Leaving Concrete Behind?

January 25, 2016

Wman Walking DogSpring and summer will be here before you know it, and so will tick season. The thing to note is that more and more counties are testing positive for ticks, and the diseases they carry (including Lyme Disease) each summer.

East coast, west coast, and stretching into the midwest, blacklegged ticks (and Western black-legged ticks) are spreading out. While global warming may be a factor, more so is the regrowth of our woodlands and greenery, which was once torn down to build the early settlements of our country.

You don’t have to go on a hike or a country picnic to get a tick bite. Dog parks, green belts, yards with natural style gardens—if you’re stepping away from the concrete jungle to enjoy some sun and greenery, you’re stepping into ticklands. Read more about Lyme Disease…

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Copper Pan CHefThere are colloidal supplements, and then there are ionic solutions. And they’re not the same thing—the difference is important, especially when it comes to supplements.

We’ve written a lot about that—a pure colloidal supplement is a suspension of non-ionized particles in pure water, and smaller particle size leads to better quality. Because they’re suspended, you can see light reflecting off the particles—gray/blue for colloidal silver, orange/red for colloidal gold and copper, and so on. With ionic solutions, the charged particles attract to the water particles, and disappear—creating a clear solution (and sometimes, come advertised in glass containers to keep it from being affected by plastic—this problem doesn’t exist with colloidal products).

Here’s the thing: I know there are others out there saying the exact opposite. So let’s look at it from another angle, one that you might already be familiar with: pots and pans. Read more about colloids and ions…

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Krill SketchIf you’ve been following the headlines about fishing, fish oils, and the pros/cons of their benefits, you might be feeling a tad conflicted—after all, fish oils have lots of benefits, but some brands have come out as less than reputable, and then there’s that darn mercury risk!

So consider switching to krill oil, specifically, Deep Ocean Krill Oil with Natural Astaxanthin. It’s got a lot of benefits over the fish oil you usually see, including being sustainably harvested (and there are benefits to this, too—you get a better product).

Krill are shellfish, kind of like shrimp—they’re low on the food chain (they eat algae and plankton), which is good since mercury accumulates as you go up in the food chain. In addition to that, the krill in Krill Oil with Natural Astaxanthin is harvested from deep, pure waters, and is independently tested for contaminants. Read more about krill oil…

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Picking a Good Tea

January 20, 2016

Chinese Tea CupGood health is in the little things. The bigs things are healthy meals, exercise, enough sleep—but if you’re messing up the little things, you won’t get the results you’re working so hard for.

For instance, you probably know that sugary drinks will sabotage any weight loss plans you have. Did you know that there are some teas out there with sugar added? And I’m talking about the things you brew yourself—not even the ones that come in a can or the ones you brew yourself. Read more about teas…

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Tea GargleAs this mild flu season comes into a late peak, a reminder has gone out about antibiotics: they don’t work for most coughs, sniffles, and sinus pains. Those are almost all caused by viruses, which antibiotics don’t treat (and with antibiotic resistance mounting, they barely treat an increasing number of bacteria these days!).

Overprescribing antibiotics leads to more problems—more antibiotic resistance, more virulent strains, more severe symptoms when antibiotics are prescribed. And as great as antibiotics can be when used judiciously, they are also responsible for 1 in 5 emergency room visits (allergies, and severe diarrhea—antibiotics kill off your good bacteria, allowing the ones that make you sick, like C. diff, to take hold.).

If you drag yourself to your doctor and they refuse to prescribe you antibiotics, you’ve probably got a good one. They will likely also recommend against taking too much Tylenol, which can cause liver problems, and might recommend some home treatments. If they don’t (or you want to save yourself a trip), here are some other ideas: Read more home remedies…

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