It truly is.
Hydration is key to every element of our health and our microbiome is greatly impacted by whether we are hydrated or chronically dehydrated.
It is estimated that over 75% of American adults suffer from chronic dehydration! Common symptoms of dehydration are:
Our bodies are 55% - 60% water! Water is the medium in which all other nutrients are found and is the most abundant and important element (besides Oxygen) on earth and in the human body. It is also involved in almost EVERY bodily function:
It is also the primary component of all our bodily fluids:
Drinking enough clean water is essential to life and our overall wellness.
This salad is my most loved. It's my go-to when I'm headed to a BBQ or a get together... because no matter what is served, this salad is a meal in itself! Packed with fiber, antioxidants, and TONS of nutrients... it's worth EVERY amount of effort.
I highly recommend making 2 batches of this. The dressing is SOOOO freaking yummy and is good on any vegetable known to man. It can even be used as a marinade.
The base of the salad combines super antioxidant rich vegetables that nourish your body. Red cabbage boosts the immune system as it is one of the top vitamin C foods on the planet!! It helps fight inflammation, arthritis, AND promotes a healthy gut!
Cilantro is AMAZING at removing heavy metals from our body such as aluminum, arsenic, and cadmium! (Source) Also this salad is full of plant protein! The amount of quinoa in this salad boasts 12 grams of protein! Combing with raw garlic and ginger? Come on! What more do you need in a salad? NOTHING!
Serving food that...
I must say that making your very own coconut yogurt feels like such a huge accomplishment! As I discussed in another blog post, The Benefits of Fermented Foods and How to Eat More of Them, making your own coconut yogurt can be an easy way to get good probiotics and healthy gut-healing properties into your and your family's bellies!
Check out my video above to learn how you can easily make this in 12 hours!
Here's what you need:
Starter Yogurt - This can be a store-bought coconut yogurt like GT's Cocoyo or another clean option. You just need a couple tablespoons. Once your batch is ready you can always use that as your starter to make your next batch!
Coconut Cream - I love Trader Joe's organic canned options. It's affordable and super fatty and yummy! Any coconut cream will do, just make sure it's void of any gums or preservatives!
Hand Mixer or Blender - This is helpful when you have coconut cream that is separated, especially when it's cold......
You'd have to be hiding underneath a rock to not know about fermented foods... but if you were like me, when I heard the words "fermented foods" it was like hearing a foreign language.
I literally had no clue how to eat, source, or even get my hands on fermented foods. I never grew up eating gut-healing foods so when I began my journey towards moving myself and my family towards optimal health, I learned quickly how imperative it was to consume foods that contained SO many gut-healing qualities.
My wish is to inspire you, if you don't already, to consume fermented foods regularly. It's vital to our health and the health of our gut!
Fermented foods offer a myriad of health benefits.
Fermentation literally increases the nutrients in our foods. Humans have been fermenting foods since Neolithic times.
When we eat fermented foods they:
"Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, your right." – Henry Ford
We are ALL creative beings… infinitely expressing our thoughts, words, and actions that create the reality we exist in right now. Regardless, if we are conscious of it or not, we are solely responsible for where we find ourselves today. Our lives are but a reflection of the collection and manifestation of ALL the choices that we’ve made throughout our entire lives.
Believe me, I have a hard time with this too. I mean, what about the people and circumstances in my life, aren’t they responsible for any part of this experience? My truth that I have come to understand is no, they aren’t. Every decision I make and continue to make perpetuates my experience regardless if I like it or not. I always have a choice, to continue creating with the same people and/or change my circumstances. It’s a fact. However, this doesn’t make changing our lives any easier.
On Tuesday July 7th, 2020, I hosted an event focusing on how to support and strengthen your and your family's immune system.
I'm SO happy to share this video and ALL the tips and information that we discussed to help give you a deeper understanding of the immune system and what we can do EVERYDAY to support and strengthen it! Having a healthy immune system is VITAL to protecting yourself from ALL viruses and disease!
What you'll discover is creating a healthy immune system is first all about creating healthy digestion and ultimately a healthy gut!
70%- 80% of all of our immune cells reside just under the lining of our gut!
When our gut lining is compromised we experience leaky gut and this is exactly how inflammation begins! Thus, triggering our immune system day in and day out! There is a downward spiral that for some it can take YEARS to notice. What's possible is you don't have to come down with a virus or illness to realize how important it is to...
BE A CONSCIOUS CREATOR!
We look at matter as solid or whole, but did you know that everything that we see in the material world is comprised of 99.9999999% EMPTY space?
The human eye can only see .0035% of the electromagnetic spectrum. Our eyes are wondrous... but they have fundamental limits to what we can see. Humans are basically blind! We cannot conceive of all that is. It's impossible.
Not only do we not see all that is, our perceptions, a remarkable phenomenon, specifically shape our view of the world. Our perceptions distort reality as you observe the world through your self-made filters (past experiences, belief systems, and circumstances).
When we can truly understand how everyone sees things differently, we can cultivate compassion and understanding for other's views we don't agree with!
This is an important and relevant topic in our world today! SO much polarity and fear, it's VITAL we see through the illusion and seek OUR truth and allow the truth of other's to be just...
This delicious and simple salad is SO easy to make and delicious to eat! With tons of fiber, phytonutrients, and flavor this could just be one of your new staples in life!
I'm all about keeping healthy cooking simple! This salad has always been a hit and is super simple to put together! The feta is a perfect addition but is also optional!
Of course, I suggest buying all ingredients organically! If you can't buy everything organic make sure you are following the Dirty Dozen & Clean 15 Lists! I've included them below. Always buy produce on Dirty Dozen list organically and those listed on the Clean 15, you can buy those conventionally.
Okay now that you better know to buy your produce, let's do this:
8 Medium - Large cherry tomatoes cut into quarters
1/2 Large cucumber peeled and cut into bite size pieces
1/4 cup chopped red onion
Handful of Arugula chopped
1/4 cup organic feta (Sheep's feta is best and healthiest!)
2 tsp. of Italian spices
3 Tbsp.. Extra...
… dog days of summer, playing by the pool all day long (probably without sunscreen), and consuming Popsicles until our heart’s content… awe the sugary sweetness paired with frozen sensation was marvelous.
Now back to reality. Store-bought Popsicles are laden with high fructose corn syrup and artificial coloring making this novelty treat a tragic reflection of the over processed and cheapened food industry… even the sweetest and most simple summer treats fall victims.
Just because it’s summertime doesn’t mean you have to forego one of the most awesome inventions ever!
Homemade Popsicles are so simple and require just a few tools: Blender, Popsicle Molds, and Popsicle sticks. I recently purchased these and DIG them…
Two super simple recipes for Homemade Popsicles:
3 tbsp cacao powder
1/4 cup nut...
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