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Benefits of Drinking Celery Juice

Benefits of drinking celery juice.

We are constantly on this journey of natural healing. Our minds are always open to what could be beneficial to our health. And it just feels really good to try different things. It is not always easy, I am one that struggles with jumping on the band wagon of something new but I eventually get there and always happy I did. My husband, on the other hand, can make a decision to do something and it’s done, I mean like, DONE. He sticks to it and doesn’t ever lose track of it.

What band wagon are we on now?

The celery juice band wagon yo.

Did you know that celery juice had so many powerful healing properties? Yea, celery juice. You know, that delicious crunchy green veggie that you use to dip in french onion dip. Yup, that one.

It has the power to straight up heal serious ironic illnesses.

Let’s break this down shall we.

Benefits to celery juice.

Celery juice is most beneficial when consumed first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. This allows the beneficial properties, which include mineral salts, to help strengthen your digestive system, allowing it to function at optimal levels.

While adding other fun, delicious fruits and veggies seems like a great idea. I know, I went there too. Consuming celery juice ALONE is really the only way to obtain all the fantastic medicinal properties to it. You see, when you add to the juice, it dilutes it, leaving it less potent to heal the body the way it should.

And ice is no different. I know, I went there as well. First thing in the morning the last thing you want to do is drink a 16 oz glass of warm salty celery juice but you get used to it. Ice dilutes the healing properties, don’t do it yo. 

Speaking of salt. The mineral salts that are present in celery juice are really where the healing properties come from. You see Mother Nature is truly amazing. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. She give us everything we need to heal ourselves. We just need to listen.

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The mineral salts present in celery juice actually go into your body and starves pathogens that manifest into illnesses. What the salt does is, it goes through your digestive tract and blood stream and starts breaking down the pathogens’ cell membranes. These pathogens include nasty little F-ers like Epstein-Barr and HHV-6. As the salt moves through your body it flushes out toxins like you wouldn’t believe, from every nook and cranny of your body.

Lets talk neurotoxins.

Neurotoxins are toxins that are extremely dangerous to the body, especially to nerve tissues. They tend to feed off of toxic heavy metals that are left in the body. Neurotoxins are responsible for creating neurological symptoms such as, tremors, spasms, insomnia, vertigo, twitching and cold feet and hands.

The mineral salt within celery juice flushes out these nasty toxins. It allows your kidneys and adrenals to function at optimal levels and it also increases the hydrochloric acid in the gut so that your digestive system functions properly.

Celery juice is also supportive to the central nervous system. You see, the mineral salts allow neurotransmitters to function the way they were intended to. When your brain goes into shut down mode, when suffering from, depression, anxiety, brain fog, obsessive compulsive disorder, ADD/ADHD, bipolar disorder, or difficulty focusing or concentrating, the mineral salts help keep the heart pumping, which then creates a stronger signal to the neurotransmitters to send information from one point to the other.

Celery juice contains high amounts of electrolytes making it extremely beneficial for those who suffer from migraines, panic attacks and anxiety.

Celery juice also supports the thyroid. It has the ability to flush the thyroid of toxins.

This is such a short list of benefits. The list can literally go on, balancing the body’s PH, balancing out hormones, bringing stability to body and mind. I mean, come on!!

So you are on the band wagon but now what do you do?

Here is what you do.

Ingredients:

1 whole bunch of organic celery

What do you do:

Cut the end off and cut the tips off, sometimes they can get a little brown.

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Then…..

Juice the muther f-er. That’s it yo!

Drink 16 oz of celery juice, alone, on an empty stomach. Remember not to add ice either. Simply wait about 15 minutes before eating anything. Celery juice is not caloric, so it should not replace any meals. It is just simply to start your day and get your digestive tract running smoothly.

***Alright, I have to say it, well, because it happened and still happens to us and it took us forever to figure out why or if the two were connected. Celery juice flushes out toxins right, we learned that above. Well, toxins have to go somewhere right?! So, just be prepared after drinking a full glass of celery juice that the bathroom will be in your near future.

Don’t let this freak you out. Going to the bathroom is a really good thing. It means you are getting out all that nasty stuff that has been bringing you down, man. But I get it, it can get rough. I tend to take mini breaks. I’ll go for about 4 or 5 days straight of drinking celery juice and then take a 2-3 day break from it. My husband, on the other hand, recently just upped his ante. He is now juicing two stalks of celery EVERYDAY. To each their own. Just listen to your body and do what feels right. Just remember that new routines and flushing out your body of nasty stuff is not going to be comfortable. Prepare yourself and hang in there.

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***An awesome little tip for ya, when you cut off the end of your stalk, place it in a cup of water and in a few days you’ll see a new little celery pop through. It’s fun to watch plus you can plant them in your garden and BAM, you’ve got yourself some celery homie.

Happy celery juice drinking!

Join us on Wednesday for some more questions answered about celery juice. Because we all have questions, right.

What is your question? Leave your questions or comments down below, that way I’ll be sure to answer them. 

Resources: medicalmedium.com

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For the Love of Your Back: 15 Stretches to Help Support Your Back.

 

We all feel the pain. The pain of daily stress that we carry around as if it were a necessity. And sometimes the pain feels like it is just apart of who we are. But it doesn’t have to be apart of who we are. What if you ditched that part of who you thought you were and allow yourself to start exploring a new you.

As we have learned in many of the post I have provided you with, you don’t alway need medication to help yourself. More times than not, you need determination and discipline.

Two things that are extremely difficult for some. I get it, I am one of them. But when you have two choices, either to take medication that can potentially harm other parts of who you are or make a decision to help yourself naturally. More times than not we need to put in a little work and love into who you are.

The following routine is a well thought out routine that my husband does every day off. It has helped his back tremendously.

This is going to be a long post, but hang in there. Especially if back pain is something you live with. Try out a few poses get comfortable with them and then try out a few more. Don’t get overwhelmed. Then you will never help yourself.

Let’s do this together.

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Extension exercise: This pose is super helpful to build lower back strength.

  • Lie on your stomach with your hands in front of you and lift your head.
  • Now turn to your right side, then your left.
  • Now put your hands by your side.
  • Lift your shoulders and chest off the floor.
  • Keep your neck straight and maintain gaze towards tip of nose.
  • Lower back down to floor on your exhale.
  • Repeat 10 times.

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Childs Pose: This pose helps elongate the lower back and opens hips.

  • Bring yourself to your hands and knees.
  • Slowly start to bring your self back towards your heals. Spread your legs a little wider than hip-width. Keeping your big toes together.
  • Sit your butt on your heals, exhale and lower your upper body all the way down to the floor.
  • Allow your forehead to come to the floor and keep your arms extended over your head.
  • Hold pose for about 1 minute if not longer.

Cat/Cow Pose: This pose is beneficial for lengthening your back and relieving tension.

  • Bring yourself to your hands and your knees hip-width apart and your hands shoulder-width apart.
  • Arch your back as round as you can, imagine pulling your bellybutton in towards your back. Look down between your legs. Hold for 5 seconds.
  • Then release, imagine your stomach lowering to the floor. Maintain strong arms and legs. Look up at the sky. Hold for 5 seconds.
  • Repeat 5 times.

Modified Pigeon Pose: This pose helps to lengthen hip flexors, stretches the thighs and opens hip joints. This pose you want your legs to look almost like a Z, if your are less flexible,

  • In a seated position, bring one leg in front of your body.
  • Try and either straighten out your back leg or bend it if necessary.
  • Place your hands on the floor at your sides.
  • Lean forward as best as you can. Hold for 30 seconds.
  • Repeat by switching legs.

 

Spinal Stretch: This pose reduces back pain caused by sitting or driving long periods of time. It also strengthens back muscles.

  • Lie on your back with both knees bent.
  • Bring both knees into your chest and squeeze for 5-10 seconds.
  • Release left leg all the way down, toes engaged and pointing towards the sky.
  • With the left hand gentle pull down your right knee towards the floor on the left side.
  • Straighten out your right arm and turn your gaze towards your right.
  • Hold for 10 seconds.
  • Repeat opposite side.

 

Lower Trunk Rotation: This pose can help relieve tension in the lower back, as well as, strengthening your core.

  • Lie on your back with knees bent.
  • Stretch your arms straight out.
  • Slowly move your knees, together, to one side and hold for 10 seconds.
  • Now move them to the other side and hold for 10 seconds.
  • Repeat 5 times for each side.

Single Knee to Chest: This pose can help elongate the lower back, which can relieve tension.

  • Start by laying on your back with knees bent.
  • Use both hands to pull in one knee to your chest. Hold for 10 seconds.
  • Keep your core (abdominal muscles) engaged and press your entire back to the floor.
  • Repeat with opposite leg.

Double Knee to Chest: This is the same concept as the pose we just did, however you are going to pull both knees in at the same time and hold for 10 seconds.

Quadriceps Stretch: Standing and holding one leg behind you.

 

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Isometric Hip adduction: Laying flat on the ground putting a pillow between the knees and squeezing. Next, tie a belt around your legs allowing hips to stay hip-width apart and slowly try to open your legs.

Bridges: This pose works out your gluteus maximus, a fancy word for your butt. This muscle is one of the most important muscles that supports your lower back. So keeping it strong is extremely important.

  • Lie on your back with your knees bent, feet flat on the floor, hip-width apart.
  • Place your hands on the floor at your sides.
  • Pressing your hands and feet firmly against the floor, lift your butt in the air. You want your body to form a straight line from shoulder to knee.
  • Squeeze your butt while it is in the air. Don’t forget to keep your shoulders flat on the floor.
  • Lower your butt to the floor. Then lift again and squeeze your butt. Repeat 10 times.

Pelvic Tilt: This pose helps release tension in the lower back and help keeps muscles flexible.

  • Lie on your back with knees bent and feet firmly on the floor and arms by your side.
  • Slowly start to flatten your back by pulling your belly button in towards your spine. Use your abdominal muscles, don’t just suck in your stomach. Hold for 5 seconds.
  • Repeat 10 times.

 

Gluteal Stretch: This pose helps maintain flexibility in legs and lower back.

  • Lie on your back with knees bent, feet firmly on the floor.
  • Cross the left leg over the right. Bring both knees towards the chest.
  • Slowly pull in the left leg towards your chest until you feel a nice stretch in your gluten. Hold for 30 seconds.
  • Repeat other side.

Hip Flexer Stretch: This pose help strengthen both knee and hip. It is best to do this stretch close to a couch or chair.

  • Start by placing a pillow or towel on the floor next to couch.
  • Place one knee on pillow and allow couch to keep leg lifted.
  • Keep other knee at a 90 degree angle.
  • Hold for 1 minute.
  • Repeat other side.

Along with these stretches there is also tissue work that can be super beneficial.

Using a foot rubz ball.

  • While laying down on your back, put ball just below the hip bone and just beside the spine and lay on that pressure point until you feel the soreness release.
  • Move the ball over about an inch, away from your spine, until the pain reduces significantly.
  • Then move away from the spine again about in inch and do the same.
  • Repeat until you feel soreness release.

Place ball on gluteal muscle and lay on ball until the muscle releases. Move ball all around buttox until you do not feel any more sore spots.

Find tender spots on back on one side. To get into the tissue deeper, raise one leg off the floor. Once you finish one side, move on to the next side of your back.

Use two lacrosse balls, either taped together or put two into a sock so that they are together.

  • Line that up along your mid back so that spine sits in between the two balls.
  • Then roll up to shoulders. When you find a tender spot, be sure to stop and allow the balls to release tension. Do not use on lower back.

Supplements: These two supplements are fantastic additions to this back routine.

Devils claw: Powerful anti-inflammatory and natural pain reliever. You can buy supplements in pill form or you can use it in tincture form.

Powdered magnesium: We use the brand Natural Calm, it helps with calming stiffness in the back, back pain and it helps release muscle cramping.

Both supplements have so many more benefits. For the sake of this post I just named how they can support your back.

Phew! I told you it was gonna be a long post but hey, if you stuck around till the end that means you are searching for some answers. I hope we helped you find some. Please feel free to comment below with any other questions or hey, feel free to email me.

Happy back repairing!

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DIY Bug and Gnat Spray

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We have a ton of house plants, they just make us happy. So we tend to do a lot of transplanting. And just like anyone else, where do we keep our soil…

Outside of course.

But do you know what happens to soil when it sits outside long enough?

Little tiny gnats like to lay their eggs in the soil.

You know, those damn little fruit fly things that will do anything in their little power to try and fly into your mouth. If you are thinking eww gross, then I guess you have never experienced one of these little bastards.

They multiply faster then you can say, “yoga with goats.” I mean, yoga with goats, I love goats but doing yoga with them….I don’t get it. Oh wait, I was talking about gnats, back to gnats. So, needless to say they can infest a house super fast.

So here is a little story; a while back I redid our bathroom. I was very proud, if I do say so myself. Well, in that little redo, I hung a plant, in an awesome purple pot that just fit the bathroom perfectly but what kind of soil did I use?

You guessed it y’all, soil from outside.

A few weeks later, we were infested. It was so bad that the walls had little tiny gnats everywhere. I was done. I had enough. These little F-ers had to go and they had to go now.

So I did a little research and came up with this gnat spray.

Let’s make some shall we.

Whatcha need is:

Glass spray bottle (plastic works too, whatever floats your boat yo)

White vinegar

Water

Essential oils:

Eucalyptus

Rosemary

Geranium

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Direction:

  • Fill spray bottle with 1 cup of vinegar and 1/4 cup water
  • Add 10 drops of each oil.

Boom Son you’re done!

I mean, how simple is that.

I literally sprayed my entire bathroom. I sprayed the walls, the gnats, the bottom of the pot the plant was in, the rim. I was careful not to actually get the plant, I didn’t want kill it.

But what I also did was I took the plant outside and sprayed it down with our neem oil spray that kills gnats, aphids, and all sorts of other nasty little plant critters. I sprayed this little plant probably about 4-5 times over two days.

We are living gnat free right now people, gnat free. All thanks to this little spray.

Got a Gnat problem? Leave a comment below let me know how it works for you. I’d love to hear from y’all.

Happy gnat killing!

 

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What Are We Doing?

 

There are things that define us. Or at least we allow them to. I hear a lot of the time, when people around me talk, say things like, “Oh can’t eat mash potatoes, when I was four my best friend’s sister threw up after she ate mash potatoes and the thought of it just…I just can’t eat them.” Or things like, “my dad left when I was 2 years old so I can’t be in a committed relationship.”

I mean, WHAT?

Why do we allow these things that we either have no control over or that are already dead and gone in the past, define who we are as adults. And worse, define the children we are raising? We pass down all these “things” onto fresh little minds that really have no business feeling tense and anxiety over mash potatoes.

Why do we worry just because our parents “taught” us to worry? Why do we create things in our heads that do not exist? Why is it that we shut down when we get uncomfortable and don’t allow ourselves to be open to a whole new world that we might actually enjoy? Why is it that when something good comes our way, we tend to smash it down with the “what if’s?”

I used to carry a lot with me.

I was a vegetarian, why you ask, oh because of the animals. Did I eat responsibly and consider the animals in any other way in my life, no. And there was no turning back because I heard that once you stop eating meat, when you eat it again you get sick. Along the way in life I developed a phobia of throwing up. Why you ask? I have no F-ing clue. A therapist once told me it is because I have a need to control and throwing up is anything but control. It got to the point to where I would only eat “safe” foods, so I wouldn’t get sick and throw up. I would sit in the back of the class in college, just in case I got sick. Was I feeling sick? Not even a little bit.

I had an ego. Man, did I have an ego. And a shitty one at that. I saw something in my head and no one in the world could change my point of view. I still have the damn thing but it has grown weaker, not as weak as I’d like but it’s weaker.  I created drama and negativity when drama and negativity could have been avoided. I smoked. A lot. I smoked because I worried. I worried about everything. I would create conversations in my head that didn’t exist, it was the “what if’s” that literally controlled my entire world. I never got on a plane, because well, “what if” I got sick and threw up. I never took care of my health issues, “what if they find something worse” or heavens to fucking Betsy, “what if” I threw up from the medication they gave me.

It was exhausting.

Until one day, I met an incredible human being. And one comment changed my life.

I remember this day as if it was yesterday, and honestly I couldn’t tell you what happened yesterday, We were sitting outside of our work, in one of the most beautiful and extremely rich area, and as this woman walked by I took everything negative about her and started talking shit. What I pointed out the most were her lips, to me they looked fake. To me.

There was no reciprocation from him, there was no added comment about her lips. But what struck me was the way he looked deep into my soul and said,

“Have you ever thought that there may be something wrong with her lips and that is why they look like that? That just maybe she didn’t have them done and that she is going through a rough time in her life? You never know what someone may be dealing with.”

For the first time in my life, I stopped.

You see, I was drawn to this incredible human for a reason. We starred at each other through the window of my work for years before even verbally saying hi to each other. And every time our eyes met, there was this strange magnetic energy that I couldn’t explain at the time. I just knew we were connected and that something was going to bring us together.

And this was one of the first actual conversation him and I had the balls to have and I had to make it negative.

For the first time in my life, I stopped and felt.

I had been so numb from never being pulled from my comfort zone. I was allowed to sit in my own negativity and stew my entire life. And one day, this person, who I didn’t really know just yet, pulled me so hard that I couldn’t help but rethink the life that I wanted to create for myself.

Judging people, always thinking the worst when good was happening, allowing my phobias to control my life was not the life I wanted to create and live until the end of time.

You see, we don’t know when the end of time is coming. We get this one life, one time, why fill it with negative weight. Why fill it with the chaos that we create in our own heads.

Don’t get me wrong, I am no guru that has everything figured out. I struggle, daily. I have to check myself constantly. What I am learning is that it is way easier to be negative and complain than it is to be positive and change the mindset that sets the tone for the day. I still allow damn phobias to make my decisions, is it few and far between, absolutely but they are there. Do I still allow conversations to take place in my head that shouldn’t be there, yea, but I can redirect myself quicker and not allow that to consume me.

I am in a more content place in my life, I have done more things than I ever thought I was capable of. I’ve gotten on planes, eaten meat, had more surgeries than I ever expected, I have created two humans, given birth to those humans… my list continues. And I owe the awakening of my strength to that one incredible human being, my husband. There are no words that I can fully describe that do what I’ve experienced in these last 10 years justice.

Thank you.

Life is hard, but is it? I am starting to realize that WE make it harder than it needs to be.

What do you think?

Do you connect with any of this?

Happy pondering!

 

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Homemade Healthy Ice Cream. It’s Good, I Swear.

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Health homemade ice cream

We love ice cream, I mean, it can get to an unhealthy point. I am not going to lie. So we cut ourselves off of ice cream a little short of two years now. Don’t get me wrong we have indulged a few times here and there but if we don’t check ourselves, shit can get real, real fast!

But who doesn’t want ice cream, right? It is just so nice and creamy and cold.

Damn it, I want some right now!

Anyway, back to my point. One night the thought of ice cream popped into our heads. And then another thought popped into my head…

Frozen bananas

I thought, why not try and use frozen bananas to make some ice cream. So in went some frozen bananas, some fruit and some milk. I blended that goodness up and served up some “ice cream.” I didn’t think to much about it, I figured it would help curb the craving that night and we would forget about it.

Well hot diggity damn, this blended up goodness came out way beyond expectations. My husband kept asking me, “you made this?”

The kids were fooled and all our bellies were smiling!

The next night after dinner everyone was like, can we have ice cream again.

And a delicious recipe was created. The best part about this recipe is that it can be totally changed depending on your mood. Throw in some chocolate chips, vanilla bean, cacao powder, granola…the sky is the limit my friend.

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Wanna know how I curbed our ice cream craving?

Alright, alright. Let’s do this.

Healthy Ice Cream

Don't allow ice cream to control your life and your weight. Whip up some heathy stuff, you belly and your thighs will thank you.

Course Dessert
Keyword dessert, healthy ice cream, homemade, Ice cream
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 6 minutes
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

  • 5 Frozen bananas
  • 2 cups Frozen fruit of choice
  • 1/4 cup Milk of choice

Instructions

  1. Grab yourself a blender or food processor.

  2. Pour in your milk.

  3. Toss in your frozen bananas. It is best to break them in half or quarters.


  4. Toss in your frozen fruit.

  5. Blend your little heart out.

    The key here is to not blend to the point of liquidation. You want everything blended but just enough to maintain a thick texture. 

  6. I like to add some fresh fruit or even frozen blueberries on top when serving. 

  7. Boom son, you just made yourself some damn delicious ice cream that you can feel good about. It is super easy and your kids can enjoy with out the sugar high after. 

Recipe Notes

Heavy cream is ideal for making super creamy ice cream. But you can choose any milk that you desire. The base of this ice cream is really the banana. The milk just helps allow all your frozen fruit to blend easily. 

Tell me what y’all think. Does it hit the spot? Did you add anything else like vanilla bean or some chocolate chips? Leave a comment below.

Happy ice cream makin!