I’ve become a doTERRA essential oil addict!

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Essential oils are so amazing!  Wait, let me say it again.  ESSENTIAL OILS ARE AMAZING!!

I had no clue that I was walking into a Gold mine last year by joining the doTERRA Essential Oil Company.

Essential oils are a fantastic, natural way to treat or lessen the effects of all sorts of health issues; from emotional to mental to physical issues. They not only treat the side effects, they tackle the root of the problem too! My friend Hope and I are having a virtual class on facebook next Monday at 5pm Pacific/8 pm Eastern and you should attend!

I promise you will learn some amazing things about how you can boost your health, immune system and mood.  Hope to see you in the class!

Here is the link:
https://www.facebook.com/events/763754457073037/

TO your great health (and mine too)-

Health Coach Autumn

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13 Perfect Foods For Ideal Health

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What’s the truth in our foods?   
The truth is the pH level of our body, particularly in our stomach, has an effect on how our body functions. An imbalance can cause many different health issues, leaving the body susceptible to disease and premature aging. Maintaining an alkaline pH in the body is one of the best ways to prevent these problems.

A food’s ability to create an acidic or alkaline condition in the body doesn’t have any connection with the actual pH of the food itself. It’s the effect that it has on the body after it’s eaten that matters.  Who would have thought?!

A high alkaline foods diet refer to those which leave an alkaline residue within the body. Of course, it’s not necessary to give up all acidic foods, but the more alkaline foods you consume, the better your pH will be in the long run.

Here is a list of 13 perfect foods you can consume for maintaining a healthy alkaline level within your body.

  • Olive Oil
  • Flax Seed
  • Quinoa
  • Millet
  • Almonds
  • Chestnuts
  • Lemon Water
  • Herbal Teas
  • Raw Spinach
  • Papaya
  • Apples
  • Blueberries
  • Lime

To your healthy ecosystem (your body!)

Health Coach Autumn

How can you benefit your body’s ecosystem?

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Did you know your body’s inner ecosystem is made up of beneficial bacteria, friendly yeast, and even non threatening viruses that naturally live inside your digestive tract? Your inner ecosystem can highly influence your waistline, mood, inflammation and allergies. It is truly the key to a strong immune system and helps your body age slowly and well. A balanced ecosystem & healthy digestive tract are essential for living a longer, healthier life.
How healthy is your ecosystem? And what can you do so that your body can flourish?

In order to keep your ecosystem healthy, immune system strong, and keep yourself in great health you should consume 80% alkaline-forming foods and 20% acid-forming foods. So what does this mean?

The typical American diet is completely acid-forming, rich in acid-forming meat, dairy & highly processed foods. Your body’s pH is 7.35, also known as slightly alkaline. Your body constantly seeks balance and works hard to maintain this healthy neutral alkaline zone. Alkaline-forming foods keep your pH balanced; give your body more energy and boost your immune system.

So which foods are Alkaline-forming foods? Here are a few:

Fruits: Lemon, Lime, Black Currants, Cranberry

Grains: Millet, Quinoa

Root Veggies: Carrots, Garlic, Leek, Onion, Radish, Daikon, Scallions

Veggies: Cucumber, Green Beans, Lettuce, Red Bell Pepper, Spinach, Zucchini, Parsley

Protein Fat: Coconut, Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Flax Seeds, Avocado

Starchy Veggies: Red Skin Potato, Acorn Squash, Artichoke, English Peas, Butternut and Winter Squash

How many of these foods are you consuming on a regular basis? It’s definitely something to think about!
To your thriving ecosystem and mine,
Health and Lifestyle Coach Autumn

Pour Me A Glass of Coconut Water!

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When was the last time you sipped on a glass of refreshing coconut water?

Coconut water was used in the 2nd World War as a blood substitute when blood plasma was low.  Believe it! It’s colony of liquid cells make it a healing liquid with living energy.  Its filled with vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes and is a great immune system enhancer.

Coconut water not only alkalizes your digestive system and aids in digestion but it is also beneficial for diabetic patients! It balances blood sugar levels because it contains an amino acid named arginine, which helps to moderate sugar absorption.

Coconut is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal;  fighting yeast overgrowth!  So drink up if your fighting a cold or bug!  Additionally, it can also lessen eczema and balance hormones.

Know any balding friends?!  Coconut water promotes hair growth!  That’s pretty amazing if you ask me.

So next time your at the market, pick some coconut water up!  Your body will be feeling like paradise in no time!

To your health and happiness,

Health Coach Autumn

My New Superfood: Rainbow Juice!

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Hello from California!

I’m busy enjoying the warm weather in sunny California and juicing up a storm!  I made this concoction a few days ago and dubbed it “Rainbow Juice”– because it’s made from all the colors of the rainbow.

I found that Rainbow Juice was not only more tasty than I could have ever imagined, but that I was also FULL OF ENERGY after I drank it!  My achy knees didn’t even bother me that evening!

Now, do you know how important the color of fruits and vegetables are to your health?

They are vital!!

Yellow and orange fruits and vegetables are good for your digestive system. They contain carotenoids and bioflavonoids which act as antioxidants.  They also help keep your skin looking healthy, heal wounds and make your bones strong.

Red fruits and vegetables are beneficial for your heart and fight cancer because their red color comes from lycopene. Lycopene is a pigment that acts as an antioxidant and protects your body from free radicals and heart disease.

Green fruits and vegetables contain lutein which keep your eyes healthy. Green foods also have potassium, folate, and vitamins C and K.

Purple foods have antioxidants and flavonoids which protect your heart and lengthen your life.  They also improve your memory and assist in preventing cancer risks.

Eating and drinking a wide variety of colored fruits, fruit juices and vegetables will maximize your health–similar to the way a superfood would.  Therefore Rainbow Juice is indeed a superfood!

Happy Juicing!

Autumn

My Health-Driven Science Experiments!

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Hello everyone! 

I’m down in California at the moment having a date with some sunshine!   I absolutely love staying with my brother, Ryan in the SF bay area.  His whole kitchen is stocked top to bottom with healthy nuts, seeds, fruits, veggies, grains, sauces etc.!!  It’s a feast for the eyes and the belly!

Lucky for me, Ryan is also a beer connoisseur; and loves to ferment vegetables, sauerkraut and Kimchi.  Due to his passion for science, technology, and health, he’s got all of the wacky tools I would ever need to make the best food ever!

Tonight my experimentation was in full force– I made an Apple Ginger Sauerkraut, Ginger Ale, and Rainbow Juice!!  (The Sauerkraut and Ginger Ale are shown above–more about the Rainbow juice later!)

I can’t wait to taste the sauerkraut in a few days!  It’s busy fermenting at the moment in the pantry.  The ginger ale and rainbow juice were so delicious–I had to tell myself to stop drinking them!

So if you see me skipping down the street tomorrow–you know why.  I’m full of the best stuff on earth!

To your health and happiness!

Autumn (check me out at www.pacificnorthwesthealth.com)

P.S.  A great resource on fermentation is the book “Wild Fermentation” by Sandor Katz!

Digestion: At the Forefront of Good Health

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Digestion: At the Forefront of Good Health

by Autumn Pappas, Contributing Writer

Did you know that at least seventy percent of our immune system resides inside our digestive system? Digestive disorders have plagued our society, affecting an astounding 70 million Americans. Our once healthy digestive tracts have become compromised due to infections, undigested food, parasites and the overuse of antibiotics. Unhealthy diets of constant yeasts, carbohydrates and sugars have impaired our mucus lining and created chronic inflammation in our bodies. Chronic inflammation is the root cause of problems like heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes and strokes. Inflammation also affects our cells and damages our organs. With our immune systems so largely dependent upon a flourishing digestive system; we must take control of these issues and fight back.

How can we help our digestive systems? Take a probiotic supplement. Our small intestine contains natural probiotics, or beneficial bacteria, that populate our digestive tract. They fight off invaders like toxins and bad bacteria.  Probiotics detoxify our bodies as well. However, when our digestive systems become imbalanced these probiotics diminish; thereby creating holes in our mucus lining. This is known by alternative doctors as “Leaky gut syndrome.” Leaky gut syndrome is apparent when harmful substances inside our bodies are leaked into our blood stream. This can create aches, pains, food sensitivities, gas and bloating.

Contrary to popular belief, yogurt does not contain enough probiotics to fight off bad bacteria for most people. For maximum results, buy a probiotic supplement that needs to be refrigerated and contains billions of microorganisms. There is no one size fits all when it comes to probiotics.  What probiotic may work for your body, may not work for someone else’s. Natural forms of probiotics can be found in kefir; a drinkable yogurt. They can also be found in sauerkraut and kimchi; a fermented Asian vegetable mixture.

Additionally, dine on foods containing prebiotics. Prebiotics are natural substances found in food that encourage probiotics to grow. They mostly come from oligosaccharides, or carbohydrate fibers. Prebiotics can be found in many fruits and vegetables like bananas, berries, asparagus, tomatoes and onions. Garlic, honey, legumes and whole grains also carry them.

Consume enzyme rich foods. Enzymes are proteins that speed up chemical reactions. Metabolic enzymes are made in our bodies and are responsible for all of our processes. They literally sustain our bodies and our lives. Enzymes are essential to the digestive process because they help breakdown molecules in our food. Therefore, our bodies can use them as an energy source.  Juicing is a great way to take in enzymes since enzymes occur naturally in fruits and vegetables. Papaya, pineapple, nuts, seeds and sprouts are ideal enzyme sources. It should be dually noted that there are only enough enzymes in raw food to breakdown the molecules of that food.

Be conscience and take time to chew food slowly and completely; in order to get the maximum amount of enzymes from that particular food.  Furthermore, undigested food can harm the body and cause inflammation.

Our metabolic enzymes diminish at a faster pace than many would think. Our enzymes weaken as we age. For that reason, we cannot depend solely on our bodies to create all the enzymes we need. The best way to solve this ongoing problem is to take an enzyme supplement, in capsule or powder form. Enzyme supplements are extracted from different sources; including plant, animal and microbial. Plant and microbial enzymes are optimal because they are supportive to pH levels and they are not easily affected by stomach acids. In order to assist with the breakdown of fats and carbohydrates choose a supplement that contains a mix of different enzymes. Pay attention to the potency of the product you are purchasing, as different products contain varied amounts of enzymes. To our benefit, enzyme supplements also aid in weight loss.

Inflammation can be counteracted by taking an Omega-3 supplement daily. Omega-3’s boost brain activity and reduce cardiovascular disease. Look for high quality fish oil that contains Omega-3’s, DHA, and vitamin D3. Interject Omega-3 rich foods into your diet like flax seeds, walnuts, beans, olive oil, salmon, tuna and halibut.

Stick to an anti-inflammatory diet by avoiding high fructose corn syrup, sugar, processed foods, saturated fats and partially hydrogenated oils. Limit your intake of animal proteins with the exception of fish. Fill your plate with fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fiber. Use herbs and seasonings with anti-inflammatory values such as turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, rosemary and basil.

Ask your doctor about taking probiotic, enzyme and Omega-3 supplements; to make sure they are right for you. If approved, implement each supplement one by one. A healthy digestive tract is essential for a thriving body and immune system. The abbreviated version of this article appears in the February 2013 issue of the Port Ludlow Voice.

To your health!

Autumn (check me out @ pacificnorthwesthealth.com)