7 Secrets to a Successful Cleanse

7 Secrets to a Successful Cleanse regardless of what cleanse you choose to follow.

Have you ever attempted a cleanse?

A cleanse is defined as making something thoroughly clean.

There are juice cleanses, liver cleanses, elimination cleanses…or maybe you just want to follow the best cleanse for after binging.

No matter what cleanse you are attempting, it’s difficult to complete a cleanse without some discomfort.

First, most of us will experience some caffeine or sugar withdrawal.

Second, a lot of cleanses rely on a diet of liquids. For those of us who like to chew, this can make a cleanse difficult to complete.

7 Secrets to a Successful Cleanse

1. Write Your Goals – It’s impossible to know where you are going without a map. Think of your goals as your map for cleanse. What do you want to get out of your cleanse?

2. Enlist a Co-Cleanser – Having an accountability partner can greatly contribute to the success of your cleanse.

3. Select the Best Organic Raw Ingredients – Since the goal is to detox your body, make sure your ingredients are organic. Certified organic products ensure you aren’t getting a concentration of pesticides.

4. Prep in Advance – If you have an on-the-go lifestyle, make sure you’ve done as much prep in advance as you can. This will help you stick to your cleanse.

5. Inform Your Friends and Family – Make sure the people around you know you are embarking on a cleanse and let them know how they can support you.

6. Support Your Cleanse With Water – Keep your body well hydrated to eliminate cravings and to help flush your system.

7. Have a Plan for the Hard Days – What are some coping mechanisms you can use when your cleanse gets hard? And it will get hard. Be sure to check out 15 Things You Can Do Instead of Eating.

Have you completed a cleanse? Were you successful?

Tart Cherry Juice Sleep Gummies Perfect for Kids

Tart Cherry Juice Sleep Gummies are perfect for kids. Helps them get to sleep and stay asleep naturally.
Tart Cherry Juice Sleep Gummies

I’ve been using tart cherry juice to help me sleep for several months now.

Tart cherry juice was first brought to my attention by a friend who was using it to help her eight-year-old daughter get to sleep and stay asleep.

I’m always looking for natural ways to sleep, so I did some investigating.

What I found is tart cherry juice aides the body in producing melatonin. The result, research found, is consuming tart cherry juice can lengthen the amount of time people sleep by 90 minutes.

That’s a Godsend when you have a kiddo who wakes early every morning.

It’s also a blessing to those of us who have poor sleep tendencies.

The problem with tart cherry juice is it is called tart for a reason.

It can be difficult to convince little ones to drink something so tart.

The second problem is if you mix it with a quantity of water or juice, drinking it right before bedtime may mean a middle of the night trip to the restroom.

Turning the tart cherry juice into a tasty gummy treat helps makes for a sweet treat that eliminates extra liquids at bedtime!
Tart Cherry Juice Sleep Gummies are perfect for kids. Helps them get to sleep and stay asleep naturally.

Tart Cherry Juice Sleep Gummies

1 cup Organic Tart Cherry Juice <—this is exactly what I use
3 cups organic apple juice
3 teaspoons Agar Powder <—my favorite gelatin substitute!

Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan on the stovetop. Stir well. Bring to a boil and boil for 1 minute. Transfer to an 11×7 or 13×9 inch pan. Refrigerate for at least one hour. Cut into shapes, or simply cut into squares.

Store in a glass container in the refrigerator.

Tart Cherry Juice Sleep Gummies are perfect for kids. Helps them get to sleep and stay asleep naturally.

These gummies cut into shapes perfectly. So fun for a bedtime treat!

For dosing, start by serving your little one gummies equivalent to one tablespoon. If you are using a cookie cutter, try using a small one to get a portion equal to a tablespoon.

You can slowly build up to a larger portion if you are finding the one tablespoon isn’t sufficient.

Adults need to take enough gummies to be quivalent to two tablespoons.

If you find the gummies are still too tart for your taste, try drizzling it with a bit of honey.

Did you know honey contains tryptophan? Tryptophan produces serotonin which aides in the body’s relaxation.

I’ve found the tart cherry juice sleep gummies are the perfect before bedtime treat that actually help me sleep.

Give them a try in your house and let me know how it works for you.

How to Stop Snoring Naturally

How to Stop Snoring Naturally

How to Stop Snoring Naturally

Snoring is new to our marriage and definitely not a welcome addition.

There are many reasons why someone might start snoring. According to this article, common snoring causes are age and weight and snoring occurs most frequently in men.

Before you resort to separate rooms, I’ve got some suggestions that are working in our home.

How to Stop Snoring Naturally

Skip the Nightcap – If you enjoy an alcoholic beverage before bedtime, the alcohol may be the source of your snoring.

Alcohol relaxes the throat muscles which can lead to snoring at night.

If you suspect alcohol may be the culprit, it is easy to eliminate it for several nights to see if the snoring improves.

Lose Weight
– If you are carrying extra weight, it may be the cause of your snoring.

Excess weight can press on your neck tissue, which can lead to snoring.

By shedding a few pounds, you could eliminate the source of your snoring and you’ll improve your overall health as well.

Easy Solutions for How to Stop Snoring Naturally

Sleep with a Humidifier – Your snoring may be caused by allergies and nasal congestion.

Sleeping with a humidifier can help alleviate the dry air that is contributing to your snoring.

Look for a humidifier that is powerful enough to moisten the air in the entire room. You also want an ionic model like this humidifier that inhibits bacterial growth.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil – Eucalyptus essential oil is known to help open up airways. This is particularly true if your snoring is due to allergies or a cold.

Try diffusing eucalyptus oil at night. You’ll want to start diffusing the oil about an hour prior to bedtime.

Use several drops and set your diffuser to run all night, or to it’s longest setting.

If you don’t have essential oils at home already, here is the source I prefer.

Essential-Health-Helps-Stop-Snoring-Throat-Spray-

Natural Throat SprayThis highly rated spray may be exactly what you need to eliminate snoring.

It works by helping to coat and open up the throat.

Sew a Tennis Ball into a T-Shirt – Snoring tends to occur when people sleep on their back.

If you find yourself waking up to roll over the snorer, you could try taking an old t-shirt and sewing a tennis ball into the back.

Every time the snorer rolls onto their back, the discomfort of the tennis ball forces them to roll over.

Head over here for complete instructions.

What have you found works to help stop snoring naturally?

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Boost Your Health 21 Day Lemon Water Challenge

Boost Your Health Lemon Water Challenge

Are you ready to boost your health and feel great all day long?

Join me in a 21 Day Lemon Water Challenge.

It might seem like drinking lemon water is trendy, but it’s not.

The practice of drinking lemon water is 5,000 years old. It’s been part of the Ayurvedic tradition (yoga’s sister science) for centuries.

What’s the magic of lemon water? Read the  7 Amazing Health Benefits of Lemon Water for full details, but essentially, it detoxes your digestive tract. Key nutrients from the lemon juice also help skin look younger while boosting your immunity.

The only way to truly test the benefits of drinking lemon water is to actually try it and see the results for yourself.

21 Day Lemon Water Challenge

For 21 days, upon rising, mix the juice of 1/4 to 1/2 lemon with a cup of warm water, drop the squeezed lemon in, and drink.

The recommended amount is the full 1/2 lemon. But if that is too expensive, start with a 1/4.

Do this before you brush your teeth, before you sip your coffee, and before you eat.

Optional: add a pinch of sea salt and/or a 1/2 teaspoon of honey

This drink is meant to flush the kidneys and stimulate your digestive system so it is ready to metabolize breakfast. This is why you are meant to drink it immediately upon rising. You are setting your body up for success.

The Purpose of the Challenge:

I’m a die hard coffee drinker. The alarm goes off and my first thought is of dragging my tired booty over to the coffee pot. Reaching for a lemon will require a change in a 23 year coffee habit. Perhaps you are worried about lemon water before coffee too?

Whatever your morning habit is, our goal is to make a glass of warm lemon water our new normal.

That’s the purpose of the challenge.

Let’s hold each other accountable. In the name of health.

Start by commenting on this post that you are up to the 21 Day Lemon Water Challenge. 

Then grab your bag of lemons (preferably organic since the lemon will be dropped into the water) and get started! No need to wait for a Monday. Just start!

Next, use the hashtag #GBGGetHealthy on your Instagram, Twitter or Facebook posts.

On the last day of the month, I will randomly pick someone who has used the hashtag to win a bottle of lemon essential oil.

Here’s to a healthy future for us all. *CHEERS* and lemon water bottoms up!

7 Amazing Health Benefits of Lemon Water

7 Amazing Health Benefits of Lemon Water

It might seem trendy, but the practice of drinking lemon water has been around a long, long time.

Why?

Because adding a glass of lemon water to your morning routine has some amazing health benefits.

1. Good Source  of Vitamin C Drinking lemon water provides your body with vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant. Juicing just one half a lemon into your water in the morning gives you 1/6 of your daily vitamin C need.

2. Boosts Immunity Vitamin C is known for it’s ability to support the immune system. Since your body can’t store vitamin C, you need to provide your body with a healthy source of vitamin C every day. By drinking lemon water daily, you give your body a consistent source of immunity boosting vitamin C.

3. Aids in Digestion  The acid from lemons helps to break down your food during digestion so you get the maximum nutrients from what you eat. In addition, lemon juice actually prevents tiny particles of undigested food from entering your bloodstream. If these particles were to get into the bloodstream, your liver would have to work overtime to remove them.

4. Flushes out Toxins Some studies suggest the acid from lemons signals your liver into producing more bile. Bile works to move things through your digestive system, flushing out toxins.

5. Promotes Younger Skin The antioxidants you get from lemon water helps fight free radicals. This results in better skin. Plus, vitamin C helps produce collagen which can lead to fewer wrinkles.

6. Helps Shed Pounds Lemon water reduces water retention. So in the short term, you will see the results from less water weight. If you are looking for a natural way to fight monthly bloat, look no further than a glass of lemon water. Real weight loss can occur when you drink enough lemon water to keep hydrated. When you are dehydrated, your body often signals you to eat, which can result in unnecessary calories.

7. Boosts Energy The acid in lemon water helps your digestive system get more nutrients out of the foods your consume. This helps keep your insulin at a steady level, meaning you won’t crash and burn, but instead you’ll have a steady energy supply.

Are you ready to see the results of drinking lemon water for yourself? Join me in the 21 Day Lemon Water Challenge.

Breastfeeding Problem: Excess Lipase

Breastfeeding Problem

This article is with thanks to Rebekah of Simply Rebekah. She is sharing her story in hopes of helping breastfeeding moms during World Breastfeeding week. If you are having the breastfeeding problem where your baby refuses to take a bottle, this may be the answer you’ve needed.

I thought my breastfed daughter was picky.

I thought she was stubborn.

I thought I had the wrong type or bottle or nipple. Perhaps we didn’t give her a bottle often enough or early enough.

Again and again my daughter refused to take a bottle while I was gone. I was extremely frustrated. What was I doing wrong??

And then I tasted the breast milk that was in her bottle. I was shocked. Nothing had prepared me for that moment. My breastfeeding class, lactation consultant, mom, and girlfriends had never warned me.

My breast milk tasted bad. No… not just bad. My breast milk tasted horrible.

I was devastated and instantly flooded with questions. Did all of my milk taste this way? Is there something wrong with me? Is there something wrong with my freezer? What if all of my frozen milk taste like this? Oh my word. All that milk in my freezer! Is it all bad???

After hours and hours of research, I diagnosed myself with excess lipase activity. There was nothing wrong with the nutrition of my milk, but an overactive enzyme (lipase) was causing my expressed breast milk to develop a bad taste over time.

I didn’t discover that I had excess lipase activity until my daughter was 5 months old. By that time, I had 575 ounces of breast millk in my freezer and all of it tasted bad. I had spent hours and hours pumping breast milk and my daughter refused to drink it. It was gut wrenching.

My daughter will be turning 6 next month and her little brother is 3 years old. Now that I have years of experience dealing with excess lipase activity, I have a few things that I want every breastfeeding mother to know.

Why Does My Breast Milk Taste Bad?

5 Things You Should Know About Excess Lipase Activity

1. It can happen to anyone. There hasn’t been any formal research to determine the cause of excess lipase activity. If you are a breastfeeding mother who pumps (even if it is just for the occasional babysitter), you could experience excess lipase activity.

2. Don’t wait. Test your milk right away. When you are ready to start your pumping routine, put a quarter ounce of breast milk in your refrigerator and taste it every couple of hours to see if the taste changes. If a week goes by with no significant changes, then you are in the clear. If you notice an offensive taste change, it is likely you have excess lipase activity.

3. You can still have a healthy breastfeeding relationship with excess lipase activity. You don’t have to stop nursing or pumping. It is possible to build a supply of frozen breast milk even if you have excess lipase activity.

4. You are not alone. I felt extremely isolated when I was searching for answers after I discovered my breast milk tasted bad. None of my friends or family had experienced this. Even my daughter’s doctor wasn’t sure what was going on. I don’t want another mother to feel as desperate for answers and support as I did, which is why I wrote an eBook dedicated to excess lipase activity.

Why Does My Breast Milk Taste Bad? One Mom's Journey to Overcoming Excess Lipase Activity

In the book Why Does My Breast Milk Taste Bad? you will find:

  • An explanation of excess lipase activity that you don’t need a medical degree to understand.
  • Answers to 31 frequently asked questions.
  • Detailed instructions on how to test your breast milk for excess lipase activity.
  • Step by step directions on how to stop your milk from developing a bad taste.
  • 8 suggestions on what to do with all of the bad tasting breast milk in your freezer.
  • My personal story and what happened when my second child was born.
  • Valuable information from Dr. Ruth Lawrence, the nation’s leading authority on breastfeeding.
  • Support, encouragement, and the knowledge that you are not alone.

5. Awareness is crucial. Please help spread the word about excess lipase activity. Even if you don’t have this problem, someone in your social circle might benefit from this information.

Every breastfeeding mother who choses to pump should test their milk for excess lipase activity.

Rebekah Hoffer
Rebekah Hoffer blogs at Simply Rebekah where she shares parenting advice from the perspective of a mom who knows she isn’t perfect. She also shares tips on natural living and money saving.

Can You Cure Headaches Naturally? 5 Home Remedies to Try

headaches

Nothing is worse than a headache that simply won’t go away.

Fortunately, there are many home remedies for headaches that are highly effective. In fact, many of these natural cures work better than the over the counter options.

Here are five home remedies to try to cure headaches naturally:

Ginger Root

Ginger essential oil

Who knew something as simple as ginger root could cure your headache?

Found in virtually every grocery store, you can use this home remedy in a number of ways. The best and most palatable way is to take about two inches of ginger root (less if you are sensitive to the strength of flavor), peel it, and simmer it in a pot of water. Then strain the root out and drink while still warm.

Many people like to breathe the steam as the pot simmers but be careful not to burn yourself. This will cure a headache quickly and easily and is quite tasty as a bonus!

Not at home? Carry a bottle of Ginger essential oil with you. Add a few drops to your water, drink, and wait for the headache tension eases.

Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint

Another popular natural cure for headaches is peppermint essential oil.

Try diluting 4 to 5 drops of peppermint essential oil in a carrier base such as avocado oil.

This stuff is like a miracle balm when you apply it to your hairline. It feels like an air conditioner on your forehead and can quickly calm the throbbing of a tension headache. Some folks apply it in different places so experiment with various ideas.

Almonds (Salicin)

If you like almonds, this is going to be some very good news. Almonds contain salicin. Salicin is an agent that is found in over the counter pain meds but without the dangers associated.

While not overly strong, chewing on almonds is said to relieve a headache naturally and without risk.
Ironically, almonds are also thought to be a trigger for some folks that suffer from migraines so keep that in mind if you are considering it as an option. Not everyone will react the same way.

Yoga

Yoga is a wonderful way to relieve a headache and is often the quickest working natural cure.

The best thing about yoga is that you can do it pretty much anywhere and get immediate results.

Although some of the poses are not good for the workplace, you can do some basic things sitting in a chair such as stretching and meditation.

Learn some yoga and you will find that it is good for much more than just relieving a headache naturally!

Progressive Tension Release

This is something that takes a bit of practice, but once you master it you will be able to battle any type of pain you might experience naturally. Essentially you begin at your head and slowly work your way down your body, steadily eliminating the tension that is hiding behind the surface. Be very specific and talk yourself through the progression. Concentrate on the tension in your scalp and work your way down slowly. You will become quite good at finding the tight areas and releasing them through calm meditation. There are countless books on progressive tension release as well.

All of these headache cures are totally natural and will not put you at risk in any way. Try any combination of them the next time you develop a headache and you might be surprised at the results.