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Wellness, Amid The Current Covid-19 Scare

We are all feeling apprehensive during this very challenging time. These are unfamiliar, extremely rough waters for all to attempt crossing, but the human race has conquered tougher times and emerged stronger and wiser for it. Perhaps now is a time of awakening and self-reflection.

We tend to move so fast trying to achieve various personal goals that at times we overlook the Universal Force that all beings share. Look beyond the “things” of the day and look at all things with your heart. Unity of the body, soul, mind and environment is vital ! As more people recognize the importance of diet, exercise, stress management and nontoxic medicines as part of overall good health, it is essential to remember that our existence must be in balance with one another and nature as well. The emotions, attitude, beliefs and responses to life’s situations all play a part in instigating or worsening an illness of the body. Case studies have shown that deep emotions, such as anger or bereavement, can depress lymphocyte activity, therefore weakening the immune system. (Behavioral Kinesiology Report” Mt. Sinai Hospital NY). In Karma it is believed that Envy created illness in another. A positive frame of mind can become a lifeline during crisis. Focus on establishing new and more constructive habits and attitudes rather than simply alleviating the symptoms can bring about true long-term wellness.

The truth of the matter is that individually down deep we rather like ourselves as we are – with all our past prejudices, hatreds, superior/inferior feelings, bad habits, mistakes, ill tempers, etc. – because basically as individuals and groups we created ourselves, mentally and emotionally. As such we resist change of anything other than our superficial natures and “like continues to attract like” Harmony and Peace must first be within SELF, if it is to be between one another. One will never find harmony by finding fault with what the other does. The indissoluble trinity of body, mind and spirit are taxed during any crisis/illness and lessons are to be learned if the “disease” is going to be conquered. If we, as individuals have all of the elementary forces that make to the bettering of life, and have now love in our hearts – we have nothing, Nothing. Attitude becomes fact !

Look to your left, right in front, in back, above and below you…acknowledge and admire the splendor in all that life on Earth offers Every Day. When we run so quickly that we disconnect with the energy around us The Universe will abruptly force us to slow down and re-engage. Willie Nelson wrote a beautiful song “Turn off the News…Build a Garden” that may motivate you to take a long look at the path we have been heading and inspire us to re-establish the unions between Energy, Relationships and Self. Man is an eternal being, spiritual in nature, creative and capable of building through the powers of the mind attunement and energy. Life is Precious! Slow Down, Appreciate all the lessons, Lead with your Heart. Wellness is an intertwined system of Awareness, Attitude and Action.

May Health & Peace be with you all.

Almond, hemp, oat, soy, and cow’s milk: Which one is best?

The number of people choosing nondairy, plant-based alternatives to cow’s milk appears to be growing. So, how do these different milks compare nutritionally? Research from 2018 says that eating and drinking milk that comes from cows has been falling, with interest in alternative milks rising.

One of the main medical reasons why people choose plant-based milk products is to avoid symptoms of lactose intolerance or a cow milk protein allergy. Doctors estimate the incidence of this allergy is 2 to 5% in children under 3 years old. The incidence is lower in adults. Some people may also choose plant-based milk products because they believe they are more sustainable, ethical, or healthful options compared to cow’s milk.

Almond milk is one of the most widely consumed plant-based milk variety in North America, the European Union, and Australia. Researchers have suggested that almond milk is an effective alternative for children and adults who suffer with allergies or intolerances to milk. Compared to cow’s milk, almond milk has less saturated fat and more unsaturated fats. The healthful fats in almond milk may help people lose weight and keep it off. Almond milk is low in calories and protein, which may not be suitable for all people, especially children.

Some manufacturers add calcium to almond milk to better resemble the nutritional content in cow’s milk. People may not be able to absorb as much of this calcium as they would from dairy, so they should be sure to consume plenty of other calcium sources, such as dark green vegetables. Almond milk is available in flavored varieties. Some of these products have added sugar to extend the shelf life and improve the flavor and texture.

Unflavored hemp beverages are also low in calories and protein compared with cow’s milk. There is, however, more protein in hemp beverages than in almond milk. Hemp seeds are also high in polyunsaturated fats, similarly to almond milk. Research shows that replacing saturated fats with these more healthful fats can help lower a person’s overall cholesterol.

Hemp milk will not separate in hot drinks, so people can add it to their coffee and tea. Some people may not like homemade hemp milk because of its earthy taste and chalky texture. Store-bought varieties have additional ingredients that help to mask the taste and texture.

Oat milk has a mild, creamy flavor that makes it good for cereals, hot beverages, and drinking on its own. Oat milk is not suitable for people with gluten intolerance or with celiac disease. Unflavored oat milk has the highest amount of calories and carbohydrates of plant-based milk varieties. Although the sugar is natural, oat milk is very high in carbohydrates.

Soy milk is the most common substitute for cow’s milk and the first plant-based alternative to appear on the market in the United States. The 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggests that people with lactose intolerance consume fortified soy beverages as an alternative to cow’s milk. When people compare soy milk with almond, hemp, and oat milk, this milk alternative has the highest amount of protein per serving. As with many other plant-based milk varieties, soy milk manufacturers often add calcium and vitamin D.

Plant-based milk varieties have high levels of phytate and oxalate, which are compounds that can block the absorption of calcium. According to the 2019 review in the journal Nutrients, experiments on soy milk show that despite the presence of these compounds, calcium absorption was similar to that of cow’s milk if the manufacturers fortified it with calcium carbonate.

Although soy milk has more protein than other plant-based milk products, cow’s milk has higher amounts of the essential amino acids methionine, valine, leucine, and lysine. People also consume soy milk because it has isoflavones, which researchers suggest have anticancer effects. Doctors may also recommend that children under 3 years old with cow milk protein allergy avoid drinking soy milk, as they may also be allergic to soy. Farmers use a variety of pesticides when growing soybeans, so people who want to avoid pesticides may wish to choose organic brands.

My Take: Soy milk also contains phytoestrogens which can disrupt hormone receptor pathways. I recommend staying away from all but naturally fermented soy. Cow’s milk has all the contamination issues of soy and then some. Avoid it as well.

Bottom Line: If you want dairy in your diet, stick to yogurt and hard cheeses. For milk, I prefer almond, but hemp and oat milk are also good choices as well.

Scents vs. True Essential Oils

Most of us love the smell of our favorite season. Floral scents in the Spring, Fruits and Coconut during the Summer, Spices and maybe pumpkin pie near Thanksgiving usually brings a smile and Peppermint, Cranberry or Vanilla warms your home and senses while the chilly weather whirls outside. But do you know what is in all of those chemically scented candles and sprays or plug in diffusers? synthetic fragrances, even oils claiming to be ‘Essential’ may be essentially harming your respiratory and nervous system, causing allergic reactions, birth defects and even cancer.

The thousands chemicals that make up the mysterious “fragrances” on the ingredient labels of household products and cosmetics can contain carcinogens, endocrine disrupters, neurotoxin chemicals and be absorbed into your body regardless of age. The dangers of these synthetic scents can create symptoms such as lightheadedness, headaches ad nausea. Continue reading “Scents vs. True Essential Oils”

Spring Adventures

Spring is such a Wonderful time of year here in the Tampa Bay area. The blooming flowers, the new growth on the trees and bright blue skies all make me want to spend as much time as possible in the outdoors. Maybe you a re looking to do the same thing with your friends or family this spring. Why not make it as enjoyable as possible by incorporating these suggested tips.

  • Weekend like you MEAN IT. Change your routine so it feels like a weekend and not just another day. Eat at a new place, wear different clothes, listen to new music…
  • Put the phone on SILENT (or off) and live the moment. It is easy to get attached to technology, but maybe try a day without it. Get lost, who cares, maybe you will fin someplace new in the process.
  • When traveling with others make a game of it. Remember the I Spy game when you were a kid? Maybe make up your own version of Travel Mad Libs…. 🙂

Here is a list of just a few of the thing going on in and not to far from the city of Tampa on my list to explore during the 2019 Spring Season. Maybe you will find something interesting to add to your list too:

Highlands Hammock State Park, Sebring – One of the oldest parks and highest ranking for endemic biodiversity in Florida.

Florida Blueberry Festival, Formosa Gardens, Kissimmee March 28-31 – Art & Craft Exhibitors, Art Show, Wine Garden, Live Entertainment.

Tampa Bay History Center, Downtown Tampa – Cannot get enough of Pirates during Gasparilla, see more here. Just a fun place for Conquistadors. Arrgh!

Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival, Clearwater, April 12-28 – World class Sand Artists will be crafting their sculptures using more than 1,000 tons of sand. This years theme “Sea the World, a journey around the Globe”

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, Kissimmee, March 6- June 3 – This has been a tradition for me for many years, I have miss a few lately, but I just love this event and it is Amazing when the weather is just right to spend the day feasting your eyes on the garden topiaries and filling you belly on the bite sized menu they have available too. It is like a mini Food & Wine Fest.

And if you are looking for a long distance outdoor adventure then go visit my brother at The Denali Education Center in Denali Alaska this summer. His name is Dave and he will show you the real wild Alaska. I am hoping to get there for a visit myself this year.

Whatever you decide to do this Spring, Enjoy and Live for every moment. Time speeds by and life gets busy. Take some moments to see the world around you and absorb the beauty. Happy Adventuring…

Pneumonia – Holistic Approach

Pneumonia is an inflammatory disorder of the lungs caused by an infection of the airways. It is a serious condition and can be critical and may even be life-threatening in some cases. It is essential to visit a doctor for a diagnosis, as well as to monitor symptoms and avoid any complications
As always prevention is the only cure, but using a blend of medical treatments and home remedies may help many people manage their symptoms more easily. Every medical pneumonia treatment plan will involve some antiviral, antibiotic, or antifungal medication to treat the infection.

The Holistic treatments below may help clear up the annoying symptoms of pneumonia:

Cough:
peppermint and eucalyptus tea have a soothing effect on the upper respiratory tract according to a study in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Eucalyptus has been shown as a effective expectorant. Fenugreek tea appears to break down mucus based on a review in the Journal of Saudi Society of Agricultural Sciences.

Saltwater or Collodial silver gargle may help eliminate mucus or germs in the throat (swallow the silver as it will have an anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal effect throughout the digestive tract as well). Caffeine in a cup of green tea may open the airways.. Garlic, raw honey, cayenne pepper, tea tree oil and Echinacea help fight off bacteria and viruses.

Chest pain:
ginger or turmeric tea may reduce chest pain. The roots of both plants have a natural anti-inflammatory effect in the body.

Fever:
again, from the earlier study, fenugreek tea encourages a person to sweat and reduce their temperature. Hydration is also vital.

Chills:
often a secondary symptom caused by a fever. When the fever breaks, the chills will typically subside. However, drinking warm liquids or a bowl of soup may help warm the body.

My Take:
This is a good summary to keep around the house for supporting any upper respiratory infection. I left out the section on OTC pain relievers as I am not a fan. Either ginger or turmeric will be as effective as those drugs.
You can also use it in a Netti Pot, but dilute the colloidal silver 1:10 with distilled water. It still burns like hell, but it will clear the nasal passages and sinuses of excess mucus.

The Bottom Line:
Please seek medical advice if you think you may be suffering from pneumonia. However, continue to be you own health advocate and try some of these home remedies.

Source: Medical News Today, February, 2018

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