Coco Coffee Mix and Me!

With my usual daily meditation and journaling as antidote to stress (check my blog on stress management), I came across a few recipes on coffee mixed with coco oil. I go for my usual morning coffee (special healthy coffee, that is, mixed with agaricus blazei murill and soluble fibers) first thing in the morning after I say my prayers.

Today, I got excited trying this “new” stuff I discovered which I know wasn’t really new at all. Well, at least for me. Prepared my blender, my VCO (virgin coco oil), cinnamon powder and my healthy coffee mix.

Here it is:

1 Teaspoon of VCO (this will serve as your non-dairy/natural creamer)

1 sachet of my Nutriblend Coffee Mix with Natural Raw Sugar

(you can go for your favorite coffee and mix it with STEVIA or muscovado sugar)

a dash of cinammon

How to:

Blend everything in hot water through the blender and voila!

Here’s how mine looked like….and it sure does tasted YUMMY!!!!

Healthy is YUMMY! Enjoy the brew!

Positive Affirmation for the day: I choose to be healthy and think about what I am thinking about!

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A Woman and a Tea!

A Woman and a Tea!

A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water! ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

It’s a challenge then for women to be more proactive instead of reactive. A confident woman exercises strength of faith and dependence on God! I am a miracle! I am a gift!

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Stress Management, Anyone?

Individuals complain of experiencing physical pains where most of which are related to stress.  When the body lacks nutrition, its immune system is low, toxins attack the body faster. Aside from the fact that the body needs to be supplemented adequately, other stress-related life situations contribute to the physical pain.

Stress is the body’s way of dealing with potentially dangerous situations, heightening adrenaline levels and increasing alertness. However, prolonged stress and anxiety can be detrimental to mental and physical health. Understanding stress and anxiety and how to deal with it in a natural way can help to eliminate some of the harmful effects stress has on the body.

Stress can impact hormones and fertility as well. When cortisol is high in the body, progesterone is often low because the body uses progesterone to manufacture cortisol. This is often why stress and elevated cortisol levels correlate with trouble conceiving or maintaining a pregnancy. While natural progesterone cream can be helpful, it is important to address the causes as well.

Other physical reactions associated with high stress levels are:

  •  Hair loss (from prolonged stress)
  • headaches
  • insomnia
  • dry mouth
  • increased incidence of heart disease and stroke
  • higher incidence of allergy
  • muscle pain or twitching
  • hormonal and menstrual troubles
  • increased incidence of eczema and psoriasis
  • slower healing from all illness

Types of Stress

Mental and emotional stress are often considered the culprits in stress related problems, but there are also physical stressors that can cause the same problems. Before stress can be reduced, one must figure out what is causing it in the first place.

Certainly, lifestyle factors, hectic schedules or a busy job (like motherhood), can cause stress, but so can other factors like:

  • eating foods that the body is allergic or intolerant to (even if you don’t know you have the allergy)
  • not getting enough sleep
  • toxins in your home or environment
  • an underlying hormone imbalance
  • leptin or insulin resistance

 

What to do about it:

1. Physical stress: To help reduce physical stress, eat a solid real-food diet, get enough sleep and avoid toxins when you can. Take supplements that can boost your immune system such as those rich in anti-oxidants and Vitamin C. Food supplements and beverages such as barley and tea. Researchers have found a direct relation between tea and stress. According to their findings, tea does help to reduce your level of stress. Whenever you are extremely stressed, drink a cup of tea and you will start feeling much relieved. I love tea-drinking and it’s a sure way of feeling better!

Eat CHOCOLATES. Yes!

How much is just enough?

“Research has shown that 40g of dark chocolate a day can help us cope with stress by releasing ‘happy chemicals’ known as beta endorphins in the brain,” says Spector. “When it comes to a treat, dark chocolate can be a good snack choice to stave off cravings for less healthy choices, while providing a much-needed energy boost without the agitating effects of caffeine.”

Eat SPINACH!

“Spinach and other dark leafy greens like Swiss chard and kale are loaded with magnesium, which has been credited as a major stress fighter, helping to relax muscle fibers and put you at ease,” says Health and Living.

Oranges – for sunshine in your life. Oranges, along with Brussels sprouts, broccoli, red and green peppers and strawberries contain lots of vitamin C, which “boosts your immune system and fights brain-cell damage resulting from constant exposure to cortisol,” says Whole Living.

2.   Emotional Stress: Make time for prayer and meditation.

gratitude journal

Worship instead of worrying. Keep a gratitude journal or enter into the habit of JOURNALING. This is one of my favorite moments where I get the chance to discover myself more and listen to my Creator.

Walk barefooted and be connected to the ground. Nature’s energy will give you an energized breathing experience!

 3.   Mental Stress:  Learn to set your goals and priorities. Focus on one priority at a time. Reading inspirational and motivational books will aid you in sharpening your mind as well as help you develop mental focus.  Spend some time with mentors who carry the same vision as you have. Talk with like-minded individuals who embody your principles and beliefs.

 Next time you feel that stress temperature going up, pause and take a break. Check your habits. Grab that tea, pen and journal. Be grateful that you are alive for the moment!

 

 

Sources:


http://www.healthberth.com
http://www.businessinsider.com
http://health.yahoo.net/experts/dayinhealth/best-foods-reduce-stress
http://stress.ezinemark.com

http://www.naturalnews.com/037321_healthy_foods_lowering_stress_almonds.html

http://wellnessmama.com/4925/the-importance-of-balancing-stress-hormones/

http://www.ifood.tv/blog/how-tea-can-reduce-your-stress-level#47I22Iix0pKjSqhz.99

Summer Heat.. Make Your Own Sunscreen!

I’ll be lounging off to a beach this week during this “Holy Week” holiday and I know the summer heat can be burning to the skin. Better to be prepared in advance. I do understand that the sun is a great source of Vitamin D but a sunburn is as uncomfortable as it can be. I shall say, I’m already  boosting my own SPF with proper supplementation such as Vitamin C, Coco Oil and other anti-oxidants such as Glutathione with Green Tea Extract and Grapeseed Extract.

You can opt to buy a ready-made natural suncreen on a healthy natural shop or create your own. Check out these links:

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http://wellnessmama.com/4844/homemade-sunscreen-bars/

Imagehttp://frugallysustainable.com/2012/03/a-recipe-for-natural-homemade-sunscreen/

 You can also check out these:

Ingredients that Naturally Protect Us from the Sun

There are natural ingredients, some may be found in our kitchens, that work to protect us from over exposure to the sun. Many are oils that contain SPF properties such as:

  • Raspberry Seed Oil. The highest of all natural ingredients, contains an estimated SPF of 30-50.
  • Shea Butter. An excellent skin protectant with an SPF of approximately 6-10.
  • Carrot Seed Oil. Carrot seed oil is an essential oil and has been estimated to contain SPF levels of 30.
  • Wheat Germ Oil. While super nourishing for the skin, it too possesses a natural SPF of 20.
  • Sesame oil, Coconut Oil, Hemp oil, Avocado oil, Soybean, and Peanut Oil. All contain SPF levels between 4-10.

I’m happy with my daily application of Coconut Oil!

Go ahead and enjoy the sun!

SOURCES: http://wellnessmama.com/2558/natural-homemade-sunscreen-recipe/

http://frugallysustainable.com/2012/03/a-recipe-for-natural-homemade-sunscreen/

If you would like to get reliable sources of Natural Sunscreen in the Philippines, you can email teampassion@rocketmail.com

Pets..Antidote to Stress!

After a busy day or even a toxic week, our furry friendare great companions in relieving stress! Here’s my 5-year old toy poodle buddy Hersheys after grooming!hersheys1

How can you possibly miss to hug her and share love?

Check out this article:

A few minutes alone with a pet cat or dog might do more to help people’s stress than talking about their troubles with their best friend or spouse, according to a new study.

Researchers recently examined the effects of the presence of friends, spouses and pets on the level of stress associated with certain relatively unpleasant tasks. They found that compared with human support, the presence of pets was associated with lower perceived and actual responses to stress.

Source: http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/31716/

Boost Your Natural SPF!

Did you know that you can boost your bodies natural (internal) SPF through supplementation?? Most people are unaware that diet and nutrition plays a large part in getting a sunburn. And you may not realize that the amount of antioxidants that you have in your skin plays a major role in your development of sunburn. The more antioxidants you take in, the lower your risk of sunburn.

If you stay away from processed foods and consume a lot of foods which are high in anti-oxidants, such as raw fruits, vegetables and fresh juices, you will find that you have increased tolerance to sun exposure and do not burn as easily. In addition to eating a healthy diet full of organic fruits, veggies and quality healthy fats we’ve been adding a supplement routine 10 weeks prior to our spring break vacation to help our bodies prepare for the sudden change in climate.

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Here’s the supplements we’ve been using to naturally boost our bodies SPF:

  • Green Tea Extract – prevent suppression of the immune system during sun exposure.
  • Grape Seed Extract –  A small study of healthy female volunteers suggests that grape seed extract in combination with other ingredients, may help to reduce the severity of sunburn.
  • Astaxanthin –  a natural health remedy to promote tanning and prevent sunburn. It may take 2 – 4 weeks to build up adequate sun protection.
  • Beta-Carotene – has been shown to protect against sunburn. Research suggests that it is necessary to “build up” protection by supplementing a minimum of 10 weeks.
  • Vitamins C & E – offers modest benefits against sunburn as well. One double-blind study of 10 people found that 2 g of vitamin C and 1,000 IU of vitamin E taken for 8 days resulted in a modest decrease in skin reddening induced by ultraviolet light.

http://www.healthstartsinthekitchen.com/2013/01/15/boost-your-natural-spf/

Green Tea is a de-stressor for me for the longest time!

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benefits of green tea

More and more are exhibiting likeness of green tea. Some are already incorporating it into their diet. How do people see green tea? it’s a miracle drug that can enhance youthfulness, beauty, and a strong and healthy body. It is also considered as the protector of the human body from numerous diseases. For the fitness world, it serves as an agent in losing weight. These are just some of the benefits of having green tea diet.

Working out a natural diet

By incorporating at least 3 cups of green tea in your meal daily, you are enhancing a more balanced diet. Together with exercise, green tea has turned out to be more effective than ever. There is no such thing as how many servings every meal can green tea be incorporated. No exact doses. Just one cup every breakfast, lunch, dinner and even during midnight snacks is sufficient…

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