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Pristine Clean Intestines August 9, 2008

This may seem like an odd thing to say but, I like my intestines pristine clean! Yes, my intestines.  Why, may you ask, is this the first sentence of this post?  And my answer, ladies and gentlemen…who wouldn’t want pristine clean intestines?  And, in an effort to successfully obtain those pristine clean intestines, I undertook the task of a mono-fruit detox.  Oh yeah, baby! One fruit, well, actually 8 fruit, but of one kind.  I literally ate 8 apples over a 24 hour period.  And some organic apple juice and water…but you get my point.  A mono-fruit detox with apples as the mono-fruit!

Why apples?  Apples, as you know, have phenomenal health benefits.  We’ve all been told, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away!” Well it aids in creating pristine clean intestines as well.  How?  Glad you asked.  Besides being an awesome source of dietary fiber, it reduces cholesterol, maintains healthy bowel function (now that’s what I’m talking about!), reduces the risk of stroke, Type II Diabetes and asthma. You can’t beat that with a stick!

Of course, you can complete a successful mono-fruit detox with just about any fruit, I just personally prefer the health benefits of apples.  Grapes (strangely enough, my favorite fruit), is another wonderful option for the mono-fruit detox.  In fact, grapes provide an enormous amount of Vitamins A, C, B6 and folate.  They’re also quite refreshing.  What more can you ask for? The list of acceptable fruit can go on and on, but we’re talking about pristine clean intestines and this mono-fruit detox…

Why pristine clean intestines? Now we’re getting down to business.  Cleaning the intestines contributes to ones health in many ways:

  • Rids the bowel of excess fecal matter 
  • Helps skin conditions
  • Reduces the risk of most cancers
  • Fights fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Reduces Blood Pressure
  • Assists with allergy relief

As the body detoxes, you may experience certain side effects, none of which are life-threatening. Side effects include:

  • Headache
  • Depression
  • Frequent bowel movements
  • Thirst
  • Mood Swings
  • Carbohydrate cravings
  • Body/joint aches 

Like I said, I like my intestines pristine clean and after reading the benefits, everyone should want to do an internal Roto-Rooter on themselves.  I chose the mono-fruit detox, however there are many types of detoxes out there to help you obtain pristine clean intestines.  Do a little research or check out more of my posts on healthy eating and weight loss.

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Vitamin C – Now You Can Fire Your Doctor! March 16, 2008

Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is water-soluble and is essential for normal body function.  Unlike most animals, humans lack the ability to make their own vitamin C, therefore we must obtain it through our diet (i.e. fresh fruit & vegetables).  The FDA suggests we get 60 mg of vitamin C daily, however for optimum health, beauty and the proven eradication of several diseases and illnesses, a significant increase should be employed.Two of the pioneers in Vitamin C research, Dr. Fred Klenner and Dr. Linus Pauling have documented successful and dramatic Vitamin C cures for anything from common cold to snake bites to cancer.   These two hypothecated that with increased levels of Vitamin C intake (up to 10 grams daily), the body would detoxify itself of any unwanted disease or elements.  Although the facts and proof were on their side, the medical establishment widely ridiculed and ignored them.  Guess Big Pharma couldn’t find a way to make money off an un-patentable source such as Vitamin C.  Nonetheless, here’s a short list of indications Vitamin C has been proven to cure:

 

Beauty Basics – Edible Beauty Treatments March 14, 2008

Money doesn’t grow on trees but some of the most effective beauty treatments sure do.  Many of the items we put in and especially on our bodies strip us of much needed vitamins and nutrients.  An ideal beauty treatment will make you look and feel better, but we usually find ourselves compromising beauty for toxins and unwanted additives.  No more!  With a blender and a little trip down to your local farmer’s market, you can whip up your own beauty treatments in no time.  And, if you end up mixing more than you need, just eat what’s left over… it’s good for your insides too!

Hair  

 
Apricot & Honey Intense Hair Conditioner
 
This treatment works well on coarse, thick hair, it will smooth out the frizzies and strengthen the brittle.  Use once a week especially during the colder months.Ingredients 
  •  1 small apricot
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp apricot oil or nectar
Directions
 
  • Remove pit from apricot
  • Blend ingredients until smooth
  • Apply mixture to freshly washed hair
  • Cover hair with plastic cap
  • Leave on for 30 minutes
  • Rinse with cool water and style as usual
 Coconut Protein Hair Treatment
 
Think of this one as a smoothie for your hair.  This treatment will revive the most damaged hair and resuscitate your locks with a vengeance. 
 
Ingredients
 
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp coconut milk
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
Directions
 
  • Mix all ingredients in a bowl until well blended
  • Apply to wet hair prior to shampooing
  • Allow to set for 30 minutes
  • Rinse well with warm water
  • Shampoo as usual
  • Towel drying is preferable with damaged hair
 Lemon Hydrating Shampoo
 
This treatment is great for the hair and scalp.  Use twice a week for shinier, healthier hair.
 
Ingredients
 
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp mayonnaise 
Directions
 
  • Blend all ingredients until smooth
  • Add 2 Tbsp of shampoo to mixture
  • Blend well
  • Wet hair and use mixture to shampoo
  • Rinse with warm water
  • This mixture can be refrigerated in airtight storage for up to a week
Skin
 
I wouldn’t recommend ingesting some of the treatments below, but they have proven to be quite effective externally.
 
Oily Skin
 
Buttermilk & Fennel Cleansing Milk 
 
Ingredients
 
  • 1/2 cup of buttermilk
  • 2 Tbsp crushed fennel seeds
Directions
 
  • Heat milk & fennel seeds until boiling (30 minutes)
  • Turn off heat & let steep for 2 hours
  • Strain, cool & pour into bottle
  • Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks
Cornmeal Cleanser
 
Ingredients
 
  • Castile soap
  • 1 Tbsp cornmeal
Directions
 
  • Wet face
  • Pour a 1/2 tsp of Castile soap in the palm of your hand
  • Add cornmeal
  • Mix meal & soap into a lather
  • Wash face being careful around delicate areas (eyes)
Dry Skin
 
Chamomile Cleansing Milk
 
Ingredients
 
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp chamomile flowers, dried or fresh
Directions
 
  • Simmer ingredients in pot for 30 minutes (make sure milk doesn’t boil)
  •  Turn off heat and let sit for 2 hours
  • Refrigerate
  • Apply with cotton balls
Honey Cleanser
 
Ingredients
 
  • Castile soap
  • Tsp honey 
Directions
 
  • Wet face
  • Pour a 1/2 tsp of Castile soap in the palm of your hand
  • Add honey
  • Mix honey & soap into a lather
  • Wash face

If you have the time, you should try to make a spa day of it.  These treatments are not only good for your beauty regimen, they’re fun to concoct.  Invite a friend, or two, or seven and bask in all that nature has provided us.  And the best part is, it’ll cost you a fraction of the price of anything else you’ve ever tried.