Thursday, December 26, 2013

New Years' Resolution of Getting Healthy -- 20% Off Detox Foot Pads Sale

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Do Detox Foot Pads Work?

Detox foot pads are natural detoxifying patches that are worn on the soles of the feet. The foot pads are said to draw harmful toxins from the body. People that use them find they are reliable solutions for detox that literally help them feel better. Others are more skeptical and are holding out for scientific tests. Yet like many alternative, folk, or ancient healing practices, the natural ingredients contained in the pads do have healthful properties that support the use of these patches for detoxifying purposes. Since they're non-invasive and all-natural, they're worth considering since we come into contact with toxins and pollutants every day.

Detoxifying Agents
Some people drink teas that help cleanse the body; others, of course, prefer to wear detox foot pads at night when they sleep. These adhesive patches are places on the feet where they are said to draw toxins from the body. Just as many toxins may be released through the sweat, the ingredients appear to draw toxins from the body. Overtime, the body achieves a natural detox. One pad isn't enough to rid the body of its toxins, but people do find that a healthful regimen that includes foot pads which enhance the way they feel.

Why Should We Detoxify?
In a way, the body is always working to detoxify itself. The liver and kidneys, for instance, work to rid toxins from our bodies. While the best way to promote a clean body is to eat right, we still can't help coming into contact with pollutants and toxins or heavy metals that may be contained the air we breathe or water we drink. Detoxifying the body is an ancient practice. The ingredients used in many detox foot pads have their roots in ancient Eastern medicine. Alternative medical practitioners routinely prescribe these natural healing remedies and even Western Medicine is trying to catch up with the ancient knowledge. For instance, many of today's medications are based on old folk remedies based upon herbs.

What Ingredients are in Detox Foot Pads?
When you purchase detox foot pads, look for products with no fillers. Some of the most popular foot pads include ingredients like oak vinegar, bamboo vinegar, eucalyptus, and Chitosan (shellfish) to name a few. Many also contain a plant called Houttuynia cordata which is native to Asia, but now grows in countries like the U.S. This particular plant's Japanese name literally means 'poison-blocking plant.' Like many folk and alternative health remedies, foot pad remedies and ingredients may vary. It's always ideal to purchase from reputable sellers that list their ingredients; you can then research each ingredient to better understand its efficacy.

Detox foot pads work for many people who use them regularly. The idea is to try them to see how you feel after using them for a prescribed period of time. Typically, one night won't result in noticeable results though you are likely to see the tell-tale brown staining on the pad after a single night of use telling you that they are working. If you are in search of a non-invasive--something you needn't digest, for instance--these foot pads may be the detox agent you've been waiting for.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Homemade Clay Toothpaste Recipe

Commercial toothpaste has poisonous fluoride in it, along with other ingredients you don't want to put in your body including:

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: a toxic skin irritant used in degreasers and gives toothpaste the foaming action

Triclosan: A chemical used for its antibacterial properties. The EPA has registered it as a dangerous pesticide.

FD&C Color Dyes: These dyes are harmful to humans and have repeatedly come under scrutiny.

So what do you do? Besides using my detox foot pads to get rid of the chemicals and toxins floating around in your body, You make your own toothpaste!

There are so many options to make your own natural toothpaste. The basic baking soda and peroxide (or just plain baking soda) recipe has been met with claims that it is too abrasive for your teeth and wears down the enamel.

I made a coconut oil, baking soda, stevia and peppermint oil toothpaste and used that for a while, but I agree, it just didn't suit me like I wanted it to.

I used activated charcoal powder for awhile but it didn't leave my mouth tasting fresh like I wanted. It sure got them white, though! And I still use it to whiten my teeth every so often.

I have found a bentonite clay toothpaste recipe that I love. It doesn't foam, it has a texture that you have to get used to, but by golly, it works!

Homemade Clay Toothpaste Recipe

  • 1/2 cup bentonite clay (I get mine at Mountain Rose Herbs)
  • about 1 cup boiling hot water (You may need a little more or a little less depending on the desired consistency.
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan Pink Salt (or other real sea salt)
  • Peppermint oil to taste (I usually do more than 25 drops)
  • Stevia powder (I use the "Better Stevia Now Organic" brand in its concentrated form and don't measure, maybe about 1/2 teaspoon? You also can use liquid stevia or even xylitol if you have some handy....) you can add it until you like the taste

1. Mix the clay and salt into a bowl.
2. Add boiling water and mix well with a fork.
3. Add Stevia and Peppermint oil to taste.

4. Mix well. You want a somewhat thick consistency but not too thick. Too runny and it won't hold up on your toothbrush.

I put my toothpaste in a pint sized wide mouth canning jar with a plastic screw lid. I keep it in my bathroom and dip my toothbrush in it. Since I am the only one using it in my household, I don't mind if I "double dip" my toothbrush. If I were making it for multiple members of my house hold I would probably have some type of plastic spoon to use to scoop a little out and onto my toothbrush to prevent cross contamination (our mouths are dirty and germy, and so are our toothbrushes!).

Have you tried making this clay toothpaste? How do you like it? Do you do it a little differently? What do you use to brush your teeth? Post in the comments below.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

How To Make Homemade Fermented Sauerkraut

In an excerpt from an article by Natural News:

(NaturalNews) Sauerkraut combines the health benefits offered by all cruciferous vegetables (a category which includes cauliflowers and brussel sprouts as well as cabbage) with the probiotic advantages derived from the fermentation process.

Cabbage offers a host of health benefits. It is high in vitamins A and C. Studies have shown the cruciferous vegetables can help lower cholesterol levels. Cabbage also provides a rich source of phytonutrient antioxidants. In addition, it has anti-inflammatory properties, and some studies indicate it may help combat some cancers. However, this already helpful vegetable becomes a superfood when it is pickled.

I have known for a long time the health benefits of eating fermented veggies, but it is very hard to find them in the store. You have to make them yourself.

I already make my own milk kefir and water kefir, and drink store-bought kombucha, but I have been missing out on the wonderful superfood filled with healthy gut bacteria.

So, I have been making my own recently. I purchased a fermenting crock -- mine is a 5 Liter Crock and sometimes I buy already shredded cabbage, and other times I just buy a couple heads of cabbage and chopped it or shred it myself. Sometimes I add in shredded carrots as well.

This time, I coarsely chopped up two heads of cabbage, put it in a mixing bowl and with my hands, squeezed it to release the juices. I squeezed for about 5 minutes and then my hands got tired so I was done.

Chopped cabbage in the fermenting crock

I then put the cabbage in the crock as shown in the picture.

At that point I make my brine. I don't measure or anything fancy. I previously saved some kefir whey (to use as a starter culture -- I don't have to use any starter culture but I prefer to).

I put about 1/4 cup whey in some warm water and about 1/8 cup Himalayan Pink Salt. I taste it to make sure that it tastes salty, and so then I pour the brine into the crock. The cabbage has to be underneath the liquid, so you have to make more brine (add more water and salt) until you can cover the cabbage. (I don't measure so I can't tell you how it should taste or how much liquid to put in, but mine tasted pretty salty). Some people add salt to the cabbage before squeezing it, I have done that before but I didn't do that this time.

The crock I have came with some weight stones, and I put them on top of the cabbage to keep it down under the brine.(these stones seem to mold easily so I clean them and scrub them before each use, and spray with vinegar and water and let dry completely).

Then, I set the crock on the counter and put the lid on. The lid sets in a rim that you fill with water so that it makes a perfect seal, air cannot get in, but any air bubbles inside can "burp" their way out.

This time I waited only one week. I filled the rim with water maybe twice during the week. Sometimes I wait 2 weeks, but I wanted my cabbage a little crunchier than normal, as I was splitting it with a friend of mine who has stomach issues, and needed more probiotics.

the finished product -- YUM!

I usually eat a couple tablespoons of sauerkraut with either lunch or dinner. I think it tastes amazing with meat -- ham especially! I also eat it with Hebrew National hot dogs with a little ketchup (I haven't fermented ketchup successfully yet but I will try in the future!)

Now, you try!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Turmeric, Dysmenorrhea, and Toxins

The first two words in the title are definitely not common words used in everyday language, but if I said, an Indian spice, and painful menstrual cramps, you'd know what I am talking about. Let’s talk about how these three things are related…

Recently I received a review from a lady who said that after using our Detox Pads two days before her menstrual cycle, she had almost no discomfort.
“I decided to try the detoxifyingfoot pads to see if I would notice any positive results after one night. At the time I was fighting off a cold and my voice sounded pretty deep. After using the pads for one night I noticed a reduction in swelling in my lymph glands behind my ears and my voice was back to normal. A pleasant but also unexpected result after two days of using them, and having no idea my cycle was right around the corner, was that my cramps were practically non-existent! I had no discomfort for the duration of the period. That was a great surprise!”  Lynn, Utah, USA
Why didn’t she experience dysmenorrhea or painful cramps? How are removing toxins and menstrual cramps related? We know from our last post that reflexology can dramatically improve premenstrual symptoms, so let’s keep up the good news and help either yourself or a loved one have less pain during that familiar cramping week.
Several articles online mention how environmental factors affect the female reproductive system negatively1 . One article listed a few things that would be helpful to avoid2 :
-Toxic cosmetics or cleaning products
-Plastics, canned food (most cans are lined with BPA), etc.
-Toxic tampons and pads (Many people say their cramps went away after using a menstrual cup)
By limiting the use of harmful products, and removing toxins with the foot pads, it’s no wonder that Lynn had “practically non-existent” cramps. Another tool for relieving pain in many areas of the body including the abdominal area is turmeric3 . It is native to India and has amazing properties. 
“Turmeric has been found to have many useful therapeutic qualities, including: anti-oxidant, anti-tumoral, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, anti-hepatotoxic, anti-hyperlipidemic, and insect repellent effects.
Much recent research has been devoted to the beneficial qualities of Turmeric. It has been shown to 
have more DNA protective qualities than the antioxidants beta carotene and vitamin E.
Traditional Chinese Medicine has found Turmeric useful for pains in the abdomen, liver, stomach, and 

There are many recipes for how to incorporate turmeric in your everyday diet online. As always, research for yourself anything new that you feel might help your situation and consult with people you trust.
Here’s to less monthly pain!

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