March, 2015
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  • DIY: Relax & Detox Bath Salts

    It’s time for a little Spring Cleaning and a good reminder that we should regularly be doing a little ‘Spring Cleaning’ inside our bodies as well. This DIY: Relax & Detox Bath Salts make it an enjoyable process.

    This is a process of soaking the body in a hot bath with Epson Salts (unscented) and essential oils.  Be sure and mix the oils well before entering the bath.

    • 1 cup Epson Salts
    • 4 drops each of Lavender, Geranium, Lemongrass essential oils (contact me Kathy@kathyskinner.com)
    • 1 tub of hot water
    • soak 30 minutes or a long as comfortable bath salts
    • follow with a warm soapy shower to rise off toxins, then a cool rinse
    • use daily, weekly, monthly depending on the health needs of the individual
    • be sure to drink lots of liquid (filtered water, water with Lemon essential oil or other citrus oils)

    First thing every morning I drink filtered water with Lemon Essential Oil. It is a great tonic for the liver and helps rid our bodies of toxins including petro-chemicals. Due to its high limonene content, Lemon is a powerful antioxidant that can help ward off free radicals. Taken internally, Lemon provides cleansing and digestive benefits, can soothe an irritated throat, and supports healthy respiratory function. This is my go-to essential oil to help keep my body healthy.

    Tell me below what do you do to rid toxins from your body?

    Happy soaking!

    Kathy

    NOTE: The advice shared on this site has not been evaluated by the FDA. The products and methods recommended are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease, nor is it intended to replace proper medical help. Kindly understand that the products and essential oils work to help to bring the body into balance – thus helping the body’s natural defenses to restore homeostasis.

    March 23, 2015 • Essential Oils, Healthy Hints, Recipes • Views: 963

  • Fiber, Why Eat It?

    Personally I have found that fiber does wonders to keep me healthy and at a healthy weight. I have more energy from better absorption of food nutrients, toxins are flushed out regularly, I feel full longer and there’s more! So let’s get started on some Fiber Facts.

    WHAT IS FIBER?

    It is the structural part of fruits, vegetables, and grains that your digestive system cannot digest or break down. Increasing fiber in the diet can be an important factor in improving your overall well-being.

    There are two main types of fiber, and they have different effects on the body:

    Soluble fiber dissolve in water and get sticky like oatmeal. This keeps us full longer.

    Corn on CobInsoluble fiber is mainly made up of plant cell walls, and it cannot be dissolved in water. Instead It absorbs water which makes the fiber more bulky and speeds the passage of waste through our digestive system helping to keep us regular.

    Facts About Fiber                 Beans -string

    • Only plants produce fiber. No matter how chewy or “tough” animal products may be, they do not contain fiber – not even bones or eggshells.
    • Heart stethscopeFiber has a beneficial effect on body chemistry, such as lowering blood cholesterol and blood sugar levels. It slows digestion and absorption so that glucose (sugar) in food enters the bloodstream more slowly, which keeps blood sugar on a more even level.
    • Fiber binds to fats and toxins and escorts them out.
    • Healthy bacteria like to feed on soluble fiber which encourages the healthy bacteria to multiply.
    • Fiber keeps stool soft and keeps the contents of the intestines moving.
    • A good diet should contain approximately 25 to 35 grams a day. The average American eats less than half of that, consuming only about 10% of the fiber that they did 100 years ago. The change in the way wheat was processed into flour at the turn of the century-from a crushing to a finer rolling process – accounts bread sliced-whitesubstantially for the depletion in dietary fiber. Along with prepared, pop it into the oven meals and highly processed snacks.
    • Since fiber demands that food be chewed more thoroughly, it slows down the eating process and helps contribute to a feeling of being full, which in turn can help prevent obesity from overeating. Fiber makes food more satisfying, probably because the contents of the stomach are bulkier and stay there longer.
    • It takes about 7 calories to process 1 gram of fiber. So the average American, who eats only 12 grams of fiber in a day, only flushes about 84 calories from their day. Some Health standards recommend eating 35 grams of fiber each day, thus flushing 245 calories. If you follow these guidelines: three healthy meals a day and three healthy snacks, staying within the fiber and calorie guidelines, something wonderful will happen. Your metabolism will go UP, and you will start to drop your stored calories, which we all know as fat!
    • glass of water It is important to increase your fluid intake with WATER. Since dietary fiber is somewhat sponge like, it absorbs water. Additional amounts of water are helpful in pushing the fiber along its course.

    WHAT ARE THE BEST SOURCES?

    • Bran has the highest fiber content – about 25% to 45%.
    • Whole grains this includes breads and cereals, whole-grain pastas, and brown rice
    • Nuts and seeds
    • Beans Legumes (such as dried peas, beans, lentils)
    •  Fruits
    •  Vegetables
    • A dietary supplement of fiber products such as Herbalife Active Fiber which provides 5 grams of fiber in each serving (2.5 soluble & 2.5 insoluble)

    Check out Common Sense Health.com they have a great list of High Fiber Foods with the gram amounts by serving size.

    WAYS ADD IN MORE FIBER

    • Sprinkle bran, nuts, seeds, grains on your other foods, like yogurt or custard.                  yogurt with seeds Strawberry_Bowl-Ed
    • Add a spoonful of bran to a bowl of cereal, or add it with berries as a topping on ice cream.
    • Substitute half whole grain flour for the white flour in your recipes.
    • Use bran instead of breading on chicken and fish, breakfasting with bran cakes, or making meatballs with bran filler
    • Fresh and frozen berries are a rich source of fiber
    • DO NOT overcook your vegetables; lightly steaming and stir frying are excellent in preventing the breakdown of beneficial fiber AND loss of nutrients.
    • Apple measure tapeSML Choose healthy snacks. Eat an apple instead of drinking apple juice. The juice provides NO fiber, while an apple can supply 3.5 grams of dietary fiber.

    As you can see it really isn’t that difficult to increase your daily fiber amount. But if you do need a little extra help, I highly recommend Herbalife’s Active Fiber Complex  (comes in unflavored or apple, get it HERE). It helps to promotes regularity and healthy bowel movement* Supports growth of friendly intestinal bacteria* It has 5grams of balanced soluble and insoluble fiber.

    I like to add a scoop to my Healthy Shake Meal for a thicker, smoother shake.activefibercomplex_apple_400_us

    Another way is to add the Apple flavor Fiber Complex to a cup of fat free Greek Yogurt with chopped apples, walnuts and if you have it, 1 drop of Cassia essential oil. It makes a yummy snack or meal.

    Or just with water or your favorite beverage.

    Check out my recipes for some healthy fiber snacks:

    Tell me about ways you increase your Fiber!

    March 17, 2015 • Healthy Hints • Views: 1928

  • Oatmeal Snack Bar Recipe

    This is one of my favorite “little” snack bar recipe. I like that it is quick and easy to make to have on hand. It is satisfying for those times I want a little something for an energy boost that is low in calories, sugar and has protein and fiber. Not to mention the extra benefits of eating raw foods. I like to add Wild Orange Essential Oil for it’s overall health benefits and really takes flavor up a notch, too!

    ENJOY!

    Oatmeal Snack Bars

    Ingredients:

    • 1 cup Oat flour (I grind uncooked Oatmeal in a blender to make into flour)
    • 2 cups uncooked Oatmeal
    • 1/3 cup walnuts
    • 1/3 cup raisins
    • 1/8 cup Chia Seeds
    • 3-4 T of warm water
    • ½ cup local raw honey
    • ½ cup peanut butter
    • 3 Drops Wild Orange Essential Oil (Purchase; Kathy@kathyskinner.com)

     

    Directions:

    • Heat peanut butter about 48 sec in microwave
    • Soak raisins in water  Soaking Rasins
    • Mix in with all other ingredients thoroughly using water as needed

    Mix in pan

    • Spread into 8X8 pan refrigerate
    • Place wax paper on & pressed dough down firmly
    • Cut into 32 pieces for snacking

     

    Per piece = 78cal, 4g Fat, 2mg Sodium, 13g Carbs, 2g Fiber, 2g Sugar, 4g Protein

    Please note not all essential oils are the same and some maybe harmful to ingests. To learn more contact me Kathy@kathyskinner.com

    March 16, 2015 • Essential Oils, Recipes • Views: 782