Effects of Coffee

Categories // Nutrition

Many people have heard of the antioxidant benefits of coffee, but there are drawbacks to coffee as well including:

1) Coffee's acidic nature can reduce a person's Vitamin C and mineral reserves.

2) Coffee's stimulating nature can:
-encourage cortisol dysregulation
-develop a function debt where your body becomes addicted
-prevent your body from properly relaxing

What is not widely shared is the negative effect of the caffeine in all coffee (decaf, too still has some caffeine in it) as a stimulant that leads to blood sugar imbalances.When a cup of caffeinated beverage is ingested, the adrenal glands are stimulated to release stress hormones, like cortisol. This has the effect of throwing off the blood sugar leading to both a hypoglycemic state before a meal and a slight insulin-resistance after a meal. This means you may be cranky with others or light-headed when you're hungry and rather than burning the glucose, you are more likely to store it as fat after a meal.

Even small amounts of regular caffeine can establish a "function debt" in the body meaning that your body becomes reliant on the stimulant rather than functioning on its own to help you feel enlivened.

Furthermore, caffeinated beverages give your body the signal that it should be "up" rather than relaxed. Overtime, your body produces fewer relaxing hormones as a result.

For healthy alternatives to coffee, consider the following suggestions:
1) Have a different hot drink such as star's lemonade and other hot beverages listed in our recipe section. Try Herbal coffees such as the one we carry by Mountain Rose.

2) Eat a healthy diet dense in fish, meat, fresh produce and healthy fats so that you do not need to rely on stimulants.

3) Try herbal blends for the glandular systems such as Adaptocrine that we carry in the office.



Dry Skin Brushing: A Simple Tool for Health and Beauty

Categories // Cleansing

Your skin plays an important role in eliminating toxins. One third of the body’s wastes rely on the skin as an elimination route and the skin can release up to a pound of waste each day! The skin is the largest organ in the body and will often be the first organ to show any imbalances internally. To help keep your skin in balance, you can help it exfoliate, which is the removal of dead skin cells and debris. Dry skin brushing is a simple and quick way to exfoliate and help the body detox naturally. It helps support the waste that may clog pores and helps you achieve a vibrant complexion. It also feels great, like giving yourself a mini massage.

Besides its role in exfoliation, dry skin brushing boosts the immune system, increases circulation throughout the body, and supports a healthy nervous system. Dry skin brushing may assist in eliminating cellulite by stimulating circulation. It helps to stimulate the skin and begins to break up the toxic fatty deposits underneath the skin that pucker the overlying skin into cellulite. In order to see results for decreasing cellulite, daily brushing for several months is required.

Dry skin brushing also helps to stimulate thelymphatic system. The lymphatic system is important to the immune system and the body’s natural cleansing process. Dry brushing carries nutrients to cells and stimulates the flow of the lymph which will move the waste out. It will also helps relieve organ congestion.

Always use a brush with natural fibers. A brush made with Tampico fibers from the agave plant is very effective. Use a softer brush on your face, neck, breast and other sensitive areas. Body brush twice a day for 5 minutes to achieve optimal results.

How To Dry Skin Brush

  1. Dry brush your skin before you shower or bathe.
  2. Start at your feet and brush towards your heart using long, even strokes.
  3. Brush all the way up your legs, then over the buttocks, back and abdomen. Concentrate on any areas that have cellulite.
  4. Be sure to brush lightly on sensitive areas, like the breasts
  5. When you reach your arms, begin at your fingers and brush up your arms toward your heart.
  6. Brush your shoulders and chest down, always toward your heart.
  7. Avoid brushing anywhere the skin is broken or where you have a rash, infection, cut or wound.
  8. Finish with a shower alternating between hot and cold to continue to stimulate your lymphatic system and boost circulation. Finish with cold water.
  9. Moisturize the skin with olive, sesame, or coconut oil to seal in the moisture.

Dry skin brushing is a great addition to any daily routine. This along with hydration, and good nutrition will ensure a lifetime of healthy, vibrant skin. Nutrients that are important include healthy fats, plenty of protein, whole grains, dark leafy greens and a variety of non-starchy vegetables. Finally, be sure to get your beauty rest. Sleep is essential for your cells and skin to repair.




Boosting Your Immune System Through Food

Categories // Nutrition



The winter season can be a time of rest and reflection. But with this cold season comes holidays, poor diet, friends and family and stress, which can often lead to illness. Food and nutrition are the foundation for health and a good immune system. It is important to boost your system with foods high in bioflavonoids, Vitamin C, zinc and probiotics. Eating a wide variety of color in your diet is a simple way to make sure you are getting a broad range of nutrients. Also, eating simply with plenty of liquids will support you this season.

Make sure you are getting probiotics daily either through a supplement or cultured vegetables, such as raw kimchi and sauerkraut. A strong immune system relies on a well balanced gut. Your gut houses 90% of your immune system!

Your momma didn’t lie: Chicken soup is very healing when you are sick, especially when you make your broth from the bones. Chicken is also a great source of selenium and zinc. A deficiency of zinc can leave your body more susceptible to infections. Mushrooms and green vegetables are good additions to your soup. Mushrooms are rich in selenium, required for immune function. Shiitake mushrooms have been used for centuries by the Chinese and Japanese to treat colds and flu. They appear to stimulate the immune system, help fight infection and increase anti-tumor activity. Eat a variety of non-starchy vegetables, especially greens! Greens are full of phytonutients, protective elements that fight harmful toxins, bacteria and viruses. Dark leafy greens are a great source of chlorophyll, calcium and iron. If you are feeling unwell, make sure you are getting high amounts of Vitamin C from broccoli, cabbage, bell peppers, sprouts, parsley and citrus fruits.

Spices and herbs not only make food delicious, but also give your immune system a big boost. Just sprinkling a little cayenne or eating a half clove of garlic a day can make a big difference in the severity and duration of a cold or flu. Garlic and onions are versatile and a great remedy for the common cold. The compounds allicin and allium in garlic help to ward off germs. Oregano is also very effective in killing harmful pathogens. Cayenne and other hot peppers not only help clear out a stuffy nose but are also high in vitamin C.

Sipping on hot tea is a great way to clear out any congestion. It is also very soothing and comforting for a sore throat. Ginger, chamomile, peppermint, nettle or fresh lemon juice are all great choices. Sage, slippery elm and marshmallow root are especially helpful in relieving a painful throat.

Rest and movement are equally important in keeping you well this winter. Allow yourself more sleep and take naps if necessary. Sleep is an excellent healer.  Move your body through yoga or go for a brisk walk outside in the crisp air. Avoid all inflammatory and mucous producing foods if you find your self starting to get sick; this includes processed carbohydrates, dairy, red meat, soy, gluten and all forms of sugar. Overeating sugar weakens your immune system by decreasing your white blood cell activity. Try to aim for a diet that is rich in non-starchy vegetables, fruit, whole grains, legumes and moderate amounts of animal protein to keep you feeling healthy throughout the year.



Healthy Halloween Trick or Treat Tips

Categories // Seasonal Topics

Here are some suggestions of what to leave for trick or treaters to help kids be healthy:


1. Fresh local fruit

2. Small toys (glow in the dark bats, etc.)

3. Raisin boxes or other small packages of dried goods (goji berries, cherries, nuts, seeds)

4. Fruit Leather

5. Herbal tea bags

6. Home-made goodies like trail mix, etc.

(depending on your audience)


Have ideas? Send them our way!


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