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Get Your Day Started with Green Tea

Get Your Day Started with Green Tea

Everyone has their rituals with getting going in the morning - hit snooze a few times, shower, cook some breakfast and throw on some work clothes. Well, one beneficial thing to add in to your ritual is green tea!

Adding this herbal tea to start your day can help you with so much with these benefits:

  • helps burn fat*
  • combats the aging process*
  • contains antioxidants to help combat free radicals*
  • help lower the risk of obesity*
  • can help soothe anxiety*
  • helps the body combat ailments*
  • helps reduce inflammation*
  • aids brain function*

And these are just a few of the wonderful things drinking green tea can do for you!

Two things to note about drinking green tea:

  1. Make sure to get "de-caffeinated" green tea. Very important. Caffeine does more harm to the body than the benefits it may provide.
  2. Tea can be dehydrating. Everyone might think, "Oh, there's water in my tea, so I'm drinking my daily amount of water intake. I'm all good." But that's not the case. Tea will actually combat hydration and make your body more dehydrated with every cup you drink. But there's an easy solution to this - for every cup of tea you drink, drink an additional cup of pure water. That way you'll be ensuring your body gets the best benefits from the green tea and making sure your body's getting all the water it needs to perform all it's other functions properly, which is important! You're made up of nearly 70-80% water!! That's a lot!

Enjoy this gift from nature and energize your day.

23 Benefits of Probiotics & Why You Need Them

23 Benefits of Probiotics & Why You Need Them

What are Probiotics?

The term probiotic is derived from the Greek, "For Life," and is used to describe growth-promoting factors produced by microorganisms. These friendly bacteria begin colonizing in a matter of hours or days after our birth. The average human digestive system may contain more than one kilogram (2.2 pounds) of bacteria and various strains of probiotics. Therefore, one's intestinal microflora (bacteria and microscopic algae and fungi) can be considered as a postnatal-acquired organ composed of a large diversity of bacterial cells that can perform different functions for the host.*

These organisms are influenced and modulated in their composition and function by exposure to environmental factors such as nutrition and lifestyle. Specific components of our intestinal microflora, including lactobacilli and bifidobacteria, have been associated with beneficial effects, such as the promotion of gut maturation and integrity, opposition against pathogens, and immune modulation.*

Probiotic 4.4 Billion CFUProbiotic 30 Billion CFU

 

 

 

 

 

23 Major Benefits of Probiotics

  1. Aids with digestive support*
  2. Helps the absorption of calcium (bone building), copper, iron and magnesium*
  3. Enhances synthesis of B vitamins and vitamin K*
  4. Protects against E. Coli infection*
  5. Improves lactose tolerance and digestibility of milk products*
  6. Reduces vaginal infection and yeast infection (candida)*
  7. Improves immune function*
  8. Promotes anti-carcinogenic activity*
  9. Helps prevent peptic ulcers caused by H. Pylori*
  10. Helps prevent and reduce acne*
  11. Helps with cholesterol metabolism*
  12. Helps improve nutritional value of foods*
  13. Protects against traveler's diarrhea and speeds recovery after exposure*
  14. Helps with problems of constipation*
  15. Helps re-establish micro-flora after antibiotic use*
  16. May help lower allergic response*
  17. May help with recurring Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)*
  18. Helps with detoxification & colon cleansing*
  19. Helps produce natural antibiotics, like "acidophilus"*
  20. Helps alleviate bad breath*
  21. Helps gynecologic dysfunction*
  22. Possess anti-tumorigenic activity*
  23. Helps the colonization within the intestinal, respiratory, and urogenital tract*

Not All Probiotics Are the Same

A high caliber probiotic formula will contain 10 superior and viable strains which are non-dairy, high potency, shelf stable for two years, and packed in vegetable capsules or also available in a straight powder form like our Probiotic 4.4 Billion CFU or Probiotic 30 Billion CFU powder.*

A high quality probiotic formula will also be fortified with prebiotics, such as Jerusalem artichoke flour and short chain inulin. Prebiotics feed probiotics selectively and enhance their growth in the intestines.*

In addition, DDS-1 culture is desired in a good formula, which has a long-standing scientific validation and proven ability to colonize in the human gastrointestinal tract. DDS-1 produces enzymes, such as proteases and lipases, which can help the breakdown of proteins and fats.*

Summary

Good Health begins with the body's ability to absorb essential nutrients and eliminate metabolic byproducts and toxins. Quality probiotic health products give your entire family the help they need to maintain proper digestion.tic complex with a blend of 10 beneficial probiotic strains.*

Many environmental conditions, plus the food and antibiotics we take can cause damage to, or even destroy, the body's delicate balance of probiotic bacteria in the digestive and elimination systems. It is the probiotic "friendly flora" that helps us process our food and maintain good digestive and bowel health.*

Healing with Honey and Cinnamon!

Healing with Honey and Cinnamon!

Honey

Honey is the only food on the planet that will not spoil or rot. It will do what some call "turning to sugar." In reality honey is always honey. However, when left in a cool dark place for a long time it will do what might be called “crystallizing”. When this happens you can loosen the lid, boil some water, and sit the honey container in the hot water, turn off the heat and let it liquefy. It is then as good as it ever was. Never boil honey or put it in a microwave. To do so will kill the enzymes (digestion helpers) in the honey. It is always best to use raw honey and when possible honey from your local area.*

Cinnamon and Honey

Facts on Honey and Cinnamon: It is found that a mixture of honey and cinnamon can help aid most diseases.  Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Scientists of today also accept honey as a ‘Ram Ban” (very affective) medicine for all kinds of diseases. Honey has been shown that it can be used without any side effects for many different ailments.*

A Healthy Reminder

Today’s science says that even though honey is sweet, if taken in the right dosage medicinally, with the guidance of their healthcare practitioner, it does not harm diabetic patients. Weekly World News, a magazine in Canada, in its issue dated 17 January, 1995 has given the following list of ailments that can be helped by honey and cinnamon as researched by western scientist, plus and there are several references in medical journals confirming the information below…so always good to review and maybe, we should consider sweetening up our lives!!*

Heart Ailments*

Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, apply on Ezekiel or Non-Gluten bread, instead of jelly and jam, and eat it regularly for breakfast or late morning snack. It has been shown to help reduce the cholesterol in the arteries and may help prevent a heart attack. Also, those who have already had an attack, it has also been shown, if they do this process daily, to help reduce the chance of another attack. Regular use of the above process helps relieve loss of breath and may strengthen the heart beat. In America and Canada, various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as you age, the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged: honey and cinnamon have been shown to help revitalize the arteries and veins.*

Arthritis*

Arthritis patients may take daily, morning and night, one cup of hot water with two spoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. If taking regularly even chronic arthritis has been shown to be greatly helped. In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon of Honey and half teaspoon of Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week, out of the 200 people so treated, it was shown that practically 73 patients were relieved of pain, and within a month, that most of all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis started walking without pain.*

Bladder Infections*

Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It helps destroys the germs in the bladder.*

Cholesterol*

Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of cinnamon powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water, given to a cholesterol patient, were found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, if taken three times a day, and chronic cholesterol has been shown to be greatly helped. According to information received in the said Journal, pure honey taken with food daily helps relieve complaints of cholesterol.*

Man in discomfort

Colds*

Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with ¼ spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will help alleviate most chronic cough, cold, and clear the sinuses.*

Upset Stomach*

Honey taken with cinnamon powder helps aid stomach ache and also has been shown to help clear stomach ulcers from the root.*

Gas*

According to the studies done in India and Japan, it is revealed that if honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach may benefit from relief of gas.*

Immune System*

It has been shown that daily use of honey and cinnamon powder helps strengthen the immune system and helps protect the body from bacterial and viral attacks.  Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of Honey has also been shown to help strengthen the white blood corpuscles to fight bacterial and viral diseases.*

Indigestion*

Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food is known to aid relief of acidity and helps digest the heaviest of meals.*

Influenza*

A SCIENTIST IN Spain has shown that honey contains a natural ‘Ingredient’ which helps kills the influenza germs and aids in the relief of flu.*

Longevity*

Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, has been shown to arrests the ravages of old age. Take four spoons of honey, one spoon of cinnamon powder, and three cups of water and boil to make like tea. Drink ¼ cup, three to four times a day. It helps keep the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. It has been shown to help increase like spans and help the elderly perform at a much younger level.*

Pimples*

Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it the next morning with warm water. If done daily for two weeks, it helps remove pimples from the root.*

Woman washing face

Skin Infections*

Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts has been shown to help in the elimination of eczema, ringworm and all types of skin infections.*

Weight Loss*

Daily in the morning one half hour before breakfast on an empty stomach, and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. If taken regularly, it has been shown to help reduce the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly is known to aid the body in not allowing fat to accumulate, even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.*

Cancer*

Recent research in Japan and Australia has revealed that patients with advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have benefited greatly after taking one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder daily for one month three times a day.*

Fatigue*

Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens, who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts, have been shown to be more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton, who has done research, says that a half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3:00 P.M. when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, increases the vitality of the body within a week.*

Bad Breath*

People of South America, first thing in the morning, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water, so their breath stays fresh throughout the day.*

Hearing Loss*

Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, when taken in equal parts have been shown to help restore hearing.*

You might want to share this information with a friends, family and loved ones. Everyone needs healthy help information.

Parasites - Ugh!

Parasites - Ugh!

You're tired, nauseous, and your stomach has declared war on your bowels. Something is definitely wrong, yet you can't seem to put your finger on it. Even though you're eating right, the problem refuses to go away.

As incredible as it may seem, perhaps the problem is that millions of parasites have decided to take up residence in your body. They're sharing your food, partying in your intestines and releasing their waste into your bloodstream. UGH!*

Statistics

3 out of every 4 people have some kind of parasite or worm. We commonly get them if we eat raw foods like unwashed fruit / vegetables or sushi (raw fish), if we're around pets or kids that typically bring them in from playing outside, etc. Parasites live mostly in a toxic bowel, but can exist in almost every part of the body. Cleansing the entire body, especially the bowels and blood, is a very important part of getting rid of parasites and worms.*

Parasites also produce a great deal of ammonia as their waste product. Ammonia is their equivalent of urine and it gets set free in our bodies by parasites, in large amounts. Ammonia is extremely toxic, especially to the brain.*

 On-Going Parasite Prevention*

  • Thoroughly wash hands with soap and water
  • Cook all meats to the prescribed temperature
  • Stop eating or cut down the amount of raw, uncooked meat or fish in your diet
  • Drink bottled water at home and when traveling, or, at home, install a proper water purification system
  • Keep pets properly treated on a regular basis with worm medications
  • Keep yourself on a good detoxification program as suggested by your health care practitioner
  • Continue to eat "cleansing foods," meaning those that will help you avoid constipation and keep your bowels moving so that any parasites that are killed can exit the body via a natural way. Dr. Bo's Colon Magic can aid you in this department if you are having difficulty
  • Be sure you're having a few bowel movements each day by eating foods with fiber

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Importance of Intestinal Cleansing to Purge Parasites

It's important before you try to get rid of parasites to make sure that they have a way to get out of the body. The most logical and easy way would be through the colon. If you are constipated and you try to cleanse, this could be painful and toxic.*

It is also essential to deep cleanse the colon while killing off the parasites and worms. Para Flush helps assist you in this process, but it is also highly recommended to do colonic irrigation sessions (colonics) or at least enemas ideally once a week while doing a parasite cleanse.*

Our Parasite Program - Ultra Complete is a thorough, but easily do-able program that will effectively kill parasites, worms, and flukes in all of their stages and neutralize the ammonia they release.

What to Expect When Cleansing

When doing any type of cleanse, there are common experiences that can occur. You can feel sick, get headaches, feel nauseous, experience tiredness, and more. When cleansing parasites, you can feel any of these things, but also you may find that your skin might breakout in a rash, pimples, redness, or something else. This is a sign that parasites are mainly residing in that area of your body. These reactions are nothing to be scared of. They're actually a good sign, because it's showing that the cleanse is working, and you want to get these parasites, poisons, and toxins out of your body. Just know that the only way OUT of the cleanse, is THROUGH the cleanse. And you'll be that much cleaner because of doing it.*

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Why Dry Skin Brush & How To Do It!

What is the Lymphatic System?!

It's a whole network of tissues and organs in our bodies that help flush out toxins, waste, etc. It's main function is to transport lymph, a colorless fluid that contains white blood cells, throughout the body. It's important to keep this system clean and working properly so that our body is in top shape to fight infection, remove excess fluids in the body, and absorb fatty acids (they help manage inflammation in the body among other things).

What Do I Do?

The first step in cleansing the lymphatic system is to cleanse the colon so that the excess mucoid (mucus) material backed up in the lymphatic system can be drained out. The easiest way to do this is to ensure you're having a couple bowel movements each day (3-4 good movements each day is ideal for everyone). This can be achieved with a a good diet, drinking lots of water every day and exercising, but if you need extra help to make it easier you can take a daily colon cleanser such as Colon Magic.

The second step is to practice dry skin brushing. This is a highly effective technique for stimulating the expulsion of fresh mucoid material, hardened particles of impacted mucoid matter and other obstructions in the lymph system, which will reduce inflammations of the lymph nodes (little balls of tissue in the lymphatic system - groups of these are in our armpits, neck, under our chin, and in our groin area) caused by these accumulations. Like the colon, the lymphatic system can contain stagnant accumulations of old waste matter. Once the colon is at least partially cleansed, it takes a few months of daily dry skin brushing to completely cleanse the lymphatic system. Because the gastrointestinal (relating to the stomach and intestines) cleansing softens hardened mucoid in the lymphatic system as well as the intestines, performing dry skin brushing along with a colon cleansing program improves the dry skin brushing's effectiveness.

How Should I Brush?

The brush used should be a long-handled, bath-type brush. It is essential that it contain natural bristles. Synthetic bristles should be strictly avoided. The brush should be kept dry and not used for bathing.

When one performs skin brushing, the body should be dry and brushed several times over every part of the body surface except the bottom of the feet and face. Do several extra brushes on the inside of the thighs, behind the legs and under the arm pits. Lymphatic node points are in those areas. No back and forth motion, no circular motion, and no scrubbing. Brush the whole body with an upward motion except the neck and chest, which should be brushed with a downward motion.

Dry Skin Brushing

The direction of skin brushing is critical as the lymph system is made up of one-way valves. The main vein that is the main lymph drain is located at the top of the shoulders, under the clavicle. Brush up the legs into the groin. Brush the buttocks and abdomen up to the waist even with the belly button. Brush the arms, sides of the body and arm pits up toward the shoulders. Brush the back up towards the shoulders. Brush down the neck toward the shoulders. Brush the chest down to the belly button and finish by circling around the breasts by brushing down between the breasts, under the breast towards the sides and up under the arms and up into the top of the shoulders. Do this several times. This is the direction that the lymph flows in the body.

How Often Should I Brush?

Dry skin brushing should be performed once or twice a day, preferably just prior to bathing and can also be done just before you go to bed. A complete skin brushing takes no more than a few minutes and is highly stimulating and invigorating. It would take 30 minutes of loofa or Turkish towel massage to get a similar effect. When practiced daily, skin brushing is effective in improving body tone. A few minutes a day is easily worth 30 minutes of vigorous physical exercise!

What Can I Expect to Happen?

It is not uncommon for one's stools to contain large amounts of lymph mucoid a day or two after an initial skin brushing. The lymph fluid dumps into the colon and this is another reason why it is so important to keep the colon clean - make sure you're having good bowel movements. Lymphatic cleansing requires continuous dedication, consumption of sufficient water, and daily exercise. The lymph system has no pump to speak of, except the major muscles like the calf muscles to move it along. Therefore, it is also recommended to walk for 30 minutes or more a day to aid in preventing a stagnant build-up of the lymph.

Lymph mucoid will also begin to appear in one's stool as soon as colon cleansing proceeds far enough to relieve the pressure from the mucoid matter backed up in the lymph system. Its general appearance is like that of petroleum jelly and it may vary  in color from clear to yellow or dark brown. Lymph mucoid may have a jelly-like consistency rather than the sticky consistency of the alimentary tract (the passageway from mouth to anus) mucoid. It can pass through the colon with little tendency to cause constipation and be expelled before it becomes noticeably dehydrated. When lymph mucoid does get trapped in the colon, it eventually hardens along with the rest of the stagnant material. So, to completely cleanse the lymph system, follow the above recommendations for an extended period of time: exercise, drink lots of water (1 gallon per day), and practice dry skin brushing.

Where Do I Get a Dry Skin Brush?

You can easily hop on the web or go to Amazon, type in "Dry Skin Brush" and loads of them will come up. They're not expensive at all - most under $10. So, go get one if you don't have one and start loosening up that lymphatic system!

SLANT Your Way to a Better Body!

SLANT Your Way to a Better Body!

Ever feel like getting the results while doing absolutely nothing?! Haven't we all! Well, this is one way you can, and if you do even a little extra it'll go a long way.

Being inverted, such as lying on a slant board, just 20 minutes a day is one of the greatest ways to correct our health problems and maintain a healthy body - the mind clears, the complexion improves, and the skin glows.*

Inversion of the body takes pressure off of the internal organs and their function and allows them to shift to a more natural placement to operate at optimum performance.*

Benefits include:

  • Increase blood flow to the head*
  • Nourish & oxygenate the brain*
  • Reduce fatigue*
  • Strengthen & firm muscle tone*
  • Stretch the spine & musculature*
  • Help you look better & feel younger*

And that's just for the normal, daily health tidbits that we become more aware of as we get older or encounter injuries and pains throughout the aging process. But, being inverted also helps out with weight and fitness.*

Flatten Your Stomach!*

With the help of a few exercises, you can improve your abdomen by strengthening it and creating mobility. Remember - "If you don't use it, you lose it!" As time goes on, our lives can shift away from the active lifestyle we were used to when we were younger - taking care of the kids, working more, binge-watching shows - it all uses up time and energy! And we wonder why our bodies ache, why we feel old, thinking, "I used to be able to do this, and be faster, stronger, and have more energy!" Well, a big part of it is that we've stopped using our body! We've stopped using our muscles and legs and arms and stopped stretching, etc. It's just been stagnant!

What happens to a car when you let it sit there for months or even years? It'll rust, get stiff, the battery dies, there's dust everywhere on it, and it wears away from the elements. You'll need to clean it. Maybe even take the car in for some repairs, because it hasn't been turned on for some time. THAT'S what happens to our bodies! Our muscles haven't been used for some time, so they aren't as strong or aren't used to running, etc. So, the body can ache at first. But all that we need to do is get back into a routine, or just start being somewhat active again such as a light workout or simply walking 30 minutes a day, because your body just needs a few times of exercising to get used to it again! :)

Sit Ups

For a slant board, you can do sit ups, leg raises, glute squeezing exercises, and a lot more. A good routine to do for your "core" (abdomen) is:

  • 3 sets of 5-10 sit ups
  • 3 sets of 5-10 leg raises (whether inverted or not, just raise both of your legs until you feel your abdominal muscles engage)
  • 3 sets of 5-10 flutter kicks (raise both your legs to the point where you feel your abdominal muscles engage, then move one leg up a few inches while you move the other one down, then reverse the legs in the other direction a few inches, so that you're basically kicking your legs as if you were swimming)

 

Note: These are just a few exercises to help your core. Start off slowly and increase as you get stronger and more agile in the abdominal region. Feel free to increase these sets and/or reps to an amount that you can do comfortably.*

Benefits of lying and exercising on a slant board:

  • Flatten your abdomen*
  • Clear complexion*
  • Natural face lift*
  • Tone your buttocks*
  • Reduce body sag*
  • More sex appeal*
  • Weight loss*
  • Promote hair growth*
  • Improve digestion & elimination*

What Do I Need and Where Can I Get It?

There are plenty of options out there leaving the choice up to you and what you'd like:

  • Workout bench - this is a common piece of equipment in any gym, and can double as an inversion table for you to lie on with your legs on the elevated part. They can cost as low as $35-$60.
  • Slant board - this option can come as a one-piece board or a easily storable fold-up board. These can get pricey out there, starting at around $400, but are comfortable to lie on with the padded top and will last a long time.
  • Sectional incline mat - there are number of these on the internet, but serve the same purpose. They range around $130-$160 and are really soft, but firm.
  • Inflatable slant board - these are another soft option. You can find them in the $120-$160 range.
  • Hardware store - this is the most cost-effective options. All you need is a regular door or plank that you can get at any Home Depot or Lowes hardware store for around $20-$30. You can prop up one end of it about 1-2 feet and lie down with your legs on the elevated part.