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Dangers of Energy Drinks

ENERGY. HEIGHTENED MENTAL AWARENESS. WEIGHT LOSS. STAMINA. ETC…

Advertising, marketing and bright bold colors on the cans or bottles are made to lure you in to these amazingly awesome energy drinks! But beware, nothing is ever as it seems.

So I’m here today to explain to you what exactly is in these mainstream energy drinks and how to read ingredients and more so know what affect they have on your body.

Red Bull, Monster and Rockstar are some of the popular brands of energy drinks out there today. Lets take a look at some of the main similar ingredients in these:

SUGARS

RED BULL: 39g

MONSTER: 54g

ROCKSTAR: 30+ grams

ROCKSTAR ZERO: 0g BUT it;s made with erythritol which is a FAKE chemical sugar worse for you than regular sugars

As you can see there is tons of sugar for a small can of drink.30 plus grams is alot, you shouldnt even consume that much sugar per day let alone on one drink, that’s my opinion. Sugar from fruits are different so that doesn’t apply there. SUGAR is on of the root causes of disease and chronic illnesses. Disease, candida, inflammation they all FEED off of sugar. Sugar is how these bacteria, fungus and viruses live. When you starve the body of sugar, they cannot survive.

CAFFEINE: these drinks contain way over the limit the body can handle for caffeine. Every body is different but these high amounts make your cortisol levels spike then immediately crash hurting your adrenals glands, bringing them to exhaustion and then your body creates a dependence on that cortisol spike to survive creating a cycle of inflammation.

HERBS: They look great listed as an ingredient right? But you have no idea or source of how they are grown or harvested so most likely they are sprayed with tons of chemicals.

CHEMICAL ADDITIVES AND DYES: you have to realized that the USDA (they careless about your health) does not require certain ingredients to be listed when in smaller amounts, but all health drinks contain dyes, that’s what makes certain ones certain colors, These dyes are not made for consumption, they act as allergies to the body. Other chemicals are added for taste and other factors that harm you also.

Studies have shown that energy drinks do not enhance athletic performance, they do not enhance cognitive performance either.  It’s really scary because mostly younger individuals are attracted to these drinks because they want to fit in and do what everyone else is doing, be accepted and follow along with the trend. But these drinks are harming kids as well as others who consume them.

DANGERS OF ENERGY DRINKS:

  1. CARDIAC ARREST
  2. HEADACHES AND MIGRAINES
  3. INCREASED ANXIETY
  4. INSOMNIA
  5. TYPE 2 DIABETES
  6. DRUG INTERACTION
  7. ADDICTION
  8. RISKY BEHAVIOR
  9. JITTERS AND NERVOUSNESS
  10. VOMITTING
  11. ALLERGIC REACTIONS
  12. HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
  13. NIACIN OVERDOSE
  14. STRESS HORMONE RELEASE ELEVATION

So if the reason why you are consuming these energy drinks is truly to have more energy, here are some safer and natural options:

  1. strengthen your adrenal gland and thyroid gland by eating a diet free of gluten, and sugars and possibly lower or stop gluten consumption. When you strengthen your overall body, it helps with your energy levels. I take and recommend these two supplements to support your adrenal and thyroid gland. Adrenal Health by Gaia and Thyroid Support by Gaia.
  2. Stay away from processed sugars or too much of any sugar. Sugar will always weaken and halt your immune system
  3. Eat real foods- consuming whole foods preferably organic will fill and feed your cells which is what provide energy to your body.
  4. take a good vitamin B supplement. Vitamin B’s are necessary for cell function and provide O2 and energy production to each cell of your body. A great vitamin B complex is this one and also a great vegan B12 by GHC.
  5. Drink more water, dehydration will zap you of energy
  6. Sleep better, sleep, so simple, but it does a body good.
  7. Stay away from simple carbs like sugars and eat more complex carbs like sweet potatoes, yams and bananas.
  8. Do a full body detox regularly- once a year is preferred, I recommend twice. The best detoxes that I have used and only will use are from Global Healing Center. I recommend the Body Cleanse Starter Kit to start.

Hope this gives you some great info and insight on the dangers of energy drinks.

There’s one brand that is local made in Hawaii that you may want to try. It’s called GREEN and made with pure organic ingredients! Check them out.

Xo,

Jodi

Healthy Eats! · Recipes

Healthy Chex Mix

Healthy Chex Mix!

My son has been bugging to make Chex Mix so I told him we’d do a healthier version. So many people think chex mixes from stores are just cereal so they are healthy. Far from the truth. The cereals normally used are rice, corn and wheat Chex. Those all contain high fructose corn syrup, chemical preservatives and are gmo. The peanuts are usually ones fried in corn or soybean oil which are highly gmo and the butter used is full of hormones and antibiotics and brown sugar used in sweet Chex Mix is just white processed sugar with molasses added to make it brown. Yuk! When you learn how to read ingredients and KNOW what’s in each food you put in your and your children’s bodies, you will begin to take control of your health. So we used healthier ingredients- non gmo puffs and O cereal, raw peanuts, organic spelt pretzels, ghee, coconut nectar, vanilla and cinnamon. The kids and husband loved it!

 

RECIPE:

3 cups of Organic O’s Cereal

3 cups of Barbara’s Puffs Cereal

2 cups Newman’s Organic Spelt Pretzels

2 cups raw peanuts

1/2 cup Organic Purity Farms Ghee (melted)

1 tbsp coconut nectar

Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large sheet pan. Spread evenly, use two pans if necessary. In a saucepan heat the ghee and coconut nectar till melted. Pour ghee mix over the cereal and make sure all is coated. Bake on 300 for 15 minutes. Take out and stir around. Bake for another 15-20 minutes until golden brown.

Remove from the oven and let it cool. Enjoy!

Xo,

Jodi

Natural Remedies

Clean Teeth. Non-Toxic Brush.

Happy Saturday! I hope you all have fun plans for the weekend! This morning I wanted to share a tip with you to powerfully clean you toothbrushes AND possibly get you to use more greener, non-toxic ones in the process!

We brush our teeth at least twice per day but how often do we remember to clean our brushes. Brushes  are susceptible to bacteria, mold and not to mention little “critters” (nasty, gross!) Cleaning them by soaking is a weekly must to be sure they are not spreading more germs in our mouths.

Heres what I do and I’ll share various options for you:

Get a clean glass jar, fill it with purified water 3/4 from top

options:

  1. 1 tbsp of ACV (apple cider vinegar) (make sure its not white vinegar) and a few drops of clove essential oil. This NOW brand is a great bang for your buck, I always use this brand especially for cleaning.

  2. 1 tbsp baking soda (aluminum free) and a few drops of essential oil. Some great essential oil options: orange, lemon, peppermint, tea tree, clove, grapefruit. See HERE for many oil options.

Let your brushes sit for at least a few hours then rinse very good. Essential oils are strong and you don’t want them aggravating your mouth next time you brush so rinse them well!

As for these great  ECO-friendly, BPA-free BAMBOO brushes, aren’t they awesome! They are also perfect for kids because they are not too soft or too hard and very gentle on teeth and gums. I get the bamboo brushes HERE. They are very inexpensive for a pack of 4 and grab and extra pack when these are no longer good!.

Happy cleaning. Happy brushing.

Xo,

Jodi

 

Detox/Supplements

Fermented Cod Liver Oil Benefits

What is fermented cod liver oil? Sounds pretty disgusting right? Well, here’s why it’s a great supplement for you and your family to take. It provides your body with two important fat soluble vitamins that many are deficient in: vitamin A and vitamin D. Many individuals have healed cavities naturally and remineralized their teeth by incorporating fermented cod liver oil in their diets, along with removing all grains.

Although you can get these two vitamins from foods, they are hard to obtain because either a person’s body cannot absorb all of that vitamin or they are not eating enough of the foods that provide them. Vitamin A is hard to obtain, you can get it from organ meats like liver or grass fed dairy. Vitamin D is best from the sun but many areas of the world do not have sun year round so many become deficient. The brand I have used and love comes in two types: 1. plain fermented cod liver oil and 2. A blend of the fermented cod liver oil with butter oil. The butter oil contains vitamin K2 which works synergistically with the cod liver oil. The company did inform me that the butter oil is casein and lactose free BUT MAY contain trace amounts. If you are very sensitive to dairy I would recommend this butter free fermented cod liver oil. If you are ok with dairy, this cod liver oil is a great mix.

More fermented cod liver oil benefits:

  • Promotes healthy cholesterol levels
  • Supports tooth and bone health
  • Acts as a systemic anti-inflammatory
  • Helps manage ADHD
  • Helps stabilize mood disorders (bi-polar, depression, etc)
  • Prevents formation of atherosclerotic plaque
  • Reduces symptoms of arthritis (rheumatoid and osteoarthritis)
  • Promotes mental health
  • Promotes healthy hormonal balance
  • Supports health of hair, skin, and nails
  • Reduces skin conditions (acne, eczema)
  • Helps reduce asthma
  • Reduces breast cancer risk
  • Helps lower risk of type 1 diabetes when used in the first year of life (taken from Naturalnews)

Hope this will help you understand how it can benefit you and your family

 

Xo,

Jodi

Detox/Supplements

Superfood: CACAO

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CACAO {theobroma cacao}

Is the original source of chocolate that comes from the fruit of the cacao tree. When most people think of chocolate they think of Snickers, Hershey’s and Almond Joy. Those are just candy bars that have processed sugar in them and no real chocolate at all.

Chocolate you buy in stores are made from cacao after it’s been dried, fermented, roasted and mixed with sugar, milk and other ingredients. But alone cacao is very bitter that’s why when you look at a dark chocolate bar that say 88% cacao it will not taste sweet like milk chocolate. Higher the cacao % the less sweet but more healthier it is for you. Great benefits of cacao are-

1. Muscle & nerve fxn

2. Helps you lose weight

3. Treats diarrhea

4. Helps Prevents strokes and heart disease

5. Prevents anemia because it’s high in iron. These are great added to smoothies, granola, bars, muffins and Acai bowls! Check out this link for great cacao.

Happy Memorial Day. Let’s remember those who have lost their lives for our freedom and those who still sacrifice theirs everyday.

 

Xo,

Jodi

 

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The Dangers of Nail Polish

Hey all! Happy Wednesday! I was about the paint my nails and thought I’d share some info with you on nail polish. So nail polish contains many chemicals in them. Some are ingredients like: formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalate and camphor. Whaaat? Seriously who would know that or even understand what those are? Well, to make nail polish a certain stickiness consistency and be able to stay on the nail, certain chemicals have to be used BUT, these harmful chemicals get absorbed into your bloodstream very quickly after your nails are painted. Crazy right? Who would have thought that painting your nails can lead to chemical exposure IN your body that quick? There was a study done on two subjects. One group had their nails painted with nail polish the other group used gloves and had fake nails painted. Both groups had urine tests done before their nails were painted and then after. The group who had their nails painted normally had a chemical from the polish called DPHP shown to INCREASE SHARPLY in their urine. The other group’s urine results showed no change.

Good news is that we can still enjoy the prettiness of polish but in a safer way. There are many companies that create polishes without all the chemicals added. I purchased these Mineral Fusion nail polishes for my daughter’s Princess themed birthday because I wanted safer polish for all the little girls having their nails done. These polishes are FREE of the four chemicals I listed above.

Point it, everything you put IN your body and ON your skin will have a negative or positive result on your health. Recognizing things like this the people tend to not care about WILL AND CAN make a huge difference in your health and the health of your children. When you look at a single day and the foods you or your family consume, the make up your put on your skin (your largest organ), the body care products you use, the soap you wash your hands and clothes with, what you cook and clean with, you will realize an overabundance of chemicals that can be absorbed into your body.

I created a challenge that teaches you to eliminate SO many chemical toxins that are hiding in your home by teaching you to ditch the bad and replace with the good. If you are interested and concerned about making your HOME a safer place for you and your family, check out my challenge HERE.  Educate yourselves and KNOW what you put on and in your bodies and you will have the power to change your health and change lives.

Xo,

Jodi

Detox/Supplements

The PAIN of GAS.

My morning was slightly ROCKED by major pain! Ughh… I suffered major gas pain in my stomach this morning, the worst that I’ve ever experienced!! I gave birth to three children without any pain meds so I know what it feels like to experience a pain all over your body, but knowing it won’t last too much longer and the outcome makes it easier. BUT, early this morning my stomach felt gassy. For those who don’t know, the anatomy of your stomach is located up right under your chest (see picture above) Typically when you see people touch their tummy they touch the lower part of their abdomen, but that is actually your intestines not your stomach.

So I got up and as normal had some ACV and water, took digestive enzymes and probiotics and felt fine. I sat to have my first cup of organic coffee and one of my matcha green tea raw bars and my stomach got more and more sore. I new it was gas. Normally if I do feel that, it will go away soon and on its own. This time it kept getting worse and worse. It got so bad and I was in so much pain I started sweating and felt like I had to throw up, although I couldn’t, I wanted to. Anything to ease the pain would help. I took a shot of lemon water and water with ACV both known to help alkalize the stomach but nothing seemed to work. I also used lavender and peppermint essential oils. I love using peppermint oil, but in some situations it may seem to exacerbate the problem because of the menthol and minty feel it leaves on your skin, so in that case I wont use it again. Nonetheless, it did not help. I went online to see what other things I could do to help alleviate gas. As I read through a list, ACTIVATED CHARCOAL popped up! “YES!” I thought, why did I not think of that. In agony I got up, grabbed my activated charcoal  put a some in a spoon and mixed it directly in water. I wanted the absorption to be fast acting so I did not put it in a capsule. There’s actually no taste at all so it was easy to drink. Activated Charcoal is made from coconuts and is not the same charcoal you BBQ with!! So I drank the charcoal, got a heating pad, laid on the couch an started to do reflexology on the bottom of my feet. Within minutes I could hear and  feel the gas bubbles in my stomach  pop and the pain slowly subsided.

I want to share with with you because first of all, just because I eat healthy, workout and share so much health info with your, does not exclude me from ever going through ailments. My hormones affect me a lot and majority of it is caused by my past. Lots of antibiotics, terrible diet full of processed foods, unhealthy over the counter meds, sugars and being on birth control pills took a toll on my body when I was younger causing first of all candida (yeast caused by an imbalance of good/bad bacteria). When you take just one round of antibiotics, it kills MORE good bacteria the bad and that’s why I’m so against any antibiotics UNLESS its life or death and nothing is working. The candida causes leaky gut and leaky gut leads to many many disorders like hormonal imbalances, gallbladder issues and digestive issues which is what I go through. If your leaky gut is never healed it can then turn autoimmune which means your body starts to attack itself and will choose specific organs to attach, most popular being the thyroid gland and then joints which is what arthritis is.

So back to the ACTIVATED CHARCOAL

Activated charcoal is used for gas and bloated an detoxing the body but is mostly know for and useful for poison in the body. If you ever have alcohol poison or any other type of poison, activated charcoal has been used and documented to be VERY effective. It is an amazing and powerful superfood source to have on hand at home or in your purse/bag at all times. Kids can take it because there’s no tasted and its safe and effective. FOOD is medicine. I could have easily taken a GAS-X pill from the store and it may have helped, but stuff like that is full of chemicals and will have other side effects. I just want you to know that some remedies like this CHARCOAL may be fast acting (thank you Lord because I was in pain) and others like herbs need to be taken over time in order for you to feel and see results. It’s all about knowing your body and being patient with healing. When you look at your past, your diet, medications taken, alcohol use, drug use, stress levels, whether you exercised etc.. you will know why you feel the way your feel today and know how to properly treat it. So as I share this I want you to know how powerful and effective natural safe remedies can be and that you can learn and break free from the so called “norm” of always using drugs and going to the dr. for every ailment under the sun. Educate yourself, especially if you have children because the knowledge you attain from especially situations that occur in your own life, may be able to help others. This is why I share what I share. God gave my a passion for natural health and fitness so I hope each bit of info will be able to help you and your family too!

Get my fave brand of  ACTIVATED CHARCOAL here!

Xo,

Jodi

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