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How Toxic Are You?

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Is your body a toxic waste dump?

This is a simple question guide that will tell us early warning signs for the need of cleansing impurities or toxin build up in our body.

  1. Do you often feel tired or fatigued?
  2. Do you feel dizzy, foggy-headed or having trouble concentrating?
  3. Do you use coffee, cigarettes, candy or soda to get “up”?
  4. Do you eat fast, fatty, processed or fried foods?
  5. Do your bowels move less than twice a day?
  6. Do you experience intestinal gas and bloating or constipation?
  7. Do you experience headaches or yeast difficulties?
  8. Do you live with or near air and water pollution?
  9. Do you experience general aches and pains or arthritis?
  10. Do you have food allergies, or skin problems?
  11. Do you experience frequent back pains or sinus problems?
  12. Are you often exposed to chemicals, sedatives, or stimulants?
  13. Do you rarely exercise or feel sluggish or overweight?
  14. Have you done a cleansing program before?

If you answered “Yes” to three or more of these questions, or “no” to the last question, it would be desirable for you to purify your system of toxins.

Toxic-Body

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Oriental Medicine Day!! @ Zen Healing Center

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Ginger Buzzzzzz

It’s February already, that time of year when most people have had enough of winter, 3 months is plenty right, but there is still 4-6 more weeks of cold ahead. So what can we do to stay warm and carry on for 4-6 more weeks?! Well here it is, that spicy warm drink that helps to warm you up from the inside and strengthens you Wei Qi (otherwise known as defensive qi), not to mention it is delicious delicious delicious… Ginger Buzzzzzz!

For 1-2 people:

Juice one fresh lemon (remove peel), and about 1 inch of fresh raw ginger – set aside.

Heat 8-16oz of filtered water to about 200 degrees. Put 1 tbsp of raw honey (local honey is preferred for it’s ability to treat local allergies) in each mug. Pour hot water into each mug and stir honey until it is completely dissolved. Add the lemon ginger juice to the mugs.

If you like add a dropper full of echinacea tinture  for extra immune support to each mug!

Stir, sip, feel the warmth, and enjoy!

Anti-inflammatory Smoothie!!

The Anti-inflammatory Smoothie
Ingredients:

1 cup berries of your choice (blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, cranberries, strawberries)
1 cup leafy greens of your choice (kale, spinach, beet greens), compressed
2-inch (5 cm) piece of ginger
1 tablespoon unrefined organic coconut oil
1 teaspoon (or more, to taste) of fresh chia seeds
Green tea, steeped to desired strength
Honey, maple syrup, or stevia to taste to sweeten, if desired
Directions:

Put all ingredients in a blender and mix well. Drink immediately to enjoy the most nutritional benefits.

Berries contain antioxidant phytonutrients called flavonoids (specifically, anthocyanin) in their skins that exhibit anti-inflammatory properties. They are the pigment that give berries their color.

Dark leafy greens are full of nutrients: vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that support every system in your body. Magnesium in particular is important for inflammation regulation and spinach, kale, beet greens, broccoli, okra, are especially rich in this mineral.

Ginger is a magical plant. It eases arthritis pain, aids digestion, prevents cancer, and inhibits the formation of arterial plaque through its anti-inflammatory phytochemical gingerol.

Coconut oil is a healthy, nutrient-rich saturated fat that has a positive influence on your body.

Chia seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids (with eight times more than salmon!) which are critical for cell health. These building blocks reduce inflammation, thereby decreasing the risk for cardiovascular and neurodegenerative disease. Flax seeds and walnuts are good substitutions.