Bad Year for Bugs

Is it me or has it been a really bad mosquito year?  It seems like everytime I go outside, I get attacked.  What’s more, they are getting into my house and biting us all while we sleep.  There’s nothing worse than laying in bed at night and hearing the annoying little buzz of a mosquito hovering above your bed.  Recently, I have received notices from my kids’ school that the fields and playgrounds are infested with mosquitos and that they are doing abatement as fast and frequently as possible.  Still, I decided not to take any chances.

all natural

I’m always reluctant to use any repellant that has deet so I only used bug spray when it was absolutely necessary.  However, I have found that the Repellent Blend is a terrific natural, herbal bug repellant and it smells good to use.  What’s more, it’s a blend of essential oils for the skin.  Diluted with some fractionated coconut oil, it can be put in a spray bottle and really goes a long way.  It’s safe, it’s affordable and it is a very valid alternative to store bought, deet infused bug repellant.  Ask me about it today!

Healthy Snacks

berries

This morning there was a piece on the news that caught my eye about healthy snacks.  The journalist provided a list of what she thought were the “healthiest” snacks out there.  I have decided to do the same.  While I agree with her choices and I am going to add a few of my own:

Berries

This sweet natural snack is a treat we should be regularly indulging in.  Among the many benefits, berries help keep cholesterol and blood pressure under control. Blueberries, strawberries and raspberries are a good source of Vitamin C, while blueberries and raspberries are also excellent sources of fiber. Ellagic acid, a polyphenol found in blueberries, can increase HDL cholesterol and lower blood pressure.  What’s more, the antioxidant properties of berries are also a good thing.  As a side note, to enhance antioxidant support, don’t forget to use a few drops a clove oil during the day.

Serving Suggestion: About 1 cup

Eat a handful for a snack.  Include in your favorite smoothie.

Top your cereal, yogurt or salads with these superfoods.

Avocado

This potassium-filled fruit (about twice the amount of bananas), avocados provide healthy fat and calorie intake.  Also filled with fiber, Vitamin E, B vitamins and folic acids, the fruit helps the body absorb three to five times more antioxidants, according to one study.

Serving Suggestion: About 1 cup

Slice it and top the butter flavored fruit with salt and pepper.

Cube it and toss into a salad.

For a twist on the classic Caprese salad, slice up some tomatoes and avocado, drizzle them with olive oil and balsamic, top with salt and pepper. Serve it with some cheese or bread for a slightly heartier salad.

Mash it into guacamole, mixing cumin, chili powder, cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper into it. Serve it with some corn chips.

Always top your tacos, burritos or other Mexican fare with it.

Olives

This is my designated “emotional food”.  Dozens of health-protective nutrients have been identified in olives, and recent studies have taken a very close look at olive varieties, olive processing, and changes that take place in olive nutrients.

Greek-style black olives, Spanish-style green olives, Kalamata-style olives, and many different methods of olive preparation provide us with valuable amounts of many different antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients.

Olives are unusual in their fat quality, because they provide almost three-quarters of their fat as oleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid. The high monounsaturated fat content of olives has been associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.

Serving Suggestion:  about 1 cup

Add to salads, eat raw from an olive bar.  Canned olives are o.k; however, there is some controversy over the dilution of nutrients in the preservation/canning process.

Can be eaten as a side dish or salad or can be minced and used to top a sandwich.

Almonds

the delicately flavored and versatile almond is available throughout the year to make a healthy and tasty addition to both sweet and savory dishes.  The almond that we think of as a nut is technically the seed of the fruit of the almond tree, a medium-size tree that bears fragrant pink and white flowers.

Almonds are high in monounsaturated fats, the same type of health-promoting fats as are found in olive oil, which have been associated with reduced risk of heart disease.

Serving Suggestion:  about 1 cup

Eat raw anytime during the day to curb those huner pains.  This is another emotional eating “go to” for me.  When I feel that urge to “emotional eat” I start popping almonds.

Excellent to top salads or a piece of baked or grilled fish.  Don’t forget that this nut makes really good ‘almond butter’ to spread on crackers or celery.

Dark Chocolate

I could give up chocolate, but I’m not a quitter.

By choosing a plain dark chocolate with at least 70 percent cocoa content, eaters of this delicious treat consume resveratrol and flavonoids, which work together as antioxidants that keep free radicals under control, decrease inflammation and repair damage, according to the Cleveland Clinic.

Serving Suggestion: 1 ounce a few times a week – but who are we kidding, I eat it once a day around 3:00 p.m.m

Eat It:

Break off a piece from a bar and eat it plain.

Chop some up and add it to a homemade trail mix of nuts and dried berries.

Melt it into milk for a homemade mug of hot cocoa.  Add some cinnamon, peppermint or wild orange essential oil if you want some additional flavors and spices.

chocolate heart

  Enjoy!

Cellular Complex Essential Oil

One of essential oil’s claim to fame is the ability of its supplements to work at a cellular level.  This means that rather than stimulating cells to renew or replace energy, the supplements work to replace mitochondria providing a more natural source of energy.  The use of essential oils for health can be found in the actual use of oils in the composition of the essential oil company’s supplement line.

 

Product Description
Essential Oil Cellular Complex is a proprietary blend of essential oils combined to support healthy cell biogenesis, function, and renewal. This blend includes the pure aromatic compounds of  frankincense, wild orange, lemongrass, thyme, summer savory, clove, and niaouli that  have been shown in clinical studies to support cellular health and vitality.*

Concept
As the basic structure of all living things, cells perform three primary functions: they make  copies of themselves, they perform a specialized function, and they self-destruct when they  are not performing their first two functions correctly. As we age, cellular function can be  compromised by poor nutrition, obesity, stress, and exposure to harmful environmental
influences such as infectious microorganisms and toxic chemicals. When cellular DNA and  other structures are compromised, cells can fail to regenerate, fail to function as programmed and fail to initiate the normal and healthy process of cellular turnover and renewal.
Cellular Renewal through Apoptosis
Cells have a limited lifespan for performing their many unique and specialized functions in  an organism. A normal and natural mechanism for maintaining optimal cell function is a  process of cellular renewal called apoptosis in which older cells are eliminated through a  process of self-regulated destruction, and new cells are made to replace old cells. Through
this process, humans replace the approximate equivalent of their body weight in new cells  every year! If cellular apoptosis and regeneration are compromised, sub-optimal health  conditions may follow. Staying young and enjoying a long life of vitality begins with healthy  cellular function.

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Free Radical Molecules and DNA

Free radical molecules are molecules with one or more unpaired electrons that can potentially damage cellular structures including cellular DNA. Found in the nucleus of each cell, DNA stores the instructions for cellular regeneration, function, repair, and apoptosis. When DNA is compromised, cell function can be compromised and unhealthy conditions such as the early onset of degenerative conditions associated with aging can be accelerated.  Antioxidants are molecules with one or more electrons to spare. Antioxidants can neutralize free-radical molecules stopping their destructive cycle of damage to cellular DNA and compromised cellular function. Although our bodies can produce some antioxidants, we primarily depend on dietary sources of antioxidants to neutralize free-radical stress on cells.  Eating foods that are rich in natural antioxidants, such as fruits and vegetables, managing stress, and limiting our exposure to external sources of toxic free-radical molecules can help support cellular longevity and vitality.

Essential Oil Cellular Complex

Essential Oil Cellular Complex is a proprietary blend of  essential oils that have been shown in clinical studies to help protect cells against free-radical damage while supporting healthy cellular function. The blend includes clove, thyme, and wild orange essential oil, providing powerful antioxidants that help protect cellular DNA from free-radical damage. It also includes essential oils from Boswellia frereana (frankincense), lemongrass, summer savory, and niaouli that have been shown to support cellular apoptosis and renewal.

This blend is available as a pure blend in a 30 ml bottle, or in a liquid capsule format that includes Nanosomal Lipid Assimilation System for improved bioavailability and digestion.

Primary Benefits

Some of the benefits of essential oils, blended specifically in the Cellular Complex include:

  • Supports healthy cell proliferation and lifespan by reducing oxidative stress to DNA and other critical cell structures
  • Supports healthy cellular apoptosis and renewal

What Makes This Product Unique?

A proprietary blend of  essential oils of frankincense, wild orange, lemongrass, thyme, summer savory, clove, and niaouli

• One 8-drop serving (480 mg) has an ORAC 5.0 score of over 5,000

• Available in a 30 ml bottle, or as a liquid capsule with Nanosomal Lipid Delivery System

* Remember, These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.