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The Truth About Tylenol

October 23, 2014 by Roxanne | No Comments | Filed in Eco & Toxin-Free Living, Parenting & Children

The Truth About Tylenol

The truth about Tylenol is that it’s not as safe as you think. If your child comes down with a fever the go-to over the counter solution that pediatricians recommend is Tylenol. We are told by many trusted sources that Tylenol is safe to take for adults and children alike, but is it really? I have some big concerns about Tylenol, especially for children. Even the FDA has issued warnings about using the proper dosages because overdosing can happen easily and the consequences can be fatal.

Here are some of the main reasons why this medicine is not safe:

Overdosing is Extremely Dangerous

Acetaminophen, know as brand name Tylenol, has been sold in different concentrations making proper dosage amounts unclear. There are a number of different warnings on the FDA website regarding this issue, one warning is as follows:

“An April 2011 report from FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) found that confusion caused by the different concentrations of liquid acetaminophen for infants and children was leading to overdoses that made infants seriously ill, with some dying from liver failure.”

This is really horrifying to read as a parent. A medicine that is sold and marketed as safe for infants and children has such a negative impact on the body that even a small overdose can be fatal.

Can Damage the Liver

One of the reasons why overdosing on Tylenol can be so dangerous is becuase of what it does to the liver. The reality is, acetaminophen can be toxic to your liver even at recommended doses when taken daily for just a couple of weeks. Earlier this year the FDA asked drug maufactuers to voluntarily withdraw prescription combination drug products with more than 325 milligrams (mg) of acetaminophen per tablet at the risk of causing severe liver damage to consumers. Although most have complied, there are still some products in circulation that don’t fit into this guideline so it’s important to read all labels.

Depletes Glutathione

Glutathione is the most important nutrient you’ve never heard of before. It plays a key role in protecting the body from free radical damage, it helps the immune system to fight off infection and even cancer, and plays an integral part of the detoxification system, transporting toxins out of the body. Sounds pretty important! Guess what medication depletes the body of this nutrient. You guessed it, acetaminophen.

There are some really big risks in taking this very common medicine. The dosage amounts can be confusing making overdosing a very possible outcome. Overdosing on Tylenol is serious and can be very damaging. Even within the recommended safe dosage of Tylenol it still takes a toll on your health.

Now that you know the truth about Tylenol, you’ll need to learn natural ways to help your child feel better. Join us for our 3-part online eCourse, A Parent’s Guide to Natural Remedies. We will discuss how to naturally deal with fever, sore throat, cough, congestion, infant colic, and more. Click here to enroll in the course now.

Thank you, as always, for reading and commenting!


Three EASY Grain-free Soup Recipes That Boost Immunity

October 9, 2014 by Roxanne | No Comments | Filed in Healthy Recipes, Nutrition

Three easy grain-free soup recipes

This time of year, I can’t get enough soup. It’s not only comforting but really healthy and perfect for building up the immune system before a long winter. The warming nature of soup recharges the digestive system which is important in fighting off illnesses. The digestive system is our defense system and this helps keep it working at its best. There are a few more reasons why these soups are supportive to the immune system.

#1 Vegetables

Vegetables are arguably the healthiest foods that exist. I’ve never heard of a diet that says not to eat vegetables, have you? It’s pretty much a given that vegetables are good for you. They are full of vitamins, minerals, and a long list of other health bearing nutrients. The first rule in eating healthy is to eat lots of vegetables (no matter what you are – vegan, paleo, gluten-free, etc.). Cooked vegetables are easy to digest which makes it much less work for the digestive system to assimilate them into the body.

#2 Bone Broth

Bone broth is an excellent source of minerals, like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium, and they are easily absorbed in this form. It’s also rich in glycine and proline, amino acids not found in significant amounts in muscle meat. Another benefit of bone broth is that it also contains chondroitin sulphates and glucosamine, the compounds sold as supplements to reduce inflammation, arthritis, and joint pain. When bone broth is made with soup bones or marrow bones it will also be a good source of gelatin which comes from the collagen, a protein found in connective tissue of vertebrate animals, including marrow, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments.  When making bone broth, be sure to use grass-fed organic beef and pastured organic chicken (if you can get your hands on some chicken feet, throw that in the broth for some added health benefits).

#3 Garlic

Garlic is full of health benefits, it is one of my top choices in immune boosting foods. I really use this stuff for everything. It’s great to take garlic if you or your child feels sick but you don’t know what it might be. Garlic is anti-everything – anti-viral, anti-baterial, etc. that’s why its always a good choice when you don’t feel well. In the Winter, eat as much garlic as you can (my kids and I probably smell like garlic for half the winter but I don’t care because it keeps us healthy). These soup recipes I am sharing with you today all contain this health bearing food!

Here are the Recipes…

Bone Broth with Vegetables

Heat broth in a stock pot, add chopped vegetables. Simmer until veggies are soft. Enjoy!

Garlic Soup

  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 20 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 4 tbsp. grass fed butter or coconut oil
  • 6 cups chicken bone broth
  • 4-6 cups chopped veggies – anything you have on hand: carrots, potatoes, celery, zucchini, parsnips, etc.
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • sea salt to taste

Heat oil or butter in a stock pot. Saute onions and garlic for 5 minutes. Add stock, veggies, thyme, and sea salt. Bring pot to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes or until vegetables are soft. Puree with an immersion blender or transfer to a blender to puree. Enjoy!

Cauliflower Kale Soup

  • 1 large head of cauliflower
  • 5 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 bunch of kale
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 7 cups vegetable stock or chicken bone broth

In a stock pot, heat the coconut oil. Saute the onion and garlic for 5 minutes. Add stock and vegetables, bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes or until vegetables are soft. Puree with an immersion blender or transfer to a blender to puree. Enjoy!

What simple soups do you make for your family in the Fall & Winter? Please share in the comments below.

Thank you, as always, for reading and commenting!


Easy Real Food Swaps That Will Upgrade Your Diet Fast

September 25, 2014 by Roxanne | 2 Comments | Filed in Nutrition

7 real food swaps

Many people want to know what they can do to upgrade their diet without making a huge overhaul right away. There are some simple “swaps” that can be done to make a big impact on your health without a huge change in what you are currently eating. This is a great first step to a healthier lifestyle because things won’t look a whole lot different on the surface.

#1 Buy Organic Produce Instead of Conventional Produce

Originally, all foods were “organic.” They were grown and prepared without pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers, hormones or irradiation. Foods were unrefined, whole or minimally processed. Since World War II and the advent of chemical farming and food processing, the soils and foods of much of the world have been depleted of many important minerals and nutrients.

Our food today, whether of vegetable or animal origin, is not only deficient in nutrients, but also full of pollutants and farming chemicals. The modern process of denaturing foods via heavy refining and chemical treatment deeply affects the life force of our food supply, making it difficult to foster equilibrium and health.

Pesticides, which have been shown to cause cancer and diseases of the liver, kidney, and blood, create extra work for the immune system. Pesticides lodge and accumulate in tissue, resulting in a weakened immune system, consequently allowing other carcinogens and pathogens to filter into the body and affect our health.

Choosing organic significantly reduces the amount of toxic chemicals you take into your body and positively impacts your overall health.

#2 Swap Factory Farmed Meat for Grass Fed, Organic Options

There are so many negative health effects that come from eating factory farmed meat that it’s hard to even pick one point to start talking about. When discussing this topic I like to share this video that I was shown at one of the first lectures I heard while studying at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I like this video becuase it’s short and to the point, it discusses the major issues at hand, and it doesn’t show images of poor tortured animals (I’ve seen those too and its so heart-breaking). The theme is a bit silly but it gets the job done. The video is called The Meatrix:

Swapping to grass-fed meat is the easiest way to get away from this borrible tainted meat without making a huge change to your usual diet. Grass fed meat is are richer in antioxidants; including vitamins E, beta-carotene, and vitamin C and it doesn’t contain races of added hormones, antibiotics or other drugs. Meat from grass-fed animals also has two to four times more omega-3 fatty acids than meat from grain- fed animals. Omega-3s are called “good fats” because they play a vital role in every cell and system in your body. Not only does grass fed meat taste better but it also has all of these health benefits over conventional meats.

Want to hear about more easy swaps you can make to upgrade your diet? Watch this free webinar I put together called 7 Real Food Swaps You Can Make to Upgrade Your Diet Now

What real food swaps have made a big impact on your health?

Thank you, as always, for reading and commenting!


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