Health, Home Remedy, Organic, Vegetarian, Wellness

Home Remedy For Allergies

 

I developed severe allergies when I first became pregnant. It’s just one of the many possible changes your body goes through. Sadly, they never went away, they only worsened. I have tried every over the counter and prescribed medication under the sun. I decided to start looking for a natural approach last year when I came across apple cider vinegar. I purchased the Bragg’s organic unrefined vinegar and began taking one to two tablespoons in eight ounces of water twice a day. About a month into drinking it, I had not experienced a sinus attack and it was without question that I would continue drinking it. Relieving sinus issues is just one of the many benefits apple cider brings to the table and I will go into all those details in another post.

Although I still drink apple cider, not only in my water, I also put it in my shakes and teas. I failed to drink it for the last few days. I walked outside and instantly started sneezing and the attack hit me with a vengeance. I sneezed all day long; itchy watery eyes, runny nose, swollen nasal passage, you name it and I was suffering from it yesterday.

And while apple cider helps, it’s gradual and you MUST drink it every day in order to prevent the attacks. I looked up a quicker remedy, all ingredients I already had right at home!

Honey and Turmeric!! Yep, that’s it!! Can you believe it?

Honey is great for allergies and you most likely have that on hand. Be sure that it is raw honey! Processed is just no good!

Turmeric is a great inflammatory antibacterial ingredient!! Put it together with raw honey and you have found the holy grail of quick allergy relief!

The best way to take this is to make a mixture or simply add a bit of both to your tea or warm water.

Should you want to make the mixture, all you have to do is take about six to seven tablespoons in a jar. Add six tablespoons of turmeric powder and mix until it is evenly distributed. This mixture will keep up to a year!

Now, I like to simply add a tablespoon of honey and a dash (or two) of turmeric to my tea and drink that down.

I like kombucha because of its many antioxidants, and of course, it just tastes divine! ūüôā

 

Peppermint tea is great too! That minty aroma really helps with soothing your nasal passage!

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Drink this two to three times and within twenty-four hours you’ll feel like your old self again! My attacks used to last up to three days!!

Today I’m enjoying the mixture with iced kombucha tea ūüôā I always add lemon to my tea. So good!!

xo

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Good Eats, Health

Sweet Potato Protein Pancakes

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I absolutely love pancakes! It was imperative that I find a healthy recipe so I can feed my pancake addiction ūüôā

Let’s jump right into the ingredients!

You will need:

  • Two medium sized sweet potatoes
  • Cinnamon
  • Two eggs
  • Vanilla extract
  • Whole wheat flour
  • Your choice of protein (I kick ass with a group in Team beachbody which gives me access to the awesome Shakeology! It’s the healthiest meal of the day! ūüôā )
  • Non stick spray

Directions:

Bring water to a boil and cut small pieces of sweet potato, if you are making these the same morning it will cook them faster. To save time you can always cook the potatoes the night before and store them in the fridge.

Boil the potatoes at medium heat for about fifteen minutes. Use a fork to test if they’re ready, you’ll know when they either break apart or the fork slides right out.

Get your pan ready by putting it on medium heat, oil it up with non stick spray, my preference is coconut oil ūüėČ

 

While your pan heats up, get to mixing!

Drain the water, add two egg whites, a dash of cinnamon,one tablespoon of whole wheat flour, half a teaspoon of vanilla extract, and one scoop of protein. Mix that magic up with an electric mixer. If you don’t have one handy, a potato masher will do.

With a large spoon, scoop (should measure up to about half a cup) mixture onto pan and cook for about three minutes on each side.

This recipe makes about six or seven pancakes.

 

I like to use maple syrup but honey or agave will do just fine as well. ūüėČ A little goes a long way! These pancakes are moist and don’t soak up the syrup like other recipes do.

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Here is the finished product. Delicious healthy pancakes!

Don’t forget to share!

xo

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Health

Benefits of Lemon Water 

 

health-benefits-of-drinking-lemon-water.jpgOver the last few years I have taken my water intake more seriously. I hardly ever drink anything but water and I have felt and seen the changes in my body because of it.

Adding lemon to your water can help you in so many ways and it tastes great!

  • Balances PH System (potential hydrogen)
  • Hydrates Lymph System (tissues and organs)
  • It is a blood purifier
  • Rejuvenates your skin
  • Helps with weight loss
  • Flushes your body of toxins
  • Helps with digestion
  • Decreases wrinkles and blemishes
  • Relieves toothaches
  • Reduces fever
  • Lowers high blood-pressure
  • Soothes and heals throat infections
  • Relieves respiratory problems
  • Helps purify and stimulate the liver

 

Lemons are a natural energizer! No need for those sugary energy drinks!!

Lemons hydrate and oxygenate the body! It helps you feel revitalized and refreshed! Perfect for a morning boost or those dragging afternoons.

Drinking lemon water boosts your immune system!

  • Phosphorus (mineral found in bones and teeth)
  • Antioxidants (may prevent or delay some types of cell damage)
  • Magnesium (essential mineral for human nutrition)
  • Riboflavin (B Vitamin)
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin B2
  • Vitamin B1
  • Vitamin C
  • Potassium
  • Calcium

Okay, so you get the picture, right?

So go squeeze half a lemon in 8oz of water and drink up! ūüėČ

Xo

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