Thursday, July 30, 2015

Cooling Foods for Summer


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There is so much about our bodies we were never told same witht the food we eat. Certain foods actually determine the temperature of our body this is practiced in China. They know which foods to eat to bring a balance to the body along with to cool it or to generate more heat it is known as yin and yang.

Cooling foods fall into they yin catagory and help to rid toxins, cool the body, and calm the blood. Here are some symptoms that one is lacking cooling foods.
  • Body feels hot
  • Sweating
  • Thirsty
  • Constipation
  • Strong scented stools and/or gas
  • Burning sensation of the anus
  • Anxiety
  • Red eyes
  • Red face
  • Headaches
  • Emotional
  • Vivid dreams
  • Ulcers of the mouth/tongue
  • Cold sores
  • Red tongue with yellow coating
  • Rapid pulse
  • Heart burn
  • Dark urine
Even if you do not have any of these symptoms eating cooling foods during the summer months can help in dealing with the heat.

Cooling Fruits            Cooling Vegetables                 Grains, Legumes & Seeds

     Apple                                     Alfalfa sprouts                                     Barley
     Banana                                   Asparagus                                            Buckwheat
     Grapefruit                               Bamboo Shoot                                     Millet
     Kiwi                                       Bitter Melon                                        Mung bean
     Lemon                                    Celery                                                  Soy bean
    Orange                                     Chinese Radish (Daikon)                    Wheat bran
    Pear                                          Cucumber                                            Whole wheat
    Star fruit                                   Eggplant
    Strawberry                               Green leafy vegetables
    Watermelon                             Kelp                 
                                                    Lettuce
                                                    Lotus Root
                                                    Mushroom
                                                    Spinach
                                                    Swiss Chard
                                                    Tomato 
                                                    Water Chestnut
                                                    Watercress
                                                    Winter Melon         

Meat, Seafood, & Diary                  Condiments & Beverages          Spices

           Clam                                                            Chrysanthemum tea                  Cardamom
           Chicken Egg                                                Green tea                                   Cilantro
           Crab                                                             Peppermint tea                          Coriander
           Duck Egg                                                     Sesame oil                                Dill
           Rabbit                                                                                                            Fennel
          Seaweed                                               
                             
There are also neutral foods which are not cooling or warming.

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  •  Eggs
  • Coconut
  • White cabbage
  • Green beans
  • Potatoes
  • Peas
  • Grapes
  • Hard cheese
  • Broad beans
  • Corn on the cob
  • Brown rice

How to easily tell if a food is cooling, it grows in the ground with little sunshine is soft, wet, and cool.

While the teas listed are the most cooling all teas having a cooling effect on the body warm or cold. This would explain why tea is great when we are sick. If you look at this list all of these foods digest quickly. When we eat foods that take longer to digest our bodies uses more energy. The more energy created in the body the more heat is generated. Foods that contain fat, carbohydrates, and proteins all take more energy to digest than the foods listed above. So, while we might think ice cream is a cool and refreshing treat the cooling effect only lasts for a small period of time due to the fat content.

We have so much to learn about our bodies and every time I think I have learned more I find that there is twice as much that I haven't learned. So, stay cool this summer and try to eat foods that will aid in cooling the body.

                                                                                     
                                                                                                                   



Thursday, July 23, 2015

Real Food Fridays #98 Link Up

DO NOT LINK UP UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THE RULES.
Rule #1  If your ingredients do not have the following labels on it, or the ingredients are not listed as organic, filtered water, or cane sugar, you are using genetically mutant ingredients, sorry to burst your bubble.


Rule #2 However, if you list your ingredients as just sugar, pepper, flour that is exceptable.  Images that include non-organic brands will be deleted. That means if you have a picture of what you used, and I see Kraft, McCormick, etc the post will be deleted.

Rule #3 Bloggers only.

Notice
By submitting your email address you give your permission to receive emails informing you the link up is live. 

The purpose of this link up is to help others change from genetically mutant foods to real foods. If you are not eating organic, you are consuming GMOs that are void of vitamins and minerals.

It’s Your Life

Your host are Mary from Back to the Basics, and Mary's Kitchen.
                     Your co-hosts are

Thanks to all the awesome real food bloggers who link up each week. Let's support each other by checking out at least one other blog posts, and let them know you found them at the Real Food link up.

Check out the new Facebook group for Real Food Bloggers, join us and share your posts. Any and all posts I view will be shared on all social media including the Facebook group and the  Real Food Fridays board on Pintrest.

Feel free to link up your real food posts, bloggers only please, family friendly posts pertaining to anything related to real food, or health related link ups/blog hops.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Dealing with Vaginal Dryness Naturally


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 Vaginal dryness, not a topic we much talk about however, it is an issue some women deal with. When we think about this issue we think about those going through menopause. It does occur during this time, but it also occurs for other reasons.




 Reasons for Vaginal Dryness

  • Hormonal Changes - This usually occurs during the menopausal stages due to a lack of estrogen. However, this may also be the case after childbirth, breastfeeding, and during preimenopause. Those who go through chemotherapy may also have lower estrogen levels. Women who have had their ovaries removed may also experience this issue.
  • Medicine -  Medicine taken for allergies or colds can also contribute to vaginal dryness along with some antidepressants.
  • Allergies - If one is allergic or has a sensitivity to things like dyes, soaps, or perfumes these things may also contribute to the issue. Towels or clothing can maintain toxins from laundry soap and may not effect any other part of the body, but that feminine part. Anything inserted could cause a problem with vaginal dryness including douches. 
  • Stress & Anxiety - Stress and anxiety effect the body in various ways and this is one of them. These two things can cause a lack of blood flow thus leading to less lubrication.
  • Autoimmune Disease - An autoimmune disease called Sjogren syndrome causes dryness in the mouth, eyes, nose and the vagina.
  • Lack of Foreplay - Gee this is a surprise some men need to know this is important for women. 
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The Importance of Female Lubrication 

 No, this lubrication is not just for making sex more comfortable for us there is more to it. This natural lubrication in women is produced in glands within the cervix. The lubrication moves slowly through vagina which aids in keeping it clean by removing dead cells. This lubricant is slightly acidic which aids in keeping our feminine part healthy and preventing infection.

When estrogen is lost the vulva and tissues become thin, less dry, and lose their elasticity scientifically this is called atrophy. Less estrogen also causes a more alkaline environment which can lead to irritation and a great risk for infections. This in turn can lead to psychology issues which in turn contributes more so to vaginal dryness.

Dealing with Vaginal Dryness Naturally

  •  Electrolytes - A majority of vaginal fluids stem from the blood which forms droplets of natural fluid rich in electrolytes which penetrate vaginal cells 
  • Water - The body in whole is more than 90% water and it is important for hydration and elasticity
  • Omega 3, 6, & 9 Fatty Acids - They aid in balancing the hormones 
  • Vitamin A - Vital for the health of the vaginal walls and aids in increasing estrogen
  • Vitamin B12 - Aids in lubrication
  • Vitamin E - Helps with itching, thinning walls, and dryness
  • Natural Oils - Natural oils such as coconut oil can be used for lubrication before sex 
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 My Thoughts

 I am concerned about adding more estrogen to my body when we are bombarded by it. I recommend having your self tested, when I was tested my estrogen was high. When women have high levels of estrogen they are at a higher risk for breast cancer. While my levels were high, at 50, really when did that happen? I am experiencing this very issue. Please consider the fact that if you are not eating organic the risk for higher levels of estrogen are greater. At this time I do not understand everything on the topic of estrogen, the effects of hormones from the food, or how glyphoste, which contains estrogen, effects us. I do know this I am not a science experiment and the only way I want to find these things out is through research.

What has Worked for Me

I have been taking all the supplements except for vitamin A and it has done very little. The one thing I found that works the best is Key-E Suppositories . I read the reviews on Amazon and was a little uncertain because many women said it was messy. This was not a problem for me and one thing that was not mentioned in any of the reviews I read is that it lasts. I love this product I don't have to interrupt the mood to go lube up or remember to use it every day, you will know when it is time. My husband is also happy with this product and the naturalness of it.




Thursday, July 16, 2015

Real Food Fridays #96 Link Up

DO NOT LINK UP UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THE RULES.
Rule #1  If your ingredients do not have the following labels on it, or the ingredients are not listed as organic, filtered water, or cane sugar, you are using genetically mutant ingredients, sorry to burst your bubble.


Rule #2 However, if you list your ingredients as just sugar, pepper, flour that is exceptable.  Images that include non-organic brands will be deleted. That means if you have a picture of what you used, and I see Kraft, McCormick, etc the post will be deleted.

Rule #3 Bloggers only.

Notice
By submitting your email address you give your permission to receive emails informing you the link up is live. 

The purpose of this link up is to help others change from genetically mutant foods to real foods. If you are not eating organic, you are consuming GMOs that are void of vitamins and minerals.

It’s Your Life

Your host are Mary from Back to the Basics, and Mary's Kitchen.
                     Your co-hosts are

Thanks to all the awesome real food bloggers who link up each week. Let's support each other by checking out at least one other blog posts, and let them know you found them at the Real Food link up.

Check out the new Facebook group for Real Food Bloggers, join us and share your posts. Any and all posts I view will be shared on all social media including the Facebook group and the  Real Food Fridays board on Pintrest.

Feel free to link up your real food posts, bloggers only please, family friendly posts pertaining to anything related to real food, or health related link ups/blog hops.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Real Food Fridays #95 Link Up

DO NOT LINK UP UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THE RULES.
Rule #1  If your ingredients do not have the following labels on it, or the ingredients are not listed as organic, filtered water, or cane sugar, you are using genetically mutant ingredients, sorry to burst your bubble.


Rule #2 However, if you list your ingredients as just sugar, pepper, flour that is exceptable.  Images that include non-organic brands will be deleted. That means if you have a picture of what you used, and I see Kraft, McCormick, etc the post will be deleted.

Rule #3 Bloggers only.

Notice
By submitting your email address you give your permission to receive emails informing you the link up is live. 

The purpose of this link up is to help others change from genetically mutant foods to real foods. If you are not eating organic, you are consuming GMOs that are void of vitamins and minerals.

It’s Your Life

Your host are Mary from Back to the Basics, and Mary's Kitchen.
                     Your co-hosts are

Thanks to all the awesome real food bloggers who link up each week. Let's support each other by checking out at least one other blog posts, and let them know you found them at the Real Food link up.

Check out the new Facebook group for Real Food Bloggers, join us and share your posts. Any and all posts I view will be shared on all social media including the Facebook group and the  Real Food Fridays board on Pintrest.

Feel free to link up your real food posts, bloggers only please, family friendly posts pertaining to anything related to real food, or health related link ups/blog hops.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Organic Places to Eat While Traveling


Are you going to be traveling this summer? Do you desire to eat only organic, vegan, or do you love juice bars? It's Your Life magazine has compiled a list of organic, vegan, and juice bars from around the country. We have personally called each one to verify that they do indeed carry organic food. One thing we came across was that alot of the restaurants listed on the web and Happy Cow are not organic. Personally I want to be able to go into a restaurant and know for sure that the food is organic.

During this process we learned that the small restaurants are transparent with their ingredients. Those are the ones which we have chosen to list on the "Places to Eat" page on the web site for the magazine. It is fair to tell you that you should ask the server which dishes are organic because we found that many of them are not 100% organic, but are willing to disclose which foods are not. Even with this being said it is better than having no organic option at all.

There are alot of restaurants yet to be contacted you could help us know which are worth calling by supplying the name and location. With all this said happy, healthy, natural living travels.

Organic Places to Eat in the United States

Where are you traveling to this summer? Let us know and we will get busy finding organic restaurants for the area.




Thursday, June 25, 2015

Real Food Fridays #94 Link Up

DO NOT LINK UP UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THE RULES.
Rule #1  If your ingredients do not have the following labels on it, or the ingredients are not listed as organic, filtered water, or cane sugar, you are using genetically mutant ingredients, sorry to burst your bubble.


Rule #2 However, if you list your ingredients as just sugar, pepper, flour that is exceptable.  Images that include non-organic brands will be deleted. That means if you have a picture of what you used, and I see Kraft, McCormick, etc the post will be deleted.

Rule #3 Bloggers only.

Notice
By submitting your email address you give your permission to receive emails informing you the link up is live. 

The purpose of this link up is to help others change from genetically mutant foods to real foods. If you are not eating organic, you are consuming GMOs that are void of vitamins and minerals.

It’s Your Life

Your host are Mary from Back to the Basics, and Mary's Kitchen.
                     Your co-hosts are

Thanks to all the awesome real food bloggers who link up each week. Let's support each other by checking out at least one other blog posts, and let them know you found them at the Real Food link up.

Check out the new Facebook group for Real Food Bloggers, join us and share your posts. Any and all posts I view will be shared on all social media including the Facebook group and the  Real Food Fridays board on Pintrest.

Feel free to link up your real food posts, bloggers only please, family friendly posts pertaining to anything related to real food, or health related link ups/blog hops.