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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

4 Steps to Curing Childhood Allergies



Being a parent of a child with allergies can be a difficult and challenging task at times and you feel so bad for your little one! Allergies are simply an overreaction of the immune system. The immune system overreacts when it has been "triggered" too many times, worn down and assaulted over time. Hippocrates, the Father of Modern Medicine told us, "All disease begins in the gut," and this is especially true for allergies. 80% of the immune system resides in the gut, or digestive system and the gut is exactly what is responsible for childhood allergies.

If your child is experiencing allergies their digestive system is impaired. Your first area of focus must be to cleanse, detox and heal their digestive system. To naturally heal, reverse and prevent childhood allergies you must heal your child's gut!There are many tips for helping childhood allergies like using honey, or supplements like Quentin, but none of those recommendations get at the root of childhood allergies and to really heal and prevent allergies you must first heal the root problem.

Follow these 4 Steps to begin Healing, Reversing and Preventing Childhood Allergies...

1. Remove Processed Foods

Processed foods, food chemicals and additives all damage and impair the gut. Your first step should be to remove as much of the processed foods from your child's diet as you can. Processed foods are any foods that come in  package, can, box, have a wrapper, a commercial or are a branded food product. This includes foods that say, "Natural" and even now we are seeing food chemicals in processed foods that say, "Organic." Removing these types of foods will get rid of most of the toxic chemicals in your child's diet and also get rid of unhealthy types of foods that slow down and clog the digestive system. Sticky, mushy foods like breads, crackers, muffins and the likes are pasty and cause the digestive system to get clogged and contribute to the cycle of allergies.



2. Remove Food Offenders

This step goes along with removing processed foods. Most processed foods are made with known allergens including wheat, dairy and soy. It is not that these foods are bad in and of themselves but have become bad for the body because of how they are grown and produced coupled with the sheer quantity that most children consume. This causes severe problems in the gut, the immune system and causes allergies. Removing processed foods will remove most of these food offenders but steer clear of wheat, soy and dairy products while healing from allergies.

A special note on dairy: The human body is not designed to ingest or breakdown cow's milk. Many human body's find ways around it and do ok with the breakdown of milk proteins but many, especially sensitive smaller bodies, really struggle with the burden cow's milk can place on their digestive system. Additionally cow's milk creates excess mucus and inflammation in the human body. So when trying to heal and prevent allergies removing dairy is extremely important. If your children love milk, try Almond or Coconut Milk. Many people actually prefer the taste of these over dairy milk anyway and they are higher in protein and calcium.

3. Flood the Body With Healing Nutrients

Once you have removed all food offenders, processed foods and food chemicals you will want to flood the body with nutrients so it can heal and repair. The best way to do this is through fresh, organic foods. Make your meals at home from scratch and use fresh, organic plant based ingredients. For kids, daily fresh morning juicing and morning smoothies can help kids to get more nutrients. Most kids aren't getting enough of the good stuff so focusing on getting more of the good stuff is really important! If your child has been dealing with allergies their body needs to heal and repair and will need more then the standard amount of needed nutrients. We recommend fresh daily juicing to fill in the gaps in nutrition. Juicing is also a great way to detox the digestive tissues and flood them with the nutrients needed to heal and repair.

4. Remove Health Harming Chemicals from Your Home

Once you have cleaned up your child's diet and started giving them all the nutrients they need they are on the road to healing. The next step is to evaluate how many toxic chemicals you are bringing and using in your home. Cleaning products, lawn and garden products, body care and personal care products are all loaded with toxic chemicals that little bodies, especially those healing from allergies, are overly susceptible too. Chemicals found in these products have been linked to childhood allergies and health problems so removing as many as you can from your home is important. Start making the switch to cleaner, greener products as you run out. We like Seventh Generation product line, found in most all grocery stores, for home cleaning and care products. Research clean, green products and find ones you will love to use!

This is just an overview of the steps needed to begin healing, reversing and preventing childhood allergies. We know it takes much more then just reading a blog post to heal your child's allergy problems! That is why we developed our Raw Vitality Naturally Healthy Family Program. Our Naturally Healthy Family Program is a 30-day online guided program that teaches you in depth all of the steps above, how to make fresh, nutrient dense meals in under 30 minutes, how to begin using fresh daily juicing to heal and prevent health problems, how to reduce stress, increase movement and use green living practices to keep you and your family's health safe!

By learning and using these principals for Raising a Naturally Healthy Family you will begin to see common ailments naturally clear up, prevent health problems long term, experience more energy, greater balance and higher levels of health and wellbeing as a family.  Learn more about our Naturally Healthy Family Program at http://www.rawvitalitytotalhealth.com/#!naturallyhealthyfamily/cum3







Wednesday, July 22, 2015

5 Raw Vitality Healthy Snack Recipes for Kids

Getting kids to eat enough of the healthy stuff can be a challenge for parents. If you are one, you know! Making it even more difficult is busy schedules and an on-the-go lifestyle. At the same time getting in enough of the good stuff is critical to preventing and reducing common childhood ailments, boosting immunity, keeping moods stable and making sure your kids grown strong and healthy.



Kids are always eating which is good, they are growing and should eat when they are hungry, even if that is every hour or so! One of the best ways to get in more nutrients is through keeping healthy snacks on hand. Making sure you have healthy snacks on hand when you are out and about will prevent you from having to rely on fast, processed snacks and foods that are low in nutrients and high in toxins.

Raw Vitality makes it easy for you to get more nutrients into your little one's body with these 5 Healthy Snack Recipes for Kids!

Snack Mix

Ingredients:
1/4 c Organic Chopped Walnuts
1/4 c Organic Chopped Almonds or Cashews
1/8 c Organic Sunflower Seeds (Shelled)
1/8 c Organic Pumpkin Seeds (Shelled)

 1/8 c Organic Dried Banana Chips
1/8 c Organic Pineapple Chunks or Chips (Dried)
2 tsps Hemp and Chia Seeds (Mixed)
1/8c Organic Granola Mix

Toss and keep on hand. This is a great nutrient dense, satisfying snack mix that kids love!

Red Pepper Hummus and Veggie Sticks

Ingredients:
 Note: This recipe has to be made the night before.
1 c Organic Garbanzo Beans
2 tbs. Healthy Oil (Flax, Avacado)
1 Organic Red Bell Pepper
Juice of 1 Organic Lemon
Sea Salt
Black Pepper

2 Organic carrots
2 Stalks Organic Celery
1 c Organic Broccoli Flowers
Any of your favorite dipping vegetables can be used


Directions:
Soak garbanzo beans overnight in pure filtered water. To soak cover with water and let sit overnight.
In the morning, drain
Place garbanzo beans, oil, lemon juice, sea salt and black pepper into a high powered food processor.
Remove the seeds and stem from the bell pepper. Chop into smaller pieces and place in food processor.
Mix until nice and creamy.

Slice veggies into bite size sticks.
Serve with hummus. 



Fruit Kabobs

Ingredients:
1 C Organic Fresh Berries (Strawberries, Blueberries and Blackberries)
2 Organic Bananas
1 Cup Organic Melon (Cubed)

Kabob Sticks

Directions:
Slice Bananas
Cube the melon
Thread fruit onto kabob sticks, alternating fruits

Enjoy!

Creamy Almond Butter & Apple Slices

Ingredients:
3 Organic Apples
1/2 c Organic Creamy Almond Butter
1 tsp. Raw Organic Local Honey
1 tsp. Chia & Hemp Seeds (Mixed)


Directions:
SliceApples
Mix nut butter, honey and seeds in small container

Use apples to dip into nut butter mixture

Enjoy!

Raw Vitality Kid Power Smoothie

Ingredients:
1 Organic Banana
1/2 c Organic Mixed Fresh Berries
1 tbs. Organic Nut Butter
2tsp Chia, Hemp & Flax Seeds (Mixed)
1 small handful Organic Spinach
1/2 of an Organic Avacado
Almond or Coconut Milk

Directions:
Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until creamy. This smoothie recipe is high in healthy fats, clean proteins, vitamins, minerals and enzymes. Put the smoothie in a thermos or travel bottle. Perfect recipe for nutrition on the go!




Raw Vitality's Naturally Healthy Family Program will teach you how to make fresh, delicious foods for your kids, balance your lifestyle practices, increase movement and activity, reduce stress and exposure to common health harming toxins and chemicals. By learning and using these principals for Raising a Naturally Healthy Family you will begin to see common ailments naturally clear up, prevent health problems long term, experience more energy, greater balance and higher levels of health and wellbeing as a family. Raw Vitality’s Naturally Healthy Family Program is a 30-day online guided program that teaches you and your family the principals you need to live a naturally healthy life. Learn more about our Naturally Healthy Family Program at http://www.rawvitalitytotalhealth.com/#!naturallyhealthyfamily/cum3








 






Wednesday, July 15, 2015

4 Ways to Reduce Your Toxic Load

Toxicity is a word that is thrown around far too often without much real meaning put behind it. We use words like "toxic" without knowing what that really means to our health.  The truth is toxic should be a word you become very familiar with and really understand its effect on you and your health.  It is estimated that there are 21,000 toxic chemicals in the water we drink and 4,000 toxic chemicals in the air we breathe. There are 80,000 chemicals currently produced in North America, over 3,000 chemicals that are added to our food supply, over 10,000 chemical solvents, emulsifiers and preservatives used in food processing and 1,000 new chemicals are introduced each year into our lives. Over 4 billion pounds of toxic chemicals are released by industry into the nation's environment each year, including 72 million pounds of recognized carcinogens. Of the top 20 chemicals discharged to the environment, nearly 75% are known or suspected to be toxic to the human body.



These toxic chemicals are found in everything from the foods we eat, to the air we breathe, to the water we drink and the products we use on our body and around our home. The list of health problems associated with these toxins is lengthy and includes:

  • Fatigue
  • Muscle aches
  • Joint pain
  • Sinus congestion
  • Excessive sinus problems
  • Headaches
  • Heartburn
  • Sleep problems
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Food cravings
  • Water retention
  • Trouble losing weight
  • Skin problems
While these are the small every day health problems we may experience from too many toxins in our body, the bigger diseases like cancer, autoimmune disorders, hormone diseases, spectrum disorders like Autism are all being linked back to toxicity in the body. In fact the root of ALL health problems are found in toxicity and deficiency. Through any of our 30-day Raw Vitality programs we teach how to reverse and prevent both toxicity and deficiency because the effects on health are so severe. 

So what can you do to begin reducing your toxic load on a day-to-day basis? Here are 4 easy ways to reduce your toxic load:

1. Eat and Buy Organic

Many people wonder if buying organic is really that important. Instead of trying to explain it watch this minute and a half video that shows the blood samples of a family before they ate organic and after 2 weeks of only eating organic. 


2. Use Organic Personal Care Products

"The average American woman puts between 12 and 20 chemicals on their skin 365 days a year." Your skin is your largest organ, absorbing up to 60 percent of what you put on it. But even more shocking, is the fact that 80 percent of the ingredients that are used in daily personal care products have never been tested for safety. The laws governing the cosmetics industry date back to 1938 and haven't shifted since. "People are so concerned with avoiding pesticides in their food by eating organic, yet they slather chemical-ridden lotions all over their bodies," Gregg Renfrew, founder of Beauty Counter, a non-toxic beauty care line, says. 

Choosing personal care products that are organic and non-toxic is extremely important to reducing your overall toxic load. 

3. Choose Green Household Products 

The products you use in and around your home have a direct impact on your health. The average american uses about 25 gallons of "TOXIC" or "HAZARDOUS" chemical products per year in their home. A major portion of these can be found in household cleaning products. The most acutely dangerous cleaning products are corrosive drain cleaners, oven cleaners, and acidic toilet bowl cleaners. Labels that come with detailed warnings stating, "Danger" or "Poison" are good indications that these products are not safe. Once used in your home, these products are flushed down the drain and end up in our environment. In a May 2002 study of contaminants in stream water samples across the country, the U.S. Geological Survey found persistent detergent metabolites in 69% of streams tested. Sixty-six percent contained disinfectants. Garden and lawn products also pose a potential risk. A study found children in homes where household and garden pesticides are used, have a sevenfold greater chance of developing childhood leukemia. Look for products that are biodegradable and toxin free. Seventh Generation is a good brand. http://www.seventhgeneration.com/products

4. Juice Fresh Daily

Juicing is one of the best ways to naturally cleanse and detox you body on a daily basis. Juicing fresh organic fruits and vegetables floods your body with the nutrients and enzymes it needs to flush toxins from your cells, carry oxygen and nutrients directly to the cells and tissues, and allow nutrients to be better absorbed. Juicing also increases the amount of fresh, pure water in your body which the body uses to flush toxins. Here is a great natural detoxifying juicing recipe for you to begin using today:

INGREDIENTS:

3-4 Stalks Organic Celery
4-5 Organic Kale leaves 
1 Organic Green Apple
one big handful of Organic flat leaf parsley leaves
1 Organic Lime
1 Organic Lemon
1 inch of fresh Organic Ginge
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This juice is a nutritional powerhouse and extremely potent, detoxifying drink. Drink daily to help reduce your toxic load. 
To learn the 4 Keys to Health, Vitality and Longevity including Green Living Practices to reduce your exposure to toxins and learn the most effective natural healing and preventative health tools join one of our 30-day natural healing and preventative health programs. We offer a variety of programs to fit your individual needs. To learn more visit:www.rawvitalitytotalhealth.com




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Thursday, July 9, 2015

4 Keys to Raising a Naturally Healthy Family






More than ever parents want to raise a naturally healthy family but like never before that is a very difficult task. Families are faced with increasing health problems including allergies, asthma, frequent colds and flus, attention and behavioral problems, ear infections, spectrum disorders like Autism and digestive problems. Parents themselves are plagued with many of the same problems and complain of not having enough energy, feeling irritable and overwhelmed.


Raw Vitality takes the guess work out of raising a naturally healthy family by teaching families the 4 Keys to Raising a Naturally Healthy Family. By learning and using these 4 Keys in your everyday life, you will begin to see common ailments disappear, experience more energy, greater balance and higher levels of health and wellbeing.

Key #1 Fresh, Nutrient Dense Eating


We have strayed from the natural ways we used to eat, where meals were made from scratch and from real, natural ingredients. As our eating habits changed so did our health. Eating out, eating on the run, relying on fast, convenient foods is at the root of all of the common ailments and health problems families face today. By increasing the amount of fresh, nutrient dense foods and juicing fresh daily your family will not only experience greater energy, health problems will become non-existent.

Key #2 Balanced, Consistent Exercise


If you or your children suffer from pesky health symptoms or constantly feel like you are dragging, balanced, consistent exercise is one of your greatest tools. Having the whole family involved in regular movement and exercise consistently will create greater immunity, better well being, stronger immunity and prevention of long term health problems. Finding something the family loves is key so try lots of different things! Consistently being active is key. You can take bike rides, go on outdoor walks and hikes, take a family yoga class, ski or snowboard in the winter, there are so many possibilities! Being active will keep your family naturally healthy.


 


Key #3 Healthy Stress Management


Nothing can wreck you and your family’s health and energy like stress. Families deal with greater levels of stress than ever before. Stress plays a major role in all health problems including increased colds and flus, allergies, digestive problems, weight gain, and low energy. You may not be able to avoid all stress but you can learn how to manage stress so that it doesn’t negatively affect your health. Yoga, meditation, exercise and a low stress diet all help to reduce the impact of stress on your families health.


Key #4 Green Living Practices to Reduce Exposure to Toxins


Did you know the most toxic place on Earth is the inside of your home? That is shocking and disheartening to hear if you want to raise a naturally healthy family. Toxic chemicals found in personal care, home cleaning, lawn, garden and food products have all been linked to the most common ailments families deal with. Choosing to buy cleaner, greener, organic versions of products will help to reduce your family’s exposure to toxic chemicals. Taking time to look at ingredients and finding brands that are committed to purity and sustainability will create higher levels of health and vitality for you and your family.



By learning and using these 4 Keys to Raising a Naturally Healthy Family you will begin to see common ailments naturally clear up, prevent health problems, experience more energy, greater balance and higher levels of health and wellbeing as a family. Raw Vitality’s Naturally Healthy Families Program is a 30-day online guided program that teaches you and your family these 4 Keys in depth so you and your family can live a naturally healthy life. Learn more about our Naturally Healthy Family Program at http://www.rawvitalitytotalhealth.com/#!naturallyhealthyfamily/cum3