Food That Boost Immunity

Food that boost immunityNow that it is getting cooler outside and the common cold is beginning to spread it is especially important to keep your immune system healthy and ready to fight anything that wants to attack.

Maintaining a healthy immune system means you are helping prevent infections and germs from invading your lymph nodes, cells and organs. A healthy fuctioning immune system also aids in warding off digestive complications, fatigue, allergies, and horrible illnesses such as cancer.

Weather change is not the only issue that can contribute to a weakened immune system. Lack of sleep, emotional stress, the use of too many antibiotics, lack of exercise, overexposure to toxins from the environment as well as a poor diet and hygiene are also contibutors to a weakened immune system.

Luckily, you can help boost your immune system by dedicating yourself to a healthy lifestyle eating habit.

Foods That Boost Your Immune System

  • Probiotic Yogart or Kefir – Eating probiotic yogarts daily helps with the development of white blood cells which help decrease the possibility and/or duration of infections.
  • Tumeric – I love this stuff! I add it to eggs, chicken, potatoes as well as warm water with cinnamon and honey for a comforting, healthy tea. Tumeric aids in the resistance to infections.
  • Garlic – Look here for the very important reasons why garlic should be a staple in your life. Try to eat 2 – 3 raw cloves (either whole or minced on food) a day to receive immunity boosting benefits.
  • Green Tea – Green tea is filled with antioxidants to help fight free-radical damage. Aim to drink 3 cups a day. More reasons here to drink this powerful tea!
  • Ginger – Ginger is good for blood circulation as well as having the ability to break down toxins gathered in the body. Eat it whole, crushed in food or drink it as a tea at least once a day to help boost your immunity.
  • Lemons – Squeeze that lemon over your food or into a cup of warm water for your body to absorb the vitamin C it needs to fight off infections. Want to learn more about the benefits of lemon water? Read this!
  • Cranberries – Cranberries are known to have great andFood that boost immunity powerful antioxidant, antiviral and anticancer properties…need I say more!?
  • Mushrooms – Mushrooms are rich in fiber, B vitamins, calcium and vitamin C to name a few, which all help maintain a healthy immune system.
  • Raw Broccoli – This is one of the healthiest vegetables for your body because it is loaded with vitamins and minerals that have the power to fight off infection. Cooking broccoli can take away its super powers, so it is best to eat it raw.
  • Citrus – This is something you want to eat daily whether you have a cold or not to keep your immune system tip-top. Vitamin C increases white blood cell production which keeps infections at bay.
  • Hot Liquid Chicken Soup –  The hot liquid from this Food that boost immunitysoup clears nasal passages and kills off bad bacteria.
  • Carrots – The beta-carotene in carrots helps support the respiratory and intestinal tract making it more difficult for bad bacteria to enter the bloodstream.

So there you have it! Try out your local Farmers Market or go straight to the produce section of your food store and take this list with you. Try out different recipes or eat them as is. Just make sure to keep a healthy eating habit so you can keep a healthy immune system.

Be Happy, Stay Healthy!

Rachel Grace

 

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Balancing Your Chakras

Balancing Your ChakrasIf there was a way that you could naturally help heal yourself would you give it a try?

There are 7 points on our body where the energy flows. They are located down the center, from the top of the head to the base of the spine. We have the ability to target these “spiritual centers” to help ourselves heal both physically and mentally….they are called our chakras.

It is believed by many that if any of our chakras are blocked it could lead to illness because our energy can not freely flow. This guide will help you determine which, if any, of your chakras are blocked.

The Seven Chakras

  1. Root Chakra (Red) – This is the chakra that makes us feel grounded. It is located at the base of the spine (the tailbone.)
  2. Sacral Chakra (Orange) – This chakra helps us embrace new experiences and people that come into our lives. This chakra is located 2 inches in and below our navel in the lower abdomin.
  3. Solar Plexus Chakra (Yellow) – With this chakra we are given the ability to be in control of our lives with confidence. The location of the Solar Plexus is in the upper abdomin.
  4. Heart Chakra (Green) – This chakra allows us to love. Its location is at the center of the chest, just above the heart.
  5. Throat Chakra (Blue) – The throat chakra gives us the power to communicate. It is located in…yes, you guessed it…the throat.
  6. Third Eye Chakra (Purple) – This gives us the ability to focus and notice “the big picture”. The Third Eye is right between the eyes in the forehead.
  7. Crown Chakra (White) – This is our highes chakra allowing us to be and feel fully, spiritually connected.

Balancing your chakrasSymptoms Of Blocked Chakra

  1. Root Chakra – The feeling of being “out of it”, not feeling safe, very tired may even have digestive issues such as constipation
  2. Sacral Chakra – Lack of creative juices flowing, no sexual desire, uncomfortable menstrual cycle
  3. Solar Plexis Chakra – Lack of self confidence and self worth, nausea, low blood sugar levels and upset digestive system
  4. Heart Chakra – You no longer care as much for others, heart issues and may have high blood pressure
  5. Throat Chakra – Have a hard time speaking up for yourself or for what you believe in, sore throat, thyroid issues
  6. Third Eye Chakras – Feeling depresses, headaches, migraines
  7. Crown Chakra – The feeling of being “disconnected”, not able to sleep or sleep too much

What Blocks Our Chakras

You may be asking yourself what blocks our chakras? The most common blockers are stress, poor diet, lack of exercise and negative thoughts. By committing to positive changes in your lifestyle you will have the power to unblock your chakras.

How To Cleanse And Unblock Your Chakras

This is where it gets fun. Be prepared to get to know and trust yourelf even more. You can do this daily or weekly to feel the benefits happening to your body. Lets cleanse and balance our chakras!

First: Find a quiet spot to sit, stand or lay so that you can comfortably meditate. If you would like guidance on how to meditate click here. This meditation should help you feel grounded or “one” with the universe.

Second: Imagine each chakra opening as if it were a flower about to bloom. Stay with that thought until the “flower” is fully bloomed before moving onto the next chakra. (AssociateBalancing your chakras each chakra with its color.) Start with the Root Chakra and work your way up. This may take about 5 minutes or so. Be patient. The more you practice, the easier it will be to imagine.

Third: Now that all of your “flowers” are bloomed you must now imagine a stream of white light powerfully entering your body from the Root Chakra one by one up to the Crown Chakra. Envision the 7 streams of white light through your body. Let this light flow for as long as you feel it should. Until all of your chakras feel unblocked.

Fourth: Now you have to turn off the white lights. One at a time turn off the flow from the Crown Chakra down the the Root Chakra. Imagine the white lights shutting off one by one until you are “grounded” again.

Fifth: It is time to partially close all 7 chakras, not completely close because we don’t want to shut off our chakras but we can’t leave them 100% open either. Keeping them open can run the risk of running out of energy and people abusing your generosity.

To do this imagine that you are closing a door (just don’t shut it). Close it until you feel comfortable with how much open space is left. Do this for each chakra starting at the Crown Chakra and work your way down. This will of course be different for everyone. After doing this so often you will know where you feel comfortable with the ajar door.

Sixth and Final Step: Get rid of the negative energy from your chakras by visualizing a gust of wind taking all of the negative junk far away from you leaving you with a cleared, peaceful and energized state of being.

Start Today!

There is no better time then now to heal your body. I would love to hear how you feel after balancing your chakras. I promise that your health and wellness can improve!

Be happy! Stay healthy!

Rachel Grace

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Foot Detox At Home

Foot Detox At Home

Did you know that you are able to release all kinds of bad toxins from your body through your feet!? Amazing!

Why Give It A Try?

  • It can help cleanse your kidneys and liver
  • Enhance your immune system
  • Reduce inflammation
  • For cardiovascular health
  • Create a more balanced pH level

Shopping List

This  foot detox needs these special indredients:

  1. Epsom Salt – 1 cup…purchase HERE
  2. Apple Cider Vinegar – 2 cups…purchase HERE 
  3. Warm Water – 1/2 gallon
  4. Lavender Essential Oil – 5 to 10 drops…purchase HERE

Epsom Salt

Epsom salts are a great way for your body to absorb well needed magnesium that is depleted through many possible factors such as stress and anxiety. Epsom salts are also considered heart healthy because it can lower inflammation and improve circulation. This is a great option to help lower your blood pressure.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar (best if you use raw, organic, unfiltered and unpasturized) is an added ingredient that is helpful if you have foot odor, as the ACV will dry out the feet and get rid of the unpleasant odor. It is also helpful for corn and calluses (painful, hard, thick skin) on the feet, sore and tired feet or if you have any kind of fungal infection in the toes or athlete’s foot.

Lavender Essential Oil

The lavender essential oil will promote calmness and relaxation.

Sit Back and Relax

Make it a point to detox your feet as often as once a day. At the end of a long day, place a bucket filled with the detox ingredients infront of the tv and watch your favorite 30 minute show or take that time to read…Hay, maybe even meditate 🙂

You will start to feel the benefits from this foot soak in 10 minutes but it is best to soak for at least 20 minutes daily.

Check with your doctor first if you suffer from seizures or wear a pacemaker. And don’t forget to stay hydrated with water during and after your detox.

Are you interested in a full body detox??? Look HERE for more information on that!

I hope this post finds you happy and healthy 🙂

 

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