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Reiki and energy work are recognized as beneficial in the treatment of disease.

Total wellness requires much more than just great nutrition and exercise. It is commonly recognized that our own inner energy and positive attitude has a great deal to do with how well we deal with situations and our ability to heal.

Many people feel that incorporating other healing therapies helps them to feel pro active in their treatment.

Fortunately there is a shift that is occurring in medicine today where many practitioners are re-incorporating holistic healing, treating of the whole person, as complimentary therapy to modern medicines in the treatment of disease.



It is estimated that the average person is exposed to over 200 chemicals before they even leave the house in the morning, thats just from showering, washing your hair, putting on deodorant and brushing your teeth.

That number increases to over 400 for a female depending on the personal care and cosmetics products that she uses. Research studies show that many of these chemical ingredients in our personal care products are carcinogens while others are toxic to the endocrine system, one of the most important of these organs is the reproductive system.

Besides the many medical conditions that prevent couples from getting pregnant, an article by the Mayo clinic states that lifestyles that include overexposure to certain chemicals may play a part in a couples infertility.

This video is the story of one amazing young lady who changed her lifestyle and got an unexpected surprise..



It is estimated that 75% OF WOMEN IN THE US ARE DYING THEIR HAIR.

It is said to be one of the big confidence factors affecting women.

When it comes down to vanity, people will be quite happy with a few wrinkles and accept that as part of the natural aging process but one thing they don’t want is grey hair.

Unfortunately hair coloring is one of the most difficult to produce a totally organic process. I found that even the greenest of beauty queens will make some compromise when it comes to hair color.

In fact when preparing for this interview, I did reach out to some of the biggest names in the green beauty industry for their input. They agreed that any product that states it is ‘permanent’ is not going to be free of all harmful chemicals. However, there are some products that are safer than most, here is an option.

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Let’s talk GREENS.

Top 10 (mostly) green detoxers!

Artichoke, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, Cilantro and Parsley, Chlorella, Green tea, Kale, Wheatgrass, Beets, Lemons.

Perfect green smoothie for the morning

Reduce inflammation of the digestive system, and alkalize your body with this refreshing, cleansing juice! Packed with greens to detoxify, hydrate and nourish your cells. It’s the perfect pick me up or healthy morning kickstart.

Why it’s so good for you:

Celery provides protection against inflammation of the digestive tract, with just one cup meeting more than ⅓ of your daily needs for Vitamin K necessary for bone health and blood clotting.


1 cup filtered water add,

(use organic ingredients where possible)

1 small cucumber

2-3 celery stalks

2 kale leaves

1 small lemon or lime, peeled

1 pear or apple

**optional one scoop plant based protein


Blend all ingredients except the Green protein powder.

Stir in the Greens powder just before serving.

Greens Protein: plant based green protein, Manitoba Harvest Organic Hemp Vanilla.

Smoothies from greenblender.com Ginger Cranberry Smoothie Ingredients

  • 1.5 ounces baby kale
  • 1 persian cucumber – chopped
  • 1/4 cup cranberries
  • 2 oranges – peeled
  • 1/2 inch ginger – peeled
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup ice

Ginger wheatgrass Smoothie Ingredients

  • 2 handfuls green romaine
  • 1 pear
  • 1/2 inch ginger
  • 1/8 ounce wheatgrass
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup ice

Maple glazed sweet potato’s smoothie (immune buster) Ingredients

  • 4 oz sweet potato (cooked)
  • 1 banana – peeled
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp cashews
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup ice

Sweet Potato pie smoothie with banana from wholeyum.com Ingredients

  • 1 Baked Sweet Potato
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1/2 Cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Cup Plain Almond Milk


   1    After baking the sweet potato and letting it cool for 30+ minutes remove the skin, blend all ingredients and enjoy!

Beet/Avacado smoothie from wearenotmartha.com INGREDIENTS

2 small beets

1 cup vanilla soy milk (I used Silk Light)

3/4 cup frozen mixed berries

1/2 avocado

1 cup baby spinach

1 scoop chia seeds

The 10 day Green Smoothie Cleanse also has great recipes for

healthy smoothies to start off your day. Add a scoop of Manitoba Hemp vanilla protein powder for a little more energy.


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Let’s talk TURMERIC!

Over 40 recognized studies showed that turmeric helps in the treatment of cancer. Derived from Curcumin it acts like an over the counter anti-inflammatory without the side effects. Adding an inch of raw Turmeric and an inch of raw ginger to a smoothie in the morning, definitely adds the benefits and a kick to the flavor!

14 benefits of Turmeric

Detoxifies the liver, aids in breakdown of toxins. Shown to be beneficial in prevention of Cancer, T cell leukemia, prostate, colon and breast. Relieves arthritis, anti inflammatory. Controls diabetes, moderates insulin levels. Reduces cholesterol. Boosts Immunity, acts as anti bacterial, viral and fungal. Heals wounds, antiseptic. Weight management, help with breakdown of fat. Shown to help in prevention of Alzheimers, removes plaque from the brain. Improves digestion, in raw form relieves gas and bloating. Helps with Insomnia, warm turmeric milk help with sleep. Skin conditions, apply turmeric milk on a cotton ball apply to affected area. Blood thinner, helps by cleansing the lymphatic system. Respiratory infections, relieves congestion, asthma and bronchitis.

Turmeric Tea

Turmeric Powder 3 tsp

Ground Cloves 1 tsp

Cardamon 2 tsp

Cinnamon 2 tsp

Ground Ginger 1 tsp Add 1.5L (3 pints) filtered water Bring to the boil, simmer for 10 minutes Strain into cup. Add Almond milk and organic raw honey to taste.

Turmeric and Ginger Milk

In a blender

1/2 inch of raw Turmeric and raw Ginger

1/2 cup of Almond milk

pinch black pepper

Warm 1/2 cup Almond milk add to blended mixture and

add tbsp raw honey (to taste)

Great for sore throats, upset tummies and overall immune health.

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How to avoid the endless pharmacy line in winter.

Even though this is the season when we need to be functioning at our best, it’s the time when people get sick and spend hours in the doctors office and the pharmacy line. So why is it that colds and flu peak at this time of the year?

According to a study from researchers at Mount Sinai Medical School, the flu virus is more stable and able to stay airborne longer when the air is cold and dry, the spread of the virus is most prevalent when the temperature reaches a chilly 41°F (5°C); infections slowly decline as the mercury rises, before stopping altogether at 86°F (30°C). (Tropical countries, where fairly constant, high temperatures are prevalent, tend to have relatively even rates of infection all year long, without the sharp peaks and valleys seen in cooler countries.) It’s also possible that the drier air in winter can dehydrate mucus in the nasal passages, lowering the body’s natural defense against a virus.
time.com Why Are Flu Viruses Seasonal? By Bryan Walsh Wednesday, Aug. 05, 2009


It’s estimated about 4 billion dollars will be spent during the winter season on remedies for cold and flu symptoms and potions for boosting your immune system. Lets just think of it as the pharmaceutical Christmas bonus!

But how effective are they really?

In my opinion, waiting until November or December to start thinking about building your immune system is too little too late. it should be a year long process. The bodies ability to fight infection depends upon the strength of our immune system which is essentially made up of 4 main organs, the bone marrow, spleen, thymus and the lymph nodes. Together these organs control the production and maturation of cells that defend the body from infection and disease.

There are thousands of ongoing research studies trying to measure how well someone’s immune system is working and how best to support it but the truth is with so many variables it’s hard to know what works best! Where one person may be deficient, another may have an abundance so what may work for one, may be totally inappropriate for another.

While there seems no specific evidence of research to support a link between lifestyle and a healthy immune system, it is widely accepted that there are certain patterns emerging that seem to support that the two go hand in hand.

Our bodies were created to self heal and they do a pretty good job if we give them the right tools to work with, the immune system is our defense system and is no exception to this. According to Harvard Health, for our immune system to function well, it requires balance and harmony. Sounds a lot like our Toxic Free lifestyle! So where to start?

Here are 5 ways you can help your body defend itself.

Get enough sleep

Don’t skip the sleep! This seems to be a common denominator used in many research studies. Your body is constantly rebuilding but even more so while you are resting. Getting enough sleep is essential to building a healthy immune system. Try for 7-8 hours a night, I know its hard but it will be crucial to your health. Enough said…get your zzzzzz’s.



Eat less sugar

Sugar is not our friend and it is in everything, mainly in the form of fructose. Many say it is just as addictive if not more so than recreational drugs and fools the brain by turning off the appetite control system. Sugar has no nutritional value at all, it is just empty calories which can lead to weight gain and obesity, which in turn causes other chronic medical conditions. Fructose is metabolized in the liver which is also our main organ for detoxification and the incidence of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is growing at an alarming rate even in children. Cutting the fructose out of our diet can decrease the work of the liver so it can focus on doing the job of detoxification it needs to do.

Eat quality protein

Your body uses amino acids found in dietary proteins to help build the proteins that help make up your immune system.

If you have to eat meat, choose grass fed beef, wild salmon, wild tuna, pastured chicken, organic farm eggs and greek yoghurt as your good quality proteins.

However, there are many other great sources of plant based proteins like beans, legumes, quinoa, non GMO tofu, nuts, seeds and nut butters.

Relieve stress

The stress response is a good thing, it is the bodies way of protecting us from danger and disease. During the acute stress response the body increases production of white blood cells so they are ready to be deployed to areas they may be needed. Unfortunately we all seem to live in constant states of lifestyle stress from our jobs, finances, family obligations and health issues. This Chronic stress suppresses the immune system, so we tend to have low white cell counts and less ability to fight off infection and disease when we need it.

It is important to find ways to relax, either with meditation and yoga, exercising, spending time with friends, watching a movie or reading a book. Whatever works for you.


Supplements, Enzymes and probiotics

“..Researchers, including some at Harvard Medical School, are finding evidence of a relationship between such “good” bacteria and the immune system.

For instance, it is now known that certain bacteria in the gut influence the development of aspects of the immune system, such as correcting deficiencies and increasing the numbers of certain T cells”

We need good nutrition! You have heard the saying you are what you eat, my friend Tylene Loomer, owner of OneBode takes it one step further by saying you are what you digest. Many people have digestive issues and food allergies and we hear more and more about lactose intolerance, gluten allergy, leaky gut syndrome, which is not surprising when you consider that the ‘food’ items we often see on our plate may look like food but are so synthetically altered they really belong in a display cabinet.

While eating fresh and raw is the answer to many of our nutritional deficiencies we can help ourselves with digestive enzymes and a good probiotic. The digestive enzymes help to unlock the additional nutrients locked into the food from the cooking process, the probiotics help to support the good bacteria in the gut and I’d choose probiotics over antibiotics any day.

I highly recommend Flo or any of the other Onebode products available under the nutrition tab at the gobeyondnatural.com website. They are made purely from plant based enzymes and are clean and free from any synthetics.

You can join for free by using the referral code; toxic free journey.


(Good companies for non GMO vegetarians,Eden foods, Wildwood, Mitoku and Tofurky)  Check out the nongmoproject.org website.

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All about the guys

It may come as some surprise but when it comes to switching out toxic products for safer chemical free alternatives, it’s actually the guys that seem to have most resistance. It took quite some convincing before my husband would let go of his herbal shampoo that did not have one herb in it! I must add that we are still working on the shaving foam. I think he will die with that in his hand, but I have learned to pick my battles and he has learned to shave really fast!

Anyway, I’m not quite sure what the deal is because although equality has come a long way in the last decade, it still seems that it is usually the ladies who do the shopping. The fact remains that the guys still like to have their say in which personal care and cleaning products are used in the home and they are tough to crack when it comes to safety!

So, I thought that the following article which is focused specifically on men’s health may be of some use to anyone who is struggling with the male counterparts in their lives much like I was. This is a great article to also share with the die hard fans of industrial grade cleaning products as it has links to some great resources on the EWG website helping to explain about the chemicals that are directly linked to male infertility, Prostate Cancer, Heart disease and Melanoma.

 What You Don’t Know May Hurt You

EWG.org, March 2014

Most men know by now that good lifestyle choices – such as exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, not smoking and drinking in moderation – make a big difference in staying healthy.  Men may too often ignore these sensible recommendations, but it’s not because they’re not aware of them.

What many dont realize is that environmental exposures also contribute to major diseases and health concerns that primarily affect men.

EWG’s researchers scoured the scientific literature and uncovered troubling data that may come as a surprise.  There has been significant research in recent decades showing that chronic conditions such as heart disease, prostate cancer, infertility may be linked to everyday exposures to chemicals in water, consumer products and food.  Additionally, many men don’t know that they’re at a higher risk than women of developing skin cancer and dying from its most fatal form, melanoma.

Read EWG’s advice on some of the alarming trends regarding skin cancer, and why men should engage in proper sun safety.  There’s not much you can do about your genetics, but there are lots of ways to reduce exposures to potentially harmful chemicals and other environmental risk factors, so why not follow some of EWG’s tips and increase your chances of living the healthiest and longest life possible?

Follow this link for more comprehensive information http://www.ewg.org/research/mens-health.