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Why Water?

Have you ever suffered from afternoon fatigue?  Do you get headaches?  What about varicose veins, kidney stones or urinary problems?  Do you have brain fog or constipation?  What about skin issues?  All of these annoying and sometimes serious issues have a common denominator.  They can all be caused by dehydration, which is MUCH more common than you would imagine.

So just how important is it to drink the recommended daily dose of good old water?  I was recently participating in the Chronic Lyme Disease Summit and a very well respected doctor mentioned that if his patients still aren’t getting better after trying the usual protocol, it is often because they are not drinking enough water.  A light bulb went off in my head and in that moment, I went from a girl who drank a glass or two of water per day, to a girl who drinks at least 75 ounces of water each day, and often more.

You may wonder what the connection is between water and a health condition such as Chronic Lyme.  For starters, water is absorbed into the blood stream and flushes out what doesn’t belong.  You can kill off as much bacteria as you like, but if it is circulating through your blood stream, you will still feel miserable!  Water helps combat fatigue, headaches and a myriad of other symptoms that are common in Lyme patients.

Here are 5 things to remember about water:

#1 – The kind of water you drink matters.

You do not find alkaline water anywhere in nature.  That is because God knows what He’s doing!  Your stomach needs acid to digest food.  We will discuss pH at a later time, but don’t spend money on alkaline water.  I know the internet will try to make you believe that you must be alkaline to be healthy.  Most of those articles are not  written by doctors.

You also don’t want water that has been enhanced.  Many bottled water companies add softeners, sodium, and even fluoride.  Fluoride is a neuro toxin and should be avoided at all costs.  You don’t need water with “added minerals”.  I won’t get into a debate over which water is the best, but I personally drink distilled water or reverse osmosis.  Drink room temperature or slightly warm water.  Cold water shocks your organs and should only be consumed if you are trying to cool down.

#2 – The amount of water you drink matters.

You probably know that you should drink at least half your bodyweight in ounces of water each day.  If you exercise, you need to increase your water intake accordingly.  Other beverages do not count toward your water intake, even if they are herbal teas, iced tea, fruit juices, etc.   Only water is water, and your body wants pure water.  Your blood is 90.7% water, your brain is 80.5% water and your lungs are 80% water.  Every organ in your body needs water!  If you drink caffeinated beverages, you need to add to your water intake because caffeine dehydrates.  For example, if I need 65 ounces of water per day but I drink a 12 ounce caffeinated beverage, I now need 77 ounces of water to maintain hydration.   The best thing you can do is start your day with 8 ounces of warm water.

#3 – Water plays an important role!

Water is responsible for helping regulate your temperature, balancing your pH, and lubricating your tissues, joints, bones, and muscles.  It is also necessary for cell creation and cleansing your body.  As I mentioned, water is critical for flushing out the abundance of toxins we are exposed to every day.

After 5% water loss, you will get a headache, experience drowsiness and be unable to concentrate.  After 6% water loss, your heart will begin to race.  Next time you feel a headache or brain fog coming on, drink a big glass of water!  Remember, our bodies are flowing with electricity and what conducts electricity?  Yep, water.  Your brain needs to be wet in order to work right.  It is 80.5% water for a reason.  I wonder how many kids have trouble focusing because they aren’t drinking enough good, plain water?

#4 – How do I know if I’m dehydrated?

Do you have dry skin?  Dry mouth? Dry eyes?  Are you constipated?  Do you have high cholesterol?  In addition to the symptoms I mentioned above, these are also signs that you may be dehydrated.  After breathing, good water is the most important element of good health.  You will be amazed after one week of staying hydrated.  My skin is softer than it has ever been and my fatigue has been greatly reduced. (It also helps with cellulite!)

#5 – What if I hate the taste of water?

If plain water is just absolutely unacceptable to you, try adding some mint leaves, cucumbers, or cut up strawberries.  You can add lemon if you are acidic (to be discussed in the near future).  I love to add a drop or two of my favorite essential oil to enhance the flavor of my water.  Not all essential oils are safe for consumption.  I only consume this kind.  Grapefruit and Citrus Fresh are my favorites!

I encourage you to take the one-week water challenge.  If you combine hydration with the deep breathing we talked about last week, you will be on the road to better health.

We don’t always need medicine, supplements, oils and herbs.  Sometimes we need to remember the basics – the things that God gave us in the beginning.  Air, water, and food – the basic building blocks of good health.

 

Essential Oils, Health

When Getting Healthy Becomes a Full-Time Job

I have a spreadsheet with all the things I am supposed to do each day in order to be healthy.  My brain wasn’t big enough to remember everything.  The more time I spent on Pinterest and Facebook, the longer my list grew.  It soon grew longer than the post-it note on my desk.  Then it grew longer than the inside cover of my journal.  So, as an accountant by profession, I resorted to a spreadsheet.

It’s exhausting really.  How do you fit it all in?  Coconut pulling on an empty stomach.  Warm lemon juice on an empty stomach.  Apple cider vinegar and honey….  you guessed it… on an empty stomach.  Add to that my Lyme herbals that must be taken on an empty stomach, and I might as well quit eating.  I really like to eat.  My stomach is only empty for the first five minutes after I wake up!

I want to be healthy.  I want to fit it all in.  The detox baths (only after fifteen minutes of dry brushing), the essential oils, the supplements, the strict diet, half my body weight in water (filtered of course, but not from a plastic bottle) and don’t forget the exercise, if I could only make my legs cooperate.  Oh wait, I didn’t take my three kinds of magnesium.  That must be why my legs aren’t working today!  Intermittent fasting?  Sure, I’ll try that.  I want my cells to rejuvenate, but I also really like to eat!  (Yes, that is a picture my husband took of me eating the entire paleo chicken pot pie on New Year’s Eve.)

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All kidding aside, just where do you start when you are on a quest for better health?  Every time I open social media, I feel like there are fifteen new things that I must do or I will never find optimal health.  I mean, is it possible to poop correctly without adding bentonite clay, coffee enemas, milk thistle, and a mega probiotic?  Probably not, but Rome wasn’t built in a day, right?  So I decided to ditch the spreadsheet this year and take a new approach.  To be honest, I rarely remember to open the spreadsheet, and when I do look at it, I am reminded of how many things I didn’t do and I feel like a gigantic failure.  I have teenagers, so I don’t need additional reminders, thank you very much.

My quest for health started a few years ago, so there are some great habits that have already been incorporated into my daily routine.  I wake up and take my herbs before I even get out of bed.  I apply my Clary Sage and Melrose essential oils.  I replaced my coffee habit with green tea in 2015, so that comes next with lemon oil and honey.  Sometimes, I even remember to add the ACV.   My bedtime habits are pretty good.  I never forget my 80 billion probiotic; that is non-negotiable.  I never forget my essential oils before bed either.  The Oregano keeps my husband away.  Just kidding!  Sort of.

There are still many things I want to incorporate into my daily routine, but I’m overwhelmed!  So, they say it takes 21 days to make a habit, and that is how I am going to approach 2016.  I wrote down twelve things I would really like to add to (or take away from) my daily routine.  These include things such as drinking half my body weight in water, coconut pulling for 20 minutes every day, exercising for 15 minutes each day, meditating or deep breathing for 10 minutes each day, etc.  I folded up the papers containing these habits and put them in a jar.  On the first day of each month, I will pull one piece of paper out of the jar and I will focus on that one thing for the month.  In January, I will be drinking a lot of water.  Hopefully by the end of the month, I will not need to remind myself to drink water because it will be a new habit.

I’m not disillusioned enough to think that I will have twelve healthy, new habits by the end of the year.  I will be happy if one or two stick because that will put me one or two healthy habits closer to being the person I want to be!  Resolutions don’t work and never will.  If they did, I would be 120 pounds with a six pack, my kids wouldn’t talk back to me, and no one in my house would look at their electronics during meals.  Habits work because they become part of who you are.  What habits are you working on for 2016?

 

Happy New Years!

 

 

 

 

Essential Oils, Health, Life

Sharing Health

When I started using oils, I had no intention of sharing them with anyone other than my immediate family. That quickly changed as I fell in love with Young Living. I promise, if you do your research, you too will discover that there is no higher quality essential oil brand. What other company owns their own farms and distilleries? What other company has over twenty years of success?

I have a secret though. I’m not just in love with essential oils. There is so much more to it for me.  Here are the three reasons why I know I have found my passion.

1. I love sharing the gift of health. Oils are only party of the bigger picture for me, but my oil classes are a gateway to talk about a more holistic approach to a healthy lifestyle. I always tell people, essential oils were only a piece of our lifestyle change.

2. I love training up leaders. I don’t think God has called me to just share oils. I believe he has called me to give other people the resources and the support they need to share the gift of health as well. There is no greater feeling than knowing that you made a difference in someone’s life. I was struggling with my full-time career because at the end of the day, I never felt fulfilled. Sure, I got my job done, but I wasn’t making anyone’s life better. Now, every time I share about oils and help others do the same, my heart sings.

3. Finally, I know so many people who are struggling financially and don’t see a way out. I am passionate about helping those who want to be helped. Sure, you have to do some work. You may have to spend some time preparing and educating yourself, but if you want to make a few extra hundred (or thousand) dollars a month, I would love to have you on my team. I promise I will support you every step of the way!

 

If you want to learn about how you can join my Oily Bunch, send me a message.  I can’t wait to hear from you!

Essential Oils

Why Oils?

My interest in essential oils started about two years ago.  I was looking for a natural way to help some of my family’s health issues.  My mom had purchased a book about cures in the bible.  I read it, and it definitely got my attention.  I started researching, but because I was not fully convinced, I started purchasing the cheapest essential oils I could find on Amazon.  Well, not only did they not really work, they also burnt my skin.  My kids were scarred for life when I got out of my lovely epson salt and lavender bath with red welts and I was literally running around in my birthday suite, my legs on fire.  I also tried diffusing some cheap peppermint for a headache and it immediately sent me to the bathroom to get sick.  Why did the cheap oils make me sick?  Turns out there only has to be 10% of the actual plant in there for it to be labeled “100% pure”.

I called the only oil expert I knew, my wonderful cousin in New York.  She has used oils on all of her kids for years, and she also had her own amazing testimonial after suffering severe burns.  She told me that she only uses Young Living.  After several months, all my research lead me to believe that Young Living was the right choice for me and my family.  I didn’t sign up right away.  I just ordered a bottle of frankinsence.  I was so impressed with the results that I immediately signed up and I have been a believer ever since.

In the past year, I have replaced household cleaners, skin care products, vitamins, supplements and chemical laden perfume with essential oils.  Just last month I cleaned out our medicine closet and threw away six grocery bags full over OTC medications and prescriptions because we don’t need or want them anymore.

When I told my MD that I was using essential oils, he asked me to please make sure they were Young Living.  Then when I started seeing a naturopath a few months ago, she also told me that she will only use Young Living.  That was all I needed to hear to know that I made the right decision for my family.  Cheap oils on Amazon are not the answer, and you definitely do not want to ever put any oil into your body if it is not 100% therapeutic.  My kids used to make fun of me and get embarrassed when they had friends over and I was diffusing oils.  Now all five of our kids use diffusers, have their own oils and when their friends are here, they ask for oils too!

If you have any interest in essential oils, the research available is endless.  Google away friends, and prepare to be amazed!  I meet people every day with different things going on in their lives.  When I say there are oils that can help them, they smile politely and run away from me as fast as they can.  If that’s you, what are you afraid of?  That it might actually work?  Ask my ten year old if they work.  Or, if the dog could talk, you could ask her too.  We are just one big crazy, oily family!