An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away!

Everyone has heard the old adage “An apple a day keeps the doctor away!” Apples are an amazing fruit and incredibly good for you. Sometimes overlooked with the recent popularity and media coverage of the newly deemed “Super Fruits” such as Acai, Black Currents, Blueberries and Pomegranates, which are known for the high antioxidant levels contained, Apples boast the ability to help with numerous aliments as well as maintain overall health.

 

Where did this saying come from? The first printed quote was in 1866 in the February issue of “Notes and Queries”. It was stated as “Eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.” It was later translated to the more modern “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Any saying that sticks around for nearly 150 years must have some truth to it. Right?

 

What is in apples that make them so good for us? First of all apples contain Pectin, which is a form of soluble fiber helpful in maintaining proper digestion and cholesterol levels. Apples also contain Boron, which supports brain and bone health. Add to that Quercetin which helps to reduce free radical damage and shows possibility in offering protection against cancer. And everyone’s favorite, Vitamin C which boosts immunity and over all health!

 

Now add to that that apples also help to clean your teeth and kill bacteria in your mouth, reducing the risk of tooth decay.

 

Apple cider vinegar, made from pressed fermented apples, also has tremendous health benefits. Taking apple cider vinegar daily promotes weight loss and control, as it helps your body to work more efficiently and burn off excess calories, which can taper your waistline over time. It also helps to improve blood flow and supports the circulatory system while promoting free and easy movement of the joints. The benefits don’t stop there. Apple cider vinegar also promotes a healthy stomach and digestive tract as well as keeping blood sugar in check! Plus, its great for your complexion.

 

When taken on a daily basis either as liquid mixed with water or in capsule form, this old time remedy is touted to assist in healing sinus infections, allergies, acne, high cholesterol, flu, chronic fatigue, Candida, acid reflux, sore throat, contact dermatitis, arthritis and even gout.

 

Even further this is also wonderful for your pets health. Including dogs, cats and even horses. It can control fleas, ticks, and barn flies while giving their coats a luxurious shine.

 

As if that weren’t enough to make you run out and buy a bottle, it is also fantastic for household cleaning, deodorizing and disinfecting! It works miracles on glass and is streak free!

 

Plus? They are just delicious, so next time you reach for a snack, grab an apple!

 

 

 

Reference:

http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/10-health-benefits-of-apples.html

http://www.superfruits.org/benefits/

http://www.webmd.com/diet/apple-cider-vinegar

http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/acvinegar.html

 

 

 

Urgent Health Warning!

Warning! Do not eat, drink, breathe or touch anything.
(that’s a viable solution, right?) We have now identified that the majority of non-organic foods as well as household substances on the planet contain or have been exposed to ingredients that are toxic to your health. The manufacturers know it, and just simply don’t care.

So…

Now what are you supposed to do?
In all honesty? It beats the **** out of me.
I have been blogging now for several years on alternative healing, health, additives, toxins, and our crazy genetically modified food supply. It seems the news and the world in general just gets crazier on a daily basis. It has reached a point now where even as educated and informed as I am I have no idea how to really avoid ALL of the dangers and pit falls, in fact I am really not even sure in modern day life if it is currently possible.

 

I am reaching a point of frustration and I know I am not alone in this. Companies lie, Main Stream media can’t be trusted as they have become more about paid propaganda than reporting facts and truth, Scientists can be paid off to make results of a study conform to the highest bidder, Medical Doctors value kickbacks over patients, it seems like in 2015 everything and everyone is for sale. Truth no longer matters, only profit.

 

Is there any hope?

 

Amidst the shysters, the greed, big corporations, politicians working against us all for their own personal gain – thankfully there are a few bright spots.

 

One entity working towards a clean toxic free healthy world is The Pure Integrity Verified Seal. This seal was the brainchild of Lynnette Marie, The Organic Guru of Fuelforthebody.com.

 

Their mission as it is stated is “Pure Integrity Verified™ Seal of Approval brings to the world one of the highest quality standards in the industry. The Pure Integrity Verified™ seal of approval is the household name for organic products so you don’t have to worry about your purchases. Only the purest of products on the planet will gain PIV seal of approval. Helping the world to know about GMO’s as well as the toxic chemicals that are being sprayed on our planet. Reflecting non-compromising standards so that you may be assured of PURE INTEGRITY products to bring in your home. Helping the world to understand the importance of knowing their food sources and getting to know their farmers. Dedicating timeless efforts to assure you and your children of a safe and toxic free future.
LIVE HAPPY. BE PURE!”

 

I fully agree with and back that goal, as I would love nothing more than to live in a world where food was safe to eat, air was healthy to breathe and household products were not poisonous.

 

To read and learn more about the Pure Integrity Verified Seal please visit http://www.fuelforthebody.org/pure-integrity-verified-seal.html

 

Come support their Facebook page as well:
https://www.facebook.com/pureintegrityverified/timeline

 

We vote every day with our energy, attention and money as to the kind of world we want to live in. Take a step in the right direction and help this seal move forward. Seeing the seal means you are making a health conscious choice. This cannot happen on a national or world wide level without our support so jump on the bandwagon and take a stand for yourself, your health, your family and future generations.

Living with Pure Integrity IS the only way to go.

 

 

 

Bacon!

It’s a favorite of many, but how healthy is it and is there a healthier way?

Bacon has gotten a bad rap, partly because of the over all low quality of the bacon produced here in the United States.

We really are what we eat. Eating meat from animals that have been confined, fed hormones and antibiotics and sub par feed sometimes even including chicken feces to cut costs, they are not treated well and at worst possibly abused, does not bode well for our health or our humanity.

Global Animal Welfare Partnership rates farms on a scale of 1-5+. 5+ is the highest rating granted. It means that these animals will have lived their entire lives on one farm. They are not crated but raised outdoors with fresh air, grass and sunshine without medications, hormones or GMO feed as animals should be.

Global Animal Welfare Partnership’s 5 Step Animal Ratings explained: https://nwfarmreview.wordpress.com/2011/11/17/5-step-program-global-animal-partnership/

Thompson Farms is the first farm to attain a 5+ rating. Check out the video below.
http://thompsonfarms.com/

Youtube video of Thompson’s Farms

Having recently attended a local cooking class at The Good Life, a cooking supply store here in Naples, FL, Chef Kristina San Filippo had introduced us to Thompson Farms products and demonstrated the difference between average store bacon and good quality organic non-gmo fed meat.

Most of us are used to the snap and crackle of bacon in a frying pan, oil spattering in all directions. I thought that was simply what bacon did when cooked. It turns out that most store bought bacon is injected with brine (salt and water) and the higher that water content, the more spatter there is when cooked. Because Thompson Farms does not inject their meat, there was virtually no spattering at all.

When you eat high quality bacon there actually are health benefits: Click to read: http://bacontoday.com/top-10-reasons-bacon-is-actually-healthy-for-you/

The fat cooked right off of the meat and it was delicious and far less salty than any other bacon I have ever eaten.

If you must eat meat, making conscious choices to be kinder to the animals as well as respecting your own body and health is the way to go.

Originally published:  http://www.hcbl.com/blog/bacon/

5 Day Post Holiday Juice Cleanse!

Even the healthiest and most well intentioned of us can get derailed during the holiday season. Parties to attend, dinners to go to, celebrations, which include food and drink, are everywhere.

Now that we have made it to 2015 it’s time to reset and get back on track. One fantastic and easy way to do that is with a juice fast. Having had such fantastic results, I had a multitude of people asking me for directions. Here they are!

DIRECTIONS:

1. Upon waking
Drink (2) – 8oz glasses of water with lemon or lime added for extra detoxification.
2. Throughout the day: Drink (4) 12oz. glasses of juice
3. After each juice, drink 16oz. of water or more.

NOTES ON JUICE FASTS:

By “juice” I am referring to fresh juices made of vegetables and fruits with spices added in if you choose. (Turmeric and Ginger are two great choices). Please do not do a juice fast with store bought juices. They are not fresh and are often depleted of vitamins, minerals, and have additives as well as sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and even artificial sweeteners, which are all toxic. *Please, if at all possible, use organic non-gmo fruits and veggies.

When a juice reads “natural flavors” – it can be made from just about anything – including MSG and or artificial sweeteners. This will only serve to add in more toxins and defeat the purpose of the cleanse and sabotage your results!

It is easiest to make or buy all of the juices in the morning so you don’t have to run out to get anything. Having everything prepared helps to keep you motivated and quell the urge to cheat.

I have found that juicing yourself is not any less cost than having the fruits and veggies juiced for you. If you have a Whole Foods or Organic market with a juice bar it really can save time and mess to clean up with out additional cost.

The first day is always the hardest. We are used to the routine of eating breakfast, lunch, dinner and sometimes snacks. Keeping yourself busy seems to be key in success, at least for myself.

Juicing is an amazingly powerful way to clear and clean your body.This article lists very accurately the cleansing phases and what your body goes through as the cleanse progresses.

MY EXPERIENCE:
DAY 1
1 glass grapefruit juice
8 glasses of water
1 glass of carrot juice
½ bottle of grape kombucha
1 glass of beet, parsley, celery, and cilantro

By only 1:30pm I was already experiencing detoxification symptoms. My face was hot and flushed and I felt a bit teary eyed and a little dizzy. I slept for 11 hours that evening. As your body clears itself out, rest is needed.

DAY 2
1 glass grapefruit juice
8 glasses of water
2 glasses of carrot juice
1 glass beet, parsley, celery juice, horseradish
½ bottle grape kombucha
Added lemon and lime essential oils to water for extra detoxification power

I was still very teary eyed, sniffly, and blah feeling. Again I needed more sleep than usual. I clocked in 10 hours of pillow time.

DAY 3
1 glass grapefruit juice
8 glasses of water
2 glasses of carrot juice
1 glass beet, parsley, celery juice, horseradish
½ bottle grape kombucha
Added lemon and lime essential oils to water for extra detoxification power

On the third day of detoxification I will be honest. I felt awful. It’s like having a major head cold. My tongue was coated white and even a tongue scraper would not get it all off. Though I am glad I chose to do this for my health, it was difficult to go through. I will say though – I was not hungry at all during these first days. I missed food on a habitual and psychological level only.

DAY 4
1 glass fresh squeezed orange juice
2 glasses carrot juice
1 glass celery, cucumber, parsley, apple
Added lemon and lime essential oils to water for extra detoxification power
9 glasses of water

By day 4 I was feeling better than the previous day, but I was still experiencing some detox symptoms: slight headache & watery eyes.

I have had friends ask me “Why are you doing that if it’s making you feel bad?”

My answer is that feeling like this now and allowing my body to clean itself out on a cellular level will prevent sickness and disease.
To me, it is very worth the inconvenience.

DAY 5
1 glass carrot juice
1 glass celery, cucumber, parsley, broccoli, cilantro
2 glasses of beet, apple, carrot, celery, ginger
Added lemon and lime essential oils to water for extra detoxification power
9 glasses of water
BIG SALAD!!!!

By day 5 I was still experiencing some detox symptoms so I decided to continue the cleanse, modified. I am juicing during the day and at night eating a big organic salad.
From there I will merge into eating all organic again including as much raw food as possible.

For more on detox symptoms please read my article “Is your detox making you feel sick?”

RESULTS:

My skin looks clearer and has more of a glow
My hair is shinier
I lost -7lbs
-10.5” overall
I feel better with more energy
All food cravings have stopped
My appetite has decreased and I am still pretty satisfied to drink juice all day

You would never run your car endlessly without the maintenance of a good oil change once in a while, so why do that to your body? Our bodies are intended to be self cleaning (as is the argument I hear often). I agree, however, they were not designed to deal with an an endless array of toxins in our food, air and being put on our bodies in varying ways. The majority of us are on toxic overload….. It can lead to feeling run down, ill and ultimately disease or death.

I highly recommend juice fasting once in a while! Your body will thank you!

Pure Integrity Verified Seal of Approval

When it comes to what to eat these days it is nearly impossible to navigate the labyrinth of information and misinformation out there.
Labeling is sketchy at best with items not marked as GMO or not and multi billion dollar companies fighting against our right to know at all,  multi syllabic ingredient names you need a PhD to pronounce let alone understand, pesticides being sprayed on our crops and absorbed into our produce… Even when items are marked as organic, non-gmo, healthy, or natural….

Even when there are labels – just because something is marked NON GMO PROJECT while it is GMO Free it does NOT mean it is TOXIC FREE.  NON GMO crops can be and routinely are sprayed with Round UP, pesticides and herbicides. It is the TOXIC POISONS that are slowly killing us.

Do we really know what we are eating?

A step forward in this movement is being taken. The Pure Integrity Verified Seal of Approval is gaining momentum partly in thanks to the Fuel For The Body Tour by Lynnette Marie – The Organic Guru.

This is the YES TOUR:

YES to Clean Food, Clean Water, & Clean Air! We are bringing awareness across the nation & empowering EVERYONE to live an organic, toxic free & vibrant lifestyle! This is made up of a National Bike Tour Wyoming to Michigan (1630 miles) AND International ‘mini’ Tours (approx 30 miles).

pure integrity verified-logo-WEB

 

 

 

 

What IS the Pure Integrity Verified Seal of Approval?

THIS IS THE LABEL of the world for TRUST removing  GUESS WORK for the shopper.

 

The Meaning of the Pure Integrity Verified Seal

The Pure Integrity Verified Seal of approval means pure, integrity, quality and above and beyond organic ingredients without toxins or ingredients that become toxic when mixed with certain components. The Pure Integrity Verified Seal means the product was made with love, purity, and integrity. The seal means never compromising with industry standards. Using the most sustainable packaging as possible with out the BPA.

These products are sure to be FREE from GMO’s and MSG’s. If the product is a supplement in vitamin form, then the supplement will be RAW organic whole foods without added fillers or soy lecithin. Our strict standards are keeping everyone’s best health in mind. If we do find out that a company has sold out or started using toxic ingredients, the seal of recommendation is sure to be removed immediately! Just because a product is GMO free does NOT mean it is toxic/chemical free or even organic. Just because it is paraben free does not mean it is non-toxic. So recognizing this seal is assurance of purity and integrity.

MISSION STATEMENT

Pure Integrity Verified Seal of Approval brings to the world one of the highest quality standards in the industry. The Pure Integrity Verified Seal of Approval, is the household name for organic products so you don’t have to worry about yoru purchases. Only the purest products on the planet will gain the Pure Integrity Verified Seal of Approval. Helping the world to know about GMO’s as well as the toxic chemicals that are being sprayed on our planet. Reflecting non-compromising standards so that you may be assured of Pure Integrity products in your home. Helping the world to understand the importance of knowing their food sources and getting to know their farmers. Dedicating timeless effort to assure you and your children of a safe and toxic free future.

VISION

Pure Integrity Verified Seal of Approval’s vision is to help heal the world with purity and quality life style. By setting the standards for Pure Integrity, there is no room for compromise or for sickness and diseases. Living a quality life style can be obtained and will help heal the world. Continually touring the world to enlighten the public of the importance of real foods and relationships are the start of healing the planet. Visiting farms world-wide, we will help you to get acquainted with local farmers in your area. A sick nation will surely fall but a healthy nation will conquer ALL! Together we will make a difference!

LIVE HAPPY. BE PURE!
viewer[1] (3)

Interested in having your products and company verified?

HERE IS HOW

QUALIFYING FOR THE SEAL

In order for a company to be recognized as ‘Pure Integrity Verified’, they must pass all criteria of Pure Integrity Verified Seal of Approval standards. As stated in the Seal Meaning and then passing the guidelines below.

  •  We will send one of our team members to meet each of the owners of the companies for interview to analyze the true intentions of the company.
  •  A Certificate of Analysis will be needed to compare ingredients on the product packaging.
  • The packaging of products should be as sustainable and eco-friendly as possible.
  • All ingredients of the products must be 100% organic or wild crafted. If products are clothing jewelry or accessories then products must be renewable, organic or sustainable. (we do not go by the industry standard of the USDA measures nor do we care if that logo is obtained). No fillers, No ‘Natural Flavorings’. No MSG, No GMO, No titanium dioxide and no sodium benzoate mixed with citric acid.
  •  If you outsource for ingredients/products, you must practice fair trade policies.
  •  If your company is clothing or accessories, then products must be sourced, fair trade and made with pure intentions and integrity.
  •  If you are a meat farmer/provider, then animals must be fed a natural and organic diet, no hormones, anti-biotics or inhumane treatment. Animals should be free roaming. They should be grass fed and grass finished if they are grass eaters. Not only should they be humanely raised, but harvesting of the animal in a humane way is a must.
  •  In the event your company has a change of ownership or a change of labeling, then certificate of analysis will need to be re-evaluated as well as the integrity of the new ownership.

When these simple criteria have been met, then you have earned the “Pure Integrity Verified Seal of Approval”. This is an EARNED seal NOT ever to be compromised.

 Contact

For general inquiries:
phone:  417-365-7805
email:  getfueled@fuelforthebody.org
For marketing, purchases & donation enquiries:
Nanette Little
nanette@fuelforthebody.org
To help locally here in Naples, FL
Please sign up via facebook with local Team Captain and Organizer Jill Dixon of The Healthy Home Company and www.toxicfreewellness.com
CLICK HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/362862963875831/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular