17 Warning Signs That You Are Magnesium Deficient

17 warning signs that you are magnesium deficient

Most Americans today are magnesium deficient. This is mainly due to the “standard American diet,” the quality of our food sources, and inefficiencies in the GI tract. Magnesium is essential for over 300 different chemical reactions in the body, including maintaining your energy level, helping you relax, and sustaining the health of your heart and blood vessels. More then half of the US population is not getting enough Magnesium in their daily diet. Since it has so many crucial functions, magnesium appears to protect us from many serious conditions.

How do you know if you are magnesium deficient?

Unfortunately, blood tests are not entirely accurate enough to show if you are not getting enough magnesium so it’s not the best way to find out. A better and easier way to determine if you need more magnesium is to look at some lifestyle factors.

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Read This Before You Give Your Baby Another Bottle

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Last week, I came across an article about a British study with an intriguing title. The result of the study wasn’t shocking to me but I bet it would be to most parents. The title that caught my eye was, “100,000 Person Study Reveals This Causes Early Death.” The study, published in the British Medical Journal, was a large scale study of thousands of Swedish people which discovered that cow’s milk has a deteriorating effect on health when consumed in the long-term.  This got me thinking about how so many infants and toddlers are guzzling down bottles of this stuff multiple times a day.

The study I referenced above, tracked 61,433 women aged 39 to 74 over 20 years, and 45,339 men of similar age for 11 years, found that the more cow’s milk people drank, the more likely they were to die or experience a bone fracture during the study period. So it’s not like the commercial says, milk does a body good??? Continue Reading

Three EASY Grain-free Soup Recipes That Boost Immunity

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.

Easy Real Food Swaps That Will Upgrade Your Diet Fast

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?