Holiday Drinks and Natural Remedies for Hangovers

Holiday drinks!! What to do if you drink to little water and become dehydrated and have a hangover the following day?

If you are going to drink this holiday season, please be responsible and smart.  Always choose good quality ingredients and ORGANIC where you can.  Good rule of thumb is drink a glass of water after each mixed drink. This will not affect your “Buzz” It allows your body to metabolize the alcohol content.

Following the “fun” recipes I have listed a few tips to help sooth your guts.  Remember: if you are a coffee/caffeine person or drinker, those two deplete your B vitamins and fatigue/stress your adrenals out.  Supplements are strongly recommended to help keep levels normal.

I’d be more than happy to help create a meal plan for you to keep you on track during the holidays.  Happy creating!!

I found Bailey’s Almond cream, it’s gluten free and vegan.  Was a total hit at class.  The salted Caramel Kaula was a second win!  The Staff at Total Wine was so helpful in answering my questions since my knowledge lacks in this department.  Don’t be afraid to ask….remember you are the consumer and you vote with your dollars so do so wisely.

Vegan Eggnog Chai Latte
Dairy Free, Vegan
Happily serves 1

ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS
8 oz So Delicious Eggnog
2 Chai Tea bags
1/2 cup espresso or Cold Brew
Optional: 2oz Kahula

Heat eggnog and 2 tea bags over medium heat, never allowing it to come to a boil. Stir often.
As soon as eggnog begins to form little bubbles remove from the heat.
Remove tea bags from eggnog.
Pour coffee in a mug and top with the chai spiced eggnog.
Serve immediately.

Peppermint White Russian Cocktail
Dairy Free
Happily serves 2

1/2 cup Kahlúa coffee liqueur
1/4 cup Peppermint flavored vodka (2 oz)
1/2 cup Coconut Cream or coconut egg nog
6-8 Ice cubes

Top of Glass:
1/8 cup vanilla frosting
1/4 cup peppermint candy bits

Apply a thin layer of vanilla frosting around the rims of both glasses.
Add the peppermint bits to a shallow bowl. Dip the rims of each glass into the candy, covering the frosting entirely. Chill for 10 minutes.

In a cocktail shaker, add the Kahlúa, vodka and coconut cream.
Shake it!
Pour into the peppermint-rimmed serving glasses filled with ice.

Hot Caramel Apple Cider
Vegan, Gluten Free (Use Tito’s vodka or Towers-it’s Gluten Free)
Happily serves 4

ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS
32 oz apple cider (Four 8 oz servings)
8 oz Caramel vodka
1 TBSP Cinnamon

OPTIONAL: 1/4 cup Coconut brown sugar (for rimming your glasses)

Mix all of the ingredients in a large pot.
Heat over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally until liquid just begins to steam

TIP: Heat to your desired temperature and then add the vodka to ensure the alcohol doesn’t burn off.
Optional: While cider is warming up rim the mugs with brown sugar

BAILEYS Spiced Iced Cold Brew
Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan
Happily serves 1

ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS
2 oz Baileys Almond Milk Liqueur
15 oz Cold brew
Cinnamon essential oil or cinnamon stevia
Nutmeg
Ice if desired

Combine Baileys with cinnamon oil/stevia, cold brew over ice.
Top with grated nutmeg.

 

Golden Milk
Dairy Free, Soy free, Gluten Free, Vegan, Yeast Free
Happily serves 1

ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS
1 Cup Almond or non dairy nut milk
1 TBSP Coconut oil
1 tsp Turmeric
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp white pepper (or black)
1 scoop of collagen

Hangover Remedies:

1 scoop Can’t Beet this (Purium)
8 oz Organic Coconut water
Optional but strongly recommended:
1 scoop Green Spectrum or “More Greens” (Purium)

8oz Bone Broth before bed

8oz Bone Broth first thing in the morning.

Avocado and sea salt for your first meal.

Curb Carb Cravings! Healthy Glucose Control

Control Pre-Meal CapsulesTM
30 servings $38.95

Self-control now comes in a capsule

Benefits:
* Can help curb cravings and reduce appetite
* Neutralizes starches found in processed carbohydrates
* Can support stabilized blood glucose
* May enhance mental alertness, endurance and stamina

* Helps you feel satisfied faster and takes the edge off your cravings
Purium`s CONTROL Pre-Meal CapsulesTM are specifically designed to help you eat less and reduce the impact of simple carbohydrates and sugars, lessening the possibility that your body will convert them into fat. It is a great addition to any weight loss regimen.
Instructions: Take two capsules three times per day (approximately one hour prior to meals) with 8oz of water or, take two to three capsules prior to any fatty meal or dessert followed by 8oz of water.
Interesting Facts:
* Nopal (Opuntia Streptacantha): promotes weight loss by absorbing water and providing a feeling of satiety. It has a positive effect on blood sugar and helps reduce the appetite and control carbohydrate cravings. It can also reduce cholesterol by promoting the excretion of fats from the body, and aids digestion by absorbing toxins from the bowel as well as increasing the rate at which food passes through the system.
* Garcinia Cambogia (fruit): inhibits the synthesis of fatty acids in the liver and promotes an increased availability of glycogen in the liver, thus sending a “full” signal to the brain sooner.
* Green Tea Extract: Extract: research has found that green tea increases the amount of energy spent by the body and holds promise as a treatment for obesity and other weight problems.
* American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius): Dr Lin Yutang, a Chinese research scientist who spent a lifetime learning about ginseng, summed up his work by saying that, “The magic tonic and building qualities of ginseng are the most enduring, the most energy-giving, restorative qualities known to mankind, yet it is distinguished by the slowness and gentleness of its action.”
* White Kidney Bean Extract (Phaseolus Vulgaris):

Final word from Dave:
Drawing from the wisdom of ancient culture, we have put together a product for the ages. From the shaman we take Opuntia, from Chinese medicine – Green Tea, from Ayurvedic – the garcinia cambogia, and the power of White American Ginseng and the newly discovered effect of the amazing white kidney bean. Brought together to give you the ultimate in CONTROL, self control, appetite control, glucose control, energy and most importantly, your weight.
- Dave Sandoval

L-Glutamine Powder~~~ESSENTIAL for gut health and muscle repair

Klaire Labs
L-Glutamine Powder

$39.95  

300grams powder

L-Glutamine Powder
-Supports intestinal immune function.

Glutamine, the most abundant amino acid in the body, helps form other amino 
acids, glucose, protein, and glutathione. Glutamine is stored in the muscles 
and is the primary metabolic fuel for the cells of the small intestine, 
fibroblasts, and the immune system. Supplementation with glutamine can help 
support gut cell proliferation and mucosal integrity, resulting in decreased 
intestinal permeability and systemic infections.

Servings Per Container: 60
As a dietary supplement take one scoop daily or as directed by a healthcare practitioner.

Serving Size: 1 Rounded Scoop (5 grams)

Amount Per Serving
L-Glutamine USP … 5g
Other Ingredients: None.

 

What is Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis?

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

Hashimoto thyroiditis is the most common form of thyroid gland inflammation (thyroiditis) and the most frequent cause of decreased thyroid hormone production hypothyroidism. It results from an autoimmune disorder, an attack on the thyroid gland by a person’s own immune system.
The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ that lies flat against the windpipe in the throat. It produces the hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) and plays an important role in controlling the body’s metabolism.
With Hashimoto thyroiditis, the thyroid becomes enlarged, called a goiter. Thyroid gland tissue is slowly destroyed by white blood cells called lymphocytes that move into the thyroid gland and by one or more thyroid autoantibodies. This causes a progressive decrease in the production of thyroid hormones.
About 1 in 1,000 people are diagnosed annually with Hashimoto thyroiditis, and the number has been increasing over time due to improvements in diagnostic techniques. This disorder can affect anyone at any age but occurs most commonly in women who are between 30 and 50 years of age. The ratio of women to men diagnosed with the disease is 20 to 1. People with a family history of thyroid diseases or with other autoimmune diseases, especially type 1 diabetes or adrenal insufficiency are at increased risk.
Those affected by Hashimoto thyroiditis may not have any symptoms for several years, but eventually most will experience some degree of hypothyroidism that worsens over time.

Signs and Symptoms
Constipation
Depression
Dry skin
Fatigue
Forgetfulness
Increased sensitivity to cold
Menstrual irregularities, heavy and excessive bleeding
Muscle and joint pain
Muscle weakness
Sluggishness
Thinning hair
Weight gain
For pregnant women, increased risk of miscarriage

Tests
Testing is done to evaluate the health of the thyroid, diagnose Hashimoto thyroiditis, and monitor treatment.
To determine whether the thyroid is functioning properly and for monitoring thyroid function and hormone production, one or more of the following blood tests may be done:
Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) – typically elevated in hypothyroidism
Free T4 – often decreased in primary hypothyroidism
Total or Free T3 – sometimes decreased but may be within the normal reference range, so is not as useful as free T4
Additional tests may be used to detect autoantibodies directed against the thyroid and to help diagnose Hashimoto thyroiditis:
Anti-thyroid peroxidase antibody (anti-TPO, see Thyroid Antibodies) – this test detects the presence of autoantibodies against a protein found in thyroid cells. A high value usually indicates autoimmune damage to the thyroid due to disorders such as Hashimoto thyroiditis and Graves disease.
Antithyroglobulin antibody (TgAb) – if positive, may indicate Hashimoto thyroiditis; while thyroglobulin antibodies are often positive, they are not as sensitive or specificas anti-TPO so they are not routinely ordered.
People with a very mild form of Hashimoto thyroiditis may not have thyroid antibodies present in their blood.
Treatment
There is no cure for Hashimoto thyroiditis, but the disorder is manageable. No treatment is required when thyroid hormone concentrations (T4 and T3) are normal and the affected person is not experiencing significant symptoms. Thyroid hormone replacement therapy is typically necessary, however, when thyroid hormone production becomes significantly decreased and symptoms begin to emerge or worsen. Those with Hashimoto thyroiditis are closely monitored, and thyroid hormone replacement therapy is initiated and/or adjusted as necessary.

https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000371.htm

Adrenal Support: Gaia Herbs

HPA Axis: Daytime Maintenance
Gaia Herbs/Professional Solutions

60 capsules $30
120 capsules $50

Promotes a health response to stress*
Maintaining a healthy stress response is necessary for overall health and wellbeing. Supporting the systems that aid the body in reacting and normalizing as stress occurs is critical in maintaining a healthy response to stress. Adrenal Health Daily Support provides nourishment to the adrenals, with a unique combination of pure and potent extracts.

Servings Per Container: 60 Serving Size: 2 Capsules
Adults take 2 capsules 2 times daily after meals or as directed by your health care provider.
Amount Per Serving:
Calories … 10
Siberian Rhodiola root extract+ … 120mg
(Rhodiola rosea)(6mg Rosavins)
Holy Basil leaf Supercritical extract+ … 90mg
(Ocimum sanctum)(3.86mg total Eugenols)
Proprietary Extract Blend … 520mg
Wild Oats milky seed fresh** (Avena sativa), Holy Basil leaf** (Ocimum sanctum), Schisandra berry+ (Schisandra chinensis), Ashwagandha root+ (Withania somnifera)
Other Ingredients: Vegetable glycerin, water, capsule (vegetable cellulose) and olive oil
** = Certified Organic Ingredient
+ = Ecologically Harvested
Not recommended during pregnancy or nursing without consulting your health care provider prior to use. Rhodiola should not be taken by individuals with bipolar disorder.

 

Who isn’t stressed out & couldn’t use Adrenal Support

Stressed? Pretty typical these days, so why not support the adrenal glands?  Instead of reaching for another cup of coffee, educate yourself on how to feel better naturally, the way the body intended.  There are several formulations out there, I can help you find the right herb/vitamin combination that stimulates your glands to help control cortisol levels. Here are a few of my favorites….

Understanding Auto Immune disorders

Who understands auto immune disorders and how they affects us and our loved ones?  Here is a brief overview of what it is and a link if you want to research correct information further.

When an intruder invades your body—like a cold virus or bacteria on a thorn that pricks your skin—your immune system protects you. It tries to identify, kill, and eliminate the invaders that might hurt you. But sometimes problems with your immune system cause it to mistake your body’s own healthy cells as invaders and then repeatedly attacks them. This is called an autoimmune disease. (“Autoimmune” means immunity against the self.)

Autoimmune diseases can affect almost any part of the body, including the heart, brain, nerves, muscles, skin, eyes, joints, lungs, kidneys, glands, the digestive tract, and blood vessels. The classic sign of an autoimmune disease is inflammation, which can cause redness, heat, pain, and swelling. How an autoimmune disease affects you depends on what part of the body is targeted. If the disease affects the joints, as in rheumatoid arthritis, you might have joint pain, stiffness, and loss of function. If it affects the thyroid, as in Graves’ disease and thyroiditis, it might cause tiredness, weight gain, and muscle aches. If it attacks the skin, as it does in scleroderma/systemic sclerosis, vitiligo, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), it can cause rashes, blisters, and color changes.

Many autoimmune diseases don’t restrict themselves to one part of the body. For example, SLE can affect the skin, joints, kidneys, heart, nerves, blood vessels, and more. Type 1 diabetes can affect your glands, eyes, kidneys, muscles, and more.

KEY WORDS

Acquired immune system. The part of the immune system that develops as a person grows. It employs antibodies and immune cells to fight harmful substances.

Antibody. A special protein produced by the body’s immune system that recognizes and helps fight infectious agents and other foreign substances that invade the body.

Antigen. A foreign substance that triggers the production of antibodies when it is introduced into the body.

Autoimmune disease. A disease that results when the immune system mistakenly attacks the body’s own tissues.

Corticosteroids. Potent anti-inflammatory hormones that are made naturally in the body or synthetically (man-made) for use as drugs. They are also called glucocorticoids. The most commonly prescribed drug of this type is prednisone.

Diabetes, type 1. A condition in which the immune system destroys insulin-producing cells of the pancreas, making it impossible for the body to use glucose (blood sugar) for energy. Type 1 diabetes usually occurs in children and young adults.

Graves’ disease. An autoimmune disease of the thyroid gland that results in the overproduction of thyroid hormone. This causes such symptoms as nervousness, heat intolerance, heart palpitations, and unexplained weight loss.

Immune system. A complex network of specialized cells and organs that work together to defend the body against attacks by foreign invaders, such as bacteria and viruses.

Thyroiditis. An inflammation of the thyroid gland that causes the gland to become underactive. This results in symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, weight gain, cold intolerance, and muscle aches.

Vitiligo. A disorder in which the immune system destroys pigment-making cells called melanocytes. This results in white patches of skin on different parts of the body.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH)—The Nation’s Medical Research Agency—includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and it investigates the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH visit:

https://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/

Power Kids Nutrition Drink: the anti-Soda

Power Kids Nutrition Drink
The Anti Soda
30 servings $85.75


THE ANTI-SODA
Power Kids delivers whole food nutrients that support the normal functions of the brain and body. Soda is exactly what kids DON’T need – sugar, caffeine, carbonation and artificial ingredients. It’s like a scientist created the perfect chemical cocktail to disrupt a child’s normal body functions. And, unfortunately, sports drinks, and juice boxes really aren’t much better. But now, you have healthy choice! Certified organic fruits and greens that really make a difference.
* USDA organic certified, 100% non-GMO whole food nutrition
* Protects teeth and gums
* Healthy “growth factor”
* Balances blood sugar for sustained energy
* Great raspberry flavor

Instructions: Add one scoop to 8-10oz of water. Best mixed with cold water in a shaker cup or bottle. Can also be added to a smoothie or your favorite plain yogurt, almond milk or applesauce.

New Year’s Resolutions Revisited…

Metabolic Progress Basic Ideas for healthy living

Nutrition
Eat the meals when hungry, not by the clock. Snack in between meals, usually 2x a day. No carb feasting.
If you are trying to lose weight, most likely you are not “Hungry” 6 times a day, Learn to listen to your body.

Exercise
Walk for 45 minutes, 5 times a week (3 days of interval training and 2 days of steady weight training).

Sleep
Go to bed 15 minutes earlier this week.
Your goal is to get at least 7 hours of restive sleep per night. Integrate meditation as needed to achieve this goal.

Stress Management
Do a Relaxing Breath at least twice a day. (If you don’t like bathing then do a foot soak/bath.)
Find activities you enjoy doing, and schedule 3 hours each week and do them.

Detoxification
Take five baths per week with Epsom salt and soothing music. Each bath should last at least 15 minutes.
Buy ORGANIC FOODS
Stick to grass-fed, pastured protein and eggs, and wild-caught fish as much as possible.
Avoid GMOs and MSG
Drink clean water

Is Chewing Gum Bad for You? (One Ingredient Is Linked to Gut Destruction)

Disturbing side effects of chewing gum.  Alternative bad breathe ideas and reasons why you should rethink putting gum in your mouth.
Gut Destruction

Chewing gum manufacturers have been turning to an ingredient called titanium dioxide for years. Now used in nanoparticle form, this extremely tiny metal compound is posing some serious emerging health threats. This is probably the scariest reason to avoid gum.

Generally recognized as safe by the Food and Drug Administration, this compound is often used in nanoparticle form to create a bright white pigmentation in paints, plastics … and chewing gum. (2) It’s also found in tons of other foods, like candies and powdered white sugar (donuts!) and even bread. Although it’s allowed on store shelves and considered safe, scientists are starting to paint a different picture.

In fact, a 2017 study published in the journal NanoImpact shows that nano-titanium oxide ingredients like titanium dioxide can severely impact gut health. Researchers exposed small intestinal cells to a meal’s worth of nanoparticles over four hours (acute exposure) or three meal’s worth over five days (chronic exposure). What they found is a bit shocking.

Chronic exposure to titanium dioxide nanoparticles in the diet:

Weakened the intestinal barrier
Slowed down metabolism
Triggered inflammation
Weakened the gut’s defense against pathogens

Blocked nutrient absorption of key nutrients like iron, zinc and fatty acids
The nanoparticles actually blunted the effectiveness of the small intestines’ microvilli. Microvilli are tiny projections that jut off of small intestinal cells and work to absorb nutrients our bodies need to survive. (3)

People also face this type of titanium dioxide exposure through toothpaste, and it’s even sometimes used to created a smoother texture in chocolates and to create a brighter appearance in skim milk.

In 2012, Arizona State University found that titanium dioxide nanoparticles turned up in five percent of products tested, including Twinkies and mayonnaise samples. Under public pressure, Dunkin Donuts stopped using nano-titanium dioxide in its donuts’ powdered sugar in 2015.

“To avoid foods rich in titanium oxide nanoparticles you should avoid processed foods, and especially candy. That is where you see a lot of nanoparticles,” — Gretchen Mahler, PhD, study co-author and assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Binghamton University, State University of New York. (4)

Beyond that, many chewing gum products contain emulsifiers to retain flavor and keep gum from sticking to your teeth. (5) The trouble is, many emulsifiers act almost like detergent in your digestive tract, throwing off the natural balance of your gut flora. In fact, research in lab animals suggests certain emulsifiers used as food additives could contribute to colon cancer development.

Is Chewing Gum Bad? More Reasons to Stop

Migraines

For children and adolescents dealing with vicious migraines and tension headaches, the natural solution could be right under their noses: Stop chewing gum. A small study published in Pediatric Neurology discovered that nixing gum led to significant improvements in 26 out of 30 adolescents in the study. Amazingly, 19 of them experienced complete headache resolution. No pills, no treatments — they just stopped chewing gum. (6)

If you’re trying to figure out how to get rid of a migraine naturally, your gum habit is a great place to start. In tweens and teens, common proven headache triggers include stress, lack of sleep, hot weather, video games, noise, sunlight, smoking, skipping meals and menstruation. Now we can add gum to the list. Researchers aren’t sure if it’s the artificial sweeteners or a TMJ issue related to gum and headaches, but the good news is we can stop many headaches with this simple step. (7)

Sinister Sweeteners

You’d expect fake sweeteners like aspartame in diet soda, but chewing gum? Come on! Different chewing gum companies turn to ingredients like aspartame, sorbitol, high-fructose corn syrup, acesulfame K, sucrolose and xylitol. Some actually use multiple fake sweeteners in a single gum product.

These ingredients are linked to serious health issues like tooth decay, liver fat buildup, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, leukemia, lymphoma, kidney tumors and more. Acesulfame potassium, also known as acesulfame K, is among the most common artificial sweeteners detected in breast milk. That’s troubling, since the ingredient is also linked to thyroid dysfunction. Sucralose harms the gut, throwing off healthy levels of enzymes and disrupting the microbiome. (8)

While xylitol and sorbitol may seem more natural, these processed sugar alcohols aren’t absorbed well by the body and cause an allergic reaction for those who have a sensitivity to it. And then there are the digestive sugar alcohol and xylitol side effects, including bloating, gas, cramping and diarrhea. And get this: Its laxative effect is so pronounced that it’s actually part of the chemical makeup for many over-the-counter laxatives.

Special note to dog owners: Xylitol and other sugar alcohol-based sweeteners are life-threatening toxins to dogs. Be mindful of breath mints, candies, sugar-free gum, frozen desserts and other foods when your pets are around. (9)

Better Bad-Breath Fighters & Gum Alternatives

Bad breath is a good excuse to reach for gum, but as you can see, the side effects are bad news, especially for your gut. Luckily, there are better ways to cope. After ruling out potential underlying issues for bad breath, you can turn to these things to naturally improve your breath:

Eat parsley.
Drink enough water, especially tap into the benefits of lemon water.
Learn how to safely tap into peppermint oil benefits.(Not recommended for young children.)
Learn about oil pulling with coconut oil.
Avoid grains and added sugars.
Final Thoughts on ‘Is Chewing Gum Bad for You?’
American played a huge role in spreading the popularity of chewing gum all around the world.
However, today’s ingredients include fake dyes and flavors. But perhaps most concerning is nanoparticle-sized titanium dioxide, an ingredient used in everything from gum, candy and bread to paint and plastics.
Nano-titanium dioxide helps create a vibrant white color, but scientists now show that it can impact small intestinal cells in a way that blocks absorption of key nutrients, slows the metabolism, increases inflammation and weakens the gut’s ability to protect against dangerous pathogens.
Chewing gum is also linked to migraines and tension headaches in children and adolescents.
There are still some chewing gum companies that rely on old-fashioned, real-food ingredients, but they are sometimes harder to come by.

Source: www.draxe.com