Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

♥ 10 critical upgrades for a healthier body – 10 sure-fire upgrades to make your body, emotions and spirit rise above.  I would include stress reduction, allowing happiness in your life and loving oneself. 

♥ 8 Ways To Make Your Life Extraordinary, No Matter How Ordinary It Seems – I love all of these!  I hope you do too.

♥ Relax into the dust storm~ This is beautiful and poignant.

♥ 5 Life-Changing Ways To Start Your Day –  Love these!  I always take time for ME in the a.m.. I start within and greet my thoughts, feelings, spirit and space with gratitude, love, compassion and support.   It has made such a difference in how I am with myself and with others. 

♥ 18 Fantastic Ways to Let Go – Oh yes!  Just let go!  I’ve been implementing this concept into many aspects of my life, thoughts, patterns, etc.  It isn’t always easy but so rewarding.  Inspiring info. here.

Help! I Just Can’t Get Out Of My Head!!! The Gypset Guide To Get Out Of Your Head {+ Back Into Your Heart} Part 2/3 – See more at: http://www.viendamaria.com/2014/06/help-i-just-cant-get-out-of-my-head-the-gypset-guide-to-get-out-of-your-head-back-into-your-heart-part-23/#sthash.yPfKiXIh.dpuf
Help! I Just Can’t Get Out Of My Head!!! The Gypset Guide To Get Out Of Your Head {+ Back Into Your Heart} Part 2/3 – See more at: http://www.viendamaria.com/2014/06/help-i-just-cant-get-out-of-my-head-the-gypset-guide-to-get-out-of-your-head-back-into-your-heart-part-23/#sthash.yPfKiXIh.dpuf

♥ The Ultimate Guide To Superfoods (Infographic) –  This is cute! 

♥ The Letting Go Ebook, Free – Awesome free ebook!  Check it out.  We all could use a bit of assistance in this area.

♥ Why your purpose in life is just to LIVE! –  This is powerful!  I used to think that I had to have a BIG purpose in life, to help others in a profound way, stretch myself and give, give, give.  I have learned over the years that I am enough being ME, growing, healing and LIVING. Nothing loud, spectacular or bold.  Just being within, experiencing, embracing, learning, loving and Living life in quiet and sacredness.  What beauty there is. 

♥ The Truth About Mercury Retrograde –  It’s all in our perception and how we allow to see, feel and live.  I see mercury retrogrades as a time to slow down, listen and take the lessons to heart.  They are grand lessons if we only take the time to let the wisdom and teaching IN.  Sarah Varcas explains this transition so well and in a positive light that it deems credit for.  Read all the way to the end.  Enjoy!

♥ The 21 Day Meditation Project - Have you been trying to commit to a regular meditation practice but are struggling to find the resources? Sign up here for stillness, clarity and connection.  You will receive 3 weeks of daily, guided meditations, ABSOLUTELY FREE.  Each track is about 10-15 minutes long, the perfect way to ease your way into a regular meditation practice.

Radiant Inspiring Interview – Cynthia Taylor from Flourish Wellness – Check out this wonderful interview about one of my delightful friends, Cynthia Taylor.  This woman is going places and is very inspiring.  A woman after my own heart.  I shared one of her amazing recipes on my newsletter about a month ago.  She shares fantastic recipes on her Facebook page – get over there and LIKE.  

♥ Mercury goes Retrograde June 7th 2014 – Wonderful insight from Mystic Mamma.  In the grand flow of life, these inward moving energies are conducive for fine tuning and helping to bring greater clarity, awareness, and focus.

 

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Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

♥ Benefits of Breathing: The Scientific Benefits of Breathing INFOGRAPHIC – A great reminder WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT to bring this simple healing tool into your daily life.  It’s so easy, free, can be done anywhere and always at your disposal (while driving, washing dishes, standing in line at store, walking, out in nature, with loved ones (or not so loved), etc.  Focus on your breath.

♥ Blissful Nari Smoothie – Ayurveda and Hormones – A wonderful smoothie that makes life easier for us ladies ( and guys)  that time of the month.  You can substitute Schizandra powder for the Amalaki.  I agree with Jeeva in that she also likes to add herbs to her meals – smoothies, tonics, soups, hot teas for easier assimilation and it’s more fun and tasty than popping capsules. 

♥ How Stress Can Dissolve Your Bones…Plus 3 Steps to Fix It Fast – Yet another aspect stress does to our bodies that no one wants. 

♥ What Causes 90% of All Disease? – Monica Bloom does it again!  I totally agree with this and teach this concept in my classes and just with talking to people.  Your emotions and stress affect EVERYTHING. 

♥ Ayurvedic beauty tips for great skin – GREAT information and tips here!

♥ Vaginal Steams: Forgotten Ancient Wisdom for Women’s Healing – My friend, Vienda shared this post on her FB page.  It is amazing!  I have many of the fresh herbs around our property and will be doing this come next cycle.  Whether you have issues or not, it is a smart thing to do to cleanse the uterus of build up.  Thanks, Vienda!

♥ Green tea weight loss secrets proven by science – It really does work.  My favorite green tea of choice = adaptogen tonic  Gynostemma green tea.   I slowly sip on a small hot cup of Schizandra tea with my lunch and dinner meal.  It stimulates digestion (without dampening the agni (digestive fire)), stimulates lymphatics and I’m getting lots of nutrients and tonic Chi at the same time.  Bingo!

♥ Nine Ways to Be Like a Shaman at Work – I loved this! So inspiring.  Attitude has a lot to do with it.

E-Motion FREE Preview –  www.e-motionthemovie.com – AMAZING!  Can’t wait to see this.  A topic that is near and dear to my heart. 

♥ A Strong Hold: Muscle Testing 101 with A Kinesiology Pro – Fantastic article!  I truly believe in muscle testing and it has been a wonderful healing and diagnostic tool along my journey.

♥ Top 5 sources of plant protein – My go-to sources also.  Great list!

♥ My UPDATED “Recommended Products/ Resources” Page - Find out what kitchen equipment, cooking ingredients (tonic herbs, superfoods, gluten-free items, nuts, etc.) and beauty/skincare I use. 

♥ NEW MOON in Gemini May 28th 2014 – Great insight.   I’ve been feeling the shifts.  Have you?

 

 

Let us all inspire one another!

 


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Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

♥ The Bharani Effect – Check out my beautiful friend, Fehreen Ali – Tea Coup Tea’s, and find out more about this amazing woman and her holistic lifestyle.  Love you, Fehreen!!

♥ Why Everyone Should Give The Intuitarian Diet A Try – I’ve tried MANY diets out over my lifetime.  I now follow and listen to what my body needs and craves during the seasons.  Be it high raw food during the warmer months, more cooked, grounding meals during the colder months, organic eggs, bitter greens during the Spring, etc.  Listen to YOUR body, not so much your mind or what others are doing.  Each person’s body and chemical composition is different.  Your stress level, exercise regimen, work load will vary day to day, week to week and month to month.  Go with the flow.  It’s a great way to live all around.

♥ How To Love & Accept Your Body Unconditionally – If you have issues with your body – you’ll enjoy this read.  I sure did! 

♥ 4 major screw ups with your sun exposure and how to correct them – Amen!  The sun is not evil like we were lead to believe for so many years – of course, moderation, people! 

♥ Vegan protein powders with low heavy metals: Health Ranger reveals the cleanest products tested so –  Rice protein has been on the fire line recently with testing levels HIGH in contaminants. Great review of vegan protein powders to check out that are safe and clean.  I use Sunwarriors Blend Protein powder, but will be looking into several of these other options to play around with. 

♥ How Gratitude Can Calm Your Nerves and Make You More Effective – Gratitude is healing in so many ways.  Tap into it daily and watch the changes unfold within you.

♥ The Earth Beneath Your Feet (Part 2, The Science): Why Going Barefoot May Boost Your Health and Beauty - Fascinating. I try to get outside every day and walk around bare foot in the grass – whether it be playing with the dogs, walking around the property admiring the flowers, drinking my morning smoothie while sliding feet through the grass.  Just get outside and take in the natural electrical energy.  It is grounding and healing. 

♥ Glee Over Ghee – This is one of the reasons I love ghee!

♥ 10 Hidden Benefits Of Having Food Sensitivities –  Yep!  I feel the same way.  It is a blessing. 

♥ Triphala, Honey, and Castor Oil for Healthy Eyes – I’m going to try this.

♥ Get Grounded and Go Barefoot -  Ok, so another grounding link.  Maybe this is speaking to you.  This is an important part of my day!

Get Grounded And Go Barefoot!
Get Grounded And Go Barefoot!

♥ Clear or Partly Cloudy? – Another great article from the fabulous Monica Bloom!  Right on!

 
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Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

♥ Detoxify Your Mind with an “Emotional Cleanse” –  Fantastic article. I wholeheartedly agree!

♥ 25 of the Best and Most Common Edible Flowers – Spring has sprung and Mother Nature has a bounty of edible greens and flowers for us.

♥ All About Poop - That’s my girl, Monica talking about poop.  We all do it and it tells us so much about ourselves – what’s going on inside. 

♥ 7 Delicious Ways to Bring Ayurveda into Our Kitchens – Yes!  It’s that easy to incorporate. 

♥ 4 Steps To Stop Worrying About What Other People Think Of You – Only YOU is what matters.

♥ Head-to-Toe Health with Turmeric – I adore turmeric and take it daily.  I take Organic India Turmeric formula after meals.  I got into this habit when I was on the Colorado Cleanse back in March.  This root is powerful and healing.  Learn more and incorporate it into your life and see/feel the results as I have.

♥ 10 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Yoga – Great list!

♥ FULL MOON in Scorpio May 14th 2014 – Inspiring!

♥ Eating with the Seasons – A time for all seasons.  Enjoy the post and smoothie recipe I had published with SunWarrior.com.

♥ Amazing Yoga Poses That Help You De-Stress – Great poses!

♥ Full Moon in Scorpio – May 2014 – To Be or Not to Be – Great insight from Leah Whitehorse! 

 ♥ Hormone Imbalance? –  An integrative, holistic approach to balancing those hormones. Great information here.  A MUST WATCH for anyone (men and women) alike!

♥ Make Exercise Your Meditation Too! – My favorite form of exercise and getting my inner connection going on.

♥ Full Moon Schizandra Sale – My favorite source for Organic Schizandra is running a FULL MOON sale – Use promo code fullmoon to save 20% off your entire order.  Promo code is valid from now until 5/18/14.   Go HERE to place order now.  I am!

♥ Living from the Inside Out – This is so important for all of us to remember OR to start doing.   

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25 of the Best and Most Common Edible Flowers
Detoxify Your Mind with an “Emotional Cleanse” detoxify-mind-emotional-cleanse

Detoxify Your Mind with an “Emotional Cleanse”

Detoxify Your Mind with an “Emotional Cleanse”
Detoxify Your Mind with an “Emotional Cleanse”
Detoxify Your Mind with an “Emotional Cleanse”

Detoxify Your Mind with an “Emotional Cleanse”

Detoxify Your Mind with an “Emotional Cleanse”

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DIY Homemade Deodorant for Sensitive Skin AND Tonic Herb Toothpaste

DIY Homemade Deodorant for Sensitive Skin AND Tonic Herb Toothpaste

DIY Homemade Deodorant for Sensitive Skin AND Tonic Herb Toothpaste

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I don’t know about you, but I love making my own body care products. 
Ever since I changed my dietary lifestyle to a plant based, Eco-friendly one, 
I learned that what you put ON your skin (the outside) is just as important as what you eat (the inside).   To me, it was a real eye-opener! I look at everything I put on my skin and decide if it is something I would be willing to eat.  Why you ask?

Our skin is the LARGEST organ of the body.  What you put on it or come into contact with, the skin absorbs, assimilates and processes right into the bloodstream going full circle throughout the body.  Did you know that the commercial body care industry is one of the leading toxic industries in the WORLD? The very products that we shop our grocery stores and malls for consisting from hygiene, shampoo, soap, makeup, skin and body care are actually extremely toxic to our bodies in the way of carcinogens!  Synthetic chemicals, found in conventional body care products, are harmful to the human body and our planet.

There are over 10,000 chemicals used in personal care products including: carcinogens, reproductive toxins, endocrine disruptors, phthalates, nitrosamines, lead, heavy metals and formaldehydes. Parabens, used as preservatives in almost all products, are designed to kill cells and prevent growth of bacteria and fungi. Manufacturers may use almost anything as an ingredient and market products without the FDA’s approval. Some chemicals are allowed only at certain levels, but these levels accumulate from using many products containing chemicals. (source)  

Many deodorants (even those that claim to be “all-natural”) contain aluminum and/or aluminum derivatives. Aluminum serves as an antiperspirant…which we do NOT want. We want to sweat!  It is a natural process that helps rid our body of toxins and very important for our lymphatic system – which a large part of it is in our armpits.  Don’t stop the sweating – it clogs the pores, staunches the lymph circulation and causes many imbalances in the body.  These chemicals have been linked to Alzheimer’s disease and a  host of other horrific health concerns. Parabens are in many deodorants which are also downright despicable.

Before attempting to make my own deodorant, I went out and bought natural deodorants but not ONE would help keep the “funk” away.  We all have our own body chemistry and mine can be strong at times when working up a sweat and working hard.  I don’t mind sweating, but I do mind smelling. Stress is also known to amp up the “funk” smell in ones body (FYI).

I know there are tons of DIY deodorant recipes out there and believe me, I’ve tried several of them.  Many formulas out there use a lot of baking soda which I found out the “fun” way (sarcasm) causes an itchy rash in my pits – it happened to Scott also.  Not pleasant and doesn’t look good when you’re out in public and scratching your pits.  So, I got to researching and found several recipes that I played around with and came up with one that works for Scott and I. 

Benefits of ingredients:

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Shea ButterUnrefined shea butter is high in vitamins A and E and is incredibly soothing for your skin.

Coconut OilRaw, unrefined coconut oil has wonderful antibacterial properties which is a perfect place for those pits. Coconut oil will liquify at 76 degrees; below that and it’s in a semi-solid state.   If you want, you can substitute almond oil.

Food Grade Diatomaceous EarthDiatomaceous earth is almost entirely silica, which is a crucial trace element needed by our bodies, and one in which many are deficient. By adding DE into your homemade deodorant, you are giving your sensitive skin a nice dose of DE (essentially, silica) which helps with sensitive areas of skin that might become rashy and it also helps to draw out toxins.

Bentonite clayBentonite, also referred to as Montmorillonite, is one of the most effective and powerful healing clays. Bentonite can be used externally as a clay poultice, mud pack or in the bath and, in skin care recipes. It has a very fine, velveteen feel and is odorless and non-staining.  A good quality Bentonite should be a grey/cream color and anything bordering “pure white” is suspect.

Arrowroot powder –  Arrowroot not only helps to serve as a thickener in this deodorant, but it also has the power to help draw out toxins. 

Essential oilsI like to use lavender, sweet orange, ylang ylang, geranium, grapefruit, lemongrass and just experiment with different combinations. Play around and see what oils work for you.

 

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Ingredients:

2 TB. shea butter

3 TB. coconut oil

6 TB. Arrowroot powder

1 TB. Bentonite Clay

1 TB. Diatomaceous Earth

1 tsp. baking soda (optional) this small amount does not cause irritation with me

20 – 25 drops essential oil/s of choice ( I used a combination of lavender, sweet orange and honeysuckle in this one)

Directions:

  1. Soften the coconut oil and shea butter in a double-boiler on the stove top on LOW for a minute or so.  Turn off heat and let cool a moment.  Then add remaining ingredients and mix everything together until smooth.  I have a mini food processor and will whip it up in that sometimes.
  2. Store in a jar to set up and label it.  I keep all of these homemade goods in used and washed jelly jars or random mason jars I have sitting around.  You can find some great sizes at local thrift stores for pennies. 
  3. The consistency of this deodorant is extremely spreadable. It will firm up in cooler temperatures/houses.  My house is warm right now so it is more soft paste-like.  I use my finger to dip out a SMALL amount (seriously…you really do not need much) and just rub it into my armpits.  Use too  much and you will probably mess up a shirt.

    The key to this application is to apply lightly and rub it in or let it soak in.  Use too much and you’ll  be wasting product and will likely mess your shirt. – See more at: http://www.sustaincreateandflow.com/how-to-make-your-own-deodorant/#sthash.tqnQBcJl.dpuf

     Keep it somewhere cool, or else it will melt. Apply as needed.

    The key to this application is to apply lightly and rub it in or let it soak in.  Use too much and you’ll  be wasting product and will likely mess your shirt.  – See more at: http://www.sustaincreateandflow.com/how-to-make-your-own-deodorant/#sthash.tqnQBcJl.dpufUse too much and you will be wasting product and likely mess up your shirt.
    The key to this application is to apply lightly and rub it in or let it soak in.  Use too much and you’ll  be wasting product and will likely mess your shirt. – See more at: http://www.sustaincreateandflow.com/how-to-make-your-own-deodorant/#sthash.tqnQBcJl.dpuf

 

Do you make your own deodorant?

 

Mineralizing Tonic Herb Toothpaste

Pearl PowderPrimarily, the nutritional value of pearl is amino acids and calcium, and the percentage of calcium can range from 30 to 80% of a pearl’s composition.  Brushing teeth with pearl powder provides some great preventative benefits. First, calcium coats and is absorbed into the teeth through its pores which can minimize pain from cold or hot sensitivities, plus the pearl provides a white sheen that can give the teeth a whiter appearance and a smoother luster; essentially, making the teeth look healthier and younger. Second, pearl powder heals the gums and makes them resistant to bacteria that can cause gingivitis; it can also help texturize the gums so they are not thin as well as prolong, and possibly prevent, receding gum lines.

Camu Camu –  is one of the best super foods for preventing gum disease. This amazing super food provides our bodies with endless benefits. It is the food with the highest amount of vitamin C in the world, and it also contains bioflavonoids. Studies show that a low immune system is one of the main reasons for unhealthy gums…and camu camu boosts the immune system like no other food.

Ingredients:

1/3 cup Bentonite clay or Diatomaceous Earth (or half and half of each)

2 TB. hot water

1 TB. coconut oil

pinch of pink himalayan salt or quality sea salt

7 capsules Pearl Powder – broken open

1 tsp. Camu Camu

1 TB. or so Baking soda

10 drops of peppermint oil (wintergreen is nice too)

5 drops liquid stevia – I use NuNaturals (or use 1 TB. raw honey)

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients and mix into a paste.  Add more water as needed for desired consistency.  Tweak flavor to your liking.
  2. Store in small container – remember those re-usable glass jars and label.

 

Check out my other DIY natural beauty skincare recipes:

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Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

♥ What causes 90% of all disease? – Great information from HeyMonicaB!  I find that when I eat in a stressful or emotional state, my food does not digest and I feel like crap.  Eating with good emotions in a peaceful atmosphere does wonders.

♥ A Video With One Powerful Message For Us All! So True! – Please take a few minutes and watch this – especially the ending.  Disconnect to CONNECT.

♥ {A 4 Step Guide To} Releasing + Reframing Old Habits, Blockages + Patterns – Thank you Vienda for sharing this.

{A 4 Step Guide To} Releasing + Reframing Old Habits, Blockages + Patterns – See more at: http://www.viendamaria.com/2014/05/a-4-step-guide-to-releasing-reframing-old-habits-blockages-beliefs-patterns/#sthash.8h4lw8yY.dpuf
{A 4 Step Guide To} Releasing + Reframing Old Habits, Blockages + Patterns – See more at: http://www.viendamaria.com/2014/05/a-4-step-guide-to-releasing-reframing-old-habits-blockages-beliefs-patterns/#sthash.8h4lw8yY.dpuf

♥ 3 Ways to Stop Negative Thoughts from Sabotaging Our Lives – Great advice!

♥ Ancient Brain Tonic Also Flushes Lymph – Fascinating!

♥ Lemon poppyseed truffles – Make these NOW!  ‘Nuff said.  Amazing!  Thank you, Gabby!

♥ East vs. West -  I love Monica’s chart showing us the difference between conventional and Ayurvedic medicine.  Amen!!

♥ Methyl Iodine and Strawberries –  This is why it is best to purchase organic berries.  YIKES!!

♥ Strawberry Lemon Chia Curd [no-cook!] - Be still my beating heart! I just purchased some fresh organic strawberries from a local farm and am making this NOW.  YUM!

♥ 10 Reasons Spirulina is Your Body’s Awesome Secret Weapon – I am going to start adding spirulina to my smoothies again.

♥ Detox for Regaining Balance – Sound advice!

♥ If You Only Do 10 Yoga Poses, Do These - Great poses! 

 I’ve got a special post tomorrow sharing my DIY Homemade Deodorant for sensitive skin AND Mineralizing Tonic Herb Toothpaste. Lots of other great DIY beauty and skincare links attached in it.

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Almond Lucuma Maca Tonic Milk + Maca Product Review

Almond Lucuma Maca Tonic Milk + Maca Product Review

Maca Product Review

 photo Maca_zpsd5c53896.jpg I have to admit, I have a superfood crush.  Well actually, I have several, but this little cutie is a part of my daily dietary intake for many good reasons. I have tried many Maca’s over the years.  The Maca that I have been purchasing and using recently just wasn’t cutting it anymore. I normally use the gelatinized version of Maca because it is easier to digest.   The potency, taste and texture had changed.  I wasn’t getting the same results that I used to.  So, that sent me on a search for a new Maca product.  I was looking for QUALITY, reasonaby priced, organic, sustainably farmed and 100% GMO free.  I found THE MACA TEAM.  I contacted the company with some extra questions and I was fortunate to receive some samples of Maca from them.  I got a box containing the organic raw red maca and raw black maca.  I was excited and a little hesitant.  Why was I hesitant? Well, I have a sensitive digestive system and my experience with most raw Maca left me gassy and bloated.  Not pretty, right!?

I have tested these two items honestly and proficiently with many recipes to make sure.  Guess what?  It’s THE ONE!  My crush is back for The Maca Team – Maca!  They have far surpassed any of the other Maca’s I have used in the past.  The smell is not overwhelming.  It is quite pleasant and aromatic.  The taste is fresh and smooth. The Maca Team – Maca is harvested one time per year – between June and August.  They only sell Maca from the current year’s harvest.  Because they order in smaller lots, their Maca powder is continually made fresh.  The proof is there.  OK, so my #1 win for this Maca was the raw version DID NOT upset my stomach.  You read it!  I tried it so many different ways just to be sure and no discomfort, bloating, gas, pains or the like.   Just positive results. Therefore, I just HAD to share this great find with you.  Woo Hoo!  They have an amazing array of raw and gelatinized products – red, black, and blend in powder and capsules.  I am super happy with the red and black raw versions.  I will try out the gelatinized version once these are gone. 

If you sign up for their email notifications (Exclusive News, Updates, Deals, & More!), you will receive a 10% off coupon for your first order. 

Just a few good reasons why you should choose The Maca Team… they were mine:

  • Fairtrade
  • 100% Non-GMO
  • 100% Organic
  • Premium quality
  • Excellent customer service and support
  • Great price

So what’s all the hype about this ancient Peruvian root?  It has been hailed as a superfood for numerous reasons.  Well, look at some of the facts:

  • Increased energy
  • Athletic endurance
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Fertility
  • Regulating hormones
  • Reduces anxiety and stress
  • Improves circulation
  • Mental clarity and focus
  • Clear skin
  • Stronger teeth and bones
  • Muscle gain
  • Over 20 fatty acids
  • 20 essential amino acids
  • Numerous minerals and vitamins
  • Helps with hormonal balance…the list of benefits goes on!

Nutrition Profile

  • Maca is rich in quality carbs, which, combined with its alkaloids and other nutrients make it a great choice for sustained energy
  • Maca is loaded with bio-available plant protein that is easy for the body to assimilate
  • Maca contains relatively high levels of cellulose and lignan, both of which stimulate intestinal function.  Fiber is a key component to a healthy digestive and elimination system.
  • Maca contains 17 amino acids. These drive many cellular functions in the body including sexual and fertility functions.
  • 20 different free fatty acids have been found in Maca.  They work to support cellular function. The most abundant fatty acids adding to Maca’s nutritional value are linolenic acid, palmitic acid, oleic acid and steric acid.
  • Maca has vitamins: B1 (helps the body convert carbohydrates into energy.  Essential for good heart, muscle and nervous system function.) B2 (important for body grown and red blood cell production), C (supports anit-oxidant activity), Niacin (supports healthy circulation)
  • Maca has minerals:
    • Calcium—maca contains higher levels of calcium than milk.  Calcium is crucial in bone development as well as for nerve and circulatory system health.
    • Phosphorus—important for the hemostasis of calcium as well as for transmitting electrical stimuli for brain and muscle action.
    • Magnesium—essential for the synthesis of protein and for muscle and nerve activity.   Crucial for heart health.
    • Potassium—works within the cells to help maintain healthy osmosis.
    • Sodium—along with potassium can support positive circulation
    • Copper—supports enzyme health.
    • Zinc—helps in clarity of thought and mental function
    • Manganese—supports healthy growth
    • Iron—vital component of hemoglobin.  Supports health muscle growth.
    • Selenium—protects cells against free radicals.
    • Boron—supports proper metabolism.

Maca has been a blessing in my diet for several years now.  It has been a boon to increasing energy, replenishing my body with nutrients when needed, balancing hormones (it’s an adaptogen that works for men and women alike), helped physical endurance with outdoor work and more.  I can tell a difference when I don’t take it.  It is therefore my daily comrade. 

Disclaimer:  I tried samples of this product, provided by the company at no cost to me.  Opinions found in this post are mine and were not influenced by The Maca Team. They are honest and true.  I was so impressed with the product that I became an affiliate seller. Should you choose to click on a link connecting to The Maca Team site and make a purchase, I would get a referral fee for the sale. Thank you!

How do you incorporate Maca powder into your diet!? I add it to my morning smoothies, oatmeal, soups, dips, homemade dressings, etc.  Check out my Happy Hormone Tonic, Vegan Chocolate Superfood Protein Smoothie, and Tonic Superfood Smoothie.

Try out this creamy, healthy tonic milk below.  This milk is made with organic raw Red Maca and Lucuma powder – both of which are potent Peruvian foods that are full of nutrients and fuel the body on a cellular level.

Lucuma Powder is made from whole Peruvian lucuma fruit that has been dried at low temperatures and milled into a fine powder. This low-glycemic sweetener contains many nutrients including beta-carotene, iron, zinc, vitamin B3, calcium and protein. Yellow lucuma powder has a unique, maple-like taste that’s a delight in a variety of recipes.  The lucuma fruit is naturally sweet, but low on the Glycemic Index, making it a healthy choice for individuals seeking to decrease their sugar consumption.

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 Almond Lucuma Maca Tonic Milk

 Ingredients:

3 cups homemade almond milk (quick version – 3 cups water + 3 TB. raw almond butter – blend)

2 TB. raw lucuma powder

1 TB. raw Red Maca (or any of THE MACA TEAM products)

2 medjool dates – pitted (soaked if using a standard blender) or sweetener of choice – raw honey, liquid stevia are also nice

Directions:

Add all ingredients to a blender (I use a Vitamix) and blend till smooth and creamy – 30 seconds or so.  Tweak flavors to liking. Pour into a large mason jar or glass bottle with flip top lid.  Will keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

 

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Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

♥ Why Exercise and Burning Calories Won’t Help You Lose Weight – Great article!  Have fun and enjoy your activity.  Don’t stress, push it or strain – that will cause weight gain.

♥ Sneezy, Drippy? Don’t Be Dopey! – By following seasonal eating (Spring right now), you can eliminate a lot of seasonal allergies.  Learn more.

♥ Burn it Off: The Ayurvedic Spring Detox – This is what my cleanse last month was all about.  Fantastic information here.  Enjoy!

♥ Renewable Energy –  This informative post covers most of what I experienced in the Colorado Cleanse last month.  The daily yoga practice and poses were an intrical and important part of the cleanse.  I felt and saw huge results and shifts in my body and mind.  I continue the daily practice because I love it so much for what it does for me.  The poses here are some that I practice daily.

♥ 30 Things To Start Doing For Yourself. – Print this out as a reminder.  Read it once a week and see where you need it most.

I am thankful for YOU!!

♥ Why Fat Is Awesome – I totally agree!   Fat is our friend, not our foe.  Healthy fats are required and needed by the body in so many ways.  Once I started increasing healthy fats in my diet (coconut oil, ghee, avocados, raw nuts/seeds) my hormones balanced out, my skin and hair became smoother and softer, my weight is stabilizing and more.  It is an important part of our chemistry.  Don’t shun it, invite it in. 

Yoga and the Art of Letting Go - By letting go of our beliefs, our expectations, our need to control the outcomes of life or other people, we find happiness. 

♥ May 2014 Monthly Forecast – The theme for May is INTEGRATION.  Integration helps you to accept and assimilate great change.  A great month ahead.  Go with the flow and allow it happen.

♥ Longevity Exercise: Less is More –  This breathing technique through the nose during exercise is a tool that can alter the body’s perception of an activity it normally perceives as stressful, to one of calm and repair.  I’ve been practicing this technique for several months now and it works wonders. 

♥ Happy Hormone Tonic Drink – I shared my Hormone Balancing tonic drink on Young and Raw.com.  Come get the recipe and learn about all the beneficial ingredients. 

 

 

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Astragalus IV: Anti-Aging Potential Tonic Herb

Astragalus IV: Anti-Aging Potential Tonic Herb

Astragalus IV: Anti-Aging Potential Tonic Herb

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The wonderful folks at Imperial Wisdom know their business when it comes to researching, acquiring quality herbs and creating a powerful tonic blend that will take your health and wellness to a whole new level.  If you are a “tonic herb” geek like me, then you will love this information.  Take some time and peruse this amazing research that Marcus Schneider, creator of Imperial Wisdom, has shared with me to share with YOU! 

Don’t just go by what you’ve heard about a tonic herb such as  “It’s great stuff, take it.”  Go deeper and discover WHY.  Why is this herb good for you?  What are the health qualities that deem this herb special?  What are the ancient and scientific studies boasting these claims?  These are questions I ask myself when I come across a tonic herb that I am interested in.  I don’t just read one article, I read many.  I get intimate with the herb.  Finding out as much about it as possible so that I can make my own informed decision about it.  Therefore, today I offer you some well researched and proven information about one of my favorite tonic herbs that I take daily. 

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Astragalus IV Studied
for its Anti-Aging Potential

A little-known compound found in certain species of shrubs has scientists fascinated: could it be the fountain of youth that humanity has been longing to find for millenia?

Astragaloside IV : An Anti-Aging Miracle?

Astragaloside IV is a saponin extracted from the root of Astralagus membranaceus.  Recent studies have shown that Astragaloside IV may have a strong anti-aging potential by preserving telomere integrity and actively destroying free radicals that lead to cell damage.1,2  Telomeres are protective structures on the end of each chromosome. Recent research has found that the length of telomeres influences the aging process and likely play a role in age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s Disease, osteoporosis and cancer.3   Cells multiply by replicating their DNA to form new cells.  When the DNA strands split to create copies of themselves, the process damages the genetic material a little every time and the strands can eventually be pulled apart, leading to all kinds of dysfunctional cells. Telomeres cap the ends of DNA strands to help prevent them from being pulled apart but over time, telomeres shorten as a result of normal DNA replication and oxidative damage, preventing them from effectively playing their role of protecting DNA integrity.4

To counter this effect, our bodies naturally have a telomere-preserving enzyme called telomerase.  Its role is to regenerate telomeres as they shorten in order to maintain their protective effect against cell degeneration. However, most cells lack sufficient telomerase to counteract the effects of free radicals and oxidative stress and thus telomeres are gradually destroyed. This leads to the common signs of aging — disease, reduced tissue regeneration and loss of tissue function.  Stress can greatly accelerate this process.1

Not only does telomerase activation prevent age-related cell and tissue degeneration, studies have also found that it helps reverse it.4  This is huge — if we could find a way to scientifically create a powerful telomerase activator, telomeres would never get short enough to allow cell replication and oxidation to damage the cell’s DNA.  With perfectly undamaged DNA, we could  potentially extend our lifespan by a significant amount.  As we know, aging is related to the degeneration of cells and tissue that can no longer perform their function adequately. If increasing telomerase activity allows the regeneration of dying or damaged cells, we could very well see the beginning of a new era in terms of regenerative medicine.  Recent studies are showing that we may be on the right track with Astragaloside IV.

What Science Has Discovered About Astragaloside IV

Breakthrough research has indicated that Astragaloside IV counteracts cell aging by activating telomerase, thus increasing the rate of telomere regeneration.  A study reported that 40% of subjects showed an increase in mean telomere length after one year of taking an Astragaloside IV supplement.  Furthermore, telomerase seems to act primarily on the shortest telomeres.  This is significant because the shortest telomeres are usually the ones that become dysfunctional. Increased telomerase activity could therefore contribute to maintaining a minimal telomere length in order to prevent tissue degeneration.1  A brand-new study has also been able to prove that Astragaloside IV has enough telomerase activation power to restore a more youthful cell profile by reducing the overall amount of cells with very short or damaged telomeres.4

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Another study examined the relationship between Astragaloside IV and free radical damage to determine its potential use as a treatment for multiple sclerosis.  This study found that Astragaloside had a strong antioxidant action by neutralizing free radicals and increasing the levels of antioxidant enzymes.6  Free radicals are unstable molecules that are formed when atoms containing weak bonds are split, often during normal metabolism or as a result of stress.  Because of their unstable nature, free radicals seek to bond with electrons from surrounding molecules, creating more free radicals. This process is called oxidation.  Eventually, this leads to the disruption of normal biological processes and accelerates cell aging by destroying telomeres.  Antioxidants are stable compounds that neutralize free radicals by scavenging unstable molecules and freely offering an electron to stabilize them, effectively ending the free radical creation chain.7

These studies suggest that Astragaloside IV has a dual action in telomere preservation.  On one hand, its telomerase activating properties help lengthen the shortest telomeres on each chromosome, preventing them from becoming too short and dysfunctional. Furthermore, its oxidation-fighting action contributes to the prevention of free radical damage to telomeres and other cell components.  Because telomere length is thought to be a major factor in the prevention of cell degeneration associated with aging, research surrounding Astragaloside IV as an anti-aging compound seems very promising.

Astragaloside IV and Disease Prevention

Many age-related diseases are directly related to the loss of telomere integrity and free radical damage.  For example, multiple sclerosis and dementia (Alzheimer’s disease) are the result of nerve and tissue destruction.  Cancer is caused by the rapid replication of abnormal cells, which are probably created from oxidation damage.  Hepatitis, cirrhosis and liver failure are also linked to the loss of normal tissue function. Astragaloside IV plays a role in the prevention of these diseases and many other conditions by contributing to the preservation of cell integrity on a microscopic level.  Studies are currently being conducted on this potentially powerful age-fighting compound in order to reduce the effects of aging on humans.  With more research, could it be possible that humans will soon find a way to preserve their physical and mental capacities for an extra few decades?

Looking and Feeling 25 Forever?

A clinical experiment on mice revealed that activating telomerase appeared to make the subjects age backwards, repairing their tissues and even regenerating neurons.8  Neurons are key components of the nervous system and are the only cells in the body that do not naturally replicate — we are born with a set number of neurons.  As they get damaged, they eventually die and do not get replaced.  In another experiment, scientists discovered that a topical gel enriched with Astragalus IV helped with collagen formation, wound healing and dramatically improved the appearance of scars.9  Since wrinkles and aging skin come from the loss of collagen throughout the years, could it be possible that we have potentially discovered a way to look youthful and have the sharp memory of a young adult well into our advanced decades? This is what scientists are currently attempting to find out.

Despite the many questions that remain, one thing is certain: Astragaloside IV has great scientific and medical potential. Many studies already account for its extraordinary effects on human health, and the future will eventually reveal if we have finally found the cure against aging.

(See sources at bottom of page.)

OK, I hope you read all this awesome information!  I have been taking tonic herbs for years and can justify to their medicinal and healing  qualities.  It is my passion to continuously learn more about them and share the information with you.  Herbs have a place in our present life and our future.   So, if you are interested in sourcing a quality product for this anti-aging herb, let me guide you to Ancient Wisdom – Imperial Tonics Superfood that I take daily.   Taking a scoop of this potent blend by mixing it in your morning and/or afternoon smoothie, daily tonic drinks, adding to your raw desserts, and so much more.  Get creative.  It is just the same as taking your daily multi-vitamin.  Herbs are food and are to be taken daily to get the best results.  Not just once in awhile.  Remember, daily practices are the ones that give you the best results and feed your body-mind.  You are worth it.  You really are!

Learn more about Ancient Wisdom from my past articles (links below) and ways to incorporate this superfood tonic blend into your dietary lifestyle with some great recipes. 

Have fun!  Get your tonics on and prosper!

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Sources
Scientific articles(1) A Natural Product Telomerase Activator As Part of a Health Maintenance Program
        Calvin B. Harley, Weimin Liu, Maria Blasco, Elsa Vera, William H. Andrews, Laura A. Briggs, and Joseph M. Raffaele. Rejuvenation Research. February 2011, 14(1): 45-56. doi:10.1089/rej.2010.1085.(2) Anti-aging effect of astragalosides and its mechanism of action
LEI Hong, WANG Bin, LI Wei-Ping, YANG Yan, ZHOU Ai-Wu, CHEN Min-Zhu. Institute of Clinical Pharmacology, Anhui Medical University. October 2002.(3) Lifestyle Changes May Lengthen Telomeres, A Measure of Cell Aging
Fernandez, Elizabeth. University of California San Francisco. September 2013. Retrieved from https://www.ucsf.edu/news/2013/09/108886/lifestyle-changes-may-lengthen-telomeres-measure-cell-aging(4) Functional Assessment of Pharmacological Telomerase Activators in Human T-Cells
Molgora B, Bateman R, Sweeney G, Finger D, Dimler T, Effros RB, Valenzuela HF. Cells. 2013; 2(1):57-66.
(5) Oxidative Stress Shortens Telomeres
von Zglinicki T. Trends in Biochemical Science. July 2002, 27(7) : 339-44.

(6) Astragaloside IV Attenuates Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis of Mice by Countering Oxidative Stress at Multiple Levels
Yixin He, Min Du, Yan Gao, Hongshuai Liu, Hongwei Wang, Xiaojun Wu, and Zhengtao Wang. Shanghai Key Laboratory of Complex Prescription, Institute of Chinese Materia Medica, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. August 2013.

(8) Telomerase Reactivation Reverses Tissue Degeneration in Aged Telomerase-Deficient Mice
Jaskelioff M., Florian L. Muller F.L., Paik J., Thomas E., Jiang S., Adams A.C., Sahin E., Kost-Alimova M., Protopopov A., Cadiñanos J., Horner J.W., Maratos-Flier E. & DePinho R.A. Nature 469 : 102–106. January 2011.
(9) Astragaloside IV-loaded nanoparticle-enriched hydrogel induces wound healing and anti-scar activity through topical delivery
Xi Chen, Li-Hua Peng, Ying-Hui Shan, Ni Li, Wei Wei, Lian Yu, Qi-Mei Li, Wen-Quan Liang, Jian-Qing Gao. International Journal of Pharmaceutics, Volume 447, Issue 1, Pages 171-181

Websites

(7) Health Check Systems : Understanding Free Radicals and Antioxidants

http://www.healthchecksystems.com/antioxid.htm

Imperial Wisdom Tonic Herbal recipes

Imperial Wisdom Tonic Herbal recipes

Imperial Wisdom Tonic Herbal recipes

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I want to share some wonderful herbal tonic recipes with you today from my friend, Marcus Schneider from Imperial Tonics. I have shared with you before about this amazing superfood herbal tonic blend called Imperial Tonic Superfood (Tonic smoothie included) that I have been using since last Summer.  It’s a potent blend and has you covered on all bases.  As I have mentioned in the past, tonic herbs are not a quick fix.  Tonic herbs are by definition herbs that safely promote ones health and healthy aging through regular consumption.  That’s where these healthy smoothies and tonic drinks come into play so easily in our daily diet.  I like having a blend on hand that utilizes my favorite tonic herbs so when I am in a hurry, I can just add to other ingredients, blend, pour into a glass and savor. 

“Tonic herbs are defined as “herbs that promote a long, healthy, vibrant, happy life, without side effects, even when taken over a long period of time.  Essentially, the tonic herbs are wonderful, healthful “super-foods” which benefit our well being in ways that more common foods cannot. They have a protective, balancing, vitalizing quality beyond that of any other herbs. They are generally consumed as a supplement to a well balanced healthy diet for the purpose of completing our nutritional needs and enhancing our nutritional profile.   The tonics are used to promote over-all well being, to enhance the body’s energy, and to regulate the bodily and psychic functioning, to protect the body and mind so as to create what the Chinese call “radiant health.” (source)

So, what is in this tonic blend you might ask?  I know you are.  Let me give you details, for it is what I love to do.  Research, educate and share.  This blend consists of some of the most powerful tonic herbs for longevity and overall well-being. 

Here is what’s in Ancient Wisdom Tonic Superfood and why it’s so good for you:

Astralagus IV Extract

  • An excellent immune booster, thought to slow down the aging process, could play an important role in treating cancer, and normalize disturbances in the body.

Duanwood Reishi Spores

  • Improves how we handle stress, promotes balance, supports digestion which therefore stimulates our immune system and boosts energy levels. Duanwood Reishi is more potent and beneficial to conventional Reishi mushrooms. Reishi is my FAVORITE tonic herb!

Schizandra Extract

  • Decreases fatigue, enhances physical performance and reduces stress levels.  Helps with concentration and even offers liver and kidney protecting benefits.

Goji Berry Extract

  • Strengthens the immune system, increases vitality, reduces irritability.  It’s a nutritional powerhouse and super antioxidant loaded with vitamin C, minerals such as calcium, zinc, and selenium, and iron.

He Shou Wu Extract

  • An effective blood tonic to support healthy aging, healthy muscles, tendons and bones.  It builds essence, builds blood, and enhances fertility for men and women alike.

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Here are 5 recipes that Marcus has so graciously shared.  They are fantastic.  Enjoy!

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Instructions: Peel aloe vera leaf leaving just the pulp and juice. Empty pearl capsules along with all ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend on high until aloe and kiwi are liquified.

 

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Instructions: Cut open a young thai coconut and use the liquid and meat from it. Add to a high speed blender along with all the other ingredients. Blend till smooth and creamy.

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Simply combine all ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend on high until hemp seeds are dissolved and ice is blended.

 

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Instructions: Boil water and let cool 5 minutes. Combine all ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend on high until coconut oil is emulsified and hemp seeds are dissolved. Serve warm.

 

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Instructions: Blend Chai tea and let cool for 5 minutes. Combine all ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend on high until coconut oil is emulsified and hemp seeds are dissolved. Serve warm. Chai Latte is a supertonic elixir.

 

I hope you enjoyed these recipes from Marcus at Imperial Tonics.  Feel free to learn more about this fantastic Ancient Wisdom superfood tonic blend HERE Connect with Marcus at marcus@imperialtonics.com.

 Have a great weekend and get your tonics on!

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