Monthly Archives: July 2014

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No More Mid Day Slump!

Your digestive system is the key to overall health. Even people with the healthiest dietary habits may not be getting all the nutrients they need because they are missing the enzymes that break down the food.Fruit Face Pic Polaroid

Everything your body needs comes from what you eat, that puts a high priority on digestion. Other systems, like immunity and energy, have to step up when the digestive system is struggling. That is why when you don’t eat properly you get sick or suffer from low energy; your body has reassigned its resources!

Enzymes are what the body naturally uses to digest the food you eat. You get enzymes in two ways, from the foods you eat and by your body making them. There is a good chance you are not getting enough enzymes from either source.

When we cook food we kill the enzymes. That’s right, anything cooked over 118 degrees destroys the enzymes needed to digest it! And, as we age our body’s ability to produce enzymes diminishes.

Having been gluten free for over 6 years I thought my digestion was on the right track. I avoid any wheat products, eat my veggies, buy organic whenever I can and drink water until I slosh. But like anyone else I had little issues. A few months ago I started taking digestive enzymes and what a difference! I don’t experience gas or bloating after I eat and I have more energy throughout the day. No more mid day slump!

I was so impressed at how they worked on me that I started offering digestive enzymes from Allegany Nutrition to my clients. Designed to work in a wide pH range, gluten free and plant based made the decision an easy one for me. If you have questions about your digestion and using enzymes contact me Melanie@PeacefulSpiritCenter.com for a FREE 20 minute strategy session.

Herbs on Ice

Iced Tea WebIt is full blown summer here in the desert and we struggle to keep hydrated. One refreshing way to stay hydrated is with herbal iced teas.

For nourishing refreshment, nothing quenches better than herbal iced tea. Iced herbal tea is delicious on a hot day. Unlike regular iced tea, the herbs impart delicate and refreshing flavors that do not need artificial additives or sugar. And the taste is great.

Extremely simple to make, herbal iced teas start out just like regular hot tea. The trick is to use enough herbs. For iced teas you want to make a slightly stronger brew to allow it to be iced down. You can make herbal iced teas by the glass or make a big pitcher to keep in the refrigerator for immediate gratification!

To make herbal iced tea simply put fresh or dried herbs in a suitable container, pour boiling water over herbs, cover and allow to steep. Remove herbs, add ice and enjoy.

Herbal iced teas can be made with just one herb, such as mint, or with a blend of different herbs to create your own unique tea. One of my favorite blends for making herbal iced teas is our Desert Delight. A refreshing combination of Lemon Balm, Lavender, Peppermint and Hibiscus, it also freezes into popsicles that make even big kids smile.Popsicles

Some herbs and flowers suitable for iced tea include: Peppermint, chamomile, spearmint, lavender, wintergreen, lemon balm, dandelion flowers, angelica, elderflower blossoms, geranium leaves, lemon verbena, licorice, nettle, parsley, anise, caraway, oregano, chicory, hibiscus, ginseng, jasmine flowers, marigold flowers, rose petals, sage, etc.

Looking for some cool herbal iced tea recipes? Try one of these recipes from Frontier:

Citrus Hibiscus

1 teaspoon peppermint
1 teaspoon rosehips
1 teaspoon orange peel
2 teaspoons hibiscus
2 teaspoons lemongrass
2 cups water
1 cup orange juice
1 cup cold sparkling water
2 tablespoons honey (or to taste)
Steep peppermint, rosehips, orange peel, hibiscus, and lemongrass in the two cups of water. Strain. Add orange juice and refrigerate. When ready to serve, pour over ice cubes and add a splash of sparkling water to each glass. Sweeten if desired.

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Lemon Balm Punch

2 tablespoons lemongrass
2 tablespoons lemon balm leaf
2 cups water
1 tablespoon honey
2 cups natural ginger ale
lemon slices (optional)
1 tablespoon crystallized ginger, sliced (optional)
Steep lemongrass and lemon balm leaf in the water. Strain and add honey and ginger ale. Add floating slices of fresh lemon to your punch bowl, and/or include a slice or two of crystallized ginger in each glass.