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Happy Easter and an abundance in health and happiness

 

Wishing you and your family a wonderful Easter weekend! As always I wish you abundance in health and happiness.

Should you over indulge in a rich holiday meal, or taste too many sweet treats and candy I wanted to give you a few healthy recipes you can try to offset the sugar and fat.  This may also help offset the guilt as well!

 

Enjoy one of these at one of your mealtimes, or as a breakfast.  These smoothies make enough to share.  You can always cut them in half.

Metabolism Boost

Add to blender in this order

  1. 3 cups distilled water
  2. 1-inch piece of skinned ginger root
  3. juice of 1 lemon
  4. 2 pears pit removed.  
  5. 2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries
  6. 2 stalks of celery, trimmed
  7. 3 cups of kale, stems removed

The skinny Minnie

Add to blender in this order

  1. 3 cups distilled water
  2. juice of 1 lemon
  3. 2 peaches pits removed
  4. 2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries
  5. 1 cucumber cut into chunks
  6. 3 cups kale, stems removed
  7. handful of parsley

These are only a few examples of ways you can use food as medicine!  If you would like more ideas, or you would like to be able to have ongoing support directly from me, Dr. Michele join the locals movement Living Well With Dr. Michele at

www.livingwellwithdrmichele.locals.com

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Happy Easter,

Dr. Michele Arnold

Five Amazing Reasons to use Oregano for Digestive Health

Oregano herb tea

 

Did you know there are at least five amazing reasons to use oregano to support your digestive health?

Oregano is mainly known for imparting its flavor into our culinary dishes especially Mediterranean recipes.  

For medicinal uses the fresh or dried leaves can be used as a tea, as a tincture, or as an essential oil.  

Because the digestive system is linked to our immune system, and our ability to combat microbes such as viruses, bacteria, yeast, fungi, and parasites this is an herb that is essential to keep on hand when needed, or use as a protectant for ten days, then take ten days off switching to another favorite herb.  This keeps your body from developing an aversion, or becoming too accustomed thus ignoring its effects.

Here are my reasons I love oregano!

  1. Antiviral and immune boosting properties.  It is powerful in stimulating the body’s immune system to produce white blood cells, which defend us from viruses, bacteria, and fungi.
  2. Contains Vitamins A and C, and other antioxidant compounds known to help boost our immune system.
  3. Potent against yeast and fungi.  It inhibits the growth of Candida from its Carvacrol and thymol compounds.  You can use the tea as an external wash.  Diluted oregano oil can be applied to toenails, and feet for athlete’s foot and toenail fungus, and on the skin for ringworm.  
  4. Anti-inflammatory effects, and antioxidants benefit our skin.  The skin and digestive are connected that when we have constipation, infection, or inflammation in our gut it affects the appearance of our skin with possible rashes, blemishes, wrinkles, dryness, or infections.  People with inflammatory bowel disease or irritable bowel disease often have bumps, blemishes, rashes, or irritations on their skin.  Make an herbal tea using the fresh leaves of oregano and drink daily for ten days.  Then take ten days off, and repeat.  
  5. Benefits the heart and cardiovascular system.  Our heart and blood circulation is necessary to bring needed nutrients throughout our body including the digestive tract, and to remove waste products.

How to use oregano…

  • Place some leaves in your tea cup and bruise with a spoon or use a mortar and pestle.  You can use dried leaves, but the fresh leaves will have more essential oil intact.  Pour boiling water over, let steep 2-5 minutes and enjoy!
  • To use it as a wash, let the tea cool, and don’t add any honey, or sweetener.  Apply to affected area.
  • Using the essential oil of oregano:  Be sure to dilute with a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil, or almond oil.  Add a few drops of oil to 1 teaspoon of the carrier oil.  Apply to affected area avoided mucus membranes.

How have you used oregano?

Leave your reply or questions below.

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Wonderful Things About Sweet Potatoes

sweet potatoes

I love sweet potatoes made any which way.  My favorite is to bake them in the oven, and slice open and season with salt, pepper, parsley, and a little real butter.  

Did you know about the wonderful health benefits of a sweet potato?

Yes, they are a starchy root vegetable.  Starchy veggies have been given a bad wrap lately, which has impacted our health in general by not eating these types of foods in our regular diet.  

Anyone suffering from inflammatory bowel disease or irritable bowel disease should pay attention here!

Starchy veggies have soluble fiber, which soothes and regulates the digestive tract, stabilizes the intestinal contractions, and normalizes bowel function from either extreme. So, soluble fiber prevents and relieves both diarrhea and constipation while also preventing the violent and irregular spasms that result in the lower abdominal cramping pain that cripples so many people with IBD, or IBS. 

A Balanced meal includes both insoluble fiber like whole grains, broccoli, fruit with skin, seeds along with soluble fiber foods like a sweet potato.  

Nutrition of a Sweet Potato:

  • Rich in Beta-carotene-helps reduce risk of stroke or heart attack by 20-40%.
  • Low in calories-130 calories per medium sweet potato
  • Fat free
  • Vitamin C-half of your day’s RDA value
  • Vitamin A-necessary for healthy nerve function
  • Potassium-great for blood pressure
  • Natural detoxifying by helping your body expel excess heavy metals and toxins.
  • Great in a detoxifying rice congee (porridge).
  • My recipe you can find in my book, “Ancient Healing for Modern People, Food, Herbs, & Essential Oils“.
  • Anticancer, anti-obesity, and antiaging!

So, eat your sweet Potatoes to enjoy all of the wonderful things!

Dr. Michele Arnold

 

Balance Your Body – Stave off COVID-19

If you feel like you’re battling frequent colds, a cough that won’t quit, or just seem to be tired all the time, it may benefit you to find time for a daily walk or simple exercise routine. Doing this a few times per week can have many health benefits and help build your immune system.

Viruses such as COVID-19 take hold in our bodies when our immune systems are at their weakest points. Below are a few ways to help increase your immune function so your body can function as it’s meant to and stay balanced! continue reading »

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