20%
Other ingredients: Olive oil-extra virgin, maltodextrin, cellulose, and yellow beeswax.
Capsule: Gelatin, vegetable glycerine, water, and carob.
Our premium softgel capsules are prepared without any chemical solvents and are prion free.
Available in 30 Hexane-Free Softgel Capsules.
Suggested Use: One to four softgels daily with meals.
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Phytonutrients for Detoxification Support and Hormonal Health*
High dietary intake of cruciferous vegetables, specifically those of the genus Brassica,(i.e., broccoli, Brussel sprouts, and kale) has been shown to preserve DNA integrity and promote normal cell growth, even during exposure to xenobiotics.* The young sprouts of these vegetables provide an exceptionally rich source of glucosinolates, a group of phytochemcials that upon ingestion are enzymatically degraded into a variety of bioactive compounds, including sulphorophane and indole-3-carbinol. These compounds have been shown to induce phase-2 liver detoxification enzymes, providing a powerful strategy for protection against oxidative free radical damage and abnormal cell growth.* Furthermore, cruciferous compounds have been shown to alleviate the negative effects of estrogen by promoting a healthy ratio of 2-OH/16-OH-estrogen.*
Cruciferous Complex provides a rich source of bioactive phytochemicals from six different cruciferous sprouts. The sprouts are freeze-dried when levels of sulforaphanes and glucosinolates are at their highest. Six Vcaps of Cruciferous Complex provides the equivalent of approximately one ounce of fresh cruciferous sprouts.
One Vcap contains
Organic Broccoli (sprouted seeds) 225 mg
Organic Cauliflower (sprouted seeds) 45 mg
Organic Daikon Radish (sprouted seeds) 45 mg
Organic Cabbage (sprouted seeds) 45 mg
Organic Mustard (sprouted seeds) 45 mg
Organic Kale (sprouted seeds) 45 mg
Available in 90 Vcap® (450 mg).
Suggested Use: One to three capsules daily between meals with water.
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Herbal Tinctures for Spring
Herbal tinctures are concentrated liquid extracts of the medicinal properties of herbs. Tinctures represent one of many different ways to prepare and use herbs. The terms tincture and extract are often used interchangeably. Single Herb Tinctures are an effective way to take herbal medicine. For Spring, may we recommend: Astragalus, Burdock Root, Dandelion Root, Echinecea, Garlic, Marshmallow, Milk Thistle, Nettle and Yellow Dock. There is a variety of sizes. Choose from:
Our "Kare Kit" is any three single herb tinctures at a 10% discount. Add to Cart
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|Herbal Formula Tinctures
formulas are 2 oz. for $21.00
Walnut, Chaparral, Blessed Thistle, Red Clover.
Berry, Motherwort, Comfrey root, Ginger, Tienchi
Kola, Blessed Thistle, Siberian Ginseng.
Echinacea, Oregon Grape root, Chaparral, Black Walnut, Myrrh.
Pleurisy, Marshmallow, Mullein, Coltsfoot, Licorice.
Astragalus, Pau D'Arco, Suma, Dandelion root, Oatstraw,
Pau D' Arco,
Red Clover, Yellow Dock, Burdock, Sarsaparilla,
Dandelion, Cascara Sagada & Buckthorn.
Yarrow, Myrrh, Goldenseal, Black Walnut, Marshmallow,
Plantain & Cayenne.
Valerian, St. Johns Wort, Passion Flower, Scullcap, Blue
Tienchi Ginseng, American Ginseng, Siberian Ginseng, Mura
Puama, Nettle, Astragalus, Saw Palmetto.
berries, Ginger, Angelica, Bayberry Bark, Hyssop,
Prickley Ash bark, Cloves, Cayenne.
Wild Yam, Kelp,
Chaste Tree, Motherwort, Blue Cohosh, Dong Quai, Red
Raspberry, Damiana, Licorice
|Colds & Flu
St. Johns Wort,
Chamomille, Schizandra, Oatstraw, Avena Sativa.
|Cleanse & Detox
Burdock Root, Buckthorn Root, Chaparral Leaf, Dandelion Root, Red Clover Blossoms, Cascara Sagrada, Nettle Leaf, Milk Thistle Seeds, Ginger Root.
Dong Quai, Damiana, Red Raspberry, Blessed Thistle,
|Colds & Flu
St. Johns Wort,
Chamomile, Schizandra, Oatstraw, Avena Sativa
Elecampane, Comphrey root, Wild Cherry Bark, Eucalyptus,
Chickweed, Slippery Elm, Licorice.
Wild Yam, Black
Cohosh, Crampbark, Scullcap, Angelica, Peppermint,
Dill seed, Chamomile, Gentian, Fennel, Ginger, Parsley.
Cohosh, Scullcap, Avena Sativa, Pleurisy root, Catnip,
Scullcap, Passion Flower.
Oregon Grape root
Oregon Grape root.
Yohimbi, Maca, Avena Sativa, Damiana, Guarana.
Sorrel, Turkey Rhubarb & Slippery Elm.
Dong Quai, Wild
Yam, Crampbark, Squawvine, Black Haw, Casteberry, Blue
Eyebright, Red Raspberry.
Buchu, Parsley root, Hydrangea, Cornsilk, Horsetail,
Korean, Siberian & Tienchi Ginseng.
Guarana, Damiana, Ginkgo, American Ginseng.
Bark, Feverfew, Chamomile, Peppermint, Scullcap, Catnip,
Chaste Berry, Dong Quai, Red Raspberry, Dandelion, Blessed
Thistle, Gota Kola, Kelp & Licorice.
Herbal Formula Tinctures
These are a combination of herbal extract tinctures blended together for specific ailments. The blend the best of single herbs together to create a very potent herbal formula. Choose from:
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Acid Ease Pills
Sepiae Frutillaria (Wu Bei San) is a traditional herbal formulation that is historically used for pain commonly associated with and due to overproduction of stomach acid. This is a modification of the traditional formula, adding bietillae striatae, rhizoma to increase its efficacy. Bietillae striatae, rhizoma is reknown to stop bleeding in the spleen and stomach. These herbs are manufactured under GMP standards and formulated in the United States under strict guidelines.
Direction: five capsules twice daily (100 caps)
Ingredients: calcium from ground fish bone, deglycyrrhizinated licorice , fritillaria bulb, bietillae striatae, rhizoma
Net wt. 500mg/capsule
Caution: Not for patients who have allergic reactions to fish or seafood.
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Colostrum (Immune Formula)
Powerful Immunoglobulin Activity*, Synergistic Immune Support*
Colostrum Immune System Formula combines the powerful immunoglobulin activity of Colostrum with the immune support of Lactoferrin, Enzymes, Arabinogalactin, Beta Glucan and Olive Leaf.*
2 capsules contains: Colostrum 637mg, Arabinogalactan 100mg, Olive Leaf Extract (18% oleuropein) 100mg, Proprietary Enzyme Blend 63mg, Amylase, Glucoamylase, Invertase, Malt Diatase, Cellulase, B-Glucan 50mg, Lactoferrin 50mg
Suggested Use: For adults, take 2 capsules twice daily on an empty stomach. Advanced Use: Take 4 capsules twice daily. Children (6-12 years): Take 1-2 capsules daily. Capsules may be opened and sprinkled on a small amount of food.
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EPA 408/DHA 288 Fish Oil
Promotes cardiovascular health*, Supports metabolic Health*, Purified to eliminate mercury
Omega 3 is made from natural marine lipid concentrate and may help reduce or inhibit risk factors involved in cardiovascular disease, as well as inflammatory and immune disorders. Long term use of Omega 3 Fish Oil helps prevent aging skin, menopausal symptoms, promote better circulation, lower cholesterol, prevent blood clots, reduce heart related risk, and the pain of arthritis. Omega-3 and polyunsaturated fatty acids found in fish help to protect against heart and blood vessel disease. Natural, essential fatty acids are essential to normal human cell and tissue growth and maintenance. If not found regularly in the diet, the diet must be supplemented. These fatty acids are especially abundant in brain cells, nerve relay stations (synapses), visual receptors (retinas), adrenal glands, and sex glands. The most biologically active tissues in the body. Fish oil is the great hormone regulator.
One capsule contains: Omega 3 - 780 mg, including anchovy, DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), fish oil, Omega 3, sardine
Other ingredients: vitamin E (mixed tocopherols) Available in 120 softgels. Suggested Use: One capsule, twice daily with meals.
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Reishi Mushroom Capsules
Ganoderma lucidum (Ling Zhi) is documented to have medicinal value. The reishi extract has been shown to be effective in treating migraine headaches. It is believed that oxygen shortage in the brain (hypoxia) is at the core of the pathogenesis of a migraine attack. As an anti-inflammatory agent, the extract is effective in substantially alleviating the problems and pain related to rheumatism or osteoarthritis and gout. In treating hypertension or hypotension the extract has been shown to be highly effective in a very large number of cases treated. In the more successful cases blood pressure is back to normal within 2 months. The extract has been found effective in reducing and in some cases eliminating asthma attack. The extract is effective in reducing blood sugar levels and the amounts of insulin required for diabetic patients. The extract is effective in regaining stamina and energy or debility due to prolonged illness especially for cancer patients after undergoing radio and/or chemotherapy. They are able to eat and sleep well. The extract is effective in clearing up a large variety of skin allergic conditions either due to food or airborne allergens. Ganoderma extract has been found to be useful in detoxifying the kidneys and improving its overall function. Patients receiving hemodialysis should find that the duration and frequency of the treatment could be reduced. The extract has been shown effective in reducing or eliminating excessive menstrual pain and irregularities. Ganoderma extract has been found effective in addressing a variety of cardiovascular problems. It improves the circulatory system with excess oxygen. It also decreases the conditions of angina pectoris and palpitation. This is an organic product. 600 mg, 90 capsules.
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Pure Green Energy Powder
A concentrated formulation of the super green wholefoods. An easy way to get your greens with a busy life style. Add to any smoothie or glass of water to increase your greens. Ingredients: Spirulina, Chlorella, Barley Grass, Wheat Grass, Klamath Blue Green Algae.
These ingredients contain the most powerful combination of nutrients ever known in any grain, herb or food. They contain almost all of the vitamins, minerals, proteins and enzymes necessary for the human diet, plus chlorophyll. These necessities are bio-available which means that they are easily assimilated throughout the digestive tract, giving our bodies instant access to vital nutrients.
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Pure Energy Smoothie with Green Powder
Ingredients: Soy Protein Powder, Bee Pollen Powder, Psyllium Husks, Lecithin Powder, Chlorella, Spirulina, Klamath Blue Green Algae, Barley Grass, Wheat Grass, Alfalfa, Kelp, Acidophilus, and American Ginseng. Just add 1 tablespoon powder to your favorite juice for a delicious and nutritious high energy start to your day.
Commonly reported benefits of using our Smoothies include:
* All day energy
* Greater focus under stress
* Sense of well-being
* Strengthened immune system
* Fewer food cravings
* Optimum synergistic balance of essential nutrients for total health
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Cleansing Smoothie with Green Powder
A Natural Cleansing Formula for a Healthy Digestive System. Ingredients: Psyllium Husks, Lecithin, Chlorella, Spirulina, Barley Grass, Wheat Grass, Dandelion, Red Clover, Milk Thistle, Buckthorn, Burdock, Cascara Sagrada & Acidophilus. Just add 1 tablespoon to your favorite juice for a gentle cleansing effect.
Most natural health practitioners agree that periodic internal cleansing is an essential key to radiant health. Maintaining a healthy digestive system is the goal of a regular cleansing program. Without a proper functioning digestive system we are unable to absorb the nutrients we eat or effectively or eliminate toxins that our bodies generate.
Pure Energy Cleansing Smoothie contains a combination of fiber, nutrients and herbs to gently support the body's natural cleansing process.
One of the many benefits of regularly cleansing your system and nourishing it is weight loss and reduced appetite. Many people also report improved skin condition and energy levels.
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The Peacefulmind Complete Detox System
Cleansing your body from the inside out is a great place to start for beautiful, clear skin! We are proud of this wonderful system which includes:
* Information on WHY we detox our system
* HOW to gently cleansing your organs
* WHEN to detox your system in order to maximize your body's healing potential.
* Andrew's booklet: "100 Ways to Detox Safely and Naturally"
* Internal cleansing and detoxification recipes
* 4 oz Detox AromaThera-Tea: This powerful formula will help remove accumulated toxins in the body. Strong antioxidant, cleanses the colon, reduces cramps, and stimulates circulation. Rosehips, Red Clover, Ginger, Nettle, Alfalfa, Dandelion, Goldenseal Leaf, Echinacea, Pan D'Arco, Burdock, Clove, Stevia.
* A Tea Ball for a single cup of tea
* Our Angel's Mist Essential Oil Detox Bath Blend : this phenomenal
blend of essential oils helps in detoxing the lungs and the body's largest organ: the skin.
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Detox Homeopathic Kit
For the elimination of toxins and stimulation of the cleansing process.
Berberis-Homaccord Oral drops: Each 50 ml contains: Berberis vulgaris 2X, 10X, 30X, 200X (Relieves pain during urination) 0.2 ml, Colocynthis 3X (Relieves urinary urgency) 0.15 ml; Veratrum album 3X, 10X, 30X, 200X (Relieves cold sweats, nausea) 0.15 ml. Inactive ingredients: Ethanol, purified water USP. Contains ethyl alcohol 25% by volume.
Lymphomyosot Oral drops: Each 50 ml contains: Geranium robertianum 4X (Relieves nausea, vomiting), Nasturtium aquaticum 4X (Relieves symptoms of indigestion), Ferrum iodatum 12X (Relieves swelling and bloating) 5 ml each. Myosotis arvensis 3X (Relieves coughing), Scrophularia nodosa 3X (Relieves swelling and bloating), Teucrium scorodonia 3X (Helps clear the lungs), Veronica officinalis 3X (Mild expectorant), Equisetum hyemale 4X (Relieves pain during urination), Fumaria officinalis 4X (Relieves symptoms of indigestion), Natrum sulphuricum 4X (Relieves asthma symptoms), Pinus sylvestris 4X (Relieves joint stiffness), Gentiana lutea 5X (Relieves symptoms of overeating), Aranea diadema 6X (Relieves susceptibility to dampness), Sarsaparilla 6X (Relieves minor urinary incontinence), Calcarea phosphorica 12X (Relieves joint stiffness and pain), Levothyroxine 12X (Relieves fatigue and weakness) 2.5 ml each. Inactive ingredients: Ethanol, purified water USP. Contains ethyl alcohol 25% by volume.
Nux vomica-Homaccord Oral drops: Each 50 ml contains: Bryonia alba 3X, 6X, 10X, 15X, 30X, 200X, 1000X (Relieves digestive symptoms) 0.1 ml. Colocynthis 3X, 10X, 30X, 200X (Relieves abdominal cramping) 0.15 ml. Lycopodium clavatum 3X, 10X, 30X, 200X, 1000X (Relieves abdomenal bloating) 0.15 ml. Nux vomica 3X, 10X, 15X, 30X, 200X, 1000X (Relieves nausea, cramping, vomiting) 0.1 ml. Inactive ingredients: Ethanol, purified water USP. Contains ethyl alcohol 25% by volume.
Adults and children above 11 years: pour thirty drops of each formula into bottled or tap water and consume throughout the day. Consult a physician for use in children under 12 years of age. Packaging Information: Three dropper bottles containing 50 ml each.
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Sinusin Homeopathic Sinus Spray
Indications: Euphorbium sinus relief is for the temporary relief of nasal congestion, rhinitis, sinusitis, cold and flu nasal symptoms.
Each 20 ml contains: Argentum nitricum 10X (Relieves sore throat;laryngitis) 0.2 ml, Euphorbium officinarum 4X (Relieves drainage with coughing) 0.2 ml, Hepar sulphuris calcareum 10X (Relieves nasal congestion) 0.2 ml, Luffa operculata 2X (Relieves allergic rhinitis; sinusitis) 0.2 ml, Mercurius iodatus ruber 8X (Relieves nasal discharge) 0.2 ml, Mucosa nasalis suis 8X (Relieves chronic sinusitis) 0.2 ml, Pulsatilla 2X (Relieves nasal drainage) 0.2 ml, Sinusitisinum 13X (Promotes drainage of sinuses) 0.2 ml. Inactive ingredients: Benzalkonium chloride 0.01%, isotonic saline solution, sodium dihydrogen phosphate dihydrate, disodium phosphate dihydrate.
Adults and children 12 years and older: Standard dosage: 1-2 sprays into each nostril 3x daily. Acute dosage: 1-2 sprays into each nostril every 1/2 to 1 hr. for the first day up to 8 times then follow standard dosage. Children 6 years up to 12 years: Standard dosage: 1 spray into each nostril 3x daily. Acute dosage: 1 spray into each nostril every 1/2 to 1 hr. for the first day up to 6 times then follow standard dosage. Children 2 up to 6 years: 1 spray into each nostril every 1/2 to 1 hr. for the first day up to 4 times then follow standard dosage. Infants and children up to 2 years: consult a health care provider. Packaging Information: Spray bottle containing 20 ml.
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Luffeel Homeopathic Nasal Spray
For the temporary relief of:
* Allergy symptoms
* Itchy and watery eyes
* sneezing and runny nose
* nasal congestion
Ingredients : Galphimia glauca 4X, 12X, 30X: Specific for allergies, asthma, vaso-motor rhinitis, neurodermitis, hayfever 10 ml each/100 ml
Luffa operculata 4X, 12X, 30X: Rhinitis and mucosal inflammation
10 ml each/100 ml
Histaminum 12X, 30X, 200X : Allergic illnesses, rhinitis, bronchial asthma
5 ml each/100 ml
Sulphur 12X, 30X, 200X: Reddened lips, ears and eyelids; nasal congestion indoors; burning eyes
5 ml each/100 ml
Adults and Children above 6 years:
Unless otherwise directed by a physician,
1-2 sprays into each nostril 3-5 times daily.
Infants and Children to 6 years:
1 spray into each nostril 3-4 times daily.
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Seasonal Tonic Tea
Our Asian Herbal Teas imported direct from China, are aromatic herbal teas ready to be brewed into a delicious, healing cup of goodness! This soothing organic tea has been grown and cared for under the strict standards of the State Drug Administration of China. They contain no preservatives, pharmaceuticals or artificial colors. This is a specific blend of tonic herbs that yield about 4 cups of tea, which are taken over 2 days time. Choose from: Spring, Summer, Late Summer, Fall, Winter.
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* Herbal teas are the easiest form of herbal remedy for long term use. The herb's powerful ingredients are either "infused" or "decocted" in water when made into teas. It is crucial that we care for our bodies before we encounter illness. These herbal teas are made from the freshest herbs, organically grown. These are LOOSE teas. Loose tea is more aromatic and contains all the parts of the medicinal portions of an herb, unlike tea bags, which, for the most part, contain only the left over portions of the herb.
Allergy Tea - Helps clear up allergy symptoms and relieves asthma related problems. Clears congestion and helps to open sinuses. Mullen Leaf, Echinacea, Burdock Root, Nettle Leaf.
Arthritis Tea - Helpful for sore joints as it gently
cleanses. Purifying, detoxing, anti-inflammatory properties. Devil's Claw Root, Olive Leaf.
Bright Eye Tea - This tea was created as a great wake up tea. It is a great energizer tea and is also very beneficial for good vision. Eyebright Herb, Peppermint Leaf, Spearmint Leaf, Linden Leaf and Flowers, Damiana Herb, Eucalyptus Leaf, Blackberry Leaf, Cardamom Seed.
Cough & Cold Tea - Blended to feed and nourish the body during cold & flu season. This healing tea cleanses with antibacterial,
anti-inflammatory properties. Echinacea Purpurea, Mullen, Goldenseal Leaf, Hyssop, Elderberry, Olive Leaf.
D-Tox Tea - This powerful formula will help remove
accumulated toxins in the body. Strong antioxidant, cleanses the colon, reduces cramps,
and stimulates circulation. Blackberry Leaf, Myrtle Leaf, Uva Ursi Leaf, Rose Hips, Alfalfa Leaf, Nettle Leaf, Juniper Berry, Psyllium Husk, Licorice Root, Sage Leaf.
Energy Tea - No caffeine. Provides important vitamins and minerals. Increase blood flow, circulation, and oxygenation. Decreases fatigue and depression by stimulating the nervous system. Roasted Chicory Root, Roasted Dandelion Root, Guarana Root.
Slim Tea - Appetite control. Will flush excess water. Helps to firm and tone. Useful for circulatory problems, acts as a diuretic, eases inflammation and balances hormones. Blackberry Leaf, Myrtle Leaf, Uva Ursi Leaf, Rose Hips, Alfalfa Leaf, Nettle Leaf, Juniper Berry, Psyllium Husk, Licorice Root, Sage Leaf.
Tea Basket Sampler
Tea is the most popular drink in the world! Used by Buddhist monks in religious ceremonies, taken as a daily ritual in China and creating a revolution in America, tea is not just a beverage, tea has become an event. For over 4,000 years, tea has been a source of medicine, meditation, superstition, congregation, upheaval and inspiration.
This is wonderful chance to experience a variety of our unique tea blends! We have created an herbal tea sampler to enhance your mind, body and spirit!
This delightful gift set includes 4 tea variations such as our Aromathera-Tea Remedy Blends, convenient Herbal Granule Tea, Chaka Teas, the Asian Tea Collection, our Special-Tea collection or our ever popular Metaphysical Tea. This includes a Gemstone Tea Ball, a Tea Tray, an Infusion Teapot and our Tea Booklet with infusion instructions, tea stories, tea and biscuit recipes and "how to make a perfect cup of tea"!
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Candle Gift Set Collection
Our Candle Gift Set Collection is one of our top selling products. The line has been lovingly and mindfully created to celebrate life and it's special occasions. Each collection comes with four square candles uniquely designed with complementary colors and scents, and wrapped with a beautiful illustrative band. They make great gifts for any occasion.
Flower Garden is a set of 4 candles spectacularly colored to invoke the freshness of Spring with an uplifting splash of nature's own floral aromas. It includes Honeysuckle, Magnolia, Hyacinth and Lavender scents.
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Wood Element Necklace
Wood allows you to be adaptable to life. It is the creativeness of the wood element that gets expressed when we are at our most artistic. Psychologically, wood is the element that represents our growth. Wood personalities are good at making decisions and carrying them through. This empowering necklace contains: Petrified Wood which is a warm earthy stone used at the Root Chakra to encourage your survival instincts and is grounding. Lepidolite helps with inner expressions of happiness and joy. Clear Quartz dispels negativity and focuses on energy toward your goals.
These unique, handcrafted stone combinations are handmade. They are approximately 3/4 to 1 inch in diameter. All necklaces come with black satin cord, pouch and include helpful information on how to enjoy your element stones.
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Air Element Necklace
Air represents traits of rationalism, logic, intellect, analysis,
judgement, curiosity, openness, ethics, fairness, and humanitarianism, as well as
superiority, coldness, distance and abstraction This airy necklace contains:
Blue Lace Agate and Aventurine together, which liberates one from the
surrounding pressures as it promotes good will and lightens situations. Helps
relieve emotional distress caused by over rationalizing. Rhodocrosite
brings energy, light heartedness and a cheerful balance.
These unique, handcrafted stone combinations are handmade. They are
approximately 3/4 to 1 inch in diameter. All necklaces come with black satin cord,
pouch and include helpful information on how to enjoy your element stones.
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Element Crystal Pouches
The Elements are the forces of nature that express their energies on earth and within us. They are the fundamental building blocks of many paradigms from every culture. Crystals have an affinity and association to the elements based on their structure, make-up and historical connections. We have created a variety of crystal pouches for your specific needs, based on personalities, cultural paradigms (astrology, Chinese medicine, ayurveda, feng shui) and metaphysical needs. Each set of crystals comes with complete instructions for use, grids, a meditation and bag.
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The Aura Crystal Cleanse Kit utilize the colors of the aura and provide a guide in understanding our emotions, consciousness, energy processes and centers. This kit includes seven color healing stones coordinating to the seven energy layers and accupressure points, as well as One quartz point to complete the total aura balancing. All come smudged (blessed), in its silk gift bag, with complete instructions, aura-color therapy cleansing tips, and healing information on each layer of the aura. $35.00
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Spring brings cleansing and rejuvenation. Most often the liver is the target of a cleansing herbal regimen, since the liver is one of the most important organs in the body. It processes our hormones, contributes to proper digestion, cleanses the body of toxins, and many other important duties. A good cleansing regimen, however, will also cleanse and support other vital organs, such as heart, kidneys, blood, and digestive system. It will also do wonderful things for your spirit! It is vital to consume lots of water, with lemon is ideal, and get fresh air to flush these toxins out of your system.
Dandelion Root: Dandelion Root can be made into a bitter tea (don’t sweeten it, the bitterness is how it works – you’ll get use to it) as an excellent tonic for the liver and blood purifier. Dandelion roots are very high in vitamins and minerals. The common dandelion is an unusually nutritious food. Its leaves contain substantial levels of vitamins A, C, D, and B complex as well as iron, magnesium, zinc, potassium, manganese, copper, choline, calcium, boron, and silicon. Worldwide, the root of the dandelion has been used for the treatment of a variety of liver and gallbladder problems. Other historical uses of the root and leaves include the treatment of breast diseases, water retention, digestive problems, joint pain, fever, and skin diseases. The most active constituents in dandelion appear to be eudesmanolide and germacranolide, substances unique to this herb.
Milk Thistle: Milk Thistle is the best in cleaning our blood and liver and is a traditional way to get our health back on track and revitalize and nourish our entire internal ecological system from the ravages of winter. Milk Thistle is an excellent cleansers for the liver. Cleansing is one of the more important roles of Milk Thistle as it helps to prevent a host of problems our bodies can acquire from internal and external toxic overload.
Burdock Root: Burdock root helps to purify blood and restore the liver to aid in a restful sleep. Helps to reduce build up of toxins in the skin resulting in boils. Helps gallbladder functions and stimulates the immune system. Seed forms are also used.
Nettle: Nettles are invaluable as a food, rich in vitamins and minerals. Only the young, tender tips are suitable for cooking, the stalks and lower leaves are not edible. They can be cooked then pureed for soup or vegetable accompaniment. Nettles make a valuable tonic after the winter and are an excellent remedy for Anemia, their vitamin C content ensures that the iron they contain is properly absorbed. Nettles increase the quality of the blood helping to give a healthy glow to the skin.
Yellow Dock: Yellow Dock is applicable to all the purposes for which the other species are used. The root has laxative, alterative and mildly tonic action, and can be freely used as a tonic and laxative in rheumatism, bilious complaints and as an astringent in piles, bleedings of the lungs, etc. It is largely prescribed for diseases of the blood, from a spring eruption, to scurvy, scrofula and chronic skin diseases. It is also useful in jaundice and as a tonic to the stomach and the system generally. It has an action on the bowels very similar to that of Rhubarb, being perhaps a little less active, but operating without pain or uneasiness. Rumicin is the active principle of the Yellow Dock, and from the root, containing Chrysarobin, a dried extract is prepared officially, of which from 1 to 4 grains may be given for a dose in a pill. This is useful for relieving a congested liver, as well as for scrofulous skin diseases.
Echinacea : First used by the Indigenous North Americans who harvested the plants for extensive use in the treatment of infectious wounds and burns or eruptive skin complaints. It enhances the phagocytic activity of white blood cells- identifying and retiring bacterial, viral and fungal infections, in addition to the clearance of these from the lymphatic system. Higher doses are often used for affecting acute immune responses.
Astragalus : To be used after colds or infection to rebuild immunity, Astragalus is a sweet tasting herb effective in restoring both resilience to future respiratory infections, and efficiency of metabolism to ensure optimal nutrition for immune reserves to fight off those spring colds. This herb is the best for restoring energy to the body very quickly.
Garlic : Garlic was worshipped by the ancient Egyptians, chewed by Greek Olympian athletes and thought to be essential for keeping vampires at bay! But it is also good for zapping bacteria, keeping your heart healthy, warding off coughs and colds. Garlic is an antibiotic that can actually kill infecting bacteria and at the same time protect the body from the poisons that are causing the infection. It is known that the most sensitive bacterium to garlic is the deadly Bacillus anthracis which produces the poison anthrax. Vapor from freshly cut garlic can kill bacteria at a distance of 20 cms!
Marshmallow : Marshmallow stimulates the immune system and the production of white blood cells. It also soothes inflammation, slows production of mucus, and reduces sugar levels in the body.
Spring is a time of new beginnings, new growth, planting seeds, purification, and for clearing out the old. Following the rhythms of nature and developing harmony with the ways in which nature cares for itself, we can also create balance within our own lives. Trees, plants, grasses and seeds that have laid still throughout the winter slowly emerge from their dormancy. Buds develop and grow into new leaves and flowers, plants and grasses emerge through the ground from their resting roots, and seeds sprout; all from the extended sunlight, warmth, rains, and fall’s nourishment.
Jasmine: Jasmine is a bold, sweet scent. Jasmine is the greatest aphrodisiac
of all. These night blooming flowers are picked at their height to
bring out one of the most sexy scents. Associated throughout
history with the compassionate Goddess of the Moon, Jasmine,
grown along the Nile in ancient Egypt, is represented Isis, the
Egyptian Mother Goddess who held the secrets of fertility, magic
Patchouli: Patchouli is a sweet, earthy scent. Its smell is intense and spicy.
From an energetic point of view, Patchouli, like Jasmine, is warm
and yet anti-inflammatory in action. It combines a calmative property
with a gentle stimulating effect that uplifts the spirit! Patchouli is a
sweet and grounding harmonizing fragrance!
Neroli is distilled from bitter orange trees. It has a refreshing,
spicy aroma and is known for its sensual, exotic effect.
Neroil oil is emotionally unifying and soothes with harmonizing
effects. Described as both sensual and spiritual, Neroli helps to
restablish the link between a disconnected mind and body. Neroli
paves the way for a gradual release and allows us to recall hope
The Mother of All Flowers, the Rose has amazing powers of
love, trust and self acceptance. Roses are representative of
faith, hope and love and has the qualities to restore the very
center of one's being. A gentle tonic of the heart, Rose oil's
psychological properties lie mainly in its effect on the mind,
the center of our emotional being. Rose oil calms and supports
the heart and helps to nourish the soul!
Peppermint: Peppermint oil is the most extensively used of all the volatile oils, both medicinally and commercially. The characteristic anti-spasmodic action of the volatile oil is more marked in this than in any other oil, and greatly adds to its power of relieving pains arising in the alimentary canal. From its stimulating, stomachic and carminative properties, it is valuable in certain forms of dyspepsia, being mostly used for flatulence and colic. It may also be employed for other sudden pains and for cramp in the abdomen; wide use is made of Peppermint in cholera and diarrhea.
Lemon: Lemon is a fresh sunny scent that is cold pressed from the rind itself!
Lemon has antiseptic-like properties and contains compounds that have been studied for their effects on immune function. It may serve as an insect repellent and may be beneficial for the skin. Diffuse it in your house for a fresh alternative to air spays. It compliments the Oil of Oregano to neutralize the over growth of Candida. Put a few drops on a tissue and vacuum it into your vacuum bag to freshen the smell of your carpets and furniture coverings. 1 drop is also very refreshing and purifying when taken in a glass of water.
Eucalyptus: Eucalyptus was first employed by Australian aborigines, who not only chewed the roots for water in the dry outback but used the leaves to treat fever, cough, and asthma, and European settlers quickly adopted it as medicine.
You can also use a few drops of eucalyptus oil in boiling water or in a bath as an inhalant. Eucalyptus is often used for - Sore muscles, Insect repellant, Tension headache, Cold, Cough, Sinusitis, Rheumatoid arthritis, and Strains/sprains.
Orange: Orange essential is obtained from the rind of the fruit and used principally as a flavoring agent Orange oil is an antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, digestive, febrifuge, phototoxic sedative, tonic. Orange oil helps spreads sunshine on gloomy thoughts and depression, has a very comforting and warming effect and dispels tension and stress and helps revive when feeling low on energy. Orange oil calms the stomach both for constipation and diarrhea. Stimulates bile which helps digestion of fats. Has a beneficial effect on colds, bronchitis and fever. Helps with the formation of collagen - vital for tissue repair and hair growth. Also helpful with muscular pains. Helps anxiety and insomnia. Possibly reduces blood cholesterol levels. Orange oil helps dry skin conditions softening wrinkles and dermatitis. An excellent skin tonic. Orange oil can make the skin photosensitive to sunlight.
This season is bursting forth in color, creativity and spirituality. Spring is
bubbling over with the fresh smell of cut grass, the blooming of multi-colored
flowers and fresh garden sprouts. Crystals echo the colors and energy of the
season. You will find some of my best gems for creativity, feng shui, detoxing,
cleansing and clearing energy and stones with spiritual significance.
Agate, Moss: Connects one to Nature. Moss agate containing inclusions of minerals that look
like moss or foliage. Use for improving ego and self-esteem, emotional balance
and strengthens positive personality traits. Allows one to see all the beauty
one's eyes touch. Composed of microscopic crystals of quartz this stone is often
translucent and occasionally transparent. Agates are grounding stones. Agates
are one of the oldest good luck stones. They help obtain a better
physical/emotional balance. They work to raise consciousness. Builds
self-confidence. Agate enables the person wearing it to choose their friends
carefully. Used to avert from lighting and stormy weather (physically and
metaphysically), agate brings prosperity. It is a protector of children. This
stone helps us to have patience, and allows for inner peace. Use agate as a
gazing tool for divination and meditation. Agate balances emotions and brings
insight to any situation. Agate is a fertility stone used for centuries and a
great stone for Spring.
Amazonite: Assists in courage of personal expression, giving us the power to say the words
we're afraid to speak. Creativity may be a process of co-creation with others.
This green stone is instrumental in distilling the raw information used for
personal expression. Good for anyone involved in the arts. Enhances masculine
qualities. Utilize Amazonite in order to encourage the pursuit of your unique
path in life. Amazonite is used to disperse negative energy. A gentle friendly,
calming, soothing stone, which opens throat, heart, and solar plexus Chakra.
Used for self-expression, artistic creativity and healing. This is a great stone
for communication, confidence and leadership. Reduces self-damaging behavior,
increases self-respect, grace, self-assuredness with communication.
Heals emotional pain/fear/imbalance by dissolving blocks in the heart Chakra.
Universal love, truth, prosperity. Green is the color of healing, and
aventurine, as a member of the quartz family, has a concentrated ability to
dissolve blockages. It's a particularly effective crystal for emotional healing
and is especially helpful when worn for this purpose or placed on the heart
center during chakra balancing. It helps to balance the emotions, and is one of
the best stones to wear or carry during stressful periods. It can also be used
in crystal layouts when stress is internalized in the solar plexus area. It is
also used with stones which have a seemingly more harsh energy.
Calms us so that our thoughts flow freely. This is a good stone for those who
find their thinking processes to be intellectually sound, but lacking emotional
quality. Excellent for Heart Chakra; this stone flushes and heals heart blocks
(loss, hurt, guilt, fear...) Used for allowing flexibility, self-forgiveness,
peace of heart, and patience. Keeps one in spiritual light, love, and healing
daily. On the Throat Chakra, expressing feelings, verbal and artistic
creativity. Helps one feel more comfortable speaking the truth. Helps develop
personal confidence. Historically used by musicians, perhaps because of its
reputation for having healing properties for throat and lungs.
Hawk's Eye/Falcon's Eye:
This stone, also called Falcon's Eye helps us to gain perspective, to see (and
face) situations fully. Hawk's Eye is the stone of vision, insight and psychic
awareness. It allows us to see the overview clearly and unflinchingly, as from a
Hawk's eyes. This stone is often used to balance pessimistic behavior and
therefore dissolves negative energy and the thought patterns associated with it.
This "all seeing stone" allows perspective on any situation and it can help
gently attune the Third Eye and will enhance psychic abilities such as
clairvoyance. It helps us to look at an emotional block that may be buried deep
in our psyche. This versatile stone can be used to heal earth energy and helps
us to become grounded when used at the Root Chakra. This stone should be used
for those who want to blame others for their problems and are not able to look
at their problems directly.
Kyanite is considered the "Earth Stone" due to its soothing earth tone colors,
as well as its grounding and tranquil nature. The healing benefits depend on the
color it comes in. Blue Kyanite is most effective when placed on the Throat
Chakra in order to open the throat for communication and self expression. On the
Brow (Third Eye) Chakra, it enhances psychic images, foresight, consciousness
and meditation. Kyanite is used to answer questions, especially in imagery, such
as in vision, dreams or written interpretations. It brings out our natural
ability to manifest things into reality via thoughts and visualization. Black
Kyanite is best used for grounding and balance at the Root Chakra. This is where
it gets its "Mother Earth" reputation.
This is the stone of rebirth. Useful for transitions in life. Helpful in times
of stress and coping with stress therefore, creating calm and relaxation.
Lepidolite is used to help ease the transition from addiction. Gently eases
intensity of our emotional feelings, mood swings, depression, manic-depression,
worry, and anxiety. Brings hope, relief, gentleness, self-love, patience,
self-forgiveness, unworried sleep, mental/emotional balance, and well-being.
This stone is particularly good for students as it is helpful for studying,
learning, manifesting, change and awareness. This stone is used for
self-criticism, when we become down on ourselves, lepidolite allows us to see
for ourselves who we really are and the potential that lies within us. To enjoy
the benefits from this stone, meditate with it in your hands on a daily basis.
Lepidolite balances Brow Chakra with new spiritual love. It speeds up decision
making, stimulating the intellect and encouraging independence and free and
This stone has a steady pulsing electromagnetic energy. (High copper content) Malachite and
azurite are the same chemical, practically, Copper Carbonate. The only
difference is the ordering of the elements in the molecule. On The Brow Chakra,
this stone stimulates physical and psychic vision, concentration. On the Heart
and Solar Plexus Chakra, it is a powerful healer. Releases and draws out pain,
inflammation, depression, anger; as it heals blocks. Protects well by powerfully
cleaning the auric field, rapidly absorbing undesirable energies, including
computer, TV, and other radiations.
Quartz: "Rock Crystal"
This stone is thought to amplify both body energy and thoughts. It can assist
in the creation of power, clarity of thinking, meditation, cleansing, clearing
the aura, spiritual development and healing. Clear Quartz is considered the
"stone of power". A dedicated healer. Pure white light passes through it easily,
leaving all the colors of
the spectrum unaltered and giving substance to the argument that Clear Quartz
crystals can help balance all the elements needed to make us whole and
fulfilled. Amplify whatever influences are present in an individual or location.
Acts as a purifier and tunes into the frequency of each individual. Will unblock
specific areas or organs
blocked from transmitting or receiving the flow of energy throughout the body.
Tourmaline: A powerful, electromagnetic, striated gem. Tourmaline strengthens body, spirit
(and meridians), as it transmutes lower frequency thought/energy to a higher
frequency of light and brings light/spirit into the physical. Therefore, it can
actually balance ALL the Chakra centers. Tourmaline radiates light protection
for wearer. This stone clears higher frequencies, effectively as it forms a
protective shield all over the body (Aura). Tourmaline is a rod of power. I
equate this crystal to that of the spinal column. It makes us stand up for
ourselves, promoting confidence, self realization, inspiration, tolerance and
compassion. Therefore, it is one of my favorite crystals for alleviating fear.
It banishes the victim mentality. Like the spinal column, tourmaline works like
a lightning rod of energy from the tip of the coccyx to the apex of the axis,
tourmaline affects every aspect of the physical to the emotional. The strength
of tourmaline is in its many colors due to its mineral make up. Again like, the
spine, tourmaline brings balance. It brings balance to both right and left brain
hemispheres, transforming negative thoughts to positive thoughts, finding
equilibrium between Yin and Yang and male and female energies. All these traits
make this an amazing healing stone.
Music has always played a major part in my life. Ever since those early days of piano lessons with Mrs. Uri or playing trumpet in classical and jazz bands. I always remember the holidays or special occasions when my mom, Andrena, would regale us with wonderful pieces of music such as Malaguena
or her own special version of Silver Bells.
I have had the pleasure of singing in small and large choral groups from All-state to my own singing quartet group, Free and Easy, as well as, being a charter member of the infamous gospel choir, The Voices of Unity. Music continues to give me life changing moments and memories and I am forever grateful for this art and therapy.
So on my walk through Central Park today, I thought it would be a wonderful gift to share the songs of spring that make up my consciousness. These melodies cross several eras, yet they ring true for me as the seasonal mind set and the amazing way spring can be expressed in song. I call this list:
Andrew's Spring Empowering Play List
1. Optimistic Voices, MGM Studio Orchestra
2. Little April Shower, Disney Chorus
3. April In Paris, Dinah Shore
4. Waters Of March, Basia
5. All The Things You Are, Helen Forrest
6. Getting To Know You, Nancy Wilson
7. Glider Pt 1, Bill Conti
8. Echo Of Spring, Chuck Wilson
9. The Song Is You , Keely Smith
10. It Might As Well Be Spring, Astrud Gilberto
11. 99 Most Essential Spring Classics, Various Artists
12. Spring Awakening, Dan Gibson
13. Come Fly With Me (1998 Digital Remaster), Frank Sinatra
14. Color My World, Petula Clark
15. Defying Gravity, Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth
16. Seasons Of Love, Rent Soundtrack
17. The Alkemyst, Dos Hombres
18. History Repeating, Shirley Bassey
19. Feelin' (Love To Infinity Remix), Gloria Estfan
20. EARTHBEAT, Janice Robinson
21. Waltz of the Flowers , Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite
Detoxifying is the process of releasing accumulated toxins and waste products that build up throughout our system. From birth, we are bombarded by toxins, externally from environmental sources. Internally, our organs give off waste products that accumulate in our body. Imbalanced emotions also play a part in polluting our system with excess chemicals such as free radicals, homocysteine and cortisol.
Detoxifying is, in many ways, an easy process. Our body does much of the detoxification process through urination, defecation and perspiration. As our bodies age and our immune systems weaken from illness, poor diet and/or addictive substances, we sometimes need to give our system an extra helping hand. That is why conscious detoxing is great way back to optimum health.
One of the best ways to start your detoxification is with the body's biggest organ, the SKIN. A detox diet strengthens the organs involved in detoxification and
releases stored toxins, expelling them through the organs of elimination: the skin, as well as the intestines, liver, lungs, kidneys, and lymphatic system.
TIPS FOR DETOXING
1. Eating a diet that focuses on fresh vegetables and fruits.
2. Eat whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds.
3. Adopt a healthy lifestyle including regular exercise.
4. Avoiding drugs and alcohol.
5. Taking a high potency multiple vitamin and mineral supplement.
6. Take nutritional/herbal supplements to protect and enhance liver function.
7. Go on a three day fast, four times per year.
8. Fasting at the change of the seasons is a good rule to remember.
9. Take care of your skin and know your skin type.
10. Consider a self empowering affirmation to clear your mind.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, we have a healing methodology called
the 5 Phases (Elements). In the Spring the weather is starting to warm up by the change in the sun's position. The botanical world is making its renewal known through growth and upheaval. The energy of the season is rising upward and outward and expressing itself with the freshness of a new start. This new growth is what is represented by the element of Wood.
The Spring is the time when the climate is represented by Wind. Wind Cold imbalances are those in which wind and cold play a role in disease. The Liver and Gall Bladder systems are the most vulnerable at this time. These imbalances are often expressed as hepatitis and cases of pink eye which, in TCM stems back to imbalances in the Liver and Gallbladder systems. The Liver governs the workings of the sinews and muscles and imbalances are more apparent at this time of year. The sound associated with Spring is shouting, while the emotion most prevalent tends to be anger. By being prepared with this knowledge, it allows us to be in tune with our own body systems and shows how our health can be influenced by nature.
Strengthening the immune system should be a part of any seasonal ritual! Any tonic formula that regulates Qi, nourishes the eyes and tendons and tonifies the liver is appropriate. Remember, the best form of medicine, is preventative. Consider Andrew's great .
Learn how to heal with the seasons and how Traditional Chinese Medicine will help you find remedies and bring your body back into balance!
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, The liver and gallbladder are associated with Spring. They belong to the element of Wood. The Liver "system" is the "farmer who cultivates". It stores blood, governs and regulates the blood, organizes the "free flow" of Qi energy to promote circulation which cultivates our emotions, soothes digestion, regulates menstruation and bile secretion. The liver changes harmful toxins into substances, which can be eliminated safely by the colon or kidneys. The liver is our master cleansing organ and the gall bladder is its mate. Enjoy a tall glass of water with a 1/2 lemon squeezed into it.
The Gallbladder system in Chinese Medicine is associated stores and excretes bile (as in Western medicine). The Gallbladder governs decision making and gives the courage and capacity to make decisions. Like the Liver, the Gallbladder controls the sinews by encouraging the Qi to the fascia. The Gallbladder also has an effect on our dreams. It is said that the Gallbladder effects the quality and length of sleep, if it is deficient, a person will wake very early and not be able to return to sleep. The Gallbladder's close relationship to the Liver is not only anatomical but they both play an essential role in the smooth flow of Qi throughout the body. In order to plan a good life (which is a function of the Liver), one needs good decision making skills (which is a function of the Gallbladder).
The Liver is the major organ treated in Chinese Medicine. It is the organ that rules the free flow of Qi. The primary symptoms of Liver Qi Stagnation include frequent sighing; inpatients, anger and temper outbreaks, a sensation of fullness or congestion in the chest, intercostal, or subcostal regions. Secondary symptoms include obstructed bowel movements; dry and distended eyes; feeling of something being stuck in the throat; self-doubts and crying; pain (especially intercostal and abdominal) that is characterized by moving, pulling, or penetrating sensations; in females; premenstrual breast distention; menstrual cramping and irregular menstruation.
The element, Wood is associated with the Spring season and with wind.
The element is associated with the liver and the gallbladder, which regulates the smooth flow of Qi energy throughout the body and has a strong relationship with the reproductive organ system and the ability to nourish the body with blood.
Wood represents our mental activity such as intellect and the ability to reason, memory, thoughts, knowledge and comprehension. It also rules new beginnings, friendship, clarity, and positive expression. The Wood personality is very good at making decisions and carrying them through.
The Wood element is associated with feng shui and Chinese medicine. Emotionally, wood allows you to be adaptable to life. It is the creativeness of the wood element that gets expressed when we are at our most artistic. Spring is the new life energy of growth, renewal and the life force sprouting upward and outward. Wood allows you to make a plan and stay true to that plan. It also allows you to be flexible, like a willow and adapt to the circumstances that intercept your plans and expectations.
Psychologically, wood is the element that represents our growth. Too much wood in the environment can produce excess growth, as in when a relationship moves too quickly or a business starts growing too fast without a strong foundation. Not enough wood in the environment and the results is expressed as stagnation or barrenness. Wood represents our creative urge to achieve, which can turn to anger, when frustrated. The wood element represents all the activities of the body that are self regulating and/or function without conscious thought such as heart beat, digestion, respiration and metabolism.
The Solar Plexus Chakra is in the third in the Chakra system and represents our power and will and autonomy, as well as our metabolism. When healthy, this Chakra brings us energy, effectiveness, spontaneity, and non-dominating power. It is your center of will. This Chakra deals with the human ego, emotions and self-love. Intuition is believed to begin in the area of our Solar Plexus Chakra. Although, the Third Eye Chakra is most associated with intuition, the "spark" is what is felt in the area of our solar plexus.
||Gifts of Wood
||Adapting to Life
Jet is a form of petrified wood similar to coal, though much harder. This stone has absorbing qualities. Helps draw out negative energy.
Especially useful for people who have unreasonable fears that limit their lives. Therefore, that is why this black stone, it relates to the Root Chakra,
the center that connects us to our earth energy. The Root chakra is connected to survival and our trust in the physical world, and in one's own body.
Recommended for stimulating psychic experience and guiding one in the quest for spiritual enlightenment. If worn, it should be set in silver.
Jet has been used as a protective stone in life's physical journeys. It's known as a traveler's amulet, and the wives of sailors often burnt it to protect their husbands while they were at sea.
This "stone" is most noted in helping us to investigate past-life experiences. Makes the user more aware of nature. It is a warm earthy stone, which is used at the Root Chakra, encouraging ones survival instincts and is grounding. Petrified Wood is also believed to energize the Heart Chakra. In mythological times, petrified wood was believed to possess divine power and to this day, stands as a symbol of man's true connection to the natural world. This stone helps with mental longevity, helping to sooth emotions, generating calm and relieves stress.
The Vernal Equinox can be a very uneasy time for the human psyche. Patterns of sleep and energy have a tendency to shift back and forth
with uncertainty. Mood swings from high to low, changes in eating patterns, fluctuating temperatures outside and the urge to "run away from it all" add stress to the mind and body and tend to occur when
there are equal parts of both daylight and darkness.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine , Anger is the emotion associated with Spring, and for good reason. Seasonal studies done at the National
Institute of Mental Health in Maryland have shown, dramatic mood changes coincide with changes from the darkness of Winter to the extended light of Spring. Melatonin is a hormone in our body that helps to regulate our moods and energy. With increased light,
melatonin decreases in our body. Decreased melatonin means higher and lower levels of mood and energy. Tempers can flare rapidly triggered by rapid mood changes. Faster changes increase good and bad impulse behavior.
We move from hibernation to growth in less than weeks. Increased mood and energy fluctuation brings with it lust, lethergy and love! According to the World Health Organization, conception is highest in April and May. Romance blooms. Energies that have been suppressed for months have a tendency to now move to the surface, equivalent to the growth of Spring flowers bursting forth.
For many people, the end of Winter brings an end to isolation
and 'Winter Blues', brought about by lack of sunlight and cold weather. But, as Spring comes and wanes into Summer, some people will find their 'blues' or depression unchanged. Then, even stronger feeling of hopelessness follow. The US Center for Disease Control found that between 1969 and 1999, suicides were seasonal. Findings showed that feelings of suicide are above average all Spring and below average in Winter. This is contrary to beliefs that suicides
are the highest during the Christmas holidays. The British Journal of Psychiatry agrees. They report that the pre-summer peak in suicides reflect the hope among the unhappy and lonely who seek change with Spring, but often feel no different as the Summer draws near.
Depression is the most prevalent of all the emotional disorders. Symptoms may vary from feelings of minor sadness to sheer misery and dejection. When sadness persists and impairs daily life, it maybe an indication of a depressive disorder. Depression brings together a variety of physical and psychological symptoms which together constitute a syndrome.
"Melancholia" which was, for centuries the encompassing name for all emotional disorders is considered Major Depression. Clinically, in major depression, five symptoms on a daily basis for at least two weeks are considered a diagnosis.
The most common symptoms of depression are feelings of acute sense of loss, inexplicable sadness, loss of energy and loss of interest. The patient usually feels tired and lacks interest in the world around him. Sleep disturbance is frequent. Usually the patient wakes up depressed and is unable to return to sleep. Other disturbed sleep patterns are difficulty in falling asleep, nightmares or repeated waking. Often, emotions of guilt, oppressive feelings and self-absorption are apart of this syndrome. Cases of severe depression may also be characterized by low body temperature, low blood pressure, hot flushes and shivering.
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Anger is the feeling we experience when events in our world are not going according to our plans. Anger is one of the most common and destructive delusions affecting our minds. Because it is based on an exaggeration, anger is an expression of our belief system and how we defend it. It's as if we have an inner idea of how things, events and people should be for us. When we get angry and either feel frustrated or try to change them, we tend to give away our power! Many of us remain a victim to our tempers all of our lives. In essence, anger is the feeling we get when we want to control the world around us.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, anger is most prevalent in the Spring. It is considered the emotion of Spring. Although we can and do experience anger at any time or season, it is Spring when we are most easily angered. This is believed to be due to the changes of light and dark and the balance between them.
It is very important to identify the actual cause of whatever unhappiness we feel. If we are forever blaming our difficulties on others, this is a sure sign that there are still many problems and faults within our own mind. If we were truly peaceful inside and had our mind under control, difficult people or circumstances would not be able to disturb this peace, and so we would feel no compulsion to blame anyone or regard them as our enemy. To someone who has subdued his or her mind and eradicated the last trace of anger, all beings are friends.
Techniques for Managing Anger
1. The first step towards managing anger, is to identify which attitudes and convictions that many predispose us to being excessively angry in the first place! Once these beliefs have been identified, it is important to take steps to understand and correct them, if need be.
2. The second step is to realize that anger is a natural human emotion and it is not the emotion of anger that tends to be a problem. The problem is the mismanagement of our anger. Mismanaged anger and rage are the major cause of conflicts in our lives. This mismanagement often has roots from our childhood that prevents us from expressing our anger as appropriately as we should. These factors include fear, denial, ignorance and impatience. These factors can derail the appropriate management of our anger towards others. Learning to understand and change these factors in ourselves, will allow us to express our suppressed anger in a more appropriate way.
3. The third step is learning the appropriate ways of expressing our " honest and legitimate" anger at others so that we can begin to cope more effectively with anger provoking situations as they come up in our lives. When we are anxious or depressed, we are often experiencing the consequences of our suppressed anger. The problem is that we have suppressed our anger so deeply that we succeeded in concealing it from our own selves! All we are left with is the residual evidence of it, our anxiety or our depression. When we are depressed, very often we are also angry at ourselves without realizing it.
Learning to appropriately manage our anger at ourselves is the antidote to much of alcoholism, drugs and sexual abuse.
4. The fourth step in the Anger Management process is to approach anger by taking responsibility for our own reactions and behavior. We can do this by addressing our anger with the following coping techniques:
1. Listen to other people, first: listen carefully to what is being said. Do not have a preconceived opinion before you hear what is being said. Remember, everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
2. Think carefully about what you want to say: before you say it. slow down.
What is the underlying factor in your anger? Fear, denial, impatience?
3. Be clear about what you are going to express.: Your objective is not to belittle, berate, be sarcastic or attack someone, because their opinion is different than yours.
4. If their statement is pushing your anger button: know why! Try to understand the root of your own anger. Look at why they have formed such an opinion.
5. Express yourself by saying: "I feel angry with (you, them, this situation) because..." Stay calm in the face of your own and the other person's anger. The worse thing to do if someone is angry toward you is to shout back at them! Be patient and ask questions to get to the heart of problem. Try being carefully assertive, rather than aggressive.
6. Make lifestyle changes. Making small changes in your life can allow you to reap great rewards.
7. Get regular exercise: This can help to prevent the accumulation of tension and will give you regular time away from everyday stress.
8. Learn relaxation exercises such as yoga and meditation. These forms of exercise will help to release tension in a controlled, healthy way.
9. Change your environment. Find alternatives for situations which add stress to your life. Schedule time to relax and unwind.
10. Learn to express your feelings: either by talking to a friend or by venting feelings in other ways, perhaps creatively through painting, journaling or taking on a new hobby.
Crystals for Anger
These gems offer the insight and level-headedness that is appropriate for becoming more aware. When we get angry, we either feel frustrated or try to change our situation with words, therefore, we give away our power! Many of us remain a victim to our tempers all of our lives. In essence, anger is the feeling we get when we want to control the world around us. Here are helpful crystals for soothing with anger:
Apophyllite at the Crown Chakra is ever calming and reduces stress and relieves mental blockage along with negative thought patterns.
Blue Lace Agate soothes and cools anger. Use at the Throat Chakra
Blue Calcite relieves depression, lowers blood pressure and dissolves pain. Helps absorb energy.
Aventurine calms irritation. Use at the Heart Chakra
Citrine used over the Solar Plexus stops anger. Raises self esteem and self confidence.
Apatite helps to neutralize stored anger.
Red Garnet controls anger towards the self. Use at the Root Chakra
Moss Agate improves emotional imbalance and strengthens positive personality traits. It is known to transmute anger, diffusing it the longer your hold it.
Ruby in Zoisite transmutes negative, destructive anger and harmonizes the heart and lower three Chakra.
The need to understand the power and place of forgiveness in our
world is important in the healing process. It is urgent that we
examine the steps that lead to justice and strengthen society. We
need to understand how forgiveness improves the human condition. How
do we choose to forgive? What are the effects of holding grudges and
seeking revenge? We can find a way to balance our need for security
with the potential for granting forgiveness. Forgiveness offers the
possibility of two types of peace: peace of mind -- the potential
healing of old emotional wounds, and peace with others -- the
possibility of new, more gratifying relationships in the future.
Patience is a mind that is able to accept, fully and happily, whatever occurs. It is much more than just gritting our teeth and putting up with things. Being patient means to welcome wholeheartedly whatever arises, having given up the idea that things should be other than what they are. It is always possible to be patient; there is no situation so bad that it cannot be accepted patiently, with an open, accommodating, and peaceful heart.When patience is present in our mind it is impossible for unhappy thoughts to gain a foothold.
There are many examples of people who have managed to practice patience even in the most extreme circumstances, such as under torture or in the final ravages of cancer. Although their body was ruined beyond repair, deep down their mind remained at peace. By learning to accept the small difficulties and hardships that arise every day in the course of our lives, gradually our capacity for patient acceptance will increase and we shall come to know for ourselves the freedom and joy that true patience brings.
1. Cleansing the Body
This is one of three processes that should be done 4
times a year. Using the seasons as a guide, allows us to work with
the "flow of nature" and change as our bodies change. Consider a
healthy detox or work with the power of an herbal cleanser.
Here is a nice Detoxification Bath to get you started:
2 Cups Sea Salt
2 Cups Baking Soda
4 Tbsp. Ginger Powder
Place all ingredients in a hot bath and bathe for 20 Minutes
Drink plenty of water. This bath withdraws impurities from your body
and helps you to feel better. This bath can be done
2 to 3 times in a week or as needed.
is a bulk-forming laxative and is high in both fiber and
mucilage. Psyllium seeds contain 10-30% mucilage. The laxative
properties of psyllium are due to the swelling of the husk when it
comes in contact with water. This forms a gelatinous mass and keeps
the feces hydrated and soft. The resulting bulk stimulates a reflex
contraction of the walls of the bowel, followed by emptying.
De-cluttering the space around you can make all the difference in the way you feel. Start small. Try organizing a drawer or desk, your closet or one room in your house, first. Then move on to a bigger project. Learn the secrets to de-cluttering and re-organizing your life with the proponents of Feng Shui
2. Cleansing the Mind
This is the 2nd in the trilogy. Learn how to think
in "affirmations" that are positive! These are statements that you
make either aloud or to yourself. Always approve and accept yourself.
You cannot love yourself unless you first, approve of and accept
A disciplined mind is a free mind. Gain control over your thoughts
and you maintain control over your life. Retrain your mind and you
regain your freedom. Calming the mind is a behavioral technique used to interrupt, minimize and eliminate "psychological noise". Obsessive, repetitive thoughts, anxiety and fears are all apart of negative, self-destructive patterns that can benefit from the positive
affirmations and mind quieting.
"Love Thy Self"
I am perfect, whole and complete NOW, the way I am.
I deserve all that I require.
I am worthy, loveable and strong.
3. Cleansing the Spirit
This is a life long lesson and third in the trilogy.
Utilize the strength of yoga therapy. What is your belief system ? Does it
serve you well? How about discovering some great meditations !
The Sun Salutation in yoga is a great wakening and cleansing exercise. This is a flowing combination of some of the asanas in hatha yoga.
Stand in Tadasana, take a deep breath, clasp thumbs in front of you
and raise arms in front of you over head. Arch back from the waist.
Now, fold over at the waist as you exhale, placing palms on the
floor, Uttanasana, step your right leg back into Lunge, step your
left leg back to Plank, come into Bhujangasana, flow into Adho Mukha
Svanasana, step your right foot forward to Lunge, left foot forward
for Uttanasana, inhale up to Tadasana. Repeat, stepping your left leg
back into Lunge.
Breath is life! Exchange of electrons. Flow of energy. Air is the
primary nutrient. Survival without it is measured in minutes. It is
so important that you do it without thinking. Your breathing is the
voice of your spirit. It's depth, smoothness, sound, and rate reflect
your mood. If you become aware of your breath and breathe the way you
do when you are calm you will become calm. Practicing regular,
mindful breathing can be calming and energizing. With the addition of
music and it's rhythm, the "musical breath" can even help stress-
related health problems ranging from panic attacks to digestive
disorders. Fall into the rhythm of the music and breathe. Focus on
your breathing and the music.
Focusing on the breath is one of the most common and fundamental
techniques for accessing the meditative state. Breath is a deep
rhythm of the body that connects us intimately with the world around
Close your eyes, breathe deeply and regularly, and observe your
breath as it flows in and out of your body. Give your full attention
to the breath as it comes in, and full attention to the breath as it
goes out. Whenever you find your attention wandering away from your
breath, gently pull it back to the rising and falling of the breath.
Inhale through your nose slowly and deeply, feeling the lower chest
and abdomen inflate like a balloon. Hold for five seconds. Exhale
deeply, deflating the lower chest and abdomen like a balloon. Hold
for five seconds. Do this three or four times, then allow your
breathing to return to a normal rhythm. You will begin to feel a
change come over your entire body. Gradually you will become less
aware of your breathing, but not captured in your stream of thoughts.
You will become more centered inward. You will just "be there."
When eating along with the seasons, there are two elements that should be taken into account. The "nature" of the food and the "flavor" of the food. The nature of the food refers to the foods innate temperature ie: cold, hot, warm, cool or neutral. Eating a moderate amount of all flavors sweet, salty, pungent, bitter and sour can help to keep your body balanced and regulated.
Sour taste is attributed to the liver and gall bladder, therefore adding some sour foods in your diet during Spring can improve the liver’s function. Consider apple, apricot, grape, grapefruit, hawthorn fruits, kumquat, loquat, mandarin orange, mango, olive, peach, pineapple, plum, raspberry, small red or adzuki bean, strawberry, tangerine, tomato, vinegar.
To help tonify the liver, concentrate on eating chlorophyll rich foods such as spirulina, chlorella, barley grass, wheat brass, klamath blue green algae Other green foods that are beneficial are kale, parsley, and collard greens.
Apple cider vinegar is beneficial as it's bitter/sour taste has a detoxifying afect on the liver. Also consider lemon, lime or grapefruit juice in place of vinegar. Other bitter foods that can be used for detoxification purposes include rye, romaine lettuce, asparagus, amaranth, and quinoa.
Consider eating these food for Spring:
1. Fruits and nuts: apples, dates, lychees, longans, walnuts, peanuts, chestnuts.
2. Cereals, grains, and legumes: brown rice, corn, millet, oatmeal, sorghum, soybeans, black gram, adzuki bean, red kidney bean, broad bean.
3. Meat, poultry and fish: chicken, turkey, shrimp, carp, eel, chicken eggs.
4. Vegetables, seaweeds, potatoes, onions, carrots, chives, scallions, radishes, daikon, broccoli, asparagus, lettuce, cooked spinach, coriander, cauliflower, garlic, leeks, eggplants, Chinese cabbage, yams, sweet potatoes, celery, common mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms.
5. Herbs, spices, condiments, oils such as perilla leaf, peppermint, dandelion, honeysuckle flower, basil, parsley, wolfberry (gou gi berries), fleece-flower root, licorice, astragalus, rhubarb, ginger, pepper, honey, sesame oil.
1. Grapefruit: In a 2004 study at the Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, California, researchers investigated the effect of grapefruit on weight loss and found that eating half a grapefruit before a meal can help us lose weight. The researchers studied the effect of grapefruit capsules, grapefruit juice and real grapefruit. All three seemed to help, but eating the real grapefruit got the best results. Grapefruits also contains cancer-fighting compounds like liminoids and lycopene, and red grapefruit has been shown to help lower triglycerides. Half a grapefruit has only 39 calories. This makes it a great breakfast food, a super snack between meals or make it a dessert!
2 Sardines: Sardines are high in protein, which helps stabilize blood sugar, making you feel full and helps stimulate metabolism. They're a great source of omega-3s, which not only strengthen the cardiovascular system but also are helpful in boosting mood. Sardines are also free of contaminants, such as mercury and heavy metals.
3. Pumpkin: is considered one of the greatest weight-loss foods ever. Canned pumpkin is absolutely loaded with fiber and has only 40 calories. Dozens of studies show that high fiber intake is associated with a many health benefits, including weight management. Pumpkin is also among the easiest food in the world to prepare. You can sweeten it with your favorite low or 0-calorie sweetener, sprinkle it with blood-sugar-lowering cinnamon and nutmeg for good measure, throw in some healthy almonds and make it one of the best tasting weight-loss treats around. It's filling and delicious. Makes a great dessert, snack or side dish.
4. High-protein diets are associated with weight loss for a variety of reasons: Protein stimulates metabolism, helps you feel full longer and helps decrease the desire to overeat. Protein is important because it allows the brain to synthesis the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine, which help keep your mind attentive and alert. Excessive protein levels make the organs of digestion work much harder to process this food and robs your energy stores. Find the balance for YOU. Listen to your body! It will tell you what makes you feel good and what does not. Especially in the long term. Consider these great protein foods such as lean beef, lean pork, chicken, turkey, salmon, tuna, and sardines.
5. Carbohydrates provide glucose for energy. Excessive carbohydrates can increase blood sugar levels to dangerous levels, which then makes your body shut down to protect itself. Again, find the balance that is right for YOU. Listen to your body! It will tell you what makes you feel good and what does not.
6. If you have issues with excess heat, (sweating, red face, red skin, inflammation) look at eating foods that have a cooling nature. If you have excess cold (cold fingers, toes, hands, feet, cold abdomen, especially below the navel), look at eating foods that have a warming nature. Neutral foods help to regulate our system.
7. Green Tea is a natural weight-loss stimulant and is a great slimming solution Green tea is rich in antioxidants, promotes heart health, assists digestion and regulates blood sugar and body temperature. It raises the metabolic rate and speeds up fat oxidation, and therefore helps people lose weight. Drink it daily to boost your metabolism. Some research has shown that five cups a day is the magic number for fat loss. As an added benefit, the theanine in green tea is also a great natural de-stressor.
8. Apples and Pears are both great foods for boosting metabolism and weight loss. Apples contain naturally-occurring chemical compounds known as phytochemicals, polyphenols, or flavonoids, some of which have been proven to have antioxidant activity that inhibits, or scavenges, the activity of free radicals in the body. Cell damage from free radicals can be a factor in certain cancers, heart disease, strokes, and other conditions. The major antioxidant components in apples are polyphenols contained mainly in the skin known as quercetin glycoside, phloretin glycoside, chlorogenic acid, and epicatechin. Water rich fresh fruits such as pears, will dilute the calories in your foods, so you can eat more and not overdue the calories. This high fiber fruits is nutritious and keeps the digestive system on track as well as helps to steady the insulin levels, which is going to prevent fat storage. Overweight women who ate the equivalent of three small apples or pears a day lost more weight on a low-calorie diet than women who didn’t add fruit to their diet, according to researchers from the State University of Rio de Janeiro. Fruit eaters also ate fewer calories overall.
9. Soups are super! According to a Penn State University study, soup is a super appetite suppressant because it’s made up of a hunger-satisfying combination of liquids and solids. In the study, women chose one of three 270-calorie snacks before lunch. Women who had chicken and rice soup as a snack consumed an average of 100 fewer calories than those in the study who opted for a chicken and rice casserole or the casserole and a glass of water.
10. Low-Fat Yogurt has shown to boost weight loss efforts, according to a study in the April 2006 issue of Obesity Research. People on a reduced-calorie diet who included three to four servings of dairy foods lost significantly more weight than those who ate a low-dairy diet containing the same number of calories. Low-fat yogurt is a rich source of weight-loss-friendly calcium, providing about 450 mg (about half the recommended daily allowance for women ages 19-50) per 8-ounce serving, as well as 12 grams of protein. It includes calcium, protein and a ton of other nutrients as well as good bacteria for you digestive tract.
As a Nationally Certified Herbalist and Licensed practitioner of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac. has spent years developing a natural healthcare plan, which incorporates the benefits of fresh, full spectrum foods based on their color and their properties. A balance of attractive colors in the foods we eat, play an instinctual part as to what the body needs in the moment. The color energy of fruits, vegetables, vitamins and minerals all come into play when furnishing our bodies with the proper nourishment. Learn more about how to implement Andrew's outstanding "Full Spectrum Diet" into your lifestyle!
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