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Love & Nutrition: My Favorite Daily Nutrition Loves

Along the way on my health journey, there are some things that I have come across that I cannot live without! I call them my “healthy addictions” 🙂

Reusable Water Bottle

Yes, I just started my list with a reusable water bottle.. But its a essential in my world! I carry water with me ALWAYS. My husband actually messes with me because I kinda panic if I don’t have water.. and I do. It might be a bit of a anxiety thing, but the upside is a stay hydrated. And thats a great reason to carry it- stay hydrated! Having a bottle could help you keep up with your water intake and stay on tract getting enough water.

Starting your Morning with Water

The worst thing you can do for your digestion in wake up and start shoving food down your throat… So what should you start to day with? Well water is a great start. Room temperature or warm.. you could add lemon as a boost. Starting your day with water jump starts your metabolism, gives your body a chance to wake up, boost your immune system and start your day hydrated. People underestimate how much water we need everyday.. so starting your day with it can help get you on track.

Green Smoothie\Juice

A green smoothie is also apart of my morning regiment. After my water I blend up a green smoothie that consist of: 1/2 green apple, 1/3 celery stick, 1 inch of celery, and chunk of kale with a splash of aloe and coconut water for the liquid. Doing this insures I start my day with greens, fruit and other important nutrients. And its first thing, on a empty stomach for good absorption.. and its RAW. We need raw foods and it’s not always easy to get them!

Eating Healthy Fats

Being pron to dry skin and dry eyes made me super aware of getting enough healthy fats. Thankfully people are starting to understand now all fats are bad. We have been so misguided when it comes to fats, that’s a whole other article within itself.. so long story short there are good fats and we need them! Goods fats can help you lose weight, they burn better than carbs for energy and they are awesome for your skin, nails, and hair! I use full fat coconut milk with a 1/4 of chia seeds and cinnamon to make a cold oatmeal type yogurt for my breakfast.. top it with fresh fruit and nuts. I also supplement with a oil blend from Udo’s Oil. Eggs, avocado, nuts, flaxseed and chia seed are all good fats. Just google it! And try incorporating more into your diet 😉

Raw Foods

After reading a book about enzyme health and that we should be getting the majority of our digestive enzymes from our diet made me become very aware of my raw foods intake. Once foods are heated or cooked, it kills the enzymes. So it’s best to eat raw foods to ensure your getting good enzymes for your body to do its daily functions! So make a big salad loaded with vegetables and fruit.. snack on raw veggies and fruit.. just eat some raw stuff! Before you know it you become so accustomed to it and you feel lost if you don’t have a good salad or some raw foods in your day 🙈🙊

Good Bacteria

Yes.. I love good bacteria! 😁 Our good bacteria level in our gut determines EVERYTHING! If our good bacteria isn’t where it should be, neither will the rest of your body. Getting in live bacteria cultures every day is a must in my world. Did you know our gut health can even effect our mood? If you struggle with anxiety, depression, or other mood disorders.. you might want to consider a good probiotic in your life. You can even drink Kombucha or eat fermented foods. The more the merrier!

Supplements

Ideally we should be getting all our nutrients from our diet. In a perfect world.. and our world is far from perfect. Even a predominately real foods, raw, and organic diet could still be lacking because our soil is even depleted. So what can we do?? Well supplementing is a good way to enough your getting your minerals and other important nutrients. BE CAREFUL though.. you can wind up with cabinet full of pills to try to take every day and be selective on brands for quality. The goal should be to try to get as much nutrients from your diet and supplement for deficiencies… areas you need extra. Like if you struggle with energy- a B Complex could help with that. A good multivitamin is always a safe call.. I take a multivitamin, B Complex, Fish oil, Phytoplankton, Probiotic, BioAstin, Digestive Enzyme and Udo’s Oil DHA. Three of my supplements are targets towards dry eyes and dry skin issues.

It might sound kinda lame that these are my nutrition loves. But they make my body feel good, and have become such a natural part of my life. I could honestly list several more, but these are some good staple items. Hope they bring some inspiration and nutrition love to someone out there ❤️

love you. live long.

My Favorite Immune Boosters

Being sick in the winter time has become “normal” in our culture.. just as many other things have become that are not actually natural to our bodies. The good news is we don’t have to get that annual sinus infection, or that cold that never fails to come when the weather changes. How do we avoid this? By building up our immune system so we are strong enough to fight off common winter illnesses.

I use to get sick almost every winter.. and normally multiple times. Once I started learning about building up my immune system to prevent it, I started on a simple regiment of a probiotic & a wellness formula vitamin. And boom! In the last 5 years I have only been sick once.. and the one time I got sick was after flying back home from being out of the country for a week.

Over these past few years I have come across some great immune boosters that I have kept apart of my life year around to prevent sickness. There are many out there.. but these are ones I have personally used & can vouch for!

Probiotic

I always tell friends & family- if you take one vitamin everyday.. it should be a Live Probiotic. A good probiotic is crucial for your overall health. Why? The good bacteria flora in our gut (where 70-80% of our immune system is) determines how we fight sickness, disease, & cancer. It also plays a big role in our digestion & other vital everyday functions. Things like stress, poor diet, prescription pills- especially antibiotics.. can disrupt this flora. When our good bacteria is weakened, it leaves your vulnerable & sets you up for sickness.

Colliodal Silver

This is some old school holistic health right here. Its been around since the early 20th century, but has never received the mainstream attention it deserves. It is a powerful, all natural antibiotic that detects & kills out any disease causing pathogens. Unlike conventional antibiotics- which kills out good & bad bacteria, colloidal silver leaves good bacteria unharmed.. only going after the bad stuff your body doesn’t need. I used a diluted store bought version to cure a inflamed stye outside of my eye & it was gone within 24 hours! I also take it weekly for maintenance & up it to daily when I feel anything coming on. Here is a great article explain it & you can even purchase a machine to make your own!

Marine Phytoplankton

Phyto what? Or my favorite is.. You mean like Spongebob? Marine Phytoplankton is a powerful microalgae that is needed to sustain life on a cellular level. It’s loaded with essential fatty acids, amino acids, enzymes, vitamins, antioxidants and trace minerals.. and gram for gram it is one of the most nutrient dense superfood on the planet. Do I need to explain more? Lol. I came across this gem when doing random research.. and it was a game change! The doctor’s article I found talking about it was swearing by this stuff to cure & prevent cancer, disease, and common illnesses. It has helped heal my husband’s stomach that was damaged from years of acid issues. It helped heal our friend’s mom who had lumps in her breast. It heals on a cellular level.. and its really hard to find dense nutrients like this in any modern foods. And its REALLY SIMPLE. You take drops of it strait or in juice everyday, first thing.. and boom! Thats all. Check out Sunfood’ s website to get more information & to purchase it. I highly recommend making this apart of your everyday life- ALWAYS 🙂

Wellness Formula

A wellness formular vitamin is very handy to prevent or get you through sickness. Versus taking a bunch of different vitamin, you can get one target towards immune health that is filled with a handful of herbs & vitamins you wouldn’t normally take. Your immune system can be compromised by stress, weather change, lack of proper sleep.. and so on. So anytime the weather changes dramatically, I am under stress, or just don’t feel 100%.. I take my Wellness Formula vitamin. Its also smart to take daily to build up your immune system, then take as needed for maintenance.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is one of the more main stream vitamins that people are familiar & comfortable with.. but its importance isn’t praised enough. Most people think they should just load up on it when they get a cold, but your body’s need for it is much deeper than that! It is a powerful antioxidant that protects our bodies on many levels.. such as from free radical damage, promoting cell health, helping with aging… and so on. It is a water-soluable vitamin, therefor your body cannot store it so it needs to be consumed daily through diet or supplementation.. And not to be there barrier  of bad new- but orange juice is not a good source! Many fresh fruits & vegetables are great sources of vitamin c and you can always find a trustworthy supplement to make sure your getting plenty. When I am feeling sick I take a 500-1000 mg. supplement every hour or so for a boost.. since your body will flush out what you don’t need, I constantly replenish it to be safe!

Garlic

Garlic has a list of benefits for your health- giving it many characteristics of a superfood. Its has antibacterial, anti fungal, and antiviral components to help prevent & fight sickness. It also promotes cardiovascular health, cancer prevention, and is anti-inflammatory (inflammation is the root of many problems!). It is also beneficial for fighting candida in your gut (overgrowth of yeast). Of coarse, raw garlic is the most powerful source because cooking it can destroy some of the nutrients. If you have not acquired a taste for raw garlic, the next best thing is finding a good supplement. Taking it daily can help promote overall health including keeping your immune system strong!

Echinacea

This herbaceous flowering plant has very serious healing powers for your immune system & your body’s cells. It stimulates the overall activity of the cells responsible for fighting all kinds of infection.. making it effective for fighting bacteria, viruses, and abnormal cells- including cancer cells. Again- very serious healing powers! Most wellness/immune boosting vitamins will contain this, you could also take it as its own supplement or a echinacea tea. My favorite echinacea tea is by Yogi called Echinacea Immune Support Tea. Its paired with elderberry– which is also a great immune boosting aid. I personally have not used it like the other items listed here, but its worth looking it to!

Of coarse, these tools work best with a well balanced lifestyle that includes a nutritious diet, proper rest, and being active. When I first started learning about building my immune system and using these tools.. I lived a pretty average life- not the healthiest or the unhealthiest. Seeing the impact of tools like this encouraged me to learn more about living a well balanced life. Even now though, at my peak of health- eating a very clean/healthy diet, exercising regularly, & getting plenty of rest.. I still turn to these tools. Our bodies are constantly under attack, and all it takes is that right moment for something to line up & boom.. we are sick. Whether its unexpected stress, lack of sleep, poor food choices.. or whatever.. We have to keep our bodies protected & prepared!

As always, I encourage you to do your own research and consult with your doctor if you feel necessary. Knowledge is key to fueling our bodies with the proper tools to stay healthy & thriving.. So always keep learning!

Stay healthy my fellow heath seekers! 🙂

love you. live long.