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    • Alternative Health

Want to gain priceless knowledge that will help you and your health?

In this podcast, you will learn about different herbals and how to use them, healthy eating which will include recipes in some episodes, and all around natural living.

    Hamburger Soup Recipe for All Levels of Cooks

    Hamburger Soup Recipe for All Levels of Cooks

    My first introduction to hamburger soup was while having a game night with some friends.







    My good friend got the recipe from her sister, who is the wife of a farmer and makes it each year when they have their bull sale. Hearty and filling, she makes a substantial amount that satisfies the hungry crowd.







    As I had never tried it before, I was excited to see how it tasted. Besides a person who loves a new recipe, I'm always looking for something the kids will enjoy and isn't our norm.







    In short, the hamburger soup tasted phenomenal! The kids had two bowls a piece and raved about the flavor; a compliment to the cook. Well, that was it, the very next week the kids requested I make it again and the rest is history.







    So, here it is, the popular...







    Hamburger Soup







    By Jenn







    Cook time 1 1/2 -3 hours







    Items Needed:







    Large stockpotMedium potChopping boardCutting knifeWhisk







    Ingredients:







    6-9 cups of chicken broth8 cups of diced potatoes (with or without skin).1 1/2 cups chopped carrots1 1/2 cups chopped onion2 lbs. ground beef1 1/2 cups chopped celery1 Tablespoon minced garlic2 teaspoons basil2 teaspoons parsley







    Ingredients for making the roux:







    6 Tablespoons butter1/2 cup flour







    Additional toppings (optional)







    Shredded cheeseFritos















    Directions:







    In a large stockpot bring 6 cups chicken broth to a boil.















    Add diced potatoes (with or without the skins).















    Next, brown the ground beef with desired seasonings.















    Add to the stockpot.















    With reserved drippings from the burger, saute onions, carrots, celery, and garlic for 3 to 5 minutes.















    Add to the stockpot and cook until the veggies reach the desired consistency.At this point, add your basil and parsley.















    Make your roux by melting the butter and then stirring in your 1/2 cup of flour until you have a paste.















    Stir into the soup until well mixed.















    If needed add additional cups of chicken broth. I determine this before adding the roux.Serve.















    Top each dish with cheese or other desired toppings.















    Now, if you will excuse me, I'm going to clean up my kitchen ;). Enjoy!







    -Heather Earles

    • 5 min
    Detoxifying Metals From Your Body

    Detoxifying Metals From Your Body

    Why should you care if you have metals in your body?







    Well, “overexposure can lead to heavy metal poisoning, such as what occurs in Wilson’s disease. This can be fatal." 







    Also, metals stored in our body CAN cause a missed diagnosis by Doctors. Foggy brain and or memory loss, excess body weight even when the patient is exercising and eating right, fatigue, high blood pressure, and in some cases, thyroid dysfunction. 







    A missed diagnosis can be very harmful because metals attacking your liver and or kidneys can turn into metal poisoning, as stated above. Therefore detoxifying is crucial.







    How Do I Know If I Need to Detox?







    Symptoms can vary depending on the type of metal your exposed to. Some symptoms may include:







    headachesabdominal pain and crampingnauseavomitingdiarrheafatiguedifficulty breathing







    In more severe cases of chronic heavy metal poisoning, you may experience symptoms, including:







    burning and tingling sensationschronic infectionsbrain fogvisual disturbancesinsomniaparalysis







    How Can you Determine the Levels of Metals in Your Body?







    Your doctor can test your urine, blood, and hair follicles to determine and measure the amount and toxicity of metals in your body.







    How are the Metals Absorbed?







    There are multiple ways in which metals can enter your body. The first is through the skin. Our skin absorbs things like dirt from gardening, dust blowing in the air, makeup, to include lipstick etc. The second is when you directly ingest them. 







    Although you might think ingesting metals like mercury, nickel, cadmium, lead, and aluminum are harsher and more dangerous, that's not exactly true. Our skin absorbs elements quickly, and, for this reason, your body feels and produces the side effects at a faster rate unless we're talking about ingesting extreme amounts.







    Can Metals Naturally Leave Your Body?







    Metals don’t naturally leave the body unless you are, in fact, continually and intentionally eating foods and drinking certain liquids to detox. 







    As metals cling to fat, you can understand why it’s easy for them to hang around. 







    Because of this, people who have high fat and low carb diets are at a disadvantage when it comes to getting rid of metals. Also, people who work in industrial environments, receive shots with fillers like aluminum, and are exposed to any form of metals are also at a disadvantage.







    Detoxing is a lifestyle and not a one-time event. Even if you change jobs and or move (which I would recommend depending on the levels you are exposed to), you should still consider adding a metal detox as part of your life. 







    Since some ways of detoxing are merely adding fiber from foods and drinking different broths or drinks, you can continuously detox. This will increase your chances of having your body function at peak levels consistently.







    Why wait until you feel the symptoms when you can be proactive?







    Who Should Do a Metal Detox?







    Everyone is the short answer. If you as the adult are exposed, then your children are. Since they are smaller and have weaker constitutions, then you might see symptoms in them first.







    How To Do a Metal Detox Using Food?







    Detox Foods To Include in Your Daily Diet















    cilantrogarlicwild blueberrieslemon waterlime waterspirulinachlorellabarley grass juice powderAtlantic dulsecurrygreen teatomatoesprobioticsoatmealturmericcelery...

    • 8 min
    Making Resolutions That Will Last in the New Year

    Making Resolutions That Will Last in the New Year

    “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…”                           Ecclesiastes 4:1







    It’s that time of the year. One year is fixing to leave and another one looms over the horizon with the promise of a fresh start. We approach the date with anticipation hoping to achieve our dreams this time. That enthusiasm, however, it’s gone by January 31st and out with normal selves we go, until next December.







    This post is going to give you the cutting-edge tools to achieve your goals this year. Let this be the year you achieve your dreams and the results you want. But for now, let’s clarify a few definitions and realities.







    First, dreaming is good but a dream will remain just a dream if we don’t set a realistic deadline to achieve it. A goal is a dream with a deadline. Remember that. Second, objectives are part of a larger goal, mini-steps if you would. Third, and final are the tasks. Tasks are the little actions you take to achieve your objectives.







    Goal Characteristics:















    Goals are written: A goal not written down is hope and hope it is not a strategy.Goals are concrete and specific. “I have better relationships with kids” is lofty and fluffy as a cloud dream. “I get home earlier so I can have dinner with my family and play with my kids”, it’s a much better objective.Goals are yours no one else’s: For example, You can’t have a goal for your husband to be more romantic. You can, however, drop hints with fireworks, neon signs, write it on a sign by the highway, leave him a detailed recording, a YouTube video… etc., etc. (you get my drift), for him to include it on his’Goals are realistic: Way too often we set out to achieve goals with unrealistic expectations and pat ourselves in the back when we achieve our self-fulfilling prophecy of gloom and doom. Nature follows an order. If you set out to lose 100 pounds in 15 days, it’s not only improbable but also dangerous.Goals have a deadline: “I pay off half of my credit card debt” is a great idea but not so much if it takes half of your lifetime.







    Goal Achieving Process:















    Don’t write down 100 things: but a few (no more than five) in each functional area of your life (i.e. spirituality, relationships, finances, health, etc.)Establish a tracking/planning system: I highly recommend the Franklyn Covey Planners, (Online version available) and or this little App I found a few years back called Life Ticker. At the heart of this system is the breakdown of goals into manageable units.







    For Example:







    I want to lose 20 pounds by June 2017 (a concrete and realistic goal):







    Objective 1: I read at least two books on nutrition and fitness







    Task 1: I visit the library, download books or visit the bookstore by January 7th.







    Task 2: Using this information I create a nutrition and workout plan.







    Objective 2: I join a gym or fitness club (if you are more of an extrovert).







    Task 1. I look for signing up deals and offers







    Task 2: I read reviews of my local fitness trainers







    Objective 3: I set aside and schedule a time for working out and make it a priority







    Task 1:  I commit myself to set aside time for working out. I put it on my planners and make an appointment with myself.







    Task 2: I recruit and/or get the buy-in from my friends and family for moral support allowing me to take time for myself to do this.







    Objective 4: Get going, measure and record my progress. I adjust and change the things that aren’t working.

    • 16 min
    Coconut Oil and Sea Salt Face Scrub

    Coconut Oil and Sea Salt Face Scrub

    Your skin reflects the climate where you live and that isn't always a healthy climate.







    This is one of many reasons why we need to take of our health.







    Each year I work on getting as many toxins out of my life and home as possible.







    This simple idea of health has opened my eyes to many simple ingredients we so often take for granted.







    In short, it shouldn't take a label that covers an entire product to tell you the list of ingredients. The list instead should hold very few ingredients that are easily read. For instance, This face scrub we are making today has two elements, coconut oil, and sea salt.







    What is Coconut Oil?







    Coconut oil or copra oil is an edible oil extracted from the kernel or meat of mature coconuts harvested from the coconut palm. It has various applications. Because of its high saturated fat content, it is slow to oxidize and, thus, resistant to rancidification, lasting up to six months at 24 °C without spoiling.Wikipedia







    Healthy skin







    "Applying a coconut extract to human skin may enhance its protective barrier functions and have an anti-inflammatory effect, says a 2017 study. 







    What Is Pink Himalayan Salt?







    "Pink Himalayan salt is a type of rock salt from the Punjab region of Pakistan, near the foothills of the Himalayas.







    Pink Himalayan salt is chemically similar to table salt. It contains up to 98 percent sodium chloride.







    The rest of the salt consists of trace minerals, such as potassium, magnesium, and calcium. These give the salt its light pink tint.







    These minerals also explain why Himalayan salt tastes different from regular table salt." -healthline







    The primary uses are as a food additive and in cooking. However, it's also used in spa treatments aiding people and their health.







    Two simple yet very effective ingredients we are using today to create our Coconut Oil and Sea Salt face scrub.







    Coconut Oil & Sea Salt Face Scrub























    Ingredient and items needed:







    Coconut OilPink Himalayan sea saltJar with lidLabels (optional)FunnelSpoon







    To Make















    Take your jar of choice and mix one part melted coconut oil with two parts of sea salt. Mix together with a spoon.Let cool so the coconut oil solidifies.















    If you have labels, place one of those on top of your jar, if not you can download your Face Scrub Labels right here . These are perfect to dress up your jar for home use or give the coconut oil scrub away as a gift.







    That's it. You are now finished.







    To Use















    Dampen your skin and take a small amount out of your jar using your fingers or a spoon and lightly rub onto your skin in a circular motion moving outward on your face and neck area. Do this for a couple of minutes and then rinse off with warm water. Pat dry with a clean towel.







    You can use this face scrub daily to help with acne, to remove dead skin, or to gain a more youthful-looking appearance. If you don't want the salt creating a mess in your sink, apply the sea salt scrub during a shower.







    Enjoy my friends, and we'll talk to you again next week.







    -Heather Earles

    • 5 min
    Health Uses For Hydrogen Peroxide

    Health Uses For Hydrogen Peroxide

    First, what is Hydrogen Peroxide?







    "Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is a clear, colorless, odorless liquid. It’s a combination of hydrogen and oxygen and is available in many strengths (indicated by the percentage of dilution with water).







    One dilution of hydrogen peroxide is 35 percent H2O2 and 65 percent water. Food producers use 35 percent H2O2 for a variety of purposes, including processing cheese and bleaching wheat flour. It’s also used to kill microorganisms in food packaging materials.







    This 35 percent dilution is called “food grade” in part because it doesn’t contain certain stabilizers:







    acetanilidephenolsodium stannatetetrasodium pyrophosphate







    These stabilizers are found in most other commercially available hydrogen peroxide and should not be ingested.







    No matter the dilution — even if food grade 35 percent H2O2 — you should never drink any hydrogen peroxide.







    Types of hydrogen peroxide







    Beyond food-grade, hydrogen peroxide is available in a number of dilutions:







    3 percent H2O2 (“household” hydrogen peroxide): available in supermarkets and drugstores, typically in brown bottles6 to 10 percent H2O2 (hair-bleaching hydrogen peroxide)90 percent H2O2 (“industrial” hydrogen peroxide): available in various strengths and used for bleaching paper and textiles, producing foam rubber, and as an ingredient in rocket fuel" - By healthline















    There are multiple ways in which you can use Hydrogen Peroxide







    There are also multiple places.







    Hydrogen Peroxide is a better choice when it comes to cleaning because the smell is not toxic nor is it poisonous unless you ingest large amounts.







    This is just one example of how you can use this clear but effective liquid. Read on to find out more ways in which you can use Hydrogen Peroxide, a more natural approach, in your home and for your health.







    Top Uses of Hydrogen Peroxide







    Disinfectant







    Have you ever poured peroxide on a cut and watched it fizz? Kind of cool to watch, but more than that it helps clean.







    Cleaning a cut with soap and water will do just as well of a job and can be less of an irritant to the skin. Peroxide, however, is a great backup and something you should keep in or by your first aid kit or where soap and water are not available.







    Removing Earwax







    Wax in your ears can build up over time leaving them clogged. If you prefer to take care of the problem at home, simply apply a few drops and leave in for a day, then rinse out with warm water.







    You can also have someone pour hydrogen peroxide in your ear with you lying on your side. The canal will start to bubble as it cleans, so keep a paper towel on hand to catch any loose wax, or when you have sat for a few minutes and are going to drain the side, you are cleaning.







    Swollen Gums















    This may happen if you don’t brush and floss enough or if your mouth or gums get hit. It might help to treat it with a rinse of half hydrogen peroxide (3%) and half water. Swish it for 30 seconds and then spit. Saltwater is another option. Call your doctor if your sore gums stick around for more than about 7 days.WebMD







    Canker Sores







    Canker Sores can get very sore. One way to help get rid of them sooner is to apply peroxide on a cotton ball and dab on the sores. You can also swish peroxide in your mouth for 1 to 2 minutes and then spit it out.

    • 11 min
    Health Benefits of Witch-Hazel

    Health Benefits of Witch-Hazel

    Witch-Hazel, what the heck is that?







    Definition of witch-hazel







    1: "any of a genus (Hamamelis of the family Hamamelidaceae, the witch-hazel family) of shrubs or small trees with slender-petaled usually yellow flowers borne in late fall or early spring especially: one (H. virginiana) of eastern North America that blooms in the fall







    2: an alcoholic solution of a distillate of the bark of a witch hazel (H. virginiana) used as a soothing and mildly astringent lotion." -Merriam-Webster







    "Native Americans are believed to have been the first to use witch-hazel extensively for medicinal purposes.  The extract was produced by boiling the stems of the shrub and producing a decoction that was used in treating swellings, inflammations, and tumors.







    In addition to being used as a medication, early European settlers also observed Native Americans using American witch-hazel to find underground sources of water. This activity is probably where the common name witch-hazel came from.







    Because of the native’s association of the plant appearing where underground sources of water appeared, early white settlers began using forks from the plant’s branches for dowsing and water divining; it is from this practice that the plant probably received the name, “witch hazel”.







    Upon being introduced to the plant’s medicinal qualities, early settlers quickly began implementing the plant into their own treasure-trove of medical knowledge and soon, the plant was being used by colonists throughout the American coast, as well as in Europe." -By AppalachianMagazine - September 16, 2019







    Nowadays witch-hazel is just as effective. I have seen the difference it has made not only in other people's skin but also, my own.







    You don't need to buy the most expensive products to get incredible and effective results. Sometimes it's just seeing what works best for you.







    Witch-Hazel is cheap in price but not in what it can do for you.







    Do You Have Acne? If so, Where Does it Come From?















    Acne can come from a lot of different sources including:







    Stress, bad eating habits to include too much sugar, not drinking enough water, dirty pillowcases,not washing your face,hormones,and not getting enough exercise or sleep.







    How Can You Clear Up Acne Using Cheaper but Effective Products and or Changing What you Eat?







    There are a few products/plants you can use to help clear your acne.















    The Fabulous Four. Witch-Hazel, Dr. Bronner Hemp Peppermint Pure Castile Oil, Moisturizer for your skin tone, and a small chunk from the stem of an Aloe Vera plant. To use, first pour witch-hazel on a cotton pad and wipe all over your face and neck. Next, take Dr. Bronner's and place on a dampened face brush and lightly scrub in a circular motion, again on your face and neck. Once you rinse the soap off, pat dry. Apply a small amount of moisturizer. Last, cut a small chunk from an aloe vera stem and rub the gel on your face and neck. Leave on and let dry. Do this every evening before going to bed.Turmeric Face Mask. Turmeric has a healing effect both internally and externally. I use this Turmeric Face Mask regularly, especially before an event, and it always improves the texture, pore size, and clearness of my skin.Water. So many people underestimate good quality water and the role it can play in clearing up acne and keeping your skin healthy. If you consciously drink enough water for your body weight each day, you will see results in your skin in as little as a week.Sugar. Say no to sugar. There isn't one single health benefit to eating su...

    • 11 min

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