Lemons, are they worth the puckered face?

Hi y’all,

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a relaxing and memorable Christmas season.

2019 is here, and so are the new rituals we all want to add to make our year the best it can be. On the list that I always try to instill in my clients is lemon water either in the morning or at night (or both depending on the health challenges).

Why?

Well, for starters it is a fantasitc way to get hydration into your body first thing, so that your body can flush out the old and make way for the new nourishment of the day.

Now it’s important that you heat the water (and have it filtered), but it doesn’t have to be super hot, just warm enough that your digestive system gets warmed up for the food that will enter its system shortly. In Chinese medicine we preach how important our Stomach Fire is, this is our ability to break down food and absorb, so we stay happy and healthy. Lemon helps ramp up these processes, which is fabulous because it’s so easy to squeeze a lemon into hot water.

While we are on the subject of the digestive system…

Because a lemon has the same atomic structure as digestive juices found in our stomachs, it tricks the liver into producing bile, which helps keep food moving through your body and gastrointestinal tract smoothly. This is why it is so helpful with relieving indigestion and easing stomach upset.

Lemons are warriors for your white blood cell production (yes, I have been binge watching The Last Kingdom), but to be honest I do see these yellow Kings and Queens as warriors because the vitamin C packed in them stimulate white blood cell production which is vital for your immune system to function properly, and also protect cells from getting oxidative damage.

It looks after your skin…

The antioxdiants in lemons fight damage caused by free radicals, keeping your skin looking fresh. It also helps the body produce collagen, essential in smoothing out lines in the face.

In Chinese medicine we practice a type of food therapy called Shi Liao and lemons are known to go to the energectic systems of the Lung, Spleen, Stomach and Liver. They have the qualities of being sour, astringent and cool. We use it to curb excessive appetite and GERD/ acid reflux symptoms, really anything causing digestive upset, or what we refer to as rebellious Stomach Qi.

They protect the center of a person, which what keeps a person stable emotionally and helps people remain calm in stressful situations. I could go on and on about the emotional qualities of lemons, it’s fascinating!

So, what about time of day…or night?

It’s true that lemon water will help in different ways depending on the time of day.

In the morning:

  • Relieves dehydration
  • Energizes the body
  • Boosts metabolism
  • Stimulates digestive system
  • Helps weight loss
  • Boosts brain power

At night:

  • Detoxes the colon
  • Helps weight loss
  • Boosts immune system
  • Helps with heartburn
  • Helps reduce inflammation

It’s safe to say you can’t go wrong with a half of a lemon in the morning or at night. I challenge you to incoporate it for 2 weeks and see how you feel. If you have any question about other ingredients you can add, please message me! I love talking health and wellness.

Thanks for reading!

Receipe:

1 organic lemon, lemon sqeezer, 1-8oz cup of hot/warm water, loving intention

Mix together

Enjoy.

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Thai Curry Pho Soup

This Thai soup is packed with veggies, spicy thai flavour and creamy coconut milk. Easy, flavourful and customizable; budget friendly too! Ready in about 30 minutes.

  • Prep Time 10 minutes
  • Cook Time 20 minutes
  • Total Time 30 minutes

Servings 4


Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp neutral cooking oil
  • 2 Cloves of garlic (but if you are like me do 4)
  • 2 Tbsp of red curry paste (I also use green)
  • 1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1 small sweet potato
  • 1 bunch of baby bok choy (if your like me then add as many as you like)
  • 4 cups of veg or chicken broth
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 1/2 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 1/2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 3.5 oz rice vermicelli noodles (I use brown)

Garnishes:

  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 lime
  • Handful of cilanto
  • Sriracha to taste
  1. Prepare the vegetables for the soup and garnishes first, so they are ready to go. Mince the garlic and grate the ginger using a small holed cheese grater. Peel and dice the sweet potato into inch cudes. Wash the bok choy, then chop into one-inch strips, separating the fibrous stalks from the delicate green ends. Thinly slice the red onion and roughy chop the cilantro.
  2. Add the cooking oil to a large soup pot along with the minced garlic, grated ginger and Thai curry paste. Sauté the garlic, ginger and curry paste over medium heat for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add the diced sweet potato and chopped bok choy stalks to the pot (save the leafy green ends for later) along with the chicken broth. Bring the pot to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to low and let simmer for 5-7 minutes or until the sweet potato are tender.
  4. While the soup is simmering, prepare the rice noodles then set aside
  5. Once the sweet potato are tender, add the coconut milk, fish sauce and brown sugar to the soup. Stir, taste and adjust fish sauce or brown sugar if needed. Finally, add the bok choy greens and let them wilt in the hot soup
  6. To serve, divide the rice vermicelli into 4 bowls. Ladle the soup and vegetables over the noodles, then top with red onion, cilantro, a wedge of lime and a drizzle of sriracha.

Again, explore different vegetables to make it your own. With soups like this the sky is the limit to what you can create, have fun!

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Mel xo

 

8 reasons to add Frankincense to your collection 🙌🏻

#1 Relax With A Bath Soak

Put a few drops of Frankincense oil into a hot bath to help combat feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression. Frankincense is also proven to help reduce the appearance of stress marks and cellulite. Add a cup of epsom salt for more skin purifying capabilities.

#2 Clean Your Whole Home

Add a few drops of frankincense to a bottle of diluted vinegar for a quick and easy household cleaner. Frankincense is a natural antiseptic and will disinfect and clean any area of your home. Put a few drops in a diffuser to help clean any air odors throughout your home.

#3 It’s Great for Your Teeth!

Frankincense oil makes a great addition to any oral hygiene product. It helps prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and any cavities from forming. If interested, you can make a really awesome tooth paste by mixing a few drops of frankincense with baking soda. It whitens your teeth fantastically!

#4 FIGHT WRINKLES

You had me at hello. Add a few drops of frankincense to your face lotion. It protects the skin and helps fight against the formation of wrinkles, acne, and large pores. Believe it or not, it’s even used to heal saggy skin!

#5 Helps With Cramps

I can attest to this one! A few drops of Frankincense oil on your lower abdomen can really help with cramps caused by PMS. But that’s not all! It helps relieve symptoms of constipation and other gastrointestinal distress!

#6 Treat Scars

Remember when I said that Frankincense helped protect and heal skin? It absolutely does! Combine a few drops of oil with coconut oil and rub directly on scars, stretch marks, or any other skin wounds to help promote faster healing.

#7 Get Rid of Coughs

Without an immunization, of course! If you are having trouble “getting over” a cough caused by the flu, Frankincense can help you find relief! Drop oil into your hands and inhale directly for fast relief.

#8 Helps Reduce Stress, Anxiety, and Negative Emotions

As I said previously, it was these benefits specifically that motivated me to seek out this oil. Diffuse nightly for help overcoming stress and anxiety.

***Always buy from a reputable company that is certified. Essential oils are medicinal and can harm children, pets and YOU, if used incorrectly, use too much or the quality is sh*ty.

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Kombucha; elixir or hype?

I just started making my own Kombucha a few months ago to cut down on the cost of buying it. $6-8 bucks a bottle adds up over a run of a week, just like our other crutch, coffee.

Is it as good for us as we are led to believe?

Kombucha: A fermented pro-biotic (pro-life) beverage from a kombucha culture (SCOBY). The fermentation includes teas, wild herbs and a sweetener (usually organic white sugar).

These good bacteria’s help to balance the acids in the stomach helping entire digestive system, from there forms alkalies which in turn alkalize the rest of the body. Kombucha clears the way for the body to digest properly and very importantly assimilate all the nutrients coming in. Many people don’t receive all the amazing nutrients, vitamins and minerals that they are ingesting, but Kombucha absorbs them right in. Kombucha is also one of most amazing detoxifiers and helps chelate and remove heavy metals and toxins received from environmental conditions, food and water. In this detox process, it’s crucial to drink a good amount of water while drinking kombucha to help release these unwanted toxins from the body.

One cup (about 8oz) contains about 7 grams of carbohydrates and about 20% of the daily value of B-Vitamins also contains:

• Bacillus coagulans GBI-30 6086: 1 billion organisms

• S. Boulardii: 1 billion organisms

• EGCG 100mg

• Glucuronic Acid 10mg

• L(+) Lactic Acid 25mg

• Acetic Acid 30 mg

All this can help the body by supporting:

• Liver detoxification

• Improved pancreas function

• Increased energy

• Better digestion

• Improved mood (helps with anxiety/depression)

• Reducing Candida (yeast)

• Helps nutrient assimilation

• May be beneficial for weight loss

So, how much should be all drink?

It really depends on the person but in general this should be treated like medicine and we all have to listen to our bodies. People starting out should start with a few ounces twice a day and then work your way up. If you experience loose stool that is a indicator that you need to back off. I drink about a cup a day depending on the strength of the brew I make.

There are some cautions to note:

• Pregnant and nursing moms and anyone with a medical condition should check with a doctor before consuming. It contains both caffeine and sugar, which should be limited during pregnancy.

• Some people experience bloating from drinking it. This may in part be due to the presence of probiotics and potential changes in gut bacteria. Anyone with a digestive disorder should consult a doctor before consuming.

• If kombucha is made incorrectly, it may contain harmful bacteria and could be dangerous. This is rare but is more common with home brews.

• Preparing kombucha in a ceramic vessel may be dangerous as the acidic brew can leach any lead from this vessel into the finished drink.

But for the most part it is a healthy, safe beverage to enjoy 🙂

Should I be concerned about the alcohol content?

Kombucha does contain a very small amount of alcohol, which has been a source of much controversy in recent years. Sources estimate that store bought brews contain 0.5% to 1.0% alcohol. To put this in perspective, a person would have to drink a six pack of kombucha to approach the alcohol in a single 12oz beer. In fact, a bottle of kombucha would have a comparable alcohol content to an over-ripe banana. Store bought brew containing over 0.5% alcohol must be labeled as such and often an ID is required to purchase it. Homemade kombucha also typically contains more alcohol than store bought, though still not much.

Bottom line: It’s delicious, healthy but with anything fermented we have to be cautious. Also it is important to note that the research doesn’t yet support the health properties but in general it is considered safe to drink if from a reputable source. Alway consult a doctor if you a pregnant or breast feeding.

I’ll post a recipe this week 🙂

Mel ❤️

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