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Amazing Watermelon-Lemonade

So glad it is watermelon season…yum!

Water melon is juicy, refreshing, sweet and packed with tons of vitamins and antioxidants; a great source of vitamin C, A and contains the super mix of B vitamins and magnesium which are great for energy, mood and balancing the effects of stress in your body. In addition, water melon is a fabulous source of lycopene, a potent antioxidant. It contains higher amounts of lycopene than any other fruit or vegetable and has almost double the lycopene of tomatoes. I could easily stop here and watermelon would still be a winner but there is more! Watermelon is rich in water, obviously… so very rehydrating, and it has a balance of electrolytes including sodium and potassium; so very replenishing on a warm summer day.

Below is a fabulous Watermelon/Strawberry (optional) Lemonade Recipe:

  • 8 cups watermelon
  • 4 lemons, juice from and a dab of rind if using organic lemons
  • 1 cup strawberries (organic only – think dirty dozen)
  • Maybe a dab of stevia or truvia or agave (to taste, you will probably not need it if your fruit is ripe)

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. You can also freeze this delightful refreshing beverage in ice cube trays and use instead of ice to add flavor and nutrients to your water or just to suck on a hot summer day!

 

 
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Posted by on July 2, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Flu Prevention & Healing Remedies

I just spent two weeks straight seeing sick people at the Urgent Care and I have to say that it is officially cold and flu season here in Minnesota. There are so many good ways to boost your immune system; get your daily dose of vitamin d, get good restful sleep, eat a lot of nutrient dense green leafies and plenty of citrus fruit to get your vitamin C levels up. Also, during this flu season I like to add fresh garlic to things. Garlic is a wonderful anti-bacterial and antiseptic plus it tastes fabulous.

For a sore throat and overall immune boosting activity try the following brew…it works!

Cut up 2 organic lemons, drop them in a small mason jar. Finely grind 1/2 – 1 fresh ginger root. Add 1 tsp. cinnamon or pumpkin spice. Add 1/8 tsp cayenne or if this is too much heat for you can do 1/4 tsp black pepper

Pour in some of your favorite raw local honey or organic manuka healing honey and sweeten to your likeness.

Stir well. Store in the fridge.

Take 1 teaspoon 3-4 times a day (or more if desired). Can be added to a cup of cold or warm water or tea.

If you want to be even more aggressive one or even two fresh cloves of Garlic can be your best friend. You can eat raw if you dare, chop up and place in a tsp of honey or add extra to your humus or guac, and I mean extra. Garlic is a natural anti-bacterial agent and works great to keep you cold and flu free.

I also make sure that I keep elderberry syrup in my house at all times. I usually take the above with one tsp of Sambucol. It is a fabulous anti-viral aid and it tastes wonderful too.

To your health and to a flu free 2013!

 

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Need to De-Stress? Try a little Zest!

Last night I was working in the crazy busy urgent care and I needed a second to recuperate, so I went to dictate a few charts, peeled myself a beautiful orange/mandarin for some good ol fashioned nourishment and within an instant the stale room that was filled with four other doctors and years of who knows what kind of aromas, was suddenly replaced by the wonderful fresh, refreshing, uplifting scent of this glorious orange. Within seconds I felt revitalized and I had not even taken a bite yet!

Ah the glories of the citrus family! In the world of essential oils, citrus is known to improve mood, decrease appetite and lower anxiety. So many reasons to sniff a mandarin or orange peel if you are feeling down or having a gloomy day.

So today, if you are feeling a little anxious or just need to de-stress, try a little zest! Studies have shown that scents can help you to de-stress. Linalool; a substance found in lemons for example, not only has anti-inflammatory properties but may also help to reduce the flight-or-fight stress response. Other scents like basil, juniper, and lavender have also been found to lower stress as well.

So sniff and eat I say! Cause not only do citrus fruits wake up your sense of smell but they are packed with vitamin C, which brings high stress hormones back to normal levels more quickly. Vitamin C also helps lower blood pressure. Blood pressure can rise in response to stressful situations. Eat an orange as a snack on the days when you anticipate extra stress at home or at work. Doing so about an hour before a stressful situation can help you stay calm.

So go and find your favorite citrus fruit, bring it along with you today and enjoy your calm fabulous day…

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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