Everywhere you look there are articles telling you that this is natural and that is healthy. With so many recommendations where do you even start? I’m going to map out the healthy you natural starter kit to jumpstart your healthy lifestyle!
Getting started is the hardest part
You’ve decided that it is time to get your shit together and focus on getting healthier. Awesome, that’s fantastic, you will NOT regret it! Deciding is the first step to your new healthy life. Changing your habits can quickly feel overwhelming regarding where to begin. I’m here to help because I have been there. In my experience traditional doctors don’t really have much to say if it doesn’t require a prescription. You should eat fruit, don’t eat carbs, but no red meat. Exercise daily, exercise three times a week. Drink juice, fruit juice is sugar. Ummm, WTF?! The “expert” recommendations are often conflicting and confusing.
Let’s check out the natural fab 5!
I will go through why you need each of the fab 5 in your healthy arsenal but first let’s introduce them! Have you have heard of apple cider vinegar, chia seeds, local honey, coconut oil, and CBD fluid? Each item provides different health benefits and has various uses so we should check them out!
Natural Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can be very useful around the house and in your body. Look for the type with the “Mother” in it. Mother strands are simply colonies of beneficial bacteria. ACV has been proven to lower blood sugar. Lower blood sugar has numerous health benefits in itself but it can also improve insulin sensitivity so that your body utilizes insulin better! When you maintain a healthy blood sugar level it can also help with weight loss. Super great! ACV has also been shown to reduce cholesterol levels and prevent infections. You can also use it in cooking and as a disinfectant for small cuts, scrapes, and even possibly acne! There are various ways to ingest ACV, some just do a one ounce shot before eating, others prefer to mix it with some water first. It just comes down to personal preference.
Chia seeds are magic little gems that can have a couple of great effects when added to your diet regularly. They bring additional fiber, protein, calcium, omega-3s, and antioxidants to your body. Just one tablespoon can easily be sprinkled into soups, smoothies, yogurt, or even just added to your drink! Chia seeds expand and become gelatinous in liquids. This helps them create a feeling of fullness which can help you control your intake. The extra fiber and gelatinous coating can have a benefit in the bathroom too.
Natural Local Raw Honey
Natural honey has a long history of a lot of health benefits. However, the processed stuff that we buy in the stores usually has all the nutrients processed out of it. Nowadays local raw honey can be found at just about any farmer’s market or local specialty shop. Local raw honey has so many micronutrients in it. Including folate, several other B vitamins, copper, calcium, iodine, selenium, potassium, some zinc, sodium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, and manganese. There are antioxidants and phytonutrients present that aren’t in processed honey.
Many believe that local honey helps reduce seasonal allergy symptoms. It can also aid with digestion, be used as a burn salve, and makes a great cough suppressant! With so many uses for this health food phenom feel free to search for recipes specifically for the use you are looking for. *Remember to never give any honey products to children until 12 months of age.
Coconut oil is another health food power house with more uses and benefits than you can shake a stick at. You can use coconut oil in cooking and it tastes delicious. It has been shown to improve your good cholesterol numbers too. Use it sparingly though as you would any other oils for cooking.
Coconut oil is also great for your hair, moisturizing and helping it grow long and lush. It is able to penetrate the hair shaft to protect and prevent drying out. Coconut oil can be applied to the hair like a mask and allowed to soak before showering. You can massage it into the scalp regularly to help with dandruff too.
Coconut oil can also be used topically for a variety of skin conditions. It contains high amounts of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties. Coconut oil can be very helpful in reducing eczema and psoriasis symptoms. It is beneficial for wound healing, as a skin moisturizer, and can provide relief from burns as well.
Whole Flower CBD Fluid
CBD is the hot new acronym right now. However, it is actually based on centuries of knowledge from the herbal and natural communities. CBD or cannabidiol is the component responsible for the majority of health benefits from medical marijuana. Only without the accompanying high. Although CBD usually carries with it a trace amount of THC, the part that is psychoactive. Full spectrum CBD fluid contains less than 0.3% of THC. This minimal amount helps provide the entourage effect for the rest of the beneficial components. It isn’t enough to register as psychoactive in the brain or as a positive on a drug screening.
CBD has been shown in numerous clinical studies to have benefits for anxiety, depression, and insomnia. It can also boost the immune system, improve digestion, and reduce chronic inflammation. Thousands of people depend on CBD every day to stop migraines, and seizures in their tracks. CBD has been claimed to reduce inflammation including allergic reactions, chronic pain, and inflammatory skin conditions. Whole flower water soluble CBD fluid can be a great addition to your daily routine or a wonderful supplement when needed.
Check out my experience with CBD and depression that was featured on the Brizo Pure blog! http://asleepbynine.com/nature/cbd-my-experience-with-depression/
Need more healthy ideas? Check out my Beginner’s Guide! http://asleepbynine.com/self/beginners-guide-to-getting-healthy-your-first-5-easy-steps/
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